Stembridge News Digest



  • Russell Kirk and the Republican predicament Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:30:35 GMT
    On Jan. 20, 2017, President Trump proclaimed in his inaugural address to a dumbfounded nation, “Together, we will make America great again.” Republicans greeted Trump’s promise with great enthusiasm, believing they would easily enact a policy agenda over the next two years to deliver on it. And why not? They controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency for the first time in more than a decade. Moreover, Trump’s proclamation was the perfect rallying cry for Republicans. In four short words, “make America great again” conveys the essence of their professed conservatism — looking to the past for guidance in the present on making progress in the future.
  • Teen Vogue and the death of women's media Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:26:31 GMT
    In an idea stolen from a viral tweet, Elle magazine's Twitter account posted that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are splitting up. That wasn't true, but the link took readers to a voter registration website.
  • Trump's unpredictability sometimes gets results from the likes of Canada and Mexico Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:11:20 GMT
    President Trump has a deservedly bad rap with fan and foe alike for his propensity to make wild, off-the-cuff statements, especially on social media. How many of his supporters have wished aloud: Would this man please just stop tweeting already?!
  • A woman died, the police chief responded. Washington should listen to his lessons on the opioid crisis Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:58:05 GMT
    On October 7, Madelyn Ellan Linsenmeir, like too many other Americans, passed away from an opioid overdose. Born in Vermont, she was a mother, she was loved by her family, friends, and community and she had suffered from addiction for most of her adult life. On Sunday, her obituary, thoughtfully and powerfully authored by a family member, was published in the Burlington Free Press. It soon went viral resonating with the often difficult to talk about and stigmatized crisis that has plagued communities across the country. It was published by Fox News, the Washington Post and elsewhere.
  • The March for Life is wise to make the scientific case against abortion Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:23:05 GMT
    The largest annual protest in the nation for over four decades, the March for Life announced its new and notable theme for 2019: "Unique from day one."
  • It's hurricane season — a good time to build your petrochemical plant outside the Gulf Fri, 19 Oct 2018 04:00:58 GMT
    As we watched Hurricane Michael threaten lives, properties, and commerce on the U.S. Gulf Coast, we were given a stark reminder that America’s growing petrochemical industry possesses an Achilles’ heel in the form of major storms.
  • Florida’s next governor will decide the direction of the Florida Supreme Court for years to come Fri, 19 Oct 2018 04:00:41 GMT
    The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled that the next governor of Florida would have the opportunity to appoint three new justices to the Florida Supreme Court. This ruling significantly raises the stakes of the upcoming gubernatorial race between Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Specifically, it gives Floridians the opportunity to determine the direction of the state’s highest court.
  • Never mind the kneeling — it's the new soft-touch rules that are killing the NFL Fri, 19 Oct 2018 04:00:06 GMT
    With the start of the 2018-19 NBA regular season upon us, the Patriots-Chiefs game on Sunday reminded me of Michael Jordan’s friendly pregame chalk toss at the scorer’s table. But it was Breeland Speaks who was doing the powder-puffing when he graciously allowed Tom Brady to limp into the end zone late in the game. His explanation was that he wanted to avoid a penalty for roughing the passer.
  • Perpetual politics: 2020 has already begun, and 2022 is right behind Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:34:45 GMT
    It’s never too early to launch a presidential campaign, even when the next one is more than two years away.
  • What the Elizabeth Warren DNA fiasco says about the media Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:14:24 GMT
    The fiasco this week involving Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test says two things about the national press.








