Politics, Moderate



Virtue Signaling Causes Ice Cream Headache

Filling your freezer with Ben & Jerry's won't improve prospects for Palestinian statehood, and denying yourself that pint of Cherry Garcia or Chunky Monkey does nothing to defend Israel's right to exist.

The boycott battle swirling around the United States' No. 1 ice cream brand isn't really about corporate responsibility, consumer ethics or ...Read more

Court Reopens Age Restriction Debate

It's not about guns. It's about citizenship.

That's the takeaway from a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued last week that strikes down a law preventing licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to adults under 21. Analysts predict the case, Hirschfeld v. ATF, may reach the Supreme Court on appeal.

Circuit Judge Julius N. ...Read more

Biden Embraces Competitive Capitalism

By crossing a barrel of big-ticket items off conservatives' wish lists, President Joe Biden reframed the debate and outfoxed his political rivals on economic freedom.

Republican strategists warn of an epic clash between capitalism and socialism because that's a fight the GOP can reliably win. But Biden flipped the script on Friday, casting ...Read more

A Turning Point for Student Speech?

Students are largely free to speak their minds off campus without fear of school punishment, even if social media's boundless reach blurs the line between living room and classroom.

With a few caveats, that's the gist of a highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling handed down Wednesday in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., a case that tested...Read more

Make Abortion Unnecessary, Not Illegal

Priests could deny communion to pro-choice public officials under new guidelines the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted on Thursday to write, opening a new front in the nation's abortion wars.

President Joe Biden is considered the target of bishops' forthcoming statement on "Eucharistic coherence," but it could also implicate the ...Read more

Free Speech Isn't About Power

Seeking to burnish his reputation as a reformer, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman openly criticized Saudi Arabia's religious extremism three years ago, thumbing his nose at hardline clerics and upending the established order.

An ordinary Saudi citizen can face punishment for making similar pronouncements, and Turkish and U.S. authorities say ...Read more

Commencement Speech Censors Stand Down

As high schools across the country resume traditional graduation ceremonies following a pandemic-imposed hiatus, it was only a matter of time before a commencement speech controversy made national news.

A Michigan principal wisely reversed course after telling Hillsdale High School co-valedictorian Elizabeth Turner to omit remarks about her ...Read more

Politics Derail Writer's Tenure Track

A top-tier journalism school rolled out the welcome mat for star New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones. Then partisan politics pulled the rug out from under her.

In April, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hired Hannah-Jones for an endowed faculty position, the Knight Chair in race and investigative journalism. UNC's board...Read more

CDC Should Stay in Its Lane

For an agency long vulnerable to mission creep, it was only a matter of time.

A federal judge finally reined in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, striking down its sweeping eviction moratorium on the grounds that it exceeds the CDC's congressionally delegated authority.

In a 20-page memorandum opinion released Wednesday, U.S. ...Read more



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