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What Are ‘Ghost Guns,’ a Target of Biden’s Anti-Crime Effort?
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What Are ‘Ghost Guns,’ a Target of Biden’s Anti-Crime Effort?

It’s not expensive or difficult to produce large numbers of untraceable firearms in the United States. Whether for private use, sale on the criminal market or arming violent extremists, it’s actually startlingly cheap and easy to mass-produce firearms that police can’t track – what are often called “ghost guns.” For just over US$2,000 I can...

Gender Stereotypes Still Hold True for Youth and Types of Political Participation
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Gender Stereotypes Still Hold True for Youth and Types of Political Participation

Gender roles absorbed at an early age seem to have shaped today’s youth regarding their involvement in politics, in line with traditional stereotypes, concludes a new study, conducted amongst adolescents and young adults aged between 15 and 30 in Italy, within the Horizon 2020 project: “CATCH-EyoU. Processes in Youth’s Construction of Active EU Citizenship“. In their...

Can We End the Cage Age?
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Can We End the Cage Age?

Between 2018 and 2020, 1.4 million EU citizens signed the petition ‘End the Cage Age’, with the aim of ending cage housing for farm animals in Europe. In response to this citizens initiative, the European Parliament requested a study by Utrecht University researchers on the possibilities to end cage housing. On 13 April, the scientists...

She Votes: Women, the Workplace, and Pandemic Politics
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She Votes: Women, the Workplace, and Pandemic Politics

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended the lives and careers of millions of women, highlighted inequities in health care, education and the economy, and underscored the importance of electing women to political office, according to a new online survey released today by Gender on the Ballot, a partnership between the Women & Politics Institute at American University’s School...

New Book Considers Democracy’s Future, Improving Governance
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New Book Considers Democracy’s Future, Improving Governance

Following recent years of turbulent developments in politics, economics and social media around the world, one might assume these events inspire University of Illinois Chicago researcher Zizi Papacharissi to have an ominous view about what the future holds. That would be an incorrect assumption. It was during the Obama administration when she began to consider...

Study Uncovers Flaws in Process for Maintaining State Voter Rolls
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Study Uncovers Flaws in Process for Maintaining State Voter Rolls

States regularly use administrative records, such as motor-vehicle data, in determining whether people have moved to prune their voter rolls. A Yale-led study of this process in Wisconsin shows that a significant percentage of registered voters are incorrectly identified as having changed addresses, potentially endangering their right to vote. The study, published in the journal Science...

A Less Trumpy Version of Trumpism Might Be the Future of the Republican Party
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A Less Trumpy Version of Trumpism Might Be the Future of the Republican Party

Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, but his populist ideas may continue to animate the Republican Party. As scholars of American beliefs and elections, we can envision a less Trumpy version of Trumpism holding sway over the party in coming years. We call it “polished populism.” Populism is folk-politics based on the premise that ordinary...

California Budget Reflects ‘Pandemic-Induced Reality,’ Governor Says
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California Budget Reflects ‘Pandemic-Induced Reality,’ Governor Says

The coronavirus pandemic doomed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitious plans last year to combat homelessness, expand behavioral health services and create a state agency to control soaring health care costs. But even as the pandemic continues to rage, California’s Democratic governor said Friday he plans to push forward with those goals in the coming year, due...

Free All Non-Violent Criminals Jailed on Minor Drug Offences, Say Experts
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Free All Non-Violent Criminals Jailed on Minor Drug Offences, Say Experts

Non-violent offenders serving time for drug use or possession should be freed immediately and their convictions erased, according to research published in the peer-reviewed The American Journal of Bioethics. More than 60 international experts including bioethicists, psychologists and drug experts have joined forces to call for an end to the war on drugs which they argue...