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Coming straight from the underground

What hip hop artists are making music about current US racial/political issues? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Aug 23, 2015 - 19 answers

Classic Democratic/Liberal literature?

I've read some classic literature explaining the libertarian/right side of our US political divide, but I'd like to read the 'Atlas Shrugged' for the left. What classic thinkers/authors come to mind?
posted by toastchee on Aug 11, 2015 - 23 answers

Explain negotiations

How do negotiations like the Iran nuclear deal work? When doors are closed, what exactly is happening? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 15, 2015 - 5 answers

How to approach supervisor about moving from 1.00 FTE to 0.75 FTE?

Another department recently offered me a 0.25 FTE position, and I'm sort of nervous about approaching my current boss about asking if my current department would support/allow this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Conflicts in a law office

I'm writing a story in which some of the characters are employed at a law firm. I'm looking for realistic conflicts in such an office that would involve senior partners, junior partners, associates, paralegals, and staff. Not life and death struggles like a John Grisham novel, but more day-to-day things.
posted by falsedmitri on Jul 11, 2015 - 20 answers

Navigating Parent Wedding Politics

My mother is super-excited about my upcoming wedding. She is driving me crazy. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jul 8, 2015 - 24 answers

What if the NDP were to win the Canadian general election?

Polls indicate a real opportunity for the New Democratic Party (NDP) to prevail in the upcoming Canadian federal general election. What major changes to the business environment would this portend, thinking not so much of the formal election program but what an NDP cabinet and Commons majority would actually enact? [more inside]
posted by MattD on Jul 2, 2015 - 3 answers

How, exactly, to Feel the Bern?

I'm marching in our local 4th of July parade with the Connecticut for Bernie Sanders contingent, and I'm going to carry a sign, which I will make myself. I'd like to say something pithy and memorable that gets to the heart of the Bernie campaign. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Jul 1, 2015 - 23 answers

Articles or Papers on depolarizing the US?

I'm tired of reading about how congressional gridlock is the result of increasing political and media polarization. That much is obvious. What I'm interested in knowing is, what proposals are there to end or ameliorate this trend in American culture and politics? Who's thinking about this and writing articles or white papers? What ideas have been floated? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Jun 28, 2015 - 9 answers

The southern side of the confederate flag discussion

Could you point me to well-articulated discussions supporting the confederate flag? It's sounding like the statehouse flag in SC is likely to come down, but I'm interested to hear the voices on the other side of the issue, such as newspaper editorials or blog posts, especially current ones. [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Jun 23, 2015 - 16 answers

What hope is there for a marriage where there are political problems

What is the best hope (or is there any) for a marriage where extreme political disagreements have cropped up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2015 - 21 answers

What does Rick Perry gain from running for president in 2016?

When I look at the main Republican presidential candidates (or assumed candidates at this point), I can understand what each one gains from running, even knowing (for most of them anyway) that their chance of winning is very slim. But Rick Perry puzzles me... [more inside]
posted by tippiedog on Jun 17, 2015 - 19 answers

Anyone Know What Content Management System This Is?

This is Politico's New York State politics website: Capital - New York Does anybody have a clue as to what platform they are using? As in, what CMS (content management system)? In advance, thanks for the help!
posted by Gerard Sorme on Jun 16, 2015 - 6 answers

What was the book about Israel a stranger was reading on the train?

Trying to remember a book a woman next to me was reading on the subway. It was contemporary nonfiction about Israeli politics and society. The title was something intriguing and maybe a little provocative; I'm pretty sure it contained the word "Israel". It was not specifically focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict. I think she may have described it as being about shifts in political or cultural identities in Israeli society. Sound familiar?
posted by serathen on Jun 9, 2015 - 5 answers

A path to journalism?

I want to be a journalist, but I'm not sure how to get there from where I am now. Looking for any advice, tips, or resources anybody can offer me. [more inside]
posted by EmptyEmpire on May 24, 2015 - 21 answers

How should I engage with my partner's strong Russian nationalism?

My partner is Russian and fairly nationalistic about it. He and I (and sometimes some of our mutual friends) occasionally tangle over statements he makes, increasingly now with the situation in Ukraine. I'm not entirely sure of the best way to reduce these conflicts, if I even should, and I would be super thankful for any advice. [more inside]
posted by daelin on May 14, 2015 - 19 answers

Fiscal Encounters

Is there anything that does with US congressional data the same thing Fatal Encounters does with police data? [more inside]
posted by Johann Georg Faust on May 4, 2015 - 2 answers

Calling all residents of Dallas County

It's possible that, sometime in the next five years, we may have to leave Jacksonville, FL for Mrs. Mosley's career. I had always thought that if I did move out of my hometown of 41 years, it would be (a) somewhere somewhat cooler and (b) somewhere somewhat more liberal. Dallas doesn't strike me as either of those. Can someone who lives there give me their impression of the city?
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 4, 2015 - 5 answers

where are my Leslie Knopes

So there's a lot of research that demonstrates the myriad ways that our political system incentivizes politicians to be corrupt, to assent to constituent whims even if it leads to the greater detriment of a system, to follow the money and so on. Are there any modernish examples where this was not the case? [more inside]
posted by runt on Apr 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Most effective way to build political will?

