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The Hill : National Merit award scandal is the latest chapter in TJ’s war on achievement

January 23, 2023 | By ERIN WILCOX

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is in hot water with parents again. Administrators used “equity” as a justification for withholding information from students that may impact the trajectory of their academic futures. In the final weeks of 2022, Thomas Jefferson parent Shawna Yashar made an odd discovery. Her son h ...

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High school harpists are not criminals

January 19, 2023 | By CALEB TROTTER

Colorado high school sophomore Taryn Petruncola has played the harp since she was six years old. Aside from the joy that playing the harp brings Taryn, she also enjoys helping others. Through the years, she’s played for nursing homes and even during a family member’s funeral. As part of a business class that Taryn recently … ...

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The Hill : 11 states have ended judicial deference to executive agencies — more should follow their lead

January 17, 2023 | By DANIEL DEW

In federal and state courts around the country, Americans often face an uneven playing field when they square off against executive agencies, thanks to doctrines that require judges to rubber stamp agency interpretations of the law. And while the Supreme Court may be slow-walking the end of Chevron and Auer deference in the federal courts, … ...

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Reluctant heroes may be our only hope in the fight for equality

January 17, 2023 | By ANDREW QUINIO

“Why don’t you take a look around? You know what’s about to happen, what they’re up against. They could use a good pilot like you. You’re turning your back on them.” As the Galactic Empire closed in, Luke Skywalker was desperate for Han Solo to take up the Rebel cause. From the start of the … ...

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Landlords of Alameda County : How an eviction ban stole one couple’s American Dream

January 11, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

In Alameda County, California, a pandemic-era eviction ban has been in place for almost three years, even though COVID no longer poses the same threat it once did. As a result, “mom and pop” landlords have found themselves losing their livelihoods and dealing with problematic, and sometimes violent, tenants with no way to get rid ̷ ...

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The Federalist : How A Cat With A Gunshot Wound Is Bringing Property Rights Disputes Before The Supreme Court

January 09, 2023 | By JIM MANLEY

Not many cases involving speeding and littering end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Fewer still involve shooting a cat. Hardly any will set national policy for property rights disputes involving 620 million acres of federal lands. On Nov. 30, the Supreme Court heard arguments in just such a case. At issue in Wilkins v. … ...

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California Globe : Malibu Doubles Down on Anti-ADU Stance 

January 09, 2023 | By DAVID DEERSON

In August 2021, the Malibu City Council refused to let a family build an addition to their home for their 80 plus year old, disabled grandmother. Councilmembers claimed they understood the importance of her situation and wanted to help, but—gosh-darn-it—their hands were tied by the law, which simply wouldn’t allow them to grant the permit ...

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The Hill : Special interests should not control licensing board appointments

January 09, 2023 | By STEPHEN SLIVINSKI

In 2006, the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners declared war on shopping mall teeth whiteners. They sent 47 cease-and-desist letters to operators of kiosks offering teeth whitening services. These kiosks were selling over-the-counter teeth whitening products and offering a chair for people to sit in and apply the products themselves. The dent ...

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Star Tribune : Collecting taxes, Minnesota steals assets of the vulnerable

January 06, 2023 | By CHRISTINA MARTIN

In 2015, officials in Hennepin County seized an elderly woman’s condo and sold it, over about $2,300 of unpaid property taxes, plus $12,700 in penalties, interest and fees. They sold that home for $40,000 and kept every penny, robbing elderly Geraldine Tyler of her home equity. And that’s just one example. From 2014 through 2021, ̷ ...