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A Middle Course Between COVID-19 Hopes and Fears: Control Measures Should Be Based on Emerging Evidence About the Danger Posed by the Virus

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Despite what many people hoped, COVID-19 is clearly worse than the seasonal flu. But despite what other people feared, it does not seem to be nearly as lethal as the "Spanish flu" of 1918, which killed about 0.7% of the total U.S. population -- equivalent to more than 2 million people today.

As we move from lockdowns to something more closely...Read more

A restaurant rebound is not on the table

When the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the governor's stay-at-home order, several bars and restaurants immediately reopened, and customers came. At some, patrons thronged in, shunning masks and social distancing. On the following Saturday, the resort town of Lake Geneva attracted a horde of tourists eager to eat, drink and mingle with ...Read more

Courts bless churches' bid for equality

When small-business owners said it, authorities ignored them. When coronavirus skeptics said it, their fellow citizens scoffed.

Now that federal judges are saying it, however, even governors are starting to pay attention.

"There is no pandemic exception to the Constitution of the United States or the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment...Read more

The good, the bad and the ugly of citizen's arrests

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Nearly every state has a citizen's arrest law allowing civilians to detain someone if they have witnessed a crime being committed. Some of these laws allow only felony suspects to be held until law enforcement arrives, while others also allow those suspected of "breach of peace" misdemeanors to be held.

Does this mean you can use any force ...Read more

Taking his own snake oil?

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Admit it: You don't know whether to believe him or not. Is President Donald Trump lying about taking hydroxychloroquine? He usually does make things up, but one thing is absolutely true about the Trumpster: He always manages somehow to focus all of the attention on himself.

And we in newsbiz fall for it every single time. The moment he slipped ...Read more

Joy and laughter are in the little things God is showing us

Having to self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many families spending more quality time with one another. Although we've heard lots of humorous accounts of kids getting bored and driving their parents and siblings crazy while being inside most of the day, I believe that being forced to slow down from the hectic pace of...Read more

In this crisis, states should get a lot of federal money

The economic collapse precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic has been a disaster for a multitude of individuals and companies, and the federal government has wisely showered them with money to offset their losses. But the downturn has also been a disaster for states, which don't get the same love in Washington.

When the House passed a $3 ...Read more

A pandemic does not suspend the rule of law

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The recent court decisions overturning COVID-19 lockdowns in Wisconsin and Oregon focused on abstruse issues of statutory interpretation. But both cases also addressed a more fundamental question: Is the rule of law suspended during a public health emergency?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials have imposed unprecedented ...Read more

Trump surrenders in the fight of public health while retreating into personal ambition

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

A month or so from now, it will be interesting to see how many of the customers who crowded into Wisconsin bars without masks the moment their local government leaders lifted the taverns' restrictions have caught the coronavirus ... and how many have died. It's morbid, but so is the trade-off that comes courtesy of the highly political ...Read more

The illusory xhoice between health and prosperity

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Americans find themselves on the horns of a dilemma. Should we give the highest priority to fighting the disease to save as many lives as possible? Or should we ease government restrictions in order to save the economy from a prolonged recession or even depression?

But the dilemma is an illusion. The stay-...Read more

Burr won't recover from stock scandal

It's equally true in politics and firefighting: The smoke can kill you quicker than the flames.

Whether or not Sen. Richard Burr faces insider trading charges, and whether or not he's ultimately convicted, the scandal from his February stock dump is enough to effectively end his career on Capitol Hill.

Burr resigned his Senate Intelligence ...Read more

Policing during a pandemic

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

The classified ad might read: "Looking for college-educated applicants who can handle serious on-the-job stress, constant public criticism and loss of co-workers by suicide. Must be skilled in handling firearms, life-and-death conflicts, domestic abuse suspects, the mentally ill and drug addicts. Training in murder, arson, cybercrime and white-...Read more

Trump's defensive offense is to be offensively defensive

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

I can never remember: Is it "The best offense is a good defense," or "The best defense is a good offense"? Let's choose offense as defense, because the president, Donald Trump, wants to get re-elected. He constantly uses his offensiveness to shield him from accountability for various obnoxious acts. And it usually works. At least so far. Note ...Read more

I am determined to trust God to keep me in the place where He dwells, His church

As states are outlining their mandatory health procedures for lifting shelter-in-place orders and clarifying their requirements for nonessential businesses to reopen, there are some slight differences. In Ohio, our last day required to stay at home is May 29, but consumer retail businesses will be allowed to welcome customers back this week, ...Read more

The Coronavirus protesters have false notions of freedom

The people who have rallied in Chicago and elsewhere to protest stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns are big proponents of freedom. They claim their right to assemble has been violated, along with their right to earn a living and enjoy their normal lives.

One sign at the May 1 protest said, "Give me liberty or give me COVID-19." Another ...Read more

Will SCOTUS revoke its license for police abuse?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Based on an erroneous report of a "domestic assault," police officers came to rescue Melanie Kelsay from the man who supposedly was attacking her at a community swimming pool in Wymore, Nebraska. Then one of them actually assaulted her, lifting the 130-pound woman off the ground in a bear hug and throwing her to the ground, breaking her ...Read more

Welcome to the White House, where we are winning!

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

Hello, and welcome to the White House, where everything is fine and we are encouraging Americans to be warriors and get out there, get back to work and face the coronavirus head-on. Please excuse this recorded message. We are currently experiencing a coronavirus outbreak that is being handled perfectly.

Before entering, we must ask you to ...Read more

Trump's wishful thinking won't make it so

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Let's take one of those magical trips down memory lane, way back to 1939. One of the popular tunes back then was "Wishing (Will Make It So)."

"Wishing will make it so, Just keep on wishing and care will go."

It was sung by Vera Lynn, among others, and covered by the likes of Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby and now, 80 years later, by Donald Trump ...Read more

How to get back to normal? Mass coronavirus testing

The defining characteristic of the current national mood is profound uncertainty. We don't how widespread the new coronavirus is. We don't know who may have it. The lack of information is a huge obstacle to resuming normal life.

Donald Trump has reservations about the expansion of testing for the disease because it raises the quantity of known ...Read more

A progressive case for campus free speech

When it comes to freedom of speech, Generation Z is like a chemistry student who aces the written test but flunks the lab experiment.

Students support First Amendment rights in theory but often oppose their exercise in practice, according to an annual Gallup survey of American undergraduates funded by the Knight Foundation.

For example, 81% of...Read more