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Bias against Mormonism may not keep Romney out of White House

Jan. 18, 2012—New Vanderbilt research shows that though the Republican base is generally biased against Mormonism, Mitt Romney’s religion would not hurt his chances among the GOP faithful as a presidential candidate in the general election.

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Internet anti-piracy legislation is flawed, says Vanderbilt professor

Jan. 18, 2012—Protesters of proposed anti-piracy legislation being considered by Congress are right when they say the measures as written threaten the rights of Internet companies and consumers, said Daniel Gervais, co-director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program.

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Vanderbilt expert: Obama trying to send message about judicious spending

Jan. 13, 2012—Vanderbilt political scientist David E. Lewis says a move for authority to shrink the federal government by President Obama is an attempt to preempt Republican challenger Mitt Romney from positioning himself as the candidate associated with government efficiency.

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Vanderbilt professor reacts to video of alleged Marines in Afghanistan

Jan. 12, 2012—Video purporting to show four U.S. marines urinating on dead Afghani fighters, if verified, would clearly fall under the category of a war crime, says a Vanderbilt University law professor.

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Vanderbilt experts discuss hot-button issues tied to GOP presidential debates

Jan. 12, 2012—Vanderbilt experts are available to discuss negative campaigning, religious bias among candidates, patriotism and the Bible, the GOP's stance on immigration and how to eliminate bias in political polling.

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Discovery of the smallest exoplanets: The Barnard’s star connection

Jan. 11, 2012—The smallest exoplanets yet discovered orbit a dwarf star almost identical to Barnard’s star, one of the Sun’s nearest neighbors. The similarity helped the astronomers calculate the size of the distant planets.

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New rules on international detainees needed, says Vanderbilt law professor

Jan. 10, 2012—As the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp passes this month, a Vanderbilt law professor and former U.S. adviser on detainee cases says it’s time for new rules on deciding what to do with detainees whose allegiances are unclear.

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Cordray appointment good political grist for Democrats and Republicans

Jan. 5, 2012—The nomination of former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray to head up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “is clearly an issue that has come to the forefront because of election year politics,” said David Lewis, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.

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Negative ads may not be Gingrich’s problem

Jan. 3, 2012—The conventional wisdom about Newt Gingrich's troubles at the Iowa caucuses may be mistaken, says John Geer of Vanderbilt University. Blaming a barrage of attack ads aimed at the former House speaker for his decline in the polls may be inaccurate, Geer believes.

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Top 20 news stories of 2011

Dec. 29, 2011—Bionics, time travel, Bono and, of course, cicadas are just some of the exciting stories that marked 2011 at Vanderbilt. Below are the year’s top 20 Vanderbilt news stories, in order of the number of views they each received on the Vanderbilt News Network.

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Vanderbilt students to learn firsthand about presidential election process at Iowa Caucus

Dec. 29, 2011—About 20 Vanderbilt University students will get a firsthand lesson in politicking by participating in the Iowa Caucus in early January. Students will attend political rallies, volunteer for candidates’ campaigns and generally observe the Republican caucuses.

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Vanderbilt professor brings first-century context to Christmas story

Dec. 13, 2011—The Jewish Annotated New Testament, co-edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, offers insight into how first-century Gospel readers would have understood the message of Jesus' birth.

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