Last week, the legal unraveling of the Obama-era campus sexual-assault guidelines entered a new phase. A student accused of sexual assault and subject to an unlawful, unconstitutional adjudication process filed a motion seeking class-action certification in his pre-existing lawsuit against Michigan State University. Rather than seeking to void the results only of his own flawed adjudication, he's now seeking to void every adjudication where accused students were punished "without first being afforded a live hearing and opportunity for cross examination."
This new motion comes after a wave of cases across the country that have invalidated and reversed the results of campus kangaroo courts -- and these rulings are coming from judges across the political/judicial spectrum. In California, progressive state-court judges issued rulings that effectively halted proceedings in 75 campus sexual-misconduct cases...
It turns out that the people who care the most about politics have the least understanding of their political opponents.
The More in Common project has just released the results of its latest deep dive into American polarization, and they make for a deeply discouraging read.
It turns out that most Americans have fundamentally mistaken notions about their political opponents, consistently believing that they are substantially more extreme than they really are. For example, Democrats are far less likely to support open borders, far more likely to support private ownership of firearms, and far more friendly to police than Republicans believe they are. Republicans support controlled immigration far more than Democrats believe, and an overwhelming majority believe that racism and sexism still exist in the United States.
[snip] the most targeted and effective free-market policy to incentivize reduced carbon emissions, the primary cause of climate change, is a carbon tax.
A carbon tax would drive investment in new technologies and spur innovation both by providing a financial incentive to reduce emissions and by giving markets a steady price signal. A set price per ton for carbon emissions -- along with gradual, scheduled increases in the tax rate over time -- would establish the market certainty needed to influence long-term decision-making. Investors and businesses could more reliably forecast the payback period and return on investment for clean technologies, projects, and processes. Companies that save on carbon taxes through innovation would soon be able to undercut more carbon-intensive competitors on cost. An intense race to reduce emissions would sweep every corner of the U.S. economy.
In recent weeks, Elizabeth Warren has emerged as the mainstream media's favorite candidate for now, at least.
Warren's polling has largely been stagnant over the course of the race for the Democratic nomination, but you wouldn't know it from the fawning coverage coverage that just so happens to consistently echo the Warren campaign's exact talking points. The New York Times asks Elizabeth Warren is running an ideas-first campaign. Will it work?' The Washington Post writes, Warren's nonstop ideas reshape the Democratic presidential race -- and give her new momentum.' Apparently, the self-admitted policy wonk who has put her meaty policy prescriptions front and center in the campaign' is also approaching a breakout with black voters,' and she is very good on the stump.'
Republican John James announced another campaign for Senate in Michigan Thursday, setting up a major clash with first-term Democratic Sen. Gary Peters.
James, a veteran and businessman, ran for Senate in 2018, losing by 7 percentage points to Sen. Debbie Stabenow. But Senate Republicans have eagerly recruited him to run again, believing his proven fundraising ability and a full campaign cycle to run would make him even more competitive this time around.
Republicans are mostly on defense next year as they seek to protect their 53-47 Senate majority, and putting Michigan in play would be a critical boost, giving them another offensive opportunity, along with Alabama, to cushion their control of the chamber.