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Joe Hansen

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President Obama Should Go Big on Immigration Reform

Joe Hansen | July 25, 2014 | Politics
The unfolding humanitarian crisis on the border further highlights the urgent need to fix our broken immigration system and create a clear and fair path to citizenship. Yet some Congressional Republicans are using the plight of immigrant families to call for even stricter enforcement policies. It's shameful.
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | July 25, 2014 | Politics
What if jury service made you a better citizen? New social science research on juries and democratic engagement makes exactly that argument. Like an immunity boost for our civic constitution, jury service appears to ward off civic apathy.
Jonathan Kim

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ReThink Review: The Purge: Anarchy -- An Unlikely Allegorical Franchise

Jonathan Kim | July 25, 2014 | Entertainment
The Purge had interesting ideas but ultimately failed as the horror film it was marketed as. But with Anarchy, the pretense of being a horror movie seems to have been abandoned, leaving something pretty unique: a political allegory dystopian action thriller that slyly attacks conservative ideology.
Randall Frederick

In Defense of 'Spreadsheet Guy'

Randall Frederick | July 25, 2014 | Weddings
For the last few days, a copy of Spreadsheet Guy's chronicle of sexual rebuff has been circulating. What I see in this image is not a man who feels his wife "owes" him sexual favors, but a man making a desperate cry for help.
Olivia Snaije

Social Media About Gaza Reflects Misplaced Anger Instead of Humanity

Olivia Snaije | July 25, 2014 | Media
I have been spending far too much time away from my work because I am alternately outraged, fascinated and horrified by what I read about Gaza on Facebook, today's reflection of our society.
Andy Plesser

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(VIDEO) Razorfish, Google & Videobloggers Drive 6+ Million Video Views for Unilever Haircare Campaign in the U.K.

Andy Plesser | July 25, 2014 | Media
A YouTube program in the U.K., designed by global agency Razorfish for several Unilever haircare brands, has driven more that six million views since its launch  in April, says Pete Stein, Global CEO of the agency in this interview with Beet.TV The program takes...
J. Mijin Cha

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We Are Not White

J. Mijin Cha | July 25, 2014 | Politics
Politically speaking, the high level of social acceptance and privilege that comes with being Asian-American is ultimately dangerous because it sets up a false notion of who we really are. For starters, we are not white.
Keith Gaby

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Is Hollywood Drowning Out Climate Change? Let's Be Practical

Keith Gaby | July 25, 2014 | Green
It's frustrating for climate activists that some people seem to care more about Hollywood couples than global warming. America's obsession with Hollywood feels a bit like we're endlessly banging on the front door yelling "Fire!" -- only to be told, "Yes, we see the flames on the drapes, but America's Got Talent is on!"
Jim Wallis

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Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness

Jim Wallis | July 25, 2014 | Politics
The horrible human costs and increasing danger the world is now facing in Gaza, Ukraine, and Iraq show the consequences of not telling the truth. And unfortunately, we seem to mostly have political leaders who are unwilling to admit the truth of what's happening, deal with root causes instead of exploiting symptoms, and then do everything possible to prevent the escalation of violence and further wars. Instead we have politicians who are mostly looking for opportunities to blame their political opponents, boost their own reputations, and protect business interests. Why don't we hold all those morally accountable who refuse political solutions and only work in favor of military solutions that have and will always fail?
Philip Russo

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Holding the Media Accountable, One Phone Call at a Time

Philip Russo | July 25, 2014 | Media
News media now seems more interested in showcasing the faces of demented killers and talking about the gory details without any regard for the feelings of the victims.
Michael Shaw

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Reading the Pictures: On the Brilliant Michelle Obama Brown vs Board of Education Site Visit Photo

Michael Shaw | July 25, 2014 | Politics
If you aren't completely transfixed by photos from Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq or the border right now, you might have come across this. Simply put, it's the best visual to come out of the administration in months, maybe longer.
Elliot Mincberg

What Hobby Lobby Shows Us About the Supreme Court and Civil Rights Laws: Winners and Losers in the Roberts Court

Elliot Mincberg | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Comparing Hobby Lobby with the two rulings in civil rights law cases issued by the Court over the last year, the key factor that explains how the conservative majority ruled is not precedent, the language of the statute, or congressional intent, but who wins and who loses.
Jane Fonda

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Déjà Vu All Over Again: From Akin to Ellmers to Aiken

Jane Fonda | July 24, 2014 | Politics
North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, who is running against Clay Aiken this November, urged the Republican Party, especially men in the party, to bring policy discussion "down to a woman's level."
Abby Huntsman

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Six Year Blues

Abby Huntsman | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Mr. President, for too long your approach to foreign policy has been reactive, not proactive. It feels like we're always playing catch-up. Now is the time to tell us what it is you want us to do. What are our goals? What is most important to us? And how are we going to get there?
Lincoln Mitchell

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Israel, Gaza, Hamas and Media Strategies

Lincoln Mitchell | July 25, 2014 | Media
Both sides in this conflict find it difficult to separate the best media strategy from the narrative to which they have long been wed.
Michael Rosenblum

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Warning All Bloggers and Video Makers!!!

Michael Rosenblum | July 24, 2014 | Media
There is a generally held perception that the Internet is a digital free for all, open platform, do what you like world. Nothing could be further from the truth, (as this so clearly points out).
Spencer Aronfeld

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Does Florida Really Hate Gay Marriage?

Spencer Aronfeld | July 24, 2014 | Gay Voices
The ban on same-sex marriage won't stop people from being gay; rather it just prevents them from publicly expressing their love by entering into a committed relationship that is recognized by the law.  Would such a marriage really be so wrong?  
Travis Nichols

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Everything Is Not Awesome in LEGOland

Travis Nichols | July 24, 2014 | Green
Using toys to advertise any kind of product to kids is wrong. But it's particularly harmful to sell children on Shell, a company with a shameful environmental record that plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, one of the most vulnerable places on earth.
Tom Engelhardt

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Living in a Photographically Redacted Post-9/11 World

Tom Engelhardt | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Thanks to smartphones, iPads, and the like, everyone is now a photographer, but it turns out that, in the public landscape, there's ever less to photograph. So here are a few tips for living more comfortably in a photographically redacted version of our post-9/11 world.
Josh Stein-Sapir

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Bully/Nerd

Josh Stein-Sapir | July 24, 2014 | Media
If a person is going to make an argument or declaration that includes facts or even just an effort to persuade, then they must at least adhere to the lowest common denominator of a written argument to be taken seriously.
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