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Yet despite this, the public's engagement in the political and legislative process does not reflect this trend. Voter turnout in the United States during the 2012 Presidential election was 54.9% of eligible voters. To place this in perspective, the turnout between the years of 1830 and 1900 hovered around 75%, but as more groups have been given the right the vote (African Americans in 1870; Women in 1920), the voter turnout has continued on a downward trend. Today, a larger problem exists in the United States. The rulling of the Citizen United vs. FEC Supreme Court case of 2010 paved the way for large corporations and organzations to contribute unlimited funds to political interests. This has placed a significant disadvantage on the average citizen's ability to contribute to the political process. This combined with the increased polarization and pessimism of the American Public about their Government has posed a severe threat to our democracy. Publiciti aims to serve as a platform for citizen's of all political persuasions to engage in meaningful conversations with fellow citizens and experts to form a more representative voice in the political arena. While our focus is American Politics, the scope of our mission is global. We invite all to contribute to this platform and help encourage others to become more engaged in the world around them, in order to create a fairer and more representative democracy in the 21st Century

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This past weekend, Bill Gates joined a growing number of people calling for a Robot Tax in order to quell the potential ...
02/22/2017
The Robot Tax: Good Plan or Dumb Idea?

This past weekend, Bill Gates joined a growing number of people calling for a Robot Tax in order to quell the potential negative impacts of automation. Is this a solid plan? Or just a new form of tech-paranoia?

 

the-future-now:GMOs aren’t scary — pesticides areAmericans who care about food and health have wrung their hands worryin...
02/20/2017
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GMOs aren’t scary — pesticides are

Americans who care about food and health have wrung their hands worrying about genetically modified organisms in recent years.

GMO labeling dominated conversations in 2016, when Obama signed a GMO label law that will allow companies to use a QR code to disclose products with GMOs.

But worrying about GMOs, which most scientists deem to be safe for consumption, shouldn’t be keeping you up at night in 2017.

The scarier threat to public health? Pesticides.

Farmers use chemicals to kill organisms that feast on their crops, but these chemicals stay in soil and groundwater for decades — potentially endangering us and generations to come. Read more

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Liberals may be thinking about this the wrong way. The answer to Donald Trump isn’t simply a more “energized left”. Whil...
02/16/2017
Only Reconciliation will solve Demogoguery

Liberals may be thinking about this the wrong way. The answer to Donald Trump isn’t simply a more “energized left”. While this may solve the Democrats’ electability problem, how does it fix our division? What liberals should also hope for, is a new spokesperson of the right, who can channel their passions in more substantive ways. If Trump’s victory should teach liberals anything, its that conservatism won’t simply disappear with the old generation. It will adapt and morph into a new mold. And unless liberals accept that reality, and accept the necessity of the Rand Pauls and the Marco Rubios of the world to exist, then they will be stuck with the demagoguery of Trumpism.

 

02/16/2017

Only Reconciliation will solve Demogoguery - Liberals may be thinking about this the wrong way. The answer to Donald Trump isn’t simply a more “energized left”. While this may solve the Democrats’ electability problem, how does it fix our division?...

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01/07/2017
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Many Americans are now covered by higher local or state minimum wages and the idea of raising the federal minimum is broadly popular among Americans. Yet, there is a partisan divide over the idea. Here are five facts about the minimum wage and the people who earn it.

 

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01/03/2017
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A little known reason why students have so much debt

Federal student loans are an entitlement program, designed to ensure access above all. And while colleges must explain to students, once at the beginning and once at graduation, that they’ll have to pay those loans back, they can’t require any counseling in between.

“Congress wants to be very careful that we’re not creating impediments for students to getting the loans that they that they deserve, and that counseling doesn’t turn into a kind of discouragement — or in fact even a kind of redlining,”

said U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell.

Those good intentions have helped land students in more than $1 trillion of debt. So, the Department of Education is launching an experiment to see if more loan counseling could help students make better decisions. Yes, student loan debt is at $1.3 trillion and the government is going to experimentwith requiring more counseling.

The hope is that extra counseling could also catch more students who drop out before graduation — students who are the most likely to default.

 

Best QB/WR Tandems in the NFL
10/25/2016
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Best QB/WR Tandems in the NFL

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“NFL: Top QB/Receiver Tandems

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10/24/2016
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alexinsd:
“ “ ClimateWorks is a San Francisco based foundation whose mission is to support public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and promote global prosperity. This infographic about wlkable neighborhoods is part of a document called Planning Cities for People, which was prepared for...

