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Howard Dean's Scream, Revisited

Friday, February 05, 2016

A "Dean Scream" is shorthand for a campaign disaster. But did Howard Dean's 2004 shriek even happen the way it's remembered? And did it really doom him? FiveThirtyEight investigates.

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Dark Arts

Friday, February 05, 2016

Political dirt-digging, the real story of the "Dean Scream," and remembering the life of James Foley. 

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When Is Undercover Reporting Justified?

Friday, January 29, 2016

A look at the successes and failures of undercover reporters throughout history.

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Detecting Terrorism Online Raises Legal Questions

Friday, January 29, 2016

The US government is in talks with Silicon Valley about creating tools to identify potential terrorists on social media. Is that legal?

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Why The Media Missed Bernie Sanders

Friday, January 22, 2016

Since he launched his campaign, Bernie Sanders has been called many things. Until recently, "serious candidate" wasn't one of them. Dylan Byers on the media's Bernie problem.

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Figuring Flint Out

Friday, January 22, 2016

Flint's water crisis has unfolded largely without national attention. An investigative reporter explains how the story got out, despite denial and obfuscation from state officials.

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Terms of Engagement

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Mexican journalist reacts to Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo;  Bob checks back in with the Pentagon; and the history of copyright, from its dramatic birth to its uncertain future.

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The Untold Story of Guns

Friday, January 08, 2016

Though it might seem like ancient history, there was a time when the NRA supported gun control, and the staunchest supporters of "gun rights" were on the radical left. 

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Thoughts, Prayers, and Lots of Cash

Friday, January 08, 2016

A journalist reminds the public of the cozy and lucrative relationship between members of Congress and the seemingly all-powerful gun lobby.

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Does It Matter What You Think About Gun Policy?

Friday, January 08, 2016

A recent, thorough study found no correlation between public opinion and what policies get enacted in the U.S. So what does that mean for popular gun safety proposals?

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Common Sense

Friday, January 08, 2016

President Obama's plea for gun reforms relaunches a national conversation about America's relationship with firearms. We examine the tensions and myths that surround potential reform.

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Stopping Gun Violence Without New Laws

Friday, January 08, 2016

Mass shootings have catalyzed the conversation about gun reform, but inner-city violence has been left out of the discussion. A California pastor is trying to change that.

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Who Bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal?

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Last month, someone bought Nevada's largest newspaper for $140 million. After a week of speculation, the new owner was finally revealed. But the drama didn't end there.
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On Political Correctness

Friday, December 18, 2015

GOP candidates squared off against the real enemy during Tuesday's foreign policy-themed debate: political correctness.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Election Polls Edition

Friday, December 18, 2015

How can you to tell important polling headlines from bad ones? Our partnership with FiveThirtyEight continues with this look at how to interpret polling data as the primaries get closer.

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So You've Got a Demagogue

Friday, December 11, 2015

Donald Trump may be breaking the current political mold, but history has always anticipated characters like him. Here's what we can learn from the rise and fall of demagogues past.

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Take Responsibility

Friday, December 11, 2015

Diagnosing a demagogue; breaking down a media feeding frenzy in San Bernardino; and the life and death of New York Times reporter and AIDS victim Jeffrey Schmalz.

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"Vultures, Jackals, and Hyenas"

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bob reports from Redlands, CA on the media maelstrom that invaded the alleged San Bernardino shooters' condo.

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When Polls Obscure The Truth

Friday, December 04, 2015

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight explains why Donald Trump's position in the polls isn't everything he makes it out to be, and how polls can also obscure the truth.

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Surveillance Beyond the Patriot Act

Friday, November 27, 2015

We all know the Patriot Act, but lesser-known programs like Executive Order 12333 account for the bulk of government surveillance--and receive even less oversight.