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Chicago Tribune (October 30)

2018/ 10/ 31 by jd in Global News

“The caravan of several thousand people coming north through Mexico has stirred all sorts of fears here at home…. But the actual grounds for fear are sparse.” Some won’t complete the journey. Many will apply for asylum. Only a small percentage will eventually make it into the U.S., either legally or illegally. Furthermore, “a body of evidence indicates that immigrants in general are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.”


New York Times (April 10)

2018/ 04/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Mr. Trump has spent his career in the company of…grifters, cons, sharks, goons and crooks. He cuts corners, he lies, he cheats, he brags about it, and for the most part, he’s gotten away with it, protected by threats of litigation, hush money and his own bravado.” Not, apparently, much longer. “Mr. Trump now has real reason to be afraid. A raid on a lawyer’s office doesn’t happen every day.” In fact, it only happens when investigators have real “reason to believe they’d find evidence of a crime there and that they didn’t trust the lawyer not to destroy that evidence.”


New York Times (October 30)

2017/ 10/ 31 by jd in Global News

“Alarming new evidence” indicates “that insect populations worldwide are in rapid decline.” We need to take the “proven steps” that can slow the decline even as we look for ways to reverse it. “The fate of the world’s insects is inseparable from our own.”


Chicago Tribune (June 15)

2017/ 06/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Donald Trump should be extremely worried about his presidency.” It’s easy to see why he “is still ruminating about firing Mueller,” the special counsel, even though that “would be politically disastrous, fueling impeachment fever…. His presidency is imperiled so long as Mueller compels witnesses to testify, accumulates written evidence and traces the myriad of ties between the Trump team and Russians.”


LA Times (May 10)

2017/ 05/ 12 by jd in Global News

“The shocking dismissal of FBI Director James B. Comey by a president whose campaign he was investigating can’t be undone. The immediate priority is to safeguard the integrity of that investigation and its credibility in the eyes of the public and to preserve the evidence that has been amassed.”


Cover (March 16)

2017/ 03/ 18 by jd in Global News

Disclosure of “how many claims are paid out is absolutely the right thing to do” in the insurance industry. “Paying claims is the only way our industry can prove its worth to its customers and advisers…. This is why publication is so important. Claims statistics give advisers the evidence to help them reassure clients who believe policies hardly ever pay out. Honesty and openness is the best policy.”


New York Times (March 6)

2017/ 03/ 08 by jd in Global News

“President Trump had no evidence on Saturday morning when he smeared his predecessor, President Barack Obama…. Just contemplate the recklessness — the sheer indifference to truth and the moral authority of the American presidency — revealed here: one president baselessly charging criminality by another, all in a childish Twitter rampage.”


CNN (December 1)

2016/ 12/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exists today. More than five trillion pieces of plastic are already in the oceans, and by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish, by weight… Some 8 million tons of plastic trash leak into the ocean annually, and it’s getting worse every year. Americans are said to use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.” The potentially catastrophic impact largely lies beyond our gaze in remote places, like Midway Atoll, where birds are dying from plastic consumption. There is now also “growing evidence that fish may prefer eating plastic to food,” and that the nano-plastics and styrene that make their way into the food chain could have profoundly negative consequences for humankind.


USA Today (August 25)

2016/ 08/ 27 by jd in Global News

Most U.S. middle and high schools “still start earlier than 8:30 a.m.,” despite growing scientific evidence that older students should sleep later. Next month, “Seattle will become one of the largest urban districts to push back start times…. Less tardiness and more attentive students should be enough to awaken more districts to the benefits of later start times for teenagers.”


Bloomberg (January 26)

2016/ 01/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Why are economists so willing to declare to the world that free trade is good?” Their consensus flies in the face of popular opinion and “powerful evidence that industries and regions that have been more exposed to Chinese import competition since 2000—the year China joined the World Trade Organization—have been hit hard and have not recovered.”


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