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10/23/2016
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datarep:
“September 2016 was Warmest on Record by a Narrow Margin

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10/23/2016
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datarep:
“Only three states have correctly picked winner of last five presidential elections

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Poll: 70 percent of voters want loser to accept election results
10/21/2016
Poll: 70 percent of voters want loser to accept election results

Poll: 70 percent of voters want loser to accept election results

politico:
“ An overwhelming majority of voters – 68 percent – think the loser of the 2016 presidential election should accept the results of the race, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted after the final presidential debate.

Just 14 percent of voters said they thought the lose...

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10/21/2016
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frontlinepbs:
“ With Americans holding $1.3 trillion in student debt, college affordability has become one of the top issues of the 2016 election. But even though many individuals feel as though they’re drowning in student loan payments, some experts argue that the idea of a “crisis” is overblown.

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10/09/2016
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united-nations:
“ Did you know that 51% of the $1 billion startup companies in the United States had at least one immigrant founder?

Learn abut the Summit for Refugees and Migrants which took place at the United Nations in New York, last week: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org

#UN4RefugeesMigrants

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10/03/2016
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pewresearch:
“Should businesses provide wedding services, such as catering or flowers, to same-sex couples? Should transgender people be allowed to use public restrooms of the gender with which they identify? The U.S. public appears to be divided.

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10/01/2016
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azspot:
“ Standalone Camera losing fight with the iPhones

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09/30/2016
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pewinternet:
“ In this digital age, Americans’ awareness and concerns over issues of privacy extend beyond the kinds of surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden and include how their information is treated by companies with which they do business and how they can mask or hide their own digital footprints.

Our research has explored these subjects in depth, and here are some of the important findings that emerged from this work:


The state of privacy in post-Snowden America ”

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09/28/2016
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NAFTA, by the numbers.By Jason Matthew Davis:

One of the major issues being talked about during this election season is trade. What started off as a “populist” message during the primaries has catapulted into the forefront of the general election, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton saying they are against President Obama’s proposed Trans Pacific Partnership. In Monday’s debate, the first 20 minutes was dominated by talking points on NAFTA, which Donald Trump referred to as the “the single worst trade deal ever approved in [the United States]“. It is obvious that the political climate of 2016 has not fared well for proponents of free trade, but do the numbers line up with the politics?

Here is a look at some of the stats on NAFTA’s impact on the American economy:
“$17 Trillion: Combined GDP of NAFTA related production.

700,000: Estimated jobs lost (net) by the United States since NAFTA went into effect.

$450,000: Estimated annual savings by U.S. consumers due to lower prices from NAFTA

20%: Higher skilled jobs created due to NAFTA’s incentives pay an estimated 20% more in wages than the jobs that were lost due to the agreement.

$54 Billion: Trade deficit that the U.S. currently has with mexico, compared to a $1.7 surplus prior to NAFTA

20%: Decrease in wages for manufacturing workers since NAFTA took effect.



The data paints a more complicated picture of NAFTA than our candidates would like to admit. On one hand, the U.S. has undoubtedly lost several hundred thousand manufacturing jobs since NAFTA has taken effect, with wage in those sectors going down as well. Economists disagree on how much blame NAFTA deserves, as some of the losses can be attributed to China’s rise in economic growth. Additionally, U.S. manufacturing jobs were projected to decrease during this time with or without NAFTA, due to structural changes in our economy.

On the flip side, there are less obvious benefits from NAFTA that the numbers cannot fully capture. For example, prices of consumer goods and manufacturing inputs have dropped significantly, and some argue that these price decreases have outweighed the wage losses. Additionally, other higher-skilled jobs were created in place of the lower-skilled jobs that were lost. Unfortunately, education in the U.S. has not kept up pace with this new demand, so these gains are not felt by most U.S. workers.

The debate isn’t over with regards to Free Trade. But American workers would be better off if our politicians talked more about the potential ways we can fix trade agreements in order to distribute the gains more evenly. However, up to this point, we’ve heard more protectionist rhetoric rather than effective policy solutions.

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09/20/2016
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think-progress:
“ The Kaepernick effect: Tracking the spread of national anthem protests in sports ”

“The Keapernick Effect”

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09/19/2016
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The case for raising interest rates continues to get stronger, but some Fed members have urged patience. Days before their policy meeting, markets and experts alike remain unclear as to when the Central Bank will raise rates. Here are some things policy makers are keeping an eye on

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09/17/2016
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pewresearch:
“ The United Nations General Assembly will host a summit on refugees and migrants on Monday. Here are 10 key facts about the world’s refugees as well as those entering Europe and the United States.


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