Editorial: Guns and their owners need no 'sanctuary'
Gun rights advocates boast that more than two dozen New Jersey municipalities and at least three counties have declared themselves a “sanctuary” from supposedly unconstitutional firearms regulations. In Pennsylvania and other states, similar efforts led by organizations such as “2A Sanctuary,” a reference to the Second Amendment, are underway, with some advocates urging local jurisdictions not to enforce so-called red flag or other recently enacted laws. This self-styled nationwide grassroots movement gained traction in 2019, supposedly without any direct support from the National Rifle Associ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Review: 'Village of Scoundrels,' by Margi Preus
“Village of Scoundrels” by Margi Preus; Amulet Books (304 pages, $16.99)———In a remote mountain village in southern France, the shadow of World War II is creeping closer.Local guesthouses are full of young Jews who have fled Nazi roundups from German territory and occupied northern France. In the village, they blend in with other young people, drawn by the area’s progressive school and its fresh mountain air.When a French police officer, Perdant, arrives in the middle of winter, all seems quiet — on the surface.But his appearance sets off a series of alarms: from German refugee Henni and her h...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Time for Twitter to draw the line on Trump's personal, abusive tweets
Who is the nation’s No. 1 purveyor of hate, threats, abuse and harassment? It is Donald Trump, and the twitterverse is rife with examples of how he has used and abused his Twitter account to spread lies and threaten his enemies. Yet Twitter continues to make excuses for failing to enforce its own rules despite the president’s refusal to restrain his abuses. It’s time for Twitter to draw the line.Even Attorney General William Barr has joined the chorus of Twitter critics. In an ABC News interview on Feb. 13, Barr suggested he was being “bullied” on Twitter by Trump and said the president’s twee...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Commentary: American oligarchs used to quietly bankroll pols. Now they're becoming them
On the night of the Iowa caucuses, Nina Turner, the national co-chair for the Bernie Sanders campaign, triggered a kerfuffle when she bluntly called Mike Bloomberg an oligarch. She said Americans who believe in democracy should be ashamed that oligarchs can buy their way into office.Jason Johnson, an MSNBC commentator, pushed back against Turner with a classic line American oligarchs love to hear. Bloomberg isn’t an oligarch, Johnson declared, “he’s a rich guy.”An oligarch, Johnson insisted, is “a rich person who got their money off of oil in Russia.”What Turner got right and Johnson misunders...
Commentary: What Mike Bloomberg will never understand
As I watched the Nevada Democratic debate last week, like millions of other Americans, I noticed the smug look on Michael Bloomberg’s face when Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others challenged him about his treatment of women, stop and frisk and other racist policies that he has championed. Eleven years ago, I personally had that exact same look directed at me.On Feb. 3, 2009, as New York City was reeling from a financial crisis fueled by Wall Street greed, I helped organize a peaceful protest of then-Mayor Bloomberg. More than 100 low-income New Yorkers, most of whom were people of color, entered ...
New York Daily News
Book review: A suicide, obsession and suspect friendships drive 'You Are Not Alone'
“You Are Not Alone” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen; St. Martin’s (352 pages, $27.99)———In just three books, the writing team of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have earned a reputation for highly entertaining psychological thrillers about women’s friendships, obsessions and manipulation. Hendricks, a former editor at Simon & Schuster, and Pekkanen, a former journalist and author under her own name, know how to steer their novels to maximum effect with myriad twists. Although their method doesn’t leave room for much character development, the energetic plots are tight and so inviting ...
Editorial: With Washington's last zoo elephant, a new era
Washington’s long history of keeping elephants in zoos is near its end. The death this month of an elderly Asian elephant in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo leaves just one ill elephant in its care, Suki. She is 55 — eight years past the median life span of Asian female elephants in captivity — and is now the only zoo elephant in the state.Tacoma’s zoo has rightly chosen to close and transform its elephant exhibit area — eventually. Suki has tuberculosis and cannot be shipped out of state to an elephant preserve, under an order from Washington State Veterinarian Brian Joseph. Point Defiance Zoo pl...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: Stop scapegoating Asian American culture to justify bans on 'sex-selective' abortions
Right now, the New York City Council has an opportunity to be a leader for abortion access — by denouncing state legislators’ attempts to use racist stereotypes to push abortion out of reach for Asian American and Pacific Islander women.Last March, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo introduced the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, legislation that would penalize any medical provider who performs an abortion based on the sex, gender, color or race of the fetus. Eight states have already passed laws banning “sex-selective” abortions based at least in part on a debunked racist stereotype that Asian and Paci...
New York Daily News
Free counseling offered to accusers in high-profile U-M sex assault cases
DETROIT — The University of Michigan sought Tuesday to reassure a growing number of accusers of two different employees that an independent investigation of sexual misconduct will get to the truth of what happened. At the same time, the school said it would pay for counseling for accusers of either former football team doctor Robert Anderson or Provost Martin Philbert.“The university is in the midst of engaging a national counseling firm to coordinate this care with local counselors in communities where these individuals now live,” a statement issued by the university said. “We are working dil...
Detroit Free Press
Deputy and suspect killed in South Carolina's Sumter County shooting, sheriff says
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina deputy was killed in the line of duty Tuesday morning, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said Tuesday.Cpl. Andrew Gillette, 37, died after he was shot in the chest by a suspect who opened fire on him and other deputies who were attempting to serve a detention order and an eviction notice, according to Dennis.“Cpl. Andrew Gillette died of wounds suffered in the line of duty,” Dennis said at a news conference.The suspect was killed at the scene when the other deputies returned fire, the sheriff said.The suspect, who currently is not being publicly identified,...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)