Politics, Moderate





AI Has a Place in the Classroom Despite Its Challenges

Within the past week, I have been reading some interesting Chronicle of Higher Education articles that my campus dean sent regarding concern about students' lack of zeal for intellectual engagement in the classroom. We spent some time discussing this in my annual review, particularly how many professors now feel they are at a crossroads in ...Read more

Critics Fundamentally Misconstrue the Supreme Court's Bump Stock Ruling: The Case Hinged on the ATF's Statutory Authority, Not the Second Amendment

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

After the Supreme Court overturned the Trump administration's bump stock ban last week, critics complained that the justices had interpreted the Second Amendment in a way that rules out perfectly reasonable gun regulations. That was an odd complaint, because the case did not involve the Second Amendment.

The Court's decision upheld an ...Read more

Addressing Mental Health in the Church, Part 2

In concluding with Part 2 from last week's column, "Addressing Mental Health in the Church," I want to share some final essential and helpful points that I received from this Bible study series taught by my pastor, Overseer S.D. Carter.

The first one is that mental illness is not the result of sin or punishment for it. Unfortunately, a damaging...Read more

Trump's Abortion Dilemma: The 'Most Pro-Life President in American History' Cannot Please Hardline Activists Without Alienating Voters

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When former President Donald Trump agreed to address a conference hosted by an organization that opposes abortion in all circumstances, President Joe Biden's campaign cited the appearance as evidence of Trump's extremism on the issue. But in his brief recorded remarks at the Danbury Institute's Life & Liberty Forum in Indianapolis on Monday, ...Read more

Addressing Mental Health in the Church, Part 1

Toward the end of May my pastor, Overseer S.D. Carter, began a mental health series for our church, Vision of Breath with Life Ministries in Columbus, Ohio. The series has extended into June and has a similar theme to last month's National Alliance on Mental Illness' "Take the Moment" campaign, which focused on support for family caregivers and ...Read more

Donald Trump and Hunter Biden Face the Illogical Consequences of an Arbitrary Gun Law: Their Cases Illustrate the Injustice of Taking Away People's Second Amendment Rights Based on Nonviolent Crimes

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

On the heels of a New York conviction that stripped former President Donald Trump of his Second Amendment rights, a federal jury in Delaware is considering whether Hunter Biden violated three gun laws when he bought a revolver in 2018. If Biden is convicted of those felonies, he also will lose the constitutional right to armed self-defense.

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On immigration, taking a lesson from 1924

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

A century ago, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Johnson-Reed Immigration Act, also known as the Immigration Act of 1924, which precipitated a two-generation-long pause in mass migration.

Upon Coolidge’s signature, multiple benefits to citizen workers ensued immediately. Immigration dropped from 707,000 in 1924 to 294,000 in 1925. Within...Read more

Young Haitian Missionaries Pay the Ultimate Sacrifice in Ministry

I cannot imagine the immense depth of grief and pain the families of Davy and Natalie Lloyd are bearing right now as the remains of this young missionary couple were recently flown back to the U.S. from Haiti. Davy, 23, and Natalie, 21, had their entire lives ahead of them, and soon after getting married in 2022, they began working for the ...Read more

Trump Decries Disproportionate Drug Penalties While Threatening Dealers With Death: The Former and Possibly Future President Hopes Voters Will Overlook His Incoherence

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

President Joe Biden "was a key figure in passing the 1994 Crime Bill, which disproportionately harmed Black communities through harsh sentencing laws and increased incarceration rates," former President Donald Trump's campaign reminded voters last week. If elected, Trump promised in a speech at the Libertarian National Convention two days ...Read more

Remembering the Civil Rights Legacy of the Rev. William Lawson

Longtime Houston civil rights activist Rev. William "Bill" Lawson passed away this month at the age of 95. He was a close colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and worked with him in establishing Houston's office of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. As a stalwart in the generation of civil rights leaders with King, Lawson fought to...Read more

Biden Decries a 'Failed Approach to Marijuana' but Sticks With It: Rescheduling Does Not Resolve the Conflict Between Federal Pot Prohibition and State Rejection of That Policy

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

For half a century, critics have argued marijuana does not belong in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, a category supposedly reserved for drugs that cannot be used safely even under a doctor's supervision due to their high potential for abuse and lack of accepted medical applications. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice ...Read more

Educators Must Embrace AI as a Supplemental Learning Tool

When the 2024 spring semester ended earlier this month, I found myself thinking more about how technology is changing college classrooms. The traditional lecture that my generation was subject to during our formative college years in the late 1980s and early '90s is now considered an outdated mode of teaching for today's Gen Z students. My ...Read more

The 'Heart' of Alvin Bragg's Case Against Trump Is Misdirection: Contrary to What Prosecutors Say, the Former President Is Not Charged With 'Conspiracy' or 'Election Fraud'

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Porn star Stormy Daniels says she had sex with former President Donald Trump at a Lake Tahoe hotel in July 2006. To keep her from telling that story, former Trump fixer Michael Cohen says, "the boss" instructed him to pay Daniels $130,000 shortly before the 2016 presidential election.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg says that ...Read more

More Grateful for Mom This Mother's Day

Mother's Day this year is extra special because for the first time in over two decades, I am spending it with my mom in person. In May, I have usually continued to work on summer projects after the end of spring semester, and since my mom's birthday is in June, I would just fly home to Athens, Georgia, for an extended Mother's Day celebration.

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Ron DeSantis Says Letting People Buy Cultivated Meat Is Like Forcing Them to Eat Bugs: Florida's Protectionist Ban on the Nascent Industry Sacrifices Conservative Principles in the Name of a Culture War That Politicizes Everything

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

It is not yet clear whether the alternative protein products known variously as "lab-grown," "cell-cultivated" or "cultured" meat will deliver the environmental benefits touted by their boosters or when they will be appealing and cheap enough to be competitive with conventional poultry, beef and pork. But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis already has ...Read more

Keeping Hope Alive During the National Day of Prayer

For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. -- 2 Samuel 22:29-31

May 2 was the National Day of Prayer, and these verses ...Read more

Journalism Is Not a Crime, Even When It Offends the Government: Julian Assange and Priscilla Villarreal Were Both Arrested for Publishing Information That Government Officials Wanted to Conceal

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been imprisoned in London for five years, while Texas journalist Priscilla Villarreal was only briefly detained at the Webb County Jail. But both were arrested for publishing information that government officials wanted to conceal.

Assange and Villarreal argue that criminalizing such conduct violates the ...Read more

NIL Continues to Evolve in College Sports

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of college athletes being compensated nearly three years ago, the era of name, image and likeness (NIL) began, and even though schools would have to revamp their fundraising and recruiting efforts for their athletic departments and teams, the longtime pay-for-play debate was settled. College athletes, ...Read more

The Alarming Implications of Trump's Immunity Claim: The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Former Presidents Can Avoid Criminal Prosecution by Avoiding Impeachment and Removal

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When Congress impeaches and removes a federal official, the Constitution says, "the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment, according to law." While you might think that clause means impeachment and removal do not preclude criminal prosecution, former President Donald Trump's ...Read more

Young Americans Struggle to Find True Joy in Today's Digital World

The 2024 World Happiness Report, which is a collaboration with Gallup, the Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the World Happiness Report Editorial Board, found that young Americans under 30 are much more displeased with their lives than adults over 60. The startling fact about this ...Read more