RenewAmerica Newsletter for July 23, 2019

July 22, 2019
SIENA HOEFLING — Justice Clarence Thomas recently said that all pro-life regulatory laws are useless in overturning Roe v. Wade. Not in so many words. But you may have heard that Justice Thomas joined progressives on the Supreme Court June 28, 2019, in refusing to hear a case on dismemberment abortions. In rejecting Harris v. West Alabama Women’s Center, Justice Thomas laid out the reason behind his vote. Thomas said he denied certiorari because nothing about the case asked the Court to revisit its precedent…. (more)


July 22, 2019
REV. MARK H. CREECH — This week the Washington Examiner reported that Pastor Andrew Brunson said he was “astounded at the speed with which the U.S. is imploding” and that he predicts persecution of Christians will follow. Brunson is the evangelical Presbyterian missionary to Turkey who spent two years in a Turkish prison. He was falsely accused of being part of a failed coup attempt against that country’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The charges against Brunson resulting in his unjust imprisonment triggered a war of words and diplomatic struggles between Turkey and the U.S. government…. (more)

July 22, 2019
ANDREW MCCARTHY — The president can be very entertaining, but I don’t pay much attention to political rallies, including his famously raucous ones. For the faithful, the rallies are fun spectacles, like rock concerts or ball games. I don’t think they can be taken too seriously, except perhaps as a gauge of the president’s support. Not in lieu of polls, but in conjunction. And with healthy skepticism: The polls have a history of undercounting Trump supporters, but the ardor of the Trump base on display at the rallies should not be confounded with national enthusiasm for the Trump presidency – – though it may signal more openness to it, especially in light of the increasingly radical alternative…. (more)

July 22, 2019
JOHN FUND — About every other year, I make it a point to stop by Netroots Nation, the annual gathering of thousands of progressive activists, to take the temperature of the American Left. One year, I was even invited to join a panel, and I enjoyed jousting with attendees while playing the role of piñata at their party…. (more)

July 22, 2019
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Democrats are hoping former special counsel Robert Mueller’s July 24 testimony before Congress next week will provide the impetus needed to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Congress last week voted to table articles of impeachment against Trump…. (more)

July 22, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, was forced out of her job Tuesday…. (more)


July 22, 2019
NEWSMAX — Iran’s ambassador to Britain warned against escalating tensions on Sunday as a UK official failed to rule out sanctions in response to Tehran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker. Britain has called Iran’s capture of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday a “hostile act.”… (more)

July 22, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — There will be furious embarrassment in the British government this evening over Iran’s seizure of two British oil tankers today. One of those tankers is British-flagged, and the other is British-owned. Still, Iran has made a strategic miscalculation here…. (more)

July 22, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump said he is confident U.S. forces on Thursday shot down an Iranian drone off Iran’s southern coast, after Iran denied losing any of its unmanned aircraft over the Gulf. “No doubt about it, no – – we shot it down,” Trump said during an Oval Office ceremony Friday…. (more)

July 22, 2019
NEWSMAX — The “Top Gun” sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” has raised questions about the removal of Japanese and Taiwanese flags on actor Tom Cruise’s famed jacket, The Japan Times reported. Cruise’s jacket, worn by his character Maverick, had shown those flags in the 1980s “Top Gun,” but the 2019 sequel replaces them as the movie is co-produced by Paramount Pictures and Chinese company Tencent, which both declined comment, per the report…. (more)


July 20, 2019
NEW YORK POST — President Trump made a guest appearance at a wedding at his Bedminster, NJ, golf resort on Saturday that left the bride and groom chanting, “USA! USA!” The president, who’s spending the weekend at the resort, walked into the wedding reception for Nicole Marie and PJ Mongelli, according to video of the event…. (more)


July 20, 2019
NEWSMAX — House Democrats are slamming a resolution from Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar that would endorse the right to boycott Israel, with one longtime party member saying the proposal is “dead on arrival.” “I can’t imagine that any committee is going to mark up or take seriously any pro-BDS resolution,” Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., told The Jerusalem Post on Friday…. (more)


