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"#MeToo" is the social media meme of the moment. In a 24-hour period, the phrase was tweeted nearly a half million times and posted on Facebook 12 million times. Spearheaded by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of Hollyweird's Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, women have flooded social media with their own long-buried accounts of being pestered, groped or assaulted by rapacious male predators in the workplace. Count me out. It's one thing to break down cultural stigmas constructively, but the #MeToo movement is collectivist virtue signaling of a very perilous sort. The New York... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/18/beware_the_rape_allegation_bandwagon_135291.html 200135291 Michelle MalkinMichelle Malkin2017/10 10/18/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:21:04 -0500 431748 Free at last! Free at last! That's the message for millions who don't get health coverage at work and, until now, faced two dismal options: going without insurance or paying Obamacare's soaring premiums. Last week, President Donald Trump announced regulatory changes that will potentially allow consumers to choose coverage options costing half what Obamacare's cheapest bronze plans cost. Democrats are already accusing the president of kneecapping Obamacare, but in fact these changes will actually reduce the number of uninsured -- something Democrats claim is their goal. The Affordable Care... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/18/how_iran_helped_baghdad_seize_back_kirkuk_135290.html 200135290 Betsy McCaugheyBetsy McCaughey2017/10 10/18/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:19:25 -0500 407760Commentary California's 2018 calendar includes milestones glorious and tragic – 60 years since the Dodgers and Giants arrived on the West Coast; 50 years since Bobby Kennedy’s promise was cut short by a gunman lurking in the pantry of a Los Angeles hotel. It may also mark the end of an Augustan age of politics in the Golden State. Jerry Brown, at age 79 the nation’s old governor, will be term-limited out of office. Dianne Feinstein, at age 84 the nation’s oldest U.S. senator, finds herself with at least one notable Democratic challenger in next summer’s open... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/18/the_end_of_an_era_in_california_politics_135286.html 200135286 Bill WhalenBill Whalen2017/10 10/18/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:36:12 -0500 432835Commentary By making tax reform one of the policy pillars of his first year in office, President Trump has made at least one move that aligns himself with the standard-bearer of conservatism, Ronald Reagan. Trump has laid out a plan that advances President Reagan’s vision for strong economic growth through lower taxes, but what remains to be seen is whether he has the political will and skill to accomplish what Reagan so spectacularly did. Action item No. 1 for Reagan’s administration was doing everything within his power to stoke the economy. “Stay the course,” he reminded... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/18/trump_must_mirror_reagans_leadership_on_taxes_135289.html 200135289 John HeubuschJohn Heubusch2017/10 10/18/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:35:44 -0500 432852 WASHINGTON -- As President Trump prepares to head to Asia next month for his most important overseas trip yet, foreign intelligence services are undoubtedly trying to assemble personality profiles to explain this unconventional, risk-taking, domineering president to the leaders he will meet. How will they describe Trump? Probably not with the same hyperbole we sometimes use in our daily news commentary. Foreign governments aren't as easily shocked or offended as journalists. They're used to bullying autocrats. They watch Trump's nonstop circus act, probably with frequent dismay, but they must... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/18/how_might_trumps_asian_hosts_sketch_his_personality_profile_135288.html 200135288 David IgnatiusDavid Ignatius2017/10 10/18/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:14:38 -0500 431799 Did you happen to catch CNN's latest smear? Anderson Cooper's show recently featured a "two-part exclusive" that claims Donald Trump's EPA director had conspired with the CEO of a mining company to "withdraw environmental restrictions" so the company could dig "the largest open pit mine in the world in an extremely sensitive watershed in wild Alaska." The report was enough to horrify any caring person. CNN showed beautiful pictures of colorful salmon swimming in Bristol Bay, and the reporter intoned dramatically, "EPA staffers were shocked to receive this email obtained exclusively by CNN... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/18/a_cnn_smear_135287.html 200135287 John StosselJohn Stossel2017/10 10/18/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:05:25 -0500 407602Commentary Reduced charitable giving by middle-class families—on a scale of tens of billions of dollars—could be an unintended consequence of a Republican tax reform plan that reduces itemizing of deductions. That change would exacerbate other forces ranging from declining American religious participation to deferral of marriage, childbearing, and home-owning that have depressed the rate of private giving in the U.S. from 66 percent of all households in 2000 to 55 percent in the latest year. Any further contraction in donating could debilitate America’s voluntary sector—which... