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White House spokesman Sean Spicer and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway chat. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Seeking truth among ‘alternative facts’

How do we determine what is fact? An archaeologist explains how the answer has changed over time and why it matters so much now.
A woman holds a flag as she looks out over the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Threats of violent Islamist and far-right extremism: What does the research say?

Data on violent incidents in the US reveal that our focus on Islamist extremism since 9/11 may be misguided.
A protester against President Trump’s immigration policy and a Trump supporter in New York City. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Refugees: Is there room for a middle ground?

Data since 1950s show Americans have always been wary of refugees. A public opinion expert explains current attitudes toward Syrian refugees and what it means for building consensus on policy.
A protestor burns a figure representing Trump outside the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

US relationship with Mexico more bitter than sweet under Trump

Since World War II, the US and Mexico have successfully worked together on issues like trade and migration. If Trump refuses to treat Mexico as a partner, how bitter will the breakup be?
Sen. Tim Scott waits in line to vote in Hanahan, South Carolina, 2016. AP Photo/Mic Smith

How ‘voter fraud’ crusades undermine voting rights

President Donald Trump is promoting the widely discredited idea of voter fraud. Spreading the myth will make it easier to tighten voter ID laws.
People rally in New Brunswick, N.J. against President Trump’s ‘travel ban.’ AP Photo/Mel Evans

Immigration and crime: What does the research say?

Our panel of experts examines whether immigration leads to more crime using data from across 200 metropolitan areas and 20 years of research.
A rally against President Donald Trump’s order that restricts travel to the U.S. AP Photo/Steven Senne

Trump’s immigration order is bad foreign policy

This isn't the first time the US has banned people based on nationality. History shows these exclusions have put our national security at risk and caused rifts with foreign allies.
U.S. Border Patrol frisks a man near the U.S.-Mexico border in California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Trump’s policies will affect four groups of undocumented immigrants

A team of legal scholars breaks down the factors that will determine which immigrants are most vulnerable for deportation under the new administration.
President Donald Trump signs his first executive order, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Trump’s cabinet: Eight essential reads

Get ready for Senate hearings and confirmation votes on President Trump's Cabinet picks by reading this roundup of key coverage from our archive.
Protestors march on the Capitol Building, Jan. 18, 2017. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Can Trump make real change as president?

A scholar of presidential power looks at personality, rationality and the institution of the presidency for clues about what the incoming administration can accomplish.
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Why it’s so hard for women to break into the C-suite

While Clinton's popular vote win shows progress toward gender equality, her rival's nomination of just three women to his Cabinet is a reminder of how much work still needs to be done to overcome bias in management.

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