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Senate privacy hawks score a win that delays surveillance renewal – POLITICO

Posted: May 14, 2020 at 4:55 pm

FISA is a Watergate-era law that serves as the foundation for national security probes and governs federal surveillance, both domestically and of Americans abroad. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) offered the amendment that lawmakers adopted Wednesday.

BREAKING: BIG win tonight for the protection of Americans privacy and civil liberties! Leahy tweeted after the vote. Tomorrow we turn to the underlying bill, and then on to House.

Approval of the amendment marked a legislative coup for privacy advocates and civil libertarians, who have struggled lately to maintain the legislative gains they had achieved after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked details about the governments most secret spying programs.

Wednesdays successful push also adds a new wrinkle to what has become a months-long saga to renew intelligence authorities that expired on March 15 after Congress left town in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic without reaching an agreement.

Sen. Mike Lee. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Once the bill returns to the House, its unclear if the change will mollify privacy advocates enough to allow for a quick approval. House Republicans, who have spent weeks demanding that the chamber return to normal business, could also push to reopen a broader debate over changes to FISA.

My sense from my House counterparts was this is a carefully crafted compromise and that it could potentially unravel if it comes back with this amendment, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told POLITICO.

But Warner, who voted against the reform measure, noted that 75 House Democrats voted against the renewal bill the first time in March and that with the amendment, maybe it could pick up more.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the former GOP whip, said that it could be the House will just take it up and pass it, but declined to speculate on when that might be.

Lee, who had lobbied Trump to veto the House bill if it reached his desk, said in a statement that the reform measure will help bring some much-needed oversight and accountability to FISA.

More work still needs to be done, but this is good reform in the right direction, and I look forward to final passage of this FISA reform legislation, the Utah Republican added.

The Senate is expected to pass its version of the bill on Thursday, but first lawmakers will have to vote on an amendment by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), which is expected to fail. Paul, a close Trump ally, has also pushed the president to veto the legislation.

Paul has indicated that he would continue to urge a veto unless all three reform amendments were adopted.

Before notching their victory, privacy-minded lawmakers were dealt a setback Wednesday, when they came up one vote shy of approving an amendment that would have protected Americans internet browsing and search history from federal surveillance.

As far as I can tell we lost because there were some people absent, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who co-sponsored the measure with Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), told POLITICO. I intend to keep coming back to make sure that any administration cant spy on [Americans] and violate the Constitution.

The bill incorporates new privacy provisions into FISA and imposes new requirements on the FISA court system. It also permanently ends a deactivated NSA program that had allowed the countrys largest intelligence organization to obtain, with judicial approval, Americans phone records in terrorism probes.

Under an agreement struck in March, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can introduce up to three amendments of his own to undercut or weaken the others. However, he declined to do so Wednesday.

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More Doctors Speak Out AGAINST Face Masks If No Health Benefit, What is the Real Reason They are Mandated? – stopthefud

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Ironically, as coronavirus deaths continue to decline in the US and as more states are opening up, there appears to be an increase in mask wearing. Are the face masks going to prevent the spreadof the virus? Will they protect people from the virus? Or may they actually cause harm to some people?

Oreven: are they a new form of virtue signaling, a show of submission to the authorities? Could mandatory face mask requirements be the prelude to mandatory vaccines and other measures in the near future?

Plenty of prominent MDs including Fauci not long ago have condemned the mass masking of America. Are they right?

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Why isnt Ron DeSantis getting as much love as other governors? The Florida Insiders have some ideas – Tampa Bay Times

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Gov. Ron DeSantis finds himself in a peculiar position while managing the biggest crisis of his political career.

The Republican leader is still more liked than disliked in Florida, but his popularity has fallen ever since he announced the first coronavirus cases in the Sunshine State.

Similarly, most Floridians think DeSantis has handled this emergency well, but governors in other states are getting much higher marks for their coronavirus response, according to the latest Washington Post/Ipsos poll. Seventy-one percent of Americans approve of how their governor is facing this challenge; but in Florida, 60 percent feel the same about DeSantis.

Why is this? And what can DeSantis do about it?

For answers, the Tampa Bay Times surveyed more than 200 of the states most plugged-in politicos campaign operatives, fundraisers, party officials, lobbyists, political scientists and more from both side of the aisle. They were allowed to weigh-in anonymously to encourage honesty from people closely involved in the political process. Most arent strangers to distress and some deal with crisis management full-time.

When the Times polled the Florida Insiders in March, about 60 percent gave DeSantis an A or B for his response to the coronavirus. Asked to grade him again two months later, the As and Bs dropped to half, while the Ds and Fs have doubled to 30 percent.

Several pointed out this is an unprecedented global crisis with imperfect solutions, and difficult decisions will always leave some people unhappy.

People want to blame someone for anything that does not go as planned and he is at the top, one Republican said. Long after this is over I think people will appreciate his measured step by step approach.

Added another: He had no place to go but down, but he still remains highly popular.

But many others from both parties said DeSantis has suffered from unforced errors and a partisan approach. Other governors appear to have won over bipartisan support despite making tough public health and economic choices. About 86 percent of Ohioans support Republican leader Mike DeWines coronavirus response, for example, and 81 percent of New Yorkers are behind Democrat Andrew Cuomo of New York.

Meanwhile, six in 10 of Floridians approve of DeSantis coronavirus approach.

Some Democrats and independents who were pleasantly surprised by the governor earlier in his term became disenchanted with his response to COVID-19, explained one Insider not affiliated with either party. During a crisis, many people expect strong executive action and DeSantis instead waited several weeks to issue a stay at home order (objectively, this may or may not have been a good strategy, but it is not what the majority of Floridians wanted to see at that time). So despite the fact that Florida is doing pretty well on COVID-19 deaths compared to the other states, DeSantis is not getting much credit yet."

Bringing in people from the other side of the aisle could have united the state around his response, one Democrat said. Allow everyone to have a voice because it makes it harder to criticize him from a partisan lens with Democrats are at the table.

Several Insiders said DeSantis needed to show more empathy and compassion. Others said his criticism of experts and the media appeared petty. One veteran Republican called DeSantis, Tone deaf."

I get he doesnt understand the plight of the average Floridian, but his team should stop telling him what he wants to hear.

