Politics, Moderate



States whouldn't be copyright pirates

Nearly 300 years after Blackbeard's flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, the nation's highest court is giving state governments a license to plunder.

Supreme Court justices decided last week that North Carolina can't be sued for violating Nautilus Productions videographer Rick Allen's copyright. The ruling in Allen v. Cooper expands the ...Read more

Curfews and bans don't make us safer

In their haste to contain the coronavirus, public officials are trampling on civil liberties.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's March 14 executive order prohibits gatherings of more than 100 people. It includes exemptions for libraries and shopping malls, but churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship were conspicuously left off ...Read more

Taking a middle course on marijuana laws

Just in time for Independence Day, Virginia will stop arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

The state legislature signed off on a bill to decriminalize cannabis, and Gov. Ralph Northam has pledged his support. Starting July 1, simple possession of marijuana will result in a maximum $25 civil fine rather than ...Read more

Bloomberg couldn't Bbuy his way in

If dollars really buy votes, the smoldering wreckage of Mike Bloomberg's campaign shows that the exchange rate is plummeting.

Bloomberg ended his presidential bid after a lackluster Super Tuesday showing. The billionaire media mogul and former New York City mayor sank more than $500 million of his own money into an ill-fated effort to leapfrog ...Read more

Trump should be a free speech leader

The same president who signed an executive order to curb campus censorship is suing The New York Times for publishing an opinion piece that stoked his fury.

News that President Donald Trump's reelection campaign filed an ill-fated libel lawsuit against The Times underscores Trump's complicated and often contradictory relationship with the First...Read more

Funding cuts won't kill public broadcasting

President Donald Trump isn't a fan of National Public Radio.

When conservative pundit Mark Levin asked, "Why does NPR still exist?" on Twitter last month, Trump retweeted the post, adding for emphasis, "A very good question!"

Yet the White House plan to wean the Corporation for Public Broadcasting off taxpayer subsidies won't mute NPR's ...Read more

Ban Drag Queens Today, Bibles Tomorrow?

Ben Baker wouldn't want his daughters to attend a Drag Queen Story Hour at the local library -- and as a parent, that's his prerogative. But if Baker has his way, other parents won't be able to make that choice for their own kids.

A member of the Missouri House of Representatives, Baker introduced a bill to prevent public libraries in his ...Read more


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