Jail Populations Slightly Up, But Shrinking Overall, Study Shows

Number held without conviction reaches new high

prisonSome 740,700 inmates were held in county and city jails in 2016, a recently released report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows, a slight increase from the number similarly incarcerated in 2015, but a notable decline from the 2008 peak of 785,500, a 30 year high.

A Mind to Know God

Review: 'What Are We Doing Here' by Marilynne Robinson

An important part of my education began with a discussion of fairies. Before orientation at my small midwest liberal arts college, I overheard a professor who would become my mentor and friend complain of a student who confessed the existence of fairies and other nature spirits. His elfen creed was this student's act of resistance to the world's desacralization, a gesture of defiance at modernity's disenchantment. My friend understood the sentiment, sympathized with this desire for Narnia, but objected on the rather Chestertonian grounds that creation was plenty miraculous and magical enough without Puck dancing in sacred groves. He objected as a Christian and as a scholar of the early modern. The novelist Marilynne Robinson, had she met the student, might have gently responded in much the same way for much the same reasons.

Wrong to Recuse

Critics say NLRB watchdog's conflict of interest memo unfairly targets GOP appointees

William EmanuelA Trump-appointed labor arbiter is under fire for reversing one of the Obama administration's most controversial rulings, leading to a conflict of interest complaint that could hinder future appointees.

Booker and Gillibrand Want to Stymie Special Interest Spending, Except for Labor Unions and Ideological Groups

Under the law, corporate PACs and PACs associated with labor unions and ideological groups operate under the same standard

Senators Cory Booker (N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), who top the list of potential Democratic challengers to President Donald Trump in 2020, both announced last week that they would forgo accepting donations from corporate PACs in an effort to cure the corrosive effect they say special interest spending has had on the political system. But neither extended their pledge to labor unions and ideological groups.

The Limits of the Possible

Review: 'The Marshall Plan,' by Benn Steil

Modern Europe—as an actual entity, rather than just an idea or some stray fact of geography—was born on June 5, 1947. That's the day that George C. Marshall traveled up to Harvard to stand on the steps of Memorial Church and announce, "The United States should do whatever it is able to do to assist in the return of normal economic health to the world, without which there can be no political stability and no assured peace."

Businesses Cave to Social Media Pressure, Cut Ties With NRA

A number of companies have decided to end co-branding agreements with the National Rifle Association following pressure from gun-control advocates who blame the Second Amendment group for the tragic school shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida, last week.