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CA Governor Issues Exec. Order Banning by 2035 New Gasoline and Diesel Vehicles Sold In-State

CA Governor Issues Exec. Order Banning by 2035 New Gasoline and Diesel Vehicles Sold In-State

By Darren Smith, Weekend ContributorCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom last Wednesday issued Executive Order N-79-20 establishing a state goal that “100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks will be zero-emission by 2035”. The order also establishes extensive regulatory goals and practices mandating research and reporting standards extending to energy generation facilities such as petroleum extraction, public transit, and environmental protection. The proffered policy guidance does not mandate, at least in its current format, that existing non-zero-emission vehicles be...

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Harvard Survey: Only Seven Percent Of Incoming Students Identify As Conservative

Harvard Survey: Only Seven Percent Of Incoming Students Identify As Conservative

We have been discussing the rising intolerance for conservative, libertarian, and Republican students and faculty on campuses across the country. Faculties rarely hire conservative or libertarian professors; journals rarely publish studies from conservative authors.  As the number of conservative faculty members diminish or disappear on faculties, schools appear to be carrying out the same bias in student admissions. The Harvard Crimson has finished its annual survey of the incoming class of students and found that the already small population of conservative and Republican students has...

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Taylor Grand Jury Decision Denounced By Legal and Media Analysts As Raw Racism or “State-Sponsored White Supremacy”

Taylor Grand Jury Decision Denounced By Legal and Media Analysts As Raw Racism or “State-Sponsored White Supremacy”

The  and other sites are heralding the interview of , MSNBC contributor and Morgan State journalism professor, who denounced the Kentucky Grand jury and prosecutors in the Brionna Taylor case as engaging in raw “state-sponsored white supremacy” in falling to indict the three police officers with murder.  Others declared the result as the product of obvious racism in the justice system and many ridiculed Kentucky Attorney General Kenneth Cameron as a traitor to the black community or . These attacks ignore the legal barriers to the murder charges demanded by many.  While there are good faith...

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Did Bloomberg Commit A Crime In Paying Off The Debts Of Black and Hispanic Former Felons To Allow Them To Vote?

Did Bloomberg Commit A Crime In Paying Off The Debts Of Black and Hispanic Former Felons To Allow Them To Vote?

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has in Florida alone to elect Joe Biden as part of his earlier pledge to pump hundreds of millions into the election.  The role of billionaires like Bloomberg and in pouring hundreds of millions into the election for each side remains controversial, though many past critics of such windfall campaign financing are now demanding more support.  Bloomberg however is now under fire for pledging to pay off the debts of Black and Hispanic former felons to allow them to vote. The Washington Post reported that the funding of only Black and Hispanic former felons was due in...

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Yes, The Senate Can Confirm a New Nominee Before The Election

Yes, The Senate Can Confirm a New Nominee Before The Election

I was on CBS News today with my friend Kim Wehle on the replacement of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  There is a legitimate debate over whether a president should wait for the next election for such a nomination to move forward. However, I disagree with Wehle that a nomination would be unlikely given the roughly 40 days left before the election. The Senate could move this nomination in that time and, judging from some past nominations, even have time to spare without setting a record.Kim Wehle is clearly correct that the average for nominations is roughly 60 days.  However, the Senate...

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Rowling’s Books Burned or Banned Around the World Over Her Personal Views Of Gender

Rowling’s Books Burned or Banned Around the World Over Her Personal Views Of Gender

In Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore told the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”  Many are learning the truth of that line written by famed author JK Rowling as self-described progressives burn her books or ban them from shelves because she personally holds .  Much like the , people are seeking to punish Rowling through attacks on her literature.  We previously discussed the as analogous to book burning, but now actual book burning is being embraced as a weapon...

