Nicola Gennaioli and Guido Tabellini (Bocconi): Identity, Beliefs, and Political Conflict. Randy Stein and Michelle Sarraf (Cal Poly Pomona) and Alexander Swan (Eureka): FYTing with Science: Ideological Differences on the Nature and Origin of Truth. Political partisanship is vicious — that’s because political parties are too weak. Liberals and conservatives are both susceptible to fake news, but for different reasons. Nour S. Kteily and Kaylene McClanahan (Northwestern), Matthew D. Rocklage (Northeastern) and Arnold K. Ho (Michigan): Political Ideology Shapes the Amplification of the Accomplishments of Disadvantaged vs. Advantaged Group Members. Liberals and conservatives react in wildly different ways to repulsive pictures. There aren’t many true independents, and they aren’t into politics (and more).

Pontus Strimling and Irina Vartanova (IFFS), Fredrik Jansson (Linkoping), and Kimmo Eriksson (Stockholm): The Connection Between Moral Positions and Moral Arguments Drives Opinion Change. A major realignment is taking place in both parties. Our political divisions aren’t red versus blue, but fixed versus fluid: Ezra Klein interviews Marc Hetherington, co-author of Prius or Pickup?: How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide. Masha Krupenkin (Stanford): Does Partisanship Affect Compliance With Government Recommendations? Socially liberal, fiscally conservative voters preferred Trump in 2016.

Alexander Agadjanian (MIT): When Do Partisans Stop Following the Leader? The Right’s identity politics is more dangerous than the Left’s. Robert B. Talisse is against bipartisanship. Adele Fantasia (Skidmore): Is Friendship Political in the Land of Opportunity? How Conservative Values Affect Helping Behavior towards Friends. New study of 381,000 political speeches finds that liberals use more complex language than conservatives (and more). Damon Linker on the end of the political spectrum and a manifesto for a new American center. America’s defining divide isn’t Left vs. Right — it’s old vs. young. Most Democrats identify as liberals for first time in Gallup poll.


Travis Timmerman (Seton Hall): Doomsday Needn’t Be So Bad. Nathan Atkinson (Stanford): If Not the Index Funds, Then Who? Scientists find genetic mutation that makes woman feel no pain. U.K. politicians are in full-blown Brexit panic mode. “Dozens” of whistle-blowers are secretly cooperating with House Democrats. What’s going on with Mar-a-Lago and Chinese spies, explained. Emily Witt reviews Dopesick by Beth Macy; American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts by Chris McGreal; and Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. Why France is losing the war on anti-Semitism. Gary C. Jacobson on his book Presidents and Parties in the Public Mind.

Katherine Yon Ebright (PILPG): Taking #MeToo Seriously in the Legal Profession. William Barr seems to be covering up something bad for Trump (and more). Formal demand for Trump’s tax returns touches off historic fight (and more). House Democrats explain why it’s taken 3 months to authorize subpoenas into Trump. Jamie Dimon wants you to beware the red menace. Locking immigrants in “camps” is the new American normal. From body armor to health care, the US military has been slow to adapt to women in its ranks — female service members are paying the price, often with lifelong consequences. Public debt: Olivier Blanchard on fiscal and welfare costs in a time of low interest rates.

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