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  • The New York Times gives an insightful exploration of how both parties lost the white middle-class and made today's politics more extreme.
    Losing the White Middle Class --
  • In The New York Times David Brooks shares more sophisticated polling, highlighting the different constituencies to which Trump and Cruz appeal.
    The Appeals of Trump and Cruz --
  • The New York Times points out that Britain's David Cameron outlines a comprehensive, conservative approach to poverty. Where are US conservatives when it comes to doing the same in the U.S.?
    A Conservative Approach to Poverty --
  • Pew Research sheds light on a new world (and conflict problem): NEETs– young people who are neither employee nor an education or training.
    Niether an Employee nor in Education or Training --
  • The Washington Post has recommended international relations books individually for each of the presidential candidates based on what they need to know.
    Recommended Reading for Presidential Hopefuls --
  • In case you needed proof, The Week points out that the F-35 and its surrouding scandals demonstrate the military-industrial complex is alive and well.
    The F-35 and the Military Industrial Complex --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Edsall provides a great summary of the big argument between economic pessimists and optimists, with links to supporting information.
    Boom or Gloom? --
  • As the National Book Review explains, E. J. Dionne’s new book does much to help us understand the long-term origins of today’s big political confrontations by explaining the history of the contemporary Republican Party.
    How Republicans Got to Be How they Are --
  • This excellent New York Times by Paul Krugman essay reminds us that change comes through compromise, not the mere statement of idealistic goals.
    How Change Happens --
  • Pew Research publishes an illuminating exploration of what opinion polling can tell us about the many facets of the US political divide, by taking a deep dive into party affiliation.
    Exploring Party Divides --
  • The Atlantic writes on the dark side of emotional intelligence, which can turn into empathy in the service of Machiavelli and is something to guard against.
    Emotional Intelligence Goes Wrong --
  • In examining the difference between the Trump and Sanders phenomena, the Washington Post asks: How can we bridge the partisan divide when the simple willingness to compromise is such a big issue?
    The Difference between Trump and Sanders --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares a thoughtful essay on the amazing fact that the big US political factions all think that they’re losing.
    The Anxieties of Impotence --
  • Foreign Policy shares an unusually comprehensive, succinct, and well-written summary of the many ongoing conflicts in the Middle East today.
    The Conflicts in the Middle East --
  • The Atlantic offers another thoughtful contribution to efforts to the factors that are so dividing the US, suggesting they aren't simply partisan.
    America's Divides --
  • This National Review compilation of conservative, anti-trump essays provides more insight into the candidacy of Donald Trump.
    Conservatives Against Trump --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Edsall explains strategies for enforcing orthodoxy in his reflections on the GOP’s counterpoint to “political correctness”.
    Republican Orthodoxy --
  • The New York Times shares Thomas Friedman’s compilation of today’s big-conflict, mega-worries - and unfortunately, they are all hard to dismiss.
    What If? --
  • The Washington Post shares a good essay, highlighting the complexities and moral inconsistencies of billionaire bashing.
    The Problem with Billionaire-Bashing --
  • The Washington Post provides thoughtful reflections on the role that authoritarian personality types play in today’s political conflicts.
    Authoritarians Rule --
  • In 10 do's and don'ts, the World Economic Forum offers genuinely sensible advice for dealing with ISIS.
    How to Deal with ISIS --
  • Foreign Affairs shares a very interesting application of complexity theory to identify fragile states subject to catastrophic collapse, especially in the Middle East and Africa.
    The Calm Before the Storm --
  • The Atlantic offers a pretty thorough comparison of what we can learn about democracy, both from democratization efforts that have succeeded and failed.
    Lessons in Democratization --
  • The Atlantic's great article puts Donald Trump and fears of fascism in a more realistic historical perspective, suggesting that "fascist" may not be the best word to describe him.
    Trump Is Not a Fascist --
  • The Atlantic provides an intimate look into the problems of the white working class that have become such a driver of US political conflict.
    The White Working Class Problem --