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Humans Are to Blame for Making Dogs So Bad at Handling Conflict

There's an evolutionary reason your pup doesn't play well with others.<p>Go to a dog park, and you’ll see how much humans have messed up canine society. …

Ancient Civilization

Nobody knows anything about China — including the Chinese government

As a foreigner in China, you get used to hearing the retort "you don't know China!" spat at you by locals.<p>It's usually a knee-jerk reaction to some uncomfortable modern issue or in defense of one of the many historical myths children in the mainland are taught as unshakeable facts about the world. …

China

As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind

Demographic shifts rippling across the nation are fueling fears that their culture and standing are under threat.<p>Even after the coal mines closed and the factory jobs disappeared and the businesses began taking down their signs on Broad Street, even after the population started its steady decline …

Rolling back regulations often comes before a financial meltdown

The blame for financial meltdowns often focuses on irresponsible traders and greedy bankers. But politicians, whose policies sometimes fan the flames, deserve scrutiny as well, according to a fascinating analysis of booms and busts since the 18th century by Jihad Dagher, an economist at the IMF. …

Regulation

Are Millennials Moving Right on Guns?

Pollsters are puzzled by young Americans’ seemingly contradictory views on guns. Maybe they’re confused? Or maybe there’s something deeper going on.<p>Are younger Americans more progressive? One would be hard pressed to disagree. The under-30 crowd has led a fight on transgender rights and new forms …

The Wall Street Journal's Trump problem

Dozens have left the paper in the past year and interviews with current and ex-staffers show outrage over pressure from management to normalize Trump<p>On Monday 13 February, just over three weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief Gerry Baker held a town-hall …

Donald Trump

What I Learned From 7 Months Of Watching The Trump White House

<i>Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s regular look at the latest policy developments in Washington and beyond. Want to get TrumpBeat in your inbox?</i> …

Donald Trump Is Making Europe Liberal Again

On Dec. 4 last year, less than a month after Donald Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton, Austria held a revote in its presidential election, which …

4 reasons why people ignore facts and believe fake news

The new year has brought us the apparently new phenomena of fake news and alternative facts, in which black is white, up is down, and reality is up for grabs.<p>The inauguration crowds were the largest ever. No, that was not a "falsehood," proclaimed by Kellyanne Conway as she defended Sean Spicer's …

Fake News

As Obama accomplished policy goals, his party floundered

WASHINGTON (AP) — In boasting about his tenure in the White House, President Barack Obama often cites numbers like these: 15 million new jobs, a 4.9 …

The White House

The Big Con: what is really at stake in this US election

Big government helped make America great but it was so successful its effect has become invisible. Anti-Washington hatred helps only the super-rich and puts progress at risk for millions living with wage stagnation and rising inequality<p><i>Do you remember, your President Nixon?</i><p><i>Do you remember, the</i> …

Why Does Education Translate to Less Support for Donald Trump?

It’s probably the biggest demographic story of this election: Hillary Clinton has made big gains with well-educated whites, particularly women. And Donald J. Trump has continued recent Republican gains in winning over less educated whites, particularly men. As Nate Cohn wrote in an article last …

Does Anyone Know What Happened to Those 22 Million Emails From the Bush White House?

Did you look in the couch?<p>You know, I think I'll just leave this little bit from <i>Newsweek</i> here for a while.<p>Most troubling, researchers found a suspicious pattern in the White House email system blackouts, including periods when there were no emails available from the office of Vice President Dick …

Obama's Bet On Putin Has Collapsed

U.S. President Barack Obama told an interviewer recently that the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria "haunts me constantly" -- and well it should. Hundreds of thousands dead, millions displaced, and still no end to the conflict is in sight. Even one year ago American military power still might have …

America's founders screwed up when they designed the presidency. Donald Trump is exhibit A.

When most Americans think of the Constitution, they undoubtedly think of the rights provisions — primarily the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment, with its guarantees of "equal protection" and "due process of law." One need not denigrate those in order to point out that in many ways the most …

Political Science

Donald Trump: Fearmonger in Chief

As human beings, our capacity to forget is astonishing, second only to our capacity to believe just about anything.<p>So in 2016, we find ourselves in a …

Breaking point: America approaching a period of disintegration, argues anthropologist Peter Turchin

<b>Unrest in Charlotte, NC, September 20, 2016. (Reuters/Adam Rhew)</b><p>Anthropologist Peter Turchin’s “Ages of Discord” provides a crucial decoder ring for Trump-era social strife<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>October 1, 2016 2:45pm (UTC)<p>As the 2016 campaign reaches fever pitch, the more heat there is and the less light …

Expert claims 'recent discoveries' prove historical accuracy of the Bible

A new book hopes to settle a centuries old debate regarding the historical validity of the bible.<p>Experts seemingly constantly debate the accuracy of the bible, with some arguing that Jesus of Nazareth was never Resurrected, or even ever existed.<p>Well, Dr. Brant Pitre, the bestselling author of Jesus …

Jesus

If you don’t understand Black Lives Matter after Terence Crutcher’s death, you never will

His car broke down. An officer said he looked “bad.” Now he’s dead.<p>Countless studies, statistics, investigations, and anecdotes tell us that a person’s race can determine the kinds of interactions he or she will have with the police — and how likely it is that he or she will survive the …

Why It’s Impossible for Democrats to Win the House

In 2010, Republicans successfully redrew district lines to rig House elections in their favor. One leading redistricting expert says the problem is …

A US state wants to scrap traditional voting in favor of a less polarizing election system

Something truly radical could happen on November 8, and it has nothing to do with electing the first female, or perhaps the first reality television star, as president. It’s the introduction of a better, fairer voting system altogether—at least on the state level.<p>When Mainers go to the polls on …

Can epistocracy, or knowledge-based voting, fix democracy?

Elected officials tend to pass laws they believe will appeal to the median voter. A politician on the left or right usually can win more votes by moving to the center, a theory you can see in action by watching how presidential candidates soften their policies after the primaries.<p>The median voter …

Who’s more dishonest, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?

From our friends at<p><b><br>BY AIMEE KUVADIA</b><p>It’s no secret that politicians lie. But Hillary Clinton’s reputation for doing so more than others is probably …

The Original Underclass

Poor white Americans’ current crisis shouldn’t have caught the rest of the country as off guard as it has.<p>Sometime during the past few years, the country started talking differently about white Americans of modest means. Early in the Obama era, the ennobling language of campaign pundits prevailed. …

Thomas Jefferson