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The Vote on Ilhan Omar & Governing by Distraction

On Friday,House Republicans voted to remove Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over past statements made regarding Israel and the US military. This surprised no one, as the run-up to this vote was widely covered in the press the week prior. The day before, House Republicans...
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Why The Solution to Gerrymandering Might Not involve Redistricting

The practice of gerrymandering - that is, drawing congressional districts to either favor candidates from one party or disfavor another - is as old as the district itself. During the very first congressional election after the Revolutionary War, Patrick Henry, then Governor of Virginia, carved the...
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Who Benefits From Political Polarization? (HINT: NOT US)

In 1950, a report published in the American Political Science review issued a dire warning over the state of politics in America. The nation’s two parties, it argued, were too much alike and got along so well that voters might be inclined to gravitate towards smaller parties with more extreme...
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How the Hell Did We Get Here?: Political Polarization Over Time

It should be a forgone conclusion that political polarization in America has reached an unhealthy level when the end of a presidential election cycle is marked by an angry mob storming the Capitol, the seat of the Senate President being occupied by a shirtless man in a buffalo headdress carrying a...
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Why We Should Keep the Electoral College ... Or At Least Not Throw it Out.

To many, the Electoral College could best be described as the appendix of American democracy - a vestigial organ sitting in the nation's body politic that's only noticed for the problems it causes. Given the Electoral College has overruled the popular vote in two out of the last five presidential...
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Why is the American Healthcare System So Expensive? Ask the People who Pay for It.

One of the few things Americans of all political stripes can agree on in our 30 year old debate over healthcare is that it’s too expensive. In 2018, healthcare spending in the United States was $10,500 against an OECD average of $3,994. Switzerland, the second highest on the list, came in at...
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The REFORM PARTY: Draining the Swamp Before It Was Cool | Nick Hensley of the Reform Party | YDHTY, Episode 55

In 2007, Congress passed the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, a law designed to curb the influence of lobbyists and slow the “revolving door” of lawmakers cycling from Congress to lobbying firms. Part of the bill prohibited lobbyists from purchasing meals for lawmakers, a meal being...
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How to Improve Health Care and Save $1 Trillion | YDHTY, EPisode 54

In a report on the quality of healthcare across Canada’s provinces and territories, the Conference Board of Canada graded the country’s healthcare system against a number of “peer countries”. The scale started with Sweden, the highest rank, and ended with the United States.As with our love of guns,...
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America's Information Crisis  | Arjun Moorthy | YDHTY, Episode 53

When Bravo first launched on cable television in 1980, it was a channel dedicated entirely to the fine arts. At the time, the promise of cable was that networks could rely on subscription revenue to drive their business, meaning they could appeal to niche audiences. The major networks, in contrast,...
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Partisan Media: We are All King George | YDHTY, Episode 52

On July 2nd of this year, I celebrated America’s birthday early by driving through 10 of the original 13 colonies with my wife and four kids as we trekked from Boston to a house we rented about an hour south of Tampa, Florida. To add to the authenticity, my kids made sure to take enough bathroom...
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