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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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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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Politically Correct

Friday, December 18, 2015

What you hear about the Paris climate agreement depends on whom you ask. Plus, how to spot an accurate election poll as the primaries edge 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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Plaintiff Shopping

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Plaintiffs who come to symbolize major supreme court cases are often carefully cast by advocates and public-interest lawyers.
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The Mechanism of Blind Belief

Friday, December 04, 2015

Why people believe what they want to believe, despite the facts. 

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A Taxonomy of Political Lies

Friday, December 04, 2015

Kicking off our deep dive into deception with a taxonomy of the political lie.

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A Recent History of Political Lies

Friday, December 04, 2015

Though this election season feels particularly falsity-filled, we've been on this road for a long time. Here's a brief history of political lies and how Trump has broken the mold.

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Elitist Traitors vs Fascist Morons

Friday, December 04, 2015

For many on the Left, Trump's popularity merely confirms their assumptions about those other people in America. And this may be the most dangerous lie of all.

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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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Our Lies, Our Selves

Friday, December 04, 2015

Our relationship with lying in our own lives has a lot to do with how we judge the lies of politicians. 

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Politifact-Checking the Politicians

Friday, December 04, 2015

If fact-checking is meant to chasten politicians who lie, why isn't it more chaste out there? We speak to Politifact about educating the public and the definition of a "half-truth."

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Lies, Lies, Lies

Friday, December 04, 2015

A brief history of political lies; a psychological look at why and how we lie; and whether we're really as divided as we think. 

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6 Months Later...

Friday, November 27, 2015

A special hour on the past, present and uncertain future of the USA Patriot Act.

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The Patriot Act's Unintended Consequences

Friday, November 27, 2015

Ultimately, our assumption that the Patriot Act is at the center of our nation's struggle between privacy and security...may not be true. 

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Present At The Creation

Friday, November 27, 2015

A mere six weeks after 9/11, the USA PATRIOT Act was passed. Brooke and Bob relive the act's conception amid a climate of fear, confusion, and deceit.

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What's in the Bill?

Friday, November 27, 2015

For almost fourteen years we've been hearing about the Patriot Act. What's in it, again?

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What Does It Mean to Have 'Boots On The Ground'?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Politicians and pundits have been using the phrase "boots on the ground" to declare limits in U.S. involvement in the Middle East. But what does that phrase mean, anyway?

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Dabiq Magazine

Friday, November 20, 2015

While we're watching continuous coverage of ISIS, they're also watching, and even publish politicians and pundits in their propaganda magazine, Dabiq.