RenewAmerica Newsletter for December 18, 2018

December 18, 2018
ALAN KEYES — According to the report I read in the Washington Times, after speaking by phone with U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexican President Lopez Obrador tweeted, “In respectful and friendly terms, we spoke about the migration issue and the possibility of implementing a joint program of development and job creation in Central America and our country.” If accurate, the new Mexican president’s sense of their conversation may be a hopeful sign for both countries…. (more)

December 17, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — Some of President Trump’s biggest supporters on the Religious Right are now facing humiliation over Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s recent ruling in favor of Planned Parenthood. Kavanaugh, Trump’s second nominee to the court, joined with Chief Justice John Roberts and the liberal justices to declare that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, had a constitutional right to taxpayer money…. (more)

December 17, 2018
THE HILL — White House senior adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday predicted that the Affordable Care Act will ultimately be struck down by the Supreme Court. “I believe that’s the likeliest outcome, because ObamaCare has always been unconstitutional,” Miller said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Miller’s prediction came after a federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional…. (more)

December 17, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people…. (more)

December 17, 2018
DAILY SIGNAL — A judge has declared Obamacare unconstitutional – -but the case is far from over. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, a George W. Bush appointee, granted a motion for summary judgment Friday in favor of 20 states led by Texas that had filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act…. (more)

December 17, 2018
CHERYL K. CHUMLEY — A new video from the American Association of Evangelicals reveals how George Soros, through his many funding ventures, has been busily infiltrating the Christian base in America to divide, and ultimately conquer, the religious minded within the Republican Party. Truly, with the left, political wars know no bounds. Nothing’s sacred; not when it comes to the leftists’ drive to succeed…. (more)

December 17, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — Ross Douthat, a columnist for The New York Times, says the culture war in America may not be so much about secularism or atheism replacing Christianity but the rise of an old Christian foe – – paganism. This ancient religion differs from atheism in that it allows for a spiritual dimension to life and creation, but not an omnipotent, benevolent God. The power is in the creation itself, which is why so many New Age adherents find divinity when they look at a sunset, a flower, or in some cases, their own mirror image…. (more)


December 17, 2018
YAHOO NEWS — Fewer than half the residents of Salt Lake County belong to the Mormon church, according to new figures that illustrate how Utah’s largest county is becoming more religiously diverse…. (more)


December 17, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — I pictured her arriving on a skateboard, midriff bare, singing a Katy Perry tune. I pictured twerking. Instead, Mary Poppins Returns is a seamless continuation of the story, free of all modern rubbish and defiantly lacking in edge…. (more)


December 17, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — A Revolutionary Guard general who fought in Syria and Iraq has accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun. A Sunday report on the Guard’s website said Gen. Ghodratollah Mansouri earlier today accidentally shot himself in the head while cleaning his pistol. The report said Mansouri was veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war and a “defender of the shrine,” a reference to Iranians who fight the extremist Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq…. (more)

December 15, 2018
DENVER POST — A conservative federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now…. (more)


December 15, 2018
FOX NEWS — President Trump on Friday named White House budget director Mick Mulvaney as his new acting chief of staff, saying the former South Carolina Republican congressman will replace John Kelly as his top aide…. (more)

December 15, 2018
’18-month effort’ to resist declassifying document
WORLDNETDAILY — The Defense Intelligence Agency is resisting efforts by Congress to declassify a document that would exonerate Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, according to investigative reporter John Solomon of The Hill. Solomon told the Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity Thursday night that the document has been “identified to a small number of people in the United State government.”… (more)

December 15, 2018
WORLDNETDAILY — The Obama administration was frantically distributing to Democratic senators classified information in support of claims of Trump campaign collusion with Russia even as Donald Trump was preparing to be inaugurated, according to newly obtained emails…. (more)

