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Viral photos more vexing than virus?

In only the first week of fall classes, a suburban Atlanta school made national news for negligence and then further damaged its reputation by punishing whistleblowers and threatening critics.

North Paulding High School sophomore Hannah Watters received a five-day suspension after sharing snapshots of a crowded hallway on social media. The ...Read more

The good and bad of pandemic-era crime rates

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Here's some positive news from the crime beat: It is reported that, nationwide, robberies, rapes, drug offenses and burglaries are down during the first half of 2020.

This trend is one of the rare good things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fewer people have been venturing out the last several months, decreasing the number of robbery ...Read more

'It is what is is'

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

This will be another essay about President Trump's dismissive "It is what it is" when he was talking about the COVID deaths in this country. I can't always be profound with my commentary, but hey, it is what it is. First of all, let's credit Jonathan Swan of Axios for honoring our craft with a really persistent interview and rattling Donald ...Read more

Trump’s right, schools must reopen. We just need kids to promise they won’t get the coronavirus.

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

As President Donald Trump has said, we must reopen America’s schools, and it can be done with 100 percent safety as long as children promise to patriotically not get the coronavirus.

I’ll explain how that’s done in a moment, but first, let’s look at the facts.

If we want our country to get back to normal and our children to learn the ...Read more

Orlando Magic's Jonathan Isaac takes a stand for the Gospel and all lives

Orlando Magic power forward Jonathan Isaac was thrust into the national spotlight at the end of July when he did not kneel for the national anthem or wear a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over his jersey during an NBA seeding game against the Brooklyn Nets. This was one of the first games to be played in the NBA bubble that has been quarantining ...Read more

Trump remains a clueless captive of his own wishful thinking

In 2016, the libertarian magazine Reason polled a few dozen staff, contributors and allies on who would get their votes for president. Almost all planned to cast a ballot for Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson. I was alone in stating a firm intention to vote for Hillary Clinton, for three simple reasons: "She's sane, informed and competent."...Read more

Will Trump's blunt self-aggrandizement reinvigorate concerns about presidents who exceed their powers?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

After Donald Trump floated the idea of delaying the presidential election last week, the most striking response came from Federalist Society co-founder Steven Calabresi. "This latest tweet is fascistic," the Northwestern University law professor wrote in The New York Times, "and is itself grounds for the president's immediate impeachment again ...Read more

I am blood-boiling angry that we can’t find the wherewithal to make Chicago's violence stop

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

Janari Ricks was a smart kid. He would’ve been a fourth grader this fall. Good at math. Loved sports. Full of energy.

The kind of kid you’d love to meet.

Same with Caleb Reed, a 17-year-old gun violence activist, a student at Mather High School. Passionate. Outspoken. Confident beyond his years.

But you won’t meet Caleb. Or Janari. Or 7...Read more

Don't say things could be worse in our dismal future

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

"'Cheer up,'" they said, 'things could be worse.' So I did, and sure enough they were." That's supposed to be a joke, but when it comes to this country's governing chaos, it is sadly not funny.

First, you had a president who dismissed the seriousness of the invisible invader. Then, only when it became obvious that the lethal coronavirus could ...Read more

Disbanding police makes students less safe

The coronavirus is no longer the biggest back-to-school threat, some college students say. The pandemic has taken a back seat to a new bogeyman: campus police.

Young activists are calling on their colleges and universities to disband in-house law enforcement agencies and cut ties with local police departments as part of the Black Lives Matter ...Read more

Domestic abusers sometimes wear a badge

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Sarah Letendre is spending her time trying to piece together a brand-new life for herself and her two small children. Technically, she is homeless, living alone in a hotel, and trying to find a job (with her master's degree in social work) and a permanent place to live. Her days as a nurturing stay-at-home mom are over.

On the evening of July ...Read more

Fauci's Pitch vs. Trump's Pitch

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

President Donald Trump was in one of his whiny moods on Tuesday. He was talking about Dr. Anthony Fauci, who's been the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 36 years. "He's got this high approval rating," grumbled the president. After all, he's followed some of Fauci's recommendations. "So why don't I have a high...Read more

Speaking with God's grace to an angry reader

"You never picked cotton and I never owned a slave. Get over it ... blacks have done nothing to help themselves for the past 50 years except commit crime, shoot each other, make illegitimate babies ... why don't you write articles and tell the truth to blacks?"

Such were the words of an angry reader who recently emailed me to express his ire ...Read more

Biden's modest health care plans vs. Trump's imaginary ones

Health care policy has been a major issue for a long time. It played a big role in Barack Obama's 2008 election victory, his entire presidency and the 2010 GOP takeover of the House of Representatives. Repealing Obamacare was a Republican priority before and after Donald Trump became president. The debate on "Medicare for All" dominated the 2020...Read more

The second amendment is not restricted to white conservatives

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Last Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky, about 300 armed members of the NFAC (Not F---ing Around Coalition), a self-described "Black militia" based in Atlanta, had what the Louisville Courier-Journal called "a tense standoff" with about 50 armed Three Percenters, which the paper described as a "far-right... militia." While the incident, which ...Read more

Trump keeps making wild pitches over COVID 19

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Tony Fauci memo to himself: "Never EVER throw out the first pitch at a game again!" I don't want to rub it in to Dr. Fauci, we've known each other for a long time, but his toss on opening night was not the stuff of baseball legend, unless a record is kept of the worst ones ever. It was even more wretched than the ones heaved by then-President ...Read more

Would Joe Biden destroy the suburbs?

A majority of Americans live in suburban areas, but not for long. No, they won't be moving. But the places where they live will cease to be suburbs. At least that's what a certain fear-mongering president would have them believe.

Donald Trump has said that Joe Biden's housing plans would "totally destroy the beautiful suburbs." On Thursday, the...Read more

Journalists don't need federal favoritism

Jonathan Ballew lifted his press credential above his head like a shield. It offered no protection when a Chicago police officer in riot gear blasted him with a stream of pepper spray that clouded his camera lens.

Journalists in other cities were pelted with rubber bullets and pepper balls, struck with police batons, fogged with tear gas, ...Read more

Teaching toxic topics on the taxpayer's tab

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

It is clear we have real racial problems in this country, problems that need to be worked through as we try to restore some semblance of harmony and understanding among the population.

National healing starts with meaningful conversations, devoid of angry rhetoric and criminal reactions, and needs to include everyone studiously listening to ...Read more

Today's policking goes on nonstop, in a blurry round of constant demagoguery

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

In ancient history -- that is, before TV -- there was a gentleman's agreement that the presidential electioneering didn't really get underway until Labor Day. But how times have changed! First of all, there are no gentlepersons left in politics, certainly no bipartisanship. The television news era, now known as the "good old days," is made ...Read more