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Political Polarization

9 Stats That Will Make You Want To Hug A Republican (Or Maybe A Democrat)

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

Tuesday's midterm elections handed Republicans full control of Congress, which will soon include an increasing number of extremely conservative (and l...

Millennials Need to Vote -- For Themselves and Their Country

Matt Camarda | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Matt Camarda

To millennials (and most Americans), politics looks ugly, privileged and -- worst of all -- useless. The problem is that politics affects us whether or not we're engaged, and by not voting, millennials perpetuate a vicious cycle of apathy and cynicism that too many are happy to exploit.

Is Bipartisanship Possible?

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Voters in many communities continue to be subjected to wave after wave of negative political ads. The obvious solution is to take big money out of politics, but another tactic would be to promote bipartisanship, to somehow dispel the rancor between Democrats and Republicans. Is bipartisanship possible? Or is the U.S. too polarized?

Americans Are More Likely To Vote If They Hate The Other Party

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

The Americans most likely to vote in this year's midterms are also the most likely to be highly partisan and antipathetic toward their political rival...

The Baseball Solution to our Political Polarization

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Political polarization is worse than ever this fall, with contests being framed as a struggle between virtue and vice, strength and weakness.

American Politics Are a Mess. Is This Why?

Noam Bramson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Noam Bramson

Is the media's excessive interest in personal scandal really at the root of the superficiality and viciousness of today's politics? I'm not convinced. Yes, tabloid-style coverage is a problem, but I see much bigger factors at play

The Purple Agenda: A National Strategy to Bridge Left and Right

Mack McLarty | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Mack McLarty

Our leaders need to embrace an attitude where working with the other party to solve problems is seen as a virtue and not a weakness. An attitude where the focus is on finding common ground instead of fomenting conflict.

The Power of Moral Complexity

Peter T. Coleman, PhD | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Peter T. Coleman, PhD

In these times of Red state and Blue state hyperbole, of Fox News versus MSNBC, when our government is divided and often unable to address our more serious problems effectively, the first step toward remedies must be a recognition of the complex times in which we live.

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

Has Sisi's Disdain for the Muslim Brotherhood Poisoned Egypt's Position on the Conflict in Gaza?

Jeremiah J. Bowden | Posted 09.21.2014 | World
Jeremiah J. Bowden

In November 2012 Mohammed Morsi's Egypt was a vocal supporter of Hamas. Now, less than 20 months later, Egypt's current leadership classifies Hamas as a terrorist organization that ought to be wiped off the face of the Earth.

Got Science? Reasons for Hope About Political Polarization

Seth Shulman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Seth Shulman

In America, science and democracy were forged together from the start. It's no accident that Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and George Washington were all citizen scientists. It has proved a powerful partnership ever since.

The Case to Stop Campaigning and Start Governing

Mack McLarty | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Mack McLarty

With midterm elections four months away, there are signs that a bitterly polarized electorate will again deliver a government incapable of working together. This is our era's sad twist on the maxim "all politics is local." You can win local elections at the extremes. But you can't govern from there.

The Problematic Primacy of Primaries

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Glenn C. Altschuler

The defeat of Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, by David Brat, a little known professor of economics at Randolph-Macon...

Americans More Polarized Than At Any Time In Last Two Decades, Poll Shows

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) - Americans are more divided along political lines than at any time in two decades, with about one in five defining th...

TV: What the Media and Politicians Are Talking About and What They're Not

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
David Helfenbein

The media is spinning around theories of what happened to Malaysia Flight 370. Nobody seems to know the truth as of yet. Instead, seasoned pilots and security experts appear to be the best narrators on TV of any stories that we hear.

Howard's Daily: The Perils of Political Science

Philip K. Howard | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

America shouldn't fear action. It should fear a political culture designed to divert attention away from practical realities. The solution is a clean break: New leaders who do not get overwhelmed by cynicism, emboldened by a popular movement to fix this broken system, top to bottom.

Jason Linkins

In What World Is Bernie Sanders Only The 37th Most Liberal Senator?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

National Journal, as is its wont, has released its latest round of rankings in an effort to determine who are the most liberal and most conservative m...

Why the Hastert Rule Is Bad for America

David Catalan | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
David Catalan

The Hastert Rule is the lower chamber's analog of the filibuster. It's also a shrewd and politically strategic play to maintain the status quo. On the other hand, the Tea Party is an acerbic bunch for whom "compromise" is anathema.

Beyond Mandela -- South Africa's Lesson for the World

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Harry Boyte

Seeing Mandela the movie was another occasion, beyond the funeral, to reflect on what South African experiences have to teach the world.

Will 2014 Be The Year of Listening?

Aspen Baker | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Aspen Baker

2013 revealed a promising new political trend: A renewed interest in listening, connection and acknowledgment of gray areas to spur innovation and pos...

Polarization: Worse Than You Think

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Some political observers believe that if we only had competitive elections throughout the country -- if most congressional districts weren't gerrymandered -- then we would have more moderates in Congress and, therefore, less polarization. Think again. Polarization is the new normal.

It's Inequality, Stupid: Defending Affordable Health Care

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Affordable Care Act is off to a rocky start. Some Democratic congresspeople have been backing away from the law. We can't let that happen. Progressives can't let "Obamacare" fail.

On the 50th Anniversary of His Assassination, JFK's Message Is More Important Now Than Ever

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We were once a country that wasn't scared to do the big things, weren't we?

Women and Compromise: A DW-NOMINATE Analysis of Congresswomen and Congressmen

Jarryd Willis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

The data supports the conventional wisdom that women are more likely to compromise than men. Of course, there are several caveats and limitations to these results.

Why the Pope Hates Polarization

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Pope Francis shook up the Roman Catholic Church by saying in a recent interview that he will not focus on the polarizing issues of abortion, gay marriage and contraception. Instead, he wants to pursue an inclusive church, one that is "the home of all."