Stembridge News Digest

  • Trump determined to hit China as tit-for-tat tariff war erupts Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:44:22 -0400
    WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - China has underestimated President Donald Trump's resolve to press ahead with tariffs unless Beijing changes its "predatory" trade practices, a top U.S. trade advisor said on Tuesday, in comments that undercut the chances of a negotiated settlement to a looming trade war between the world's economic superpowers.

  • Wall Street lower, Dow gives up 2018 gains as trade war fears heighten Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:22:29 -0400
    (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday and the Dow Jones Industrial Average turned negative for the year as a sharp escalation in U.S.-China trade dispute rattled the markets.

  • U.S. to pull out of U.N. human rights body: source Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:07:22 -0400
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will announce on Tuesday that the United Sates is pulling out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Trump administration source told Reuters.

  • No more 'internment camps': Democrats disrupt congressional hearing Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:22:23 -0400
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Decrying "internment camps," Democrats and their supporters disrupted a high-profile U.S. congressional hearing on Tuesday with a dramatic protest against the Trump administration's policy of detaining immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Trump administration puts skimpy health insurance plans in place Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:01:36 -0400
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a finalized rule that will enable millions of Americans to buy skimpy health insurance plans that do not comply with key Obamacare coverage requirements, marking its latest effort to chip away at the healthcare law. 

  • Former U.S. Senate intelligence staffer asks court for Trump gag order Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:28:59 -0400
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Senate committee security official, charged with lying to the FBI about contacts with reporters, on Tuesday asked a court to issue a gag order prohibiting U.S. President Donald Trump and others from commenting on the case.

  • Exclusive: Sanctioned Libya coastguard commander says hits migrants to protect them Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:03:16 -0400
    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A Libyan coastguard commander sanctioned by the United Nations for alleged human trafficking and migrant smuggling said he hits migrants but does so for their own safety to prevent them from capsizing.

  • Merkel to Trump: Falling German crime stats 'speak for themselves' Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:51:00 -0400
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel coolly rebuffed U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that migrants were behind a surge in crime in Germany, pointing to statistics that showed crime was in fact down.

  • Syrian rebel warns of 'volcanoes of fire' if Assad attacks south Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:50:39 -0400
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and their Iran-backed allies will face "volcanoes of fire" if they launch a threatened offensive in the opposition-held southwest, a rebel commander told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • Verizon to stop sharing phone-location data to third parties Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:30:12 -0400
    (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc has decided to stop sharing phone-location data of its customers to third parties, the largest U.S. wireless company said on Tuesday.

  • Parkland alumni don't want you to use fireworks this 4th of July Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:33:39 GMT
    March for Our Lives organizer Emma Gonzalez is urging Americans to not buy fireworks for 4th of July, but instead to "Find alternative activities."
  • Sen. Kamala Harris pretends the UN Human Rights Council actually fixes humanitarian issues Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:27:56 GMT
    Sen. Kamala Harris has an interesting view on what constitutes U.S. leadership on the world stage.
  • In border battle, White House needs to clean up its messaging Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:45:20 GMT
    Media uproar over the Trump administration's zero tolerance family separations policy shows no signs of slowing down, and polling has found the public is not supportive. That's a bad recipe going into the midterms for the GOP.
  • Even in the border crisis, Hillary Clinton cares most about herself Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:37:01 GMT
    The nature of Clinton's incandescent ego is that it cannot ever, even in moments of utter irrelevance, truly be restrained.
  • 10 million patents, 10 million dreams, countless jobs and growth Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:13:46 GMT
    The next generation of inventors are still in their garages waiting to file the next million patents and grow the economy even more.
  • Close the camps, but hold it against asylum applicants who bring children across the border Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:39:49 GMT
    The detention situation along the southern border is fraying the nation's moral authority and detracting from the cause of secure borders. Fortunately, there's a far better alternative to the present situation. It begins with President Trump ordering Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end immediate criminal referrals for those who cross borders with children.
  • How immigration is putting Republican candidates in danger Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:07:53 GMT
    The standard pivot from primary to general election could make life hard for Republican candidates this summer, as the focus on immigration shows no signs of waning, and there appears to be a wide gulf between the general electorate and GOP voters.
  • The liberal arts are broken, and no one wants to fix them Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:00:37 GMT
    When I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in English at the end of the 2011 academic year, I panicked. If you’ve seen John Mulaney’s new Netflix special, "Kid Gorgeous," you’ll know why it wasn’t just the springtime sun on my black robe that was making me sweat that afternoon. About 20 minutes into his routine, Mulaney admonishes his audience after they applaud how he spent $120,000 on an English degree, calling it “the worst financial decision” he ever made. What’s worse is that, at the end of it all, he walked across the graduation stage “hung over, in a gown, to accept a certificate for reading books [he] didn’t read.”
  • Obama holdovers at VOA failed to broadcast the Singapore summit into North Korea Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:00:32 GMT
    In an act of gross neglect of their mission and their audience, U.S. officials in charge of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG, and key Voice of America, or VOA, managers who are also senior government executives failed to boost shortwave and medium wave radio broadcasts to North Korea for the duration of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.
  • Cash for coal cronies: Trump's wrongheaded energy directive Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:00:27 GMT
    Trump’s recent decision to force grid operators to buy power from unprofitable coal and nuclear plants at above-market rates has been widely and appropriately criticized as an unjustified, harmful intrusion into America’s energy markets.

