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Here come the dumbest presidential debates in history

August 9, 2020  •  The Boston Globe

IN THE Great 2020 Presidential Debate Debate, each side's motives are obvious.

For months, Donald Trump's campaign has been calling for more than the three scheduled televised face-offs with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. It's no mystery why: Trump is behind in the polls, and candidates who are in trouble want more chances to rally support.

But Trump's staffers pretend to have more high-minded considerations: The only reason they want the debate calendar expanded, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien insisted on Monday, is because early voting will have started in 16 states by Sept. 29, when the first debate is scheduled. "That's a concern to me," he piously intoned.

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A defeat for the cancel culture
Trader Joe's pushes back against a gratuitous accusation of racism.

August 5, 2020  •  The Boston Globe

IN THE ethnic food aisles at Trader Joe's last week, the cancel culture hit a speed bump.

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The ballpark is no place for the national anthem

July 31, 2020  •  The Boston Globe

FOR 102 YEARS, "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been played before professional sporting events in the United States. It's time to give it a rest.

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Is English grammar racist?

July 27, 2020  •  Arguable

EAGER TO do her part to demonstrate "solidarity with Black Lives Matter," the chair of the English Department at Rutgers University, Rebecca Walkowitz, recently sent a 3,400-word email on the subject to staff, students, and faculty members. Her message went into considerable detail to describe the "ongoing and future initiatives" that are planned to "create and promote an anti-racist environment," to eradicate "the violence and systemic inequities facing black, indigenous, and people of color members of our community," and to "cultivate critical conversations [on] state power; racism; violence; white supremacy; protest and resistance; and justice."

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Fear of speech is replacing freedom of speech

July 26, 2020  •  The Boston Globe

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