Editor's note

Congress is on the verge of passing the most sweeping rewrite of the U.S. tax code in decades. The passage of the Senate bill in the wee hours of Dec. 2 means all that remains is reconciliation with the House version, another pair of votes and President Trump’s signature. We’ve collected expert reaction on how the Republican tax plan is likely to affect American life, from politics and health care to higher education and housing.

In today’s political environment, many of us struggle with what to do when our Facebook news feeds are populated by those whose views are contrary to ours. Philosopher Alexis Elder offers suggestions on when to unfriend someone on Facebook.

(Correction: Saturday’s newsletter misspelled the name of David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University.)

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The combination of a divisive political climate and widespread use of social media networks to share controversial material has many people asking this question. Here's what Aristotle would say.

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Classical Greece may bear little resemblance to today's world of smartphones and social media. But Aristotle was no stranger to the struggle to build and maintain social connections in a contentious political climate.


When should you unfriend someone on Facebook?

Alexis Elder

University of Minnesota Duluth

Alexis Elder