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    Donald Trump has criticized Latino judges, but they are some of the most conservative jurists on the federal bench

Donald Trump has criticized Latino judges, but they are some of the most conservative jurists on the federal bench

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During his 2016 election campaign and thereafter, Donald Trump criticized Latino judges, a distinct break from previous administrations which have increased diversity in the federal judiciary. But Latino judges may be beneficial to Trump’s Republican agenda. In new research, Scott Hofer and Jason Casellas look at the ideology of Democratic and Republican-appointed judges, finding that Latino judges from both […]

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    Donald Trump’s new refugee admissions cap is a record low, and a departure for a Republican president.

Donald Trump’s new refugee admissions cap is a record low, and a departure for a Republican president.

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President Trump recently announced a dramatic fall in the cap for US refugee admissions. Shyam K. Sriram puts this policy change in context, commenting that while since 1980, the ceiling for refugee admissions has varied, it fell below 50,000 for the first time in 2018. Refugee admissions, he finds, have never been as low as they are now under […]

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    Most research finds little evidence that interest groups influence US politics, but that’s because it’s focused on the federal government.

Most research finds little evidence that interest groups influence US politics, but that’s because it’s focused on the federal government.

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There is widespread belief that interest groups such as gun rights associations, unions, and environmental lobby groups have significant influence on US politics. But, writes Sarah F. Anzia, because of a close research focus on the federal level, there is actually little evidence that this is the case. She writes that studying groups’ influence in relation to local and […]

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    Book Review: The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality by Katharina Pistor

Book Review: The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality by Katharina Pistor

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In The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality, Katharina Pistor offers an expansive analysis of the construction of capital, showing legal coding to be at the heart of this process. This is a welcome interdisciplinary contribution which attaches fresh dimensions to debates on the political economy of wealth and inequality and will be a valuable resource for anyone […]

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    Ambitious state legislators are pushing abortion bans to please interest groups who sense an end to Roe v. Wade

Ambitious state legislators are pushing abortion bans to please interest groups who sense an end to Roe v. Wade

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This year has seen several states adopt fetal “heartbeat” bills which would effectively ban abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. Alex Garlick looks at why these bills are surfacing now, given that Roe v. Wade has been settled law for over 45 years. Drawing on a model of agenda setting, he argues that ambitious state legislators and Governors […]

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    How extremist conspiracy theories about immigration and demographic change can fuel violence

How extremist conspiracy theories about immigration and demographic change can fuel violence

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This year has seen a number of mass shootings and attacks by those who are hostile to immigrants because of fears about racial and ethnic change. In a new study, Joseph E. Uscinski and Casey Klofstad find that many Americans are concerned about Whites becoming a minority in the next three decades, and that their views on immigrants also […]

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    Public information campaigns work alongside walls, guns, and prisons to enforce the US-Mexico border.

Public information campaigns work alongside walls, guns, and prisons to enforce the US-Mexico border.

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The harsh enforcement practices surrounding and extending from the US-Mexico border have prompted widespread criticism from activists. But how else are the US government and local authorities attempting to dissuade potential migrants? Jill M. Williams takes a close look at more than two decades of public information campaigns aimed at convincing those from other countries from making the journey […]

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    Naming mass shootings as a homeland security issue may be the Democrats’ best chance for gun reform

Naming mass shootings as a homeland security issue may be the Democrats’ best chance for gun reform

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In the aftermath of horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have signaled their openness to discussions with Democrats on gun control. But will the negotiations yield measurable results? Thomas Gift argues that the best chance for meaningful reform might be for Democrats to repackage the debate over […]

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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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    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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