The most frequently discussed theory for DeSantis lower polling is his close relationship to President Donald Trump. The word Trump came up nearly 60 times in the responses from the Florida Insiders.

Democrats, and even some Republicans, are vexed why DeSantis has chosen this moment to realign himself with Trump, whose response to coronavirus has polarized the country. According to the Washington Post poll, 43 percent of Americans almost exclusively Republicans approve of Trumps efforts to halt the virus.

DeSantis "has been acting and speaking more Trump-like, said one Republican who otherwise gave DeSantis high marks. People think hes lost some of his original independence. His advice? Be bold, follow science and not politics. Stop trying to sound like Trump.

Or, as another Republican put it: Kissing Trumps a-- is a losing strategy. Put Florida over your 2024 ambitions.

Many said DeSantis hasnt recovered from perceptions formed during his early missteps. In the first weeks of the crisis, DeSantis shared confusing, and sometimes conflicting, information with the public. It could take his office hours, even days, to clarify information. His orders often vexed local officials, many of which couldnt get the governor on the phone.

If ever faced with a similar crisis, DeSantis should, Work with cities and counties from day one, one Democrat suggested.

His most confusing order was his most important one: the April 1 directive to effectively shut down the state. Hours after he issued it, DeSantis quietly signed a second executive order that attempted to clarify what localities could do on their own. It didnt.

One Republican offered this advice to DeSantis: Dont put things in executive orders that you dont mean. No waffling, no walking back.

He should have implemented more frequent, robust and regular briefings from the (emergency operations center) to demonstrate that he is fully and completely engaged, with all hands on deck, said another Republican. I hate to say it, but any success of Floridas having flattened the curve is more related to luck than proactive, decisive action.

Some suggested the lack of transparency has turned public opinion. Before the virus even arrived, DeSantis declined to share coronavirus testing figures. Then he waited a day to announce the states first two positive cases.

For weeks, his administration shielded cases at nursing homes and assisted living facilities from the public, and only relented when news organizations sued.

Crisis comms 101: Get facts out there, one Republican said. Dont hide info consumers expect and deserve.

DeSantis is also juggling two crises at once: the coronavirus and an unemployment system failing to deliver benefits to hundreds of thousands of people out of work. DeSantis inherited a broken website not equipped to handle so many claims, but it has nonetheless created a public relations nightmare for the current office holder.

Almost 40 percent of Insiders said former governor-turned-U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is to blame for that mess, and about 35 percent faulted both Republicans. Only three out 200 respondents said DeSantis was solely responsible.

This is the first time people have had the opportunity to observe how he handles situations that actually affect them, a Republican said. And the unemployment compensation debacle is reflecting on him even though he is trying to explain it away by blaming Rick Scott.

Others said the media has made it difficult for DeSantis to change the narrative around his response, even as DeSantis has found his footing, as one put it. For example: His strategy to reopen Florida sooner than many states, but not as aggressively as his counterparts across the South, struck the right balance, many Insiders said.

Hes earned some serious scrutiny but I think the national media has piled on him while hes been better than at least half the GOP governors in this country, one Democrat wrote. I believe hes been wishy-washy and too slow at times. I also dont like his naked political appeals to his base with his demagogic rhetoric about New York. But I think his drop in popularity is due to a one-sided media storm no other elected official in the country has faced including the President.

About 58 percent of respondents said May 4 was the right time for DeSantis to restart Floridas economy; 38 percent said it was too soon. Public health experts have cautioned that reopening too much, too quickly could lead to a second wave of coronavirus cases.

A majority also said that DeSantis Phase One plan for reopening allowing some customers at restaurants, stores and museums, but keeping bars, gyms and movie theaters closed was just right. Three in 10, mostly Democrats, thought the plan is too aggressive with so many people still infected. The rest, mostly Republicans, said DeSantis should have restarted more of Floridas economy.

The media, by and large, portrayed the governor as indecisive and waffling, even though, by not imposing strict sanctions, he was being very decisive, one Republican said. He just could not get his message through to the people in any meaningful way.

This month, 92 Democrats, 94 Republicans and 14 people registered no party affiliation or with another party responded to the poll. This months Florida Insiders are:

