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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How Readers Rated the Media Bias of AP, BBC and The Epoch Times, and More

In September, we released the findings of our August 2020 Blind Bias Survey , in which over 2,000 people across the political spectrum rated the media bias of five different news outlets blindly, seeing only their content and story choice but not the name of the news publication. Below...
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Humans are Ultra-Social: COVID-19 Is Emotionally Tough This Thanksgiving, Politics Aside

When the U.S. economy was mostly shut down in a wide-ranging effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the impact was immediate and severe. Weekend destinations and lively centers of cultural activity, once packed with crowds of visitors, suddenly became empty and silent...
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Putting a “Lid” On Our Demands of the American Public: Let’s Focus on “Lower-Intensity Depolarization” (LID) Strategies

My previous article investigated the methods used by most groups focused on reducing political polarization. I argued they can be effective, but they usually ask for too much time and effort from the American public. Most Americans do not have the time or interest to engage deeply with...
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Current Depolarization Activities Ask People to Work Too Hard, are Unlikely to Reach Enough Americans

The election is now over. Yet the work to depolarize the country must continue. Having some new leaders can help, but they cannot fully reverse forces that have led to increasing political division. At the heart of efforts to reduce political polarization – especially improving the...
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Reopening Schools During COVID-19: Democrats, Republicans Both Care About Their Children's Well-Being

With the 2020 election process winding down, focus should increase on issues facing communities such as managing school reopening and virtual learning during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In this time of hyper-partisanship and limitless access to information, it’s easy to find...
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Is Biden the “Projected Winner” or “President-Elect”?

Updated 12/15/20 at 8:50 a.m. ET: The Electoral College voted 306-232 for Joe Biden on Dec. 14. We will now refer to Biden as President-elect. Many media outlets, such as CBS , The Hill , and Reuters , have been referring to projected 2020 presidential election winner Joe Biden as 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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Why News Outlets Differ on Calling Arizona for Biden

A peculiar feature of Wednesday’s post-election protests was some Trump supporters’ chants of “shame on Fox!,” in reference to Fox News , the right-leaning news media giant. While data shows Republicans trust Fox more than any other outlet, President Trump has publicly criticized the...
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