• Is NATO falling apart?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Is NATO falling apart?

    Meetings to celebrate the 70th anniversary of NATO have been marred by infighting, public jabs and disagreements. Is the international alliance on the brink of collapse?

  • What to consider before using a home DNA test kit
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    Mike Bebernes

    What to consider before using a home DNA test kit

    Home DNA test kits offer the promise of new revelations about a person's heritage and health outlook. But customers may not be fully aware what they're signing up for when they send their sample off for analysis.

  • Live animal mascots: Cute or exploitative?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Live animal mascots: Cute or exploitative?

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?

  • Should police have access to video doorbell footage?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Should police have access to video doorbell footage?

    Police departments across the country are partnering with Ring to gain access to footage captured by their video doorbells. Will this lead to safer communities or an erosion of privacy?

  • Politics and the holidays: Speak out or shut up?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Politics and the holidays: Speak out or shut up?

    Politics is one of the most heated subjects in our country, which prompts some families to stifle partisan chatter during holiday gatherings. Is it better to keep the peace or should political discussions be fair game?

  • Will Navy SEAL case hurt military’s trust in Trump?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Will Navy SEAL case hurt military’s trust in Trump?

    A public spat between the president and military leaders over the fate of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes resulted in the Navy Secretary's resignation. Has Trump hurt his relationship with the armed forces by intervening?

  • Have impeachment hearings changed minds?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Have impeachment hearings changed minds?

    Over the past two weeks, a series of witnesses testified in public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The testimony included what have been called “bombshell” revelations alleging that Trump abused his office by withholding military aid in order to compel Ukraine to investigate the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son.

  • Why won’t Jeffrey Epstein death conspiracies go away?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Why won’t Jeffrey Epstein death conspiracies go away?

    A broad swath of the public has refused to accept the official explanation that wealthy financier Jeffery Epstein died by suicide. Why have theories that he was murdered persisted?

  • Do fraternities need reform in wake of deaths?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Do fraternities need reform in wake of deaths?

    Five young men have died in recent weeks in incidents connected to college fraternities. Are these tragedies enough reason to fundamentally change or even eliminate the fraternity system?

  • Can Pete Buttigieg win the presidency?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Can Pete Buttigieg win the presidency?

    A poll released earlier this week showed Pete Buttigieg leading the Democratic presidential primary pack in Iowa for the first time. Can he really win the presidency?

  • Can Hong Kong protests end peacefully?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Can Hong Kong protests end peacefully?

    Months of protests have brought Hong Kong to the "brink of total collapse." Can the unrest be settled peacefully or is further violence inevitable?

  • What is quid pro quo and does it matter?
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    Mike Bebernes

    What is quid pro quo and does it matter?

    Much of the talk about the impeachment inquiry against President Trump has centered around whether there was a quid pro quo in his dealings with Ukraine. What's the meaning of this old Latin phrase and how important is it in the case against the president?

  • Can we trust voting machines won’t be hacked?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Can we trust voting machines won’t be hacked?

    A nationwide effort to secure voting machines from hacking threats has been in the works for years. Is it enough or are elections systems at risk of being compromised.

  • How can California survive wildfires?
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    Mike Bebernes

    How can California survive wildfires?

    Wildfires in California have created a situation that can feel apocalyptic, but the state has the power to limit the damage the blazes do if it commits to substantial changes.

  • Jeff Sessions Senate bid: Can he overcome Trump?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Jeff Sessions Senate bid: Can he overcome Trump?

    Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he is running for Senate to reclaim a seat he gave up to join the Trump administration. Will his high profile disagreement with the president keep him from getting back to Congress?

  • After elections, should GOP worry about 2020?
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    Mike Bebernes

    After elections, should GOP worry about 2020?

    Democrats look to have won big victories in Kentucky and Virginia in off-year elections. Are these victories a sign of things to come President Trump's reelection or are they outliers?

  • ‘OK Boomer’: Behind the generational divide
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    Mike Bebernes

    ‘OK Boomer’: Behind the generational divide

    The phrase "OK Boomer" has become a popular retort for members of younger generations critical of baby boomers. Is the resentment warranted or are boomers unfairly attacked?

  • How Beto went from Dem darling to dropping out
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    Mike Bebernes

    How Beto went from Dem darling to dropping out

    Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke has dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary. How did he go from looking like the next progressive star to also-ran in less than a year

  • Should daylight saving time be eliminated?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Should daylight saving time be eliminated?

    A push to end the practice of changing clocks twice a year is gaining steam in parts of the U.S. Should daylight saving time be abolished nationwide?

  • How public hearings will change impeachment
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    Mike Bebernes

    How public hearings will change impeachment

    How will the impeachment inquiry into President Trump change as proceedings move from closed door testimony to high stakes public hearings?

  • Why Katie Hill’s resignation is so complicated
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    Mike Bebernes

    Why Katie Hill’s resignation is so complicated

    Freshman congresswoman Katie Hill announced her resignation after admitting to a relationship with a campaign staffer. But leaked photos and Hill's bisexuality make this case much more complex than the average sex scandal.

  • How will ISIS leader al-Baghdadi's death affect the war on terror?
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    Mike Bebernes

    How will ISIS leader al-Baghdadi's death affect the war on terror?

    Will the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have a major impact on the war on terror? Can the world's most feared terrorist endure without their figurehead or has it been crippled?

  • Are unions regaining their power?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Are unions regaining their power?

    For much of the 20th century, labor unions were a major force in American life. Are they making a comeback? And should they?

  • Is limiting impeachment to Ukraine a mistake?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Is limiting impeachment to Ukraine a mistake?

    Democrats have limited their impeachment inquiry into the president to just allegations involving Ukraine. Is this narrow scope a mistake or will a focused investigation yield the best results?

  • Should billionaires exist?
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    Mike Bebernes

    Should billionaires exist?

    Should billionaires, who own more wealth than half the world’s population, exist? Some progressive politicians have proposed plans that could make billionaires a thing of the past.