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Admit it. Republicans have broken politics.

Neither party is perfect, but Republicans in Congress have been drifting towards political extremism since long before Trump, and they’re making it impossible for Congress to work the way it’s supposed to.

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Over the past few decades, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have moved away from the center. But the Republican Party has moved towards the extreme much more quickly -- a trend that political scientists’ call “asymmetrical polarization.”

That asymmetry poses a major obstacle in American politics. As Republicans have become more ideological, they’ve also become less willing to work with Democrats: filibustering Democratic legislation, refusing to consider Democratic appointees, and even shutting down the government in order to force Democrats to give in to their demands.

Democrats have responded in turn, becoming more obstructionist as Republican demands become more extreme.

And that’s made it really easy for media outlets to blame “both sides” for political gridlock. As political scientists Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein explain in their book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” journalists feel a pressure to remain neutral when covering big political fights. So politics coverage has been dominated by the myth that both parties are equally to blame for the gridlock in DC.

But they’re not. And the only way to stop Republicans in Congress from continuing their drift towards the extreme is to be brutally honest about who’s responsible for breaking our politics.

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Political Ideology: Crash Course Government and Politics #35

So today Craig is going to look at political ideology in America. We're going to focus on liberals and conservatives and talk about the influencers of both of these viewpoints. Now, it's important to remember that political ideologies don't always perfectly correspond with political parties, and this correspondence becomes less and less likely over time. So, sure we can say that Democrats tend to be liberal and Republicans tend to be conservative, but we're not going to be talking about political parties in this episode. It's also important to note, that there are going to be a lot of generalizations here, as most peoples' ideologies fall on a spectrum, but we're going to try our best *crosses fingers* to summarize the most commonly held viewpoints for each of these positions as they are used pretty frequently in discussions of American politics.

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Politics: Crash Course Sociology #30

While politics is generally seen as the domain of a civics class (and Craig did a great job of teaching US Government & Politics elsewhere on this channel!) it’s something that sociology is interested in too. Today we’re looking at the sociological approach to politics, different types of authority and political systems, and different sociological theories of power.

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An introduction to the discipline of Politics

What is Politics and why should we study it? This short video from Macat explains how the subject has developed over the years and introduces some of the key ideas and major thinkers who have helped to shape it in only a few minutes.

Macat’s videos give you an overview of the ideas you should know, explained in a way that helps you think smarter. Through exploration of the humanities, we learn how to think critically and creatively, to reason, and to ask the right questions.

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How To Do Politics

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Do politics make us irrational? - Jay Van Bavel

Dig into the psychology of political partisanship, how to recognize it and what strategies can be used to combat it.

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Can someone’s political identity actually affect their ability to process information? The answer lies in a cognitive phenomenon known as partisanship. While identifying with social groups is an essential and healthy part of life, it can become a problem when the group’s beliefs are at odds with reality. So how can we recognize and combat partisanship? Jay Van Bavel shares helpful strategies.

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Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics

In which Craig Benzine introduces a brand new Crash Course about U.S. Government and Politics! This course will provide you with an overview of how the government of the United States is supposed to function, and we'll get into how it actually does function. The two aren't always the same thing. We'll be learning about the branches of government, politics, elections, political parties, pizza parties, and much, much more!

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Lecture 1: Introduction to Power and Politics in Today’s World

Professor Ian Shapiro introduces the class “Power and Politics in Today’s World.”
This course provides an examination of political dynamics and institutions over this past tumultuous quarter century, and the implications of these changes for what comes next. Among the topics covered are the decline of trade unions and enlarged role of business as political forces, changing attitudes towards parties and other political institutions amidst the growth of inequality and middle-class insecurity, the emergence of new forms of authoritarianism, and the character and durability of the unipolar international order that replaced the Cold War.

How A Supreme Court Vacancy Will Shape The Election l FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast

In this emergency installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses the implications of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death and what that might mean for the election and the future of the court.

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Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on climate change and pandemic politics

NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including the differences between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on climate change and what the Trump campaign’s willingness to hold large indoor rallies says about Trump’s perspective on the pandemic.

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The politics of resentment and how meritocracy divides Americans

Author and Harvard professor Michael Sandel joins CBSN to discuss the nation's polarized political landscape, and how President Trump was able to tap into the politics of resentment during the 2016 election. His new book is called “The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Politics 'sucks'

In an interview with CNN's David Axelrod, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says it's embarrassing that nothing is getting done in Washington. #CNN #News

Top 10 Stories in Politics: August 2020 | NowThis

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Expert compares Trump's politics to fascism

Yale philosophy professor Jason Stanley explains why he claims President Donald Trump's politics are akin to fascism, a political movement based around a leader.

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Political Campaigns: Crash Course Government and Politics #39

So political campaigns are a pretty big deal in the United States. For instance the 2012 presidential election clocked in at the most expensive ever - at around $6 billion dollars! Needless to say, money plays a very big role in American elections. So today, Craig is going to take a look at why we have campaigns in the first place, why the campaign seasons run for so long, and of course why campaigns cost so much.

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Introducing The Pulse: This Week in Politics

Katie Couric's new series The Pulse features conversations with political analysts and strategists about the upcoming election. First up - former Republican strategist and co-founder of The Lincoln Project Steve Schmidt discusses his thoughts on the 2020 election, how he thinks Trumpism will impact our political system for years to come, and what led him to leave the Republican Party after 30 years of loyalty.



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DP William Ruto warns against politics of division

Deputy President William Ruto is now turning the heat on a section of the political class accusing them of propagating ethnic driven politics and dividing Kenyans along tribal lines.
Speaking during a meeting with religious leaders including Bishop Margaret Wanjiru of Jesus Is Alive Ministries, the deputy president reiterated his unity call challenging the church to play its role in advocating for social justice, inclusivity and cohesion.

Shields and Brooks on politics in science, Biden's working-class outreach

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including President Trump’s vaccine rhetoric, the administration’s political manipulation of science, Joe Biden’s campaign message for working-class voters and Trump’s approach to U.S. history education.

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