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Americans’ reasoning about race is both emotional and faulty

So much of our reasoning about race is both emotional and faulty. In ordinary, as well as professional, conversation, we use terms such as discrimination, prejudice, racial preferences and racism interchangeably, as if they referred to the same behavior. We can avoid many pitfalls of misguided ...

Three big lessons we didn’t learn from the economic crisis

Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people's money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers. First unlearned lesson: Banking is a risky business with huge upsides for the few who gamble ...

The Kavanaugh document fight is purely political

Democrat senators who made a mockery of fairness in disrupting a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified. Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were ...

Democrats hit Brett Kavanaugh with an 11th-hour slander

After several days of showboating and judicial hazing, Democrats pulled out their biggest weapon against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — a letter from an anonymous woman claiming sexual misconduct in high school. There are no words — except perhaps desperate, scurrilous and ...

If you want to stop gun violence, go after bullets, not guns

The mantra "It's the economy, stupid," propelled Bill Clinton's candidacy during the presidential campaign in 1992. His decision to highlight the nation's then-struggling economy (and promise to fix it) helped him win the White House. One theme in this year's midterm elections is the renewed ...

Memo to Dems: Upholding norms is a two-way street

Many of the current president's critics on the left insist that they are standing up for norms of democratic conduct and for democracy itself. Some are sincere. Neal Katyal, for example, who served as principal deputy solicitor general in the Obama administration, endorsed Neil Gorsuch for the ...

The cult of fragility on college campuses around the country

The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, distinguished professor and venerated politician, called "the leakage of reality from American life." Colleges and universities are increasingly susceptible to intellectual ...

Not every problem needs a federal solution

Fifty-five percent of voters believe that Facebook has too much power. Forty-seven percent believe the same about Twitter. For those in the political world, such numbers represent an obvious call for government action. But voters disagree. Just 21 percent want the federal government to ...

Google’s foul play: Search results

For generations, parents taught children "You can't believe everything you read." Now they ought to teach their offspring they can't trust everything they search on the internet because Google — run by anti-conservative, anti-Trump elites — is manipulating search results to advance a ...

Keep e-cigs away from kids

The FDA enacted a regulation on e-cigarettes in 2016 that banned the sale of e-cigarettes with nicotine to those younger than 18. Yet, because Michigan has no state law affirming that regulation, law enforcement can’t keep kids from purchasing the nicotine-delivery devices. Though ...

Are we still pretending Trump isn’t lying? 

On the day after his inauguration, Donald Trump gave a speech at CIA headquarters. He lied about the number of people attending his inauguration, claiming the crowd was far larger than it was. He also lied about the media, falsely accusing journalists of manufacturing his feud with the ...

School discipline policies must be locally driven decisions

The Trump administration is considering rescinding a Dear Colleague Letter, sent to public school administrators nationwide in 2014, which provided guidelines regarding school discipline policies consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. According to Title VI, racial discrimination at ...

Economic recovery finally hitting blue-collar (Trump) country

The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country. The president is famous for his extravagant promises, involving, invariably, the biggest and the best. The landscape is littered with examples, although he never promised to create blue-collar jobs at the fastest clip ...

Got an hour? Chalk up 4 quick financial wins

Sometimes money is like technology. Getting stuff done — whether it’s updating an operating system or moving a bank account — often takes longer than it should. There are some money chores, though, that can be done a lot faster than you may think. The following financial tasks, which ...

The Big Supermarket Shop can pay off all week

Fall is in the air, and with it an urge to get organized, clean up sloppy summer habits and knock our schedules into shape. One way to feel like you've got some semblance of order at home is to master The Big Supermarket Shop. Many people are intimidated by the idea of a big weekly food ...

The dangerous truth behind the Dems’ ‘Medicare-for-all’ hoax

President Barack Obama made a stunning policy shift on Friday, endorsing "Medicare-for-all" — a single-payer health system — for the nation. Most Democrats contending for the 2020 presidential nomination, and many Dems vying for Congressional seats this fall, are backing it, too. But ...

Is your retirement income protected? There are 9 questions to ask

(StatePoint) When it comes to retirement planning, anxiety comes with the territory. Will you be able to maintain your lifestyle in retirement? Will you have enough to cover your monthly bills without depleting your savings? Are you at risk of outliving your money? While such concerns are ...

Democratic norms are now weapons rather than guidelines

"It was very disappointing to see President Obama break with the tradition of former presidents and become so political," Vice President Mike Pence told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. He was complaining about Obama's broadside against President Trump. Pence has a point. Although it's ...

Car shopping? Get smart about warranties and service contracts

(StatePoint) Car shopping? One important factor to consider is what each manufacturer’s warranty covers and how long the coverage lasts, as well as whether you’re going to purchase additional coverage through a vehicle service contract. While these items can offer you peace of mind, ...

Black and white: Reemerging home design trend

(StatePoint) Black and white always has been a classic color pairing, and this neutral palette has resurged as one of today’s hottest design trends. Whether your look is modern or traditional, knowing how to properly use black and white can provide balance and boldness to a home. Here are ...