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The Next Nine Years

The Next Nine Years | McG Government | Scoop.it
Will Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. preside over a conservative majority, become a beleaguered dissenter or migrate to the center of a new spectrum?
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The antidote to apathy

The antidote to apathy | McG Government | Scoop.it
Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.
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AP US Government~ Polling, Political Socialization, and Public Opinion

AP US Government~ Polling, Political Socialization, and Public Opinion | McG Government | Scoop.it
Spiral of Silence2 These are more “outtakes”  from the teachers’ manual that I worked on last year.   For various reasons, having mostly to do with space considerations, many of the activities I de...
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Democrats Put Cultural Issues in Their Quiver

Democrats Put Cultural Issues in Their Quiver | McG Government | Scoop.it
Democrats are using wedge issues in states like Virginia, North Carolina and Colorado to stoke concerns about Republicans among moderate voters, especially women.
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A Bigger Midterm Election Turnout

A Bigger Midterm Election Turnout | McG Government | Scoop.it
Will voters realize that decisions made on Nov. 4 will reverberate in laws not passed, roads not built and jobs not created?
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Immigration Clash Could Lead to Shutdown

Immigration Clash Could Lead to Shutdown | McG Government | Scoop.it
President Obama is believed to be preparing to take executive action on immigration, and Republicans are considering removing funding to effectively block the order, possibly prompting a spending stalemate just before November elections.
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Liberals Eat Here. Conservatives Eat There.

Liberals Eat Here. Conservatives Eat There. | McG Government | Scoop.it
Can you tell a person's politics based on where they buy their groceries or hamburger? Here's one gauge of how liberal or conservative customers are at America's chain restaurants, fast-food establishments and supermarkets.
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Surge of Central American Children Roils U.S. Immigration Debate

Surge of Central American Children Roils U.S. Immigration Debate | McG Government | Scoop.it
Survey Report As the president and Congress struggle over how to deal with the influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America across the
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The Big Electoral Consequences of Splitting California Six Ways

The Big Electoral Consequences of Splitting California Six Ways | McG Government | Scoop.it
The partition proposal is an extreme long shot, but it is irresistible to ponder the implications, including more clout for Hispanics.
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Danielle Allen: "Our Declaration" | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR

Danielle Allen: "Our Declaration" | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR | McG Government | Scoop.it
For the Fourth of July: A fresh reading of the Declaration of Independence and how ideas of freedom and equality have been interpreted over the years.
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Corker, Murphy tee up bipartisan proposal to increase gas tax

Corker, Murphy tee up bipartisan proposal to increase gas tax | McG Government | Scoop.it
Sens. Bob Corker and Chris Murphy said Wednesday that the way to fix the depleted Highway Trust Fund is staring Congress right in the face: a tax hike. Corker, a Tennessee Republican, and Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, pitched a bold plan that calls for federal gasoline and diesel tax increases to shore up the Highway Trust Fund, which pays for most...
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Among Justices, Considering a Divide Not of Gender or Politics, but of Beliefs

Among Justices, Considering a Divide Not of Gender or Politics, but of Beliefs | McG Government | Scoop.it
Most analyses of recent church-state decisions have gone along the lines of politics or gender, yet it is at least as compelling to consider the Catholic-Jewish divide.
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Does the media have a "duty of care"?

Does the media have a "duty of care"? | McG Government | Scoop.it
In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, to support democracy? His solution for ensuring media responsibility is bold, and you might not agree. But it's certainly a question worth asking ... (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)
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Why mayors should rule the world

Why mayors should rule the world | McG Government | Scoop.it
It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world's problems. So who's actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let's give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these "urban homeboys" are solving pressing problems on their own turf -- and maybe in the world.
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Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters | McG Government | Scoop.it
Voting might not be the sexiest thing in the world, but at least one ad campaign encouraging Americans to register is pretty provocative.
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Challenging the Privacy of Statements Made During Jury Deliberations

Challenging the Privacy of Statements Made During Jury Deliberations | McG Government | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court will hear a case in which a defendant is seeking a new trial by arguing that statements made by the jury’s forewoman showed that she should not have been selected as a juror.
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Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench

Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench | McG Government | Scoop.it
After a change in Senate filibuster rules, judges appointed by Democrats now hold a majority of seats on the United States Courts of Appeals, a tilt that has far-reaching consequences for President Obama’s legacy.
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The Dubious Sources of Some Supreme Court ‘Facts’

The Dubious Sources of Some Supreme Court ‘Facts’ | McG Government | Scoop.it
The justices are hungry for the data in amicus briefs, but a law professor argues that this is a perilous trend, because some of the briefs cite questionable materials.
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How politics makes us stupid

How politics makes us stupid | McG Government | Scoop.it
There’s a simple theory underlying much of American politics. It sits hopefully at the base of almost every speech, every op-ed, every article, and every panel discussion. It courses through the...
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There’s a plan to split California into 6 states. Here’s what it might look like.

There’s a plan to split California into 6 states. Here’s what it might look like. | McG Government | Scoop.it
Demographics, money, and voting representation for something that will never happen.
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The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats | McG Government | Scoop.it
Memo: From Nick HanauerTo: My Fellow ZillionairesYou probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for...
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A Conversation With Nick Hanauer On Reducing Income Inequality | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR

A Conversation With Nick Hanauer On Reducing Income Inequality | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR | McG Government | Scoop.it
Seattle-based entrepreneur Nick Hanauer argues that mega-millionaires like him need to do more to help reduce income inequality.
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Highways Need a Higher Gas Tax

Highways Need a Higher Gas Tax | McG Government | Scoop.it
Congress can be blamed for the thousands of motorists who die each year because it refuses to collect and spend money to fix inadequate road conditions.
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