Cabinet Hearings Begin

The confirmation hearings began this week for Trump's cabinet picks. The nominees faced questions both personal and professional, both ethical and hypothetical. Sen. Al Franken stated that he expects some cabinet picks to be confirmed by the end of the week, while other senators are...
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Russia: Friend or Foe

Our relationship and future path with Russia has been a consistent undercurrent in much of the news this week. First there was Donald Trump's pick of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State and the mixed reactions to that cabinet pick . Some applauded Tillerson's extensive international...
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Violence in Charlotte

The last several days saw two black men killed by police officers, one shot in Tulsa by a white police officer, another in Charlotte shot by a black police officer. Both communities expressed pain and outraged, one community erupted in violence. The Charlotte shooting in particular was...
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Deplorables?

At a fundraiser Friday night, Hillary Clinton said, "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables'… Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.” Several days later, this...
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Story of the Week: The Impact of Brexit

The British withdrawal from the European Union topped headlines this week. Opinions from left to right ran strong about what Brexit means for issues like immigration, racism, the world economy, and the US presidential election. This week we bring you some contrasting Brexit stories from...
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Story of the Week: Responding to Brussels

A few days after the Brussels terrorist attacks, claimed by ISIS, killed at least 31 people and injured hundreds of others, opinions across Europe and the US vary on how best to respond and prevent the devastating rise of terror catastrophes in the West. This week we bring you a cross-...
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Story of the Week: The Oregon Standoff

While the presidential election continues to dominate American headlines, we're highlighting a different political story this week. Today, the 41-day standoff between occupiers and authorities at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon ended when the last four protesters surrendered. In...
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Story of the Week: The Water Crisis in Flint

The tap water in Flint, Michigan has become toxic. Around half of the water service lines to Flint homes are made of lead, and it appears that the water wasn't adequately treated, so the pipes corroded and allowed lead to leach in. How and why did such a thing happen in this country? It’s...
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Story of the Week: 2015 Year End Lists

Right before the New Year is that moment in time when we start looking back and taking stock of the year that was. As always, articles reflecting on how political issues played out during the year surface around this time, and we like to bring you these stories from different perspectives...
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Story of the Week: 3 Christmas Viewpoints

As today is Christmas Eve, we have chosen Christmas itself as our story of the week. We thought it would be interesting to look at how different people interpret and celebrate this traditional holiday. Regardless of where you might stand in the spectrum of Christmas viewpoints, AllSides...
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Story of the Week: GOP Debate Fact Checks

This week in Las Vegas, the GOP candidates’ had their fifth debate. Townhall.com called it, “a serious and substantive discussion of foreign policy and national security.” Terrorism, immigration, and foreign oil were among the topics debated. Was every point made by every candidate...
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Story of the Week: What To Do About ISIS

The Islamic State's threat expanded considerably beyond Syria and Iraq in recent weeks. Now that it has claimed responsibility for last week’s tragic assaults in Paris, downing a Russian jet, and attacks in Egypt and Lebanon, the demand for a way to stop ISIS has become even louder and...
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Story of the Week: Analysis- GOP Debate

This week brought us the last GOP debate until December, when primary season kicks into gear. This debate was significant because across the media it has been described as more substantive, giving viewers more information about the candidates and their proposals. So today we provide you...
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Story of the Week: Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Russia started airstrikes in Syria this week, claiming to target ISIS. The U.S., also carrying out airstrikes in Syria, has expressed doubts about Russia's true motives. Some believe Russia is instead supporting Assad by aiming for Syrian rebels. With a great deal at stake, the Obama...
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Story of the Week: The Pope Visits the US

Pope Francis is visiting the US for the first time this week. He’s speaking to congress in DC and the UN in New York. As the “popemobile” rolls through crowded streets, the media is buzzing about his political stances and what he might say while he’s here. The West’s most famous religious...
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Story of the Week: Kentucky Clerk

A federal judge has just found Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court for defying a Supreme Court ruling by refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Davis is an Apostolic Christian who cites her beliefs, saying that issuing the licenses would be in violation of her religion...
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Story of the Week: Iran Nuclear Deal

The U.S. and some of its friends shook hands on a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran this week. In exchange for limiting nuclear stockpiles, the agreement lifts sanctions that some say have crippled Iran's economy. Will this deal promote peace and keep Iran from building nuclear weapons...
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Story of the Week: Gay Marriage Ruling

From news headlines to Facebook, the most discussed, celebrated, hated, and debated topic in the U.S. this past week has been the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that made same-sex marriage legal across the country. Both sides of the issue claim they are on the side of the Constitution. Today...
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Story of the Week: Battling ISIS in Iraq

