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Black Police Officers Disciplined Disproportionately for Misconduct, Research Finds
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Black Police Officers Disciplined Disproportionately for Misconduct, Research Finds

An examination of racial differences in the disciplining of police officers in three of the largest U.S. cities consistently found that Black officers were more frequently disciplined for misconduct than White officers, despite an essentially equal number of allegations being leveled. This included allegations of severe misconduct. “We found a consistent pattern of racial differences...

Study Finds No Apparent Link Between Undocumented Immigration and Crime
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Study Finds No Apparent Link Between Undocumented Immigration and Crime

An analysis by a University at Buffalo-led team using two estimates of undocumented immigration suggests that, on average, this population reduced or had no effect on crime in 154 U.S. metropolitan areas studied, including places such as New York City, Chicago and Las Vegas. “Even after estimating the undocumented immigrant population in U.S. metropolitan areas...

New Model Examines How Societal Influences Affect U.S. Political Opinions
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New Model Examines How Societal Influences Affect U.S. Political Opinions

 Physics-inspired mathematical model simulates societal influences on political opinions Model breaks opinion change into perceptions and reactions Framework incorporates biases, such as tribalism and ‘media bubbles’ Model could simulate various interventions to explore how they may impact polarization and foster unity Northwestern University researchers have developed the first quantitative model that captures how politicized environments...

Will German Americans Again Put Donald Trump Over the Top in the Presidential Election?
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Will German Americans Again Put Donald Trump Over the Top in the Presidential Election?

German Americans paved Donald Trump’s road into the White House in 2016 through Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. This ethnic group barely receives attention in American media and politics. The Midwest, home to many German Americans, is a battleground for the 2020 presidential election. Will this inconspicuous group yet again cast the deciding votes...

COVID Opens a Partisan Gap on Voting by Mail
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COVID Opens a Partisan Gap on Voting by Mail

Before the pandemic, there wasn’t any difference in the rates at which Democratic and Republican voters actually cast their ballots by mail or in-person. That may change now. Based on nationally representative surveys conducted in the spring of 2020 and through the summer, researchers report a significantly greater preference for mail, or absentee, ballots among...

Why You’re Getting So Many Political Text Messages Right Now
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Why You’re Getting So Many Political Text Messages Right Now

Text messages and emails from political campaigns are pouring into Americans’ phones and inboxes right now. It’s happening to political junkies, to people who gave their phone numbers to campaigns, and even to people who try to keep their contact information off mass mailing lists. I study political campaigns, including how they use social media...

BUSINESS What Must Companies Do – and Disclose – When Faced With Allegations of Bad Behavior by Their CEOs?
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What Must Companies Do – and Disclose – When Faced With Allegations of Bad Behavior by Their CEOs?

Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman’s parent company Tapestry revealed on Tuesday that its chairman and chief executive Jide Zeitlin would resign for “personal reasons.” The announcement seemed suspiciously abrupt given that the 56-year old former Goldman Sachs executive had been in the dual role for less than a year (after first joining the company’s board...