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/18/why_philanthropy_is_worth_defending_in_the_tax_code__135285.html 200135285 Karl ZinsmeisterKarl Zinsmeister2017/10 10/18/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:42:32 -0500 431025 WASHINGTON -- Confronted with allegations of serial sexual abuse and rape, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's instinct was to lie: "I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then." No, it wasn't. The different-era defense was also used by those who would excuse fugitive director Roman Polanski's confessed 1977 crime, drugging and having sex with a 13-year-old girl. And those willing to forgive and forget the first 20 or so of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults, which took place during those scarlet... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/17/weinsteins_alleged_sexual_abuse_is_appalling_--_both_now_and_then_135280.html 200135280 Eugene RobinsonEugene Robinson2017/10 10/17/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:14:40 -0500 431748 WASHINGTON -- At the Family Research Council's recent Values Voter Summit, the religious right effectively declared its conversion to Trumpism. The president was received as a hero. Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka -- both fired from the White House, in part, for their extremism -- set the tone and agenda. "There is a time and season for everything," said Bannon. "And right now, it's a season for war against a GOP establishment." A time to live and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to uproot. A time to mourn and a time to embrace angry ethnonationalism and racial demagoguery. Yes, a... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/17/the_religious_right_has_become_a_tribe_of_sycophants_135273.html 200135273 Michael GersonMichael Gerson2017/10 10/17/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:14:35 -0500 421790 With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran. Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts. After "de-certifying" the nuclear agreement, signed by all five permanent members of the Security Council, Trump gave Congress 60 days to reimpose the sanctions that it lifted when Teheran signed. If Congress does not reimpose those sanctions and kill the deal, Trump threatens to kill it himself. Why? Did Iran... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/17/is_war_with_iran_now_inevitable_135283.html 200135283 Patrick BuchananPatrick Buchanan2017/10 10/17/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:14:31 -0500 432363Commentary Donald Trump made “America First” the centerpiece of his election campaign, and many thought this would mean a domestically focused doctrine of protectionism and withdrawal from world politics. But the president has unexpectedly come to embrace a core element of the international role “leader of the free world.” He is naming and confronting the human rights abuses of single-party dictatorships. In a manner not seen since Ronald Reagan, he is attacking their flawed claim of justice—Marxism—by which they deem to rule millions against their will.... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/17/donald_trump_anti-communist_135274.html 200135274 Marion SmithMarion Smith2017/10 10/17/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:14:20 -0500 432811 Good morning, it’s Tuesday, October 17, 2017. A few discerning readers noticed that the two events I cited in yesterday’s note (the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and an 1823 letter from James Monroe to Thomas Jefferson) actually occurred on today’s date, not October 16. Forgive me of that lapse. I was in San Francisco for the 1989 “Bay Bridge” World Series when the quake struck; apparently, I’m still rattled by it. Many other events happened on this date in American history, however, including Gerald R. Ford’s historic testimony to Congress on why he... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/17/on_the_same_page_forthright_trump_progressives_vs_liberals_pardon_power_135284.html 200135284 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/10 10/17/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:15:08 -0500 "Liberty, equality, fraternity" was the watchword of the French revolutionaries. They'd never heard of the Boy Scouts of America (obviously), but if they had, they would be tossing their liberty caps in the air at last week's news of the Scouts' decision to admit girls. Ah, citoyen, a wonderful thing, no? Well, we'll see how wonderful it all is as we get farther down the road. It might not make as much difference in practice as in theory. (Though the millions who have sat around Boy Scout campfires, reveling in male companionship, are entitled to wonder.) The inevitability and expectedness... