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    Book Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

Book Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

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In Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, investigative journalist Jane Mayer reveals how a elite group of plutocrats have effectively subjected the US political system to a process akin to corporate capture. This is a thorough, meticulously researched and compelling account of the financial takeover of US democracy that unveils the otherwise hidden […]

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    Long Read Review: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke

Long Read Review: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke

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In Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop, Anna Lembke sheds light on the rise of prescription drug addiction in the USA, fuelled in part by the actions of doctors and the structure of the US healthcare system. As the book illuminates the causes and drivers behind the increasing […]

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    Even with the internet, we’re not any closer to everyone speaking the same language

Even with the internet, we’re not any closer to everyone speaking the same language

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Of the world’s 6500 languages, close to 2000 are large enough to be under no threat of extinction, writes David Clingingsmith.

Global economic integration has been enabled by technologies that radically lower the costs of moving goods and of communicating across long distances. The first of these, the railroad and the telegraph, were developed in the early 19th century. Later […]

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    Why Congressional Republicans may come to regret moving so quickly with their Obamacare repeal and replacement bill.

Why Congressional Republicans may come to regret moving so quickly with their Obamacare repeal and replacement bill.

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Congressional Republicans are now moving rapidly to push through the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace President Obama’s signature health care reform, Obamacare. Jonathan Lewallen writes that the GOP’s haste could backfire on them. Writing legislation is a skill, he argues, and in a time of both unified government and budget cuts to Legislative Counsel offices, […]

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    Donald Trump is expanding a system of immigration enforcement which already punishes immigrants and makes them vulnerable.

Donald Trump is expanding a system of immigration enforcement which already punishes immigrants and makes them vulnerable.

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A large part of Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign played on many Americans’ concerns about immigration, and since coming into office, Trump has stepped up immigration enforcement. Inés Valdez writes that the Trump administration’s actions are only the latest iteration of punitive immigration enforcement policies that have been developing for three decades, and which are a way for right-wing […]

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    Compared to adjudication in juvenile court, criminal convictions can hurt adolescent boys’ future employment prospects.

Compared to adjudication in juvenile court, criminal convictions can hurt adolescent boys’ future employment prospects.

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Recent decades have seen a shift in how juveniles are treated by the criminal justice system from rehabilitation to a “tough on crime” approach which sees more young people tried and sentenced by adult courts. But how has this shift affected the lives of these young people? Analyzing data from two cities, Jeffrey Sharlein finds that seven years after court involvement, […]

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    As Donald Trump has shown, words matter in how voters make political decisions.

As Donald Trump has shown, words matter in how voters make political decisions.

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With his frequent characterizations of his opponents as “lyin” or “crooked”, Donald Trump’s use of language during his 2016 presidential election campaign was a departure from previous contests. In new research, Stephen M. Utych examines the effects of this sort of emotional, negative language on political decision-making. Through experimental studies, he finds that when such language is used in […]

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    Local governments are hidden but important partners in air quality management.

Local governments are hidden but important partners in air quality management.

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While it is often overshadowed by concerns about climate change, air quality is still an important issue which affects a large number of Americans. Luke Fowler looks at the role of government in managing air quality, writing that while large scale state and federal programs and partnerships exist, there are often gaps in their coverage. Local governments, in turn, […]

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    Cities of Color are a growing trend in America – and their long-term influence should not be underestimated.

Cities of Color are a growing trend in America – and their long-term influence should not be underestimated.

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Race and place have become high profile issues in recent years. Russell M. Smith writes that issues surrounding urban segregation are also issues in new cities as well as established ones. In new research, he examines ‘Cities of Color’ – which may foreshadow the growth of multi-racial communities in the US – finding that they often form as a […]

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    Real-time fact-checking can change people’s opinion about a candidate, but only if the ratings are decisive.

Real-time fact-checking can change people’s opinion about a candidate, but only if the ratings are decisive.

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Fact-checking of political events has become an important component of 21st century political campaigns. But does fact-checking actually influence how people vote? In new research, Amanda Wintersieck finds that voters’ evaluations of a candidate’s debate performance – and the chances that they will vote for them – are improved when fact-checks confirm they are making accurate statements. “Half-true” fact […]

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