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Mar. 7, 2019

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“The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

IN BRIEF

Donkeys Fight Over Who to Hate

Nate Jackson

It seems like only yesterday that House Democrats were going to steadfastly rebuke the racist face of anti-Semitism in their ranks once and for all.

Oh, wait; it was yesterday. And they declined to do so amid intra-party squabbling over identity politics.

The recurring theme of freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism brought Democrats to the brink of introducing a resolution condemning such anti-Semitism, though avoiding actually naming Omar. In fact, Nancy Pelosi even offered the asinine assessment that Omar’s comments were not “intentionally anti-Semitic.” But an uprising led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez forced an expansion of that resolution to include “all forms of hate,” including “Islamaphobia.” It’s no coincidence that Omar is Muslim. The Latina Ocasio-Cortez even wants anti-“Latinx+” statements to draw a rebuke.

Several 2020 presidential contenders from the Senate, including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, jumped to Omar’s defense.

Pelosi even reportedly grew so frustrated that she dropped her microphone and walked out of a closed-door Democrat meeting, bitterly complaining, “Well if you’re not going to listen to me, I’m done talking.” Perhaps all she needed to do was sleep on it, as Democrats will reportedly vote on the watered-down resolution later today.

The Wall Street Journal aptly notes, “An exercise that began with trying to distance Democrats from an anti-Semitic slur has evolved into a display of political cowardice that equates smears against Jews that have a horrific historical meaning with generalized ‘hate.’ Thus does a specific hatred get consumed, and trivialized, in today’s Democratic identity politics. And Ms. Omar can keep her Foreign Affairs Committee seat.”

Moreover, while Ocasio-Cortez wants to deflect this hate problem to Republicans, it is Democrats who are trafficking in hatred these days — especially hate for Donald Trump. In fact, that’s what’s so ironic about this whole thing. As PowerLine’s John Hinderaker points out, “Ilhan Omar hates like a Democrat, and she openly expresses that hate like a Democrat. The problem is that she hates people who mostly support the Democratic Party.” I.e., Jews. As long as the hate is directed at groups leftists deem worthy of it, especially on the Right, Democrats are pleased. But you have to hate the “correct” people.

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DNC Blacklists Fox Dem Debate Coverage

Thomas Gallatin

“Democrats demand only Leftmedia propaganda distributors televise their presidential primary debates” — that would be the more accurate headline to the Democratic National Committee’s decision to blacklist Fox News from its slate of primary debates. Citing a recent story written by leftist activist “journalist” Jane Mayer of The New Yorker, DNC Chair Tom Perez announced his decision to preclude Fox News from even televising any of the Democrats’ presidential primary debates. The real problem with Fox is that it doesn’t join the 90% negative coverage President Donald Trump receives from the rest of the mainstream media.

In fact, Trump humorously rejoined, “Democrats just blocked @FoxNews from holding a debate. Good, then I think I’ll do the same thing with the Fake News Networks and the Radical Left Democrats in the General Election debates!”

It’s not surprising that the DNC aims to continue promulgating the long-running charade of a non-biased MSM, while seeking to convince Americans that its increasingly extreme leftist ideology is mainstream. In fact, the hypocrisy on display here is quite frankly amazing even for Democrats. Recall back in 2016 when it was discovered that Hillary Clinton’s campaign organized with CNN’s Donna Brazile to feed questions for a town hall debate hosted by the network. Another example is the 2012 debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in which CNN moderator Candy Crowley infamously injected herself to defend Obama with an erroneous “fact check” on Romney’s claim that Obama had initially denied the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi was terrorism. No bias there? Please.

The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway observes, “One of the reasons Trump was successful and won the presidency was that he declined to play the game where he treated the media as if they weren’t biased and facing massive credibility problems.” She then asks, “Do other Republicans enjoy being treated like second-class citizens? Do they think they must accept it?”

The fact of the matter is the illusion of the MSM being non-biased reporters of truth is no longer believed by the vast majority of the American public. The real question is why so many Republicans still seem to believe they must continue to kowtow to the media when they know the MSM will never give them a fair shake.

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GOOD NEWS

Arkansas Teen Saves Money to Buy Friend Electric Wheelchair

“Navigating high school just got a little easier for one Montgomery County senior, thanks to his friend who surprised him with a gift he could only dream of. Roaming the hallways of Caddo Hills High Schools is now one of Brandon Qualls’ favorite things to do. ‘It’s awesome, I may hit a few doors but it’s worth it!’ Brandon said.

"But getting around was not always this easy for Brandon. For years, he used a manual wheelchair to get to class. ‘My arms would get really tired and I would have to stop and take rests,’ he said. That’s when Tanner Wilson decided to step in. Tanner saved up his own money to buy Brandon his own electric wheelchair.”

Read more at THV 11.

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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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TOP HEADLINE SUMMARY

