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‘It can feel like there’s no way out’ — political scientists face pushback on their work

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Nature 630, 548-550 (2024)


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  • Correction 26 June 2024: An earlier version of this feature said that Kate Starbird was subpoenaed to appear at US congressional hearings. She did appear for closed-door interviews but was not subpoenaed.


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