How do we decide who gets to be an American?

Question: How do we decide who can become an American?

Robert Menendez: Those who, in my mind, believe in what America is all about, and are willing to work for it and fight for it; who believe in the very essence of our principles of democracy – the rule of law; who believe in opportunity, but also in hard work and sacrifice to make that opportunity a possibility for them individually; who believe that ultimately the promise of America is not to be horded by a few, but to be shared by all of us who are . . . who call America our home. And so I believe it is those who believe in . . . and in their own lives from however humble to however powerful, live that American creed. I believe those are the true Americans.




"We cannot afford any more of the illiterates they are sending to our shores."

Car culture and suburban sprawl create rifts in society, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

Politics & Current Affairs
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  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
  • People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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Strange Maps
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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller on ​the multiple dimensions of space and human sexuality

Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.

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Think Again Podcasts
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