• Officer avoids charges in Eric Garner's death
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    Mike Bebernes

    Officer avoids charges in Eric Garner's death

    Federal prosecutors chose not to pursue a civil rights case against the officer who used a chokehold while arresting Eric Garner, leading to his death. The 360 provides diverse perspectives on topics in the news.

  • Fallout from Trump's attacks on 'the Squad'
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    Mike Bebernes

    Fallout from Trump's attacks on 'the Squad'

    President Trump's tweets attacking four congresswomen of color has rocked the political world. What impact will his statements and their response have going forward? The 360 looks at issues in the news from a variety of perspectives.

  • Should Homeland Security be broken up?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Should Homeland Security be broken up?

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said the Department of Homeland Security should be broken up. Has the newest cabinet agency kept us safe or is it a mismanaged behemoth that needs to be split apart?

  • What was Ross Perot's impact on politics?
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    Mike Bebernes

    What was Ross Perot's impact on politics?

    Ross Perot, the billionaire businessman who became a household name, died Tuesday at 89. What was his political legacy?

  • Wealth, power and justice: The Jeffrey Epstein case
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    Mike Bebernes

    Wealth, power and justice: The Jeffrey Epstein case

    What do allegations of sex trafficking against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein say about the role of wealth and power in the justice system? The 360 provides diverse perspectives on the top stories in the news.

  • Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

  • What does Justin Amash's GOP defection mean?
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    Mike Bebernes

    What does Justin Amash's GOP defection mean?

    On July 4, Rep. Justin Amash announced he was leaving the Republican Party to run for reelection as an independent. In an op-ed on his decision, the Michigan congressman decried the two-party system as an "existential threat" to American principles, saying "modern politics is trapped in a partisan death spiral."

  • Japanese whaling: Cultural or cruel?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Japanese whaling: Cultural or cruel?

    Japanese ships resumed hunting whales in waters off the nation's coast, ending a 31-year ban on commercial whaling. What happens next?

  • Betsy Ross shoe: Did Nike cave to PC culture?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Betsy Ross shoe: Did Nike cave to PC culture?

    Nike pulled a shoe featuring a historical version of the American flag from stores after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly told the company it is an offensive symbol to some people. The 13-star "Betsy Ross" flag represents to many an era of slavery, Kaepernick, a Nike client, reportedly said. There are also reports the design has become a popular symbol used by white supremacist groups.

  • Trump's July 4: Patriotic or self-promoting?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Trump's July 4: Patriotic or self-promoting?

    The Fourth of July is always a major celebration, especially in the nation's capital. This year, President Trump is planning a bigger event in Washington, D.C., than anything that's come before. The "Salute to America" will feature a massive fireworks display, military aircraft flyovers, music and an address by the president from the Lincoln Memorial. Trump has said tanks will be part of the proceedings as well.

  • Is Joe Biden out of touch on race?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Is Joe Biden out of touch on race?

    Former Vice President Joe Biden is deflecting criticism for his handling of racial issues, both for his past policy positions and for comments he’s made in recent weeks. Much of the pushback has come from his rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

  • Should the media publish graphic news images?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Should the media publish graphic news images?

    A photo of a father and his young daughter who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande sparked anguish and outrage around the world. Should the media publish such photos?

  • Legal weed: Should past crimes be cleared?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Legal weed: Should past crimes be cleared?

    On Tuesday, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana use. The legislation also includes a provision that will allow nearly 800,000 people to have existing offenses for buying or selling marijuana scrubbed from their records.

  • How can the U.S. avoid war with Iran?
    Politics
    Mike Bebernes

    How can the U.S. avoid war with Iran?

    Over the past two weeks, long-simmering tensions between Iran and the United States have nearly boiled over. The two nations had been engaged in back-and-forth tough talk and subtle adversarial moves for months. Then, seemingly all of a sudden, each day the news was filled with stories of escalation by one side or the other that brought the countries to the edge of military conflict.

  • Should student loan debt be canceled?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Should student loan debt be canceled?

    The rising cost of education and the increasing necessity of a college degree in many professions have led to an explosion in student loan debt in the U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has proposed the most radical measure: an aggressive proposal to tackle the problem by canceling $1.25 trillion in student loan debt.

  • Chore wars: Are men doing enough housework?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Chore wars: Are men doing enough housework?

    In general, gender roles are changing. Women are more likely to work outside the home. Men increasingly say they want an equal marriage. But even though men today spend much more time helping out at home than previous generations, women still take on the bulk of household duties.

  • Assisted suicide: Mercy or malpractice?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Assisted suicide: Mercy or malpractice?

    Last week, Maine became the eighth state in the country to legalize assisted suicide. The new law allows doctors to prescribe a fatal dose of medication to terminally ill patients who are expected to die within six months.

  • Parkland student loses Harvard offer: Fair or unjust?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Parkland student loses Harvard offer: Fair or unjust?

    Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, says Harvard University has rescinded its admission offer over racist and offensive comments he made when he was 16.

  • Do body cameras make the police and the public safer?
    Politics
    Mike Bebernes

    Do body cameras make the police and the public safer?

    In theory, the use of police body cameras is easy to endorse, offering an unvarnished account of what happens when police and citizens interact. In practice, however, the technology's rollout in recent years has been complicated and rife with conflict.

  • Should sex offenders be chemically castrated?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Should sex offenders be chemically castrated?

    Chemical castration involves using medication to lower a person's hormone levels and limit their libido. Alabama recently passed a law that requires some sex offenders to undergo the procedure before they are paroled.

  • What happened to good sportsmanship?
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    Mike Bebernes

    What happened to good sportsmanship?

    The spirit of sportsmanship has been a topic of conversation at the NBA Finals and the Women's World Cup. Has respect for opponents been squashed by an intense drive to win?

  • How old is too old to be president?
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    Mike Bebernes

    How old is too old to be president?

    If current polling is an indication, voters in 2020 may be choosing between the oldest pair of candidates in an American presidential election. Is the leading crop of candidates too old to stand up the the challenges of the job?

  • The legacy of the O.J. Simpson trial
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    Mike Bebernes

    The legacy of the O.J. Simpson trial

    On June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death outside Brown's home in Los Angeles. The impending murder trial of Brown's ex-husband O.J. Simpson became one of the cultural touchstones of the late 20th century.

  • Is solitary confinement torture?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Is solitary confinement torture?

    In response to reports that Paul Manafort was facing solitary confinement at Rikers Island prison in her congressional district, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the practice of solitary confinement "torture" and a "human rights violation

  • Why are people willing to risk death for a selfie?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Why are people willing to risk death for a selfie?

    Incidents of selfie-related deaths have spiked with the proliferation of smartphones to capture the perfect snapshot for social media posts. Reports of tragic deaths, especially those involving young people, are showing up with alarming regularity.