Joseph Abruzzo, Erin Aebel, Liz Alarcon, Tom Alte, Jason Altmire, Fernand Amandi, Peter Antonacci, Scott Arceneaux, Donna Arduin, Dave Aronberg, Brad Ashwell, Jon M. Ausman, Roger Austin, Tim Baker, Ryan Banfill, Christina Barker, Michael Barnett, Scott Barnhart, Patrick Baskette, Ashley Bauman, Geoffrey Becker, Samuel Bell, Allan Bense, Wayne Bertsch, Ron Bilbao, Barney Bishop III, Greg Blair, Katie Bohnett, Bill Bunkley, Alex Burgos, Dominic M. Calabro, Kristy Campbell, Tim Canova, Gabriela Castillo, Betty Castor, Kevin Cate, Mitch Ceasar, Alan Clendenin, Brad Coker, Gus Corbella, Brian Crowley, Husein Cumber, Carlos Curbelo, David Custin, Justin Day, Hayden Dempsey, Richard DeNapoli, Pablo Diaz, Victor DiMaio, Victor DiMaio, Tony DiMatteo, Michael Dobson, Paula Dockery, Doc Dockery, John Dowless, Bob Doyle, Pete Dunbar, Barry Edwards, Eric Eikenberg, Mike Fasano, Peter Feaman, Mark Ferrulo, Damien Filer, Marty Fiorentino, Mark Foley, Mark Foley, Kirk Fordham, Towson Fraser, Keith Frederick, Ellen Freidin, John French, Jack Furnari, Wayne Garcia, Stephen Gaskill, Josh Geise, Steve Geller, Richard Gentry, Julia Gill Woodward, Susan Glickman, Brian Goff, Susan Goldstein, Alma Gonzalez, Ron Greenstein, Thomas Grigsby, Joe Gruters, Stephanie Grutman Zauder, Mike Hamby, Marion Hammer, Chris Hand, Mike Hanna, Abel Harding, James Harris, Alexander Heckler, Rich Heffley, Bill Helmich, Cynthia Henderson, Laura Hernandez, Don Hinkle, Jim Holton, Jim Horne, Tyler Hudson, Yolanda Jackson, Aubrey Jewett, David Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Christina Johnson, Eric Johnson, Eric Jotkoff, Fred Karlinsky, Joshua Karp, Henry Kelley, John Konkus, Chris Korge, Jeff Kottkamp, Kartik Krishnaiyer, Stephanie Kunkel, Jackie Lee, Bill Lee, Matt Lettelleir, Beth Leytham, Shannon Love, Nikki Lowrey, Javier Manjarres, Roly Marante, William March, Daniela Martins, Beth Matuga, Nancy McGowan, Kathy Mears, Andrea Mercado, David Mica, Jamie Miller, Paul Mitchell, Travis Moore, Lucy Morgan, John Morgan, Samuel Neimeiser, Meredith ORourke, Stephanie Owens , Maurizio Passariello, Alex Patton, Brandon Patty, Darryl Paulson, Jorge Pedraza, Juan Penalosa, Evelyn Perez-Verdia, Rachel Perrin Rogers, Joe Perry, Ron Pierce, JC Planas, Van Poole, Evan Power, David Ramba, David Rancourt, George Riley, Jim Rimes, Franco Ripple, Patrick Roberts, Jason Rosenberg, Sarah Rumpf, Ron Sachs, April Salter, Tom Scarritt, April Schiff, Jack Seiler, Mel Sembler, Stephen Shiver, Kyle Simon, Alex Sink, Patrick Slevin, Stephanie Smith, Adam Smith, Eleanor Sobel, John Stemberger, Alan Stonecipher, Amber Stoner Nunnally, Nancy Ann Texeira, Phillip Thompson, Cory Tilley, Greg C. Truax, Frank Tsamoutales, Greg Turbeville, Christian Ulvert, Jason Unger, Karen Unger, Matthew Van Name, Steven Vancore, Nancy Watkins, Screven Watson, Kevin Watson, Jonathan Webber, Susie Wiles, Marley Wilkes, Mike Williams, Rick Wilson, Jamie Wilson, Leslie Wimes, Jon Woodard, Eric Zichella, Christian Ziegler, Mark Zubaly,

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The mythic punch of the Lincoln Project’s ‘Mourning in America’ – Religion News Service

Posted: May 11, 2020 at 11:04 am

(RNS) Mourning in America, a sendup of Ronald Reagans famous 1984 Morning in America spot by the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican group, has garnered 1.5 million YouTube views in two days and evoked a Twitter rant from the president. Why?

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The Reagan-era original Morning in America creates a halcyon portrait of America before Vietnam, before Watergate, before the oil crisis and the Iran hostage crisis and stagflation and the Carter malaise. It is, in a word, restorationist, with a dimension of the religious restorationism note the church scene that President Reagan acquired growing up as a member of the Disciples of Christ. The Disciples, who endowed Reagan with what historian Joe Creech calls their unashamed city-on-the-hill patriotism, were founded in antebellum America with the goal of restoring primitive Christianity.

Thanks to Reagan, restorationism became core Republican ideology and a constant campaign theme, above all when a Democratic president needed replacing. In 1996, Bob Dole campaigned on restoring the American Dream. In 2000, George W. Bush pledged to restore honor and dignity to the presidency and to restore morale in our military.

In the 2012 election cycle, restorationist messaging by GOP presidential wannabes was everywhere. Newt Gingrichs campaign book asked readers to join us in this effort to restore America as a nation like no other. Rick Perry wanted to restore the nations principles. Ron Pauls cry was Restore America Now; his agenda, the Restore America Plan.

Amazon had on offer a Michele Bachmann for President pin that read, Restoring constitutional conservative values. Mitt Romneys super PAC was named Restore Our Future. Nor should we overlook the 2012 Republican Party platform, which employs restore and its cognates no fewer than 21 times.

But the apotheosis of Republican restorationism occurred in 2016, when candidate Trump appropriated Reagans Lets make America great again slogan and all but patented it under the now ubiquitous MAGA acronym.

Of course, Trump has advanced an America First conception of greatness that bears little resemblance to what Reagan had in mind when he regularly invoked John Winthrops extension of Jesus city on a hill metaphorto stand for American leadership in the world.

If you want to put it in theological terms, Reagans restorationism expressed the optimistic postmillennial ideal of his Disciples youth: Use this time to prepare the way for Christ to return to the best place possible. Trumps restorationism is akin to the premillennial nightmare of the Left Behind book series: We are a beleaguered few who can make it through the end times only by decontamination and walling ourselves off.

But so long as the pre-COVID economy persisted, it retained an aura of Reaganism.

Mourning in America destroys that aura. Instead of becoming prouder and stronger and better, America has become weaker and sicker and poorer. No longer able to point to a boffo stock market and ever lower unemployment, the Republican candidate for reelection signifies economic devastation and worry.

Where Morning in America portrayed Reagan as the messianic agent of restoration, Mourning in America casts Trump as the Anti-Reagan, who has to be defeated. Would we ever want to relive what his past four years have brought us?

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There are religion angles with a presidential run by Michigan Libertarian Justin Amash – GetReligion

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Despite his anti-Trump credentials, thinks its unclear whether Amash woulddo more damage to Biden or Trump. Showing the potential for conservative support, theWashington Examiners Brad Polumbo championed Amash against what he sees as the incompetent, fundamentally indecent Trump and the frail, too-leftist Biden.

Amash is also free of the sexual misconduct accusations against the two major party candidates which they deny.

Religion reporters will note that Amash is one of only five Eastern Orthodox members of Congress. His Palestinian father and Syrian mother came to the U.S. as immigrants thanks to sponsorship by a pastor in Muskegon. He attended Grand Rapids Christian High School, where he met his wife Kara, later an alumna of the Christian Reformed Churchs Calvin University.

On the religiously contested abortion issue, Amashs pro-life stand agrees with Orthodox Church teaching, and the National Right to Life Committee gives him a 100 percent rating. That clashes with the Libertarians pro-choice platform, but Amash plans to emphasize banning of public funding, on which his new party agrees.

Amash holds a bachelors degree in economics and a law degree, both from the University of Michigan. He was an attorney for the familys industrial tool company and at a young age 28 won a state House of Representatives seat in 2008. Also winning that year was the legislatures first Muslim woman, also of Palestinian background, Detroits Democratic firebrand Rashida Tlaib.

