• Priorities for Preventive Action: Explaining Americans’ Divergent Reactions to 100 Public Risks November 9, 2018
    AJPS Author Summary of “Priorities for Preventive Action: Explaining Americans’ Divergent Reactions to 100 Public Risks” by Jeffrey A. Friedman The U.S. government spends over $100 billion per year fighting terrorism, a risk that kills about as many Americans as lightning strikes and accidents involving home appliances. President Trump has said that one of his […]
    MPSA - Melissa Heeke
  • No Harm in Checking: Using Factual Manipulation Checks to Assess Attentiveness in Experiments November 9, 2018
    AJPS Author Summary of “No Harm in Checking: Using Factual Manipulation Checks to Assess Attentiveness in Experiments” by John V. Kane and Jason Barabas There have been two notable trends within the social sciences in recent decades: (1) the use of experiments to test ideas, and (2) utilizing samples collected online (rather than in-person or via […]
    MPSA - Melissa Heeke
  • Territorial Representation and the Opinion-Policy Linkage October 31, 2018
    AJPS Author Summary of “Territorial Representation and the Opinion-Policy Linkage” by Christopher Wratil  A central promise of democracy is that government will follow the wishes and opinions of the people. A large body of literature in American and comparative politics has demonstrated that in many situations governments react to shifts in mean public opinion and enact policies […]
    MPSA - Melissa Heeke
  • Urbanization Patterns, Information Diffusion and Female Voting in Rural Paraguay October 26, 2018
     AJPS Author Summary of “Urbanization Patterns, Information Diffusion and Female Voting in Rural Paraguay” by Alberto Chong, Gianmarco León‐Ciliotta,  Vivian Roza, Martín Valdivia, and Gabriela Vega While the role of social interactions as a vehicle to boost the impact of information campaigns is not a new one, evidence on whether information spreads through social networks and […]
    MPSA - Melissa Heeke
  • Building Cooperation among Groups in Conflict: An Experiment on Intersectarian Cooperation in Lebanon October 24, 2018
    AJPS Author Summary of “Building Cooperation among Groups in Conflict: An Experiment on Intersectarian Cooperation in Lebanon” by Han Il Chang and Leonid Peisakhin Across much of the Middle East, relations between Shiites and Sunnis are strained.  In some cases, the two Muslim sects have a long history of grievances, and they cohabit in the region’s […]
    MPSA - Melissa Heeke
  • Public-Sector Unions and the Size of Government October 3, 2018
    AJPS Author Summary by Agustina S. Paglayan Liberals and conservatives in the U.S. seem to agree on at least one thing: collective bargaining with public-sector unions leads to increases in public spending—which liberals think is good, and conservatives bad. This article challenges the widespread conventional wisdom about collective bargaining. It shows that the introduction of […]
    MPSA - Melissa Heeke
  • All Male Panels Erode Citizens’ Perceptions of Democratic Legitimacy September 26, 2018
    Author Summary of “All Male Panels? Representation and Democratic Legitimacy” by Amanda Clayton, Diana Z. O’Brien, Jennifer M. Piscopo All-male panels increasingly face public scorn, especially when their topic addresses matters connected to women’s experiences. Backlash against all-male panels suggests that women’s presence matters for citizens. Our research explains whether, when, and for whom the […]
    MPSA - Melissa Heeke
  • Peer Review Week at AJPS: Better Late than Never (Just like Reviews!) September 21, 2018
    By the AJPS Editorial Team Who knew that September 10-15 was “Peer Review Week,” a celebration held in honor of the essential role of peer review in the academy and scholarly publications? We didn’t, until the week-long celebration was nearly over. Nonetheless, we made it a memorable week on the AJPS reviewer front by updating […]
    MPSA - Melissa Heeke
  • Making Bureaucracy Work: Patronage Networks, Performance Incentives, and Economic Development in China September 21, 2018
    AJPS Author Summary by Junyan Jiang Patron-client networks are widely found in governments of transitional societies. Most researchers view them as a threat to government performance. In this article, I advance an alternative view that emphasizes the positive roles of patron-client networks in political organizations. I argue that, by fostering mutual trust and raising the value of […]
    MPSA - Melissa Heeke
  • AJPS Author Summary – Compulsory Voting and Parties’ Vote Seeking Strategies August 31, 2018
    Author Summary by Shane P. Singh Compulsory voting is used in around 30 countries, many of which have only recently adopted the requirement to vote. Meanwhile, a number of countries have switched from mandatory to voluntary voting in recent years. In the run-up to these changes, politicians and commentators regularly deliberated over the putative advantages and […]
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  • MSNBC Lets Guest Claim FBI Was Behind King Assassination February 24, 2019
    On Friday's The Beat show on MSNBC, host Ari Melber gave no pushback and oddly seemed to go along with one of his guests, talk radio host Charlamagne Tha God, when he repeated as fact the conspiracy theory that the FBI was behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 assassination.
