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Chris Mooney

Social Media: Epic Power, Beauty and Terror

Max Benavidez | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Max Benavidez

Do you remember the shock wave in January 2009 that shook the media world when a tweet broke the hard news story that a plane had to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River? That's social media in action.

Term Limits and Unintended Consequences

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.19.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner backing a well-financed effort to put a term limits constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot, the issue has more momentum today than it's had in 20 years -- since then-Treasurer Pat Quinn nearly got term limits onto the 1994 ballot.

Does Perception = Reality in "Two-State" Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Are there two states of Illinois, Chicago and the rest of the state? That was the theme of a discussion I attended last week at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Are Social Conservatives Just Being Squeamish?

Rob Brooks | Posted 02.03.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

The tendencies to adhere to tradition and submit to authority are all part of the socially conservative repertoire. As is a strong tendency to act unwelcomingly toward out-group members. Exactly the kinds of behaviours that would minimize the risks of infection during an epidemic.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Liberal, Conservative: Are You Born That Way?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.04.2012 | Science

2012-05-07-Screenshot20120507at1.18.50PM.jpgDo we have traits that can be used to reliably predict whether someone is liberal or conservative in nature?

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Asteroid Mining, The Republican Brain, Science Education On 'The Point'

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 05.05.2012 | Science

I was recently invited to guest host "The Point," presented by "The Young Turks'" YouTube channel, TownSquare. As the Science Correspondent (and resid...

How to Talk to Republicans

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.28.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Does it ever seem that Republicans are wrong about everything these days? The list of demonstrable malarkey that Republicans hold to be unalienable t...

Mind Games

D. R. Tucker | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

Facts destroyed 'motivated reasoning' in my case. Could this happen to other conservatives? That depends on conservatives being willing to subject the views they hear and read to strict scrutiny, to ask themselves if they're really hearing the truth from the talkers.

Kansas Defeats Richmond

AP | By PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

SAN ANTONIO -- In an NCAA regional full of underdogs, Kansas played like the dominant No. 1 seed it is. Brady Morningstar scored 18 points and the Ja...