Just two years later, Amash won his first U.S. House race, boosted by the Tea Party wave and Amways Richard and Betsy DeVos, and madeTimemagazines 40 under 40 list. Tlaib followed him into the U.S. House in 2018. A stalwart of the Republicans libertarian faction and a disciple of economist F.A. Hayek, Amash founded the House Liberty Caucus and backed Ron Paul for the 2012 presidential nomination.

Reporters will certainly quiz a Palestinian-American on policy toward Israel and the Mideast, since his party wants the U.S. to shun foreign entanglements. It would also be appropriate to ask just how a small-government conservative like Amash would handle the massive coronavirus crisis. FYI, click here for the pieces of legislation Amash has sponsored.

Note: The filing deadline for Amashs House district, at the heart of western Michigans Bible Belt, occurs tomorrow, May 8. Amash professed confidence hed win re-election as an Independent but his district is solidly Republican and went for Trump. Predecessors in this seat included future President Gerald Ford and the late Paul Henry, former Calvin professor and son of Christianity Todaymagazines founding editor Carl F. H. Henry.

Contacts: The Amash family attends St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church(also on Facebook) in the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood, led by the Very. Rev. Michael Nasser (616-954-2700). Amashs Washington office: 202) 226-3831. Grand Rapids office: 616-451-8383. Also see: and his congressional home page.

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Rivera asked Haskins to trust him and ‘it worked out’ –

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This offseason is the most important in Dwayne Haskins' football career. The 23-year-old has a new head coach that he trusts, and that new head coach is trusting him to be the starter in their first year together.

How the passer handles these next few months, and the games that follow, could largely determine his future in the league.

But due to Coronavirus, this offseason is also the weirdest in Dwayne Haskins' football career. How does an up-and-coming QB assert himself and make his presence known in the building things that every pundit says someone in Haskins' position must do when there is literally no building to go to?

Well, according to what Haskins told JP Finlay in a one-on-one interview with theRedskins Talkpodcast, one way to make up for the loss of in-person interactions is to rely on the phone. A lot.

"I still call Derrius, I call Landon, I call Big Mo,AP shoots me a text," Haskins said."It's not the same, not being in the building, but I miss my guys, so I always try to reach out to them, give them a FaceTime call or something, let them know I'm thinking about them."

Those small gestures could mean quite a bit to Haskins' teammates, who all watched him go through an adversity-filled rookie campaign where much went wrong. Together, thecalls and texts show a more aware player, someone who's taking this next opportunity seriously, as he should.

Haskins, though, doesn't just have to check in on his fellow Redskins these days. There's also the matter of him learning a new system, one that's being taught by a new coordinator in Scott Turner and a new position coach in Ken Zampese.


Yet Haskins isoptimistic he'll be able to accomplish that difficult task thanks to having gone through the process as a pro once already.

"It's not necessarily as hard to pick it up," he said."It definitely helps having learned an NFL offense prior to it, to grasp it faster."

Haskins explained that there are meetings to install plays with Turner and Zampese four times a week. Beyond that, there are sessions where he, the other signal callers andthe centers go over protections. He also talks with receivers to further familiarize himself with the terms and concepts he'll be asked to know through and through whenever the regular season commences.

As for his on-field work, he's ensuring he stays as sharp as possible. Haskins has been throwing outside constantly, and even toldRedskins Talkhe's been able to link up with targets like Kelvin Harmon, Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims for some of those workouts.

In all, Haskins appeared and sounded confident, despite circumstances that are complicating an already pressure-packed job. That stems from knowing that this is his chance.

Now, the chance definitely doesn't lookthe way he envisioned it. No one could have really envisioned this.But regardless, it's still his.

"Really looking forward to being the guy," he said.

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Ron Wilson: The rest of the COVID-19 story – Sentinel-Standard

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Some of the content in this weeks article revisits some information I shared with you about 24 months ago. I have added a little more information, and I believe the content is even more relevant today.

The older I get, the more I appreciate the privilege of growing up and living in Michigan. Some of my earliest and fondest memories include time spent outdoors with my parents and seven siblings. Both of my parents were English teachers, and each foray into the woods was a learning experience. While fishing, hunting, hiking, or canoeing, my parents took advantage of every opportunity to enrich our education.

My parents shared their love of learning with their eight children, included exposure to the great storytellers, both current and past. I remember listening to Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion on public radio and Paul Harvey on radio station WKLA. Both were great orators; however, I especially enjoyed Paul Harvey and The Rest of the Story. Mr. Harvey had a voice that was captivating and pleasant. His stories usually began with a narration that would evoke some emotion and challenge my thought process. As he weaved his story, he would lead in one direction, and then, without missing a beat, he would deliver an entirely different perspective. He would end each broadcast with, Im Paul Harvey, and there you have the rest of the story.

During the past 25 years, the American education system has encountered some interesting obstacles and challenges, some of which are systemic and others that are societal. I want to focus your attention on the talk, the truth, and a crucial conversation about our K-12 public schools.

Malcolm Gladwells book Outliers suggests how education in the United States is backward. He writes schools do an outstanding job of educating students between September and June.

But Gladwell writes that isnt enough.

The only problem with school, for the kids who arent achieving is that there isnt enough of it, he wrote.

Suddenly the causes of Asian math superiority become even more apparent. Students in Asian schools do not have long summer vacations. Why would they? Cultures that believe the route to success lies in rising before dawn 360 days a year is scarcely going to give their children three straight months off in the summer.

The school year in the United States, on average, is 180 days long. The South Korean school year is 220 days long. The Japanese school year is 243 days long. Asian students are not smarter than their American counterparts are; instead, they spend more time in school.

We live in an information and service society, yet unlike other countries, we educate our students based on an agricultural calendar. In addition to the time on task issues, several duties and responsibilities have shifted from parents and society to public schools.

The list of added responsibilities does not include the addition of multiple, specialized topics within each of the traditional subjects. It also does not have the explosion of standardized testing and test prep activities, or any of the onerous reporting requirements imposed by the federal government. All of these have occurred without adding a single minute, hour, or day to our school year.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a new challenge. Schools across our nation are doing something unprecedented in the history of education, which is to provide remote or home-based education to all students. Ionia Public Schools has offered virtual school programs to secondary school students for years. However, delivering home-based learning to every student is convoluted and compounded by the fact that 1/3 of our students do not have reliable internet access or technology at home.

