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United States has never been so unified

Nieuwsuur // It is an election campaign with an intensity that you normally only see in presidential elections. US President Donald Trump travels all over the country for his now famous campaign meetings. He himself is not on the ballot, but the interim elections in the United States are more than ever about the president.

The “better angels” by David Blankenhorn

Neue Zürcher Zeitung // The sociologist David Blankenhorn, a staunch opponent of Trump, founded the organization “Better Angels” after Trump’s election victory. The aim of the workshops offered there is a more understanding relationship between politically different thinkers.

Taking to the Road for One America

On Being// Something unusual happened two weeks ago in Waynesville, Ohio, at the conclusion of our most recent Better Angels weekend-long gathering. by David Blankenhorn The 15 area residents who had participated — seven conservative-leaning and pro-Trump and eight liberal-leaning and anti-Trump — said in a joint public statement: “We found that we are less …

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Finding Common Ground in Ohio

YouTube// Better Angels set out to southwestern Ohio to bring local Democrats and Republicans together for a weekend of discussion—and music—in the wake of the 2016 Election. This is their story. with Peter Yarrow, Better Angels Watch Full You Tube Here

Everyone Knows They’re Being Judged with David Lapp

Better Angels’ lead organizer David Lapp talks about depolarization in action as seen through his experiences with the organization he is with, Better Angels, which facilitates candid conversations between voters from the left and the right. by Dan Koch Listen to Full Podcast Here

It’s Time for Rochester to Lead from the Bottom Up

Rochester Business Journal // David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values asserts, “We Americans didn’t necessarily think our way into political polarization, but we’ll likely have to think our way out.” by John Calia When I tell people I moved to Rochester from Florida, the responses range from a quizzical stare to a blunt …

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Appealing to Our Better Angels

Philanthropy Daily // David Blankenhorn has set up a “new bipartisan network of leaders and organizations committed to reducing polarization” that he’s calling Better Angels. Run through the Institute for American Values-which has eschewed partisan labels since 1988-Better Angels has a few things going for it. by Travis LaCouter The anti-polarization movement in American politics …

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Partisan Deadlock and the Value of Listening

The American Interest Podcast by Richard Aldous David Blankenhorn discusses his recent efforts to speak — and more importantly listen to — Trump supporters. He examines their motivations, speaks about their grievances, and looks at what Trump’s ascendancy means for the country. Listen to the Full Podcast here

SMU Law Professor among Those Urging Trump Voters to Reconsider Based on American Principles

Dallas Morning News // Critics of Donald Trump are hoping to reach his supporters by arguing that he lacks, among other traits, self-control, honesty and respect for the rule of law. by Hannah Wise A Southern Methodist University law professor is one of nearly two dozen academics urging Donald Trump supporters to reconsider their vote, …

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Wales, Brexit, and Taking on Trump

The American Interest Podcast Series // The American Interest’s Richard Aldous speaks with David Blankenhorn about an open letter he recently co-wrote addressed to Trump supporters. Listen to the Full Podcast Here.

Bridging the Divide Between Religious Liberty and Marriage Equality

Civilpolitics.org// When good people on both sides of the debate are put into the same room…they naturally become sensitive to the sincere concerns of others. by Ravi Iyer I was recently invited to a small gathering of individuals on both sides of the marriage equality vs. religious liberty debate. These issues aren’t necessarily inter-twined, but …

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Bridging the Divide Between Religious Liberty and Marriage Equality

CivilPolitics.org // When good people on both sides of the debate are put into the same room… they naturally become sensitive to the sincere concerns of others. by Ravi Iyer I was recently invited to a small gathering of individuals on both sides of the marriage equality vs. religious liberty debate. These issues aren’t necessarily …

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Is There a Movement to Depolarize America?

Deseret News // As people sort themselves into tribes based on everything from neighborhoods to news outlets, a small group of activists and academics is taking note and searching for ways to stem the partisan tide. Read the Full Article Here

He dramatically changed his views on gay marriage.

The Washington Post// Here’s how he says the nation can come together by Colby Itkowitz Blankenhorn, an advocate for the institution of marriage, testified in 2010 against legalizing same-sex marriage. He believed then that gay people were using marriage as a political football and were not serious about the commitment that comes with it. But …

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The War on Partisanship How Fighting Polarization Became its Own Cause

The Atlantic// by Rebecca Nelson ON A RECENT Sunday evening in Manchester, New Hampshire, 170 people convened for dinner at the Currier Museum of Art. Among the attendees were Washington semi-celebrities (Joe Lieberman, Jon Huntsman, GOP strategist Mark McKinnon) as well as an odd assortment of D-list Hollywood types (Wayne Knight, who played Newman on …

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The War on Partisanship

The Atlantic // ON A RECENT Sunday evening in Manchester, New Hampshire, 170 people convened for dinner at the Currier Museum of Art. Among the attendees were Washington semi-celebrities (Joe Lieberman, Jon Huntsman, GOP strategist Mark McKinnon) as well as an odd assortment of D-list Hollywood types (Wayne Knight, who played Newman on Seinfeld; character actor …

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