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Kavanaugh hearing another showing of bullies v. the bullied

As a kid I was always a head shorter than other boys, which meant I was bullied — mocked, threatened, sometimes assaulted. Childhood bullying has been going on forever. But America has become a culture of bullying — the wealthier over the poorer, CEOs over workers, those with privilege ...

Racial disparities in school discipline … but not how you think

President Barack Obama's first education secretary, Arne Duncan, gave a speech on the 45th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful civil rights marchers who were demanding voting ...

On Lindsey Graham’s righteous anger: Somebody had to do it

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake may have become a momentary hero for Democrats hoping to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has cinched the role as Jiminy Cricket of the U.S. Senate. Never one to shy away from cameras or fall short on quotable one-liners, Graham ...

20 years later, can you help identify the boy under the billboard?

Every law enforcement investigator has one, that one unsolved case that preys on their mind and gnaws at their soul. For Major Tim Horne of the Orange County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina, it is the case that's come to be called "The Boy Under the Billboard." Twenty years ago, Horne ...

In economic boom, how can Trump be a political liability?

The stock market has just hit a new historic high. Median household income in the U.S. is higher than ever. Fewer laid-off Americans are today forced to file for unemployment benefits than at anytime since 1968, when the U.S. civilian labor force of 81 million was one-half of today's 162 ...

Finally, America should do away with the death penalty

Without being aware of it, Vernon Madison might become a footnote in constitutional law because he is barely aware of anything. For more than 30 years, Alabama, with a tenacity that deserves a better cause, has been trying to execute him for the crime he certainly committed, the 1985 murder of ...

No laughing matter at the United Nations

An old saying has it, "Laugh and the world laughs with you." But at the United Nations this week, a representative body of the world laughed at Donald Trump, greeting him with international guffaws when he bragged about his presidential accomplishments, For once, the sitting president seemed ...

Will booming economy save GOP?

Democrats need to win a net 23 seats in November to gain majority control in the House of Representatives. History suggests that they have a good chance of doing so because the party out of power almost always gains seats in the midterm. Even an average midterm gain would be enough to make ...

The Brett Kavanaugh show will help Republicans in Nov.

A new report from Gallup should sober up those expecting a "blue wave" in the November elections. According to this recently released report, the percent of Americans saying they have a "favorable" view of Republicans now stands at 45 percent, up from 36 percent. Favorability for Democrats ...

The assault on Brett Kavanaugh validates President Trump

The attempted political assassination of Brett Kavanaugh is bad for the country, but good for a Trumpian attitude toward American politics. The last-minute ambush validates key assumptions of Donald Trump's supporters that fueled his rise and buttress him in office, no matter how rocky the ...

Drift to thrift: Resale becoming the new norm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — An oversized nylon retro Adidas jacket sells for about $70 online. Collective Clothing on Frazier Avenue has it for $35. Some shoppers may sniff at the jacket’s “used” status, but plenty of others will focus on its half-price tag as a meaningful way to stretch ...

Edmunds: How to shop for an electric car

Even though electric vehicles account for just a fraction of overall car sales, they are slowly gaining favor with buyers, particularly as second cars for daily commuting. While you’re researching EVs, you’ll deal with the usual considerations, including price, comfort, cargo space and ...

Judges are rightly toppling flawed campus sex assault system

Students wrongly accused of sexual misconduct by campus disciplinary systems stacked in favor of the accuser are winning vindication in court. Judges are tossing out the life-ruining punishments meted out by these "guilty until proven innocent" campus tribunals. This month, Judge Amul ...

Autumn’s a good time for making compost, and a bin is key

Garden cleanup, lawn mowing and falling leaves all provide materials that make autumn a good time of year for composting. No need for exotic ingredients, fancy equipment or a degree in soil microbiology to put together a pile that yields quality compost and is not unpleasantly ...

‘What boy hasn’t done this?’ That question insults all men

Gina Sosa is not impressed by attempted rape. "What boy hasn't done this in high school?" she asks. "Please, I would like to know." Since she asked so nicely, I went on Twitter, looking for men who managed to get out of school without committing attempted rape. Turned out to be pretty easy. ...

Met exhibit: How Chippendale became a household name

NEW YORK (AP) — A small but elegant exhibit tucked amid the American period rooms on the second floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores the little-known story behind Chippendale furniture, and how one young man’s bold idea to create a detailed manifesto about chairs and tables for ...

Double standards for work wardrobes

Two remarkably different articles on dressing for business appeared in The Wall Street Journal on the same day. Both purported to offer advice. One was "Please, Men of the World, Tuck in Your Shirts." It urged men to dress more neatly. The other was "The Rebellious New Power Suit for Women." ...

Millennials dedicated to improving their nation this Nov. 6

Millennials (and their younger siblings from Generation Z) are the largest, most diverse and progressive group of potential voters in American history, comprising fully 30 percent of the voting-age population. On Nov. 6, they'll have the power to alter the course of American politics — ...

Continue the dialogue on sexual assault

Sexual assault cannot always be prevented. There are bad people in the world — some who masquerade as ‘nice’ doctors, priests, teachers and coaches. Survivors and their families should never feel in any way responsible for the crimes perpetrated against them by predators. That’s ...

Hurricane Florence isn’t finished with the Carolinas, yet

From dark and stormy to clear and breezy, the coastline that a million or so of us evacuated two weeks ago now looks like any other perfect day at the beach. The only signs of there having been any weather at all are a few scattered piles of pine straw in the street. Yet doom is rising all ...