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Spectrum Report: To Build Or Not To Build the Border Wall

The Border Wall & Partial Government ShutdownThe Mexico-United States barrier (barrera México–Estados Unidos) is currently a long series of discontinuous structures described as fences or …
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Spectrum Report: The Migrant Caravan on the US Border

Just the Facts The migrant caravan narrative became a strong political talking point for both sides of the aisle during the 2018 midterm elections. However, there have been organized migrant caravans …
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Propaganda: A Guide for Separating Reality from Narrative

Propaganda: A Political and Cultural Tradition Propaganda (n): information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of…
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Spectrum Report: The Russia Investigation and Trump

Overview of the Russian Investigation The Russia investigation (or Special Counsel Investigation) began as a probe into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election. As of July 2018 U.S. law enforceme…
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Spectrum Report: Trade, Tariffs, and Trump

Just The Facts: Trade War (noun): a situation in which countries try to damage each other's trade, typically by the imposition of tariffs or quota restrictions.Trade deficit (noun): the amount by wh…
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Logical Fallacy: The Strawman in the News

Reality is complicated, as are people and policies. It is much easier to use a logical fallacy to make your opponents seem simplistic, unrelatable, and easy to dismiss or hate than it is to acknowledg…
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Spectrum Report: MS-13 and Gangs in America

Just the Facts MS-13, otherwise known as Mara Salvatrucha is a brutal gang that originated in the 1980s in Los Angeles, and later spread to additional regions of the continental United States, Canada…
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Spectrum Report: Capital Gazette Shooting

Just the Facts: The shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, which killed 5 journalists, has been highlighted as a tragedy by both the left and right media outlets. The exact cause for the …
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Spectrum Report: Immigration in America

Just the Facts According to the US Department of Homeland Security, in 2016 there were 1,183,505 “new lawful permanent residents” in fiscal year 2016, with 56% being new arrivals.  84,989 people …
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Spectrum Report: US/Mexico Border Immigrant Family Separations

Just the Facts According to the Department of Homeland Security, 1,995 children were separated from adults from April 15th until the end of May 2018. This is in sharp contrast to historical figures: …
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This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Empathy

This holiday season, millions of people will see their families and end up no longer debating politics on social media with strangers, but with their loved ones instead.These debates are often foc…
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Divided We Fall: Seeing Through the Narratives That Tear Us Apart

News helps us shape our perception of the world and interpret events so that we can make personal and collective decisions to react accordingly.In a democracy, this is an incredibly important tool t…
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An Antidote to Echo Chambers: What Can We Do About Our Divided Country?

A Country Divided The United States is increasingly polarized, especially when it comes to politics. Since Bill Clinton, Americans have been increasingly divided (see chart below) on how much they app…
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Modern News and The Power of Narratives

Narrative (năr′ə-tĭv): 1. The art, technique, or process of narrating. 2. An explanation or interpretation of events in accordance with a particular theory, ideology, or point of view. Understand…
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