I started volunteering for a group that advocates for a revenue neutral carbon tax. Their main strategies for trying to achieve this goal are: 1) develop relationships with members of congress ("we're betting the ranch on relationships" is one of their unofficial slogans) 2) write letters to the editor and 3) get lots of people to write letters to their congressmen. Is this an effective approach? If not what else could we be doing? Thanks everybody and happy Earth Day! [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Trouble understanding this Vox/Quartz chart on the IRS

I've having trouble understanding this chart, which was included in this article by Vox. It says that the US government's cost/net revenue is 0.66. Does this mean the US spends 62.5 cents for every dollar it takes in? [more inside]
posted by hermanubis on Apr 15, 2015 - 7 answers

You've gotta know the rules if you want to play the game

For the first time in a long time, I have a full-time, long(ish)-term contract position in a "typical" office (one with more than like, 10 employees). I am very excited about it, but need pointers on how to play the game. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Mar 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Should I report the questionable things my co-worker said

I overheard my co-worker saying some potentially extremely damaging things the other day - not sure if I should tell our boss or not? Trying not to be self interested but worried our team could be at risk. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Mar 22, 2015 - 30 answers

Precedents for cutting a school program to make schools equal?

School system is trying to demonstrate equality of education across schools to comply with a longstanding federal court order. One way they are trying to achieve this is by taking away programs that are only offered at one school. Looking for other examples where this type of decision has been made, and perhaps, overturned. [more inside]
posted by tracer on Mar 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Political Careers

When is it too late to start a career in politics? [more inside]
posted by irish01 on Mar 12, 2015 - 17 answers

What do you mean there's no website?

Is it a new trend to conduct a political campaign without a website and just use social media? How does an old-school web person adjust? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2015 - 12 answers

Remaining impartial between to ideologically opposing workplace factions?

How do I remain impartial between two warring factions? A few years ago I joined my workplace union. As I have worked my way into HQ, I have discovered two distinct factions. I have made many good friends on either side but it’s getting difficult to enjoy myself and feel included. I get upset and feel like I want to quit... HELP :/ [more inside]
posted by krisb1701d on Jan 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Trying to track down some specific Caribbean music

Several years ago (it might have been around 15 years ago) I was on vacation in the Caribbean, I believe in Anguilla although I might be getting confused, and I heard two songs during a cab ride. The choruses of these songs have been stuck in my head since then. I believe the style of music was Calypso, but I'm not an expert on Caribbean music. I'm trying to track down the artist who performed the songs and/or the songs themselves. I'm having no luck online, so I'm hoping someone here can help… [more inside]
posted by kcalder on Dec 24, 2014 - 3 answers

How to smooth over problem with co-worker in a professional manner?

My immediate co-worker's list of qualms about me is beginning to rise. Not only do I not understand where it is coming from, I want to come to a solution and communicate effectively on a professional level so that we can at least remain friendly with each other since we need to work closely at times to get things done. More details behind cut. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Dec 4, 2014 - 18 answers

gossip-averse liberal political news sources: all killer, no filler?

Hoping to find at least one ostensibly liberal news website that has not yet collapsed into a pit of Buzzfeed-ification or gossip column nonsense masquerading as current events. I don't want to read about the latest offensive off-the-cuff remark made by some random state representative or Joe the Plumber or Sarah Palin or any other totally irrelevant GOP-friendly media personality. I only want to read in-depth stories about U.S. politics with a liberal bent: candidates, issue positions, polls, all that fun stuff. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Oct 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Dealing with a Machiavellian Boss

How do I deal with a new boss who has turned out to be extremely Machiavellian? [more inside]
posted by LN on Oct 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Easy-reading history and politics sites

Can you recommend a website that has easy-to-understand recaps of important historical and political issues? I used to think history and politics were boring but after I returned to university and have been exposed to more of it, I've become fascinated to learn more. [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Oct 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Historical situations where the seemingly right choice was very wrong

I'm looking for historical/political situations or decisions that made perfect, logical sense at the time but in retrospect seem terribly misguided or worse. These should be situations that when presented very simply, it is clear and easy to say, "Obviously XYZ is the right choice " but where in fact XYZ ends up being an awful choice. Example and further details inside. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Oct 9, 2014 - 43 answers

Are there connections between U.S. bankers and moguls and the Nazis?

Articles like this talk about links between the Nazi regime and the Rockefellers, Warburgs, and others. Is there any validation for this line of thought?
posted by DMelanogaster on Sep 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Help! My favorite news website no longer delights me.

Is there a news/culture website that's like Slate used to be? [more inside]
posted by town of cats on Sep 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Can MeFites become presidents?

