August 7, 2018 RenewAmerica Newsletter

August 7, 2018
MICHAEL OBERNDORF — Once upon a time, boys and girls, there was a country, unique in the world and in history, where the people were not subjects of the whims and delusional rule of tyrannical kings and other potentates, but lived free under the Rule of Law, laid out in a constitution written by the People themselves. It clearly enumerated the powers they granted to the government, not the other way ’round. It also listed (and guaranteed) rights granted to them by God, not by government, and thus “unalienable.”… (more)

August 6, 2018
DAN POPP — A society which is socialist cannot also be democratic, in the sense of guaranteeing individual freedom. – – Milton Friedman With all the folks recently declaring themselves “democratic socialists,” I thought it would be worthwhile to examine why this is another assault on language by the barbarian left…. (more)

August 6, 2018
BRUCE DEITRICK PRICE — No less an authority than Robert Sweet, President of the National Right to Read Foundation (NRRF), said there are a dozen good phonics programs and which one is best doesn’t matter that much. This answer is reassuring; it furthers my resolve not to pretend I know which one is best. My goal is to make sure everyone understands why phonics is superior, and that phonics offers a lot of variety and creativity…. (more)


August 6, 2018
THE HILL — In a decision that could be only be described as dumbfounding and hypocritical, The New York Times is standing by its decision to hire tech writer Sarah Jeong as an editorial board member despite the emergence of racially-charged tweets she posted a few years ago…. (more)


August 6, 2018
WESLEY PRUDEN — Donald Trump’s critics have made a wonderful contribution to our golden age of letters. But who could have guessed that this glorious abundance of creative writing would be found in political commentary? The president’s detractors compete to be the first to describe how he finally comes a cropper, with his carcass nailed to the barn door by Robert Mueller, who was commissioned to find the evidence of collusion with the Russians. Everybody knows the evidence is so abundant a child could find it…. (more)

August 6, 2018
CNBC — Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Spotify clamped down on content by Alex Jones Monday. Apple confirmed on Monday that it had removed five out of Jones’ six podcasts, which includes the infamous “The Alex Jones Show” as well as a number of other InfoWars audio streams. The news was originally reported by BuzzFeed News…. (more)


August 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Things move very quickly in the media realm, and in quirky ways. Despite the fact that Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify banned controversial broadcast host and “Infowars” creator Alex Jones, he still led the national trends on Twitter throughout Monday. Such is the irony of social media. Certain content producers are banished from busy sites for violating “community rules” about the nature and tone of content – – then the public can’t wait to talk about them. And talk they did…. (more)

August 6, 2018
‘These policies are deliberately unclear as well as political’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Ben Shapiro may consider InfoWars is a “dumpster fire,” but he still says Apple, Facebook, and YouTube were wrong to ban the channel from their platforms. The editor in chief of The Daily Wire told readers on Monday that the swift termination from InfoWars from major social-media platforms is a sterling example of “the political Left” in action. His take: Purposefully ambiguous guidelines allow companies to target anyone they choose at will under the guise of combating “hate speech.”… (more)

August 6, 2018
MEDIA MATTERS — Facebook, well-known as a breeding ground for misinformation, has a particular problem with disseminating false and misleading messages about climate change science. The platform spreads climate-denying videos and other posts, hosts climate-denying ads, and officially partners with climate-denying media outlets and organizations…. (more)

August 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Facebook has reportedly approached several of the biggest U.S. banks, asking them to share their customers’ financial data with the social-media giant. According to a report Monday in the Wall Street Journal, the data included such detailed matters as card transactions besides Facebook-related purchases and checking-account balances…. (more)

August 6, 2018
WESLEY PRUDEN — Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) rarely kills, but it wounds, and it might be fatal to the Democratic crusade to take back the House. That struggle is just beginning, and one Democratic pollster says Democrats, despite their successful run on Fort Knox to build an abundant campaign war chest, feel more “exhausted” by the current news cycle than Republicans do…. (more)

