Oh, the joys of Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, everyone loves the food and almost everyone appreciates the quality time, but what family doesn’t find themselves in squabbles around the close quarters of the dining room table? It seems like family gatherings these past few years have grown increasingly tense, increasingly divided and increasingly political. While we…

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by Mike Manhart, Ph.D. Executive Director I watched the President’s address Thursday night as I had watched Mitt Romney’s last week.  I’ll not dwell on the political positioning so masterfully orchestrated by both conventions, nor muse on how serious dialog on substantive issues has been supplanted by sound bites, straw men, and put downs. What…

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