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Kate Cohen is rightly wary of portraying the past as America’s glory days; you will know this well if you have read her occasional cases of atheism.

But Kate has her limits, she writes: ‘So it is with some reluctance that I say: children these days spend too much time on their mobile phones.’

Her column takes us to Bethlehem Central High School outside Albany, New York, where administrators are trying to change that, at least for the 180 seven-hour blocks of the school year. When she enters the canteen, it feels like she’s back in the eighties. No acid-washed denim or leg warmers (yet) – just lively lunchtime conversation, which, in case you haven’t been to school lately, has become a bit of a relic.

Interestingly enough, she reports that many Bethlehem students are fans. Instead of worrying about the restrictions, “they were relieved not to have to respond to messages and texts during the school day.”

Once you read the shocking statistics that Kate collects about how much screen-addicted children are, you’ll understand: who wouldn’t want to be freed from such an addiction?

Can we go to school on Saturday?

Hunter: Fareed Zakaria recently provided a primer on the science behind screen addiction – by making his case for banning TikTok.

The whole world goes to the polls

Check-in for the elections! Americans are understandably hyper-focused on the race between President Biden and former President Donald Trump, but how is the rest of the world voting?

Let’s start with the largest democracy in the world. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a third term this week – but his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party lost seats in parliament, a surprising underperformance for a politician and party that resembled juggernauts. It is the first time in Modi’s political career that he has failed to win an outright majority.

“After a campaign in which Modi claimed to be a divine incarnation,” Rana Ayyub writes: “his myth of invincibility has been shattered.” Rana says the results have rightly made Muslims feel more confident about their future in India.

After all, like the Editorial Board writes with a sigh of relief that the BJP will “lack a free hand for further repression of civil society, jailing of the opposition, infiltration and takeover of democratic institutions, and persecution of Muslims.”

On to Britain, where Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Tories are more than 20 points ahead of Keir Starmer and the Labor Party heading into the July 4 elections. (Guys, come on; it’s been 248 years.)

British journalist Martin Ivens writes that the salt in the Conservatives’ wounds comes in the form of a Trump-like Nigel Farage, now official head of the populist Reform Party, who sets his sights on a total reshuffling of the British right as soon as he can wipe out power. milkshake from his eyes. Ivens foresees “a slightly more polite MAGA, with a British accent.”

Finally, across the Channel to this week’s European Parliament elections, which affect all 450 million of the continent’s inhabitants. Lee Hockstader writes that the outcome could depend largely on Italy’s ‘shape-shifting’ Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni.

The protean prime minister, Lee writes, is in fact faced with the choice of joining the moderate centrists to stabilize Europe, or the far-right parties that are rising in a range of countries. “In some ways,” Lee explains, “Meloni’s choice could be whether she follows her head or her heart.”

Hunter: In case you missed it yesterday: the administration is concerned that the democratic election of the first female president in Mexico could actually take place undermine Mexican democracy.

By That of David Ignatius column on why Hamas should accept this plan and finally put an end to the horrific Gaza war.

David got more details from a person close to the talks about the unpublished agreement, and its other terms are also promising: rapid housing construction, the restoration of key community lifelines and the rehabilitation of Gaza’s infrastructure.

“With so much international aid flowing into the enclave,” David writes, “Gaza may actually be experiencing something of a post-war boom.” Normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia could also eventually follow.

This is what the Palestinian people need. David hopes Hamas will see that and do the right thing.

Trump and his team want revenge, Rutte Marcus writes. His people are planning an eye-for-an-eye prosecution of the officials who carried out legal proceedings against the former president. “This is so unhinged that it’s tempting to dismiss it as overheated puffery,” Ruth writes. “That would be a mistake.”

Her column is full of worrying statements from Trump’s reprisals. Just listen to Trump advisor Stephen Miller: “Is every House committee controlled by Republicans and using its subpoena power in every way possible right now?”

And that’s before Trump’s own quotes. Read them and watch them as Ruth says they are: “dangerous, illegal, and un-American.”

Chaser: Carroll Bogert, president of the nonprofit Marshall Project, doesn’t want you to call Trump a “thug.” The word fell out of favor for good reasons.

  • By Alexandra Petri: “I’m your new AI search assistant! I want you to eat glue and die.”
  • Apparently, The Post’s former court reporter has been following Samuel Alito’s flag story for years. Erik Wemple writes that it is a big black eye for the newspaper.
  • President Biden’s immigration plan is unlikely to survive a legal challenge. Jen Rubin writes, but it’s still a smart move.

It’s a farewell. It’s a haiku. It’s… The Bye-Ku.

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