Media Editors / February 12, 2019

Tuesday Top Headline Summary

Immigrants sue, Green New Deal “confusion,” voter ID, citizenship question, financial confidence, Omar “apology,” and more.

  • Impasse defeated? “Three people familiar with Congress’ tentative border security deal tell The Associated Press that the accord would provide $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers. That’s well below the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump demanded to build over 200 miles of wall along the Mexican boundary.” However, the president will probably sign the deal if it gets Congress’s blessing.

  • According to The Hill, “Eight immigrant families separated under the Trump administration’s immigration policies filed claims Monday for millions of dollars in damages for what a lawyer called ‘inexplicable cruelty’ that left lasting damage.” Left unmentioned is the cruelty these heads of families recklessly bring upon their children by illegally immigrating.

  • The Washington Post reports, “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is pushing for a debate on the substance of her Green New Deal resolution after her staff distributed an erroneous fact sheet regarding the proposal, leading to confusion over a plan supported by many of the Democratic Party’s leading candidates for president.” But is it actually confusion, or is it, as Gary Bauer more reasonably suggests, damage control?

  • Color us shocked: “Strict voter ID laws do not suppress turnout, a new paper finds, regardless of sex, race, Hispanic identity, or party affiliation. … In total, 10 states, ranging from Georgia to Wisconsin, require voters to show ID in order to vote. … The new research, from an economics professor at the University of Bologna and another at Harvard Business School, indicates that ‘strict’ voting laws of the type implemented in those ten states do not have a statistically significant effect on voter turnout.” (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • A contentious citizenship question that is being included on the 2020 Census won’t be removed despite a lawsuit against it. The Epoch Times says, “The legal victory for the Trump administration came Feb. 8, when Judge Dabney Friedrich of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia threw out an application for a preliminary injunction filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.”

  • Quality of life is increasing, which undoubtedly stems from enhanced financial confidence. According to Gallup, not only do “69% expect their financial situation to improve over the next year,” but “optimism about finances over the next year is almost at a record-high level.” Moreover, half of Americans “say they are in better shape financially than a year ago.”

  • Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar was raked over the coals by House Democrat leaders yesterday, which prompted a reluctant and halfhearted apology from Omar. A statement cosigned by various Democrat leaders stated, “Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.” (Townhall)

  • Unfortunately, the Democrat Party’s anti-Semitic bona fides don’t stop there: “Freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib once wrote a column for the Final Call, an official publication of the Nation of Islam and its notorious leader Louis Farrakhan. Tlaib, a Palestinian American, has been facing criticism ever since her arrival in Congress and promise to impeach President Trump using profane language. She later came under bipartisan criticism from Jewish groups for appearing with radical anti-Israel activists during her swearing-in ceremony in Michigan, with some activists previously praising terror group Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists, and saying that Israel has no right to exist.” (Fox News)

  • Not confined to the Catholic Church: “A new investigative piece by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News has revealed an alleged 20-year-long sex scandal within the leadership of several Southern Baptist churches. According to the investigation, about 380 leaders and volunteers within the church have been accused of sexual misconduct.” (Townhall)

  • Humor: Virginia Democrats announce they would only resign for a real scandal like getting caught wearing a MAGA hat (The Babylon Bee)

  • Policy: It’s the one-year anniversary of the Parkland school shooting. The Heritage Foundation’s Amy Swearer dives into “The Role of Mental Illness in Mass Shootings, Suicides.”

  • Policy: In The Daily Wire, Josh Hammer reminds us that Monday was “the fortieth anniversary of Iran’s disastrous Islamic Revolution — in which the last Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, was overthrown in favor of a totalitarian, anti-Western, zealous, theocratic Islamist terrorist regime.” Read more on why we should “Stand With The Iranian People Against Their Tyrannical Regime.”

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