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OLD BhTV: Rational Actors

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What’s next for Obamacare? … Will insurance companies just sit this one out? … The Cassidy-Collins proposal: A plan everyone can hate! … Why “repeal and delay” shouldn’t be an option … Adrianna’s advice to Trump … Punting healthcare to the stat
Carrie’s media startup, Bold … How the election influenced the evolution of Bold … Does the media need to feature more pro-Trump viewpoints? … Reaching non-traditional conservatives … Bold’s focus on urbanites …
Why Ben opposed Trump … What should the Never Trump crowd do now? … What’s going to happen with the Supreme Court? … Can pro-Trump conservatives and Never Trump conservatives reconcile? … The danger of extreme partisanship … The short-sighted p
The limited influence of conservative media … Why did establishment conservatives underestimate Trump? … When listening to the news leads to bad political strategies … How the conservative media marginalized itself …
The struggling white working class … The opioid-fueled destruction of communities … Failures to respond to poverty in all communities … Should residents in struggling towns just move? … Why poverty encourages even high-earners to support Trump
The essay that shaped Charles Koch's quest for knowledge … Possible bias in Koch-funded research … Critiques of Koch's academic pursuits … How Koch funding differs from other grants … Private funding is common, so what's the big deal? … A defen
Why Charlotte is a Trump supporter … Do immigrants really commit more crime? … How is Trump's immigration policy different from Cruz's? … Cost-benefit analysis of free trade … Charlotte: Trump's brashness is a breath of fresh air …
What is net metering? … Net metering from the conservative perspective … How government subsidies affect solar power … Does net metering discourage other clean energy options? … The feasibility of deregulating local energy markets … How a Trump
How the Iowa caucuses actually work … Do the GOP underdogs have a chance? … What happened to Rand Paul? … The importance of on-the-ground campaigning … Trump's ground game (or lack thereof) … Can we trust Trump's polling numbers? …
Cathy: Feminism has a Marxism problem… … …but capitalism is a sexist system … Critiquing the Marxist critique of sex work … Cathy: Infighting helps movements like Black Lives Matter … Why purity campaigns are self-defeating … The psychological
Why the media skews left... … ...and what that means for the debates … Why are there so many GOP candidates? … Kevin: Don't count on (or discount) a Trump presidency … The bias in "unbiased" reporting … A case against compromise …
The murky world of daily fantasy sports … Are fantasy sports a form of gambling? … Why you'll never win big money playing daily fantasy … An "insider-trading" scandal rocks the industry … Will Congress intervene? Should it? … The future of lega
Where does Black Lives Matter go from here? … What the media doesn't get about Black Lives Matter … Barrett: Activists have to learn to work with the system … How Obama has changed racial perceptions … Does exposure to difference lead to more t
Pro-life libertarians—yes, they exist! … Kevin: America is at abortion stalemate … Slade: Libertarians shouldn’t enforce conformity … Why is libertarianism gaining steam? … Trump confounds big-tent politics … Trump and white identity politic
Can Trump be kept off the debate stage? … Profiling the average Trump supporter … Trump's canny use of the immigration issue … What makes The Donald run? … Will he finally disclose his finances? … Different ways that Trump could be taken down …
Are the rich jerks? … Tim: Political values are never entirely empirical … Are some political biases just better? … When calling people "jerks" works … The ideological Turing test … Kevin: New media needs to pull back on the polarizing language
Guy's new book, End of Discussion … Brendan Eich, gay marriage, and Holocaust denial … Has the left always been better at shutting down debate? … Guy: Trigger warnings et al are really about stifling debate … Comedians vs. the new Puritans … Ke
A big shift in the treatment of sexual assault on campus … Student accused of rape sues Columbia over performance art … Ashe: Due process has gone out the window … Tribunals vs. trials … A defense of campus tribunals … Should UVA's "Jackie" be
A conservative revolution on criminal justice … Why prison won't solve America's problems … Conservative reformers from Colson to Kerik … Why criminal justice reform isn't just about saving money … How should the law treat drug abuse? … "Overcr
John recaps his trip to Israel … Israel's complex party system … Appealing to Israel's "undecideds" … What the next government will look like … Why American conservatives love Bibi... … ...and why Obama really, really doesn't …
Running for president? Write a book first … Candidates who use their book tour to get wonky … Does anyone actually buy these books? … Locking down the "conservative culture warrior" vote … Which of this year's GOP authors will win it all? … Reb
The Congressional Budget Office "dynamic scoring" controversy … Is the GOP opening a Pandora's box? … Don't hate the CBO players, hate the CBO game … Did Grubergate doom the current CBO chief? … Weighing the merits of dynamic scoring … Why li
The libertarian response to Ferguson … Why cops should welcome body cams … Eric Garner and the Tea Party … Robby: Rand Paul's cigarette tax critique is dead on … Kevin: Conservatives must grapple with the reality of racism … The difficulty of f
Why conservatives fear the 2014 lame-duck session … Is "prove you can govern" a trap for the GOP? … Obama's leverage on immigration … "Process is a really big deal in the American constitution" … The next battle: Obama's attorney general pick …
Colorado's great voting experiment … Negative ads actually work … Is Scott Walker getting a pass from Dems? … Upset alert: New Hampshire … Kevin calls Kansas for independent candidate Greg Orman … A wave year for the GOP? …
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