All Americans Should Be Free to Express Their Opinions About Generals

The Indianapolis Star (Rashika Jaipuriar and Kaitlin Lange) reports that Twitter has removed Rep. Jim Banks’ tweet about “Dr. Rachel Levine, the nation’s first openly transgender four-star officer”:

The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man.

Twitter policy forbids “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”
I for one do not welcome our new social media overlords. It seems to me that all civilian officials, and all citizens, have to be free to express their views about generals (and others).

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The states where the most people are quitting their jobs have these 2 things in common

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The business owners whose blood, sweat, and tears—or at least their fancy, high-priced educations, family connections and access to venture capital—built this country, dammit were hellbent and determined to show American workers who was boss. This COVID-19 nonsense was not going to interfere with their profits any longer. It was time to take a stand.
So they all had their administrative assistants conference in their favorite state legislators, the same ones who helpfully passed legislation a few years back, keeping pesky unions out of their states.

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Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling | David Bond

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Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling

David Bond

There is no longer any population or place on earth untouched by PFAS contamination. We are living through a toxic experiment with no control group

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS. Photograph: Jim West/Alamy

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS.

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Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling | David Bond

OpinionPollution

Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling

David Bond

There is no longer any population or place on earth untouched by PFAS contamination. We are living through a toxic experiment with no control group

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS. Photograph: Jim West/Alamy

A sign at at a recreation area in Michigan warns anglers not to eat fish from the Huron River, due to high levels of PFAS.

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Democrats Should Use Tax Code to Push Positive Change

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Multiple news outlets have reported that House Democrats are planning to raise the corporate tax rate to 26.5%, from its current rate of 21%, through the reconciliation process. The revenue raised from this increase will fund critical programs that benefit American families, like expanding the child tax credit and including hearing and dental coverage in Medicare.

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To Build a Beautiful World, You First Have to Imagine It

Climate change activists protest in Washington, D.C. (Aurora Samperio / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

This column is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration cofounded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation to strengthen coverage of the climate story.
It’s been a heavy week for those of us who want to preserve life on earth. Somehow, the latest, greatest hope for a livable future is in the hands of one man—a senator, not even a king! Given how few Americans voted for him, it’s absurd that Joe Manchin has so much national influence.

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No, Joe Biden — the sky isn’t falling: Goodwin

If you’ve been taking the latest climate warnings from the White House seriously and literally, you believe the Earth is about to become either a ball of fire or an enormous ocean. 
I humbly suggest a more likely possibility: You are being blitzed by a government snow job. 
The claim that the end is near is the latest example of how the Biden administration is creating more problems for itself than it is solving. That the climate scare effort employs a whole-of-government approach doesn’t make it any more credible. 
Quite the contrary.

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No, Joe Biden — the sky isn’t falling: Goodwin

If you’ve been taking the latest climate warnings from the White House seriously and literally, you believe the Earth is about to become either a ball of fire or an enormous ocean. 
I humbly suggest a more likely possibility: You are being blitzed by a government snow job. 
The claim that the end is near is the latest example of how the Biden administration is creating more problems for itself than it is solving. That the climate scare effort employs a whole-of-government approach doesn’t make it any more credible. 
Quite the contrary.

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‘Inexperienced’ Armorer, Tight Budget, Walk Offs: Trouble Was Brewing on Baldwin Film

In the days leading up to the tragic death of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Thursday afternoon, there was trouble brewing.
After multiple complaints made to production, at least six fed up crew members had reportedly walked off set hours before actor and film producer Alec Baldwin was handed a prop gun. According to a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office search warrant affidavit, he mistakenly believed it had no cartridges inside, and discharged it, striking 42-year-old Hutchins and 48-year-old director Joel Souza.

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The 1 percent lecture about climate change while making it worse

Just west of the Pacific Coast Highway in the Paradise Cove area of Malibu, a major construction project is underway. Every day, at least 20 pickup trucks full of workers, earthmovers and multiple cranes belching black smoke crowd onto the lot, power up and get to work building Laurene Powell Jobs’ dream beach compound.

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