Research

America's Voting War

Republican and Democratic legislative forces are at loggerheads over voting reform efforts across the country, with Republicans referring to election security as an “all-hands moment” and...
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Credibility

Best Covid-19 News Sources of 2020

Many have noted that the Covid-19 pandemic was accompanied by an “infodemic” — a flood of related news and information that played a large role in how different populations responded to the virus....
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Energy

Why Did Texas Lose Power?

On February 16, as many as 4.5 million Texans, or about 1 in 6, were without power as the state plunged into record sub-freezing temperatures. For a state that prides itself on energy production...
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Finance

Does GameStop Prove the Stock Market Is Rigged?

Just weeks ago, the share price for GameStop, a brick-and-mortar retailer of video games, saw its shares go from $17 to $483 before plummeting back down to around $50 within the span of a month....
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Research

Covid-19’s Economic Costs and the Stimulus Debate

At the center of the ongoing tug-of-war in Congress over the next round of economic recovery efforts are competing perceptions about whether and how Americans need economic support. The country...
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Research

How Real Is "Cancel Culture?"

Have you ever felt uncomfortable sharing your opinion on politics — whether online or with friends? If so, you’re not alone. Americans are becoming increasingly cautious about sharing their...
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Research

Insurrection, Siege, Riot: The Words Used to Describe the January 6 Capitol Attack

The words media outlets use to describe events play a large role in shaping public perception of those events. As January 6 unfolded on Capitol Hill, there was a rapid shift in language, from “...
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Coronavirus

American Apathy: Our Declining Interest in Covid-19 Cases and Deaths

We are experiencing some of the deadliest days in American history, but the magnitude of the ongoing disaster defies human comprehension. As the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths climbed during...
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14 min read
Credibility - Mar 3, 2021

Best Covid-19 News Sources of 2020

Many have noted that the Covid-19 pandemic was accompanied by an “infodemic” — a flood of related news and information that played a large role in how different populations responded to the virus. Looking back at 2020, we can...
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10 min read
Energy - Feb 26, 2021

Why Did Texas Lose Power?

On February 16, as many as 4.5 million Texans, or about 1 in 6, were without power as the state plunged into record sub-freezing temperatures. For a state that prides itself on energy production and independence, the sudden...
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11 min read
Finance - Feb 14, 2021

Does GameStop Prove the Stock Market Is Rigged?

Just weeks ago, the share price for GameStop, a brick-and-mortar retailer of video games, saw its shares go from $17 to $483 before plummeting back down to around $50 within the span of a month. The story gripped the media...
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10 min read
Research - Feb 5, 2021

Covid-19’s Economic Costs and the Stimulus Debate

At the center of the ongoing tug-of-war in Congress over the next round of economic recovery efforts are competing perceptions about whether and how Americans need economic support. The country has deep economic divergences,...
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9 min read
Research - Jan 29, 2021

How Real Is "Cancel Culture?"

Have you ever felt uncomfortable sharing your opinion on politics — whether online or with friends? If so, you’re not alone. Americans are becoming increasingly cautious about sharing their political opinions. In a recent ...
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21 min read
Research - Jan 24, 2021

Insurrection, Siege, Riot: The Words Used to Describe the January 6 Capitol Attack

The words media outlets use to describe events play a large role in shaping public perception of those events. As January 6 unfolded on Capitol Hill, there was a rapid shift in language, from “protesters,” “supporters,” and “...
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26 min read
Coronavirus - Jan 12, 2021

American Apathy: Our Declining Interest in Covid-19 Cases and Deaths

We are experiencing some of the deadliest days in American history, but the magnitude of the ongoing disaster defies human comprehension. As the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths climbed during 2020 and reached new heights...
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19 min read
Coronavirus - Jan 4, 2021

How Dangerous Are the New Covid Variants?

In a cruel twist, 2020 left parting gifts: at least two new, seemingly more dangerous variants of Covid-19. B.1.1.7 was first identified in the UK in September and has recently accounted for more than half of new cases in the...
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21 min read
Coronavirus - Dec 19, 2020

Can China’s Covid News Be Trusted?

China has received abundant ridicule for its role in Covid-19, from its early negligence, to its influence over the World Health Organization, to its draconian measures to control the virus. Part of the negative perception in...
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