Editor's note

Polling data suggests that Americans have always had mixed feelings about refugees. Strong support for and push back against President Trump’s ban on settling more Syrian refugees in the U.S. indicates today’s attitudes are no exception. But an open-ended question in a survey conducted by Penn State’s Juliette Tolay reveals that while most polls and protests paint a picture of two irreconcilable paths, “supporters of a generous refugee policy may be willing to concede the need to review the existing process. This could be the basis for building consensus.

And for Valentine’s Day we bring you a veritable bouquet of stories -- from how Plato can help you find a soul mate and why the dating app Tinder is so “evilly satisfying”’ to the difficulties seniors face in having romantic relationships in assisted living facilities. You can find all our Valentine’s Day stories here.

Danielle Douez

Associate Editor, Politics + Society

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A protester against President Trump’s immigration policy and a Trump supporter in New York City. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Refugees: Is there room for a middle ground?

Juliette Tolay, Pennsylvania State University

Data since 1950s show Americans have always been wary of refugees. A public opinion expert explains current attitudes toward Syrian refugees and what it means for building consensus on policy.

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  • Should cybersecurity be a human right?

    Scott Shackelford, Indiana University

    Recent developments at the United Nations and the G-20 suggest that the well-known human rights to privacy and freedom of expression may soon be formally extended to online communications.

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  • What Plato can teach you about finding a soulmate

    Firmin DeBrabander, Maryland Institute College of Art

    Romantic love is seen as the answer to life’s problems, when it could often be the start of many headaches and heartaches. So, what is true love?

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