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In “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the soaring and chilling speech he delivered the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. ponders the thought of life in other places and times. Among...

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Thursday night, the Republican candidates for president (minus one) gathered to debate the future of the country. As a scholar of rhetoric and public address, what stood out to me was how closely the...

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You may have heard news media and political rivals describe Donald Trump as a “demagogue” this presidential primary season. Hillary Clinton used the term to describe Trump in a MSNBC interview: That’s...

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While Donald Trump continues to hold a commanding lead among Republicans in the race for the 2016 presidential nomination, National Review, the country’s leading conservative magazine, thinks otherwise. In...

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Firestorms regarding child-protective systems have become sadly commonplace, occurring recently in Massachusetts, Colorado and Florida. Elected officials and the general public often don’t pay much...

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What’s motivating the armed protesters who occupied Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last week? A local sheriff explained it this way: they came claiming to be part of militia groups supporting...

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Q: Presidential candidate Donald Trump called Monday for barring all Muslims from entering the US. He previously called for surveillance against mosques and a database for all Muslims living the US. What...

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Images of journalists have appeared in popular culture since ancient times. Today, those images are more conflicted than ever, with the advent of multimedia and the growth of large groups of people who...

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If, as cliché has it, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, isn’t the recent flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at bringing about a negotiated...

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Hollywood loves a good bad guy. From ruthless mobsters to drug kingpins to serial killers, evil characters are often plucked from real-world events. As human trafficking has garnered more attention, it...