  • On CNN, Tiffany Cross Blames MAGA Supporters for Looking Racist February 23, 2019
    Appearing as a panel member on Friday's New Day on CNN, The Beat D.C. managing editor Tiffany Cross claimed that MAGA supporters are to blame for people perceiving them as racist and violent, and fretted that the media have been too apologetic toward them in the aftermath of the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax. As […]
  • Comedians Finally Decide It's Safe to Satirize Jussie Smollett February 23, 2019
    After weeks of fearing to tread into this area of comedy due to not wanting to challenge the official line that Jussie Smollett was the victim of a hate crime perpetrated by MAGA hat types, despite a lot of evidence that this was actually a hoax, the comedy floodgates seemed to have finally opened this […]
  • Liberal Son in Law Learns Valuable Lesson About Capitalism on 'Last Man Standing' February 23, 2019
    Friday night, Last Man Standing aired a new episode titled “Arrest Her Development.” The episode focused, in part, on Mike’s (Tim Allen) liberal son in law, Ryan (Jordan Masterson); however, tonight he wasn’t so liberal. To Mike’s surprise, Ryan was going about his marijuana business in a capitalist way.
  • PolitiFact Flags Trump as 'False' for Hyping Northam's Extreme Pro-Abortion Stance February 23, 2019
    Liberal "fact checkers" are very sensitive about late-term abortion. On Wednesday, PolitiFact rated President Trump as "False" because he said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam "stated that he would even allow a newborn baby to come out into the world... then talk to the mother and talk to the father and then execute the baby." The sensitive word there […]
  • In Campaign Kick-Off Interview on Univision, Bernie Refuses to Call Maduro a Dictator February 22, 2019
    Just as he did in 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is once again badly tripping up in his interviews on Univision. In his latest interview with the top U.S. Spanish-language media outlet, the Vermont senator's evident soft spot for disastrous socialist leaders and governments in Latin America left aghast both the network’s viewers and anchors.
  • MSNBC Analyst: ‘Anti-American’ to Deny U.S. Re-Entry to ISIS Terrorist February 22, 2019
    Appearing on MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle Friday morning, analyst Jason Johnson, Politics Editor for The Root, blasted the Trump administration for refusing to allow ISIS terrorist Hoda Muthana from returning to the U.S. after she left to join the violent death cult. The left-wing contributor even argued it was “anti-American” to deny her re-entry […]
  • New York Post Whacks Goodell For Allowing Radical Kaepernick To Game The NFL February 22, 2019
    Raining down hard on Colin Kaepernick and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the New York Post's Phil Mushnick is bucking the trend by media liberals to patronize the radical social justice warrior who "gamed" the NFL leader. Mushnick stiff-arms Goodell and Kaepernick for essentially spoiling the pro football experience for so many Americans.
  • Kudos to Chris Pratt February 22, 2019
    How often have we seen Hollywood celebrities praised as courageous for “coming out” and admitting they're gay? Isn't it far more courageous for people to profess their Christian faith? Hollywood is not a tolerant city. Dominated by activist leftists, it is a culture hostile to dissenting views. We see it in its work product. Most […]
  • Back to Munich February 22, 2019
    “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” One might think that after denying the evidence of Adolf Hitler's rise and objectives that resulted in World War II, Europeans might be more attuned to modern threats. Last week on a visit to Munich (oh, the irony), Vice President Mike Pence criticized Europe's […]