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New York Times, Nov. 27, 2015
Supreme Court Justice intervenes in native Hawaiian election
Richard L. Hasen, an election law specialist at the University of California, Irvine, said Justice Kennedy’s order was reminiscent of the stay issued by the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore that halted the counting of ballots in Florida in the 2000 presidential election.

NBC News, Nov. 29, 2015
Meet the press
Elizabeth Loftus is a professor at the University of California, Irvine who has done a TED Talk on memory, which people have to watch. Because memory is different from facts. You cannot fact-check memory.

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 30, 2015
Boy’s murder conviction sharpens debate on whether juveniles are fit to waive rights
UC Irvine professor Elizabeth E. Cauffman, an expert in the development and treatment of anti-social behavior in adolescents, cited research that she said showed juveniles 15 and younger lack the cognitive ability to understand what happens at a trial. “We are transferring kids to the adult court system and they are not competent to stand trial,” she said.

The Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2015
The psychology of political beliefs (or, why hard data isn’t always convincing)
“We all think of ourselves as being these rational people. We hear evidence, and we process it,” said Peter Ditto, professor of social psychology at University of California, Irvine, when we spoke by phone this week. “What’s clear from decades of social psychological research is that people’s emotions get involved in their reasoning, their motivations, their intuitions. Those shape and bias the way we process information.”

Fox News Latino, Nov. 27, 2015
Birth rates among Latinas at an all-time low, as their prosperity continues to grow
A second reason for the birth rate decline in the Hispanic community is that Latinas have been enrolling in college in higher numbers, with a subsequent increase in affluence that typically translates into lower birth rates. “The education levels [of Latinas] have gone up notably,” said Professor Frank Bean, a director for the Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy University of California, Irvine. “And earning levels have gone up notably, more so than in the case of males,” he added.

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