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    Liz Cheney’s primary defeat shows that predictions of Trump’s demise are exaggerated

Liz Cheney’s primary defeat shows that predictions of Trump’s demise are exaggerated

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In Tuesday night’s Wyoming primary, outspoken Trump critic and January 6th Committee member Liz Cheney was defeated soundly by Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman for the Republican Congressional nomination. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift discusses the significance of Cheney’s defeat, her political future, and what the loss could portend for the 2022 midterms and the chances of Donald Trump running […]

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    Once again, accusations of Satanism and sex abuse loom large in American politics  

Once again, accusations of Satanism and sex abuse loom large in American politics  

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Right wing politicians and media figures have been increasingly expressing concerns about the “grooming” of children into sexualized lifestyles and satanic activity in America. Joseph E. Uscinski and Casey Klofstad write that such concerns are a repeat of the “Satanic panic” of the 1980s and 90s. And while there is no evidence to support the concerns of conservative figures, […]

Total factor productivity growth: we need a new drug

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Creating the innovations that drive total factor productivity (TFP) growth takes both ideas and firms that process those ideas into new products or techniques. However, while economic theory and innovation policy focus upon idea supply alone, it is idea processing capability that drives US TFP growth. Kevin R. James, Akshay Kotak, and Dimitri Tsomocos write that understanding and improving the economy’s idea […]

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    The FBI’s unprecedented Mar-a-Lago raid may energize support for Trump among the Republican base  

The FBI’s unprecedented Mar-a-Lago raid may energize support for Trump among the Republican base  

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In an unprecedented move last night, FBI agents raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, searching for classified documents that the former president may have illegally taken after leaving the White House. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift explains why the raid matters, what the response has been from Trump and his supporters, and the potential implications for the 2022 […]

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    While overdue, the Inflation Reduction Act is still a win for Joe Biden  

While overdue, the Inflation Reduction Act is still a win for Joe Biden  

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Over the weekend, President Joe Biden drew one step closer to signing the Inflation Reduction Act, a landmark bill that would reform corporate taxes and provide $433 billion in new spending for climate and healthcare. In a party-line vote, Senate Democrats approved the legislation through the special budget reconciliation process, setting the stage for final passage in the House […]

In US cultural mythology sport is a “field of dreams”

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Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, American sport was once again the site of reaction and protest. Glyn Robbins takes an outsider’s view of the US’ relationship with baseball, basketball, and American football, writing that while such games evoke the American Dream of eternal hope through striving for success, they are also entwined with politics, both activist […]

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    How Pennsylvania has taken steps to address the cannabis industry’s equity problem

How Pennsylvania has taken steps to address the cannabis industry’s equity problem

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While cannabis decriminalization and legalization has grown across the states, the profits from cannabis-related businesses have tended to flow mainly to white men, raising issues of equity. In new research, Lee Hannah, Daniel Mallinson, and Lauren Azevedo evaluate measures introduced in Pennsylvania to improve equity in who benefits from cannabis sales. They write that such efforts to diversify dispensary […]

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    The 2022 Midterms: Up and down the ballot, Pennsylvania reflects national political splits

The 2022 Midterms: Up and down the ballot, Pennsylvania reflects national political splits

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In the 2022 midterms, the Keystone State appears poised, as ever, to play a bellwether role. Following primary contests in the state, Maxwell Serota and Robin Kolodny write that Pennsylvania’s US Senate, House and gubernatorial elections are likely to be highly contested – and incredibly important nationally – this November.

Looking ahead to elections across the US in 2022, […]

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    Long Read: The stakes are high for the disunited states of America

Long Read: The stakes are high for the disunited states of America

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The increasing polarisation of American society has raised questions over the future of the American state and nation. As the 2022 midterm elections near, Michael Cox gives an overview of the growing divisiveness in America during Joe Biden’s presidency. The war in Ukraine, economic and inflationary woes, and an ever-increasing divide between Democrats and Republicans will all play a […]

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    Hirers scrutinising veterans’ social media tend to stigmatise those with post-traumatic stress disorder

Hirers scrutinising veterans’ social media tend to stigmatise those with post-traumatic stress disorder

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Military veterans are vulnerable to having their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) discovered on social media by hiring agents. Veterans with PTSD tend to be more stigmatised than veterans without the condition and are less likely to get an interview. They are often judged as more likely to engage in counterproductive behaviours such as saying something hurtful to someone at work, […]

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