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...But They'll Be Back

May 11, 2005 - In what is becoming a theme for the day, Florida business interests tried to push a package of tort "reform" measures through the state legislature, but only got a fraction of what they wanted this session.

Privileges

May 11, 2005 - The Tennessean reports that all Tennessee state senators, no matter how long they serve or whether they were elected or appointed, get a major, lifelong discount on the state employees' health insurance plan.

Dred Scott Rolls in His Grave

May 5, 2005 - In his column in the Times today, David Brooks (as usual) lays spurious claim to a "middle ground" (what he calls "Lincoln's land") between passionate, crusading evangelicals and the "bland relativism of the militant secularists" (whatever that is).

Houston Has a Problem

May 5, 2005 - Last December, the Dallas Morning News (reg req'd) uncovered anomalies in Houston school district test scores: it seemed that the Bush Administration's No Child Left Behind initiative, with its threat of sanctions for schools with low scores on standardized tests, was driving s

Ghosts of Mississippi

May 5, 2005 - The FBI is exhuming Emmett Till's body as part of a reopened 50-year-old murder case, evidently to prove both that the body is really his and to establish how he died. From the Clarion-Ledger: