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Schatz And Hanabusa Face More Major Disagreements During TV Debate

Civil Beat | Nick Grube | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

It’s been nearly two years since Honolulu’s $5.2 billion rail project was center stage in a major televised debate between politicians. But dur...

Hanabusa Comes Out Swinging At Schatz In Senate Debate

Civil Beat | Nick Grube | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU -- U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) still doesn’t have anything nice to say about Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). Hanabusa, who’s t...

5 Most Unbreakable and Impressive MLB Records

Dave Kreissman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

145 years for baseball's legends, and underdogs, to set the most unbelievable and unbreakable records in their sport. Let's take a look at some of the best.

Alaska Senate Candidate Joe Miller Says Abortion Is Bankrupting Social Security

John Aronno | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
John Aronno

Choice is hard. Life is hard. But Joe Miller has abandoned complexity in lieu of irresponsible soundbites. To make such a wildly inaccurate policy statement, purposefully and solely for short-term political gain, is a reprehensible breach of ethics and is beneath even the basement level of politics we associate with the modern day campaign.

Argumentum Ad Hominem: An Appeal to Privilege

Udoka Okafor | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Udoka Okafor

As long as persons are able to fully recognize the spaces that they occupy in society and how that informs their belief systems, then we ought not shut them down simply because they are privileged.

McConnell Challenges Dem Opponent To Three Debates

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wasted no time after his primary win, immediately inviting Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan...

Snowden Support Swells at Debate on NSA Surveillance

Nicholas Nazar | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Nazar

To trust a powerful and secretive intelligence agency may be a hard pill to swallow for anyone. In April, after a five-year investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that the CIA misled the government on its secret detention and coercive interrogation program.

God's Not Dead (But Even If He Is, He Deserves Better Than This Movie)

Mary C. Johnson | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Mary C. Johnson

Though I no longer consider myself a religious person, I remain intrigued by artistic explorations of faith. The trailer for God's Not Dead pitted an atheist philosophy professor against a Christian student.

How to Answer Your Critics

Cara Paiuk | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Cara Paiuk

I have observed, with alarming regularity, how the comments sections of online articles become war zones. No one knows each other personally, and the facelessness gives people courage to speak their mind freely without worrying about the consequences.

Satire Will Not Save Us: A Call for Empathy Over Echo Chambers in the Debates on Race, Gender and Inequality

Joanne Sprague | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Joanne Sprague

There's a cost to this Colbert/Jezebel v. Limbaugh/Drudge boxing-match style of issue analysis: the more one side criticizes, the more the other side digs in its heels and the more likely we all are to write each other off rather than to reach across the table.

Finding Wisdom in a Fractured World

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Harold Lloyd

The wise person understands why we run from questions that we might not be able to answer, and why we wrongly avoid other obstacles or risks that we should face. Our default emotions have evolved to lament loss more than to celebrate gain.

Uptown Showdown: A Short Interview With John Fugelsang About (Fake) Debating

Danny Groner | Posted 05.20.2014 | Comedy
Danny Groner

"I'm arguing that society is getting dumber, and in my act I discuss politicians who keep getting elected by people who vote against their own self-interest. I'll get back to you when I find a connection."

Chicago vs. Downstate: The Battle Rages On

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.06.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

There's always been something of a rivalry between downstate Illinois and Chicago. It gets serious when politicians are talking about things like distributing tax dollars for school funding and public construction projects.

The Biggest Loser in the Doniger Controversy? Indian Traditions of Debate

Laurie L. Patton | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion
Laurie L. Patton

In addition to the rich meaning of the vocabulary for debate, dialogue and argumentation, there are many dramatic scenes of debate, and even insult, within Indic traditions from their very inception. What if we reminded ourselves that Hindu texts were filled with questions as well as answers?

We Don't Need Debates; We Need Conversations

Matt Bieber | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Matt Bieber

Josh Weinstein thinks about rhetoric and argumentation with more nuance and subtlety than anyone I know. At the moment, he's developing Argmaps, a web-based platform for structured inquiry into really hard questions.

Bill Nye and Ken Ham Should Not Debate Tonight

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Sean McElwee

Bill Nye and Ken Ham will be debating creationism on Feb. 4, and it's a bad idea for both scientists and Christians.

It's a Fact.

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.30.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

If you are an environmentalist who watched the speech, you undoubtedly found things you liked and disliked, but we can all embrace the president's direct aim at climate deniers.

Three Things I Want to See Come Out of the Bill Nye-Ken Ham Debate

Joseph Hill | Posted 03.09.2014 | Religion
Joseph Hill

Tuesday, when I opened my laptop I began to see the same link pop up on my Facebook feed repeatedly. It was for the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate coming up ...

Creationism Versus Evolutionism: When Will This Debate Ever End?

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The story of Genesis, is the story of the creation of humanity and community and a new humanity and community, respectively. When you get this, my friend, every Adam and Eve you meet, which is to say, every person you meet, will be a member of your extended human family... your human community.

Think South Africa Is Too Conservative to Talk?

Vashthi Nepaul | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
Vashthi Nepaul

Despite the persistent portrayals of Africa as under-developed, uneducated and uninformed, debating has strong support in many African countries. In South Africa, debating has a huge groundswell of support in our private and state schools.

Common Core Is Common Sense, Not a Government Takeover

JoshAnderson | Posted 01.27.2014 | Education
JoshAnderson

Those who like Common Core aren't interested in the big government debate and would rather focus on why it's good for kids. Those who oppose Common Core seem to say very little about whether it's good for kids and would rather focus on the big government debate.

Your Safety Zone or Mine? A Collaboration Story

Stephanie Michele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Michele

When we receive communication from other people that does not support our safety zone, most of us will either fight or flight. The challenge is every person's safety zone has been developed by unique experiences, beliefs, values and knowledge.

The Top 5 Most Politically Charged Obamacare Opinions

Divya Raghavan | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Divya Raghavan

October 1, 2013 was a big day for Obamacare, but raging debates will continue long past enrollment day #1. A new live poll called Obamacare Chattr ai...

Hip-Hop Debate Institute -- Remixing Literacies For The 21st Century Classroom

Jen Johnson | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jen Johnson

Youth of color are using hip-hop to demand that they see their culture and issues reflected in competitive academic policy debate, in education and in the larger society around them.

Launch a Missile, Save a Refugee

Jim Moore | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Serious doubts about U.S. action in Syria are surfacing all over editorial pages, social media, across the aisles of both chambers of Congress, throughout the nation, and around the world. If I were a headline writer, I'd have "It's a Mess" printed in the largest possible type.