The President has just authorized sending up to 450 additional troops to Iraq. The stated goal: increase training of local security forces in their fight against ISIS. There are already 3,100 U.S. troops at four training sites in Iraq. Is this move reasonable, too aggressive, not...
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Story of the Week: New EPA Water Protection Rule

Before we get into our featured story, we have a question for you: wouldn't it be great to get all the top stories about your own state in the AllSides multiple-perspective format? If you happen to live in Utah, we've got good news! You can do that here . Utah is our first region-specific...
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Story of the Week: Bin Laden Doc Release

This week, U.S. intelligence officials declassified a large number of the documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. What do they reveal? At the time of this writing, the media is just beginning to explore this story, but what we see so far is that these documents...
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Story of the Week: Trade Deal

Earlier this week Obama's own party resisted his lobbying for a major trade bill, but on Wednesday Senate leaders said they had forged a deal to move forward with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Will this bill ultimately be considered a bipartisan...
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Story of the Week: Rand Paul Interview

GOP Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky announced his candidacy for presidency this week. Shortly thereafter, he had a tense interview with Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie . It was contentious enough to attract a lot of media attention afterward. What happened? Was the line of questioning...
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Story of the Week: Religious Freedom Laws

The governor of Indiana signed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) last week. Widespread controversy about possible discrimination against the LGBT community ensued and the Republican governor of Arkansas announced he wouldn't sign a similar law on the table in his state. Meanwhile...
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Story of the Week: 2016 Candidate- Ted Cruz

Though the 2016 presidential election has been speculated about in the media since November of 2012, it wasn't until this week that someone featured in major polls officially filed to run in 2016. That person is Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas. With such a well-known personality...
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Story of the Week: Hillary's Emails

This week Hillary Clinton gave a press conference about her of use of a personal email address that was managed through her own private server while she was Secretary of State. Shortly after that the Associated Press sued the State Department for release of her emails. At issue? AP...
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Story of the Week: Homeland Security

The Senate is closer to preventing a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS runs out of money in two days, but the Democrats have accepted Senator Mitch McConnell's plan to separate the votes on DHS funding and Obama's immigration actions, which breaks the impasse. This...
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Story of the Week: War Powers Request

While the US has been running airstrikes against ISIS for many months, yesterday President Obama officially asked Congress for permission to use military force against ISIS. He asked for three years, and permission to send in Special Ops and other limited missions, as needed. Did he ask...
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Story of the Week: Vaccine Debate Gets Political

Spreading even faster than the measles outbreak is the controversy over vaccinations and people who choose to opt out of them . Is it a Left vs. Right issue? Conservative site Newsbusters says that left-leaning coverage of this issue labels conservatives anti-vaccination, while plenty of...
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Story of the Week: Senate Approves Keystone XL

The Senate just passed a bill that approves construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline . As you've no doubt heard, this project has plenty of fans and opponents. President Obama is currently on the "not a fan" side and has promised to veto the bill. Before its passage today, the Senate...
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Story of the Week: Reactions to Paris Terrorist Attack

After the shocking terrorist attack at the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, an intense manhunt continued today . In addition, crowds gathered worldwide in support of the victims and we are seeing a range of reaction across the media spectrum. Different journalists and outlets...
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Story Not Covered

From time to time, AllSides notices a political story is covered by the Center and one side (Left or Right) while being completely or mostly ignored by the other side. While we regularly post those stories, we sometimes will feature that story at the top of the home page and indicate...
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Reflecting on 2014: Year-end Lists

With every last gift unwrapped, the shared baked goods and hot chocolate become warm memories , and the nation starts reflecting on the year coming to a close. At AllSides, this is when we like to review what various political news sources are saying - in list form - about the last 12...
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Story of the Week: Cuba Policy

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that they will begin thawing relations between the two countries. This means, primarily, an easing of US economic and travel restrictions with Cuba. The agreement was said to be encouraged by Pope Francis. In a separate deal, the U...
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Story of the Week: US-China Climate Change Deal

Climate change deal with China Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama announced that both countries have agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over the next 20 years. The agreement states that the United States will cut its carbon emissions by 26-28% before 2025...
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Story of the Week: Another Ebola diagnosis

Filling the headlines with new developments, Ebola is unavoidably the story of the week again . Craig Spencer returned to the U.S. last week after working for Doctors without Borders. He developed Ebola symptoms Thursday and the three people he had close contact with after his symptoms...
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Story of the Week: ISIS

A horrifying video surfaced this week of American journalist James Foley being beheaded by an ISIS militant. Thursday, the US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, declared ISIS more of a threat than al Qaeda. When asked if this means the US will take action against ISIS in Syria, Hagel...
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Story of the Week: Missouri

