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  • (NJ) This ex-GOP gov. (Whitman) wants Dems to win Congress, rescue moderates from

    09/17/2018 7:30:26 PM PDT · by Coleus · 52 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 09.16.18 | Tom Moran
    If you want fresh evidence that Donald Trump has turned American politics upside down, here it is: Former Gov. Christie Whitman, a lifelong Republican, is so appalled by him that she wants Democrats to take over the House. "I'm hoping we lose the House, that would be a good thing," she said Friday. "Congress could stand up to him and could be dialing back a lot of this. They have ceded too much to this president." But be careful, she says. Don't kill the moderate Republicans, they are the ones who can help steer the country back to safe ground....
  • The #MeToo Kavanaugh Ambush

    09/17/2018 1:45:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 47 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 17, 2018 | WSJ Editorial Board
    A story this old and unprovable can’t be allowed to delay a Supreme Court confirmation vote. The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a drunken assault when both were teenagers has now come forward publicly, but that should not deter Republicans from proceeding with their current confirmation-vote schedule. There is no way to confirm her story after 35 years, and to let it stop Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would ratify what has all the earmarks of a calculated political ambush.
  • Time for Colleges to Get Some Skin in the Game

    09/17/2018 7:34:54 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    City Journal ^ | September 11, 2018 | James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley
    When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed revoking the “gainful-employment” rule last month, critics pounced, claiming that it would “pad the pockets of for-profit colleges,” in the words of Washington’s Senator Patty Murray. In fact, throwing out the rule—penalizing schools whose graduates have lots of debt relative to their earning power—will merely level the playing field. Why should for-profit colleges, the rule’s target, be held to a higher standard than nonprofits, when plenty of for-profit schools provide students with the skills necessary for employment, and plenty of nonprofit schools don’t? DeVos is on the right track. It’s time to stop using...
  • The Dems “Anita” Brett Kavanaugh: How low will they go?

    09/17/2018 7:27:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    City Journal ^ | September 16, 2018 | Myron Magnet
    It’s uncanny how closely the Democrats are following the Anita Hill playbook as they try to “Anita” Brett Kavanaugh, looking to prevent his confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice. Like Hill, Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford is a professor who made her accusation in the expectation of anonymity, never dreaming that newspapers from coast to coast would blazon her name across Page One. Hill had received assurances from a Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee staffer that, in all likelihood, Clarence Thomas would quietly withdraw his name from consideration, to spare himself and his family embarrassment. After all, Hill’s friend, administrative law...
  • John Kerry, Meet George Logan Is it a crime to meet with Iranian officials?

    09/17/2018 6:51:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 16, 2018 | Seth Lipsky
    George Logan, call your office. That’s my reaction to news that former Secretary of State John Kerry has, by his own account, been meeting privately with Iranian officials to try to save the nuclear deal. Logan was the Pennsylvania politician whose unauthorized efforts to end the Quasi-War between France and America led to the Logan Act of 1799, which outlaws freelance diplomacy. The New York Post has called Mr. Kerry’s conniving a “textbook violation” of the law. President Trump, after all, has pulled out of the nuclear accord and decided on a different course. Iran’s leaders, at least for the...
  • Trump Administration Shutting Down PLO Mission in Washington-Why it's the right thing to do

    09/17/2018 5:45:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 17, 2018 | Joseph Puder
    In announcing the closure of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) mission in Washington, DC on September 10, 2018, the U.S. State Department asserted that the Palestinians have failed to take steps “to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.”  State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert added that the decision was prompted by Palestinian plans to bring charges against Israel for war crimes to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Nauert stated that “The U.S. continues to believe that direct negotiations between the two parties are the only way forward.” She added, “We are not retreating from our...
  • The Last-Minute Character Assassination of Judge Kavanaugh

    09/17/2018 5:31:14 AM PDT · by SJackson · 81 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 17, 2018 | Joseph Klein
    Desperate Dems revert to their old playbook. Using any despicable tactic at hand to derail Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation less than a week before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on whether to approve his nomination, Senate Democrats have sunk to their lowest level of character assassination yet. They have resorted to peddling an allegation of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh that supposedly occurred while the judge was in high school. The accuser had refused to identify herself before and during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. She conveniently waited until this Sunday to come forward via an on-the-record...
  • Let’s Hope Justice Kavanaugh Avenges This Disgusting Democrat Slander