Our schools are doing good job-preparing students to work in an industrialized society using an agricultural calendar. The problem is, we are no longer an industrialized society, and our children need to be competitive in a global economy. We can and must improve our education system to give our students the education they will need to be competitive in the worldwide economy. However, this cannot occur without expanding our school year. And now you have the rest of the story!

Ron Wilson is superintendent of Ionia Public Schools. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily represent the views of Ionia school elected officials, employees or students. You may contact Ron by email at

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Susan Collins high-stakes reelection fight and other New England races to watch – The Boston Globe

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Here are four races that deserve more attention in the coming months.

US Senate race in Maine

The marquee race in New England this year will be in Maine, where Republican Susan Collins, seeking her fifth term, is facing a very real battle. Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and for years has been seen by voters as a perfect fit for the states once-moderate political temperament. But like everywhere else in the country, politics in Maine has become very polarized.

That stratification has to do with the national political environment, but also with former governor Paul LePage, who left office last year. For Collins, however, the main issue has been Trump. Indeed, polling suggests that no Republican in the country has been hurt more by Trump being in office. She was once among the countrys most popular senators. In the Trump era, she now ranks as one of the least popular.

Democrats recruited Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon to challenge Collins and national Democrats have helped her out-raise Collins. (Gideon faces a July 14 primary, but she is widely assumed to win.)

Part of what is helping fuel Democratic anger at Collins was her support for Brett Kavanaughs nomination to the Supreme Court and her vote to not remove Trump from office after he was impeached. Republicans nationally have come to her aid, but conservatives in Maine are still not happy with her 2017 vote with Democrats to not scrap Obamacare.

There havent been a lot of public, independent polls in this race, but those that have been released show the race basically tied.

Lets be clear: the party that wins in Maine could easily decide who controls the Senate next year. It is almost impossible for Democrats to flip the four seats they need to flip (should Trump win reelection) without winning Maine. Its one of the reasons it is expected to be the most expensive race in state history.

New Hampshires First Congressional District

For some time, New Hampshires First Congressional District was known as the swingiest swing district in the country. From 2006 to 2016 the seat changed parties five times in six elections.

In 2018, Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter retired and Democrats kept the seat when Chris Pappas, now 39, won a crowded Democratic primary before cruising to victory with a nearly 9-point win in the general election. In so doing, he became the first openly gay person to win major office in the states history.

While New Hampshire has been trending Democratic in the last few decades, Trump narrowly won this district in 2016. That said, Republicans initially struggled with who to put up in this election against Pappas. But now there are two Republicans facing-off in the September primary. One, former Trump administration staffer Matt Mowers, raised more money than any non-incumbent Republican in history in the first three months of 2020. The other, Matt Mayberry, a former vice-chairman of the state Republican Party, has the backing of a few former governors.

National pundits say this race leans Democratic. But if the Trump campaign follows through on its talk to make a big play in this state, it could have big implications in this race.

Maines Second Congressional District

Along with New Hampshires First District, Maines Second Congressional is an area where a Democratic freshman member of Congress represents a district Trump won. To win that district in 2016, Trump visited twice and put in a lot of resources. It is unclear whether he will do that this time.

Democrat Jared Golden, 37, ousted a Republican incumbent in 2018. (A fun fact: Golden used to be a congressional aide to Collins.)

There are three Republicans seeking the nomination, including a former LePage spokeswoman. But if the amount of money raised so far is any indication, then former state senator Eric Brakey is widely leading the contest. Brakey is a former actor who moved to Maine to work on Ron Pauls 2012 presidential campaign. He was the 2018 Republican nominee for US Senate against incumbent independent Angus King, who easily defeated Brakey.

Massachusetts US Senate

While this contest wont really be decided in November (spoiler: a Democrat will win), the Sept. 1 primary is one of the most important Massachusetts elections in a long time and is worth mentioning. Incumbent Senator Ed Markey, 73, is seeking reelection but is being challenged by US Representative Joe Kennedy III, who is 39.

The contest was expected to be a blockbuster featuring a generational divide and, well, a Kennedy on a Massachusetts statewide ballot. While the race will heat up, it is unclear how campaigning in the coronavirus era will change things exactly.

The stakes: if Kennedy wins, he may turn around to run for president soon thereafter. If Markey wins, it is hard to see how he doesnt have the seat for life.

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As the collective basketball community awaits when the NBA will resume its season due to the coronavirus pandemic, many teams used the downtime to familiarize themselves with top prospects from all levels.

With so much uncertainty surrounding this year's draft, teams are also looking ahead to the 2021 NBA Draft. Now that the early entry deadline has passed, there is a better sense of what college basketball will look like next season. Additionally, teams are beginning to get a better idea of where some key prospects will suit up next year with most commitments finalized.

Based on research conducted by USA TODAY Sports Media Group's Rookie Wire, this is the average classification of NBA players selected in the past four drafts: Freshmen (16), sophomores (11.8), juniors (9), seniors (12.3), international (9.3) and others (1.3).

This mock draft includes 16 freshmen, 15 sophomores, eight juniors, nine seniors and nine international prospects. There are also three players we project to go from the G League Select Team into the 2021 NBA Draft.

Jan 28, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Ron Harper Jr. (24) dribbles the ball against the Purdue Boilermakers during the first half at Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC).(Photo: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

We included more sophomores than usual due to the fact that many freshmen returned to school for another year rather including themselves in the 2020 NBA Draft, which is surrounded by uncertainty due to the coronavirus shutdown.

There are also more players in the "other" category than normal because the G League Select Team is becoming a more viable option for top prospects to play professionally instead of the more traditional path of the NCAA.

Note that all underclassmen who declared early entry for the 2020 NBA Draft (such as Iowa's Luka Garza) were excluded from this list. So, too, was Jonathan Kuminga. The 6-foot-8 forward from The Patrick School in Hillside, New Jersey, likely would be a lottery pick in 2021, but he has not yet officially reclassified to forgo his senior year of high school.

