My Online Stuff Round-Up (Friday, March 9th Edition)

It has been a busy blogging day, so here’s today’s round-up featuring posts from Caffeinated Thoughts, Truth in American Education, and The National Pulse.

Two Important Bills Are in a Holding Pattern in the Iowa Legislature

The fetal heartbeat abortion ban bill has been assigned to the Iowa House Human Resources Committee and has yet to be assigned a subcommittee. Similarly, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is still waiting for a floor vote in the Iowa Senate and needs to pass a House committee before March 16th.

Ernst Urges Trump to Reconsider Tariffs

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa): “I am urging the President to reconsider this proposal, not just for its impacts on Iowa, but for the negative consequences this proposal could have on rural communities throughout the nation, America’s farmers, and our national security.”

Google’s Takeover in the Classroom

Education Week published an article this week about how Google has taken over the classroom over the last five years. This raises student data privacy concerns.

Ben Sasse: “We are on the verge of a painful and stupid trade war.”

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) has been a fierce critic of President Donald Trump’s trade policies and sharply criticized his tariff proposals. He is a chief protagonist for free trade in the U.S. Senate representing Nebraska that he says is one of the most pro-trade states in the nation.

Will the Supreme Court’s Swing Vote Retire?

Replacing Kennedy with a solid, originalist jurist like the newest member of the Court, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, would dramatically shift the court towards originalism and, hopefully, lead to positive outcomes in some important cases before the Court. Replacing him with the wrong jurist would be a disaster.