Walter Brasch: hundreds of Iranian publishers, editors, and printers didn’t attend. That’s because Iran boycotted the convention. The reason? Salmon Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, was the keynote speaker.
Janet Phelan: After resigning as Attorney General in 2015, Holder returned to Covington and Burling, which reportedly had kept his office unoccupied and awaiting his return during his stint as top lawman in the US government.
Sebastián Sclofsky: The danger of concentrating all our efforts on police reform is that it reinforces a way of thinking which posits that the solutions to the problems affecting low-income brown and black communities is one of law and order.
Michael Hertz: With an “opt out” provision, any state could do what it wanted within its borders, which might encourage conservative politicians to vote for the law, knowing that their state could opt out of most of the provisions if it chose to do so.
Walter Moss: Republican obstructionism has increased dramatically as a result of the rise of the Tea Party role within it during the last decade.
Walter Brasch: Several former NRA presidents and board members in a delusional descent into paranoia, have said the NRA and gun-toting Americans are what keep the federal government from invading the states and seizing authority.
Tom Hastings: The crisis in our country of police killing unarmed people, coupled with the crisis of a hyperarmed civil society engaging in approximately one mass shooting per day, is absolutely begging and crying and screaming for a new direction.
Janet Phelan: Increasingly, judges are issuing orders which amount to prior restraint when an individual’s speech becomes politically inconvenient.
Dale Greenfield: A century ago, all drugs were legal. Here at home, cocaine was an ingredient in the aptly named Coca-Cola, and bestselling cough syrups of the day were fortified with opiates.
Laura Finley: Since most sexual assaults occur when students (both offenders and victims) are under the influence of alcohol, having a gun involved is unlikely to make things better. In fact, numerous studies have found that guns actually make the situation worse.
John MacMurray: “Al-gebra is a fearsome cult,” Mayor Van Duyne said. “They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute value.”
Michael Hertz: Kim Davis could have achieved the proper result simply by refusing to issue the license herself but authorizing her deputies to act.
Chauncee Smith: One of the most meaningful proposals left, AB 953: The Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015, would combat racial profiling and help address the disproportionate rates at which people of color are being killed by police.