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Teaching 'action civics' engages kids — and ignites controversy

Proponents of action civics, an outgrowth of service learning that has students lobby for change in their communities, see it as a way to engage and empower students - but skeptics say students lack the foundational knowledge to be effective advocates.... Read more»

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Critics: $5.7 million in private funds for Arizona's ballot 'audit' taints results

Cyber Ninjas, hired by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann to 'audit' Maricopa County’s 2020 elections, said this week that its work was funded by $5.7 million in donations from conservative groups, a revelation that raised as many questions as it answered for critics. ... Read more»2

The Delta variant thrives in a state of political and public health discord

Hospitals in southwestern Missouri are overflowing and even though vaccines are widely available, only 40% of the state has been vaccinated, escalating political backlash to public health efforts has the state staring down the barrel of potential incoming disaster.... Read more»

Biggs take reins of Freedom Caucus at tough time for conservatives

Against the backdrop of an impeachment inquiry, Rep. Andy Biggs is taking over chairmanship of the conservative Freedom Caucus – a fight the Gilbert Republican says he’s ready to have.... Read more»

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America is much less conservative than mainstream media believe

Think again: It’s a well-known “fact” within the mainstream media that the country is not as liberal as journalists like to think it is. As with the consistent insistence on the prevalence of liberal bias, however, that fact is also fundamentally false.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Something died on Election Day

What’s that smell? A whole lotta conservative memes rotting on the trash pile of history – that’s what. ... Read more»

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How to be a political journalist in America

How to be a successful American mainstream political reporter: Politics is all theater—never probe about policy unless it enhances the performance. Personality always trumps policy—see above. History is bunk—factual history, that is, because it interferes with the make-believe history so integral to political theater.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

New polls rock foundations of conservatism

Polls find we’re becoming a more tolerant nation. That’s bad news for conservatives.... Read more»

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The conservative war on knowledge

As evidenced by the global warming “debate,” Tea Party-style conservatives have a problem with reality.... Read more»

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Obama mans up on gay marriage

Half of Americans support gay marriage. And of course, half don't. But that's the same for every issue. So why not say what you think? Well done, Mr. President.... Read more»

Guest opinion

The most conservative Democrats in the nation? Don't believe it

Listening to Ron Barber and Richard Carmona, you'd think they were the most conservative Democrats on the planet. Why is that important? Obama's low approval ratings don't provide much in the way of coattails for candidates to grab on to. Instead, in Arizona, the president has adopted a strategy from NASCAR: drafting.... Read more»

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How classical liberalism morphed into New Deal liberalism

The path of American political thought, from Teddy to Franklin: "For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world."... Read more»

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Sluts & politicians

Carl von Clausewitz said, "War is the continuation of politics by other means." If he were alive today, he might note that very often, politics is the continuation of sluttiness by other means.... Read more»

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Is America getting more conservative?

What does it mean to be “conservative” — a word that has different meanings in different places. To say we are becoming more conservative provides a comforting narrative to mainstream journalists who like to reassure people that all is hunky-dory.... Read more»

Factcheck

Romney's 'fiscal conservative' whopper

Mitt Romney says, “If you want a fiscal conservative, you can’t vote for Rick Santorum, because he’s not.” Really? Three fiscally conservative groups rate Santorum’s lifetime voting record as better than most other Republican lawmakers, and one of them considers him a “Taxpayer Hero.”... Read more»1

Pearce loses Senate seat to Lewis in recall

Mesa voters chose to replace Arizona's State Senate President Russell Pearce with Republican Jerry Lewis in a recall election over Pearce's stance on illegal immigration.... Read more»6

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