Alan Greenblatt

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Advocates Back Paid Sick Leave, But Opponents Won't Cough It Up

Thursday, May 08, 2014

If you've ever seen your waiter sneeze, you may have asked for a different server. If you've seen one sneeze repeatedly, you might wonder why he's still at work, serving tainted food.

See, most restaurant workers don't get paid when they stay home sick. But, some go to work anyway, ...


Abortion Opponents Find Winning Strategy In Ohio

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The old abortion rights slogan — "safe, legal and rare" — has been turned on its head.

By imposing greater safety requirements on clinics, abortion opponents have succeeded in putting many of them out of business.

The goal of this strategy is not to ban abortion — "there are things ...


Death Penalty Fades As Hot-Button Issue

Friday, May 02, 2014

It's almost hard to remember how dominant an issue the death penalty was a generation ago.

Crime and drugs were the top issues for voters in 1994. Not coincidentally, support for the death penalty peaked that year, at 80 percent, according to Gallup polling.

Opposition to the death ...


States Struggle To Find An Execution Method That Works

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

States have always struggled to find humane ways to carry out the death penalty. For a generation, they have favored lethal injection, but that method has become increasingly problematic.

It's coming under increased scrutiny following the death of Clayton Lockett, who died Tuesday of a heart attack after writhing visibly ...


Gays In Cincinnati: From Second-Class Citizens To Fully Accepted

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ryan Messer decided he could go home again.

Messer was one of a number of gay men of his generation who packed up and left Cincinnati, a city with a history of official discrimination, for friendlier cities on the coasts.

"They still have this Cincinnati group in San Diego," he ...


At The NRA Meeting: Come For The Guns, Stay For The Camaraderie

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ben Pickering can't believe his luck.

"Holy cow," he keeps saying. "Man, that's just incredible. That's just amazing."

Pickering won a drawing for an Ambush rifle, an $1,800 AR-15-style model. Pickering already has a lot of weapons — "I honestly could not count," he says — but he's still excited ...


In Illinois, A Town That's Half-Destroyed But Filled With Hope

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Washington is just starting to rebuild.

Much of the central Illinois town was wiped away by a half-mile-wide tornado in November. In all, 1,108 homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable — a huge share of the housing stock in a city of 15,000.

"Early on, people were asking me how ...


Stowaway Teen May Have Been Trying To Reunite With His Mom

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The latest word about the teenager who survived a ride Sunday from California to Hawaii in the frigid wheel well of a jet is that he may have hoped to eventually get to Somalia to be with his mother.

Because he's a juvenile, authorities and news outlets have ...


Out Of Clout: Some States Brace For Washington Power Outage

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

When the next Congress is sworn in, Iowa's congressional delegation will be unusually green. Precisely half of its lawmakers on Capitol Hill are retiring at the end of this session, meaning the state will be losing decades of clout and seniority in Washington, D.C.

And Iowa isn't even the biggest ...


Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cowardice comes in many forms, but there's a special sense of shame reserved for captains who abandon ship.

South Korean authorities have arrested Capt. Lee Jun-Seok, who was one of the first to flee from the ferry as it sank on Wednesday.

"I can't lift my face before the ...


In Connecticut, An Obama Campaign Replay

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Few places have embraced President Obama — and his policies — with as much gusto as Connecticut.

The state recently became the first to raise the minimum wage to Obama's preferred rate of $10.10 an hour. The state also toughened already strict gun laws following the Newtown school shooting, something ...


Lost Malaysian Plane Could Land In Cultural Lore

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared more than a month ago, but it still compels significant attention, despite the passage of time and lack of definitive information about where it may have gone.

While many events over time fade from general knowledge, the circumstances surrounding this one may serve to secure ...


Should Soldiers Be Armed At Military Posts?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

For John Lott, Wednesday's mass shooting at Fort Hood was a test of personal beliefs that struck uncomfortably close to home.

His son is serving at Fort Hood and was close enough to the activity to hear shots and screaming.

But he wasn't in a position to respond. Department of ...


Some States Seek To Bless Prayer In Public Schools

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Religious groups have been testing the limits on prayer in public school for decades. Now they think they've come up with a new strategy that will allow students to pray wherever and whenever they want.

Bills have been moving in a number of states that would allow students to engage ...


Would March Be Less Mad If Players Were Paid?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Would March Madness be terribly different if the players were paid?

Probably not. The college basketball tournament might become more professionalized, but it wouldn't look much different from what we're seeing right now.

"I don't see it changing one iota," says ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas.

Last week's National Labor ...


Of Me I Sing: Americans Construct An Opt-Out Society

Friday, March 28, 2014

Americans want to go their own way.

The right of individuals to question authority is one of the strongest facets of American life. But the ability to strike out on your own has always been balanced against the need for communal action in a complicated, continental country.

Right now, the ...

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In Ohio, Gov. Kasich Rises From Forsaken to Favorite

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Early in his term, Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich was considered the most unpopular governor in the country. Between that and a sputtering state economy, a second term looked like a dicey proposition.

But Kasich's standing has recovered over the past two years and the latest polling ...


Joseph Kony Is Back In The News. Do Teenagers Still Care?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

You can learn from failures as well as successes. The story of the Joseph Kony video provides both.

Two years ago, a 30-minute video about Kony became one of the biggest viral sensations in Internet history, turning a little-known central African warlord — briefly — into a


In Illinois, A Governor's Luck Gets Tested Again

Monday, March 17, 2014

The numbers look bad for Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois has remained in lousy shape throughout Quinn's five years in office.

The state's jobless rate is the worst in the Midwest and among the highest in the country. Quinn pushed through a sizable tax increase early in his ...


Governors' Races Offer Promise For Democrats

Monday, March 10, 2014

Elections for governor could provide some good news for Democrats this fall, giving them the chance to regain ground in a few states where the party has had good fortune recently.

At this early stage, Republicans are expected to hold control of the House and pick up seats in the ...