Social Issues

 
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Public health, private donors

In the wake of the Komen-Planned Parenthood debacle, Princeton University’s Tey Meadow and Elizabeth M. Armstrong ask why we allow powerful private donors — individuals and foundations — to decide who has access to lifesaving preventative healthcare.

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Another big problem with Newt Gingrich’s ‘food stamp’ claim

Newt Gingrich has come under fire for calling President Obama ‘the food stamp president.’ As it turns out, food stamps are one of the most effective ways to stimulate the economy during a recession.

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American Voices: Jon Meacham on our obligation to the elderly

Jon Meacham discusses our obligations to the elderly, and how his personal experiences with older people have shaped his life.

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Can the police use GPS to spy on you? Supreme Court leaves big questions unanswered

The Supreme Court said Monday that GPS tracking is unconstitutional. But what about cell phones, email or Facebook? The court left those questions unanswered.

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  American Voices: Bernard Lafayette on voting rights

Need to Know’s “American Voices” essay features Bernard Lafayette, a prominent civil rights leader from the 1960s who reflects on the struggle for black voting rights then and what he believes are organized efforts to undo them now.

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An original Freedom Rider remembers his last hours with Martin Luther King, Jr.

An original Freedom Rider and organizer of the Selma march recalls his last hours with Martin Luther King on the day King was assassinated.

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  Fixing government: DJ Spooky on investing in the arts

The multimedia artist and writer says that investing in the arts can help Americans unleash their imagination during tough economic times.

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Tim Tebow, Bill Maher and me

In a bifurcated, dichotomized, red-blue America, is it possible to be a fan of both Tim Tebow and Bill Maher? Need to Know’s Tom Casciato makes the case for how both men are more alike than some might think.

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‘All-American’ prejudice

For Sarah Wildman, the best possible outcome from Lowe’s lamentable decision to pull its ads from the TLC reality show is a national realization that Muslims are just as boring as the rest of us.