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What Is A Hate Crime? The Narrow Legal Definition Makes It Hard To Charge And Convict

Written by Jeannine Bell, Indiana University____A white man travels to one business and kills several workers. He then kills more people at a similar business.Six of the eight people he killed are Asian women, leading many people to call for him to be charged under the new state hate crime law. Authorities resist, saying they aren’t sure that racial bias motivated the...

Making It Easier To Vote Does Not Threaten Election Integrity

Written by Douglas R. Hess, Grinnell College____As state legislators consider hundreds of bills on election policies this spring, false claims of voter fraud are being repeated as justification for proposals to claw back recent advances that have made voting easier for Americans.In debates about election policy, making it easier to vote and election integrity are frequently...