All player projections for the 2020-21 season are from

Guard, 6-foot-6, Freshman

Cade Cunningham is considered one of the best recruits in the country. He committed to Oklahoma State.(Photo: Catalina Fragoso, USA TODAY Sports)

Cade Cunningham was the anchor for Montverde Academy, which was touted as the best high school team of all-time. The point forward averaged 18.0 points and 8.5 assists per 36 minutes at the U19 World Cup in 2019, trailing just one player for total assists (40) during the tournament.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists

Big, 6-foot-11, Freshman

Evan Mobley was 2019s Gatorade Player of the Year in California and came into the summer as the highest-rated player on RSCI, which compiles the rankings from major recruiting sites such as 247 Sports and Rivals. The versatile big boasts a 7-foot-5 wingspan with a 40-inch vertical leap, a rare measurement combination.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 17.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists

Guard, 6-foot-5, G League

Jalen Green is going to be the face of the inaugural G League Select Team. The prospect took home tournament MVP honors during the U17 World Cup in 2018, leading the United States to the gold medal behind 15.7 points per game. He also averaged 7.7 3-pointers per 40 minutes, showing he is a fearless shooter.

Guard, 6-foot-7, Freshman

Terrence Clarke averaged 17.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for Expressions Elite, his AAU team. Clarke already has participated at the NBPA Top 100 Camp (2018 and 2019), Pangos All-American Camp (2019), CP3 Elite Guard Camp (2019) and the Nike Skills Academy (2019).

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 15.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists

Big, 6-foot-8, Spanish ACB

Usman Garuba led Spain to the gold medal at the U18 tournament in 2019. His points (15.6 ppg), rebounds (12.9 rpg) and blocks (2.1 bpg) were all exciting marks for NBA scouts. He boasted the second-best defensive rating (70.0) and third-best player efficiency rating (33.3) among all participants.

Forward, 6-foot-8, Freshman

Scottie Barnes has a point-forward mentality, which was an especially attractive trait for Team USA in the U19 World Cup, where he was a strong facilitator from the elbow. Barnes assisted on 16.8% of scores for his team when he was on the floor despite never acting as his offense's primary playmaker.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 15.5 points. 7.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists

Forward, 6-foot-5, Junior

Keyontae Johnson was described as one of the most athletic players in the 2018 recruiting class, recording a 41.5-inch vertical even before arriving on campus. He then was introduced to "strong man" workouts during his first offseason with the Gators and added eight pounds of muscle to his 7-foot-2 wingspan. His sophomore season in 2019-20 saw better marks in every possible statistic in terms of output and efficiency.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 15.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists

Big, 6-foot-9, Sophomore

Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (4) shoots over Penn State forward Seth Lundy (1) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Indiana on Feb. 23, 2020.(Photo: Michael Conroy/ AP)

Trayce Jackson-Davis was one of the most underrated players in the nation this past season. He averaged 13.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a freshman. His block rate (7.8%) ranked fourth-best among all high-major freshmen. His offensive rebound rate (11.8%), defensive rebound rate (23.2%) and free-throw rate (59.8%) all ranked among the top 10 among all high-major freshmen as well.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 16.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists

Guard, 6-foot-5, Freshman

Jalen Suggs averaged 13.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game on the AAU circuit for Grassroots Sizzle. The guard showcased his elite skills for Team USA during the U19 World Cup where he flashed serious 3-and-D potential, averaging 1.3 threes and 2.4 steals per game.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists

Guard, 6-foot-5, Freshman

Josh Christopher is a tailor-made scorer capable of getting the ball in the hoop from anywhere on the court. His scoring average (29.4 points) ranked among the top 30 of all high school seniors in the nation. He also has experience with the USA Basketball junior national team minicamp.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists

Forward, 6-foot-8, Freshman

Jalen Johnson was dominant for Phenom University on the AAU circuit in 2019, averaging team-high marks in points (17.0), rebounds (9.2) and blocks (1.6) per game. As noted by Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman, Johnson also averaged 5.8 assists per game at 17 EYBL and Peach Jam games.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists

Guard, 6-foot-6, Freshman

BJ Boston is more than capable of creating his own shot, which will help him shine when playing at Kentucky. The senior wing exploded during the Hoophall Tournament for a huge dunk over Alex Antetokounmpo, the youngest brother of reigning NBA MVP Giannis. He is also an advanced playmaker for someone his size and should be evaluated as a viable player on both offense and defense.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 10.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists

Guard, 6-foot-5, Sophomore

Louisville's David Johnson passes against Virginia Tech on Mar. 1, 2020.(Photo: Scott Utterback/Courier Journal)

Louisville's David Johnson missed the beginning of his freshman season due to injury but eventually provided a huge boost to his team. He averaged 13.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.7 steals per 36 minutes from the beginning of January to season's end. Johnson had an assist rate (41.7%) that ranked No. 2 overall among all prospects who played at least 10 games against top-100 competition.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists

Guard, 6-foot-3, Freshman

Caleb Love put up 16.1 points per game for AAU team Brad Beal Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit, leading his team with 22 three-pointers. The guard added 5.6 assists per game, though it is worth noting that turnovers were a problem for him. On the defensive end of the floor, meanwhile, he averaged an impressive 1.9 steals per game.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 12.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists

Big, 6-foot-9, Belgium-Scooore League

Amar Sylla had some NBA interest leading up to the 2020 NBA Draft but has decided to return for one more year of international basketball. He started all 31 games this past season for Belgian pro team Telenet BC Oostende, playing far more competitive minutes than other comparable prospects. Sylla averaged 14.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per 40 minutes at the U19 World Cup in 2019.

Big, 6-foot-9, Croatian A-1 Liga

Roko Prkacin led Croatia to the gold medal at the U16 Euro Championships in 2018, winning MVP at the tournament. He averaged 22.8 points and 13.4 rebounds to go with 2.9 assists and 2.0 steals per 40 minutes during the competition. Prkacin also averaged 20.0 points and 14.9 rebounds per 40 minutes in his four games at the Adidas Next Generation Tournament in Valencia, Spain, earlier this year.

