This week marks 50 years since the Gun Control Act of 1968 was signed into law. Since then, the debate over guns has been one of the most politically charged of our time. This week's Time magazine takes a close look at the topic by talking to people on all sides, including gunshot victims, gun owners and enthusiasts, emergency room doctors, activists with opposite points of view, and policymakers responsible for finding solutions. French artist JR traveled the country to photograph and film 245 people from "every imaginable vantage point." JR and Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal joined "CBS This Morning" to discuss how the massive, interactive project came together and how the diversity of voices in the video mural demonstrates the complexities of the gun debate. "In France, where I come from, we don't have guns like that," said JR, who now lives in the U.S. "I was always curious seeing this through the news, seeing these mass shootings, how did that happen? But I'm also really … [Read more...] about How artist JR took on America’s most politically charged topic one story at a time
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close Video Brexit: Everything you need to know With Britain scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, here is everything you need to know about the pro-Brexit and anti-Brexit groups in the UK. LONDON – The U.K. woke Friday to discover that President Trump had thrown fuel onto the country’s already fiery political debate -- on a day in which he will hold a joint press conference with under-siege Prime Minister Theresa May, meet with Queen Elizabeth II and witness tens of thousands of demonstrators march through London in protest of his three-day working visit. Trump arrived Thursday to scattered protests in front of Downing Street and the residence at which he has staying. But after a dinner which included May, The Sun published an extraordinary interview with Trump in which the president doubled down on his criticism of May’s approach to handling Britain’s departure from the European Union. TRUMP STARTS UK LEG AMID … [Read more...] about In UK, Trump throws fuel onto Britain’s fiery political debate over Brexit
A group called Raging Grannies of Oregon sings songs to protest the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export facility in the Oregon Capitol in this 2015 file photo. Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler favors the project, and Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has resisted pressure to take a position on it. Buehler’s interest in public debates is a change from the Republican primary, when he was criticized for skipping debates attended by other candidates. His campaign said he was simply booked up, but missing the forums also allowed the moderate Republican to avoid being forced to state his positions on specific hot-button policies that could come back to haunt him during the general election. Buehler describes himself as pro-choice on abortion and has voted for at least one gun control law and against two others. Still, in Buehler’s quest to become Oregon’s first Republican governor since Vic Atiyeh in 1987, he’s had to do a delicate dance to make it … [Read more...] about Knute Buehler and Kate Brown’s first debate topic is the number of debates
Has social media helped or hurt the political process? Facebook has been under fire since the 2016 Election for not restricting "fake news" posts. Twitter, too, is an alleged hot bed for false information. Do you often use social media to discuss politics or controversial topics? We're curious whether or not you think these online platforms (Facebook, Twitter, reddit, Instagram, etc.) are making debate better or worse. On one hand, social media allows us access to vigorously debate ideas in a way that couldn't be done a generation ago. On the other hand, the environment can often be flat-out-toxic. Vote on our Tylt poll above -- and drop us a line in the comment section. … [Read more...] about Social media: Does it help or hurt political debate?
The WKU Department of Modern Languages is taking Arabic language learning outside of the classroom with the annual trip to the fourth annual International Schools Arabic Debating Championship in Doha, Qatar, April 7 to 11.This is the first year that Arabic professor Lhousseine Guerwane will be taking Gatton Academy students. He previously participated in the championship with WKU students last year, where the students had success in debating, with WKU alumna Mollie Todd even winning Best Non-Native Arabic Debater out of more than 50 countries represented. Among those on the trip was WKU Arabic Club member and senior Savannah Gillam.“This was my first time visiting the Middle East, so my trip to Qatar was very special, and I’m thankful to have had the privilege to attend the Debating Championship,” Gillam said. “I am now able to develop arguments concerning important world issues and provide supporting evidence for such arguments in Arabic.”This … [Read more...] about Gatton students to head to Qatar for international debate championships