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Iranian Court Orders The Amputation of The Fingers Of Three Teenagers Under Sharia Law

Iranian Court Orders The Amputation of The Fingers Of Three Teenagers Under Sharia Law

We have previously discussed the brutality of Islamic nations enforcing medieval Sharia law. Iran has given the world another shocking addition to the long list of beheadings, floggings, and other forms of Islamic punishment. A “court’ has ordered the amputation of the fingers of three teenagers found guilty of theft., the Iranian Supreme Court has upheld the Sharia sentencing Hadi Rostami, Mehdi Sharafian and Mehdi Shahivand who were convicted of four counts of robbery in the northern city of Urmia. The four boys have complained of torture leading to their confessions and one is reportedly...

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“Opus Dei, Anyone?”: Laurence Tribe Raises Barr’s Religious Beliefs In Latest Diatribe [Updated]

“Opus Dei, Anyone?”: Laurence Tribe Raises Barr’s Religious Beliefs In Latest Diatribe [Updated]

Many of us criticized statements attributed to Attorney General Bill Barr this week calling for the use of sedition laws against rioters. However, instead of raising constitutional or statutory objections, Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe instead raised Barr’s Catholic faith in a completely unwarranted and unfounded tweet. The response to the reference was total silence. Not a single professor at Harvard or elsewhere chastised the use of a person’s religion in such commentary. This is not the first profane or prejudiced statement by Tribe.Attorney General William Barr reportedly told...

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Dershowitz Sues CNN For $300,000,000 In Defamation Action

Dershowitz Sues CNN For $300,000,000 In Defamation Action

Alan Dershowitz just filed a whale of a lawsuit against CNN, though it could end up beached in short order under controlling case law.  The Harvard Law professor emeritus is demanding $300,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages from CNN for misrepresenting his legal arguments in the Trump impeachment trial.  In fairness to Dershowitz, the coverage of the trial by CNN was dreadful with intentionally and consistently of the evidence, standards, and arguments.  However, the objections raised by Dershowitz are likely to be treated as part of the peril for high-profile figures operating in...

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Trump’s Weekly Fox Show? It Could Present Some Interesting Political and Legal Issues

Trump’s Weekly Fox Show? It Could Present Some Interesting Political and Legal Issues

There was an awkward moment this morning on Fox when President Donald Trump announced that he would have a regular appearance on Fox and Friends every week at this time. That came as obvious news to the hosts who repeatedly told the President that there is no such understanding. The exchange however raises a legal question of whether such a regular show with the President would run afoul of federal laws requiring equal time for political candidates. The answer is likely no but it is not clear if Joe Biden would relish a regular segment on Fox since he has largely avoided such interviews.In...

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Pennsylvania Judge Hits Lancaster Rioters With $1 Million Bails

Pennsylvania Judge Hits Lancaster Rioters With $1 Million Bails

There has been a but one judge clearly does not see anything nuanced in the actions of those arrested rioting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania last week. a piece.  I personally view that bail as excessive under controlling case law.Ricardo Munoz, 27, had a history of violence and mental illness, including past knife attacks. He was shot when he charged officers with a knife.  Rioting later broke out in Lancaster.Twelve adults were arrested – Jamal Shariff Newman, 24; Barry Jones, 30; Frank Gaston, 43; Yoshua Dwayne Montague, 23; Matthew Modderman, 31; Talia Gessner, 18; Kathryn Patterson, 20;...

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Cornell Faculty Demands Removal Of “Colorblind” Policies While Chicago Will Only Accept Applicants For “Black Studies” In English

Cornell Faculty Demands Removal Of “Colorblind” Policies While Chicago Will Only Accept Applicants For “Black Studies” In English

The Cornell Faculty Coalition has issued a    with a long list of supporting faculty that calls for massive anti-racism measures including the elimination of “colorblind” policies in various areas.  It is a reversal of decades of struggle to guarantee colorblind policies, which are now being portrayed as themselves the means of racism. The University of Chicago English Department has announced that it will not even consider applicants who have any interest other than “Black studies.”I about denouncing purportedly “informed commentary” as racism in criticizing the means or demands of recent...

