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Bill Scher (Real Clear Politics, Politico) and Kristen Soltis (The Winston Group, Crossroads Generation, KristenSoltis.com)

Kristen makes a triumphant return to Bloggingheads and learns the rules of The DMZ. She and Bill size up the Paul Ryan pick. Who now has the edge on Medicare? Does Ryan give Romney a chance to win the youth vote? Was Biden’s “chains” comment a meaningless ad-lib or the sign of an increasingly divisive campaign? And should we blame the media for this frivolous political climate?

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Recorded:Aug 16    Posted:Aug 17, 2012
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The DMZ | Aug 17, 2012 | Bill Scher & Kristen Soltis

Culturally Determined

When personality precedes politics

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Kumars Salehi rehash the popular appeal of “outsider” politicians in the 2016 presidential election. Plus: Is “horseshoe theory” valid?

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Resisting Trump wisely

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Robert Wright and meditation teacher Daniel Ingram consider how anger at the president can hinder effective opposition.

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How the government gets on your phone

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Eva Galperin, director of cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on abusive uses of spyware.

The Glenn Show

Learning begins at home

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter on how cultural differences can explain racial disparities in aptitude testing. Plus: In search of the “intelligence gene”

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Degrees of agency

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Philosopher Crispin Sartwell uses the 12-step program to illustrate his views on responsibility without free will. Plus: Is the state necessary?

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The DMZ

The case against embracing single-payer

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Bill Scher argues that Democrats haven’t thought through the consequences. Plus: Will Republicans move on from health care?

Global Dispatches

Humanitarian solutions to political problems

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Deepmala Mahla, Mercy Corps’ Country Director of South Sudan, on the uphill battle against famine in South Sudan. Plus: How direct cash transfers save lives.

“Volunteers for death”

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Journalist Murtaza Hussain and Olivier Roy, author of the new book Jihad and Death, on what ISIS really wants. Plus: The future of ISIS.

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What the hell is a law?

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Crispin Sartwell, author of Entanglements, describes a materialist view of social realities. Plus: Penetrated by reality.

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Foreign Entanglements

How the U.S. enables kleptocracy

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Political scientist Alexander Cooley on how lax regulations help corrupt foreign officials hide their money. Plus: Trump, the tycoon president.