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December 2, 2005

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October 8, 2004
Top 10 Debate Strategies
Insights on three decades of political debates from the RHETORICAL STUDIES OF NATIONAL POLITICAL DEBATES.

October 8, 2004
Debate History
Watch television clips of classic moments in presidential debate history in this survey from 1960 to 2000.

October 29, 2004
Pros & Cons of the Electoral College
George Edwards, author of the book, WHY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS BAD FOR AMERICA, debates the merits of the Electoral College with Alexander Keyssar, a professor of history and social science at Harvard.

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs

December 3, 2004
Former Soviet dissident and present Israeli politician Natan Sharansky argues that promoting democracy and freedom for all the world's citizens is a vital means to combat terror.

February 25, 2004
President Bush's Trip to Europe
Editorial cartoons illustrate some of the thorny issues in U.S.-European relations.

October 15, 2004
A Noteworthy Vote
A photo essay of Afghanistan's first-ever direct presidential elections.

December 3, 2004
People Power in the Ukraine
Ukrainians take to the streets to protest crooked elections.

March 18, 2005
Iran, the Bomb and the Future of Nuclear Energy Controls
Henry Sokolski of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center offers some perspective on Iran's nuclear plans in his essay. A photo essay tracks the building of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

August 26, 2005
Towards a Constitution
Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis struggle to reach consensus on the issue of federalism and the role of Islam in the new constitution.

Health Care

Health Care & Social Security

December 3, 2004
What do we know about medical mishaps and what can be done to reduce them? A few intriguing answers are offered in the book MEDICAL ERROR, edited by Marilynn Rosenthal and Kathleen Sutcliffe.

November 12, 2004
"Granny as Cross-Border Drug Trafficker"
Buying drugs from Canada has become an increasingly popular strategy for older Americans facing pharmacy bills that are growing faster than their fixed incomes. This excerpt, taken from "POWERFUL MEDICINES: THE BENEFITS, RISKS, AND COSTS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS," by Jerry Avorn, M.D., illustrates some of the consequences.

March 4, 2005
Lessons from Chile
A Q&A with two experts who offer perspectives on the pros and cons of private retirement plans, based on their experience with the Chilean pension system.

April 29, 2005
Inform Thyself
According to the Surgeon General, shifting focus from treatment to prevention will result in a slimmer, healthier America. A Q&A on health literacy with Dr. Richard Carmona.

October 14, 2005
Not Just in Asia
A photo essay of avian flu developments around the world.

Society, Homeland Security & Lawsuits
Society, Homeland Security & Lawsuits

November 26, 2004
Read a sampling of Paul McFedries's WORD SPY: THE WORD LOVER'S GUIDE TO MODERN CULTURE, an excellent linguistic guide to modern culture.

February 11, 2005
"How to Fight Terror While Preserving Liberty"
Philip Heymann and Juliette Kayyem of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs detail 10 key conclusions reached by U.S. and British security and legal experts.

March 11, 2005
Listen. Really Listen
A Q&A on the state of journalism with NEW YORKER media writer Ken Auletta.

September 9, 2005
A Full Plate
A survey of editorial cartoons covering Hurricane Katrina and other items on the president's to-do list.

August 5, 2005
In this book excerpt, Philip Howard argues that by taking individual rights to illogical extremes, the U.S. justice system compromises fairness and erodes freedom.