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A Battle of Amendments: The Conflict Between Religious Free Exercise and Same-Sex Marriage

A Battle of Amendments: The Conflict Between Religious Free Exercise and Same-Sex Marriage

Linktank’s Brandon Fleischer offers insights following the Newseum’s event on gay rights and religious freedom.  Set the scene for me.  What exactly is going on between religious free exercise and gay marriage? Essentially it’s an intractable showdown between two Constitutional amendments: the 1st and the 14th.  Opposing gay marriage rights is a 1st Amendment claim of religious free exercise.  Specifically,…

FAQ on the New Linktank

Over the next few months we will be rolling out some major changes to Linktank, including a transition to a subscription-based service this coming July. We’ve put together a response to questions we’re hearing from you about these changes. If you have other questions or concerns, please contact us directly at support@linktank.com.    How is Linktank changing? Here is a simple…

The Story of Linktank

The Story of Linktank

This is the third article in a four-part series of blog posts that give you an insider’s perspective on Linktank. Bilaal Ahmed / Founder, Linktank Since launching Linktank, I have quietly stayed in the background. I wanted to build something that was bigger than me or any other personality. That is still the case, but I’ve decided that I have…

Should People Pay? The Costs of Doing Business for Free

Should People Pay? The Costs of Doing Business for Free

This is the second in a four-part series of blog posts that give you an insider’s perspective on Linktank. Bilaal Ahmed / Founder, Linktank   When we first launched the presale for Access membership, our inbox was flooded with a mix of responses. This one in particular caught my eye: No way I’m paying that much. $80 a year for a…

Why We’re Asking You to Pay for Linktank

Why We’re Asking You to Pay for Linktank

This is the first in a four-part series of blog posts that give you an insider’s perspective on Linktank. Bilaal Ahmed / Founder, Linktank Recently, the Washington Post approved a paywall that will be going into effect this summer. Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish took a leap of faith earlier this year by separating from The Daily Beast and asking readers to…

Sustainability Perspectives: A Conversation with SPIA and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Sustainability Perspectives: A Conversation with SPIA and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) faculty members met in late March in Northern Virginia with colleagues from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) to discuss the IITK-VT research partnership that is focused on sustainable infrastructure. The partnership’s overarching goal is to encourage mutual understanding, facilitate educational reform, and engage civil society through knowledge sharing. March meeting topics…

How Digital Technologies are Restructuring Social Interactions in Public Places

What impact does ubiquitous computing (e.g., smartphones, Wi-Fi equipped places) have on the nature of social interaction in public places? What limits does pervasive Internet accessibility place on social interaction? What types of social interaction does it encourage? Recent advancements in information and communication technology have enabled billions of people to connect over great distances using Wi-Fi enabled technologies such…

What Do People Think in Places That Don’t Exist?

In 2008, the United States and many other countries recognized the unilateral declaration of independence of the government of Kosovo, a breakaway province of the internationally recognized state of Serbia. The move remains deeply controversial. It is very unusual for secessionist movements in rebellious territories to gain the recognition of a substantial group of states in the international system. States…

Disaster Management at a Turning Point

Disaster Management at a Turning Point

  Politicians are still debating how much the federal government will deliver to victims of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. The government must decide not only how much it will compensate victims, but also what it will compensate them for; Will it cover loss of life? Rules and regulations provide some answers, but in reality the debate about Sandy relief is part…

Climate Signals

All localities experience extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, blizzards, and hurricanes. In some cases, as we saw three months ago in New Jersey and New York with Hurricane Sandy, these can wreak havoc, destroying homes, closing businesses, cutting off roads and transit services, and causing injuries and deaths. The relationship between the frequency and intensity of these events…