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Play of the Day: What 'Boots on the Ground' Look Like

September 19, 2014 While President Obama has promised not to send ground forces to fight in Iraq, the rest of America is still quibbling over the footwear question. What does a "no boots on the ground" strategy really mean? It doesn't seem to matter: Stephen Colbert thinks it's all a load of "croc" ...

Play of the Day: Why America Is More Afraid of Ebola Than ISIS

September 18, 2014 The terrorist organization known as ISIS released a video responding to President Obama's strategy to "degrade and destroy" the group. But the"slick" production that seemed to style itself after a Hollywood blockbuster has no one running scared. Americans have more to worry about—like the deadly Ebola virus liquifying our lungs. ...

Play of the Day: The Frustrations of Hillary Clinton

September 17, 2014 Whoever attends Sen. Tom Harkin's 37th annual Iowa Steak Fry is destined to run for president. That must be why Hillary Clinton finally set foot in the state, eight years after she came in third in the Iowa caucuses. That must also be the reason media pundits are going crazy ...

Play of the Day: How to Peer Pressure ISIS

September 16, 2014 Fox News pundits are criticizing President Obama's promises to build international support against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The conservatives' main complaint is that Obama's "coalition" isn't widespread—but with 30 countries worldwide pledging their assistance, Jon Stewart asserts that soon even ISIS will have to join the charge ...

Play of the Day: What Peru Can Do To Combat The Islamic State

September 15, 2014 President Obama promised that the United States was to engage in a "steady, relentless effort" to degrade and destroy the terrorist organization known as The Islamic State. But isn't there any other nation in the world that can lead the offensive? John Oliver has a perfect—and obvious—candidate for the job: ...

They Crossed the Border as Unaccompanied Minors to Reunite With Their Mom

September 11, 2014 National Journal recently visited St. Louis and Ferguson to see how Rust Belt cities are changing after losing more than half their populations. In the coming weeks, Next America will publish a series of stories about the people shaping the St. Louis region's future. ST. LOUIS—Nearly 40,000 children from Central ...

If You Like Peaches, You Should Like Immigration Reform

July 18, 2014 National Journal recently visited Greenville and Spartanburg to explore the changes happening in Upstate South Carolina. In the coming weeks, Next America will publish a series of stories about the people who are shaping this conversation. RIDGE SPRING, S.C.—In the packing shed at Titan Farms, one of the nation's largest ...

Play of the Day: America Is Winning at Marriage Equality

June 30, 2014 The United States should be celebrating: The Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional a year ago, and now nearly half of all states allow same-sex marriage. But according to late-night comedian John Oliver, this only means that the other half of America is racing to see which ...

Play of the Day: On Iraq, Congress is Always Wrong

June 27, 2014 There's no right answer when dealing with ISIS, the terrorist organization sowing discord in Iraq. But there are several wrong answers—and, according to The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, all of them are coming from Congress. Plus: A Fox Business contributor thinks he knows why World Cup fever is sweeping ...

Play of the Day: The Obama Conspiracies, Immigrant Children Edition

June 26, 2014 America's borders are flooded. Thousands of unaccompanied minors from Latin America are illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and Texas Governor Rick Perry knows just who to blame: President Obama. Late-night host Stephen Colbert couldn't agree more. Plus: Jon Stewart keeps a close watch on Rep. Charles Rangel and Sen. Thad ...