‘Unconscionable’ and ‘insane’: Black children in Tennessee were jailed for a crime that doesn’t even exist

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Chapter 1: “What in the World?”
Friday, April 15, 2016: Hobgood Elementary School, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Three police officers were crowded into the assistant principal’s office at Hobgood Elementary School, and Tammy Garrett, the school’s principal, had no idea what to do. One officer, wearing a tactical vest, was telling her: Go get the kids. A second officer was telling her: Don’t go get the kids.

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GOP ‘indoctrination’ law aimed at Florida colleges is a ‘disgraceful’ attack on free speech: First Amendment experts

“It remains unclear how the state will use the information it gathers,” Relman explains, “but free speech scholars and advocates are concerned DeSantis and the legislature will retaliate against universities and their faculty for political reasons. The governor, who’s built a national profile with his Trumpian politics, suggested on Wednesday that the state will cut funding for schools it deems ‘hotbeds for stale ideology.

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GOP ‘indoctrination’ law aimed at Florida colleges is a ‘disgraceful’ attack on free speech: First Amendment experts

On Tuesday, June 22, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a GOP-sponsored bill that orders colleges and universities to promote “intellectual diversity” on campus and combat the “indoctrination” of students. Republican supporters of the new law claim that it’s needed because college professors in Florida have been discriminating against conservative viewpoints, but critics of the law see it as an effort to bully and intimidate professors who aren’t lockstep Republicans.

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Is this the end of American optimism?

It’s hard to remember now, but 2020 — a year, a meme, an interminable parade of grief — opened with a sense of cautious optimism. US unemployment was at a record low and consumer confidence was high. Hollywood had just invested almost $2 billion in a “revolutionary” new streaming platform called Quibi; Future and Drake’s new single “Life is Good” was charting; and Tokyo was ready to host the summer Olympics. Even for those still feeling wary of the future, an impending US presidential election presented an opportunity for political change.

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Is this the end of American optimism?

It’s hard to remember now, but 2020 — a year, a meme, an interminable parade of grief — opened with a sense of cautious optimism. US unemployment was at a record low and consumer confidence was high. Hollywood had just invested almost $2 billion in a “revolutionary” new streaming platform called Quibi; Future and Drake’s new single “Life is Good” was charting; and Tokyo was ready to host the summer Olympics. Even for those still feeling wary of the future, an impending US presidential election presented an opportunity for political change.

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Joe Biden talks of ‘soul’ saving as Democrats remove ‘God’

ANALYSIS/OPINION:
Joe Biden, the Democrats’ 2020 pick for president, said in his farewell, oops, he meant to say, acceptance speech, that he’s going to restore the “soul of America” if voters elect him this November to the Senate — oops, he meant to say, White House.
Mental acuity aside, the question is: How’s he going to restore a “soul” when his fellow Democrats are busily removing God?
He’s a hoot, that Biden is.

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Meet the hidden architect behind America’s racist economics

Nobel laureate James Buchanan is the intellectual linchpin of the Koch-funded attack on democratic institutions, argues Duke historian Nancy MacLean

Ask people to name the key minds that have shaped America’s burst of radical right-wing attacks on working conditions, consumer rights and public services, and they will typically mention figures like free market-champion Milton Friedman, libertarian guru Ayn Rand, and laissez-faire economists Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises.

James McGill Buchanan is a name you will rarely hear unless you’ve taken several classes in economics.

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