The Great Debate

A truth and reconciliation commission for the United States

By Ronald C. Slye
August 10, 2015
Combination picture shows local residents and volunteers holding hands during a community event in Ferguson

August 08, 2015 Combination picture of local residents and church volunteers holding hands while praying during a community event hosted by the Convoy of Hope in Ferguson, Missouri, July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Donald Trump and Jon Stewart aren’t so different after all

By Kathryn Cramer Brownell
August 7, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump is surrounded by news media in the "spin room" after the conclusion of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

Presidential candidate Donald Trump in the spin room after the first official Republican candidate debate of the 2016 campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

The reality of global warming: We’re all frogs in a pot of slowly boiling water

By Roz Pidcock
August 7, 2015

Large waves hit the lighthouse and harbour at high tide at Newhaven in Sussex, southern England, February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Great debate gaffes in history

By Allison Silver
August 6, 2015


Before the 1976 presidential campaign even began, President Gerald R. Ford was weighed down by his decision to pardon his predecessor, President Richard M. Nixon, for crimes connected to Watergate. Ford was also locked in a tough race with Georgia’s Democratic former governor, Jimmy Carter, because the Southerner, with his born-again purity, was far more in sync with a public recovering from its “long national nightmare.” But Ford’s major debate gaffe about the Soviet Union’s influence on Poland was another blow he never fully recovered from.

Why Donald Trump’s hostile takeover bid for the Republican Party is a loser

By Bill Schneider
August 6, 2015
Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Trump speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire, April 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The Anglo-Saxons love of secrets … and a good fight

By John Lloyd
August 6, 2015
A detail from graffiti art is seen on a wall near the headquarters of Britain's eavesdropping agency, GCHQ, in Cheltenham, western England

A detail from graffiti art is seen on a wall near the headquarters of Britain’s eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, in Cheltenham, England, April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Steps Congress must take to ensure true freedom

By Janai S. Nelson
August 5, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of marchers gather around the reflecting pool during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. Reuters/Rowland Scherman/U.S. National Archives

Podcast: Smart drones, disgruntled pilots

By Jason Fields
August 4, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Joseph Trevithick

Drones linger over battlefields all over the world, and over places that don’t realize that they’re battlefields until the Hellfire missiles strike.

The U.S. picked the wrong ally in the fight against Islamic State

By Blaise Misztal
August 4, 2015
Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives his speech at the National People's Congress (NPC) in Algiers

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the National People’s Congress in Algiers, June 4, 2013. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Trying to out-Trump Trump? That way madness lies.

By Bill Schneider
August 4, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young