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10

Jun

Talkeetna’s feline mayor contemplates retirementStubbs the cat has faithfully served his constituents for 17 years, and his owner says it might be time for him to leave Alaska’s political arena.

Talkeetna’s feline mayor contemplates retirement
Stubbs the cat has faithfully served his constituents for 17 years, and his owner says it might be time for him to leave Alaska’s political arena.

09

May

Politicians: Want to get elected? Using swear words could helpA recent study featuring blog posts from fictitious Italian politicians found the use of swear words made candidates sound more relatable.

Politicians: Want to get elected? Using swear words could help
A recent study featuring blog posts from fictitious Italian politicians found the use of swear words made candidates sound more relatable.

17

Feb

John Kerry: Climate change is a ‘fearsome weapon of mass destruction’In a speech in Indonesia, the Secretary of State also derides ‘head in the sand’ climate change deniers.

John Kerry: Climate change is a ‘fearsome weapon of mass destruction’
In a speech in Indonesia, the Secretary of State also derides ‘head in the sand’ climate change deniers.

05

Feb

5 fast facts about the farm bill, including why you may be eating more sushiCongress finally passed the farm bill and the president is expected to sign it into law. Here are five facts, picked out of 956 pages of legislation, to start you on your way to knowing what’s actually in it.

5 fast facts about the farm bill, including why you may be eating more sushi
Congress finally passed the farm bill and the president is expected to sign it into law. Here are five facts, picked out of 956 pages of legislation, to start you on your way to knowing what’s actually in it.

18

Dec

Did Harry Potter help Obama get elected?A new book argues that the Potter series’ moral lessons helped young voters identify with Democrats and cast their votes for Obama.

Did Harry Potter help Obama get elected?
A new book argues that the Potter series’ moral lessons helped young voters identify with Democrats and cast their votes for Obama.

14

Dec

Why the ‘dairy cliff’ probably isn’t a crisisThe U.S. farm bill is expiring again, raising the perennial specter of overpriced food. But despite the high stakes, this political precipice looks more like a buttery bluff.

Why the ‘dairy cliff’ probably isn’t a crisis
The U.S. farm bill is expiring again, raising the perennial specter of overpriced food. But despite the high stakes, this political precipice looks more like a buttery bluff.

12

Dec

Liberals and conservatives moving farther apart, literallyThe desire to fit in is driving the great American sort, and while it may make people happier and healthier, it could also lead more partisan entrenchment.

Liberals and conservatives moving farther apart, literally
The desire to fit in is driving the great American sort, and while it may make people happier and healthier, it could also lead more partisan entrenchment.

23

Oct

For the first time, most Americans favor legalizing marijuanaThe acceptance of marijuana use over the past 4 decades could be attributed to changing social mores, including the use of medical marijuana.

For the first time, most Americans favor legalizing marijuana
The acceptance of marijuana use over the past 4 decades could be attributed to changing social mores, including the use of medical marijuana.

03

Oct

15 weird effects of the government shutdownDespite the lack of panda cams and National Parks, the IRS and NSA are still working.

15 weird effects of the government shutdown
Despite the lack of panda cams and National Parks, the IRS and NSA are still working.

30

Sep

How a potential government shutdown could affect NASANASA has a variety of contingencies in the event of a shutdown, including supporting the astronauts in the International Space Station.

How a potential government shutdown could affect NASA
NASA has a variety of contingencies in the event of a shutdown, including supporting the astronauts in the International Space Station.