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    What Makes A Party Or Politician Popular?

    The crew talks about why President Biden’s approval is underwater, what the consequences are for Democrats and what they can do about it. They also check in on the upcoming Virginia governor’s race and discuss a FiveThirtyEight report about how Congress may have inadvertently legalized THC — the main psychoactive compound in marijuana.   More

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    What Happens When Local News Disappears

    Local news is disappearing across the country. From 2008 to 2019, the percentage of people who said they got their news from local papers fell by more than half. Staff writer at The Atlantic Elaine Godfrey and political science professor Danny Hayes discuss the role local news plays in society and what happens when it erodes.   More

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    The Politics Of The Debt Ceiling

    The crew discusses the role of the debt ceiling in politics, why it exists in the first place, and the chances of it being abolished altogether. They also have a “good or bad use of polling” on the topic of death and consider whether a recent Facebook hearing will lead to new regulations for the monolithic technology company.   More

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    How To Make Sense Of The Latest Crime Data

    The FBI released nationwide crime numbers from 2020 this week that will likely contribute to the already tense political debate over crime and policing. Crime analyst Jeff Asher discussed what those numbers can — and can’t — tell us, and explains the challenges in collecting crime data.   More

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    Will Democrats Get Their Agenda Passed?

    The crew talks about the threat of a government shutdown and debt default, as well as how likely it is that Democrats get their legislative priorities passed. Plus, they debate the best way to ask Americans about their political identity.   More

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    Will Biden’s Vaccine Mandates Work?

    The crew checks in on the California recall election and other upcoming races, and talks about how a Trump endorsement is shaping a Wyoming primary. They also discuss Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandate — how Americans feel about vaccine mandates in general, how effective they are and if Biden’s is legal.   More

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    Why A 9/11-Era Political Consensus Seems Impossible These Days

    American politics has changed a lot in the twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In this installment, Jennifer Merolla, a Professor of Political Science at UC Riverside, and Hannah Hartig, a research associate at Pew Research Center reflect on the political climate in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and whether a similar American consensus is possible today.   More

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    Model Talk: How Climate Models Work

    Earlier this month, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its Sixth Assessment Report on the state of climate change globally. The report relies on advanced climate modeling to illustrate where global warming is headed.   More

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    What Americans Think About Ending The War In Afghanistan

    The crew looks at public opinion on the war in Afghanistan and the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops as the country now faces a Taliban takeover. They also discuss how the country has changed demographically and geographically over the past decade, based on the newly released 2020 census data.   More

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    Why Has Biden's Approval Rating Fallen?

    The crew discusses why Biden’s favorability is falling and how much Democrats should worry about it. They also check in on the results from two recent primary elections in Ohio and announce the launch of FiveThirtyEight’s Redistricting Tracker.   More