    09/17/2018 3:31:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2018 | Kurt Schlichter
    There is this thing called due process, where someone accused of something has a right to defend himself, except liberals don’t like it very much. They sometimes play lip service to it, but only when it has to do with covering for the criminals they consider victims of society. You Normals are “society,” by the way. But regardless, when it is politically useful to let super-convenient accusers trash people from a distance by feeding talking points to eager media allies, forget due process. Allowing someone to effectively challenge fake charges gets in the way of the liberal elite’s ability to...
  • The legacy of Barack Obama (and it's not a good one)

    09/17/2018 1:16:07 AM PDT · by McQ444 · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2018-09-16 21:00 | Mark Vargas
    President Barack Obama’s election in 2008 represented a new chapter in history. His meteoric rise to the presidency was swift and shocked not only a nation, but also the political elites, including Democratic favorites such as Sens. Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. But as we look back on the eight years that Obama served as president, we see a much different picture — a picture that’s certainly historic, but for all the wrong reasons.
  • The one question Republicans need to ask voters to keep Congress

    09/16/2018 4:36:57 PM PDT · by TBP · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 15, 2018 | Deroy Murdock
    “Are you better off now than you were two years ago?” Republicans should ask voters this key question during the 2018 midterms. It would shift the debate from the childish and shrill Resistance to the mature and optimistic topic of results. By nearly any measure, Washington’s unified Republican government has improved things for every American since the last election. The economy is roaring, thanks to Republican public policy. Obama’s “You didn’t build that,” anti-business hectoring has been replaced by gratitude. For each new federal regulation, 22 asphyxiating rules have been scrapped. And $1.5 trillion in GOP tax cuts have supplied...
  • The Cost of Defending Taiwan

    09/16/2018 10:28:05 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 14, 2018 | Malcolm Davis
    Taiwan is a country under siege as it faces the prospect of eventual reunification with China, on China’s terms, and potentially as soon as 2021—the centenary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Don’t blame the FBI — Hillary Clinton was never going to be charged

    09/15/2018 6:15:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 14, 2018 | Jeff Cortese
    With the exception of President Trump, few inspire otherwise rational people to erupt into vicious debate quite like Hillary Clinton. It is this juxtaposed sentiment of admiration and vitriol that led to the three reasons the FBI’s investigation into the former secretary of State’s alleged use of a personal server was never going to result in charges. First, the Democrats didn’t want her charged. The FBI should be, and is, apolitical. In fact, it would be bad form for a president to appoint a political ally to lead the FBI. However, this nonpartisan gesture is disingenuous given the appointment of...
  • The Economy Is Humming, but Trump Is Tweeting. Republicans Are Worried.

    09/15/2018 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 41 replies
    New Fake Times ^ | By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS
    WASHINGTON — As Democrats enter the fall midterm campaign with palpable confidence about reclaiming the House and perhaps even the Senate, tensions are rising between the White House and congressional Republicans over who is to blame for political difficulties facing the party, with President Trump’s advisers pointing to the high number of G.O.P. retirements and lawmakers placing the blame squarely on the president’s divisive style. Yet Republican leaders do agree on one surprising element in the battle for Congress: They cannot rely on the booming economy to win over undecided voters. To the dismay of party leaders, the healthy economy...
  • New 1st Grade Textbook Lionizes CA Gov. Candidate for his Gay Activism

    09/15/2018 10:42:29 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 24 replies
    California Family Council ^ | 9-14-18 | Greg Burt
    A new state recommended social studies and history curriculum is being introduced in public schools around California that blatantly promotes a bias perspective on the policy achievements of governor candidate Gavin Newsom. Dubbing him “Champion for People’s Rights,” the first grade textbook teaches kids about “respecting the rights” of others by pointing to Newsom’s advocacy for same-sex marriage, while mayor of San Francisco. The text doesn’t even try to be objective and fails to mention that marriages for same-sex couples were not an established right at the time, but a brand new concept and only legal in a select number...
  • Rift Between Police, Feds Allowed New Mexico Terror Compound To Fester