December 14, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — You may remember the days when President Trump was calling for a $25 billion Border Wall to be financed by Mexico. Now he’s shouting at the Democrats to give him a measly $5 billion from the hard-pressed American taxpayers. Just as Theresa May faced a no-confidence vote for failing to make a proper deal to remove Britain from the European Union, many conservatives here are becoming increasingly skeptical of President Trump’s claim that “people would revolt” if the Democrats impeach him. Some of his legislative maneuvers are leaving supporters scratching their heads in dismay and disgust. It looks like he’s selling out to the Swamp…. (more)

December 13, 2018
Jack Cashill spotlights 1 issue about which Obama was ‘stunningly dishonest’
JACK CASHILL — Watching President’s Trump’s confrontation on Tuesday with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi on the subject of immigration, I found myself asking, “Is Donald Trump the most honest president ever?” To be sure, Trump is something of a blowhard. To be sure, he can be fairly indifferent to facts, but on big issues, as Pelosi and Schumer experienced up close, he says what he means…. (more)

December 13, 2018
DAILY SIGNAL — A study by Princeton and Yale researchers has found that white liberals act in “patronizing” ways toward blacks and other minorities, while white conservatives do not. White Democratic presidential candidates and self-identified liberals are more likely to downplay their own competence when speaking to minorities, using fewer words that emphasize competence and more words that show warmth, according to the report titled “Self-Presentation in Interracial Settings: The Competence Downshift by White Liberals.”… (more)

December 13, 2018
NEWSMAX — The panel investigating the shooting massacre at a Florida high school earlier this year recommends arming teachers to stop future shootings. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School panel’s suggestions to improve school security include putting guns into the hands of teachers, beefing up security, and employing better law enforcement tactics…. (more)


December 13, 2018
NEWSMAX — The resource officer who failed to confront alleged mass murderer Nikolas Cruz on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last February asked a judge to find he had no legal duty to protect the students and faculty from any harm, but his argument was rejected and a wrongful death lawsuit filed against him will move forward, CBS WFOR reports…. (more)

December 13, 2018
NEWSMAX — The Boy Scouts of America may soon declare bankruptcy as lawsuits over sexual abuse pile up and membership figures continue to dwindle, The Wall Street Journal reports. The group plans to “explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scouts of America continues uninterrupted,” according to a letter sent to its employees Wednesday and acquired by the Journal…. (more)


December 12, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump said Tuesday he would be “proud” to shut the government down unless he gets a massive infusion of cash to build his border wall, and suggested if Congress doesn’t concede, he would use the military to erect more fencing anyway. Democrats on Capitol Hill said the president would be creating a constitutional crisis if he tries to rope the Pentagon into his wall plans over the objection of Congress – – and countered with red lines of their own, saying they won’t pony up a single new dollar for Trump-style border security…. (more)


December 12, 2018
NEWSMAX — Vice President Mike Pence was forced to step in and cast the tie breaking vote for a judicial nominee Tuesday because Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has vowed to oppose all judicial picks until the Senate votes on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller…. (more)


December 12, 2018
Insists he leads ‘without political bias’ despite email evidence
ART MOORE — An email indicating Google attempted to boost the Latino vote in “key states” during the 2016 election put Google CEO Sundar Pichai on the spot during a House hearing on Tuesday. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, after citing the email, pointed out to the CEO that he had testified just minutes before that he leads the company “without political bias” and works “to ensure that our products work that way.”… (more)


December 12, 2018
Judicial Watch reveals how Obama officials using influence to undermine U.S.
WORLDNETDAILY — Hundreds of millions of tax dollars are being given to organizations run by billionaire George Soros to pursue a “radical leftist agenda” that is undermining American values, according to Washington watchdog Judicial Watch…. (more)

December 12, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Your Royal Highness: Permit me to express my appreciation to you for taking part in this ceremony. Your participation lends special dignity to these proceedings. This is the first time that the Templeton Prize has been awarded to an Orthodox Christian. With gratitude that our share in the religious life of the world has now been accorded notice, I remain acutely conscious of my personal unworthiness to receive this award as I look back upon the venerable line of outstanding Orthodox churchmen and of Orthodox thinkers from Aleksey Khomyakov to Sergei Bulgakov…. (more)

 

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