August 6, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — During the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, Chinese communist dictator Mao Zedong’s Red Guards marched people through the streets in large dunce caps. The victims had said or done something outside the canon of Chinese Marxism. An Americanized version of public scapegoating is unfolding daily as tweets, emails, phone calls or writings, some of which go back many years, are held up as evidence of wrong thinking, circa 2018. Although not remotely comparable to Mao’s vicious treatment of dissidents, the penalties can be harsh – – loss of job, income, social standing and being publicly branded as an enemy of “diversity.”… (more)

August 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — The National Rifle Association is suffering grave financial harm that threatens its ability to pursue its advocacy mission because of a “blacklisting” campaign by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York regulators, the gun rights group said in a federal lawsuit…. (more)


August 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Guns for me, but not for thee. The National Rifle Association taunted gun control activist David Hogg and his group’s Saturday protest at its Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters by noting his security. “Today, @davidhogg111 (with armed security) and a bunch of gun-grabbing activists protested our empty HQ,” the gun-rights organization wrote on Twitter on Saturday night…. (more)

August 4, 2018
CNS NEWS — Following last month’s strong employment report, the numbers released on Friday were even better in some respects. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics says a record 155,965,000 people were employed in July, the 11th record-breaker since President Trump took office 19 months ago…. (more)

August 4, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Hiring slowed in July as unemployment fell even farther, according to Labor Department numbers released Friday. The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs last month, falling short of the expected 190,000. Unemployment ticked down to 3.9 percent from 4 percent, and there have been more job openings than workers to fill them since April…. (more)

August 4, 2018
BYRON YORK — Congressional investigators know that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the Trump dossier on behalf of the Clinton campaign, kept supplying allegations to the FBI after the 2016 election – – and even after he was terminated as a source by the bureau for giving confidential information to the media…. (more)

August 4, 2018
NEWSMAX — The FBI Friday released 71 heavily redacted pages describing that it had corresponded with former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of a dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and revealed the agency was paying him to gather intelligence…. (more)

August 2, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Rep. Jim Jordan said the struggle between the House of Representatives and the Department of Justice is part of a larger show of disrespect from several parts of the executive branch. During an interview with The Washington Times’ Tim Constantine for “The Capitol Hill Show” on Thursday, Mr. Jordan explained the reasoning behind the decision to file articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein…. (more)


August 2, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump administration moved Thursday to freeze fuel economy standards, saying that suspending higher Obama-era mileage requirements will give drivers access to “more affordable” vehicles and boost the economy…. (more)


August 2, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The top brass at Fox Television Group has assured skittish fans of “Last Man Standing” that they have nothing to fear regarding “Mike Baxter’s” return. Tim Allen’s popular character won’t be stripped of his conservative streak when the hit show lands at Fox on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. EDT. Fox Television Group CEO and Chairman, Gary Newman confirmed the continuing political status while talking with reporters in Beverly Hills, California…. (more)


August 2, 2018
‘This is a story about life, our first unalienable right’
ART MOORE — Facebook banned a pro-life video ad by a judicial candidate, explaining it violated the social-media company’s policy of not allowing “shocking, disrespectful or sensational content.” Chris McDonough, a Republican candidate for St. Charles County Circuit Judge in Missouri, posted the ad on Sunday, reported the Gateway Pundit…. (more)


August 2, 2018
Federal documents reveal hundreds more hurt
BOB UNRUH — At least 22 women have been killed, and hundreds more have ended up with ectopic pregnancies or have required blood transfusions and hospitalization due to an abortion pill fast-tracked by the Bill Clinton administration…. (more)

August 2, 2018
Dinesh D’Souza interviews Richard Spencer
ART MOORE — In his movie and companion book “Death of a Nation,” filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza presents an interview he conducted with white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, who has become a symbol of white nationalism…. (more)


August 2, 2018
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — “Medicare for all,” the universal single-payer healthcare system increasingly popular among Democrats, would cost taxpayers an extra $32 trillion over a decade under the most optimistic scenario, it was estimated this week. Debate ensued over whether that means “Medicare for all,” as drafted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, would cut overall healthcare spending, or whether the assumptions that produced the $32 trillion figure involved unrealistic assumptions about cuts in payments to doctors and providers…. (more)

 

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