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Nov 13 2009

Religion and Violence

When President Obama asked the public to reserve judgment about the motives behind the shooting this week at Fort Hood, he predictably elicited the ire of detractors who were quick to castigate him for “whitewashing” what was clearly an act of religious violence.  Obama, according to this accusation, was trying to obscure the fact that the shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, was a Muslim extremist whose violent outburst could only have been rooted in his religious beliefs.  This perspective is consonant with two widely held, but unsubstantiated, views about links between religion and violence...

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3 comments - Posted by William Barbieri at 11:53 AM - Categories: Government & Civil Society

Nov 4 2009

Health Care Reform and Dynamics of the Legislative Process

As the old saying goes, making laws is like making sausage:  you don’t really want to see what goes into it.  But there’s another way in which the two are similar:  it’s hard to understand the process when you are only looking at one component at a time. This would seem to be the case for the path Congress and President Obama have been following in trying to enact major health care reform legislation.  All of the jockeying, deal-making, and outside opining at every stage can make the process seem as if it involves periodic swings between certain death and inevitable victory...

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Posted by Matthew Green at 4:00 PM - Categories: Economy | Government & Civil Society