Thomas L. Knapp

Thomas L. Knapp

The TL;DR on COVID-19: Panic, not science, continues to drive the public policy discussion.

"The American people," U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in 2016, "should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president." McConnell took that position in response to President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia.

"Most voters in six 2020 swing states," an early September CNBC/Change Research poll finds, "do not consider either President Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden mentally fit to be president."

When you undergo a medical procedure or volunteer for a research study, you're presented with forms to sign, outlining what's going to happen (and what bad things could happen), and expressly consenting to have those things happen.

"Facebook Employees Are Outraged At Mark Zuckerberg's Explanations Of How It Handled The Kenosha Violence," reads the headline at Buzzfeed. One such employee asks "[a]t what point do we take responsibility for enabling hate filled bile to spread across our services?"

As you no doubt know by now, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has chosen U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate.

On Aug. 6, the Commission on Presidential Debates denied U.S. president Donald Trump's request to increase the number of debates between himself and Democratic nominee Joe Biden from three to four.

On July 24, U.S. president Donald Trump signed four executive orders with an eye toward altering the way prescription drugs are priced and purchased in the United States.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 12:21

COLUMN: 'Anarchist' is not an insult

"These are anarchists, these are not protesters," U.S. President Donald Trump said on July 20, defending his decision to unleash Department of Homeland Security hooligans on anti-police-violence demonstrators in Portland. 

George Washington, America's first president, devoted part of his 1796 farewell address to warning against "[t]he alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension." He feared perpetual war for power between political parties both as "a frightful despotism" in and of itself, and as prelude to some future tyrant seeking "his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty."

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