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The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that: "No State shall ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Yet many state universities give substantial preferences to certain races in their admissions decisions.
Central banks all around the world have been printing money. This policy, known as quantitative easing in banker jargon, has driven up the price of stocks and bonds. But will it lead to real and sustainable increases in global growth, or is it sowing the seeds of future inflation?
Today, a national debate rages about the functioning of our criminal justice system. Is it fair? Does it serve the ends of justice and public safety? Does it apply equally to all?
If you could take a pill that would help you study and get better grades, would you?
The Highway Trust Fund provides funding for road, bridge, and mass transit projects across the country - and it's running out of money. Its revenue source, the federal gas tax, at 18.4 cents a gallon, has not been raised in over two decades.
Is China's ascendancy a threat to the U.S.? China's rise as an economic and military power, coupled with its aggression in the South China Sea, have led some to call for a major rebalance of U.S. policy and strategy.
Can schools provide due process for defendants and adequate justice for victims, or do these cases belong in the courts?
What should the Obama administration's next steps be? Should the U.S. goal be containment, or can ISIS be defeated?
On June 2nd, Intelligence Squared U.S. and the National Constitution Center will present one of our most timely and provocative debates. Does the Equal Protection Clause require States to license same-sex marriages?
Is this agreement a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to halt nuclear proliferation, or does President Obama have this wrong?
Are smart tech devices guiding so much of our decision making that we are losing autonomy without even realizing it? Or are these concerns an overstatement of the negative effects of high-tech consumption?
Are some crimes so heinous in nature that punishment by death is the only appropriate measure, or is capital punishment always immoral? Should we abolish the death penalty?
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The President has launched a sustained, long-term military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But did he have constitutional power to do so?
Largely seen as a victory in Europe, in the U.S., the reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. Was this ruling a blow to free speech and public information, or a win for privacy and human dignity?
Are liberals shutting down speech and debate on campus? Or is this theory a myth, based on the preponderance of liberals at universities rather than intentionally discriminatory actions?
Are our best days behind us, or should the world still bet on America?
Is book publishing an oligopoly, a dinosaur in need of disruption? Is Amazon, which accounts for 41% of all new book and 67% of all e-book sales, a monopoly? Who is doing right by readers and the future of books?
Across the country and around the world, communities are fighting the cultivation of genetically engineered crops. Are they safe? How do they impact the environment? Can they improve food security? Is the world better off with or without GM food?
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Is it, in the words of the American Medical Association's code of ethics, "fundamentally incompatible with the physician's role as healer"? Will these laws lead to a slippery slope, where the vulnerable are pressured to choose death and human life is devalued?
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If the American dream is dying, is it the result of income inequality? Or is disparity in income a red herring where more complex issues are at play?
Some say that mass collection of U.S. phone records is a gross invasion of privacy. Others say that it is necessary to keep us safe. But what does the U.S Constitution say?
What role should America play in the Middle East? For some, America's restraint has been a sign of disciplined leadership. But for others, it has been a sign of diminished strength and influence.
Has the federal government overreached and saddled our schools with standards that have been flawed from the start? Or will the Common Core raise the bar and improve the quality of our children's education?
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The award-winning NPR show Intelligence Squared U.S. returns to the National Constitution Center for a no holds barred debate, this time focusing on campaign finance, Super PAC's, and the First Amendment.
Is the prospect of an existence after death "real" and provable by science, or a construct of wishful thinking about our own mortality?
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