Founders of the state of New California don't want to leave the US, just California. The state of New California would incorporate most of the rural counties, leaving the urban coastal counties to the current state of California. CBS, 16 JAN 2018.
When it comes to Orwellian efforts to erase politically incorrect terms, politicians can't hold a candle to the nation's colleges and universities. A. Barton Hinkle on banned CDC words & speech restrictions for Richmond Times-Dispatch, 26 DEC 2017.
The University of Minnesota has distributed guidelines on how to celebrate the holidays in the most inclusive, bias-free way possible. *Grinch grin* Article by Christian Britschgi for Reason, 20 DEC 2017.
In the early 2000s, anti-smoking advocates seized on one study to fight for expanding smoking bans to bars and restaurants in jurisdictions across the country. The study was BS, but the bans stay. By Jacob Grier for Slate, 13 Feb 2017.