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A new House forecast model says Democrats will lose five House seats next year.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 5, 2013
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How has scandal-ridden Rob Ford become so popular? A political scientist explains.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 6, 2013
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Being warned of PolitiFact's presence reduces a candidate's likelihood of getting a bad grade from the group by 55 percent.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 8, 2013
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How many of the Congress members' constituents used food stamps didn't matter at all.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 20, 2013
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For starters: It's not true that "politics stops at the water's edge."

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 3, 2013
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The president is, to a surprising degree, above petty and parochial concerns.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 29, 2013
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Since Obama's election as president, many Democrats have stopped showing up for antiwar protests.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 29, 2013
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Larry Bartels is one of my favorite political scientists for his relentless efforts to cut through emotional debates with cold, hard data. What happened?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 14, 2013
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A recent study found that within four years, scandal-ridden House members do as well as their squeaky-clean colleagues.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 8, 2013
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Emory political scientist Joanna Shepherd finds that judges who get business donations for their campaigns tend to lean in business's favor.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 11, 2013
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The more Americans participate in their political system, the angrier and more disillusioned they become.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jun 6, 2013
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Republicans go for traditional names with hard consonants. Liberals like more unique names with softer sounds.

When you ask Democrats and Republicans basic factual questions about politics, they tend to get questions wrong in a way that helps their side. But if they get paid to be right, they don't.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 3, 2013
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A new working paper finds that U.S. state capitals that are remote from population centers tend to be more corrupt — possibly due to less media coverage.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • May 16, 2013
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Do we really live in the "United States of Google, Verizon" or do the poor have a say? The literature's split.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 7, 2013
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Liberal state legislators systematically overestimate how conservative their constituents are. And conservative ones basically think their districts are full of Jim DeMints.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 4, 2013
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The American Bar Association issues influential ratings of potential judicial nominees. The best way to get a bad rating is to be a racial minority or a woman.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 28, 2013
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This post spoils a medium-sized plot point midway though the Netflix drama, House of Cards. If you don't want the spoiler, stop reading. You've been warned.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Feb 26, 2013
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Political scientists have found that SOTU addresses rarely move the president's approval ratings and only have a slight effect on framing various policy issues. One reason? Few people are watching them.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Feb 12, 2013
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John Paul II used the nuclear option. But Benedict brought back the filibuster.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 11, 2013
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