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Refreshingly Independent Politics – smerconish.com is to create a clearinghouse for non-ideological thinking. We want to give people a chance to contribute to, and consume media that isn’t predicated on the usual, extreme talking points of the polarized media. Instead, we aim to promote independent thinking and diversity of thought.

General Milley Not Only Did His Duty, He Followed Protocol

21 September 2021 @ 10:16 am

He was operating through an agreement signed by his predecessor, and at the direction of President Trump, designed expressly to reduce the risk of military miscalculation.

Want a Civil Society? Learn to be Present

20 September 2021 @ 10:00 am

Media and political rhetoric distort Americans’ views of each other, and that arguably, the best single remedy we have against raging civil discord is dialogue.

The History of the Filibuster – and Why We Need to Get Rid of It

19 September 2021 @ 10:00 am

The contemporary Senate procedure continues to bear traces of the word’s origin in that, like the pirates, a political filibuster is used to disrupt.

One Lesson From the Disappearance of Gabby Petito

18 September 2021 @ 11:31 am

At least this much is certain: The picture painted by social media was not the whole story.

How Social Media Companies Intensify U.S. Political Polarization

17 September 2021 @ 10:00 pm

In a society that has become increasingly polarized, the use of social media may not create partisan divisiveness in the first instance, but it does exacerbate it.

Legal Precedent Does Not Make Public Health the Stepchild of Individual Liberty

16 September 2021 @ 10:29 am

If remaining healthy is to remain a right for us all, particularly with COVID-19 easily spreading, public health and safety can never become the stepchild of personal liberty.

Why President Biden Has a Headache Over Trump’s Steel Tariffs

15 September 2021 @ 11:15 am

The question is whether Biden can make peace with organized labor and eliminate the tariffs before the November 2022 Congressional elections, or whether domestic politics keeps them in place at least until 2023, and perhaps longer.

Trump Endorsement of Parnell a Two-Edged Sword in Pennsylvania

14 September 2021 @ 10:00 am

The conundrum facing a GOP candidate like Parnell in this purple state is: how to best exploit the nod from Trump in the Republican primary, both politically and financially, while not simultaneously closing the door on his chances in November.

We Fought Against AIDS Misinformation. This is How to Fight Against COVID Conspiracies.

13 September 2021 @ 10:32 am

We have seen first-hand how misinformation can impact the fight against a public health emergency. For us, it was our work against AIDS denialism in the early 2000s.

Afghanistan Shows We Must End Generations of American Hubris

9 September 2021 @ 10:00 am

To honor our troops, the Afghans who helped us, and the generations that must endure future conflicts, we must break the cycle of disastrous foreign interventions.