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Join Spectacles editors Harry and Philip for Insight and Focus as they go beyond headlines to explore the news. We won't just explain a headline to you, but we'll try to help you make the connections between today's stories and what they all mean for democracy.

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Join Spectacles editors Harry and Philip for Insight and Focus as they go beyond headlines to explore the news. We won't just explain a headline to you, but we'll try to help you make the connections between today's stories and what they all mean for democracy.

    Northern Ireland: Weaponizing a Peace Agreement | Insight

    Northern Ireland: Weaponizing a Peace Agreement | Insight

    A monumental election may lead to paralysis as terms designed to foster peace and cooperation are wielded in power politics.
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    Cawthorn in Crisis: Private Vice, Public Mediocrity | Insight

    Cawthorn in Crisis: Private Vice, Public Mediocrity | Insight

    The social media generation’s first House member is showing how hard it will be to balance privacy with public service.
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    The Supreme Court Problem, Without the Partisanship | Focus re-run

    The Supreme Court Problem, Without the Partisanship | Focus re-run

    It's back in the news. Whatever you think, it probably proves the court is a mess of an institution we'd do well to reform.
    This Focus https://www.spectacles.news/focus-the-supreme-court-political-unaccountable-and-all-too-powerful/ (originally appeared) on August 29, 2021, under the headline: "The Supreme Court: Political, Unaccountable, and All Too Powerful." Due to the https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/03/opinion/supreme-court-roe-wade.html (recent leak) of a Supreme Court opinion portending an overturn of Roe v. Wade, we decided to re-publish it.-Important References-
    The Supreme Court and Constitutional Democracy, by John Agresto
    "https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Moyn-Testimony.pdf (Written statement of [Professor] Samuel Moyn)," to the President's Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States.
    "https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/23/opinion/supreme-court-commission-court-packing.html (The Supreme Court Needs to be Cut Down to Size)," by Jamelle Bouie, in The New York Times.
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    Can the EU Bring Hungary to Heel? | Insight

    Can the EU Bring Hungary to Heel? | Insight

    Hungary’s rocky relationship with the EU is about to get rockier. Could current tensions initiate an exit?
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    https://www.spectacles.news/popularity-democracy-insight (Our previous coverage of Hungary's recent election)
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    Stalin and the Nazis: Unusual Comrades | Focus

    Stalin and the Nazis: Unusual Comrades | Focus

    Whether Communist, monarchist, or Nazi, any opponents of German democracy in the ‘20s could find a friend in the Soviet Union.
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    Coloring Inside the Lines | Insight

    Coloring Inside the Lines | Insight

    New York Dems have been denied their gerrymander. They’ll need to find more productive ways to push the boundaries.
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