George H. W. Bush Dies, Leaving Legacy of Civility

George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died on Friday evening. Tributes have lauded his public devotion to his family and his accomplishments as a leader, such as signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law and his success in helping end the Cold War. Critics...
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George H. W. Bush and the Era of Civility

With the passing of George H. W. Bush, much has been made of the former president’s life and record, whether it be his foreign policy achievements or the public devotion he showed toward his family. But perhaps what's most striking is that the tributes continue to crisscross the political...
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'Find Your Perfect Mismatch': Learn How to Talk With Your Political Other

The problems and divides we see every day seem too big to solve. Politicians enrage us to fight. News media sensationalizes the worst extremes. And they all do this so well that we can't help but feel angry and disenchanted. But we can do something about it. Enter Mismatch , a program by...
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Tensions Heighten as Migrant Caravan Arrives at U.S.-Mexico Border

Tensions are rising at the U.S.-Mexico border with the arrival of thousands of Central American migrants claiming asylum, particularly as U.S. Border Patrol used tear gas to disperse a group who attempted to rush the fence in Tijuana, Mexico. Some have commended Trump for his dedication...
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Trump Says US Will Remain 'Steadfast Partner' of Saudi Arabia: Foolish or Strategic?

President Trump announced that the US will remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia, signaling there will be no new punishment for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Some have criticized Trump for not being harsh enough on the Saudi regime, as the CIA concluded that Crown Prince...
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"Angry Uncle Bot" Helps You Prep for Thanksgiving Political Talk

You may have already prepared yourself for any potentially uncomfortable holiday conversations by reading our 5 tips for handling political conversations at Thanksgiving dinner , but what if you could practice beforehand? Our conversation tips for bridging divides include asking to listen...
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Trump Administration Revokes CNN Reporter's Press Credentials, Sparking Debate Over Free Speech

CNN has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration after White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials were revoked following a contentious exchange with President Trump. Some have said the move violates Acosta's free speech, alleging Trump suspended Acosta's pass based...
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5 Ways to Handle Political Conversations at Thanksgiving Dinner

We often think of Thanksgiving as a time when we relax with family and friends, stuff ourselves silly — and maybe apologize for burning the casserole. But aside from all the revelry, Thanksgiving can also bring uncomfortable political conversations. Thanksgiving is truly a time when we’re...
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After A Deeply Polarized Election, What's Next for the U.S.?

After a deeply polarized election, what's next for the U.S.? Despite the pervasiveness of technologies that connect us, it seems our communities are more deeply divided and polarized than ever. Media bias is only making things worse. It's time to break out of our filter bubbles. Let's go...
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Midterm Results: Democrats Take the House, Republicans Expand Senate Majority

With the close of the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats will take control of the House, while Republicans will expand their Senate majority. Some lauded the campaign successes of Democrats, who will now have the power to exert a check on President Trump after flipping several Republican...
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Media Bias Fuels Political Violence in America. Can We Change?

A string of violent incidents in October further illuminated political polarization in America, raising serious concerns about how media bias contributes to hateful division — and how we must change this to heal our divide. In just the last two weeks, multiple incidents of political...
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Mail Bombs Sent to Prominent Democrats, Sparking Debate Around Civility in Politics

A suspect has been apprehended and charged with sending 13 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats as well as CNN, a crime spree that sparked fervor around the state of incivility in modern-era politics. Many have said President Trump shares much of the blame, particularly with his history of...
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Google News is Heavily Biased — But It May Not Be Rigged

An extensive report by AllSides reveals Google News is biased against conservatives, but there is no evidence that Google News bias is intentionally rigged. AllSides’ 39-page Google News Bias research report reveals Google news bias is heavily Left-leaning. AllSides found Google News is...
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Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Sparks Global Outrage Over Saudi Human Rights Abuses

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and longtime critic of the regime in Saudi Arabia, was allegedly murdered at the Saudi consulate on October 2, sparking global outrage over human rights abuses at the hands of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. While Saudi Arabia has...
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Deepfake: When You Can't Believe Your Eyes

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on The Town Line newspaper . Fake news. Fake videos. Fake photos. The way things are heading, the 21st century is likely to be known as the Fake Century, and it’s only going to get worse from here. About a year ago, I came across a short BBC...
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Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to Supreme Court, Ending Fierce Partisan Battle

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday after a fierce partisan battle that reverberated throughout the country. Kavanaugh's supporters say that he was rightly elevated to the high court, with some asserting that the Democrats' politicization of his confirmation...
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