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Moderator John Donvan addresses the four experts taking on the motion "Don't Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses" in an Oxford-style debate May 3 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Seated are (from left) Kris Kobach, Tom Tancredo, Julian Castro and Tamar Jacoby. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Elliott Abrams and Eliot Cohen argued against the motion "It's Time To Clip America's Global Wings" during an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on April 5. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Two teams of experts face off over clean energy at an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on March 8 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. From left: Bill Ritter, Kassia Yanosek, moderator John Donvan, Robert Bryce and Steven Hayward. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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David Brooks (left) and Arianna Huffington argued in favor of the motion that the two-party system is making America ungovernable. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Jonathan Cohn (left) and Paul Starr argued against the motion "Repeal Obamacare" during an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on Jan. 11 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Should The Obama Health Care Law Be Repealed?

As Republicans now in control of the House move to repeal the new health care law, a team of experts takes on the question in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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Moderator John Donvan addresses the team arguing against the motion "U.S. Airports Should Use Racial and Religious Profiling" in an Oxford-style debate on Nov. 22 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Seated are (from left) Hassan Abbas, Debra Burlingame and Michael Chertoff. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Matthew Hoh (left) and Nir Rosen participate in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate about Afghanistan, moderated by John Donvan (standing), at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 10. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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John Donvan (center) of ABC News moderated the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate "Big Government is Stifling the American Spirit." Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Is Big Government Stifling The American Spirit?

On Oct. 26, a team of experts argued the issue "Big Government is Stifling the American Spirit" during the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali (left) and Douglas Murray argue against the motion "Islam Is a Religion of Peace" in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on Oct. 6 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

That's how former President George W. Bush characterized it, but some take a different view. A panel of experts takes on the question in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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The audience at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts voted 55 percent against the motion "Treat Terrorists Like Enemy Combatants, Not Criminals" after the Sept. 14 debate. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Four experts argue over the motion "The Cyber War Threat Has Been Grossly Exaggerated" during an Oxford-style debate moderated by John Donvan (center), before an audience at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on June 8. Dennis Brack hide caption

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Wesley Clark and Bernard-Henri Levy argue against the motion "Obama's Foreign Policy Spells America's Decline" in an May 11 debate, part of the Intelligence Squared U.S. series. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Does Obama's Foreign Policy Spell America's Decline?

A group of experts takes on that question in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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Rod Paige (center), former U.S. secretary of education, participates in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the motion "Blame Teachers Unions For Our Failing Schools" on March 16 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. His team also included Terry Moe (left) and Larry Sand. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Rashid Khalid (left) and Stuart Eizenstat (right) participate in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on U.S.-Israeli relations moderated by John Donvan (center). The debate was held at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 9. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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