Labeling a Russian rocket attack that killed 12 people in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, as a ‘tragedy’ sidelines human accountabilty.
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Calling something a ‘tragedy’ serves to minimize human responsibility for its causes, which can be convenient for the people who are causing the ‘tragedy.’
The intersection of politics and social media is fertile ground for AI-powered disinformation.
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ChatGPT and its ilk give propagandists and intelligence agents a powerful new tool for interfering in politics. The clock is ticking on learning to spot this disinformation before the 2024 election.
Diverse campuses better prepare students for leadership roles, research shows.
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Diversity programs benefit schools and students in multiple ways, research shows.
Former President Donald Trump greets supporters following a 2020 campaign rally in Arizona.
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New findings by political scientists at Northwestern University and Harvard Kennedy School provide a clearer picture of which demographic groups support Trump.
If people were dropped into a new situation tomorrow, how would they choose to govern themselves?
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The modern representative democracy was the best form of government mid-18th-century technology could invent. The 21st century is a different place scientifically, technically and socially.
Cillian Murphy as physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in ‘Oppenheimer.’
Spying was a concern from the dawn of the nuclear age, but charges that J. Robert Oppenheimer, who led the development of the first nuclear weapons, was a Soviet spy have been proved wrong.
AI chatbots are becoming more powerful, but how do you know if they’re working in your best interest?
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It’s difficult to see how artificial intelligence systems work, and to see whose interests they work for. Regulation could make AI more trustworthy. Until then, user beware.
AI could help elected representatives raise up constituent voices.
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Public comment could soon swamp government officials and representatives, thanks to AI, but AI could also help spot compelling stories from constituents.
Abortion-rights demonstrators protest in front of the Supreme Court building on June 25, 2022, a day after the announcement of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling.
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In the year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, giving decisions about the legality of abortion back to states, voters and state legislatures have made their preferences on abortion clear.
An AI-driven political campaign could be all things to all people.
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Artificial intelligence looks like a political campaign manager’s dream because it could tune its persuasion efforts to millions of people individually – but it could be a nightmare for democracy.
Showing you’re listening is a critical part of fraught discussions.
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Researchers have identified ways to have more productive conversations – even when you’re talking to someone who holds an opposite view.
Biden speaks to reporters about the tentative accord.
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The deal would raise the ceiling for two years, cap some federal spending and impose new work requirements on certain federal benefits. It still needs the blessing of Congress.
Montana state Rep. Zooey Zephyr raises a microphone on the House floor as protesters chant, “Let her speak,” in April 2023.
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Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, first established a set of political decorum rules in legislatures to help establish stability during the country’s early years.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen doesn’t want to look back in anger over a debt deadline missed.
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If the US fails to increase its debt ceiling by June 1, it could be forced into an embarrassing – and hugely costly – default on its obligations.
These benefits make it easier for millions of Americans to buy groceries.
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A team of economists looked at what happened after Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program work requirements were reinstated in Virginia in 2013.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy said the House would vote on a debt ceiling bill ‘within weeks.’
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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy agreed to raise the debt ceiling – and avoid an unprecedented US default – but only if Democrats agree to freeze spending and agree to several other demands.
Australia has been thought to be a less equal society than many European ones. But Australian incomes turn out to be as evenly distributed as those in France when everything is taken into account.
Can public radio fill the hole left by the decline of local news outlets?
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The local news crisis is more than a problem of shuttered newsrooms and laid-off journalists. It’s a democracy crisis. And public radio can help fix it. But it needs more money and staff to do that.
Supporters of one of several tribal sovereignty bills march in front of the governor’s mansion on April 11, 2022, in Augusta, Maine.
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After 40 years living under a federal law that denied Maine’s Wabanaki Nations the ability to govern themselves, the tribes have been left out of the prosperity other tribes have attained.
Bill Clinton, at right, oversaw the first balanced budget since 1969, with some help from a bipartisan deal with Newt Gingrich.
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House Speaker McCarthy wants to put the US on a path to a balanced budget as debt ceiling negotiations begin with President Biden. Here’s why it won’t be easy to repeat what Bill Clinton accomplished.