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Tom Mockaitis

The ISIS Boogey Man

Tom Mockaitis | July 30, 2016 | Politics
As the election moves into its final phase, expect candidates to raise the shibboleth of the Islamic State and argue vehemently over who is best able to keep America safe. Unfortunately, the debate will probably not rest on dispassionate consideration of the facts but on an exaggerated perception of the...
Alise D. Chaffins

6 Ways The GOP Fails To Be Pro-Life

Alise D. Chaffins | July 30, 2016 | Religion
In November, I will be voting my conscience, and it will be based on a pro-life ethic.
Carol Smaldino

Why Let Reality Get in the Way?: The Nostalgia of the Republicans VS the Cheerleading of the Democrats

Carol Smaldino | July 30, 2016 | Politics
Why Let Reality Get in the Way? : The Nostalgia of the Republicans VS the Cheerleading of the Democrats I know: not all Democrats are for Hillary and not all Republicans are for Trump. But there are theme songs circulating that threaten to become the center of platforms that...
Dr. Ludy Green

Congressman Accused of Domestic Assault

Dr. Ludy Green | July 30, 2016 | Crime
In a shocking video released by several news outlets, Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida is caught verbally assaulting and getting physical with a Politico reporter.
Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D.

Urban Planners of the World Unite Against Trump

Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D. | July 30, 2016 | Latino Voices
As an urban planning scholar and a son of Mexican immigrants, I implore all planning scholars, practitioners and students to stand up and take a position against Donald Trump--the Republican nominee for president of the United States.

Gibby - Heartwarming, Entertaining, Funny And Adorable

KIDS FIRST! | July 30, 2016 | Teen
A young girl finds an unlikely and uplifting friendship with an adorable monkey in this charming, light-hearted film. Katie has lost interest in her school, her friends, and gymnastics following the loss of her mother, but her outlook changes in the summer when...
Bogdan Marcu

Russian propaganda in the Facebook age

Bogdan Marcu | July 30, 2016 | Politics
This article is written together with Cristian Rosu, a Romanian media expert who works for Kirchhoff Consult Romania, a corporation for Public Relations and Communications. Cristian has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest. More articles and social media analyses by Cristian can be found on his
Annie Duke

Boxing Out At The Democratic National Convention

Annie Duke | July 30, 2016 | Politics
Donald Trump seems to grasp the advantage of going second, repeatedly demonstrating his skill in "the art of the response" to position his reactions to opponents and events to refocus attention on himself and his message. This time, Democrats took a page from Trump's book and leveraged the advantage of the opportunity to counterpunch.
David Hinckley

Yeah Yeah, Game of Thrones, Curb, and Deadwood Will Return. Meanwhile, Enjoy Jon and Sarah

David Hinckley | July 30, 2016 | Entertainment
HBO has a message for fans of Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, True Detective and Deadwood. Be patient. But in the meantime, the channel is hoping to keep viewer happy with hits like The Night Of (above) and Veep,...
Bryan Behar

The Days Of Sand And Sea

Bryan Behar | July 30, 2016 | GPS for the Soul
I realize that in 2016, writing a nostalgic ode to a private beach club may feel as tone deaf as body shaming a child or "liking" one of Donald Trump Jr.'s hunting photos on Instagram. But for me and lots...
Richard Greene

The One Sentence Reason for Bernie Fans to Vote for Hillary Clinton

Richard Greene | July 30, 2016 | Politics
In this short interview, filmed immediately after the official DNC roll call nomination, a brilliant, tearful Bernie supporting Millennial puts forth the best soundbite ever for Bernie fans (and even "Bernie or Busters") to vote for Hillary Clinton. And I'm very proud of her as she happens also to be...
Doug Hattaway

Why Khizr Khan's DNC Speech Was So Effective

Doug Hattaway | July 30, 2016 | Politics
Khan's speech showcased a powerful way to tell the story of Muslims in America, with examples of their contributions to and sacrifices for our country--and language that reminds people we're all on the same team.
David Hinckley

HBO Chief: Graphic Violence Against Woman is an Issue, But HBO Doesn't Exploit It

David Hinckley | July 30, 2016 | Entertainment
HBO shows do not rely disproportionately on graphic sexual violence against women, the channel's new head of programming told television critics Saturday. He acknowledged, however, that the larger subject is "something to take into account." Casey Bloys, who was named HBO's president of programming earlier this year, said "I don't...
Ben Railton

Two Books Bill O'Reilly--and all Americans--Should Read

Ben Railton | July 30, 2016 | Politics
The last two weeks in American politics and society have been full of controversies and debates, but none engaged with our collective memories and historical narratives more overtly than did the response to Michelle Obama's statement, in the midst of her powerful speech to the Democratic National Convention,...
Philip Seib

Why Clinton Will Win

Philip Seib | July 30, 2016 | Politics
Trump certainly has assets as well, primarily his ability to cultivate dissatisfaction with America's current direction. But in terms of getting actual votes on November 8, his strengths do not compare with those of Clinton. She will win.
Brian Levin, J.D.

Our America: Remarks To The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Brian Levin, J.D. | July 30, 2016 | Religion
My fellow Americans, and friends watching this around the world, it is such a heartfelt privilege to share the blessings of Our America with you on this special day. Salam Aleikum and God bless the United States of America.
Nina M. Lozano-Reich, Ph.D.

How Hillary Just Won the White House

Nina M. Lozano-Reich, Ph.D. | July 30, 2016 | Politics
Yes, there are one hundred days of campaigning left. I contend, however, that the narrative arc is solidified. I assert that Hillary's hopeful world--a world where America is trusted, unified, strong and patriotic, will outweigh Trump's dark, reckless, isolated, and un-patriotic future.
David Seaman

Bitcoin And Ethereum, Sitting In A Tree...

David Seaman | July 30, 2016 | Business
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Bitcoin and Ethereum, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g! As the old schoolyard rhyme goes. The two cryptocurrencies, one launched seven years by a pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, the other launched exactly one year ago, may not appear to be lovers at first glance. As I write this from San Francisco, where...
Andy Schmookler

I Wish 'We're The Greatest!' Weren't Such Good Politics

Andy Schmookler | July 30, 2016 | Politics
Feeling such love and gratitude for one's country is one thing. Insisting on declaring our being superior to everyone else is quote another.
Doug Bandow

Syria Is Not America's War To Fight

Doug Bandow | July 30, 2016 | World
The U.S. should adopt a policy of first do no harm. Stay out of the conflict. Don't add to the tragedy. Accept refugees fleeing for their lives. Provide humanitarian aid to those within reach. That would be an agenda of which Americans could be proud.