Debating the Debates

Libertarian Gary Johnson Keeps Fighting to Join the Presidential Debates (truthdig.com) Can Gary Johnson And Jill Stein Crash The Debates? (huffingtonpost.com) Fact check: Trump misfires on debate claim (USA Today) Although the first televised presidential debate in American history in 1960 is famed for how it shaped voters’ perceptions of Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, it’s important to remember that it wasn’t followed by another televised debate in 1964, or 1968, or even 1972. The second presidential election to feature a televised debate didn’t…

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No Such Thing as a Stupid Question

Is Green Party Candidate Jill Stein ‘Anti-Vaccine’? (snopes.com) One of the more troubling aspects of recent federal budget negotiations has been congressional Republicans’ insistence on prolonging a ban on using federal funds for research into the effects of gun violence. I’m very strongly opposed to this ban, but my opposition has nothing to do with guns and everything to do with research. It wouldn’t matter what was being targeted by the research funding ban; I believe that banning funding into any kind of research is counterproductive…

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Voting My Green Conscience

DNC treatment of Sanders at issue in emails leaked to Wikilinks (CNN) DNC emails: Wasserman Schultz furiously pressured MSNBC after it criticized her “unfair” treatment of Sanders (salon.com) The Green Party Responds to Dan Savage, Says He’s “Dead Wrong” (Portland Mercury) In the days following the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting that left fifty dead last month, one of the more poignant figures to emerge as some of us tried to make sense of the tragedy (while others just tried triangulating different minority groups so they…

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Making the Pain Invisible

Escalating Discord Between Police and Protesters Strains Baton Rouge (New York Times) Police Scanner Audio Surfaces Proving Philando Castile Was Racially Profiled (BET.com) After Republicans took back control of the House of Representatives following the 2010 “red tide” midterm elections, they were quick to show the extremes to which they would go in order to get their way. Just a couple of years after conservative talking heads were promoting the concept of then-President Bush having near-total power under the guise of “unitary executive” theory, they…

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Putting the Ass in Assumption

Benghazi conspiracy theorists turn on Trey Gowdy (Washington Post) What was AG Loretta Lynch thinking? (All In with Chris Hayes) One of the more difficult concepts that some of my students have when it comes to forming arguments is the concept of unconscious bias, the realization that as hard as they work to not be biased as they conduct their research and come to the conclusions they’ll be writing up in their papers, there will always be biases that can slip into their writing and editing…

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