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March 29, 2015

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2:07 PM | Dozens Killed In Nigerian Election Violence As Polling Continues
Boko Haram extremists are being blamed for more than 40 deaths, including one lawmaker, as balloting continues in a closely-fought presidential elections.

March 28, 2015

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11:38 AM | Nigerians Vote In Tight Presidential Election
The top contenders in Nigeria's election are incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, who has battled an Islamist insurgency for years, and a former military leader who promises to be tough on corruption.

March 27, 2015

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6:35 PM | How Senate Democrats Will Choose Their Next Leader
Closed-door leadership elections are held on a given day, but really take place over years of interaction and commerce among caucus members. Ideology and issues are not the paramount concern.

March 25, 2015

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4:23 PM | Obamacare Five Years Later: Thriving Or On Political Life Support?
The health care law has sliced the number of uninsured by a third. Yet it remains deeply polarizing, and its fate could be decided by the Supreme Court and the coming presidential election.

March 23, 2015

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7:51 PM | Supreme Court Declines Challenge To Strict Wisconsin Voter ID Law
Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, a handful of challenges to state voter ID laws are making their way through the courts, including to strict laws in Texas and North Carolina.

March 19, 2015

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5:35 PM | Netanyahu’s Win Is Good for Palestine
Yousef Munayyer in the New York Times: If anyone doubted where Benjamin Netanyahu stood on the question of peace, the Israeli prime minister made himself clear just before Tuesday’s election, proclaiming that there would never be aPalestinian state on his...

March 18, 2015

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4:48 PM | NHS game-changers: The key challenges to healthcare
With the UK general election looming, New Scientist looks beyond the funding crisis to the disruptive forces that the politicians aren’t talking about

March 14, 2015

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12:57 AM | Nov 2010: Pornography viewing and political affiliation
Can a GSOH snag you an STR, are you more likely to be dumped after an affair with a man or a woman, and how voting in an election can turn you into a porn addict. Download the MP3 When adult movie star Mary Carey stood for election as governor of California, it seemed more than a little bizarre (even when she lost to a cyborg bodybuilder). But new research by Markey and Markey shows that politics and porn might be more closely linked than even Carey had considered. The articles covered in the […]

March 13, 2015

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7:44 PM | The Rules Don't Apply To Hillary Clinton ... Or Any Of The Other Un-Candidates
A unanimous ruling from the Federal Election Commission reaffirms that Hillary Clinton is, in fact, not a candidate for president — yet.
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6:55 AM | UK research funding slumps below 0.5% GDP – putting us last in the G8
Tell Them Science is Vital: with funding in decline and an election looming, we must make sure our democratic representatives understand how crucial science is for our economy, health and happinessFive years ago, scientists were roused from their labs and took to the streets with supporters of science from all walks of life – from teachers and doctors to plumbers and taxi drivers – to protest against the coalition’s threatened cuts to the UK research budget. The protest […]

March 11, 2015

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12:20 PM | Fear of a Muslim Planet
Grayson Clary in The New Inquiry: American author Robert Ferrigno doesn’t pussyfoot. Explaining his vote in the 2004 presidential election, he told Slate, “I’ll be voting for Bush because his approach to stopping the people who want to kill my...
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7:20 AM | Piketty on the Euro Zone: 'We Have Created a Monster'
Julia Amalia Heyer and Christoph Pauly interview Thomas Piketty in Spiegel: SPIEGEL: You publicly rejoiced over Alexis Tsipras' election victory in Greece. What do you think the chances are that the European Union and Athens will agree on a path...

March 10, 2015

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12:52 PM | Televised leaders’ debates are pointless (according to science) | Dean Burnett
David Cameron is under intense criticism for refusing to take part in televised leaders’ debates. But such debates don’t matter anyway, according to available evidenceDavid Cameron has been criticised and ridiculed a lot lately for refusing to participate in the party leaders’ debates before the general election. This comes as surprise for many, given how enthusiastic he was to participate in a live debate in 2010. Indeed, it seems to go against the preconceptions many have […]

March 09, 2015

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3:10 PM | Your initial candidates for the president of the ACS
Also from Susan Ainsworth's article:The Committee on Nominations & Elections (N&E) laid the groundwork for the council last fall when it prepared a slate of nominees for the office of ACS president-elect for 2016. The four nominees are:  G. Bryan Balazs, an associate program leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.; Allison A. Campbell, associate laboratory director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Environmental Molecular Sciences […]
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8:00 AM | Redux: The Beginning of the End of Science
Some things never change. And sometimes the things that never change still somehow change for the worse. This post originally ran on January 5, 2011—an anti-science era that now seems almost quaint. Those were the days! I blame David Letterman. Less than a month before the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, one of the guests on his show was the governor of Texas, George W. Bush. […]
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8:00 AM | Redux: The Beginning of the End of Science
Some things never change. And sometimes the things that never change still somehow change for the worse. This post originally ran on January 5, 2011–a long-ago era of anti-science innocence that already seems quaint. Those were the days! I blame David Letterman. Less than a month before the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, one of the guests on his show was the […]

March 05, 2015

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4:56 PM | Is The UK Experiencing A Brain Drain?
Immigration continues to be one of the key issues in the build-up to the general election. The latest figures show a net flow of 298,000 into the UK. This is higher than when David Cameron’s government took office, despite his pledge to cut the number to the tens of thousands.But is this really bad news? Immigration is such an emotive issue that there is a tendency for the figures involved to be bandied about out of context. read more

March 03, 2015

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3:20 AM | State agency transition documents posted online
Prior to the November election, former Governor Jan Brewer directed a number of state agencies, commissions, and boards to prepare reports for the incoming governor and his administration.  The transition documents describe not only a lot of the organizations' operations but also list challenges they face.AZGS was not asked to prepare a transition report but readers of this blog may find the reports from other resource and environment agencies of interest, including from Water Resources, […]

March 02, 2015

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5:13 PM | Does anybody want to be president? Anyone?
No, I'm not taking on the 2016 election at this stage. Rather, I'm interested in a growing trend I'm seeing across a few scientific societies I work within. I've run the nominations side of a society before and I'm familiar with the process of getting people to agree to put their names on a ballot. […]

March 01, 2015

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4:20 PM | Tony Abbott’s ‘captain’s call’ over Tasmanian forest humilated Australia, say Greens
“Prime minister Tony Abbott made a “captain’s call” over Tasmanian forestry policy which globally humiliated Australia, the Greens and a conservation group claim. “The Wilderness Society (TWS) says Freedom of Information documents reveal Abbott pushed forward with election commitments in … Continue reading →
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1:07 PM | Israelis See Netanyahu's U.S. Speech As Last-Ditch Pitch For Votes
Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress just before Israeli elections. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Chemi Shalev, the U.S. editor of Haartz, about how the controversial visit is playing back home.

February 28, 2015

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6:56 PM | Congressional Elections: Crash Course Government and Politics...
Congressional Elections: Crash Course Government and Politics #6 by thecrashcourse: This week Craig Benzine talks about the importance of elections. But he isn’t going to focus on presidential elections, but instead those of the strongest part of our government: congressional elections. Craig will talk about the frequency of elections in the Senate and House, typical characteristics of a candidate, and the motivating factors our congresspeople follow to get re-elected. Support on […]
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1:01 PM | Despite Big Advantages, Emanuel Forced To Face Chicago Runoff
Chicago will hold a runoff mayoral election in April. Incumbent Rahm Emanuel will face Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. NPR's Scott Simon talks to columnist Carol Marin about the race.
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