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    Hate crime hoaxes are more common than you think.

    In a recent USA Today article about Jussie Smollett’s hate crime hoax, Wilfred Reilly, an associate professor of political science at Kentucky State University, says: That [the Smollett] case turned out to be a hoax shouldn’t come as too big of a shock. A great many hate crime stories…
    Jon Guze, February 28, 2019
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    Who Supports Speech Restrictions?

    The answer won’t surprise you:…
    Jon Guze, February 21, 2019
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    Socially isolated voters

    Donald Trump elicited the same kind of hopeful expectation among his voters in 2016 that Barack Obama did among his voters in 2008 and 2012. In his forthcoming book, Alienated America, Tim Carney takes another look at who those Trump voters were and finds that many of them identified…
    Joseph Coletti, January 30, 2019
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    Is marriage about values or value?

    In his influential book, Coming Apart, Charles Murray made a compelling case for the cultural differences between affluent (white) Americans and working class (white) Americans. Among the differences were marriage and divorce rates. Wealthier whites marry and divorce at the same rates as in the past. Poorer whites marry…
    Joseph Coletti, January 28, 2019
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    Expensive kids and American birth rates

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon explores the notion that American birth rates might be declining because of expenses linked to raising kids. New data, released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attracted attention by showing the wide variation in fertility among…
    Mitch Kokai, January 16, 2019
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    A reminder of Reagan’s last presidential warning

    John Fund of National Review Online turns the clock back 30 years to revisit Ronald Reagan’s final words as president. Ronald Reagan was characteristically upbeat and optimistic when he addressed the American people for the final time as president 30 years ago this past Friday. His farewell address…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2019
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    Double Standards at UNC Asheville?

    According to Campus Reform: The University of North Carolina-Asheville is defending a decision to host Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory for a lecture, despite concerns of alleged anti-Semitism on her part. … On one occasion, Mallory called black nationalist minister Louis Farrakhan “the GOAT,” or…
    Jon Guze, January 9, 2019
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    Uber and Lyft Are Popular, and That Has Boston Officials Concerned

    As if Boston officials don’t have enough real challenges to deal with, it seems some are concerned that too many people are benefitting from ride sharing in Boston –– about 96,000 each day in 2017, according to the Boston Globe. That can’t be a good thing, right? So what…
    Donna Martinez, January 9, 2019