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Clea Chang

Thursday, 15 January 2015 00:00

Amazon Is The Reader's Friend

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    Joe Konrath

    Author & Self-Publishing Pioneer

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    Franklin Foer

    Former Editor, The New Republic

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    Scott Turow

    Attorney & Author

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    Matthew Yglesias

    Executive Editor, Vox

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

Genetically Modify Food

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    Robert Fraley

    Executive VP & Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto

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    Charles Benbrook

    Research Professor, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

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    Margaret Mellon

    Science Policy Consultant & Fmr. Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

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    Alison Van Eenennaam

    Genomics and Biotechnology Researcher, UC Davis

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Friday, 14 November 2014 11:50

Legalize Assisted Suicide

In 1994, Oregon voters passed the Death with Dignity Act, which legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Since then, it has become legal in 4 more states, including New Mexico, where the state court ruling that it is constitutional is under appeal. Is it, in the words of the American Medical Association’s code of ethics, “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer”? Will these laws lead to a slippery slope, where the vulnerable are pressured to choose death and human life is devalued? Or do we need to recognize everyone’s basic right to autonomy, the right to end pain and suffering, and the right to choose to die with dignity?
Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

Legalize Assisted Suicide

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    PETER SINGER

    Philosopher & Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

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    Dr. Daniel Sulmasy

    Prof. of Medicine and Ethics, University of Chicago & Member, Presidential Bioethics Commission

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    Baroness Ilora Finlay

    President, British Medical Association & Member, House of Lords

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    ANDREW SOLOMON

    Author, Far From the Tree & Prof. of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University

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Income inequality has been on the rise for decades. In the last 30 years, the wages of the top 1% have grown by 154%, while the bottom 90% has seen growth of only 17%. As the rungs of the economic ladder move further and further apart, conventional wisdom says that it will become much more difficult to climb them. Opportunities for upward mobility—the American dream—will disappear as the deck becomes stacked against the middle class and the poor. But others see inequality as a positive, a sign of a dynamic and robust economy that, in the end, helps everyone. And contrary to public opinion, mobility has remained stable over the past few decades. If the American dream is dying, is it the result of income inequality? Or is disparity in income a red herring where more complex issues are at play?
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    Elise Gould

    Senior Economist and Dir. of Health Policy Research, Economic Policy Institute

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    Edward Conard

    Visiting Scholar, AEI & Former Partner, Bain Capital

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    Scott Winship

    Fellow, Manhattan Institute

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    Nick Hanauer

    Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist

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Some say that the mass collection of U.S. phone records is a gross invasion of privacy. Others say that it is necessary to keep us safe. But what does the U.S. Constitution say? "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Is collection of phone records a “search” or “seizure"? If so, is it “unreasonable”? Does it require a particularized warrant and probable cause? These are among the most consequential—and controversial—constitutional questions of our time.
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    Alex Abdo

    Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project

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    Stewart Baker

    Fmr. Assistant Secretary, Homeland Security & Fmr. General Counsel, NSA

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    John Yoo

    Professor of Law, UC Berkeley & Fmr. Justice Department Lawyer

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    Elizabeth Wydra

    Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center

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The rise of ISIS, the disintegration of Iraq, Syria’s ongoing civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the promise and peril of the Arab Spring... What role should America play in the Middle East? For some, America’s restraint has been a sign of disciplined leadership. But for others, it has been a sign of diminished strength and influence. How do we strike a balance between our national interests, moral obligations, and the maintenance of world order? Are we simply recognizing the limitations of our power, or does this embattled region require a bolder, more muscular, American presence?
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    Aaron David Miller

    V.P. for New Initiatives, Wilson Center & Fmr. U.S. Mideast Negotiator

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    Michael Doran

    Sr. Fellow, Brookings Institution & Fmr. Senior Director, National Security Council

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    Bret Stephens

    Deputy Editor, Editorial Page, The Wall Street Journal

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    Paul Pillar

    Sr. Fellow, Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies & Fmr. National Intelligence Officer

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