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    Voters are much more likely to support immigrant-family separation if they watch Fox News or read Breitbart

Voters are much more likely to support immigrant-family separation if they watch Fox News or read Breitbart

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In June, following a massive public outcry, President Donald Trump suspended his administration’s policy of forcibly separating immigrant families who had crossed the US-Mexico border. Despite the backlash, a majority of Republicans supported Trump’s family-separation policy. In new research based on a recent survey, Kevin Cope and Charles Crabtree take an in-depth look at what drives people’s positions on […]

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    People feel safer when they see effective counterterrorism policies in action

People feel safer when they see effective counterterrorism policies in action

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Since 2001’s 9/11 attacks, Americans have had to live with the increased threat of terrorism. But how can governments reassure their citizens who may be understandably anxious about potential terrorist attacks? In new research, Aaron M. Hoffman finds that while being reminded about terrorism makes people more anxious, they can be reassured when shown evidence of their government’s effective […]

How we might begin to reduce school shootings in America

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The past two decades have seen a marked increase in both the number and severity of school shootings. Following a meta-analysis of factors common to many of these school shootings, William Jeynes suggests a number of potential solutions. These include supporting parental involvement with their children, reintroducing character education in schools, and more intelligent gun laws.

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    Confidence in the US Supreme Court is declining, and that puts its decisions at risk from Congress

Confidence in the US Supreme Court is declining, and that puts its decisions at risk from Congress

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Recent years have seen a marked decline in public support for major US political institutions, and the Supreme Court has not been immune from this trend. Michael J. Nelson and Alicia Uribe-McGuire write that this falling support could threaten the nation’s highest court, as legislators may have less of an electoral penalty from voters if they attack the Court. […]

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    Book Review: Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks

Book Review: Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks

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In Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor, Virginia Eubanks outlines the life-and-death impacts of automated decision-making on public services in the USA through three case studies relating to welfare provision, homelessness and child protection services. Centralising the stories and experiences of her subjects with sensitivity while also drawing on statistical data, Eubanks offers a valuable and […]

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    Evidence suggests the militarization of police forces leads to more civilian deaths.

Evidence suggests the militarization of police forces leads to more civilian deaths.

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Why do some police officers resort to lethal force so quickly? In new research, Edward Lawson Jr finds that this growing tendency is closely linked to the increasing militarization of American law enforcement. A more militarized worldview, he writes, leads to police departments acquiring more military equipment and pushes officers towards the use of lethal force instead of other, […]

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    Why Justice Kennedy’s retirement will mean an even more polarized Supreme Court

Why Justice Kennedy’s retirement will mean an even more polarized Supreme Court

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What does the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy mean for the ideology of the Supreme Court? By examining the judicial record of one of Kennedy’s potential successors, Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Donald M. Gooch finds that not only would his appointment – or that of someone with similar views – push the Court farther to the right, it […]

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    Justice Kennedy’s retirement politicizes the Supreme Court and complicates the congressional midterms

Justice Kennedy’s retirement politicizes the Supreme Court and complicates the congressional midterms

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Last week Supreme Court Associate Justice, Anthony Kennedy announced that he would be retiring following more than 30 years on the bench. Lauren C. Bell writes that, while Kennedy has been a moderate voice on the Supreme Court for nearly 15 years, he has now chosen to be replaced by a Republican President and a Republican-controlled Senate. Whoever follows Kennedy, […]

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    States with more competitive legislative elections are more likely to enact laws that are invalidated by the Supreme Court

States with more competitive legislative elections are more likely to enact laws that are invalidated by the Supreme Court

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The relative lack of competitive elections across the US has been the cause of growing concern in recent years. But what might be some of the potential policy and legal consequences associated with more competitive elections?  In new research, Bryan M. Black and Laine P. Shay find that states with more competitive legislative elections are more likely to have […]

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    In its latest decision, the Supreme Court has got it wrong when it says that partisan gerrymandering only hurts voters in specific districts

In its latest decision, the Supreme Court has got it wrong when it says that partisan gerrymandering only hurts voters in specific districts

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Last week, the US Supreme Court sent gerrymandering cases from Wisconsin, Maryland and North Carolina back to their respective states’ courts, with the unanimous opinion that state political parties could not prove that they were harmed by the gerrymandering of individual legislative districts. Alex Keena, Michael Latner, Anthony J. McGann and Charles Anthony Smith argue that the Supreme Court […]

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