Guard, 6-foot-2, Junior

Marcus Zegarowski, younger brother of former NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, shot 41.9% on 3-pointers as a sophomore in 2019-20, which ranked fifth-best among all underclassmen with as many opportunities. He shot 45.8% on dribble jumpers, showing he is more than capable of creating his own offense. He played an essential role in helping Creighton secure the third-best offense in Division I this past season.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 15.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists

Guard, 6-foot-2, Sophomore

Miles McBride was an efficient scorer out of the pick-and-roll during his freshman campaign in 2019-20. West Virginia also had the third-best defense in the country, per KenPom, aided by his 1.1 steals per game. His defensive box plus-minus ranked third-best among all high-major freshmen.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 10.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists

Wing, 6-foot-7, Freshman

Ziaire Williams led his AAU team (which also briefly included 2021 projected lottery pick Jalen Green) in points, rebounds and assists per game on the U17 circuit. The Sierra Canyon alum has shown he is an above-average finisher near the rim, which will be important to his continued development considering The Stepien's Ross Homan also believes Williams can become the best shooter in this class.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 10.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists

Guard, 6-foot-5, Senior

Marcus Garrett was a crucial part of the Jayhawks' gritty identity this past season, winning the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award. He averaged 1.8 steals per game but made a bigger impact as a team defender. According to Bart Torvik, his defensive box plus-minus (4.5) and adjusted defensive rating (85.1) ranked among the top five of all players 6-foot-5 or shorter.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 13.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists

Guard, 6-foot-1, Junior

Antoine Davis, who led the NCAA in 3-pointers attempted last season, is one of the biggest sleepers in the nation. The guard scored 7.5 points per game in isolation, according to Synergy, the best mark among all Division I players in 2019-20. He also led all D-I players in points per game (7.7) off the dribble jumper. Meanwhile, his assist rate (32.9%) ranked in the top 10 among mid-major underclassmen. His free-throw percentage (90.1%) was fifth-best among all D-I underclassmen, too, which suggests his accuracy on jump shots could improve as well.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists

Big, 6-foot-11, Spanish LEB Silver

Khalifa Diop exploded for 28.6 points and 20.5 rebounds per 40 minutes in his four games at the Adidas Next Generation Tournament in Valencia, Spain, earlier this year. Diop also put up 20.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per 40 during the U19 World Cup in 2019.

Guard, 6-foot-3, Sophomore

Nah'shon Hyland shot 43.4% from 3-point range this past season, second-best among freshmen who had as many opportunities last year. He averaged 1.3 points per possession on jumpers in a set offense, per Synergy, which ranked in the 98th percentile among all Division I players in 2019-20.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 15.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists

Wing, 6-foot-5, Junior

Will Richardson shot 46.9% from 3-point range as a sophomore, which was the best mark among underclassmen with at least 80 attempts. He also averaged 1.5 points per possession on catch-and-shoot jumpers in a set offense, according to Synergy, which ranked in the 99th percentile among all Division I players. Richardson shot 26-for-51 (50.9%) on his 3-pointers off the catch.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 14.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists

Guard, 6-foot-6, Sophomore

Terrence Shannon was a fantastic one-on-one scorer during his freshman campaign at Texas Tech. He averaged 1.16 points per possession on these opportunities, per Synergy, which ranked in the 95th percentile this past season. His jumper needs improvement, but his free-throw percentage (82.9%) suggests he has the right form to take that leap.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists

Guard, 6-foot-3, Freshman

Cam Thomas was named EYBL Offensive Player of the Year on the Nike D1 Circuit, scoring 29.5 points per game. He has kept that momentum on the prep circuit for Oak Hill Academy, averaging 33.4 points per game while shooting 44.2% on 43 attempts from three-point range. The guard also has the second-most made 3-pointers (19) among all players on the prep circuit.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists

Guard, 6-foot-0, Junior

Quade Green, who played at the University of Kentucky before transferring to Washington, was forced to miss significant time last season due to academic ineligibility. When he was on the court, his assist rate (35.2%) ranked eighth-best among all high-major underclassmen. Green also shot 13-for-25 (52.0%) on his catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, and he hit all five of those attempts from the corner.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 15.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists

Forward, 6-foot-6, Junior

Rutgers forward Ron Harper Jr. celebrates after defeating Ohio State 64-61 during an NCAA college basketball game,(Photo: Julio Cortez, AP)

Ron Harper Jr., son of the five-time NBA champion guard, averaged 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this past season. Rutgers had a much better offensive rating when he was on the floor (110.1) compared to when he was off (96.4) in 2019-20, via Pivot Analysis. While he mostly played at the four, he finished more than 50 possessions as the ball handler in pick-and-roll sets. Meanwhile, his low turnover rate (10.5%) ranked among the top 10 among underclassmen 6-foot-6 or taller. He also averaged 1.68 points per possession when cutting to the basket, per Synergy, which ranked in the 96th percentile among all Division I players.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 14.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists

Big, 6-foot-10, Sophomore

Drew Timme is an efficient scorer who averaged 1.11 points per possession in a set offense as a freshman, per Synergy, which ranked in the 97th percentile among Division I players. He was 16-for-21 (76.2%) on pick-and-roll opportunities, which should help his game translate to the next level. Timme also shot 33-for-67 (49.3%) from midrange, which was fifth-best among all freshmen with as many opportunities.

Prediction (via Bart Torvik): 10.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists

Guard, 6-foot-0, Freshman

Sharife Cooper was named the USA TODAY High School Sports All-USA Player of the Year as a junior in April 2019. He became the first non-senior to ever win MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors, leading McEachern High to an undefeated season and a Georgia state title in 2018-19. He also made First Team All-EYBL on the D1 Circuit while playing for the AOT Running Rebels, averaging 25.5 points with 4.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game.

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Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, a joint production between The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall where we highlight the five most essential IU basketball stories of the past week, plus take a look at how the other IU sports programs are doing.

This weekend should have featured graduation festivities across the IU-Bloomington campus, and at colleges and universities all across the country.

So it seems fitting that on a weekend meant for honoring seniors and the graduating class of 2020, Indiana basketballs main four-year representatives took center stage.

DeRon Davis and Devonte Green both spoke last week about their IU careers as a whole and the untimely way in which they ended, while also discussing their immediate basketball plans for the future.

