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Links 1 through 10 of 196 by Ethan Zuckerman tagged uspolitics

Map of the most influential media outlets in different US states, using bit.ly data to see who's sharing what links.

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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco looks at US consumer spending on goods and services, sees 88.5% of spending domestically, 2.7% on "made in China" goods and services. (And even that number is high, as it includes US costs of transporting, marketing those goods...)

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Map of US foreign aid allows you to sort by levels of freedom, development, corruption in target countries to better understand where US aid is focused.

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Sobering and, to me, persuasive argument from Fareed Zakaria that the US is facing serious long term challenges to growth, failing to take seriously the growth of European and Chinese economies and is paralyzed by an inherently conservative (small c) political system. 

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Excellent overview of "motivated reasoning", the human tendency to dismiss factual information that conflicts with a pre-established worldview. Not a ton of help on the question of what to do when people reason in a way that's based on values, not on facts, but this concluding statement is provocative and interesting:  "...you don't lead with the facts in order to convince. You lead with the values—so as to give the facts a fighting chance."

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Richard Florida connects "the passport divide" in the US to a variety of key economic and political statistics, suggesting passport ownership is a proxy for a wide variety of societal divides in the US

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Wadah Khanfar on AlJ's struggle to get on the air in US. Includes interesting insights on their Tunisia coverage despite being banned from the nation

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Amazing collection of data on the content of US television nightly news, showing prominence of different types of news. Site features annual reviews of coverage, trends from 1980s to present.

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Divided we watch? There's no overlap between the 15 television programs most popular with democrats and the 15 most popular with republicans

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Stats on immigration to the US from 1850 to 1990, based on census data. Clearly shows migration bulge around 1890, sharp fall off and recent increases.

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