By Eric M. Anderman, Professor, Educational Psychology, The Ohio State University. Several recent cheating scandals have rocked some of America's most prestigious high schools. Shutterstock.com Some of us might think that academic integrity is sacred in high-performing schools and that students who attend such schools are unlikely to cheat.
On CNN Friday, former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) tore into Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for likening Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to a suicide bomber in a comment to supporters — and suggested that it is an indication her own religious faith is rotten.
"For a woman to make this kind of statement means she's ignoring the fact we're all made in the image of God," said Kasich. "We all deserve respect. We don't deserve attacks. People who laugh at this, they don't understand what faith is all about. We wonder in this country why there's so much fighting, why there's so much name-calling, not just in politics about across the board. It's because people have lost sight of how important religion is, in terms of guiding individual behavior, and it's not about the negatives. It's about the positives."
"The idea that somebody would say something like this means they have really little understanding of what it means to have faith," continued Kasich. "I can't question her or think she's not a faithful person, but it sure gives you a sense that she does not understand that that is completely and totally inappropriate, and, frankly, as a person that is a Christian, it's flat-out wrong and it's very disappointing. These things need to be healed. These things need to be observed if we're going to begin to heal this country."
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Three people were shot at a crowded North Carolina mall on Black Friday — leading to a "stampede" for the exits that may have injured others, according to reports.
"Durham Councilman Mark-Anthony Middleton told WRAL News that three people were shot at The Streets at Southpoint shopping center on Friday afternoon. One person is now in custody," the station reported Friday afternoon. "WRAL reporter Aaron Thomas happened to be shopping inside one of the mall's stores on Friday."
Thomas told the station: "We were in the Express store, and I was looking around at one of the clothing racks, and all of a sudden, I see this swarm of people running. At that point, it's like you don't know what to do, do you run out or do you stay in the store and try to hunker down. We did lock down and they locked the doors."
An employee of Sunglass Hut told the station, "We were working with customers, and then all we saw was people starting to run and screaming, and then everybody was just starting to panic."
Jonah Kaplan, a reporter from ABC Channel 11, reported on Twitter that, "As alarming as the shooting was to shoppers, witnesses telling me what happened next was equally frightening: the stampede towards the exit, which may have also led (to) serious injuries."
Kaplan later reported that the victims included a 10-year-old. According to police, he said, "gunshots broke out among two groups of people who knew each other; one person arrested & they are pursuing several others."
The video below shows shoppers running for the exits.
#URGENT: Emerging reports of shots fired at Southpoint Mall in Durham, North Carolina\n\n#Durham l #NC\nUnconfirmed reports indicate shots have been fired inside the mall, possibly near the food court. Mall lockdown protocol has now been initiated.\nUpdates to follow!pic.twitter.com/l3QqYBF8JY— Intel Point ALERT (@Intel Point ALERT) 1637960656
Former president Donald Trump and his allies came "harrowingly close" to carrying out a successful coup and overthrowing democracy on Jan. 6, according to Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker, co-author of "I Alone Can Fix It."
On Friday, Rucker appeared on MSNBC alongside his co-author Carol Leonnig as well as Ashley Parker, the Post's White House bureau chief, to discuss the newspaper's recent three-part investigative report on the Capitol insurrection, called "The Attack."
Referring to efforts by Trump and his associates, including lawyer John Eastman, aimed at pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to delay or block certification of the Electoral College vote, host Nicole Wallace said, "This points so clearly at premeditation to do exactly what transpired on Jan. 6."
"I read your series and came away checking off how many things were successful," Wallace told Rucker. "They succeeded in delaying the vote, and but for the revelation in your book, that Pence got to the basement and refused to leave the building, they might have pulled off the Eastman coup plot."
"This country came harrowingly close to a coup, to democracy falling in effect," Rucker responded. "And what you just laid out, all of the actions by John Eastman and others in the days and hours leading up to Jan. 6, show how not only premeditated this was, but how close it came to succeeding."
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