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The unbearable invisibility of political underdogs

In theory, Americans love the underdog. In practice—especially in 21st century media coverage of political campaigns—underdog candidates might as well be wearing Harry Potter’s Cloak of Invisibility. Here’s a particularly egregious example: In the August 2010 primary election in Missouri, Democratic candidate Arthur Lieber won the right to appear on the November ballot as the…

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“I can buy a firearm, but I can’t get assistance to buy a sandwich”

In a move that demonstrates a small—and too rare—step toward common sense in lawmaking, Missouri has rescinded [mostly] an 18-year-old law that banned people with felony drug convictions from ever receiving food stamps under the SNAP program. The new law is not a “get-out-of-jail-free,” though. It retains a one-year waiting period following a drug felon’s…

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Political quotes: Who said this?

There’ s a politically relevant quote hiding behind this teaser. When you see the full quote, you may be surprised to learn who said it, but you’ll have to figure out the source out by choosing from a multiple-choice list. It’s a quiz! You’ll find the full quote and the expanded illustration below. It’s part…

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Solutions Journalism Network: Beyond the traditional five W’s

“To innovate and change, we need to know what’s broken and how it needs to be fixed,” says the Solutions Journalism Network website. “The media does a good job of covering the problems: In fact, most hard news reporting is about problems and crises. That kind of reporting is essential. But we believe it’s time…

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