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Research: Lucky People Feel More Lucky!

Is it true that if we all would just do the work of cultivating a feeling of gratefulness, all our wages would go up, we would get sick less often, people would like us more, we would shake the monkeys off our backs, and sleep well at night? [...]

Where the Hoaxes Live: the overlapping Geography of Obama Urban Legends

Google Correlate is a new research tool used to find out where in the United States the entry of certain search terms is concentrated, and which search terms’ levels of popularity are correlated with one another across the 50 states. The first idea is pretty straightforward: where are people more or less likely to be [...]

Who Follows John Murtha on Military Bills? Magliocchettites?

To date, Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania has been a central congressional figure in the FBI’s investigative hairs this year: Murtha is suspected of doling out military contracts in the form of earmarks to the clients of lobbyist Paul Magliocchetti, in exchange for campaign contributions to Murtha from Magliocchetti, his family, his employees and his [...]

Cosponsorship Networks in the U.S. Senate as of March 1, 2009

Cosponsorship, the act of registering one’s name as an official supporter of a bill, is a common activity in the United States Senate. Although the 111th Congress is less than two months old, 1753 cosponsorships for 495 Senate Bills and 11 Senate Joint Resolutions have been officially registered. That’s an average of 3 cosponsorships per [...]