A Wedge-Busting National Priorities Survey

A Wedge-Busting National Priorities Survey

We've long made the case that when you're Wedged, you've been manipulated into losing sight of your own political priorities. We've encouraged you to do work to get back in touch with them--and finally we've come across a tool that can guide you--and the country--through that process. 

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Data Manipulation: How Much Does the US Spend on Defense?

Data Manipulation: How Much Does the US Spend on Defense?

On an unrelated errand we were looking up how much the US spends on its defense. We made the terrible mistake of just Googling it. But hey, that mistake turned into an insight we can share!

Turns out a lot of different people have very different ideas of how much the US spends on its defense as a percent of the Federal Budget. So let's play a game.

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We Really Need to Sort Out How Government Works

We Really Need to Sort Out How Government Works

Is running the country like a CEO a really bad idea? That depends on how we understand how government works. 

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Thinking About Thinking About Foreign Policy

Thinking About Thinking About Foreign Policy

Xander offers us a brief and informative clinic on different schools of realism to better understand how we analyze and interpret foreign policy here at ReConsider.

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To Love Your Country, Love Yourself

To Love Your Country, Love Yourself

What if bridging the partisan divide isn't about building bridges to others, but building a bridge within ourselves that allows us to love everything about us?

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Trump the Rationalist

Trump the Rationalist

President Trump has taken a lot of flak for his missile strike against the Syrian government’s Shayrat airbase. One of the criticisms that I’ve heard bounce around my social media echo chamber is how irrational it is for Trump to get involved in another Middle Eastern war. I, however, don't understand how Trump’s decision to launch a limited missile strike on Syria can be considered irrational.

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A Theory on Trump's Electoral Upset by The Guy That Invented Modern Polling

A Theory on Trump's Electoral Upset by The Guy That Invented Modern Polling

While at Unrig the System this weekend (more on that later but a great meeting) I got to meet Pat Caddell, who has worked in presidential offices and campaigns since the Carter Administration. He also developed many of the modern polling techniques widely used today. (By the way he thinks micropolling is part of the equation, as we discuss in Wedged.)

He has done a combination of personal interviews, polling, and soul-searching to get a sense of why Trump won the election when, in his words, Trump had no real strategy, few solid positions, and very little in the way of campaign at all. Stories of the general dislike of Clinton by Republicans may be part of it, but he thinks there's something much more fundamental--and has the numbers to back it up.

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Flash Poll: Trump's Syrian Airstrikes

Flash Poll: Trump's Syrian Airstrikes

We saw the strikes happen last night and woke up this morning to various social media reactions: everything across the spectrum of:

  • This is what Obama should have done when he called the "red line" and Trump is a hero of deterrence / justice / good
  • We are entering World War III
  • This is a distraction in order to do $POLICY

So time for a quick flash poll.

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How Big and Powerful Is the Alt Right?

How Big and Powerful Is the Alt Right?

The Alt-Right remains probably the least-understood political phenomenon on the United States right now. There is very little consensus about what they stand for, who is in it besides a few celebrities and internet trolls, how many they are, and how powerful they are.

I decided to do some research. I even spent time running around chat boards like Reddit and 4Chan, and reading Breitbart. Fair warning, I have no conclusive answers--but that, in itself, is a finding, suggesting that anyone who is telling you they know that the Alt-Right is such-and-such is probably full of it.

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Trumpcare is Dead--What's Next for Obamacare?

Trumpcare is Dead--What's Next for Obamacare?

The American Healthcare Act is dead, and the Affordable Care Act lives on. What will happen now? 

This article won't be an intrigue piece about how the GOP will lick its wounds and try to circle back for another run at "repeal and replace." (And frankly I don't think they'll be ready for another attack anytime soon.) More interesting, perhaps, is looking at what will happen if we leave Obamacare alone. So I did some research into the Congressional Budget Office, and here's what I found:

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