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Why Everyone Wants to Help the Sick -- but Not the Unemployed

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New research from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University explains why healthcare costs are running out of control, while costs to unemployment protection are kept in line. The answer is found deep in our psychology, where powerful intuitions lead us to view illness as the result of bad luck and worthy of help.

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GOP Establishment Nearing the Final Stage of Political Grief Over Trump: Acceptance, Political Scientist Says

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Study Explores Why There Is No Labor Party in the United States

The improbable rise of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign presents an interesting question: why is Sanders, a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist,” running as a Democrat? “In any other industrialized country, Sanders would likely be the standard-bearer for a labor or social democratic party,” said McGill University sociologist Barry Eidlin, whose new study appears in the June issue of the American Sociological Review. “But the U.S. famously lacks such a party.”

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Charismatic Speaking Strategies of Presidential Candidates

Researchers at UCLA have recently examined the speech patterns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina in a variety of settings to determine whether the presidential candidates followed the same voice modulation strategies. They researchers found that despite the politicians' varied messages, their vocal delivery remains the same.

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Online Press Conference Tuesday: Presidential Pitch Posturing, a Tsunami Warning System, and the Role of Snot in Dolphin Echolocation

Researchers investigating the commonalities in pitch delivery by presidential candidates, the biological basis for dolphin echolocation, and an early warning system to detect tsunamis will describe their latest findings during a webcast press event on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The event will be streamed live at 1:00 p.m., EDT, from the 171st meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), which takes place May 23-27 in Salt Lake City. Additionally, the webcast will be available for download 24 hours afterwards.

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More Churches Participating in Service-Related Activities, Fewer in Political Activities

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The percentage of politically active churches is decreasing, according to a first-of-its-kind national study by Indiana University that also reveals an increase in the percentage of churches engaged in service activity.

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In the Face Of Continuing Legal Challenges and the Impending November Elections, What Does The Future Hold For Obamacare?

Attorney Daniel E. Dawes, author of the new book, 150 Years of ObamaCare (May 15, 2016, from Johns Hopkins University Press), is available to offer an authoritative, behind-the-scenes account of the passing of ObamaCare–the greatest and most sweeping equalizer in the history of American health care.

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Political History of Olympics Captured in New Book by Pacific University Professor Jules Boykoff

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Verso Books has published the latest book by Pacific University Politics & Government professor Jules Boykoff, a critically acclaimed scholar in the areas of international sport and its social implications.Now available in bookstores and online, Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics chronicles the modern games, their checkered political history and corresponding impact on both a global and local scale.

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No, Presidential Candidates Don’t Usually Dodge Tough Questions

Nearly everybody thinks that presidential candidates routinely dodge hard-hitting questions, providing evasive answers to simple questions.But a new study that analyzed the full transcripts of 14 U.S. presidential debates from 1996 to 2012 provides some surprising insights that might temper that belief.

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Paul Ryan and Establishment Republicans May Line Up Behind Trump, but Hope for His Defeat

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Rolling Stones' Songs Are Musical Equivalent to Trump’s Misogyny

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What U.S. Liberals And Conservatives Want In Their President: Surprisingly, A Lot Of The Same Traits, Expert Says

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State Legislatures Furthering Their Agendas By Overruling City Officials

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North Carolina Politics Expert Available to Comment on Justice Dept./HB2

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Trump Not Changing His Stripes Since Clinching Nomination

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The New President Must Emphasize Not Only the Moral and Social Benefits of Lowering Inequality, but Also the Macroeconomic Benefits

The new president should use her or his critical first year to reframe inequality as the crucial macroeconomic issue.

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WVU Political Scientist Calls WV “Perfect Fit” for Donald Trump’s Campaign Demographics & Message

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A Party Divided, GOP Convention Could Be One for the Record Books

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Vanderbilt and UCLA Debut Spotcheck Website to Evaluate Political Ads

In an election season that will shatter the record for money spent on a presidential campaign, political scientists at Vanderbilt and UCLA have created SpotCheck, a new approach for assessing political ads using internet-based surveys. “We now can present evidence as opposed to speculation about the impact of a political spot,” says John Geer, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt, who is partnering with Professor of Political Science Lynn Vavreck at UCLA on this new approach.