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/17/no_were_not_all_the_same_135281.html 200135281 William MurchisonWilliam Murchison2017/10 10/17/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:03:56 -0500 432769 Hothouse flowers threw another hissy fit on a college campus recently. But this time it was different. This time the target in their progressive crosshairs wasn't some conservative bogeyman whose views were deemed unacceptable and so had to be shouted down. This time left-wing students, at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, went after the ACLU, an organization that champions all sorts of liberal causes and no one is calling right-wing. Call me a bad person but it's fun to watch the left devour its own. And here's something else to giggle about: The ACLU speaker who was silenced by... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/17/a_new_front_in_the_war_on_free_speech_135279.html 200135279 Bernard GoldbergBernard Goldberg2017/10 10/17/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:59:38 -0500 411904 In 2004, I wrote a column about Bill O'Reilly's alleged sexual harassment of Andrea Mackris, one of his producers. Her suit charged that O'Reilly pressured her to have telephone sex with him. Mackris had taped some of their conversations, including O'Reilly's threat that he would destroy any woman who retaliated against him. A transcript of that call was conveniently available on the internet. The consequence was hardly immediate: Thirteen years later, O'Reilly was fired. I exhume O'Reilly and, if I may, Fox News in general as a rebuttal to the argument that something awfully pernicious and... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/17/weinstein_is_no_liberal_archetype_hes_just_a_brute_135276.html 200135276 Richard CohenRichard Cohen2017/10 10/17/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:57:29 -0500 432598 The story of Donald Trump and health coverage rightly starts with the story of Donald Trump and William Trump. William was born in 1999, fighting for his life. He suffered seizures, and his breathing stopped twice. William's medical bills were enormous. That's when Donald tried to remove the infant from the Trump family health plan. Why? Retaliation against his nephew (William's father) for challenging the will of Fred Sr. It seems the Trump patriarch had left the family of one son -- Donald's deceased brother, Fred Jr. -- largely out of his estate. Any part Donald may have played in nudging... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/17/trumps_long_history_of_holding_health_care_hostage_135275.html 200135275 Froma HarropFroma Harrop2017/10 10/17/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:36:27 -0500 432603 WASHINGTON -- In this week's crisis over Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurds are experiencing a painful version of Newton's Third Law: In Middle East politics, as in physics, every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. The initial action was Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani's decision to push ahead last month with a controversial independence referendum, despite strong warnings from the United States, Turkey, Iran and the central government in Baghdad that the Sept. 25 vote would backfire. The counterreaction came Monday, as Iraqi troops, backed by Shiite militias, took control of a key military... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/16/a_series_of_unfortunate_consequences_for_kurdistan_in_kirkuk_135282.html 200135282 David IgnatiusDavid Ignatius2017/10 10/16/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:04:54 -0500 431501 President Trump and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell stood side by side in the White House Rose Garden Monday, pledging a united front ahead of a legislative push that may be central to their legacies. “We are closer than ever before and the relationship is very good,” Trump said of McConnell, whom he has criticized along with other GOP lawmakers for failing to pass his agenda. Trump even offered something of an olive branch after his former adviser declared “a season of war” against the Republican establishment and pledged to primary party incumbents.... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/16/trump_and_mcconnell_make_nice_in_unity_display_135278.html 200135278 Caitlin Huey-Burns & James ArkinCaitlin Huey-Burns & James Arkin2017/10 10/16/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:09:28 -0500 432767 WASHINGTON -- Has President Donald Trump's White House moved past the horror that still grips Las Vegas in the wake of the bloody Oct. 1 mass shooting that left 58 dead and 546 wounded? Trump frequently mentions the shooting during speeches and on camera. On Friday, he brought up the "the horrific mass murder" when he addressed the Values Voter Summit in Washington. Trump also hailed Brady Cook, the Las Vegas police officer who had been on the force for two days when he was wounded in the hail of bullets. But this year, Trump has had to contend with disaster after catastrophe -- everything... