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Biden Mistakenly Imagines That Congress Approved His Student Debt Cancellation Scheme: The Lack of Statutory Authority Is the Main Issue Raised by Legal Challenges to the Plan

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

President Joe Biden recently claimed his student loan forgiveness plan was authorized by "a law" that he "just signed" after Congress narrowly approved it. "It's passed," he said during a NowThis News panel discussion. "I got it passed by a vote or two."

In reality, the debt cancellation program was never approved by Congress, which is the main...Read more

Halloween is for kids, isn’t it?

Politics, Moderate / Tom Purcell /

It’s a question worth asking in these nutty times: how old is too old to trick-or-treat?

On the question-and-answer website Quora, some people ask if the age of 12 is a good time to hang up the ghost costumes.

That sounds about right to me. My mother would have decked me if I’d tried to collect candy in the 9th grade.

Trick-or-...Read more

The Clock is Ticking on Ways to Fix the U.S. Election System

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

This column is not about relitigating the 2020 election. President Joe Biden is the duly certified U.S. president. Period. Now, let's talk about the mess in which we find our election system. Let's talk about voter fraud.

It does exist; claims to the contrary are incorrect. And discussions about voting integrity matter because we have about one...Read more

Our Lack of Civility Is Hurting the Soul of Our Nation

Ever since the political chaos that ensued after Donald Trump's loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 election, we as a nation have been on an alarming collision course that threatens our spiritual and democratic foundations. We are living in a time where mutual respect across partisan aisles has given way to utter disdain. I have especially seen this ...Read more

New Jersey Joins New York in Defying the SCOTUS Decision Upholding the Right to Bear Arms: Legislators in Both States Favor Subjective Standards and Sweeping Restrictions for Carry Permits

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Most states respect the constitutional right to carry guns in public for self-defense, which the Supreme Court upheld in June. But some states are only pretending to comply with the Second Amendment, as illustrated by the law that New York passed after that decision and a similar bill that legislative leaders in New Jersey introduced last week. ...Read more

The Fentanyl Flood Into the Us: Why Can't We Make It Stop?

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

About 11 times every hour, about 250 times a day, an American citizen dies of a drug overdose. The most frequent culprit is fentanyl. The most popular mode of delivery is fentanyl-laced heroin, fentanyl mixed with cocaine or illegally produced OxyContin pain pills containing fentanyl. And it's not just hardcore addicts who are dying.

The ...Read more

What Would Jesus Really Say About Herschel Walker?

The Georgia Senate race between GOP nominee Herschel Walker and Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock has a belligerent nature of combativeness that will go down to the wire on Nov. 8.

When Walker first announced his candidacy in August of last year, I, like many native Georgians, was intrigued by his decision to get into politics, since I was a...Read more

Biden's Support for Pot Prohibition Belies His Recognition of the Harm It Causes: Even as He Pardons Thousands of Marijuana Users, the President Stubbornly Resists Legalization

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

"We have to hold every drug user accountable," Sen. Joe Biden declared in 1989, "because if there were no drug users, there would be no appetite for drugs, and there would be no market for them." The mass pardon for low-level marijuana offenders that the president announced last week suggests how far he has traveled since his years as a gung-ho ...Read more

To Better Serve and Protect, Cops Need Help

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Calls for the blanket defunding of police are ill-conceived and self-destructive. The proof is in the spike of violent crime in cities that cut their police budgets during the last year.

That said, it doesn't mean that programs can't be implemented to shift police priorities and share duties with other specialists, like mental health ...Read more

Godly Compassion and Kindness Are Needed in the Immigration Debate

As I was reading about the 48 Venezuelan migrants recently flown to Martha's Vineyard on private planes from San Antonio, Texas, one of the first thoughts I had before discovering more information about how they were recruited was that this Massachusetts island is an odd location for asylum seekers. If most of these migrants did not want to stay...Read more

Mocking the Police Is Not a Crime: A First Amendment Case Prompts The Onion to Explain How Parody Works

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

In a Supreme Court brief it filed this week, The Onion claims it was founded in 1756 and has "a daily readership of 4.3 trillion." The brief describes The Onion as "the single most powerful and influential organization in human history," with interests in shipping, strip mining, deforestation and animal testing as well as journalism.

The case ...Read more

Our Incarceration Nation: Even After Prison, Many Americans Are Held Captive

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Did you realize that there are more Americans on parole or probation than are held within the prison system? Yep, it's hard to fathom but 1 in 58 American adults -- about 4.4 million citizens -- are currently under some sort of community supervision.

Do they all need to be? Doubtful. And the status quo is costing taxpayers billions every single...Read more

Taking a Serious Look at the Violent Culture of Rap

After the tragic murder of Philadelphia-born rapper PnB Rock in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, I noticed several articles making urgent pleas to his hip-hop peers, imploring them to take an honest look at the violence and brutal gang lifestyle glorified in the genre. This petition is decades old, as critics of rap that include cultural scholars, ...Read more

Trump's Declassification Claims Are Implausible and Irrelevant: The Potential Crimes That the FBI Is Investigating Do Not Hinge on the Current Classification Status of the Records That the Former President Kept at Mar-a-Lago

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

A few weeks after the FBI searched former President Donald Trump's residence at his Palm Beach, Florida, resort, Fox News host Steve Doocy, a longtime ally of the former president, posed a question that remains unanswered. "Why did he have all that secret stuff at Mar-a-Lago?" Doocy wondered during an interview with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem...Read more

'Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.' Should Result in Serious, Soulful Reflection for Those Attending Church

When "Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul." was released earlier this month, I read a lot of mixed reactions on social media to the film, which is a dark satire on Black megachurch culture in the South. The writer and director, Adamma Ebo, and her producer and twin sister, Adanne, received great reviews at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, but ...Read more

The Government Can't Fix Social Media Moderation and Should Not Try: Democrats and Republicans Both Demand Solutions That Are Inconsistent With the First Amendment

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Despite their increasingly bitter differences, Democrats and Republicans generally agree that content moderation by social media companies is haphazard at best. But while Democrats tend to think the main problem is too much speech of the wrong sort, Republicans complain that platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are biased against them.

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Reimagining Our Police Forces: What Is It We Need?

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Bill Bratton has been the police commissioner of three major cities: Boston, Los Angeles and New York. When asked last year about the value of cops, Bratton, 73, said: "They are the glue that literally holds society together. They are an essential element of a successful democracy." I agree.

But we have come to a place now where we need to ...Read more

Thankful for a Semblance of Pre-COVID Normalcy

Being just a little over two years removed from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the beginning of this school year is the closest to past normality for many colleges and universities.

The four freshmen English composition classes that I teach at Ohio State University's Lima campus during the fall are in person. With the Zoom lull from online...Read more

Biden's Sneaky Censors: Behind the Scenes, Federal Officials Pressure Social Media Platforms to Suppress Disfavored Speech

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

"Tech platforms are notoriously opaque," the White House complained last week, saying Americans deserve to know more about how online forums decide "when and how to remove content from their sites." Yet the Biden administration, which routinely pressures social media companies to suppress speech it does not like, is hardly a model of ...Read more

Know a Victim of Domestic Abuse? Here's How to Help Them

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Domestic abuse is a terrible cycle. Victim advocates say it takes an average of seven events before the injured person tries to leave an abusive situation for good.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. every minute. Over the course of one year...Read more