  • Donald Trump: Democrats Want More Illegal Immigrants as 'Potential Voters' Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:18:24 +0000
    President Donald Trump again criticized Democrats Tuesday of allowing the crisis at the Southern border, accusing them of wanting to increase levels of illegal immigration for political reasons.
  • Sen. McCain Flip-Flops on 'Zero Tolerance,' Now Urges Zero Enforcement Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:50:00 +0000
    Sen. John McCain has joined the elite push to minimize enforcement of border laws and is calling the President to stop detaining migrants who bring children northwards. 
  • Late-Night Hosts Triggered By Trump's Border Enforcement: 'Resign in Disgrace' Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:51:23 +0000
    Late-night TV hosts melted down over the Trump administration's immigration enforcement policy, describing it as "morally repugnant" and urging those defending it to "resign in disgrace."
  • U2's Bono Blasts Trump for Enforcing Immigration Law Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:48:36 +0000
    U2's Bono quoted scripture to attack President Trump's refusal to release illegal aliens into America during a Monday night concert in Washington DC.  
  • NPR's Hinojosa: Trump Admin Is Dehumanizing Immigrants Like Nazis Did to Jewish People Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:36:44 +0000
    Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Live,” anchor and executive producer of National Public Radio’s “Latino USA” Maria Hinojosa compared the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy causing the separation of immigrant children from their families to the dehumanization of Jewish people by the Nazis. Partial transcript as follows: RUHLE: I want to ask you about all the images we’ve seen of young boys and we haven’t seen any of young girls. what do you make of this? HINOJOSA: Well, you know, they are controlling the narrative. RUHLE: But why? HINOJOSA: Because it’s playing into what the president said yesterday they are all thieves. It plays into the sense that boys, boys of color, young boys who don’t speak english are a threat. That they are, again, to follow their narrative, they’re a potential MS-13 gang members. So what we’re not seeing are the pictures of little girls, right, of their mothers. I mean, I’m just thinking, Stephanie in terms of the logistics of taking care of these people. I’m so worried about how many pedophiles are now signing up to go and work in these places. I mean, just the sheer thought of trying to take care of toddlers and changing diapers. You know what it’s like
  • Pollak: How the Left Misinterprets the Bible to Promote Open Borders Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:09:14 +0000
    Yes, the Bible commands us to "care for the stranger and the immigrant." But the implication is that they will first agree to obey our laws.
  • Laura Ingraham Slams 'Faux Liberal Outrage' Over Border Child Detention Centers, Likens Them to 'Summer Camps' Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:19:28 +0000
    Monday on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” host Laura Ingraham used her show-opening monologue to criticize the “outrage” from opponents of the detention of children who were separated from their parents for crossing the border illegally. Ingraham likened the detention facilities to “summer camps,” and noted others in the media had likened them to boarding schools. Transcript as follows: INGRAHAM: Every country has an obligation to protect its borders and its citizens, particularly one as expansive and as generous as the United States. Now for too long, immigration law was ignored, frankly, and basically unenforced. Obama tried to enforce it in an ad-hoc fashion, but its policies, which we are going to get to in a moment, only ended up exacerbating our problems at the border. So today we have a full-on crisis, 160 percent increase in the number of people illegally entering the United States from just last year. Well, the President is responding with a zero-tolerance message which he reiterated today. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The United States will not be a migrant camp. And it will not be a refugee holding facility, it won’t be. You look at what’s happening
  • Child Border Crossers Enjoy Nearly 3X Higher Standard of Living than Average Middle Class American Children Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:07:52 +0000
    Migrant children who cross into the United States either alone or with adults have a nearly three times higher standard of living when in federal custody than the average, middle class American child.
  • IG Report Questions Why FBI Did Not Investigate Huma Abedin's Emails During Hillary Probe Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:44:44 +0000
    NEW YORK -- In its extensive report on the Hillary Clinton email probe, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog raised significant questions about why the FBI did not examine the contents of Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s private email accounts and did not seek to obtain Abedin’s personal devices to determine whether classified information was exchanged.
  • Fordham Professor: Pro-Lifers Must Be Pro-Illegal Immigrant Children Too Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:52:22 +0000
    A Fordham University associate professor in theology claims being “pro-life” means being pro-illegal immigrant children as well.
  • GRAPHIC: 9 Women Murdered in 2 Weeks by Cartel Gunmen in Mexican Border State Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:44:36 +0000
    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas -- The cartel violence taking place in the central part of this border state continues after the executions of nine women in a two-week time span. The victims were killed by different means and apparent motivations.
  • Marsha Blackburn: 'Tech Industry's Problems Are Out of Control' Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:44:07 +0000
    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said the technology industry's problems "are out of control," before warning that no company is too big to regulate, in an article for Fox News, Tuesday.
  • Elon Musk Claims Rogue Employee Caused 'Extensive and Damaging Sabotage' to Tesla Production Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:23:45 +0000
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has claimed in a recent company email that an unnamed Tesla worker has purposefully caused 'extensive and damaging sabotage' to Tesla's production line.
  • Report: North Koreans Will Root for South Korea at World Cup Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:22:03 +0000
    Many North Koreans will be pulling for South Korea's World Cup success since the tournament is one of the few sports events from outside North Korea that is approved for broadcast on the secluded nation's government-controlled television stations.
  • North Korea: Western 'Reptile Media' Cannot Defend 'Malign Tumor of Capitalism' Mon, 18 Jun 2018 20:01:13 +0000
    North Korea's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun and its Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) condemned the West's "reptile media" on Monday for promoting capitalism, which the propaganda outlets described as "a corrupt society rushing headlong into its doom."

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