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Young conservatism’s firebrand

Q&A | Witty, provocative pundit Ben Shapiro is the blunt spokesman for a new generation of political conservatives
by Sophia Lee
Posted 12/05/17, 09:16 pm

Ben Shapiro, 33, is an Orthodox Jew, a father, and a UCLA and Harvard Law grad. Shapiro was a Breitbart editor and is now editor in chief of The Daily Wire, a website that includes his own podcast. Shapiro’s young conservative fans enjoy his skepticism toward the Republican Party and Donald Trump (he was an early Never Trumper), his irreverent yet intelligent tone, his references to both pop culture and philosophical books, and his lawyerly, facts-only dissection of current issues.

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Commissioning conflict

First Amendment | Civil rights board recommends creating protected classes for sexual orientation and gender identity
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 12/05/17, 02:00 pm

The headquarters of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) is a mile and a half, or a brisk 20-minute walk, west of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washigton, D.C. Despite its geographic proximity, the release last week of a report calling for a federal LGBT nondiscrimination law indicates the commissioners are far removed from what was heard at the high court Tuesday.

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Fighting for free speech at private universities

First Amendment | When administrators aren’t required to abide by the First Amendment, can students still speak up?
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 11/28/17, 01:49 pm

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is no Berkeley-on-the-Hudson: Nothing burned during a student protest outside an October black-tie fundraiser hosted by school President Shirley Ann Jackson. But the protest and the ensuing disciplinary charges against two students at the Troy, N.Y., school highlights the lack of constitutional accountability at private institutions, including Christian colleges.

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