Converse Lost

Once the elections are over, the techies who helped candidates get elected often take off for larger salaries and hoodie-filled offices. Harper Reed, the CTO for Obama’s re-election campaign, explains what the government’s really up against. Read More...

spreadsheets

It takes cash - and lots of it - to fund a political campaign. Campaign donations are all public information, but that can be complicated to sort through. Don’t worry. High school junior Nick Rubin has an answer: an app that offers can’t-miss evidence of where candidates get their funding. Read More...

sculpture from the FDR memorial

A long-forgotten political race for Iowa’s Secretary of State produced a new way of polling voters and catapulted one unelected man to fame. Read More...

minature statues of liberty

America isn’t the only country hiring highly-skilled workers. If our immigration system is too complicated, there are plenty of other countries willing to put out the welcome mat. Read More...

Harper Reed

Last year's rollout of Healthcare.gov was not what you'd call a "smooth process." But was it really the disaster that many claimed? Read More...

Chicago at night

Cities often work even when Washington doesn’t, and mayors play a big role in that, say Jennifer Bradley from the Brookings Institution and Dave Cieslewicz, co-founder of the Mayors Innovation Project. Read More...

I Voted

From fact-checking officials to finding out if your cheese is Republican or Democrat, here’s a list of our five favorite apps to get you through the election season. Read More...

David Burstein

David Burstein has a simple dream. Fix American politics. Read More...

Joi Ito - Pop Tech 2014

Joi Ito is at PopTech this weekend. He talks about his worry that Americans - students, in particular - may be losing their love of rebelliousness. Read More...

architectural sketch

 
Here are three things to know about how things stack up:

1. Nielsen ratings aren't going away anytime soon. In search of a neutral data broker, the TV industry relies heavily on Nielsen, explains TIME columnist James Poniewozik. But there are problems with that.

2. Frankenfood isn’t actually bad for you. Despite their reputation, genetically engineered crops aren't harmful for humans, and they sometimes have positive side effects for the environment.

3. Ancient Sumerians liked craft beer, too. While the specialty beer craze might seem like the fad of the moment, author William Boswick says humans have been brewing unique varieties of beer for thousands of years.

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