Emotion is a big part of how you assess risk – and why it’s so hard to be objective about pandemic precautions

People tend to overestimate or underestimate risk. The pandemic brings this into stark relief. Picture someone wearing an N95 mask while walking their dog through a deserted park. Contrast that with someone entering a crowded bar maskless in an area with high coronavirus transmission rates.
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Challenging the Narrative

You hear a whole lot of talk about “narrative” these days. Who is setting the narrative? Which candidate is winning the news cycle? Which party’s message is breaking through? It all gets to feeling a bit tactical. I guess that’s the point. We live in the age of the attention economy, with...
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Democrats and Republicans Actually Agree on Many Policing Reforms

While the subject of U.S. policing remained contentious in the wake of George Floyd's death, surveys conducted this past summer showed many areas of overlap in terms of police reform. There is sometimes a faulty perception that Democrats support many kinds of deep policy changes, while...
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Republicans and Democrats Both Support Social Security — and Even Agree on Some Reforms

Social Security is sometimes described as the “third rail of American politics.” It got this name in the 1980s because it was so popular among both Republicans and Democrats that if any politician dared to “touch” Social Security and cut it substantially, the politician’s career would...
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Congress’s Most Famous Bipartisan Roadtrip: The Friendship of Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd

Divisions in Washington, D.C. can seem bitter, so it can be helpful to remember more positive bipartisan experiences that began only a few years ago and continued afterward. A two-day road trip made by two Texas congressmen from different political parties from San Antonio to Washington,...
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When Biden Unites the Country to Confront a Mortal Threat – Sort Of

From the Center This view is from an author rated as Center. President Joe Biden spoke at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia this week, where he called the debate over voting rights “the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil war.” The next day he went to...
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How Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” Can Help Us Find Common Ground

Imagine that the economy has imploded and you have just been let go from your job. After months of tirelessly searching for a new job, your savings have been depleted and you are forced to foreclose on your home. As you sit, stressfully contemplating your plans for the future, what are...
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