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  • “Lessons Learned” on Oscar Night?

    “Lessons Learned” on Oscar Night?

    The over-riding message from this year's Academy Awards it was, “We've Learned Our Lesson!” Responding to the #MeToo movement and reports of erotic exploitation and sexism, presenters and Oscar winners frequently alluded to the scandal and made sanctimonious pledges to crack down on wrong-doers. After complaints in recent years about…

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  • Destroying a Gun Won’t Protect a Child

    Destroying a Gun Won’t Protect a Child

    When I was a kid, my late mother used to urge her four boys to consume whatever unappetizing vegetables we left on our plates by reminding us that, “There are starving kids in India.” I recalled those long-ago arguments when watching a well-intentioned but illogical anti-gun video that's gone viral…

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  • Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 39 States

    Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 39 States

    A new Gallup Poll offers encouragement and challenges for Republicans. In the national survey, Americans who describe themselves as “conservatives” still outnumber self-defined “liberals” by significant margins—35 percent to 26. What's more, in 39 of the 50 states, conservatives top the other side decisively. In only nine states—all of them…

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  • Why the Left Opposes Arming Teachers

    Why does the left oppose allowing a small number of highly trained teachers and other adults who work at schools to arm themselves? When asked, their response is consistent: “It's a crazy idea.” And “We need fewer guns, not more guns.” A New York Times editorial offered the following argument…

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  • SKIN COLOR AND SPORTS: IT’S NOT 1947 ANYMORE

    ESPN recently re-aired a three-part documentary about the long rivalry between two storied NBA basketball teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, and their two marquee players, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, respectively. After another devastating Laker loss, this time in the 1984 finals, Laker star Magic Johnson…

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  • SKIN COLOR AND SPORTS: IT’S NOT 1947 ANYMORE

    ESPN recently re-aired a three-part documentary about the long rivalry between two storied NBA basketball teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, and their two marquee players, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, respectively. After another devastating Laker loss, this time in the 1984 finals, Laker star Magic Johnson…

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  • Privatize Trump’s Patriotic Parade

    Privatize Trump’s Patriotic Parade

    Angry arguments greeted the President's proposal for a grand parade celebrating America's military might, but the administration could still turn the controversy into a big win. Justification for the parade involves rallying public enthusiasm for our unmatched military, while the argument against it cites a waste of money at a…

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  • Black Panther’s Misleading Utopia

    Black Panther’s Misleading Utopia

    BLACK PANTHER has made movie history as the first smash hit about a black superhero. But even as international audiences savor this splashy entertainment, it's worth noting some necessary reservations. The dialogue is full of clunky clichés, the plot is convoluted, the lavish sets and costumes look tacky and sometimes…

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