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  • The New York Times reminds us that depolarizing our politics requires us all to look at the complexities of big issues--like fracking, for example. -- Can Liberals Frack? --
  • The New York Times makes an urgent call to think about where we are heading as US political rhetoric becomes increasingly bitter. -- Bipartisanship Isn’t for Wimps, After All --
  • The Harvard Business Review shares persuasive critique of Donald Trump's negotiation skills from real experts in negotiation, arguing that Trump doesn't understand negotiation like the next president will need to. -- Trump's Negotiation Skills --
  • Scientific American, the New York Times, and Foreign Affairs have interesting insights into the complexities of CVE (countering violent extremism). -- Countering Violent Extremism --
  • After the Brussels attacks, Defense One and Foreign Policy make persuasive arguments for taking nuclear security more seriously. -- Nuclear Secuirty --
  • The New York Times is conducting an important debate about the connection between anti-Semitism and critiques of Israeli policies. -- Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism --
  • David Smith shares his book Peace Jobs, a great new resource for those thinking about careers in peace and conflict-related fields! -- Peace Jobs --
  • Thomas Friedman writes in The New York Times writes on an important new book for those ready to address hard questions about the last quarter century: Mission Failure. -- Mission Failure --
  • A New York Times debate series asks: is it time for us to take more responsibility for the chaos that we brought to Afghanistan? -- Is America Responsible for Afghan Refugees? --
  • The Russell Kirk Center shares an especially clear statement of core conservative principles such as the moral order and the principle of prudence that ought to be (but aren't) the focus of debate. -- Core Conservative Principles --
  • Rolling Stone shares an especially good essay on society's increasing demand for safe spaces and how it's not confined to college campuses. -- Safe Spaces Demanded in All Places --
  • ReConsider posts an eye-popping graphic from last year revealing the mismatch between dangers and where, in fear, America spends its money. -- American Protective Spending --
  • This upbeat Atlantic story shares interesting indicators of cities that buck the trend and actually work! Among them are a focus on local issues, and real partnerships between the government and the people. -- Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed --
  • If it exists, it must be possible – we're reminded of this by a hopeful Foriegn Policy story on Islamists embracing democracy in Tunisia. -- How Tunisia’s Islamists Embraced Democracy --
  • The Atlantic shares great statistics demonstrating why the class problem in the U.S. is really a 1% of the 1% problem. -- The Richest of the Rich --
  • Sharing predictions of a new climate change model, The New York Times gives us another reminder of the urgent need to fix the conflict problems that are blocking action on climate change. -- Urgent Climate Change Findings --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Friedman gives a succinct summary of the "wicked" problem that is today's Middle East, reminding us that we need a president who can deal with this. -- When the Necessary in Impossible in the Middle East --
  • The New York Times opens a well-documented window into the class conflict that is dividing the GOP, causing us to ask: will it also divide the Democrats? -- The Angriest Republicans --
  • provides great data university grade inflation since 1960 with a focus on the "student as consumer" era. -- Grade Inflation --
  • The Washington Post has made available many interesting papers from a virtual symposium on the complex events surrounding the Arab Spring, with an accompanying article to explain. -- Papers on the Arab Spring --
  • An interesting study from Brookings explains how and why some professions are grossly overpaid while others are underpaid, and what we can do about it. -- Why the 1% Earns So Much --
  • The Washington Post discusses a recent Paul Ryan speech, sharing a hopeful story about learning, admitting mistakes, and really governing. We need more of this! -- Learning from Mistakes in Politics --
  • PBS offers another window into the class-based divisions in US society: the option to take Murray's "Do you live in a bubble" quiz. -- Do You Live in a Bubble? --
  • Scientific American explains how diversity makes us smarter, more creative, more diligent and harder-working. -- Diversity Makes Us Smarter --
  • The World Economic Forum gives an informative overview outlining the continually mutating threat of terrorism and provides interesting statistics for support. -- Continual Changes in Terrorism --