    09/14/2018 2:41:55 PM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 14, 2018 | Kyle Shideler
    Questions keep coming about how the U.S. justice system responded to a New Mexico compound that housed five alleged would-be jihadists and 11 reportedly malnourished children along with the remains of a twelfth child who died on the compound. A federal grand jury recently indicted the five alleged jihadists on weapons and conspiracy charges, alleging the group created their compound in the desert outside Taos, New Mexico as a training camp and firing range to facilitate a “Common plan to prepare for violent attacks government, military, educational and financial institutions” and sought to “engage in jihad and form an army...
  • Opposition to Kavanaugh devolves into farce

    09/14/2018 7:44:11 PM PDT · by bitt · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/14/2018 | J. Christian Adams
    The surest sign that Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court is that opposition to his nomination has devolved into a farce. Even the deepest-pocketed dark-money source for the Republicans couldn’t have cooked up the plan deployed against Kavanaugh. Opponents of Kavanaugh lost the fight when they lost their marbles. His foes on the Senate Judiciary Committee and allied activists ensured that opponents to the nomination appear to be a pack of wild cranks. Mainstream Americans unfamiliar with the ways of Washington witnessed loud activists screaming over the gentle opening remarks of Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Grassley’s...
  • Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms - Storms Like Florence

    09/12/2018 8:59:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    NPR ^ | September 11, 2018 | by Rebecca Hersher
    Hurricane Florence is moving relentlessly toward the Southeastern U.S. It's a large, powerful cyclone that will likely bring storm surge and high winds to coastal communities. But climate scientists say one of the biggest threats posed by Florence is rain. "Freshwater flooding poses the greatest risk to life," explains James Kossin, an atmospheric scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Slow-moving storms are getting more common. A study published earlier this year by Kossin found that tropical cyclones around the world have slowed down 10 percent in the past 70 years. Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric...
  • Keith Ellison faces and navigates controversy, (beating up his girlfriend) again

    09/14/2018 3:47:02 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 9/08/18 | JESSIE VAN BERKEL ,
    Keith Ellison is well-versed in campaigning with political baggage. The Minneapolis lawyer and politician climbed the Democratic political ranks, from the Minnesota Legislature to Congress and Democratic National Committee deputy chairman, while contending with controversies — from decades-old ties to the Nation of Islam to one-time public support for a federal fugitive. Now, as he mounts a bid for Minnesota attorney general, he is trying to move past an allegation of domestic abuse from a former girlfriend. After a dip in public appearances, Ellison has resumed a busy campaign schedule. On Thursday, he held a St. Paul news conference to...
  • Why Do People Stay When a Hurricane Comes? (looters not mentioned)

    09/14/2018 12:34:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 58 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/14/18 | Nicole Stephens
    **SNIP** With my collaborators MarYam Hamedani, Hazel Markus, Hilary Bergsieker and Liyam Eloul, I conducted a psychological study of Hurricane Katrina survivors and relief workers, as well as Americans who watched the disaster from afar. We found that outside observers — and even the relief workers providing aid — viewed those who evacuated as “self-reliant” and “hard-working,” while they denigrated those who stayed behind, calling them “lazy,” “negligent” and “stubborn.” These characterizations, rooted in pervasive American attitudes of independence, presume everyone in harm’s way has a clear ability to leave when, in reality, many lack reliable transportation or the money...
  • The 9/11 Attacks Were No Pearl Harbor-The differences teach us valuable lessons

    09/14/2018 11:14:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 14, 2018 | Bruce Thornton
    Comparing the jihadist attacks on September 11, 2001 to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor has become a staple of commentary on the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. Google this topic and nearly half a million links will pop up; google “lesson plans” and you’ll get nearly five million hits. In the catalogue of historical analogies, the comparison of 9/11 to 12/7 is perhaps the most popular outside the historians’ guild. Historical analogies have been a feature of history since its beginnings in ancient Athens. Thucydides explained that he wrote his brilliant and still instructive History of...