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Jeffrey Kluger,

agrees Vaccines
Vaccines save lives; fear endangers them. It's a simple message parents need to keep hearing.
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Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, US District Judge

As a form of government action that classifies people based on their gender identity, and disfavors a class of historically persecuted and politically powerless individuals, the president’s directives are subject to a fairly searching form of scrutiny.
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Shannon Minter,

This [court blocking Trump's ban on transgender troops] is a major victory in the litigation and great news for transgender troops, transgender military academy and ROTC students, and transgender people who have been waiting to enlist.
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Robert Jenrick, British lawyer

agrees Soda taxes
In the time between announcing this policy and it taking effect, more than half of all soft drinks have been reformulated to lower sugar content.
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Ben Shapiro,

They [civilians] need them [assault weapons] for the prospective possibility of resistance to tyranny.
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William G. Young, U.S. District Judge

The AR-15 and its analogs, along with large capacity magazines, are simply not weapons within the original meaning of the individual constitutional right to ‘bear arms'.
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Maura Healey, American attorney, member of the democratic party and the attorney general of massachusetts

Strong gun laws save lives, and we will not be intimidated by the gun lobby in our efforts to end the sale of assault weapons and protect our communities and schools.
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Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America

Reinstate the assault weapons plan. Make it harder for terrorists to use these weapons to kill us.
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Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America

agrees Fracking
After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it. … The natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. We need to encourage that.
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Mark DeWine,

agrees Fracking
I'm for the fracking. I think its an opportunity for Ohio to really get a lot of jobs. But we have to do it right. We have to really take a deep breath, do it right, make sure the public is protected, make sure our land is protected.
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Ken Salazar, American politician

agrees Fracking
Hydraulic fracking is very much a necessary part of the future of natural gas.
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Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America

I think it [health care] should be a right for every American. In a country as wealthy as ours, for us to have people who are going bankrupt because they can't pay their medical bills -- for my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they're saying that this may be a pre-existing condition ... See More
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Ben Shapiro,

Morally, you have no right to demand medical care of me. I may recognize your necessity and offer charity; my friends and I may choose to band together and fund your medical care. But your necessity does not change the basic math: Medical care is a service and a good provided by a third party... [M]edical care is a commodity, and treating it otherwise is foolhardy. To make a commodity cheaper a... See More
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Ted Kennedy, American politician

It [universal health care] has never been merely a question of policy; it goes to the heart of my belief in a just society.
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Star Jones, American lawyer, television personality and writer

African-American women die much more frequently from heart disease-related issues. You want to know why? Because we don't have the same access. That's why making sure that affordable care is available to all women is my priority.
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Elizabeth Warren, 28th united states senator from massachusetts (class 1)

Disease, sickness, and old age touch every family. Tragedy doesn't ask who you voted for. Health care is a basic human right.
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Kirsten Gillibrand, United states senator from new york

Health care should be a right; it should never be a privilege. We should have Medicare for all in this country.
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Rod Blagojevich, Former Governor of Illinois

Health care is not a privilege. It's a right. It's a right as fundamental as civil rights. It's a right as fundamental as giving every child a chance to get a public education.
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Asa Hutchinson, United states politician

disagrees Tariffs
As we learned after President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff at the outset of the Great Depression, vibrant international trade is a key component to economic recovery; hindering trade is a recipe for disaster.
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Joel Joffe, Labour peer

agrees Euthanasia
If the Bill passes, Parliament will demonstrate we are a caring society which has compassion for the people who are suffering terribly and that we respect the right of individuals to make decisions for their own lives.
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Joseph Lieberman, Politician from the united states

disagrees Euthanasia
Doctors should do everything they can to reduce pain, but not to administer drugs to end life, I think we go over a line then.
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Pete du Pont, American lawyer and politician

disagrees Euthanasia
From the Soviet gulag to the Nazi concentration camps and the killing fields of Cambodia, history teaches that granting the state legal authority to kill innocent individuals has dreadful consequences.
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Cindy Cohn, American civil liberties attorney

Your ability to access a website depends on your desire to access the website and not the deals that the intermediaries have made with each other.
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Bill Clinton,

disagrees Electronic voting
Until we get this [electronic voting] straightened out, every state should go to some sort of paper ballot system.
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Debra Bowen,

disagrees Electronic voting
When I took office, I commissioned a top-to-bottom review of all our voting systems: paper-based optical scan systems, as well as the e-voting or touchscreen systems. The University of California took the lead, and it involved universities and private-sector people from around the country. I have about 700 pages of documentation that are publicly available on my Web site, and I had another private... See More
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Jeff Sessions, United states senator from Alabama

It is false that marijuana use doesn’t lead people to more drug use. It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal.
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John Hickenlooper, American politician

