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    Newspaper fact checks, especially critical ones, can help keep political ads honest

Newspaper fact checks, especially critical ones, can help keep political ads honest

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In the lead up to and during election campaigns, newspapers run ad watches which comment on the accuracy of advertisements of political candidates. In new research Patrick C. Meirick looks at just how effective these ad watches are at ensuring political ads stay honest. He finds that the more ad watches a race had – and the more explicitly […]

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    Book Review: …and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year by Michael Hudson

Book Review: …and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year by Michael Hudson

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In …and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year, Michael Hudson offers a historical account of the role that debt played in ancient societies. In focusing on how such societies dealt with the proliferation of debts that cannot be paid, this book sheds informative light on the significance of debt today, writes Alfredo […]

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    Book Review: There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince by Greg Beckett

Book Review: There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince by Greg Beckett

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In There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince, Greg Beckett offers a richly detailed, decade-long ethnography of Haiti that digs into how it feels to endure ‘forever crisis’. This deep and thoughtful study shows a sensitivity to the affect of ongoing disaster and the relationship between crisis and ordinariness, contributing to both the literature on Haitian politics and […]

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    The El Paso shooting must be seen in a broader context of racial violence at the US-Mexico border

The El Paso shooting must be seen in a broader context of racial violence at the US-Mexico border

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The recent shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso has been depicted as a tragedy for local people, reigniting well-practiced debates about gun control, video games, mental health, and “lone wolf” extremism. But this framing not only underplays the impacts on connected communities like Ciudad Juárez across the border, it also fails to acknowledge this massacre’s place […]

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    Americans lack the stomach for a protracted trade war with China

Americans lack the stomach for a protracted trade war with China

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In recent weeks, the US-China trade war has ratcheted up, with both sides adopting new measures designed to inflict pain on the other’s economy. As US and Chinese leadership attempt to credibly commit to waiting out the other in a bruising economic battle, Thomas Gift explains why China may have the advantage. He argues that Americans are largely unwilling […]

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    Criminal justice “reforms” that expand parole rely on prisoners’ families and communities to pick up responsibility for their care and supervision.

Criminal justice “reforms” that expand parole rely on prisoners’ families and communities to pick up responsibility for their care and supervision.

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The last decade has seen a levelling off of prison populations in the United States. Vanessa A. Massaro writes that the reforms which have led to this trend have actually displaced the burden of incarceration from prisons onto families and communities. Through her ethnographic research in Philadelphia, she finds that care for incarcerated people imposes significant financial and emotional […]

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    For an incumbent seeking re-election, focusing on their links to their district can often be enough to see off a challenger

For an incumbent seeking re-election, focusing on their links to their district can often be enough to see off a challenger

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In elections, those already in office – incumbents – tend to have a considerable advantage over a challenger. But how is this advantage shaped by how incumbents and their challengers campaign? In new research, James N. Druckman, Martin J. Kifer and Michael Parkin coded the content of US House and Senate candidates’ websites and find that while incumbents tend […]

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    Eight out of ten mayors in America have experienced violent or psychological abuse

Eight out of ten mayors in America have experienced violent or psychological abuse

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The sad fact of violence and abuse against politicians is nothing new, but the rise of social media now provides new avenues for psychological abuse and threatening behavior towards elected officials. In new research, Sue Thomas, Rebekah Herrick and colleagues use a survey to investigate experiences of violence and psychological abuse among American mayors. They find that 80 percent of […]

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    Donald Trump’s pre-2017 tweets gave us clues about the kind of president he would become

Donald Trump’s pre-2017 tweets gave us clues about the kind of president he would become

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As was the case in his 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump conducts much of the visible part of his presidency via Twitter. But what can his pre-2016 tweets tell us about the President? Paromita Pain and Gina Chen analyzed over 30,000 of Donald Trump’s tweets from the eight years before Trump’s inauguration. They find that even before his presidential […]

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    How disability compounds economic insecurity for already marginalized groups

How disability compounds economic insecurity for already marginalized groups

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More than 1 in every 8 Americans has a disability, and yet the role of disability with other characteristics such as race, gender, and education in contributing to disadvantage is relatively understudied. In new research, which uses sample data from more than two million Americans, Michelle Maroto and David Pettinicchio find that the effects of disability on poverty are greater […]

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