July 20, 2019
But even hometown daily says she’s stonewalling
WORLDNETDAILY — The local daily newspaper that has provided enthusiastic coverage of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., over the past several years says the Muslim congresswoman has been uncooperative with attempts to resolve the accusation that she committed immigration fraud by marrying her brother…. (more)

July 20, 2019
HUMAN EVENTS — Last week, President Trump suggested that a few particularly acerbic critics of his immigration policies should pack up and leave. For that, he was branded a racist. What’s really going on here? In 1978, the great Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was invited to give the commencement address at Harvard University. In his speech, the exiled dissident harshly criticized Western news reporting for endorsing “fashionable trends of thought and ideas” while suppressing “independent-minded people from giving their contribution to public life.”… (more)

July 20, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump marked the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon at an Oval Office meeting Friday with former Apollo 11 astronauts . Flanked by Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins and the family of mission commander Neil Armstrong in the Oval Office, Trump was briefed on his administration’s plans to send astronauts back to the moon and onto Mars, as well as advances in commercial spaceflight and the reusability of space systems…. (more)

July 19, 2019
NEWSMAX — The U.S. Marine Corps used a new anti-drone system that is mounted to an all-terrain vehicle to down an Iranian drone on Thursday, Military.com reports. The Marine Corps’ Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System, also known as LMADIS, was able to jam a drone that President Donald Trump said came within 1,000 yards of a Navy vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, according to a defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity…. (more)


July 19, 2019
Trump announced situation was ‘latest of many provocative and hostile actions’
WORLDNETDAILY — President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. Navy shot down a threatening Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. The defensive action, he said, came after drone operators refused to “stand down.” The aircraft then was “immediately destroyed,” the president said…. (more)


July 18, 2019
Likens Jewish state to Nazis, Imperialist Japan, USSR
ART MOORE — Seeking to counter a House resolution to condemn the global boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., are co-sponsoring a resolution that would assert a right to boycott the Jewish state…. (more)

July 18, 2019
CONRAD BLACK — As we settle into high summer and the period of maximum difficulty in finding anything to fill in hours of television news, especially 24/7 news television, two well-established political trends are emerging in this pre-electoral period: The president’s opponents continue to dig themselves into foxholes that they will not be able to escape, and the president’s tactical victories continue to be compromised by his verbal sloppiness. In completely nonpartisan terms, both phenomena are disappointing. The process of the president’s leaving verbal lapses for his enemies to exploit, and of the Democrats and national media doing so excessively, is more complicated than it seems…. (more)


July 18, 2019
‘A concentration of wealth in a small handful of elites’
WORLDNETDAILY — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, and her colleagues in the “squad” of four far-left freshman House members have captured attention of late by emphasizing the fact they are “women of color.” But the real issue for the Trump administration and the nation is that the powerful lawmakers are espousing a radical transformation of the nation’s economy and system of government…. (more)

July 18, 2019
President’s re-election strategy exposed with attack on 4 Dem women in Congress
WORLDNETDAILY — President Trump has been formally condemned by the U.S. House for his Twitter confrontation with four socialist newcomers to Congress, and some Democrats want to impeach him. Consequently, the party is rallying around the most extreme, divisive and radical members that Congress ever has had…. (more)

July 18, 2019
JACK CASHILL — According to a 2016 study by the by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, self-identified liberals are three times more likely than conservatives to “unfriend” someone on social media for political reasons…. (more)

July 18, 2019
WORLDNETDAILY — Facebook has labeled a quote by St. Augustine as hate speech, according to the director of a pro-life group. “Facebook has repeatedly banned a quote from St. Augustine every time I’ve posted it. And it’s not some fire and brimstone ‘Sinners are going to hell!’ quote, but in fact, quite the opposite,” wrote Domenico Bettinelli, director of community engagement for Massachusetts Citizens for Life, in a blog post…. (more)


July 18, 2019
‘It’s idiotic what they’re saying’ about Trump
WORLDNETDAILY — In a stunning moment of clarity on CNN, the Cable News Network tried and failed Tuesday to convince eight Republican women that President Trump is racist, based on his recent tweets against four minority Democratic women in Congress…. (more)

 

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