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Doth Protest Too Much? Why Corporate and Academic Confessions Increasingly Fall On Deaf Ears

Doth Protest Too Much? Why Corporate and Academic Confessions Increasingly Fall On Deaf Ears

Below is my column in The Hill newspaper on the anti-racism demonstrations from the NFL displays to corporate campaigns to academic confessions. What is most striking about these campaigns is how little they are likely to impact opinions on racism. Indeed, the NFL displays were not only but denounced by as meaningless propaganda. Most people are unwilling to discuss racism honestly.  Booing is a form of anonymous speech and many of those individuals would not want to speak publicly about countervailing views of racial justice or the role of the NFL in such causes. Unless we can have that...

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Stanford Journalism Professor Rejects Objectivity In Journalism

Stanford Journalism Professor Rejects Objectivity In Journalism

For four years, I have written about the alarming loss of neutrality and objectivity in journalism — a trend that is reflected by many polls showing that the majority of the public no longer trusts the media for fair and honest reporting. While I have regularly criticized President Donald Trump, I have also objected to unrelentingly biased reporting as well as embarrassingly soft coverage of former Vice President Joe Biden. Now, has publicly called for an end of objectivity in journalism as too constraining for reporters in seeking “social justice.”In an  with The Stanford Daily, Glasser...

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FAA Reportedly Rules For Chick-Fil-A Over San Antonio Airport Concession

FAA Reportedly Rules For Chick-Fil-A Over San Antonio Airport Concession

In the last few years, Chick-fil-A restaurants have been banned from campuses and airports.  The campaign started in 2012 after public comments opposing same-sex marriage by Dan Cathy, the company’s CEO and the disclosure tha that Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, the -operated , donated millions of dollars to organizations viewed as hostile to .  As someone who supported same-sex marriage for decades as well as LGBT rights, I have .  Now, Fox is reporting that the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered San Antonio to offer the popular eatery a lease at its airport after concluding that...

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Facebook Under Fire For Keeping Antifa Page While Eliminating Far-Right Groups

Facebook Under Fire For Keeping Antifa Page While Eliminating Far-Right Groups

Facebook is after it was discovered that the company has allowed Rose City Antifa, a violent group associated with riots for many years, to maintain a page despite the company’s controversial program to take down certain sites.  As will come as no surprise to many on this blog, I would not have the page taken down on free speech grounds. My greatest fear is not Antifa (which I have ) but the growing censorship of the Internet.  While I , as part of a , I have and believe that their speech should be protected. While Facebook is a private company not subject to the First Amendment’s limits,...

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Selling The Rope To Hang By: Clothing Giant Lululemon Launches Campaign To Resist Capitalism

Selling The Rope To Hang By: Clothing Giant Lululemon Launches Campaign To Resist Capitalism

Please forgive a departure from our usual discussions but I wanted to share an interesting controversy in the area of fashion and apparel. A new campaign to “unveil historical erasure and resist capitalism” is under fire.  Such campaigns are now commonplace on campuses but this is a campaign to end capitalism by Lululemon, a publicly traded brand worth billions and in the business of selling such things as leggings for $120 apiece. The campaign brought to mind the quote attributed to Lenin that “When it comes time to hang the capitalists, they will vie with each other for the rope...

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Willful Blindness: New Damaging Information On The Russian Investigation Is Promptly Unseen By The Media

Willful Blindness: New Damaging Information On The Russian Investigation Is Promptly Unseen By The Media

Below is my column in The Hill on the recent disclosure of a document showing that the FBI used an agent to gather information for Crossfire Hurricane during campaign briefings of Trump during 2016.  The document directly contradicted the long-standing denial that the investigation to Russian collusion was ever used to gather intelligence on Trump or his campaign.  At the same time, the credibility of the Steele Dossier was further undermined this weekend with the release of new information that Steele misrepresented the sources and information used as the basis for this report, which was...

