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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.

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Lessons Unlearned

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Paris attacks have been deemed "France's 9/11." But do the politics and rhetoric of this week reflect what we've learned in the 14 years since 9/11? 

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In Praise Of "Gotcha!"

Friday, November 06, 2015

Most of the Republican candidates agree that the main problem with last week's CNBC debate was the preponderance of "gotcha" questions. Bob begs to differ.

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Lessig's Less

Friday, November 06, 2015

Lawrence Lessig, Harvard law professor and crusader for campaign finance reform, explains why he ditched his reluctant campaign for president. 

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Two Angry Men

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Bob talks with Alec Baldwin about all things media.
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A Brief History Of The Political "Outsider"

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Pundits are proclaiming this the year of the political "outsider." Same as it ever was.
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Chicken or Egg? Media Pull Versus Push

Friday, October 30, 2015

Do candidates get more coverage because they're polling well, or do they poll well because they get more coverage? We're teaming up with FiveThirtyEight to search for an answer.

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Inside/Outside

Friday, October 30, 2015

Examining the trope of the political "outsider"; the relationship between polls and media coverage of candidates; the movie Spotlight; and the "Ferguson Effect". 

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Marco Rubio: The Frontrunner in Third

Friday, October 30, 2015

Marco Rubio has been polling at a steady third - or lower - for months, so why have so many in the media tapped him as the favorite to win the Republican nomination?

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Running As An 'Outsider': An American Tradition

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pundits are surprised at the draw of "outsider" candidates like Trump, Carson, Fiorina, and Sanders this year. They shouldn't be.

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Drone Language Decoded

Friday, October 23, 2015

Following the The Intercept's release of secret documents regarding the US drone program, a look at the vague, misleading language used by the Administration to describe drone attacks.

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California Protects Online Privacy

Friday, October 23, 2015

A new California law requires police to get a warrant before searching your electronic data. Bob talks to State Sen. Mark Leno, a co-sponsor of the bill, about its implications. 

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Truth(ish)

Friday, October 23, 2015

A farewell to coverage of Joe Biden's non-existent presidential campaign. Plus: the misleading language of drone warfare; a film examines Dan Rather's downfall at CBS; and more.

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Biden His Time

Friday, October 23, 2015

We say goodbye to the coverage of a fictional candidate, as Vice President Joe Biden announced that his non-existent campaign would continue... not to exist.

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Gallup Quits the Horse Race

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bob talks to Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup, about the organization's decision to stop tracking the presidential primaries after nearly 80 years of polling the horse race. 

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Porn Politik

Friday, October 16, 2015

A requiem for Playboy's nudes. Plus: Bernie Sanders versus the media, a major privacy case in Europe, and more.

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Bernie Sanders and the Media

Friday, October 16, 2015

During the debate, Bernie Sanders took on too-big-to-fail banks, economic inequality, climate change, and the media. He's been fighting against the latter for a long time.

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"Who Won The Debate?"

Friday, October 16, 2015

Reminder: a debate isn't an election. After this week's Democratic debate, pundits and online polls came to different conclusions about who "won" the night. Bob weighs in.

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Plaintiff Shopping

Friday, October 09, 2015

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

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Bench Press

Friday, October 09, 2015

An hour on the Supreme Court, an institution as secretive as it is powerful -- and how we understand it. Plus: shopping for plaintiffs, press influence on the court, and a song.