Social Issues

 
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Did politics trump science in the Obama administration’s ruling on Plan B for teens?

The Obama administration overruled the FDA and said teens would still need a prescription to get the morning-after pill, ignoring years of scientific research.

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The Penn State riots, the 99 percent and the powerful psychology of group identity

Why did Penn State students riot over Joe Paterno’s firing? And why has Occupy Wall Street been so effective? It has to do with the power of group-think and the nature of human identity.

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As Mississippi votes on ‘personhood’ amendment, can science tell us when life begins?

Mississippi is set to vote on a measure that would redefine “personhood.” Why can’t science just tell us when human life begins?

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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.

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Occupy Wall Street: Why so many demands for demands?

Previous protests have presented detailed policy proposals to no avail. Maybe it’s time to try something new, writes The Nation’s Betsy Reed.

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  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.

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Troy Davis, the death penalty and the toll executions take

Every now and then, a case comes along that jars us from our complacency, reminds us that, as a society, we put people to death.

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As Democrats despair over Obama, there’s one issue left that could re-energize his base

Liberals are dissatisfied with the president’s economic approach. But there’s one issue left that could re-energize Obama’s base: gay marriage.

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Maryland governor promises renewed gay marriage push, just in time for 2012 election

Martin O’Malley said he would campaign more aggressively for the measure after taking a back seat earlier this year. The fight could come just as the 2012 election beings in earnest.