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A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (L) and Jim Urquhart/File Photos

Network Evening Newscasts Have Abandoned Policy Coverage For 2016 Campaign

Since the beginning of 2016, ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News have devoted just 32 minutes to issues coverage. Just eight years ago, the network newscasts devoted 220 minutes to issues coverage.

October 27, 2016
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Clinton To Press Trump To Spell Out Policy Plans In U.S. Presidential Debate

Democrat Hillary Clinton will press Republican Donald Trump to provide more specifics on his policies in their presidential debate on Monday, two top Clinton campaign aides said ahead of a face-off that could set U.S. television audience records.

September 26, 2016

Donnie’s Little Lies are Huuuuuge

An old saying asserts that falsehoods come in three escalating levels: “Lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Now, however, we’ve been given an even-higher level of intentional deception: Policy speeches by Donald Trump.

August 17, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Sacramento

How Donald Trump’s Doublespeak Really Works—And Is Highly Calculated

One of the obligations of a presidential candidate is to commit to policy solutions. You review a public problem, decide what you will do about it in office, and report in detail how you will address the problem. Instead, Trump practices what one might call “multiple-choice communication.”

June 7, 2016
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Let 18-Year-Olds Drink

The drinking age in Canada is 19 and in almost all of Latin America, 18.

January 21, 2016

Supreme Court Set To Decide Politically Charged Cases In 2016

As the nation heads into a presidential election year, the Supreme Court is set to decide a half-dozen politically charged cases in 2016 on such topics as abortion, affirmative action, contraceptives and immigration.

December 30, 2015
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A Looming Tax On High-End Health Plans Draws Fire From Many Sides

What this means: consumers are likely to pay more out-of-pocket for healthcare.

October 20, 2015

New Robocall Rule Could Change Polling, What We Know About Ourselves

A new federal rule about a way to block robocalls threatens to upend how pollsters conduct public opinion surveys, jeopardizing access to information about Americans’ lives and opinions that shape policy.

June 18, 2015
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To Collect Revenue, Some States Put Tax Scofflaws In Virtual ‘Stocks’

It turns out publishing the names of tax scofflaws and the amounts they owe on the Internet works spectacularly well, bringing in millions to states eager for the revenue. In many cases, just the threat of being on the list is enough to get delinquent taxpayers to pay.

June 1, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Immigration Stance May Haunt Republicans Until Election Day

Hillary would “go even further” on immigration policy than Obama while Jeb Bush is deferential, willing to “lose the primary to win the general.”

May 6, 2015
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Bernie-nomics: How Senator Sanders Wants To Handle The Economy

From the economy, infrastructure, union, and higher education, in his own words, this is what a President Sanders would do.

April 30, 2015

Should Economic Policy Include A Senior Discount?

Republican attempts to cater to elderly voters have created a policy mess.

February 12, 2015

Obama Administration Reviewing Hostage Policies, But Not Ransom Ban

The U.S. has decided it will not be adjusting its stance on granting ransom requests for American hostages.

November 19, 2014

‘Epidemic Of Fear’ Has Driven Ebola Debate, Experts Say

As the last of the American patients being treated for Ebola are deemed free of the disease, experts reflect on how the nation reacted to the public health scare.

November 11, 2014

New York To No Longer Arrest For Small Amounts Of Marijuana

New York City police will no longer make arrests for possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana, starting on November 19.

November 11, 2014

Election Setbacks For Obama May Embolden Foreign Adversaries

The challenging policy goals set by the White House will be harder to achieve with the perception abroad that a president “who was headed for lame-duck status is even less relevant.”

November 10, 2014

The Coming Republican Retreat On Obamacare

Some Republicans are still eager to fight the battles — but Democrats have won the Obamacare war.

October 23, 2014

Obama Meets With Generals Planning IS Assault

Tampa (AFP) — President Barack Obama meets Wednesday with generals planning his assault against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq as he wraps up a two-day trip devoted to sudden national security crises over jihadism and Ebola. Obama will sit down with General Lloyd Austin, chief of U.S. Central Command at his Florida […]

September 17, 2014

GOP Turns Crist’s Republican Past Against Him

To become the next governor of Florida, Charlie Crist needs to do everything he can to convince Democrats that he’s truly one of them, while reassuring Republicans that he’s still the same moderate he’s always been. That’s just politics. But no matter how persuasive he is, Crist can’t totally hide from his Republican past. A […]

August 12, 2014

A Growing Divide Over Official-English Laws

By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — A growing language divide has opened up across the country, as a sharp increase in the number of Americans who speak English as a second language — or don’t speak it at all — is driving cities and states to respond, often in radically different ways. In some places, […]

August 12, 2014

Smoking May Increase Suicide Risk, Study Says

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — It’s well-known that cigarettes are bad for your health, but does smoking make you more likely to kill yourself too? In a paper published this week in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, authors argued that smoking and suicide may be more closely related than previously […]

July 18, 2014

Seattle Police Officers Sue Over Reforms

By Steve Miletich, Mike Carter and Jennifer Sullivan, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — In a highly public rejection of federally mandated reforms, more than 100 Seattle police officers filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a federal judge to block what they called “mechanical” and unrealistic use-of-force policies imposed on them under a court-ordered consent decree. The 43-page […]

May 29, 2014

Report: Interest Groups Have Greatest Effect On Policy

A study published Monday by the Sunlight Foundation suggests that interest groups, not individual voters, are the primary catalysts of policy change in American government. Michigan State University political science professor Matt Grossmann studied “790 significant domestic policy changes” occurring since 1945, and found that interest groups were more likely to motivate change than “public opinion, research, events, […]

May 20, 2014

White House To Announce Measures To Combat Sexual Assault On Campus

By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The White House will announce new measures Tuesday to deal with campus sexual assault, an issue that in recent years has inflamed college campuses from Yale to the University of California, Berkeley. The recommendations from a task force of federal officials headed by Vice President Joe Biden include publicizing […]

April 29, 2014