Politics, Moderate



Prescriptions aren't making patients safer

Illnesses are ignored, and chronic conditions go untreated as the coronavirus crisis conspires to keep Americans away from their family doctors.

More than a third of primary care physicians had furloughed office staff by June 1, according to a survey cited in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Another survey showed 97% of ...Read more

Parler falls short on free-speech promises

In four days, a once-obscure social network that's been around since 2018 saw its user base swell by 4.5 million people, claimed the top spot on smartphone app download charts and trolled Twitter, the platform it hopes to supplant, by becoming a trending topic on the platform.

Bristling over fact checks and warning labels applied to voter-fraud...Read more

Marijuana bans going up in smoke

As tallies trickled in from battleground states, one outcome was clear after election night: America is going to pot.

Voters in New Jersey, Arizona and Montana approved ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for adult use. Mississippi residents gave medical cannabis the thumbs-up, and in South Dakota, propositions for both medicinal and ...Read more

States can't defend ballot-selfie bans

If you share a snapshot from the voting booth, elections officials might scour your social media pages and offer you a choice: censorship or a criminal charge.

That's what happened to T. Greg Doucette, who cast his ballot Oct. 15 during early voting at the N.C. Central University School of Law. North Carolina is among 15 states that ban photos ...Read more

Scary laws won't make Halloween safer

The prospect of police scouring suburban streets to enforce trick-or-treating bans gives a whole new meaning to the term "witch hunt."

From New England to the California coast, cities have Halloween customs in the crosshairs as coronavirus cases surge and public health officials warn that door-to-door candy collection increases infection risks....Read more

Don't mistake moderators for censors

With so-called censors like these, who needs publicists?

Facebook and Twitter are under the microscope for suppressing links to an unverified news story alleging Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden brokered a meeting between a Ukrainian energy company executive and his father while his father served as vice president.

If you already knew that, the ...Read more

Will high court allow 'Double Secret Probation'?

Should public colleges be able to keep records from their secretive Title IX tribunals under lock and key, or do students have a right to know when their classmates are found responsible for sexual misconduct?

The U.S. Supreme Court could answer that question once and for all if justices agree to hear the University of North Carolina's appeal ...Read more

Trump diagnosis changes pandemic politics

A month before Election Day, President Donald Trump's largest liability could become an asset.

In an early Friday tweet, the president said he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 and would immediately enter quarantine. Opponents couldn't contain their ghoulish glee.

The White House "has plenty of disinfectant you can ...Read more

Courts can't censor jury rights flyers

Activists can't be jailed for telling jurors they're free to acquit defendants who break unjust laws, a federal court recently confirmed.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote struck down a jury tampering provision of a New York criminal contempt statute on July 29, finding that Michael Picard was exercising his First Amendment right when he ...Read more

With war chests, candidates can support local news

Viewers tune them out; voters hate them; and researchers call them ineffective. But attack ads continue chewing up airtime as the slow march to Election Day becomes a six-week sprint.

Campaigns and political action committees are projected to pump $6.7 billion into ad buys during the 2020 election cycle, according to an Advertising Analytics ...Read more

Feds' Food Fight Isn't About Consumers

If Ander Christensen doesn't parlay his viral video stardom into a political campaign, there might be a federal government job waiting for him.

The Nebraska man made an impassioned plea to the Lincoln City Council: Tell restaurants to rename boneless chicken wings on their menus, as the meaty morsels are "just chicken tenders."

"...We've ...Read more

Joe Rogan picks Texas over taxes

Inking a $100 million deal with Spotify made stand-up comic Joe Rogan a trailblazer in the podcasting world. But his move from California to Texas follows a well-worn, predictable path.

Texas ranks No. 2 in domestic net migration, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures, with 125,660 Americans leaving other states to live there in 2018-19. Only...Read more



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