Commentary: Facebook's 'ad' ban hurts political mags
Shortly before this year’s presidential election, Facebook — chastened by public opinion and congressional hearings — announced that it would cease all political ads in order to slow the flood of misinformation and disinformation that abounded on its platform. That made sense, given the power the social media website had over public opinion.But, more ominously, the platform with more than 2.7 billion active monthly users also announced that, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 4, the day after the election, it would ban all ads “about social issues, elections and politics in the U.S.” for an indef...
Tribune News Service
John M. Crisp: We have a right to know more about Barrett
By all accounts, Amy Coney Barrett is a fine human being, but it’s disconcerting to consider how little we actually know about her after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last week on her nomination to the Supreme Court.It’s not unreasonable for Supreme Court nominees to decline to reveal how they would rule if faced with specific cases that could reach the court. Indeed, Barrett declined often, relying on the so-called Ginsburg rule, which Barrett summed up as follows: “No hints, no previews, no forecasts.”But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was entirely transparent about where she stood on...
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'You are not listening': Fauci scolds Sen. Rand Paul for misconstruing NY's coronavirus battle
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the typically reserved infectious disease expert, put Sen. Rand Paul on blast during a testy congressional hearing Wednesday after the Kentucky Republican trash-talked New York’s coronavirus response.Paul, who remains skeptical of face masks and social distancing despite contracting COVID-19 in March, posited the dubious argument that New York’s actually done a poor job fighting the virus and that the state’s only seeing low infectious rates at the moment because enough residents have been exposed to it and developed “community immunity.”“How can we possibly be jumping up an...
New York Daily News
Soldier deaths prompt call for Senate hearing on Fort Hood
Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has joined a bipartisan call for a congressional hearing on the “command climate and culture” at Fort Hood after the disappearances and deaths of several soldiers, including Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén, this year.With Massachusetts’ two Democratic senators, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Cornyn, of Texas, asked the Senate Armed Services Committee to hear from members of a specially formed civilian review panel that is investigating conditions at the post.Army leaders also should be part of the hearing so they could testify about plans to implement the panel’s pe...