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The Civil Tube: Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert’s Late Show Desk

The Republican national convention wrapped up last night, and while we’ll be hearing plenty of serious political analysis of the convention in the days to come, it’s also important to put it all into context with some levity and a few laughs.

And that’s exactly what Jon Stewart did in a recent appearance on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. We’ve missed you Jon. Watch below.

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R.I.P. GOP? Not So Fast.

In light of Trump’s soon-to-be nomination, I’ve seen my share of headlines  writing up the eulogy of the GOP. But to crib a quote from Mark Twain “the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Here are five reasons why.

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Trump Rules

With Donald Trump all but wrapping up the GOP presidential nomination, many voices in the political landscape have already crowned Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States (see here and here).

But after the absolute spectacle we just watched in the Republican primary, I’m much more hesitant to call this one over. Too many rules have been broken in this election season to take anything for granted. Donald Trump has revealed a number of truths about our country — truths that we really already knew but perhaps never realized their full depth or weight. (more…)

Despite Politicized Claims, On-Duty Officer Deaths are Declining

Lately, media outlets and politicians have made claims that demands by activists for greater police accountability and reform are generating a climate of hostility towards nation’s police force. This hostility is manifesting itself greater levels of violence aimed at police officers and more police deaths.

In the last six years under President Obama, we’ve seen a rise in anti-police rhetoric.” Claimed Gov. Scott Walker in a blog post published earlier this month. “Instead of hope and change, we’ve seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law enforcement as a scapegoat…This inflammatory and disgusting rhetoric has real consequences for the safety of officers who put their lives on the line for us and hampers their ability to serve the communities that need their help.”

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz shared similar sentimentsThey’re feeling the assault from the president, from the top on down as we see, whether it’s in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response of senior officials of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement. That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all.”

The only problems with these claims, of course, is that they appear to be entirely wrong. In fact, the data clearly states that the exact opposite is true. A police officer today has a much lower likelihood of being killed in the line of duty than they have at any point in the past 55 years. (more…)

2014: Women in State Legislatures

Nearly a quarter of a century has passed since the “Year of the Woman” pushed new female faces onto the national political stage. Yet despite the (very) modest gains women have made in DC, many state capitals across the country are as male dominated as ever.

In a report which came out late last month, the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislators detailed the vast disparities of female representation in states across the country.

In not a single state did women constitute half of all representation (a reasonable goal) and in only two states, Colorado and Vermont did women make up over 40 percent of elected officials. Although it’s important to note, zero women in the Vermont legislature serve in any of the leadership positions for their parties.

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