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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...

Play of the Day: A Poor-Off Will Decide 2016

June 25, 2014 To appeal to the working class, candidates in the next presidential election will have to prove they can relate to voters. Hillary Clinton has already attempted to dispel the notion that she's wealthy. But who will win when late-night host Jon Stewart pits Clinton against Joe Biden in a "Poor-Off"?...

Play of the Day: The Only Correct Military Move for Iraq

June 24, 2014 There's not much the United States can do to solve the sectarian conflict in Iraq. But President Obama's announcement that a few hundred military advisers will be sent to combat ISIS forcces might just be a winning strategy. According to late-night host Jon Stewart, 300 is the perfect number. Plus:...

Play of the Day: How a TV Doctor Sells His Magic to Capitol Hill

June 23, 2014 Congress grills beloved TV personality Dr. Oz over his role in promoting dietary supplements as "magic." John Oliver wishes there were some regulatory agency in charge to investigate such weight loss claims. Plus, Hillary Clinton visits the Lone Star state without her husband. And with violence escalating in Iraq, President...

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