Stembridge News Digest

  • Associated Press plays dumb after New York Times publishes interview featuring recommendation for anti-Semitic literature Wed, 19 Dec 2018 01:23:36 GMT
    In a normal world, it would be news if the most powerful newspaper in the United States gave a woman with a well-known track record of anti-Semitic conspiracy mongering a softball interview. It’d be news if she gave the paper’s readers an unqualified recommendation of an anti-Semitic book.
  • New York Democrat tells GOP staffer to kill herself, apologizes, then continues attacking her in media Wed, 19 Dec 2018 01:06:08 GMT
    New York state Sen. Kevin Parker is sorry that he told a Republican Senate staffer to go kill herself. He's so sorry, in fact, that he later trashed her by name in a subsequent media interview.
  • Lawsuits against cheese and ginger ale highlight list of ridiculous court cases Wed, 19 Dec 2018 01:00:33 GMT
    Year after year, state and federal lawmakers try but never fully succeed in attempting to rein in “lawsuit abuse” that bogs down court systems and adds costs to businesses, consumers, and the healthcare system.
  • Promising not to protest is un-American, even when it comes to Israel Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:40:56 GMT
    News has been making the rounds about a speech pathologist who lost her job for refusing to sign a pro-Israel pledge as a condition of employment at a public school in Texas.
  • Only YOU can fight a Russian troll army Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:20:52 GMT
    Twitter and Facebook can barely shut down death threats and targeted harassment, let alone combat the problem of fake news. Two sweeping reports from Monday demonstrated in detail the extent and content of Russia's campaign of disinformation not just on the most politicized social media networks, but also their manipulation of Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit, Gab, Instagram, and even PayPal.
  • University of California chancellors break with faculty, condemn boycotts of Israel Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:59:14 GMT
    In a historic first for the University of California system, all ten chancellors have signed on to a joint statement condemning any faculty attempts to implement any type of academic boycott of Israel on any UC campus.
  • Hurrah: There's no need to conserve oil anymore, which means there's no need to recycle plastics Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:39:58 GMT
    We should both note and celebrate when the political process tells us something that is actually true — it’s rare enough after all. So it is with this new report from the Trump administration, that conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative. The point is true. That fracking revolution has indeed meant that we don’t need to worry about the oil running out in 20 or 30 years or whatever it was the Club of Rome tried to tell us.
  • Is the rise of 'adulting' classes for millennials caused by the rise in working mothers? Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:36:48 GMT
    “Adulting” classes for millennials — classes that teach basic life skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and time management — are rising nationwide. CBS New York reported about a woman in Maine who launched an online class for burgeoning adults, aptly named, “Adulting School," and she’s not the only one taking advantage of a generation of young people who are seemingly locked into the Peter Pan syndrome. But why don’t young adults know how to adult? Is it really that hard?
  • For the wrong reasons, Trump wisely targets automaker subsidies Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:02:40 GMT
    General Motors’ recent announcement to slash its workforce by 15 percent has drawn bipartisan backlash, including from President Trump, who threatened to do away with a tax credit for electric vehicles that benefits GM. While it shouldn’t require a notice that the auto industry doesn’t need these subsidies, the president is right to question the need for such a credit. Even with last year’s passage of pro-growth, comprehensive tax reform, problems still exist with the tax code. To this day, far too many special interest carve-outs, such as the Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, remain.
  • Those considering 2020 Democratic presidential run need to strike when the iron's hot Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:02:24 GMT
    In previous posts on the state of the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination battle, I questioned the fundamentals of Beto O'Rourke and argued that his rise says more about the weakness of the rest of the field at this point in the race. But there's also another factor that could propel him to run: recent history that suggests candidates should strike while the iron's hot.

  • Noemie Emery: Strangers on a train Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:10:20 GMT
    You’ve seen it yourself, sometimes in public, perhaps on a subway car. Somebody starts to act strange. He talks to himself, wanders the aisles and mutters.
  • John Boehner to write 'smoke-filled room' memoir lifting lid on DC politics Mon, 17 Dec 2018 19:19:00 GMT
    Retired Republican House Speaker John Boehner is set to spill on his time walking Washington's corridors of power in a forthcoming memoir.
  • A bipartisan coalition could pass a lot more than just the First Step Act Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:54:40 GMT
    Yesterday's messy display of bickering between President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and presumptive incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., didn't inspire much hope in the public for the next two years. But as Senate Majority Leader pushes forward with the Trump-backed First Step Act, the passage of criminal justice reform could paint a blueprint for how a bipartisan government, even one as divided as the radicalized Democratic Party and our populist president, could progress.
  • Ousted California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher moving to Maine Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:30:04 GMT
    After three decades in Congress, ousted Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is starting over.
  • Democracy is messy — we like it that way Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:28:39 GMT
    The image of hands wringing themselves had already become the emblem of the Trump era long before this week. But Tuesday's fracas in the Oval Office seems to have set off an especially intense bout of this activity, especially among the press. We discourage this, as in excess it may lead to carpal tunnel or the dreaded tennis elbow.
  • This White House needs a Bossie chief of staff Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:29:06 GMT
    Every American – Trump-lovers and -haters alike – should want his next White House chief of staff to be competent, tough, steady and honest. Every Republican should also want the new guy to be politically savvy, in order to advance conservative principles.
  • House Republicans clash over Trump's role in downfall, look to 2020 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:04:48 GMT
    Five weeks after their Election Day thumping, Republicans in the House of Representatives are still arguing internally over President Trump’s role in the 40-seat thrashing of their majority.
  • David Bossie: Next chief of staff must be ready for war with House Democrats Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:46:12 GMT
    David Bossie, a contender to be President Trump's next chief of staff, said Tuesday that whoever gets the job must be prepared for constant battle with House Democrats.
  • Republicans in Michigan, Wisconsin resort to lame-duck sore-loserism Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:05:03 GMT
    The election of 1800 was a bitter, partisan fight – so much that it is sometimes known as the “Revolution of 1800.” The contest between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams was marked by personal attacks, rumors, and arguments that either the Federalists or the Democratic-Republicans were going to destroy the country. There was a new system of electoral votes and contested results necessitating a vote in the House of Representatives.
  • Wisconsin Senate passes bill limiting governor’s powers Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:02:30 GMT
    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate voted early Wednesday to pass a sweeping measure designed to empower the Republican-controlled Legislature and weaken the Democrat replacing Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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