Most news reports, which spill out and dominate headlines and tickers at the bottom of television screens, are discussed for a few days -- sometimes with tremendous gusto -- but then are “heard no more.” Then there are the few select issues that come up again and again, whether they’re questions of foreign interference in elections or the musings of a few select politicians, to whom the media and, in turn, the general public have taken a particular liking. Other issues, whether they be roll call votes or conflicts in distant parts of the world, surface for their brief moment and then, more or less, disappear. This is particularly true for foreign policy, an area that some politicians such as former Rhode Island Senator (and later Governor) Lincoln Chafee have told me receive much less attention than domestic matters, often seeming more like an afterthought, for instance, in presidential debates.
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