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Have the structural shortcomings of America's fragmented system put us on the road to total system failure? Do we need to design tomorrow's health care on a clean slate, or can innovations to the existing health care framework jolt the system back to life?
Against the backdrop of North Korea's nuclear advances and escalating regional tensions, we ask: How should the U.S. respond to its most urgent national security threats?
Do you have a secret that no one else knows? What about Apple, Google, Facebook, Verizon, or Uber? Are you sure they don't know your secret? Digital data - emails, text messages, phone records, location records, web searches - contain traces of almost every secret. They also contain traces of almost every crime.
As video games gain prominence, some game creators are turning to global issues, such as poverty alleviation, international diplomacy, and combating climate change, for inspiration. Playing these socially minded games, they argue, allows users to build tangible skills in combating crisis and solving critical problems.
Walmart has long been a target for critics of corporate expansion, but does the company really deserve the scrutiny?
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On the heels of a deeply polarized election, Donald Trump will assume office having won the Electoral College, 306 to 232, but having lost the popular vote by over 2.8 million voters.
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In 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, set off a wave of protests and sparked a movement targeting racial disparities in criminal justice.
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Almost everyone can think of something they would like to change in the U.S. Constitution. Some would like to update it to fit new technologies and evolving social mores.
Intelligence Squared U.S. debates: Has Barack Obama's foreign policy been a success? A closer look at the president's legacy: The killing of Osama bin Laden, the Iran deal, the Paris climate agreement, and restored relations with Cuba.
It is alleged that the practice of gerrymandering -dividing election districts into units to favor a particular group- subverts democracy by making congressional districts "safe" for one party or the other.
Health care costs in the U.S. are some 18 percent of GNP, nearly double what other rich countries spend.
The elites of both parties have expressed contempt for Donald Trump, and Trump has succeeded in part by channeling his voters' contempt for the elites. Does support for Trump reflect an uninformed populism and misplaced anger by a large swath of the American electorate? Or have the elites failed to empathize with t
Reducing carbon emissions is clearly good for the environment but often imposes substantial costs. Has the Environmental Protection Agency considered the costs and benefits of its regulatory mandates fairly and appropriately?
Is Congress still the most powerful branch, or is this the era of the imperial presidency? Has the President usurped Congress's legislative power?
Whether in America's state game lands or the African brush, hunting has become one of the most hotly debated issues in the media and online. Internationally, the killing of Cecil the lion triggered a firestorm of criticism over trophy hunting rules and regulations.
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Proponents say that government has an important role to play in launching innovation via strategic investment, and its support helps American companies thrive. Do we need subsidies, or is this corporate welfare?
As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence believe that it will help solve complex social challenges and offer immortality via virtual humans. But AI's critics are sounding the alarm, going so far as to call its development an "existential threat" to mankind.
Are the protestors silencing free speech, or are they just trying to be heard? And are the universities responding by defending free speech, or by suppressing it?
What are the ethical and social consequences of radically increasing lifespans? Should we accept a "natural" end, or should we find a cure to aging?
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