There was a lot of emotion in and around Ferguson, MO this week . On Saturday, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot and killed by a police officer. Protestors and police have been clashing all week. Wednesday night, the police said "no protesting," yet there were protests - and...
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AllSides Editorial Philosophy

AllSides reflects the news as it is covered from a breadth of perspectives. That includes different perspectives on the same story as well as different opinions on what the day’s top stories are. We also seek to provide context, revealing debate on the underlying issues and other helpful...
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Climate Strange

You know you've got a hot topic when outlets on the Left run stories of media showing bias against it and outlets on the Right run stories of media showing bias for it. The congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment released this week is just such a topic. The report says...
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AllSides of the Union

It's an American tradition. When the president weighs in how things are going in Washington and around the country, every word is debated and analyzed. Here's a snapshot of this week's views in the media. Snippets from the Right An Instantly Forgettable State of the Union Address , Town...
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This Week's Election Results

Contrast in news coverage is never more obvious than at election time. For example, after this week's elections, we noticed that the Right news sources typically led with Obamacare in their analysis, the Left talked about a rejection of the Tea Party and austerity, and we even saw a...
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Shutdown Deal

As an Onion headline said, the whole nation could probably draw John Boehner's face from memory by now. But, get ready to see others faces in the headlines soon. Snippet from the Center Congress moves toward vote on budget deal , Politico “It’s obvious that we are now seeing the end of...
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3 Sides of the Government Shutdown

With a government shutdown in effect and the "Obamacare" health exchanges opening this week , a clamor of debate and outrage has been echoing across the news landscape. For some perspective, we've been bringing you Left, Center, and Right news and views on the government shutdown. What...
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Coverage you may have missed this week

As you've probably noticed, the drama of a potential government shutdown and Obamacare's October launch has been heating up across the news. See how these interlinked topics are playing out from Left to Right here and here . And for clarifying facts, these articles may interest you: 8...
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Is Breaking News Broken?

Is the addiction to being the first to deliver a news story killing the quality and reliability of our news organizations? CBS and NBC both incorrectly identified the Navy Yard shooter in tweets this week. “NBC News: we are now NOT reporting name of shooter; retracting that report...
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All Sides of the Syria Question

With the eyes of the world on Syria and the US, many headlines simply update us on what is happening at this moment (e.g., Kerry cites evidence of chemical weapon use in Syria; Obama asks congress to authorize military action). But we want to know more, and we're guessing you do too...
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Welcome Al Jazeera America - or Not?

In addition to this week's top news stories , there has been a bit of a shake up in the news media world. Al Jazeera America, a new cable news channel whose parent company is based in Qatar, launched nationwide Tuesday on major cable networks like Comcast, DIRECTV and DISH Network, but...
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News Highlights this Week from AllSides

This week we saw stories about Obama's Grand Bargain proposal and Republicans pressing the new FBI director on Benghazi , but the biggest story in politics at the moment is about new NSA program information . Yesterday, the Guardian broke a new story on documents provided by Snowden that...
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Newspaper endorsements from around the country

Looking at the Presidential endorsements of the top 100 newspapers , we see that they generally stuck with their reputation, but there were a few changes and surprises. Update : Since originally writing this blog, 13 more endorsements have been made. I've updated the numbers below, but...
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15 Headlines about the Final Presidential Debate

In the last presidential debate before the election, “the candidates again contradicted each other, while each offered incorrect or twisted factual claims,” according to FactCheck.org. And, once again, headlines from different sources made each candidate look like a winner or loser,...
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15 Headlines from the VP Debate

One thing all sides seem to agree on: last night's debate between VP candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan was one of the liveliest we've seen in a while. But from there the agreements in opinion start to break down. We picked three very different opinions on the VP debate that we...
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Electoral Map Overview: Poll Hysteria and Bias

There is a constant onslaught of polling data every day from the 24 hours news cycle. It is overwhelming. And ridiculous. Poll results are very different depending on the source . Above is an overview of how the electoral maps look now, showing the AllSides Bias Rating (ABR) by each. Not...
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15 Headlines from First Debate

It is always fun and revealing to see the different headlines for the same event, especially a big event loaded with politics like the first Presidential debate. I picked prominent headlines on the front pages: From the Left: Huffington Post: " Romney wins the night " or same story with a...
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Healthcare Study: Bias Pick of the Week

Bias Pick of the Week: New Healthcare Study . This week we saw a great contrast in coverage of new reports by two major research groups on U.S. health insurance. And we saw the left and the right both leave out key information that the others thought were important. From the Left, the New...
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