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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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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Odd Couples: Chick-fil-A CEO + Gay Rights Advocate

Note: This piece was originally created by The Village Square and published on respectandrebellion.com . As the Culture War accelerated to include the truly transcendent battle ground of fighting over chicken sandwiches, two participants in said Culture War called an audible – they spoke...
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Odd Couples: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia

The friendship between Supreme Court icons Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia seemed quite impossible. Among other things, the two bonded over their love of opera — but theirs was a relationship built on so much more — they laughed together, traveled together, and shared real mutual respect.
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