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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French Flags on Facebook: Does Social Media Support Really Matter?
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Facebook's decision to create a French flag overlay after terrorism in Paris led to backlash. But does the social network really drive public opinion? And why do some people choose the overlay while others are averse to it?
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Hubble Image Inspires White House to Ponder Our Cosmos
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Your Politics Stink: People Can Literally Smell Ideology
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September 22nd, 2014
Body odor may hint at a person's politics, according to a new study that finds people prefer the odors of those whose ideology matches their own over people on the opposite end of the spectrum.
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Are Healthy School Lunch Programs a Waste?
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October 7th, 2015
Are kids really throwing out the healthy foods that schools are now offering, a critics of school lunch programs claim?
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Why I'll Talk Politics With Climate Change Deniers — But Not Science
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December 18th, 2014
There are many complex reasons why people decide not to accept the science of climate change. The doubters range from the conspiracy theorist to the skeptical scientist, or from the paid lobbyist to the raving lunatic.
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Religion Doesn't Make People More Moral, Study Finds
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September 11th, 2014
Religion and politics have little effect on morality, a new study suggests.
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White House Sponsors First-Ever 3D-Printed Ornament Contest
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Calling all 3D printing enthusiasts! Today (Nov. 10) is the last day to submit designs for the first-ever White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge.
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Liberal and Conservative States Equally Clueless About Abortions
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August 18th, 2014
Americans living in politically liberal states and those in conservative states have an equally low understanding of abortion's health effects and the laws regarding the procedure, a new national survey finds.
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