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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Your Politics Stink: People Can Literally Smell Ideology
man looking at guy closing, covering nose, something stinks
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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United States Moves to End Puppy Mill Imports
Two puppies lay down next to each other.
August 15th, 2014
The USDA is changing the rules on imported puppies, preventing the exceptionally young and sick from having to endure what can be a deadly journey.
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Liberals Don't Hate Authority After All
President Obama appeared in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana on May 17, 2009.
June 27th, 2014
Liberals are just as accepting of authority as conservatives, when that authority shares their political views, new research finds. But the left and the right do differ on how much they value consensus versus uniqueness in political voices.
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Religion Doesn't Make People More Moral, Study Finds
Smartphone study used links embedded in text messages.
September 11th, 2014
Religion and politics have little effect on morality, a new study suggests.
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Dog State vs. Cat State? Pets and Politics (Op-Ed)
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August 7th, 2014
Does your pet reveal your political leanings?
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Political Lies, White Lies and Damned Lies (Op-Ed)
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May 31st, 2014
Lying is ubiquitous. According to this study humans tell about two lies per day.
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Computer Scientist Andrea Johnson: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Andrea Johnson, computer science, plain language, voting, elections , voter access
December 3rd, 2013
Andrea Johnson, who works on Prime III, an electronic system designed to improve voting accessibility, discusses her passion for her field.
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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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Political Polarization? Sure, But Study Reveals Hope (Op-Ed)
GOP Republican Elephant arguing with a DNC Democrat Donkey.
July 9th, 2014
Focusing on the center — and it's wide — how polarized is the United States?
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Hey, Tom Coburn: Why 'Wasteful' Science Is Important
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December 18th, 2013
An annual report on allegedly wasteful government spending gets the science wrong.
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