  • 2018 Poll: Immigration 'Most Important' Issue for GOP Voters Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:38:03 +0000
    Immigration is the "most important" 2018 midterm issue for Republican voters, according to a national survey released on Thursday. President Donald Trump has tried to single-handedly make illegal immigration a top issue for voters while he has barnstormed across the country for Republicans in recent weeks.
  • Exclusive -- Scott Adams Predicts 'Greatest Turnout by Republicans, Maybe Ever' in Midterms Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:21:33 +0000
    SANTA MONICA, California — Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams looks thoughtful in in the lobby of a beachfront hotel on a sunny Thursday afternoon as he tells me that the phrase “jobs not mobs,” which he suggested on Twitter six days before, would be catchy — though he adds that Republicans had not yet used it. Literally minutes later, President Donald Trump tells a rally in Montana: “Democrats produce mobs. Republicans produce jobs.” The president tweets soon afterwards: “#JobsNotMobs.” #JobsNotMobs! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2018 It is a measure of Adams’ astonishing influence on popular and political culture, as he has emerged from the world of humor, publishing, and business advice in the past three years to become one of the most insightful political commentators on the planet. Adams is in Southern California to promote the paperback version of his New York Times bestselling book, Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter. (Read Breitbart News’ review here.) The softcover will be launched on October 30 and is already available for pre-order at Amazon.com. Win Bigly is not just a review of the 2016 presidential election, but an argument for a new way of looking at the world, through
  • Exclusive: Ad Hits Democrat Katie Hill for Backing Nancy Pelosi, Tax Hikes, High Gas Prices Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:00:14 +0000
    The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a super PAC supported by House Republican leadership, is launching a new ad on Friday targeting Democrat Katie Hill for supporting Nancy Pelosi's proposed tax hikes and higher gas prices.
  • Blue State Blues: Democrats' Mob Tactics May Be Working Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:01:33 +0000
    The midterm election is therefore about much more than which party controls the House. It is about whether the left-wing mob is to be rewarded for its behavior.
  • Virgil: Media, Dems, and Deep Staters Try to Tank Trump's America First Saudi Policy Fri, 19 Oct 2018 04:50:50 +0000
    In the media-fanned frenzy over Khashoggi, Trump's critics forget that the U.S.-Saudi relationship has always been based on the pragmatically realistic assessment that we have to deal with the Saudis as they are—including what they can offer us—and not as we might wish them to be.
  • Nolte: Establishment Media's Concern for Jamal Khashoggi Is Fake News Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:48:48 +0000
    The establishment media are playing us, are only pretending to care about Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Caroline Glick: Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss, Lara Alqasem's Enablers Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:48:22 +0000
    Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss viewed joining the BDS pile-on over Lara Alqasem as a way to buy credibility -- at Israel's expense.
  • Scarborough: Trump Won't Seek Reelection in 2020 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:37:26 +0000
    Thursday in an appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, alongside his fellow co-host Mika Brzezinski, predicted President Donald Trump wouldn’t seek reelection in 2020. Scarborough told “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert that he thought Trump “didn’t want” to be elected president in the first place and said he expected him to “cash out.” “I’ll say it again — I don’t think they will have to step up to challenge Donald Trump because I don’t think Donald Trump is going to run for reelection,” Scarborough said. “He didn’t want to be elected president. He didn’t think he was going to be elected. He didn’t even think he was going to get the Republican nomination. He’s going to cash out.” Colbert added he thought that would be a “smart” thing for Trump to do, but he didn’t want Trump to do so because he wanted voters to have “do-over” for the 2016 election of Trump. (h/t Mediaite) Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
  • Steve Schmidt: Trump Treated Immigrants Like Slaves at an Auction Fri, 19 Oct 2018 01:05:00 +0000
    Thursday on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” former Bush and McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt compared slavery to the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, which is blamed for children being separated from parents after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Schmidt said, “This is a deliberate strategy of incitement. In American politics, our leaders used to go out and try to persuade the American people that their side was perhaps a little bit more correct than the other side. There’s never been a gentle period of American politics, but what we’re seeing here is something new, particularly from our president. He uses lying at mass rallies to scapegoat minority populations. He alleges conspiracies. He creates a sense of mass victimization and then positions himself as the avenger on behalf of the victims, defending them from the invading hoard of migrants coming from the south, approaching the border. This is all BS of the first order.” He continued, “When you see Newt Gingrich up there, one of the most singularly pernicious forces in the history of American politics, a man who, more than any other, has wrecked the collegiality, the comedy, who began and begat this era of partisan warfare. When you see his
  • Smithsonian Indian Museum Features Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump in Pocahontas Exhibit Fri, 19 Oct 2018 04:31:56 +0000
    In its “Americans” exhibit, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian has a Pocahontas portion that includes photos of President Donald Trump and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with text that states Warren’s claim to Native American ancestry and Trump calling her Pocahontas.
  • Seven Facts About Jamal Khashoggi's Life, Writing, and Politics Fri, 19 Oct 2018 03:00:15 +0000
    Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi became a figure of global importance when he disappeared on October 2 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, leading to allegations that agents from Saudi Arabia lured him to the consulate so they could murder him.
  • Chinese State Media: Muslim Uighur Internment Camps Promote 'Interfaith Harmony' Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:19:49 +0000
    The Chinese state-owned Global Times suggested this week that the internment camps established by Beijing to torture, harass, and imprison hundreds of thousands of members of the Asian country’s Uighur Muslim actually encourage “interfaith harmony.”
  • Report: U.S. Investigating Maduro Funder for Ties to Hezbollah in Latin America Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:16:27 +0000
    The United States and Israel are reportedly investigating a Colombian businessman linked to Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro for allegedly providing financial support to Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy Hezbollah, which is heavily involved in money laundering and drug trafficking activities across the Western Hemisphere, Colombia's El Tiempo newspaper revealed on Wednesday.
  • Brazil: Child Kills Father in Socialist Attack Ad Against Bolsonaro Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:03:39 +0000
    Fernando Haddad, the socialist Workers' Party (PT) candidate for president of Brazil, published an attack ad on social media Wednesday implying that conservative rival Jair Bolsonaro's victory would result in accidental homicides by children becoming the norm in the country.
  • Drake University Expelled Male Student After Female Allegedly Admitted to Sexually Assaulting Him Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:48:07 +0000
    Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, has come under fire after it was revealed that it expelled a male student for sexual assault even though his accuser allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting him as well.

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