Politics, Moderate



Workers without degrees deserve a chance to compete

An FBI special agent, a corrections officer and a postal program analyst have few duties in common, but their jobs have the same qualification: a four-year college degree.

Jailers and gun-toting, badge-flashing federal agents don't need a bachelor's in criminal justice, however. Any old degree will do. And the program analyst and audit ...Read more

Senate can't shirk police-reform duty

Police stormed Breonna Taylor's apartment as she slept and sprayed her with gunfire, leaving the 26-year-old emergency medical technician to die in a pool of blood.

The Louisville woman's March 13 killing is still under investigation -- her boyfriend had fired on police, believing them to be burglars -- but the no-knock warrant that authorized ...Read more

Protest rights may wutweigh city curfews

As they heaped praise on the Black Lives Matter movement, America's big-city mayors were actively working to undermine it with harsh curfews that cut marches and rallies short.

Minneapolis ordered residents indoors from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. New York closed its streets from 8 to 5. Los Angeles locked down from 8 to 5:30. In Chicago, the witching ...Read more

Harry Potter and the Curse of Cancel Culture

A recent headline jolted J.K. Rowling out of her wizarding world and into Oceania, the domineering surveillance state of George Orwell's "1984."

Rowling scoffed at an online opinion article that used "people who menstruate" as a substitute for "women," and she was roundly condemned for questioning the trans-inclusive newspeak. Big Brother may...Read more

Bystander cops followed leader down deadly path

It took a hard-boiled Minneapolis cop nearly nine minutes to end George Floyd's life. But it took three other officers' silence to let it happen.

Derek Chauvin, the veteran former officer who racked up 18 internal affairs complaints in his 19 years on the force, is charged with killing Floyd with a knee chokehold. Authorities gave him the most ...Read more

Face masks shouldn't be partisan props

Not since the tomato-red "Make America Great Again" hat has a clothing accessory carried this much political baggage.

Face masks became a flashpoint in the culture wars following President Donald Trump's Tuesday exchange with Reuters reporter Jeff Mason.

The president said Mason's mask muffled one of his questions during a Rose Garden news ...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

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

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

Amash could lead conservative reformation

Don't expect Rep. Justin Amash to shatter the political duopoly and make the Libertarian Party competitive in national elections. But don't be surprised if Amash becomes the prototype for a new breed of American conservative.

The Michigan congressman who left the Republican Party last July is exploring a libertarian presidential bid. He's drawn...Read more

Racism Demands Education, Not Exile

The racist TikTok video that roiled a Georgia high school could have been a teachable moment. But administrators chose excommunication over education.

Carrollton City Schools swiftly expelled two white high school seniors whose cooking show spoof featured the N-word as the "recipe" and negative stereotypes about African Americans as "...Read more

Fair hearings don't harm abuse survivors

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to fix campus kangaroo courts. But opponents are using COVID-19 as a convenient excuse to delay much-needed reform.

Democratic senators, state attorneys general and the higher education lobby have asked the U.S. Department of Education to pause its implementation of a final rule on Title IX, the ...Read more

Local news could be coronavirus casualty

People are flocking to local newspapers to learn about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on their communities. But public health restrictions designed to slow the virus' spread have these papers fighting for their lives.

Most states have implemented stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders and closed nonessential businesses to reduce ...Read more


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