Shootings at New Zealand Mosques Leave 50 Dead

New Zealand experienced its deadliest attack last week after a gunman who had expressed racist and anti-immigrant views shot and killed 50 people at two different mosques. Some criticized President Trump in the wake of the attack and accused him of stoking white nationalism, while many...
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Senate Votes to Block Trump's Emergency Declaration

The Senate voted to block President Trump's national emergency declaration for border wall funding, with 12 Republicans joining Democrats in passing a resolution to reject the move. The vote is slightly symbolic, as Trump will likely veto the measure. The move divided conservatives in...
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Story of the Week: Media Draws Scrutiny for Original Reporting on Jussie Smollett Case

Several media outlets and politicians came under fire this week for their sympathetic reporting on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, who has now been charged with filing a false police report in fabricating a racist and homophobic hate crime. Many Left-leaning politicians and publications...
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Story of the Week: Trump to Declare National Emergency for Border Wall

President Trump agreed to sign a spending bill to avoid another government shutdown but will declare a national emergency to fund the construction of a wall at the southern border. Many Democrats have condemned the move as autocratic and criticized his immigration policy as ineffective...
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Story of the Week: Blackface Scandals, Sexual Assault Allegations Roil Virginia Politics

Virginia politics fell on a downward spiral this week with the Commonwealth's three leading politicians coming under fire: Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s, and a woman came forward detailing sexual assault allegations...
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Story of the Week: Government Shutdown Ends as Border Wall Negotiations Continue

The longest government shutdown in history came to a close last Friday as President Trump agreed to sign a temporary spending bill while border wall negotiations continue. Some say that Trump lost the fight by caving to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who would not agree to allot $5.7 billion...
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Story of the Week: Media Misfires on Covington Catholic Story

Media organizations across the aisle came under fire this week for depicting students from Covington Catholic High School as racist after a viral video showed them engaged in confrontation with tribal elder Nathan Phillips at the Indigenous Peoples March. The full video provided further...
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Media Shows Bias for Outrage With Covington Catholic Story

Several media organizations and political pundits rushed to condemn students from Covington Catholic School who allegedly taunted a protester at the Indigenous Peoples March on Saturday, but new video footage casts doubt on the original narrative. The viral clip that made the rounds over...
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Story of the Week: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Proposes 70 Percent Marginal Tax Rate: Too Much or Just Right?

In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed a marginal tax rate of 70 percent on all earnings over $10 million to finance a "green new deal." Some have criticized the new lawmaker's economic policy as ineffective and have accused her of taking too drastic...
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VIDEO: What is AllSides?

Each day, it seems there's another intense partisan fight heating up Congress or sparking ire on our social media feeds. How have we become so polarized? As described in our new video above, media bias — and the technology that enables it — is a huge factor. News, social media feeds and...
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Negotiations Stall as Government Shutdown Poised to Become Longest in History

Negotiations between President Trump and prominent Democrats stalled this week as the partial government shutdown inches closer to becoming the longest in history, with leaders still at an impasse over funding for a wall at the southern border. After giving an Oval Office address followed...
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News Posts With Moral and Emotional Language Spread Quickly, But Deepen Polarization

Social media sites are chock full of political discussions, disagreements, and debates. That holds especially true for Twitter, the popularity of which stems from a user’s ability to distill news and opinion into 280-character digestible bites. A team at New York University found that...
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Democrats Take Control of House as Nancy Pelosi Assumes Speakership

As Democrats took control of the House of Representatives on Thursday, Nancy Pelosi won the speakership, vowing to focus on climate change, health care, and LGBTQ equality. Some criticized Pelosi and the Democrats for their agenda, characterizing it as fiscally irresponsible, weak on...
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Trump and Democrats Blame Each Other as Government Shutdown Drags On

The partial government shutdown had no end in sight on Thursday as President Trump and Democrats remained at an impasse over funding for Trump's border wall. Both sides of the aisle have depicted the shutdown as needless and preventable. Some have accused Democrats of being obstructionist...
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Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional: Political Blunder or Right Turn?

A federal judge on Friday struck down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional, ruling that it was invalidated when lawmakers eliminated the tax penalty for the individual mandate. The law will remain in effect, pending appeal. Some Obamacare critics praised the ruling as a positive...
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Michael Cohen Sentenced to Three Years in Prison. How Will It Affect President Trump?

President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison for arranging secret payments to women who claimed to have affairs with Trump, neglecting to report millions of dollars in income, and lying to Congress about Trump's business dealings with Russia...
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Google CEO Testifies on Capitol Hill, But Lawmakers Miss the Point

All eyes were on Google CEO Sundar Pichai as he traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify on the company's privacy policies as well as perceptions that the platform is biased against conservatives. Unfortunately, lawmakers largely missed their opportunity, failing to get to the...
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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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