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Congressional Research Service Reports
Non-partisan, in-depth legislative research
Science news written by scientists, but for a general audience
Statistics from government agencies
A nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics
Research on today's news topics, a Harvard Shorenstein Center Project
The Pew Research Center
Nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world
Reporters and editors from the St. Petersburg Times fact-check statements by politicians, other government entities, lobbyists, and interest groups
Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format
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Nate Silver: Picking apart the puzzle of racism in elections
Nate Silver has answers to controversial questions about race in politics: Did Obama's race hurt his votes in some places? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight on how town planning can promote tolerance (09:17).
For more information about this subject or this speaker, visit this talk at ted.org.
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