Politics & public policy

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Climate summit puts California, UC in the spotlight

The University of California is among the thousands gathering to share solutions at the Global Climate Action Summit.

Anatomy of fake news

Students have created a website that shines a light on the modern scourge of bogus “news”

Anna Song with two packs of cigarettes

Multimillion-dollar grant brings nicotine and cannabis policy center to campus

The new center positions UC Merced and the San Joaquin Valley as leaders in public health.

Republicans and Democrats agree on climate change — they just don't realize it

The key to fixing climate change isn't convincing people it's real: it's getting them to choose policy over party.

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Electric scooters on collision course with pedestrians and lawmakers

The sometimes hazardous form of transportation could end up making cities safer for everybody.

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How private prison companies are influencing immigration policy

Increased support for punitive immigration legislation is found where ICE detention facilities are privately run.

Ethics Bowl at San Quentin Prison

How to find truth in today’s partisan world

The Ethics Bowl teaches you not to win or lose a debate, but something more important: how to think.

Refugees in Greece

New website amplifies refugee voices amid immigration crackdowns

Researchers map the perilous ordeals of thousands of displaced people through personal stories.

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How the census overlooks the LGBTQ community

The census is finally counting same-sex couples — but it's missing everyone else.

Children at an immigrant family separation protest in Phoenix

Trump and Sessions can end immigrant family separations without Congress’ help

Current immigration laws give the executive branch considerable discretion.