Politics, Moderate



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

Meet Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian Party's 2020 presidential nominee

The progressive presidential hopeful who wants to defund the police state and replace walls with turnstiles at the U.S. border isn't Joe Biden.

The gun-toting, tax-slashing swashbuckler railing against Medicare for All and singing capitalism's praises isn't Donald Trump.

Only one candidate can simultaneously outflank Democrats on the left and ...Read more

Media-bias concerns aren't going away

When even clickbait proves more accurate than a CNN political story, it's tough to brush off complaints of media bias as a figment of conservative critics' imagination.

Eric Trump clicked "like" on an offensive tweet about Sen. Kamala Harris after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden named her his running mate, CNN reported on ...Read more

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

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

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

Civil Forfeiture: When cops act like robbers

Without accusing him of a crime, police took Robert Reeves' car, his two cellphones and all the cash in his wallet.

The Detroit father of five had just visited a work site to interview for a construction job. The contractor was allegedly using stolen equipment. Though Reeves had no knowledge or involvement, cops used his meeting as a pretense ...Read more

Circuit court cheers student speech rights

Schoolwork may become homework if the coronavirus closes classrooms, but school rules are less likely to hitch a ride home with socially distanced teenagers this fall.

A rural Pennsylvania high school violated a student's free speech rights when it suspended her from the junior varsity cheerleading squad for posting a photo with a vulgar ...Read more

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



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