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Entries from January 3rd, 2017

The “Indivisible” guide makes its national debut

January 3rd, 2017, 8:29am by Sam Wang

In today’s NYT, the Indivisible guide makes its national debut. Essential reading for the opening of the new Congress. Might help give Democrats some backbone that may need reinforcing.

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Tags: U.S. Institutions

Polarization Removes the Ability to Make Distinctions

January 3rd, 2017, 3:25am by Sam Wang

Tweet Bruce Springsteen has questioned Donald Trump’s competence to be president. His opinion is typical of the majority of Americans. How could voters have elected someone who is so widely seen as unready for the job? One answer is that polarization impairs the inclination of voters to act upon such problems. In a Gallup poll […]

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Ideas for the Press in 2017

January 1st, 2017, 3:00pm by Sam Wang

For one of your first reads of the year, here are two excellent pieces by Jay Rosen, NYU journalism professor. In the first piece, he describes the negative prospects for the press in 2017 – many of which are somewhat self-inflicted. However, on the up side, he has a second piece. In it he lists […]

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Tags: U.S. Institutions

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2017, 1:26am by Sam Wang

2017 plans:1) Test if within-brain communication defects can cause autism2) Establish a partisan gerrymandering standard3) Back up phone — Sam Wang (@SamWangPhD) January 1, 2017 Happy New Year, everyone! Tough year ahead – but there’s lots to do. Such clear challenges focus the mind. What do you have planned for 2017? Not just about data […]

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Tags: U.S. Institutions