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The Public Sees Merit in Negative Ads

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Category: Politics

From today.yougov.com

Consider that 56% of the public found information in ads that show “the inconsistencies in a candidate’s positions on issues” as either “very” or “somewhat” helpful. In other words, most of the public wants to know if a candidate “flip-flops.

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Speaking science to power : Nature News & Comment

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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.nature.com

EPA researcher gets her job back ― for the second time.

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2012 Post-Election Report: French Presidential Election — The Monkey Cage

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Category: Politics

From themonkeycage.org

French presidential elections have involved such runoffs because, since 1962, French presidents have been elected directly by popular vote in a two-round majority runoff system.[2] This set of electoral rules guarantees that whoever occupies L’Elysée will have obtained a majority of the popular vote,[3] because if no presidential candidate emerges with a majority on the first ballot, a second round of voting is held between the top two vote getters.

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Research - Fredrik M Sjoberg′s Personal Website

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Politics

From sites.google.com

Why would an autocrat want to reduce election fraud? In recent years, non-democratic rulers have surprisingly begun to embrace fraud-reducing technologies, like web cameras or transparent ballot boxes.

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The changing complexity of congressional speech - Sunlight Foundation

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Politics

From sunlightfoundation.com

The US Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level, according to a new Sunlight Foundation analysis of the Congressional Record using Capitol Words.

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Who Is Joe Ricketts? TPMMuckraker

Sunday, May 20, 2012
Category: Politics

From tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com

So who is the man who cuts a check for liberal darling Robert Redford one day, then comes close to lighting the fuse of Republican dynamite the next? Meet Joe Ricketts, a man with a thumb in many pies, a man who loves his family, his iPhone, and his motorcycle, and yet another super-rich political donor taking advantage of the post-Citizens United environment to let his money do the talking.

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G.O.P. ‘Super PAC’ Weighs Hard-Line Attack on Obama - NYTimes.com

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.nytimes.com

A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire, Joe Ricketts, seeking to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the “super PAC” era.

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Freakonomics » What Do Indian Politicians and Drug Dealers Have in Common?

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.freakonomics.com

Since 2003, Indian law has required anyone running for office to publicly list their asset holdings and bank account balances. The researchers found that wealth of an elected member of the legislative assembly grows 6 percent faster than his runner-up; politicians who attain cabinet-level posts see their wealth grow 15 percent faster.

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Euro Struggles Can Be Traced to Origins of Common Currency - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.spiegel.de

Newly revealed German government documents reveal that many in Helmut Kohl′s Chancellery had deep doubts about a European common currency when it was introduced in 1998. First and foremost, experts pointed to Italy as being the euro′s weak link.

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Obscure law makes it tough for military dogs to be adopted... www.wsbtv.com

Monday, May 14, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.wsbtv.com

They survived running toward death and danger, but some locally trained military dogs of war are not making it home.

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