Broken Windows and Los Angeles – Jun 4th

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*+-His “broken windows theory” of combating crime—by maintaining order and focusing on minor infractions—helped re-shape LAPD policy. His work on bureaucracy influenced late 20th-century efforts to re-organize California governments.

Barack Obama in 2012

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*+-Tom Degan: Okay, folks, I’m gonna level with you. This one was such a no-brainer it’s almost embarrassing to even be reminded of it. There was no smoke-filled-room filled with editors in passionate debate.

Politics: It’s About Identity, Stupid

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*+-Charles Hayes: Elections are won and lost through appeals to identity. It’s that simple and that complicated. This is why symbols and 30-second, hot-button commercials sway public opinion.

The Decline of Women in America

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*+-Nomiki Konst and Lindsay Bubar: In 2012, women are seeing vicious attacks on basic (some might say “unalienable”) rights. How did this happen? How, in the 21st century, are we having conversations that move the debate further away from equality?

What Michele Bachmann’s Mount Rushmore Picks Reveal

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*+-Ivan Eland: Analyzing whom a candidate would add to Mount Rushmore, instead of if they can remember a specific fact when under pressure, might just provide some sort of window on what policies a candidate might pursue if successful.

GOP Debates: Shock and Aww Two More This Week!?

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*+-Tina Dupuy: You know what’s never been said? “We should have MORE Republican primary debates.” Why? Because there are (by my count) 734,589 debates this election cycle and not enough hours in the day (spent working harder for less money) to watch eight Republican candidates stand around agreeing with each other for two hours every night.

Fed Policy Needs a U-Turn

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*+-Brent Budowsky: America needs new thinking for monetary and fiscal policy. Fed policy has failed. Government policy is inadequate. Ron Paul has advanced an important debate.

7 Myths That Drive the Debt Ceiling Debate

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*+-Adam Eran: The metaphors that frame the current Federal budget and debt ceiling debates are completely inaccurate, and if the media coverage is any indication, the public has swallowed them hook, line and sinker, too.

Deficit Reduction Versus Democracy

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*+-Shamus Cooke: Listening to Congress debate deficit deduction is like listening to a den of lions discuss the welfare of zebras. In both cases the debate is very one-sided.