Let's face it, the War on Drugs was a disaster. It may be well intentioned ... but it sent millions of kids to prison, gave them felonies often times when they had no violent crimes ... I was against this, but I can see why so many people supported it.
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Larry Elder,

The war against drugs is wrong both tactically and morally. It assumes people are too stupid, too reckless, and too irresponsible to decide whether and under what conditions to consume drugs. The war on drugs is morally bankrupt.
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Elliott Abrams, American lawyer, diplomat

The war on drugs is not being won, and it continues to threaten stability and democracy not only in the Andes but throughout the Caribbean as well, where tiny police and military forces are outclassed by the sophisticated equipment in the hands of traffickers passing through the region on the way to their market in this country.
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Michael Geist,

disagrees Electronic voting
While technology may someday allow us to replicate these essential features online, many of them are currently absent from Internet voting, which is subject to any number of possible disruptions. These include denial of service attacks that shut down the election process, counterfeit websites, phishing attacks, hacks into the election system, or the insertion of computer viruses that tamper with e... See More
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Malcolm Turnbull, Australian politician and prime minister

I think we considerably overestimate the security of the current paper voting system and we also overestimate the insecurity of electronic voting systems.
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Bill Shorten, Australian politician

We're a grown up democracy - it shouldn't be taking eight days to find out who won and who lost. We can't afford to let Australia drift for eight days after an election.
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Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America

agrees Carbon Tax
I have long believed that the most elegant way to drive innovation and to reduce carbon emissions is to put a price on it
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Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007

Does it instil respect and understanding, an open mind, open to inquiry, at ease with diversity, ready to learn more about other faiths? Or does it create a closed mind, a mindset vulnerable to fear, distrust and coercion, a world where “error has no rights”? In short is it good religion or bad religion? I believe the overwhelming number of our faith schools fall into the first category. They p... See More
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Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America

For too many of us, it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods or college campuses or places of worship or our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions. The rise of naked partisanship, increasing economic and regional stratification, the splintering of our media into a cha... See More
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Jean-Claude Juncker,

The European Union [note: not only the Eurozone] should have a minister of economy and finance. Such a minister should also be the chairman of all euro zone finance ministers and be accountable to the European Parliament.
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Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America

Internet providers have a legal obligation not to block or limit your access to a website. Cable companies can't decide which online stores you should shop at or which streaming services you can use. And they can't let any company pay for priority over its competitors.
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Cyrus Vance Jr., New York County District Attorney

The United States Constitution provides that local law enforcement agents may obtain access to places where criminals hide evidence – including their homes, car trunks, storage facilities, computers, and digital networks – so long as the agents have a search warrant issued by a judge. Carved into the bedrock of the Fourth Amendment is a balance between the privacy rights of individuals and the pub... See More
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Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America

The next wave of economic dislocations won’t come from overseas. It will come from the relentless pace of automation that makes a lot of good middle-class jobs obsolete.
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John Kerry, American politician, former United States Secretary of State and former senator from Massachusetts

People are investing in it, it’s serious amounts of money and it’s got value so it’s going to be talked about.
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Charles Munger, American investor, businessman and philanthropist

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
I never considered for one second having anything to do with it. I detested it the moment it was raised. It’s just disgusting. Bitcoin is noxious poison.
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J. Christopher Giancarlo, Chairman of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
The SEC will vigorously pursue those who seek to evade the registration, disclosure and anti-fraud requirements of our securities laws.
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Jay Clayton, American attorney and Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
Market participants, including lawyers, trading venues, and financial services firms, should be aware that we are disturbed by many examples of form being elevated over substance, with form-based arguments depriving investors of mandatory protections.
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Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director

disagrees Cryptocurrencies
It's clearly a domain where we need international regulation and proper supervision.
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Robert M. McDowell, Repubblican, former FCC Commissioner

disagrees Net neutrality
the restoration of the Clinton-era rules will have produced more abundance in the entire Internet ecosphere, more consumer choices, lower prices per bit per second and innovations we can’t even imagine today. The Internet will remain robust, vibrant, open and freedom-enhancing
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Ajit Pai, Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission

disagrees Net neutrality
[By repealing net neutrality] we are helping consumers and promoting competition. Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas
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Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America

All Americans who are qualified to serve should be able to serve
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Hillary Clinton, US presidential candidate

We can’t fall into the trap set up by the gun lobby that says if you cannot stop every shooting you shouldn’t try to stop any
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Bob Inglis, Former Congressman

agrees Carbon Tax
You then offset that [carbon tax] with a reduction in payroll taxes, dollar for dollar. And that's why I was so flexible. It's a tax swap, that's what I was talking about. It wouldn't grow the government, and it would approximate the attachment of these negative externalities to combustion fossil fuels.
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James Baker, American attorney and statesman

agrees Carbon Tax
You can't look at this as a tax, even though the word 'tax' is used
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