• Boston College Philosophy Professor Offers Students Extra Credit for Going on First Date

    Boston College Philosophy Professor Offers Students Extra Credit for Going on First Date

    A Boston College philosophy professor—dubbed the “dating professor” for offering extra credit for students who go on first dates—says that dating has become “a weirdly countercultural thing to do.”

    In Kerry Cronin’s class, the unconventional assignment used to be mandatory, but now is offered for extra credit, because students would ask someone on a date, but often didn’t follow through.

    “I realized at that point that the social script of dating was really long gone,” Cronin told The Washington Post. READ MORE...

  • Cruz Pushes to Make the Tax Cuts Permanent

    Cruz Pushes to Make the Tax Cuts Permanent

    Republicans are looking to make the tax cuts from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act President Donald Trump signed into law Dec. 22 permanent.

    “We’ve been able to deliver on a number of our most important promises to the voters. None is more important than the victory of tax reform,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said April 12 at a press conference held by Americans for Tax Reform, a nonprofit that opposes all tax increases.

    The income tax cuts aren’t currently permanent and the tax cuts are set to expire in 2025 if legislation isn’t passed. READ MORE...

  • 3 Student Journalists Sue University for Covering Up Teacher's Role in Anti-Trump Rally

    3 Student Journalists Sue University for Covering Up Teacher’s Role in Anti-Trump Rally

    Three student journalists have filed a lawsuit against their Illinois university and an instructor, alleging that the teacher grabbed and broke a smartphone as they tried to report on an anti-Trump rally.   

    The three students’ federal suit against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and instructor Tariq Khan says that the university got a restraining order preventing them from reporting on Khan’s involvement in the November protest against President Donald Trump.

    Khan, 39, was charged with destruction of property after taking and smashing a student’s smartphone on the pavement, an action caught on video. READ MORE...

  • 4 Departments Got Larger Percentage Funding Increases Than Defense

    4 Departments Got Larger Percentage Funding Increases Than Defense

    Republicans in Congress tout increased military spending in the omnibus budget bill signed by President Donald Trump, but spending on defense actually increased less than four other areas in percentage terms.

    An analysis by CQ shows that four other areas are getting larger increases in spending than the Defense Department. In descending order by percentage increase, the top five budget winners are:

    1. Transportation/Housing and Urban Development: 20.1%

    The omnibus bill raised combined spending on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development to $70.3 billion, a 20.1 percent increase from the fiscal year 2017 budget allocating $58.5 billion. READ MORE...

  • Colorado Students Hold Second Amendment Walkout

    Colorado Students Hold Second Amendment Walkout

    Students at a Colorado high school on Wednesday demonstrated their support for the Second Amendment by conducting a walkout to counter the pro-gun control narrative.

    Zachary Schneider, a student at Woodland Park High School in Colorado, said he participated in the event to demonstrate that not all students are in favor of stricter gun control laws.

    “It’s all over the news right now that all students hate guns,” Schneider told KXRM-TV, the Fox broadcast network affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “I wanted to show that not all students feel that way.” READ MORE...

  • Why Ben Shapiro Thinks the Media Will Ignore YouTube Shooting

    Why Ben Shapiro Thinks the Media Will Ignore YouTube Shooting

    Many in the media will ignore the Tuesday shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, because the facts of the situation don’t support their narrative, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro says.

    “Since this person is a weird person with a mental illness and left-wing leanings and a Muslim background, that means this is not going to be news beyond, you know, the next five minutes,” he added.

    What made the shooter “weird,” Shapiro described, was her YouTube videos, where she depicted animal cruelty in order to further her animal rights agenda, and her rants against YouTube and its censorship of her videos resulting in a loss of income. READ MORE...

  • Conservative Leaders Back Mike Pompeo as 'Change Agent' at State Department

    Conservative Leaders Back Mike Pompeo as ‘Change Agent’ at State Department

    CIA Director Mike Pompeo would be a “positive agent for change” as secretary of state, more than 100 conservative leaders say in a memo supporting his nomination by President Donald Trump.

    The memo from the Conservative Action Project applauds Trump’s selection of Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson at the State Department as a positive move for the president’s agenda.

    Pompeo, a former three-term Republican congressman from Kansas, would be a “valuable asset to President Trump in imparting his agenda at home and abroad,” the conservative leaders say. “We support his nomination and urge his swift [Senate] confirmation.” READ MORE...

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