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CNN Analyst and Yale Lecturer Asha Rangappa Under Fire For Doxxing A Journalism Intern

CNN Analyst and Yale Lecturer Asha Rangappa Under Fire For Doxxing A Journalism Intern

Recently, we on former Ambassador Nikki Haley for using her middle name.  Rangappa declared that the use of “Nikki” rather than her real first name was proof that America is racist and Haley was yielding to it.  Nikki however is Haley’s legal middle name and the Hill’s Saagar Enjeti noted it is “a Punjabi name.” Moreover, Rangappa also uses her middle name as have leaders from Mitch Romney to Boris Johnson. Now Rangappa is under fire for doxxing a young intern who wrote Yale about the incident. Twitter took down Rangappa’s tweet and the CNN Analyst then suggested that the doxxing incident...

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Shader Reportedly Blamed Black Man For Molotov Cocktail Rather Than Her White Co-Conspirator

Shader Reportedly Blamed Black Man For Molotov Cocktail Rather Than Her White Co-Conspirator

We the arrest of Samantha Shader, 27, and her sister, Darian, 21, in one of the Molotov cocktail attacks on police in New York City.  There is now a twist where a third individual is being charged as an accomplice. Samantha Shader reportedly blamed a black male for giving her the explosive.  The FBI however has alleged that the accomplice was a friend from upstate New York who is white.  At issue is a Bulleit whiskey bottle that Samantha Shader is accused of throwing at a police van on May 30th.  The allegations against three African Americans by a self-described social justice activist is...

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The Myth Of The Boston Tea Party

The Myth Of The Boston Tea Party

Below is my column in The Hill on the increasingly common rationalization that looting and property damage is a long-standing tradition first embraced by the Sons of Liberty in the Boston Tea Party.  That historical analogy was very popular in the days before the Fourth of July.  A professor made the comparison   The view is widely raised in universities like the column in the University of Arizona’s Daily Wildcat newspaper declaring “The Boston Tea Party was when we first saw looting as a form of protest in America. White people acting out in anger is literally celebrated in our history...

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Omar Faces Ethics Outcry Over Payments To Husband After Decrying Those Who Profit Under Our “System Of Oppression”

Omar Faces Ethics Outcry Over Payments To Husband After Decrying Those Who Profit Under Our “System Of Oppression”

Rep. Iihan Omar has been much in the news for her extreme positions on and yesterday calling for the dismantling of not just the American economy but the political system.  In declaring her support for sweeping legislation yesterday, Omar railed against the American economic and political systems as a “system of oppression” and insisted that we cannot allow people to “.” That question however is now being raised in growing ethical concerns over Omar giving her husband’s company a massive amount of her campaign funds.  This has been an issue that I have written about for over two decades as...

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MSNBC Attacks Trump For Using The DPA After Criticizing Trump For Not Using The DPA

MSNBC Attacks Trump For Using The DPA After Criticizing Trump For Not Using The DPA

President Donald Trump has u to avoid a food shortage.  That did not sit well with after blasting Trump for not using the DPA.  For weeks, I have been raising what I view as a widespread .  This is an example of how the DPA has become part of a media mantra to suggest that the Administration refused to use the Act when it could have addressed shortfalls.  This spin redirects the primary responsibility for the failure to prepare for a pandemic from .  There are legitimate questions about mistakes made in this pandemic but the DPA has increasingly been used in a way disconnected from factual...

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Tennessee Man In Gorilla Suit Arrested After Running Into Wrong House And Scaring Child

Tennessee Man In Gorilla Suit Arrested After Running Into Wrong House And Scaring Child

There is a bizarre case out of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee where Richard Muzick, 31, reportedly went into the wrong home to play a prank.  Instead, he scared a six-year-old child. It likely had to do with the fact that Muzick was wearing a gorilla costume at the time. What is curious is that he is despite the police concluding he was mistaken about the house.What I found interesting was the charge. The police concluded that he was confused by the home and did not just randomly select a home to terrorize a child as a faux gorilla.In Tennessee, there is a step up to aggravated battery when a...

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