The Great Debate

Ukraine shifts closer to open war with recent attacks

By James Miller
August 19, 2015
An employee works on a turret as armored vehicles are repaired at the Kiev armored plant

An employee works on a turret as armored vehicles are repaired at the Kiev armored plant, Ukraine, Aug. 14, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

One party system: What total Republican control of a state really means

By Herman Schwartz
August 19, 2015
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The U.S. Constitution gives the states almost total control over how Americans live and vote. Republicans appear to have grasped the importance of this, but most Democrats have not. Since losing the White House and Congress in 2008, the GOP has focused time, money and talent on gaining control of state governments.

China’s stock market is like a casino, and that’s what attracts some investors

By Wade Shepard
August 19, 2015
A man walks past the Big Wheel inside a new casino following the completion of the second phrase of construction at the Galaxy Macau resort in Macau

A man walks past the Big Wheel inside a new casino following the completion of the second phrase of construction at the Galaxy Macau resort in Macau, China, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Want the truth of World War Two? Don’t ask Japan.

By Peter Van Buren
August 18, 2015
Men dressed as Japanese imperial army soldiers march at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo

Men dressed as Japanese imperial army soldiers march at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo August 15, 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War Two. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A yearlong trip around the world — using only bitcoin

By Tania Karas
August 18, 2015
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Felix Weis paragliding in Turkey while holding a coin engraved with the bitcoin symbol. Weis paid for the outing in bitcoin. (Photo courtesy Felix Weis)

Why the selfie is a threat to democracy

By Richard L. Hasen
August 18, 2015
Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri

Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri, November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis

Executions come swiftly and often in Iran’s ‘justice’ system

By Hamid Yazdan Panah
August 17, 2015
People protest against executions and human rights violations in Iran on a square near the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague

People protest against executions and human rights violations in Iran on a square near the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares

Yes, Donald Trump can win, but here’s what it will take

By Edward J. Rollins
August 17, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets attendees at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop in Des Moines

Donald Trump greets people at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, August 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Great empires have ended with a song

By John Lloyd
August 14, 2015
Britain's Queen Elizabeth (C) reacts as she arrives in the parade ring at Ascot racecourse on day one of the Royal Ascot horse racing festival, in Ascot in southern England June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (C) reacts as she arrives in the parade ring at Ascot racecourse on day one of the Royal Ascot horse racing festival, in Ascot in southern England June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Why we disagree with Chuck Schumer on the Iran deal

By Richard Lugar and J. Bennett Johnston
August 14, 2015
U.S. Senator Schumer speaks after the cloture vote on the nomination of Lynch to be Attorney General, in Washington

Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts