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The psychology of Occupy Wall Street, or why we don’t always favor wealth redistribution

A new study explains why some people are opposed to wealth redistribution. But that’s not all that’s going on with protests like Occupy Wall Street and the tea party.


What’s motivating the 99 percent? Herman Cain says it’s jealousy, others say it’s fear

Republicans have condemned the Occupy Wall Street protests as an example of class warfare. But a closer analysis reveals another motivation: fear.


Republicans, searching anew for a standard-bearer, eye New Jersey’s Chris Christie

The New Jersey governor’s blunt-talking style has made him the latest conservative darling, mobilizing much of the Republican machine to entice him into the race.


  Jennifer Granholm on getting women into political office

Maria Hinojosa speaks with former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm about persuading women to run for office and the skills that women can bring to the legislative table.


  Presidentiality: ‘Treason?’

In this new web series, Need to Know dissects the rhetoric of the campaign trail. This week: The annals of “treason” are filled with some of history’s most reviled traitors. Now, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has suggested a new candidate: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.


As debate over Social Security intensifies, could Rick Perry be Mitt Romney’s savior?

Rick Perry’s mere entry into the Republican presidential contest has suddenly made Mitt Romney palatable to the insiders who previously saw him as a sort of Reagan-esque android.


With Obama and Republicans set to spar over jobs, what can we learn from ‘Obamanomics?’

The jobs debate begins in earnest this week, with President Obama set to address Congress and Republicans meeting for a televised debate. But what can we learn from past efforts to spur job growth?


  Polls and bears: Can markets predict elections better than pollsters?

Need to Know travels to Iowa to examine a unique futures market that may be better at predicting winning political candidates than traditional polling methods.


Prominent Republicans distance themselves from anti-Islam rhetoric

Not all Republicans have embraced the rhetoric of the anti-Shariah movement. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for example, has had a warm relationship with Muslims in his state.

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