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  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times provides an excellent analysis of the ongoing conflict for control of the Republican Party, examining who has control over what.
    Conflict in the Republican Party --
  • Vox shares 33 great maps, providing useful insights into the history and current status of the terrorism problem.
    Maps to Explain Terrorism --
  • Robert Reich asks: Why aren’t more constructive leaders seriously addressing the anxieties that underlie Trump’s appeal?
    Anxieties to Address --
  • As Quora explains, negotiation tactics matter, and one critical strategy played a crucial role in the Paris climate talks.
    Finding Climate Consensus --
  • This provocative essay from the Denver Post explores the relationship between the search for safety and the tradition of risk-taking, applying it to the current political climate.
    Safety and Risk --
  • The New York Times shares a new concept, “hate search,” and the new window it provides into the way societies think when we can see what people put into search engines.
    Hate Searches --
  • The New York Times shares PolitiFact’s tabulation of the truthfulness of 17 political leaders, measuring the percentage of statements that are true, partially true, or false.
    Politician's Truthfulness --
  • Slate reviews two new books, suggesting different ways to think about the environment from both the right and the left.
    Re-framing the Environment --
  • This New York Times article shows that it is time to recognize that gun control efforts have, historically, made the problem worse, and causes us to question what else can be done.
    Gun Control and Other Solutions --
  • The Clarion Project offers provocative challenge to the conventional wisdom on Radical Islam, showing it to be something worth debating.
    Radical Islam by the Numbers --
  • In looking at Trump's assertion that we are all too "politically correct," the Washington Post provides an excellent exploration of the political conflict implications surrounding the use of that term.
    The Implications of Political Correctness --
  • As CNN explains, before using the word “fascist” to describe Trump, we ought to be clear about its meaning and applicability.
    Using the Term 'Fascist' --
  • This informative New York Times article rediscovers Eric Hoffer’s “True Believers” in light of ISIS, discussing how its followers are radicalized.
    ISIS's Radical True Believers --
  • In examining Trump's call for a ban on Muslim immigrants, the Washington Post asks if it is time to start asking terrible questions about whether our political rhetoric is edging toward fascism.
    Moving Towards Fascist Rhetoric? --
  • This New York Times article is a thoughtful comparison of cultural differences in Obama’s and the GOP’s approach to terrorism, and the fundamentally different ways in which they think of these issues.
    Approaches to Terrorism --
  • This New York Times article is a great exploration of how Trump's use of often ominous and divisive language is reshaping the US political conflict.
    Trump's Ominous Language --
  • In examining the crisis in Syria and other contemporary events, the New York Times provides an interesting exploration of the relationship between compassion and group size - the difference between tragedies and statistics.
    The Arithmetic of Compassion --
  • The New York Times shares a provocative exploration of the relationship between economic growth and efforts to limit climate change, and questions what a world without growth would look like.
    The Costs of Growth --
  • In time for the Climate Change Conference, the Atlantic published an interesting essay on the relationship between the social and natural worlds, arguing that our relationships with nature will need to be reimagined to solve the problem of climate change.
    Climate Change and Our Relationship with Nature --
  • This New York Times post begs the question: Are destructive conflict dynamics undermining new nuclear technologies that could help limit climate change?
    The Need for a New Atomic Age --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares a really interesting community-based rather than an individually-focused educational reform strategy.
    Community Education Reform --
  • Roger Cohen in the New York Times shares a comparison between current events at the start of World War I, interesting for those worried about the possiblity of a contemporary "perfect storm" conflict.
    World War III --
  • The Washington Post's exceptionally good essay explains how to address runaway costs and other problems of higher education with concrete solutions.
    Reigning in University Costs --
  • Pew Research explains an interesting poll, showing that everybody but well-educated Democrats think that they’re losing in politics.
    Everyone Feels They're Losing in Politics --
  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times shares well reasoned and documented essay on the US political implications of the increasing fear of terrorism, in light of the events in Paris.
    Fear of Terrorism during Presidential Elections --

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