The reason Mark Zuckerberg’s comments are laughable

(CNN)In the course of Mark Zuckerberg’s back and forth with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last week, the New York congresswoman asked him: “So you won’t take down lies or you will take down lies? I think that’s just a pretty simple yes or no?” Zuckerberg refused the bait contained in the word “lies” and responded, “people should be able to see for themselves what politicians that they may or may not vote for are saying.” Behind this strategy lie two oft quoted statements by Justice Louis Brandeis: “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants” and “the remedy for harmful speech is more speech, not enforced silence.” And behind these two free speech platitudes is the assumption that when bad or …

Trump’s disastrous reversal of tough auto emissions rules

(CNN)States across America are ready to hit the accelerator toward limiting carbon emissions from cars and trucks so why is the federal government putting up a giant roadblock? Avlon: Don’t listen to what he says, look at what he does The aims behind these higher standards are simple: to cut pollution and advance cleaner technology. By implementing higher standards, these states benefit from cleaner air — and from the peace of mind that comes from knowing they’re helping America fight global warming. That states have rallied for this cause shouldn’t be a surprise. For more than 50 years, certain states have set stronger limits on tailpipe pollution as federal standards have failed to protect their citizens. This is not to …

Will this 13-year-old child-poet be considered for possible sainthood?

Washington, D.C. (CNN)“A champion is a winner, a hero… someone who never gives up, even when the going gets rough… someone who overcomes challenges, even when it requires creative solutions… someone who plays the game, even when the game is called life… especially when the game is called life…” — Mattie J.T. Stepanek And while the words are quite simple, like many of the “Heartsongs” — or expressions of inner purpose that Mattie shared in his poetry and essays and speeches and everyday conversations — the message is profound, and the impact of his existence and his essence is life-changing. Yes, Mattie’s words matter. In believable, achievable, and understandable ways, his messages remind us that hope is real, that peace …