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Police Can Legally Lie to You -- In Most States

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

How many times have you seen these scenarios play out on TV crime dramas? The savvy detective tells a scared kid in the interrogation room that if he will just confess, then the cops can promise leniency. Or the investigator tells the juvenile that his buddy in the other room has spilled his guts. To save himself, the suspect is told, he needs ...Read more

The Public Restroom Shortage and How To Cure It

Anyone walking around Chicago can find all sorts of things that make life enjoyable, from outdoor sculptures to lakefront beaches to stunning architecture. What is not so easy to find is something that is sometimes needed to make life bearable: a public restroom.

It seems unfair to neglect a function vital to all humans while catering to needs ...Read more

Point of View

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Pity the poor reporter in any newsroom who is assigned to cover the latest Gallup Poll release on Americans' satisfaction with the treatment on women in society. When respondents were asked "how satisfied with treatment of women in society" they were, 46% of female respondents said they were unsatisfied, and 62% of the men said they were pretty ...Read more

Praying for a Safe Release of the Kidnapped Christian Aid Missionaries in Haiti

I have been closely following the disturbing story of the kidnapping of 17 Christian Aid missionaries in Haiti this month. Christian Aid Ministries is based in Millersburg, Ohio, and those who were kidnapped, which includes one Canadian, range in age from 18 to 48, along with five children. The Haitian gang 400 Mawozo abducted the missionaries ...Read more

Should We Be Ready to Go to War Over Taiwan?

In the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden told the United Nations General Assembly that the upshot is to "close this period of relentless war." But if the forever war is over, the prospect of an even more dangerous war is emerging elsewhere -- in the Straits of Taiwan.

Lately, the sabers have been rattling ...Read more

Abbot's Vaccine Order Is Just as Oppressive as Biden's

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

As recently as late August, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said private businesses in his state were free to require that their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. His press secretary explained that "private businesses don't need government running their business."

Abbott evidently reassessed that premise because last week, he issued an executive...Read more

We Can’t Let Ongoing Election Lies Become Political White Noise

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

Daniel “D.J.” Rodriguez, one of the hundreds charged in the Jan. 6 domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol, broke down in tears while speaking to FBI agents: “I’m so stupid. I thought I was going to be awesome. I thought I was a good guy.”

He was neither awesome nor a good guy. Just a dupe.

Like many who have embraced former ...Read more

Mom Distortions

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Moms for Liberty -- an ultraconservative group that identifies with parental rights in schools -- started in Florida, but they've settled in Virginia right now because Virginia is the most important game in town politically -- in fact, in the whole country.

Their name and cause are a teeny bit bogus. I mean, is there an organization called Moms...Read more

Those Who Ignore Crime Are Just as Culpable

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." -- Albert Einstein

Dr. Stanley Weber worked for the Indian Health Service as a pediatrician for more than two decades. He was assigned to reservation facilities in both Montana and South Dakota. He also ...Read more

Amid the Playoffs, a Look Into Baseball’s Future

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

Major League Baseball’s odyssey toward the World Series began with two wild card games — the Boston Red Sox defeating the New York Yankees, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beating the St. Louis Cardinals.

Luckily for MLB, the two games featured four of baseball’s historic and most revered teams. Television rating were high, but the games ...Read more

Is the United States Too Disunited to Survive?

The United States has rarely been as divided as it is today -- red states vs. blue states, vaxxers vs. anti-vaxxers, the woke mob vs. insurrectionists and Houston Astros fans vs. decent human beings. Some people think the problem is not that Americans are too divided but that they are not divided enough. They have a suggestion: a national ...Read more

National Hypocrisy Day

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

There was something disconcerting about Monday, Oct. 11. On the very same day, we commemorated both a seriously oppressed group and a symbol of the group's oppressors.

Christopher Columbus discovered America in the larger sense (his first stop was an island in the Bahamas in 1492), and he ran roughshod over any indigenous people he encountered....Read more

A More Fruitful Discussion on Critical Race Theory, Part Two

During the second Critical Race Theory session that Ohio State Lima political science professor Bill Angel and I moderated for the LifeLong Learning Institute, Bill began with a good, old-fashioned review of the Constitution. He instructed everyone to take a detailed look at the preamble and then asked us what specific tenet stood out. Several...Read more

The New Child Credit Is Good for Kids and Everyone Else

The United States is one of the richest societies on earth -- but one with more than its share of poverty. While American capitalism has done wonders to raise living standards for the great majority of people, it has left millions out of this prosperity.

Whether our failure deserves sustained national attention is at the heart of the current ...Read more

Without Roe v. Wade, Abortion Will Remain Legal in Most States: The Experience With the Texas Heartbeat Act Offers a Preview of What That Means

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Texas Right to Life says S.B. 8, the state law that prohibits abortion after fetal cardiac activity can be detected, has "saved at least 100 lives PER DAY" since it took effect on Sept. 1. Another calculation suggests the number "could be as high as 132."

One reason for the uncertainty is that Texas women who have crossed S.B. 8's legal ...Read more

Looking Ahead Following Dismal Jobs Report

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

For the second consecutive month, Wall Street analysts and media business forecasters badly missed the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s job creation total.

Dow Jones projected 500,000 new jobs for September, compared to the 194,000 new jobs reported by the Biden administration. Television commentators were aghast at their second straight whiff -...Read more

Chappelle's Challenge: Conversation, Not Cancellation

Who makes a more credible ally: the self-important scolds who presume to speak for you, or the true friend who would rather risk discomfort than dishonesty?

The critics dogging Dave Chappelle over supposedly bigoted and transphobic jokes fall into the former camp. As cultural tastemakers, they reserve for themselves the right to decide what ...Read more

‘Go Back in Time and Die 5 Years Ago’ — Lovingly Curated Hate Mail to a ‘Sanctimonious’ Leftist (expletive)

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

I recently spent a week with my antifa platoon, passing out copies of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s new book — “Nefariously Converting America to Full Marxist Communism Through Vaccine Mandates, Critical Race Theory and Cancel Culture: A Beginner’s Guide” — to thousands of people in a South American migrant caravan.

Returning...Read more

Getting Kicks

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

"The (plug in random NFL team) play Radio City Rockettes offense. One, two, three, kick." That's an old football joke. If you don't understand the finer points of the game, ask your wife.

And if you don't get how Washington deals with crises, it's the same thing. The politicians just punt the ball a short distance away. This way, they keep ...Read more

Let's Get It Together on Marijuana Laws

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Quick. Do you know whether marijuana is legal in your state? Is it approved for medical or even recreational use? If you don't know, that is completely understandable. We are a collection of 50 different states with a wide-ranging patchwork of laws regulating cannabis, nearly all of which are in direct opposition to federal law.

It's difficult ...Read more