  • “Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Congress on Wednesday that the situation at the U.S. southern border is ‘truly an emergency.’ The United States is experiencing a ‘real serious and sustained crisis at our borders,’ Nielsen said. … ‘The projections are dire,’ she said. ‘The agency is now on track to apprehend more migrants crossing illegally in the first six months of this fiscal year than the entirety of [fiscal year 2017]. And at the current pace, we are on track to encounter close to one million illegal aliens at our southern border this year.’” (The Washington Free Beacon)
  • “A sprawling General Motors assembly plant near Youngstown was idled on Wednesday after more than 50 years producing cars and other vehicles, a move that will eliminate nearly 1,700 hourly positions by month’s end. … The Cruze, once a popular and well-reviewed compact car made in Lordstown since 2011, has become the victim of consumer tastes as car buyers in an era of inexpensive gasoline have shown strong preferences for trucks, SUVs and crossover-type vehicles, all of which produce far bigger profits than sedans for GM.” (Associated Press)
  • “Cody Weddle, a Venezuela-based freelance reporter, was released late Wednesday after spending 12 hours in custody — underscoring the ongoing political crisis in the South American nation. Weddle, a 28-year-old Virginia native, was detained early Wednesday after Venezuela’s Military Counterintelligence, DGCIM, raided his home in Caracas. His assistant, Carlos Camacho, was also detained and their equipment seized. … Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott demanded Weddle’s release and the U.S. State Department accused Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro of preferring to ‘stifle the truth rather than face it.’” (Miami Herald)
  • “Once a rising Republican star, former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s public fall from grace began with stories of his lavish tastes, including the extravagant remodeling of his Washington office inspired by the British television series ‘Downton Abbey.’ After he resigned in 2015 amid a federal investigation, Schock, of Peoria, was hit with a sweeping criminal indictment alleging he used his government and campaign funds as a personal piggy bank… On Wednesday, however, Schock’s story took a stunning turn — one virtually unheard of in a high-profile corruption case. In a surprise move, federal prosecutors in Chicago announced they had agreed to drop all charges against Schock in what’s known as a deferred prosecution. Under the terms of the deal, Schock, 37, must pay back taxes to the IRS and $68,000 to his congressional campaign funds.” (Chicago Tribune)
  • “A federal judge in California has blocked the Trump administration from including a citizenship question on the 2020 census, ruling the decision to add the question is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the district court in San Francisco is the second federal judge to reject the Trump administration’s bid to include the citizenship question on the upcoming census questionnaire. … The U.S. Supreme Court agreed last month to consider the issue, and the justices will hear arguments in the case out of New York in April.” (Washington Examiner)
  • “Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, disclosed during an emotional Senate hearing on Wednesday she was ‘preyed upon and then raped’ in the Air Force by a superior officer. … McSally said she didn’t report the assault because she didn’t trust the system, and was ashamed and confused. … The revelation came just weeks after Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, came forward in January with her story of being raped by a former boyfriend, saying she decided to do so after details of her divorce were made public.” (Fox News)
  • “The dream of the $15 minimum wage was finally realized among Amazon employees after the company caved to mounting pressure and implemented it company-wide on Nov. 1. But according to a new report, the improved wages aren’t working out as many employees had hoped at Amazon’s Whole Foods grocery store chain. … The employees, speaking on condition of anonymity ‘for fear of retaliation,’ revealed … that they’ve seen an average of about a 30% reduction in hours per week for part-timers and about a 10% reduction for full-timers.” (The Daily Wire)
  • Humor: Nation’s Republicans weep bitterly upon learning Hillary Clinton not running in 2020 (The Babylon Bee)
  • Policy: “Putting reparations in practice today would be challenging… and misguided,” says Lone Star Policy Institute Director Doug McCullough. Read more about “The Problems With Social Justice Economics.”
  • Policy: The Heritage Foundation’s Lee Edwards explains why “Socialism Is a Rigid Ideology That Always Ends in Tyranny.”

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Larry Elder: “After the election and re-election of the country’s first black president, who would have thought that, less than two years later, leading Democrats would seriously debate paying blacks reparations for slavery? Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports a bill that would set up a commission to consider reparations, which she says is ‘One of the things that we can do not only just in terms of trying to make up for a horrible, sinful thing that happened in our country in terms of slavery, but for our country to live up to who we think we are.’ … Democrats opposed the 13th Amendment, which freed the slaves, the 14th Amendment, which conferred citizenship on them, and the 15th Amendment, which gave them the right to vote. During the debate over the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Democrats, including Sen. Al Gore Sr., orchestrated a record-breaking 60-day filibuster in an attempt to block the bill from coming to a vote. By percentage, more Republicans in the House and the Senate voted to pass the bill than did Democrats. … To pay for reparations, does the Democratic Party intend to sue itself for damages?”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “It is fundamental to the Democrats’ worldview and reason for being that all hate comes from the right. They constantly tout themselves as the party of inclusion, tolerance and love. … [But] our politics today are suffused with hate, to a degree not seen within my lifetime. Above all, hate for President Trump. Also, hate for conservatives. Hate for Republicans. Hate for all those who fail to toe the latest, ever-shifting intersectional line. … And yet the Democrats cannot admit that they, and the Left, are the overwhelming source of hatred in today’s world.” —John Hinderaker

The BIG Lie: “I was the first person who ran for president without the protection of the Voting Rights Act, and I will tell you, it makes a really big difference. And it doesn’t just make a difference in Alabama and Georgia; it made a difference in Wisconsin, where the best studies that have been done said somewhere between 40 [thousand] and 80,000 people were turned away from the polls because of the color of their skin, because of their age, because of whatever excuse could be made up to stop a fellow American citizen from voting.” —Hillary Clinton with a lie so big even The Washington Post gave her four Pinocchios

The BIG Lie II: “I was at the border this past weekend. What [Trump] is proposing going on there is mythology. It is not reality.” —Nancy Pelosi

Non Compos Mentis: “The idea that a woman can be as powerful as a man is something that our society can’t deal with. But I am as powerful as a man and it drives them crazy.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Delusional: “Nancy [Pelosi] is a typical white feminist upholding the patriarchy doing the dirty work of powerful white men.” —Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour

Belly laugh of the week: “For all the mistakes we made, we didn’t make mistakes of integrity, and I’m proud that we left office without a scandal.” —Barack Obama

And last… “At some point we stopped asking a very fundamental philosophical question: What is the government and what is it supposed to do? Our Founders thought the government’s job was to protect and ensure liberty. People today seem to think [the government’s] job is to protect comfort and lifestyle.” —Matt Walsh

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