What political candidates have posted embarrassing juvenile stuff on the Internet while growing up and still managed to stay in consideration?
posted by michaelh on Sep 24, 2014 - 18 answers

How to Become an Expert in Foreign News?

I have been offered a somewhat prestigious job in foreign news. I have been working in other areas of journalism for the last decade, but am not particularly well versed in international news. So I am looking to bone up on, basically, the entire history of the world, all of its current political leaders/conflicts, geography, current expert thinkers/critics on regional international questions. Aside from getting a world map shower curtain, what else should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Sep 14, 2014 - 16 answers

Is there a reason for preferring ISIL name over ISIS version?

Media reports often note that Obama's use of 'ISIL' refers to the exact same thing as ISIS, and that it spools out to '...in the Levant.' But is there a *reason* for continuing to use distinct terminology?
posted by mmiddle on Sep 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Turning off the outrage

How do I deal with my constant sense of outrage at things happening in the world? It's starting to take a toll on my health and stress levels. [more inside]
posted by naju on Sep 1, 2014 - 35 answers

Notable bipartisan politicians?

I'm looking for good examples of bipartisan politicians. Particularly, individuals (or a pair of leaders) known for consistently and effectively reaching across party lines throughout their career. Can be global, not just US, but they need to be well known to a global audience. (No cynical jokes please. Unless they're good, of course...)
posted by DIYer on Aug 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Are there left-wing equivalents of these books?

Having some fun with facebook friends with these ridiculous (to us), right wing books. Are there any ridiculous left wing books we should be laughing at too? Help, My Neighbor Flies a Flag?
posted by colin_l on Aug 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Election sites that track positions on issues on a per-candidate basis?

There's a municipal election coming up, and a friend of mine is hoping to develop a Web site that allows users to cycle through key questions (e.g. "Do you think the city should allow a casino to be built downtown?" "Do you support the closure of the Simpson History Museum?") and see the positions of various candidates, grouped by electoral district. Can you think of a Web site that does such a thing? Bonus points if it's created by a group that might be willing to share their infrastructure. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Aug 19, 2014 - 6 answers

My county's police got 171 assault rifles from the Pentagon. Now what?

Events in Ferguson, MO have me upset about a lot of things, but I'd like your suggestions on concrete local actions to take to combat (further?) police militarization. I'm in Colorado, but location-independent suggestions encouraged, too. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Aug 15, 2014 - 12 answers

(In)Famous Neoconservative Postermodernism Quote

I'm having trouble remembering this (apparently) well-known quote by a prominent American conservative expressing a 'post-modernist' worldview and approach to political life. [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Aug 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Are there any organizations out there that take the long view? Like, the really long view? As in influencing policy over decades or centuries? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Jul 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Frenemies R Us, Workplace Edition

I'm currently working with, for the first time in my life, someone who I can truly classify as a frenemy. 50% of the time, all smiles and sweetness; 50% of the time, undermining, secretive, backstabby, and manipulative. This is someone I actually *have* to work with-- we're on a number of teams together. Lately she's been telling others that a project I created, developed, and sold to a client was actually "a fluke" and that my contributions were minimal. How to deal with this in the most productive way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2014 - 16 answers

The Case for Welfare

Can someone help me find well-researched academic or think tank articles that challenge the position that current US welfare spending is a disincentive to work? I am specifically asking about debate over actual real levels of benefits in various states in the USA, not other countries or welfare as an abstract ideal. I'm looking something that engages with the basic argument of this CATO whitepaper. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Jun 23, 2014 - 9 answers

How to most effectively communicate with elected representatives?

In the wake of recent events (left out as this isn't a partisan question, but yes, you all know what I'm referring to), I'd like to contact my elected representatives to urge them to enact and support specific changes to current US laws & policies. I've casually contacted representatives before, usually through canned twitter or emails through various petitions & other party-line websites, but I've never engaged more because I was never sure just how effective it would be - particularly when I am contacting an official who has the opposite viewpoint from mine. So my question is: what is the most effective way to use my time in contacting local and state officials to communicate my views on certain issues? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Jun 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Seat swapping: a solution to vote splitting in Canadian politics?

The Canadian Conservative Party is currently at 30.2% in nationwide polls but, due to factors such as vote splitting and regionalized support, is currently projected to form a minority government with 131 out of 308 seats in Parliament. That's undemocratic. Idea: what if opposition parties agreed not to run candidates in specific ridings so as to create two party races (Conservative-Liberal in some ridings, Conservative-NDP in others). Would that be lawful? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow on Jun 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Media company took a sharp right turn

I work for a small media network (tv, radio, web). The programming centers around finance and business. Recently, popular hosts have come onboard under the understanding that they would talk business, but who instead have gone full-bore political. Management seems to be fine with this. It's driving the rest of us up a wall. [more inside]
posted by Josephine Macaulay on May 27, 2014 - 6 answers

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