The Thursday wrap
Researchers are cautioning that a move away from handwriting could impair children's motor skills and memory. Common Core de-emphasizes handwriting, reminds The New York Times. Next! ... Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf has a 20 percentage-point lead (51-31 percent) over Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the first poll since last month's primary. Indeed, it's early. But what Camp Corbett has to find troubling is that only 59 percent of polled Republicans support him. Five months is a short time to win back your squandered base. ... The Society of Professional Journalists says passage of a federal “shield law” for reporters “is about protecting the ability for (sic) Americans to receive the information they need to adequately self-govern.” How, pray tell, does effectively giving the federal government the de facto right to license journalists do that? ...Opines The Toledo, Ohio, Block Bugler, in response to the United States swapping Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners: “The arguments against the exchange ... are astonishing in their heartlessness at the plight of a young soldier.” The Bugler also says opposition is “clear evidence of the ends to which President Barack Obama's opponents will go not to give his government credit for anything.” Conveniently missing from the editorial is the fact that Mr. Bergdahl appears to have gone AWOL and that those five Taliban “prisoners” are high-ranking members of the terrorist organization's command structure. But, hey, why let the facts get in the way of blind adoration?