Politics

Politics and politicians often create a collective shrug in society. But with the global financial crisis striking on the eve of the U.S. presidential election, many Americans are paying more attention to the politics than ever before. Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, and their running mates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, have been forced to speak out about the banking debacle and the housing crisis when they might prefer to talk about their records or health care or global political situations. We look at the psychology, sociology and economics of today's political climate.
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Trump's Broken Speech Appeals to the Masses
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March 14th, 2016
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Climate Change Doubters Will Be 'Pretty Lonely,' Obama Says
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Spacing Out Vaccines? No Evidence Supports Candidates' Ideas
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Trumpisms: Political Insults Erode Voters' Faith
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 14, 2015.
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Verbal jabs and snappy one-liners have long been a tool of politicians, but Donald Trump has made insults a centerpiece of his campaign. Here's what science has to say about such political insults.
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