Presidents can’t declassify documents with Green Lantern superpowers

Let’s look at the many, many holes in Trump’s theory of executive power.

By Kenneth R. Mayer and Andrew RudalevigeAugust 19, 2022

Unemployed South Africans depended on covid relief grants

But this government assistance wasn’t easy— or cheap — to access

By Vayda MegannonAugust 19, 2022

What does it take to build up women’s rights after war?

This nuanced compilation looks at women’s empowerment after Sierra Leone’s civil war from many different perspectives.

By Miriam J. Anderson August 19, 2022

Do armed drones reduce terrorism? Here’s the data.

This research analyzes patterns of terrorism in the 18 countries that utilize drones.

By Joshua A. Schwartz and Matthew FuhrmannAugust 18, 2022

Afghanistan’s women in exile continue to push for equality

Activists and former politicians put pressure on the international community on key women’s rights concerns.

By Mona TajaliAugust 18, 2022

What Americans think about China and Taiwan

Majorities support backing Taiwan as the U.S. has backed Ukraine, as long as U.S. troops aren’t involved.

By Dina Smeltz and Craig Kafura August 17, 2022

Most Republicans ignored constituents’ opinions on marriage equality

In roughly 90 percent of U.S. congressional districts, a majority support marriage rights for same-sex couples. Why didn’t more Republicans vote in favor?

By Andrew R. FloresAugust 16, 2022

What does the Kansas vote tell us about the future of abortion?

Abortion rights supporters are especially motivated to get involved in politics, our research suggests.

By Emily B. Jackson and Angie Torres-BeltranAugust 16, 2022

Ukrainians believe they’ll win the war, a survey finds

They’re optimistic about the future, despite months of trauma.

By Mikhail Alexseev and Serhii DembitskyiAugust 15, 2022

Junior Murvin, ‘Police and Thieves’: The Week In One Song

The FBI searches the former president's residence at Mar-a-Lago.

By Christopher FedericoAugust 12, 2022

Can the U.S. fight climate change — and shift industrial policy?

Ramping up a domestic supply chain for clean energy won't be easy.

By Jonas Nahm, Joanna Lewis and Bentley AllanAugust 12, 2022

The U.S. killed al-Qaeda’s leader. That might boost terrorism.

“Leadership decapitation” can inspire Islamist groups and followers to carry out more attacks, my research finds.

By Jenna JordanAugust 12, 2022

How the student loan payment pause affected Latinx millennials

With payments due again soon, will Biden offer any loan forgiveness?

By Daisy Verduzco ReyesAugust 12, 2022

About The Monkey Cage

By John SidesAugust 10, 2022

Will Ghana’s new e-levy help the economy recover from the pandemic?

Ghana isn’t the only country to try to tax mobile money transactions.

By Richard AidooAugust 10, 2022

CHIPS+ could change the U.S. semiconductor supply chain, and more

But do industrial incentives work?

By Sarah Bauerle DanzmanAugust 9, 2022

How did the Democrats’ major spending bill get off life support?

These four factors made the difference.

By Matthew N. GreenAugust 8, 2022

U.S. banned imports from China’s Xinjiang region. Will Americans object?

When companies promise concrete action on human rights violations, Americans are less likely to support government intervention. This time, there’s a catch.

By Matthew Amengual and Tim BartleyAugust 8, 2022

Three things to know about Kenya’s elections tomorrow

For one thing, ethnicity might matter less – and class more – than in the past.

By Jane (Mango) Angar and Kathleen Klaus August 8, 2022

Will the Democrats’ big bill get past the hurdles of reconciliation?

From the ‘Byrd bath’ to the ‘vote-a-rama,’ here’s what’s happening with the Inflation Reduction Act.

By Sarah BinderAugust 6, 2022