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/16/trump_unlikely_to_dwell_on_las_vegas_mass_shooting_135277.html 200135277 Debra SaundersDebra Saunders2017/10 10/16/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:42:59 -0500 431456 Good morning, it’s Monday, October 16, 2017, the eve of the 28th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake that struck Northern California at rush hour, killed 63 people, and was witnessed by an entire nation tuning into Game 3 of the 1989 World Series. Pitting the San Francisco Giants against the Oakland Athletics, major league baseball’s championship was dubbed “The Bay Bridge Series.” You didn’t hear that description much after the quake, perhaps because a 50-foot-section of the top deck of the bridge collapsed that night, killing a 23-year-old nursing aide. I... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/16/virginia_stakes_after_weinstein_1937_prequel_monroe_shapes_his_doctrine_135272.html 200135272 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/10 10/16/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:42:20 -0500 As chairman of the Federal Reserve from 2006 to 2014, it was Bernanke who, along with others, prevented the worst recession since World War II from becoming the Great Depression 2.0. Now he fears that, should another sharp recession occur, the Fed won't be able to contain it. Traditionally, the Fed has sought to influence the economy by changing short-term interest rates. If a recession looms, the Fed cuts the "fed funds" rate to stimulate demand. If the danger is inflation, the Fed raises the rate to relieve wage and price pressures. Changes in the fed funds rate are assumed to nudge rates... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/16/bernankes_anxiety_135261.html 200135261 Robert SamuelsonRobert Samuelson2017/10 10/16/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:35:54 -0500 421039 Democrats may have focused millions of dollars and mountains of energy on special congressional elections this year -- to no avail -- but keeping their hold on the Virginia governor's mansion next month is arguably more significant to a party aiming to rebuild from the ground up after 2016. The race to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe appears to favor his party as the Nov. 7 contest nears, with Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam leading Republican Ed Gillespie in the polls. McAuliffe's approval rating is above water and the state has a low unemployment rate of just 3.8 percent. But... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/16/democrats_see_virginia_governor_race_as_a_must-win__135271.html 200135271 Caitlin Huey-BurnsCaitlin Huey-Burns2017/10 10/16/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:35:47 -0500 432624 WASHINGTON -- Reformers are by nature impatient. But historically their victories have come from long, sustained efforts that began in periods when conservatives were dominant. Many aspects of Franklin Roosevelt's program were first advanced during the administrations of Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. They reached fruition when the political atmosphere changed. In his book on the great progressive Fiorello La Guardia's time in Congress during the Roaring '20s and early '30s, the historian Howard Zinn noted that "the impressive legislative structure of the famed first hundred days of the... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/16/reformers_be_ready_when_your_time_comes_135264.html 200135264 E.J. DionneE.J. Dionne2017/10 10/16/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:35:38 -0500 429761 Hanging on my office wall is a framed copy of the Baltimore Sun front page on September 7, 1995, featuring Baltimore Orioles’ star Cal Ripken Jr., the morning after he broke Lou Gehrig’s iconic record of playing in 2,130 consecutive major league games. I framed it because, in my capacity as White House correspondent for the Sun, I was in Charm City that night for Cal’s big game, along with Vice President Al Gore and his boss, Bill Clinton, whom I interviewed about baseball and life. Recently, I’ve come to view that memento in a different light. The Sun editors put only... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/15/is_harvey_weinstein_a_cultural_pivot_point_135269.html 200135269 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/10 10/15/2017/00/00/00 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:46:33 -0500 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Steve Bannon has a stark message to Republican incumbents he considers part of the establishment: “Nobody can run and hide.” President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist is promoting a field of potential primary challengers to take on disfavored Republicans in Congress and step up for open seats. Among the outsiders: a convicted felon, a perennial candidate linked to an environmental conspiracy theory and a Southern lawmaker known for provocative ethnic and racial comments. It’s an insurgency that could imperil Republican majorities in... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/15/bannon_on_republican_insurgency_nobody_can_run_and_hide_135270.html 200135270 Emily Pettus & Thomas BeaumontEmily Pettus & Thomas Beaumont2017/10 10/15/2017/00/00/00 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:42:04 -0500 432582
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