Elsewhere, an insightful interview with Indiana fan favorite Collin Hartman, and a check-in with former IU greats now displaying their talents in the NBA helped round out the week in IU basketball news.

DeRon Davis reflects on his four-year IU career Devonte Green talks time at IU, preparation for the NBA Collin Hartman goes in-depth about life as an IU basketball player Catching up with former Hoosiers now in the NBA Indiana in the recruiting hunt for elite combo guard Skyy Clark Hoosier Sports Roundup

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DeRon Davis reflects on his four-year IU career

Its been an eventful four years in Bloomington for DeRon Davis.

From the promise he flashed early in his IU career, to a coaching change and then the devastating injury that stopped him in his tracks, followed by the recovery from it, Davis has had to overcome plenty of challenges during his college career.

In the weeks and months following the abrupt end to his time with IU, Davis has spoken about his experience with the Indiana program and what lies next for him in life. Last week, he discussed those same items and more with Alex Bozich of Inside The Hall.

Time didnt really go by fast, if you think about it, Davis told Bozich. Maybe it was just my mindset, but my freshman year was a long time ago.

Davis hopes to continue playing basketball overseas in the near future, but he also took some time to praise coach Archie Miller and hint at what could be a special season for IU in the 2020-21 campaign.

With us not being able to play in the tournament, I feel like it left an emptiness, Davis said. I feel like this season left a lot of guys hungry.

The offseason story line of what Indiana basketball will look like next season was also touched on by Bozich and Zach Osterman of The Indianapolis Star on this weeks edition of Podcast on the Brink, as well as by the trio of Jerod, Ryan and Coach on this weeks edition of Assembly Call Radio.

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Devonte Green talks time at IU, preparation for the NBA

Davis wasnt the only senior member of the 2019-20 Indiana team to reflect on his time with the Hoosiers this week though, as Devonte Green did the same.

Green appeared as a radio guest Thursday afternoon on ESPN 1380 in Fort Wayne, which marked the first time Green had spoken to the media since the college basketball season came to an abrupt end.

Inside The Halls Dylan Wallace recapped Greens comments, which included an open and honest assessment by Green of his struggles at IU.

Definitely one my biggest flaws was my consistency, Green said. It took me awhile to learn how to come into the game and have an impact without forcing it.

Like Davis, Green was a member of Indianas 2016 recruiting class and remained with the program during the coaching transition from Tom Crean to Archie Miller. Green finished his IU career with 954 career points, and has spent the past few weeks staying in shape and preparing for this summers NBA Draft.

Regarding feedback from NBA scouts, Green said his 3-point shooting has been listed as a strength, while consistency and off-ball defense have been pointed out as weaknesses.

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Collin Hartman goes in-depth about life as an IU basketball player

In one of the most candid interviews featured on Inside The Hall, former IU basketball player Collin Hartman discussed his lengthy time with the program and the pros and cons that go along with representing the Hoosiers on the hardwood.

From his commitment to Indiana out of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis to the injury struggles and team chemistry issues that came to the surface during his time in Bloomington, Hartman was candid and honest in a two-part interview with Alex Bozich.

He also shared insight from a players perspective about the social media criticism that often plagues Indiana players following poor performances on the court.

I always ask IU fans, do you have kids? Just imagine if you had thousands and thousands of people just destroying that persons personal identity not just as a player, but them as a person, Hartman explained. Destroying them on the most public of platforms, how would you feel for that person? Its hard because people are irrational and dont understand that.

Part one of the interview featuring topics like Hartmans new life in Houston, Texas, and his choice to come to Indiana can be found here.

Part two of the interview featuring Hartmans complete answer on IU basketball social media criticism and his thoughts on Archie Miller can be found here.

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Catching up with former Hoosiers now in the NBA

In similar fashion to Inside The Halls annual Thats A Wrap series that focuses on current IU players at the end of the season, myself, Dylan and Alex have expanded the endeavor this offseason to also include former Hoosiers now in the NBA.

While the NBA season is technically still ongoing, the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the feasibility of the NBA to restart anytime soon.

So with that in mind the nine-part series called Hoosiers in the NBA, one part for each former Hoosier now in the NBA, kicked off last week.

The first three players featured in the series were Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers, Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets, and Cody Zeller of the Charlotte Hornets.

Assembly Calls Aaron Shifron also did an interview and feature story when Zeller was in Indianapolis for the February 25 Pacers Hornets game earlier this year.

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Indiana in the recruiting hunt for elite combo guard Skyy Clark

Few college basketball recruits are as interesting off the court as Skyy Clark, and even fewer are as dominant on the court as he is.

The elite combo guard became the latest Class of 2022 recruit to be offered a scholarship by Indiana when Archie Miller and Tom Ostrom extended one his way in late April.

The scoring numbers from Clarks two seasons at the Heritage Christian School in Los Angeles, along with his summer on the EYBL circuit playing with Bronny James (LeBron James son) support this. While Clark has chosen to transfer to Brentwood Academy in Tennessee for his final two years of high school, I thought it was still worthwhile to get in touch with those at Heritage Christian who saw Skyy become the player and person he is today.

My conversation with Heritage Christian coach Paul Tait touched on a number of interesting topics, from Skyys fame on social media apps Instagram and TikTok to his devastating ability to score on all three levels while also playing lock down defense.

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Hoosier Sports Roundup

By Aaron Shifron

The big story this week was that of graduation, which marked the end of many careers for current Hoosiers. Although the ongoing pandemic prevented any in-person ceremony like usual, Indiana still honored many athletes.

74 IU athletes graduated with degrees.

IU also inducted 47 Hoosiers into the National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society.

Football had availability with Kevin Peoples and Jovan Swann this week.

Mens Soccer debuted the long awaited documentary Worth The Wait as part of an all IU sports day on Big Ten Network.

Softball associate coach Chanda Bell made the Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame.

Swimming and Divings Max Scott and Track and Fields Princess Brinkley were honored for their academic achievements.

Swimming and Diving also announced the loss of former athlete David Tanner. Wrestling added another recruit.

This weeks Q and As were with Volleyballs Kamryn Malloy, Rowings Ruby Leverington, Baseballs Collin Hopkins and Water Polos Lauren Etnyre.

Thanks for your continued support for The Assembly Call. Well be back next weekend with a new roundup.

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