Will Breaking Up Big Tech Companies Reduce Polarization? This MIT Professor Argues a Different Approach

From the Center This viewpoint is from a writer rated Center. In his 2020 book The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health — and How We Must Adapt , MIT Sloan School of Management professor Sinan Aral offers a comprehensive and insightful new...
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Remember Those Heartwarming Campaign Ads for Utah Governor? Here’s What’s Needed to Make Them the Norm

In a year when partisan rancor was rampant on the national political stage, glimmers of hope for positive campaigning still shone through. One case of this was the Utah gubernatorial election. Chris Peterson and Spencer J. Cox, opponents in the election, produced very popular shared ads...
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Foreign Policy Surveys Suggest Republicans Support International Cooperation

From the Center Editor's Note: This viewpoint is from a writer rated Center. As America nears a presidential transition, the Biden administration promises an updated foreign policy full of international alliances. The Biden-Harris campaign website pledges that in their administration, “...
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An Expert's Proposals for Social Media Reforms May Appeal to Both Parties

From the Center This viewpoint is from a writer rated Center. There are disagreements over what role social media companies should play in securing our First Amendment rights and what role, if any, our government should play in regulating hate speech and disinformation. In this context,...
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It's Time to Think About a Third Party

From the Center This viewpoint is from a writer rated Center. As Democrats and Republicans retreat toward their respective ideological end zones, frustrated voters have often wondered about the possibility of a third party emerging that could target that vast, yet largely unseen political...
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When Democrats and Republicans Actually Agree on Police Reform

The public was very aware of police behavior in 2020. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor became household names, and widespread protests took place around the country. As we start the year 2021, is there any hope for bipartisan police reform? Surprisingly, Republicans and Democrats can agree...
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Weekly United News Roundup: Democrats and Republicans Increasingly Support Taking Vaccines; Bipartisan Push Against Facebook; and Widespread Disapproval of Political Violence

This news roundup shines a new light on major news stories from the past week, highlighting what Americans have in common across political divides. As the FDA Approves the Pfizer COVID Vaccine, Increasing Numbers of Democrats and Republicans Show Interest in Receiving Vaccine As seen in...
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What Causes A Vicious Cycle of Polarization, and How Can It Be Reversed? Highlights and Takeaways from New Research

Political polarization in the United States has been on the rise , with partisanship and gridlock increasing in Washington. This impedes the country’s ability to overcome urgent challenges. Affective polarization, such as increased animosity towards political opponents, is especially...
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A Conservative Who Liberals Often Enjoyed and Respected: Justice Antonin Scalia

Former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016) was deeply conservative. Yet many liberals admired his intellect and his way with words. He was gregarious, and many liberals even considered him a great friend. Even with his biting opinions, he could make liberals think more deeply...
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A Liberal Who Conservatives Often Enjoyed and Respected: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

This September, Americans of all political leanings grappled with the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away at the age of 87. Ginsburg, only the second female justice, spent 27 years on the nation’s high court amid numerous battles with cancer. Justice...
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Why Many on the Left Are Cutting off Trump Supporters

A View from the Left Editor's Note: This piece is from a writer rated Lean Left. Get all sides of this topic by reading another view: No, It's Not Okay to Make Lists of Political Dissidents With Joe Biden’s widely-accepted projected victory in the 2020 presidential election , many on the...
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Post-Election Depolarization May Come from Surprising Places: An Initiative from Hollywood’s Captain America

Hollywood has long had a strongly liberal reputation. But as America looks to heal from a divisive election, opportunities for depolarization may come from surprising places, including Hollywood. A recent project spearheaded in part by Chris Evans, the star who plays Captain America, is...
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Trump vs. Biden on Unity and Polarization, Explained in 2 Minutes

Since 2012, more Americans have identified a growing divide between Democrats and Republicans. In a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January, 91 percent of participants said conflicts between the party coalitions are either strong or very strong, and larger numbers within each...
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