Wednesday Top Headline Summary
SOTU reviews and reactions, economic investment, border wall progress, and culture hot buttons.
The vast majority of people who watched President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address came away with positive vibes, CBS News reports. In fact, “Seventy-six percent of Americans who tuned in … Tuesday night approved of the speech he gave. Just 24 percent disapproved.” More specifically, while just 30% of Democrats approved, that number jumps to 97% for Republicans and even 82% for independents. And here are 13 fact-checks from The Daily Signal.
Among those in attendance last night were three D-Day veterans. President Trump stated, “Here with us tonight are three of those heroes: Private First Class Joseph Reilly, Staff Sergeant Irving Locker, and Sergeant Herman Zeitchik. Gentlemen, we salute you.” (The Daily Signal)
$1 trillion deficits are on the horizon, but that was conspicuously omitted from the State of the Union. “The deficit is not a sexy issue and it’s not something that’s likely to get solved quickly,” says Reason. “And, of course, talking about something in the State of the Union Address is not the same as actually doing something. Still, the talking matters.”
Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren’s claims of having Native American heritage haven’t gone over well with most people, which even resulted in her apologizing to the Cherokee Nation. But she now finds her reputation even more tarnished. In 1986, the senator “claimed American Indian ancestry in her application for the State Bar of Texas,” The Daily Wire reports. Is her presidential campaign already tomahawked?
Tax reform for the win: “On Tuesday, ExxonMobil announced it would invest a whopping $10 billion in America’s infrastructure as it develops the Golden Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Sabine Pass. According to Exxon Mobil, ‘Construction will begin in the first quarter of 2019 and the facility is expected to start up in 2024.’” (The Daily Wire)
“The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife refuge property,” according to the Associated Press. “Congress last March approved more than $600 million for 33 miles (53 kilometers) of new barriers in the Rio Grande Valley. While President Donald Trump and top Democrats remain in a standoff over Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has pushed ahead with building what’s already funded.”
Abortion crackdown? “A boring, low-stress Supreme Court term just got substantially more interesting,” National Review’ David French writes. “Within two short days, we may learn a great deal about Justice Kavanaugh’s approach to abortion rights and about the willingness of the Court to roll back recent, abortion-friendly jurisprudence.”
“Pope Francis acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday that priests and bishops have sexually abused nuns and several of those clergy have been suspended. Some clergy have abused nuns to the point of ‘sexual slavery,’ the pope said, adding that the Church is addressing the problem and ‘for some time we’ve been working on it.’” (National Review)
Village academic curriculum: “New Jersey will be the second state to mandate that middle and high school students learn about LGBTQ contributions. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed Senate Bill 1569, which requires schools to adopt curriculums that ‘accurately portray political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.’” (The Daily Caller)
Humor: Nancy Pelosi blinks “Please send help” in morse code during the State of the Union (The Babylon Bee)
Policy: Now that the U.S. is abrogating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty over Russia’s rule-breaking, what’s next? The Heritage Foundation’s Thomas Callender offers up “The Way Forward for the United States in a Post-INF World.”
Policy: This week, Sen. Patty Murray single-handedly quashed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which addresses the Democrats’ new tolerance for infanticide. Alexandra DeSanctis explains “Why a Ban on Infanticide Is Necessary” in National Review.
Policy: Heritage Foundation experts weighed in with analysis of the president’s policy proposals. Here’s what they had to say on immigration, the economy, law, defense and foreign policy, life, energy and infrastructure, health care, and education.
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