• Big Events Demand a Big—and Cooperative—Response

    Big Events Demand a Big—and Cooperative—Response

    At key turning points in history, dramatic events seem to come together to force cooperation between even the most reluctant partisans. In the face of devastation from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, for instance, even a brief government shutdown becomes unthinkable, so Republicans and Democrats must work together to provide…

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  • Four Hopeful Messages from an Epic Catastrophe

    Four Hopeful Messages from an Epic Catastrophe

    As Texas begins the long process of recovery from the catastrophe of Hurricane Harvey, Americans across the country should embrace four important lessons: * First, let's acknowledge that government isn't always the enemy and, in emergencies like this one, government at the local, state and federal levels has a crucial,…

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  • Unexpected Praise for Trump’s Turnaround

    Unexpected Praise for Trump’s Turnaround

    One of history's worst natural disasters produced one of the best weeks of Donald Trump's presidency. The chief executive and his administration rose to the challenge of responding to Hurricane Harvey and even his implacable media critics praised his change in attitude. The normally hostile New York Times featured TWO…

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  • Why Not to “Follow Your Heart”

    Why Not to “Follow Your Heart”

    By Diane Medved, Ph.D. It could be that “follow your heart” is the most destructive piece of advice parents, rom-coms and love songs ever dispensed. “Follow your heart” can be blamed for the divorce skyrocket in the late 1970s that now leaves adult children of split families skittish to commit.…

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  • Trump’s Media Strategy Could be Working as Planned

    Why does President Trump continue his ferocious attacks on media as “fake news” and “really bad people” who “don't love our country”? Surely, he understands that relentless assaults won't win him more favorable, or even more balanced coverage. Trump defenders say the President rips the press because they deserve it;…

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  • Confronting the Truth Behind the Monument Debates

    Confronting the Truth Behind the Monument Debates

    The raging debate over statues honoring Southern leaders in the Civil War turns on the true nature of the Confederate cause. Ten days after adoption of the Confederate Constitution, the future Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander H. Stephens, proclaimed: Our new government is founded upon exactly this idea: its…

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  • The Real Reason the South Left the Union

    The Real Reason the South Left the Union

    Tragic recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia raise new questions about an old debate. Why did Southern states leave the Union in the first place, resulting in a war that killed more than 700,000 Americans? Mississippi, the 2nd of 11 states that ultimately seceded from the federal government, gave a clear…

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  • Drawing the Line on the Confederate Monuments

    Drawing the Line on the Confederate Monuments

    Current arguments over Confederate monuments often involve the question of drawing a line. The majority of the first nine American presidents owned slaves, so should we destroy memorials to all of them? The obvious answer is no—unless such monuments specifically honored these men for their support of an evil institution,…

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  • The Over-hyped “Dangerous Divisions”

    The Over-hyped “Dangerous Divisions”

    Following the horrible events in Charlottesville, Virginia, the public seems deeply alarmed at the dangerous divisions in the country. But what are the substantive issues that actually divide the country? When it comes to hate festivals staged by neo-Nazis and the KKK, there's virtually no disagreement: nearly every American, left…

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  • Cultivating Positive Attitudes in Difficult Times

    Cultivating Positive Attitudes in Difficult Times

    By Diane Medved, Ph.D. Got distress? It seems to be everywhere right now—the political scene is wild, the world is precarious, and too many relationships are teetering. But a counter-intuitive response might help. In researching my new book Don't Divorce: Powerful Arguments for Saving and Revitalizing your Marriage, I found…

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