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30 Issues: Guns

Friday, October 01, 2004

On paper, President Bush and Senator Kerry both favor renewing the assault weapons ban. But the legislation to extend the ban has remained stalled in Congress, and Kerry says Bush isn’t doing enough to get it passed.

Both candidates are gun-owners, and Kerry has frequently made appeals to his ...

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Feedback: Guns

Friday, October 01, 2004

A key difference between a Bush and Kerry administration would be their respective viewpoints on the nature of the Second Amendment.

For decades, the Justice Department held that the right to bear arms was a collective -- as in, "well regulated militia" -- right rather than an individual right. The first indication of a change in that position came in 2001. Attorney General John Ashcroft wrote a letter to the National Rifle Association's chief lobbyist stating that "the text and the original intent of the Second Amendment clearly protect the right of individuals to keep and bear firearms."

Under a Kerry administration, we'd get a new Attorney General and Solicitor General, both of whom would share the traditional collective-right view of the Second Amendment. That's one very immediate change we could expect.
-EG

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30 Issues: North Korea

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

John Kerry is fond of pointing out that President Bush has handled North Korea very differently from Iraq, despite designating both countries as members of the "axis of evil". In fact, W's strategy of multilateral talks is about as far as you can get from full military action.

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Feedback: North Korea

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

No mention was made of our friends and allies, Pakistan, India, and Israel, having never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Nor of Pakistan being arguably the greatest proliferator of nuclear weapons technology. Neither did anyone think to comment on our own country’s leaders recently restarting our nuclear weapons program.
Are these matters not of far more concern to our national interests than North Korea’s sabre rattling?

-KC

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Feedback: media ownership

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

It seems Kerry rarely misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. His failure to talk up the media consolidation issue is a case in point. The grassroots and bipartisan outcry triggered by Michael Powell’s highhanded FCC initiative should have put this topic near the top of the campaign’s agenda.
-WI

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30 Issues: Leave No Child Behind

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

We are 8 days and issues into our 30 issues in 30 days. And tomorrow we will be dealing with No Child Left Behind. Originally a slogan used by the Children's Defense Fund the Bush Administration used it as a title for their education reform bill. Two years ...

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Feedback- No Child Left Behind

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

I do not have children, but when I do they are going to private school. The public education in this country is appalling. I refuse to believe that by doing standardized tests is going to be an accurate gage as to whether or not a child is actually learning. It ...

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30 Issues: What the FCC?

Monday, September 27, 2004

The Federal Communications Commission is a bipartisan panel, but the chair is always a presidential appointee. Under the Bush administration, Chairman Michael Powell pursued what observers say was an aggressive campaign of media deregulation. Measures the commission passed last year drew a torrent of criticism from consumer advocates as well as some conservative groups because they gave media companies a freer hand to consolidate.

This summer a Federal Court overturned the rules. Observers question whether a Bush appointed-commission will appeal the ruling and most think a Kerry-commission might return to further regulation.

This episode of our 30 Issues series focuses on the likely affects the different candidates' will have on media consolidation if they are elected. An expert on the matter will assess the scenarios. In the meantim, read more about the various viewpoints on this.

And please email us your thoughts. We'll post the feedback after the show.

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30 Issues: Gay Marriage and Beyond

Friday, September 24, 2004

This year has been a landmark year in terms for gay marriage. In San Francisco hundreds of gay and lesbian couples were married at City Hall. In Massachusetts the Supreme Court ruled that a ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. George Bush’s position plays towards his conservative base which has ...

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Feedback- Gay Marriage

Friday, September 24, 2004

If we accept the argument that marriage is a religious institution, then the State should not be sanctioning any marriage. Make all State sanctioned unions civil unions, then a couple who desires to be married may visit the religious leader of their choice. And since civil unions are not religious, ...

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30 Issues: The Debt - Who Pays For College

Thursday, September 23, 2004

In Friday's "30 Issues", we look at the rising cost of college education. Stats indicate that since 1990, tuition has gone up about 25% (far ahead of the rate of inflation). The past few years have seen a flurry of articles about the crushing debt some college and grad ...

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FEEDBACK...PAYING FOR COLLEGE

Thursday, September 23, 2004

How much will it cost society if the goal is to insure that everyone has a college education of some sort?

Do we really want a society where bank tellers, secretaries, laborers, garbage collectors, traffic cops, etc., need college degrees in order to secure employment or advance beyond entry level status?

While I do not advocate returning to a society where certain races, classes, sexes, etc., of people were relegated to certain jobs and job categories, it is ridiculous and fiscally irresponsible to "professionalize" even menial jobs in order to justify the cost of a college degree, which is what has happened in many cases.
-MY

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NPR's Baghdad Correspondents: In The Flesh

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Hats off to these brave souls who've risked their lives to bring us the news from Iraq. This week we've had the good fortune to hear from two of them in person


Anne Garrels


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30 Issues: Oil Be Damned

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

“Energy independence” forms the next installment of the 30 Issues in 30 Days series. Both candidates are talking up the need to give up our dependence on foreign oil. We’ll look at the questions this raises – Is this achievable, what do we need to get there, and will it make a difference?

Jerry Taylor of the libertarian think tank, the Cato institute will discuss this with Tyson Slocum with the consumer group, Public Citizen.

In the meantime, here’s where the candidates stand:

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Feedback: Oil Be Damned

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Why isn't there more emphasis on viable near term solutions like hybrid vehicles?
-FA

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30 Issues: Acting Patriotic

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The week is rolling by quickly and issue three of our thirty is the Patriot Act. Joining us to discuss the pitfalls and virtues of the landmark legistlation are Professor David Cole of Georgetown University's School of Law, and the Heritage Foundation's Dr. James Jacy Carafano.

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Feedback: Patriot Act

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

How could we as Americans ever question what is done under the umbrella of Patriotism?
-JF

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30 Issues: EU-USA

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Our 30 Issues series turns to Europe today. In the aftermath of the war in Iraq and the frayed relations with Germany and France, how much do both candidates value the alliance? Earlier this summer President Bush proposed a troop withdrawal from German bases. Elsewhere a new poll showed decreasing European support for the US. We'll get two views from The Economist magazine editor Bill Emmott and Newsweek Paris Bureau Chief, Chris Dickey.

Here are the two candidate's stances on Europe from the party platforms:

Email us your feedback. Read the responses we've received so far.

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Feedback: European Alliance

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

How about a poll in the US as to whether Jacque Chirac would be elected here?
-JC

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30 Issues in 30 Days: Healthcare!

Monday, September 20, 2004

Our new series "30 Issues in 30 Days" kicks off on Monday. The first topic, healthcare, is as hard to gain an overview of as a box full of nuts, bolts, screws, planks, and drawers that has been strewn across a room--and a good deal hearder to piece together ...

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