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NPR… What Do Asthma, Heart Disease And Cancer Have In Common? Maybe Childhood Trauma, Cory Turner - "Trauma" is a heavy and haunting word. For many Americans, it conjures images of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The emotional toll from those wars made headlines and forced a healthcare reckoning at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician, would like to see a similar... read more
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Why We Don’t Need Libel and Blackmail Laws, Walter E. Williams
January 24, 2018 - President Donald Trump said, “We are going to take a strong look at our country’s libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts.” The president was responding to statements made in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the.
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My Quest to Help Americans Rediscover the Bible, Dennis Prager
January 09, 2018 - I won’t make any assumptions about how many readers noticed I took a three-month break from column writing. Nevertheless, I want to explain why. I needed the time to finish the first volume of the biggest project of my life as a writer, a commentary on the first five books of the Bible, or what are called the Torah in Hebrew. The.
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The Daily Signal… Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy, Walter E. Williams
January 17, 2018 - Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, “What Happened.” Some have claimed that the Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American politics. Why? They say the Electoral College system, as opposed to a simple.
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The Daily Signal… Martin Luther King on the Limits of Civil Disobedience, Peter C. Myers
January 14, 2018 -- More than most years, 2018 will be a year filled with remembrances of Martin Luther King Jr. because in it falls the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. It will also be a year filled with remembrances of 1968 itself as the culminating year of the 1960s, a year in which the country seemed divided even to the breaking point. In many such.
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The Daily Signal... You’re Never Ready to Get Married. But That Shouldn’t Stop You. Dennis Prager - January 02, 2018 - In every age, people say and believe things that aren’t true but somehow become accepted as “conventional wisdom.” The statement “I’m not ready to get married” is a current example. Said by more and more Americans between the ages of 21 and 40 (and some who are older than that), it usually qualifies as both meaningless... read more
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The Daily Signal… George Washington’s Sterling Character Set an Example for the Ages, Richard Lim - December 23, 2017 - For most Americans, the 23rd of December has no particular significance. But an extraordinary event happened on that day in 1783 in Annapolis, Maryland, that stunned the world. Gen. George Washington stood before the Continental Congress in Maryland’s State House and resigned his commission as the commander-in-chief of... read more
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The Daily Signal… What We Can Learn From Reagan About Celebrating Christmas, Lee Edwards - December 22, 2015 - San Bernardino. Boston Marathon bombing. Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. Paris Bataclan Theater massacres. Jihad, Islamic State. Caliphate. Syria, Iraq, Libya. Freddie Gray. Ferguson and Michael Brown. Assisted suicide. Whatever happened to peace on earth and good will to men? In times like these when I am thinking how... read more
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Inside Higher Education… Narrowing the Terms of Tenure, By Colleen Flaherty
December 13, 2017 - University of Arkansas professors want to stall a vote on system policy changes they say would upend the definition of tenure. Many fear the system is trying to focus on the vague concept of collegiality. It’s hard to build faculty consensus on anything, but professors across Arkansas and colleagues elsewhere are speaking out against proposed.
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Even the Best Laws Cannot Save Our Society, Walter E. Williams
December 13, 2017 - I’m approaching my 82nd birthday, and my daughter will occasionally suggest that modernity is perplexing to me because I’m from prehistoric times. As such, it points to one of the unavoidable problems of youth—namely, the temptation to think that today’s behavioral standards have always been. Let’s look at a few of the differences between.
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Findlay Courier… Tots unwrap true meaning of Christmas, By Jeannie Wiley Wolf
Sat. Dec 9th, 2017 - CAREY — The tradition of Christmas School is alive and well in Carey. This year marked the 44th year for the annual five-day event meant to teach preschoolers about the true meaning of Christmas. “I inherited this,” said the Rev. William Schultz, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church which hosts Christmas School each year. “When.
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NPR… A Tech-Based Tool To Address Campus Sexual Assault, Anya Kamanetz
December 6, 2017 - Jessica Ladd was sexually assaulted while at Pomona College, just as one in five college women are. She says she found the reporting process, "more traumatic than the assault" itself. She felt "like I didn't have control. A lack of agency. I wasn't believed, and ended up regretting reporting." Ladd, now 31, put her experience "in a box.
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The Daily Signal… Celebrate the Pilgrims at Thanksgiving, Jarrett Stepman
November 20, 2017 - For most American families, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones, eat delicious food, and perhaps watch some football. But not everyone is pleased with the celebration of this holiday, and some have taken to maligning its “originators,” the Pilgrims. An editorial in Al Jazeera labeled Thanksgiving a “thoroughly nauseating affair.
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The Daily Signal… Ohio Lawmakers Working to Stop Colleges’ Censorship, Jonathan Butcher
October 17, 2017 - The storm of censorship on college campuses continues to swirl around the country. In just the past two weeks, students in Texas sought to shout down an invited speaker, and Oregon students silenced their own college president. But on college campuses and in state legislatures, defenders of free speech are pushing back. With.
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The Daily Signal… Why Pulling ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ From the Classroom Hurts Students, Daniel Davis - October 18, 2017 - This year, as in years past, eighth-graders in Biloxi, Mississippi, began reading the classic American novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” And then, partway through and with little warning, they stopped. Why? Because, according to the school board vice president, it “makes people uncomfortable.” If you attended American schools... read more
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The Daily Signal… The False Ideas Intellectuals Peddle at College Campuses, Walter E. Williams
October 11, 2017 - As George Orwell said, “some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn’t infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is. Let’s look at a few stupid ideas peddled by intellectuals.
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The Daily Signal… Many People Would Save Their Dog Over a Stranger, Dennis Prager
October 10, 2017 - A while ago a human-interest story from South Africa was reported internationally. As described in The Wall Street Journal: On Aug. 4, Graham and Sheryl Anley, while yachting off the coast of South Africa, hit a reef, capsizing their boat. As the boat threatened to sink and they scrambled to get off, Sheryl’s safety line snagged on.
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The Daily Signal… The Truth About Columbus, Jarrett Stepman
October 06, 2017 - Is this the last time we can celebrate Columbus Day? A wave of cities have decided to remove the holiday from the calendar and replace it with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer credited with discovering America, and his legacy are under attack figuratively and, increasingly, literally. Several Columbus.
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Washington Post… Why is Virginia, cradle of America, killing its U.S. history tests?
By Jay Mathews -- October 1 -- My entire life I have heard complaints about how little we Americans know about our history. So why is Virginia killing its annual U.S. history tests, while still requiring state exams in English, math and science? I always liked Virginia’s Standards of Learning tests, particularly U.S. History to 1865 in fifth grade, U.S. History 1865 to Present in middle school.
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NPR Ed… States Plan To Use Student Absences To Measure Success, Elissa Nadworny
How do you judge how good a school is? Test scores? Culture? Attendance? In the new federal education law (the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA) states are asked to use five measures of student success. The first four are related to academics — like annual tests and graduation rates. The fourth measures proficiency of English language.
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Springfield News-Sun… Sexting and teens: Ohio looks to set up diversion program as problem grows; Sexting bill would require courts to set up juvenile diversion program, By Laura A. Bischoff -- September 24, 2017 -- Columbus — Sexting is rampant among teens, putting them at risk for criminal charges, school expulsion and images of their privates being displayed and shared in the digital world. The behavior is so common that Montgomery and Clark counties set up diversion... read more

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