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Inside Washington

Education Department Nominee Ken Marcus: A Case Study of The New Anti-Semitism

January 19th 2018

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When I was a child, having been born in the 1950s under the shadow of the Holocaust, I had naively thought anti-Semitism was mostly a thing of the past that vanished in the gas chambers and ovens of Auschwitz. Yet within the past few decades, I have witnessed anti-Semitism blossom into a socially acceptable hatred that has managed to make its way into the corridors of polite society in a fashion that is as overt, obvious and unconcealed as it is alarming.

It has migrated not only into college classrooms and campuses, but actually into the most respectable chambers of the U.S. Senate, in the very committees whose mandate is to authorize and appropriate taxpayer-funded programs to eliminate racism and anti-Semitism as well as other hatreds, and to appoint professionals within those agencies.

Recently, much of this anti-Semitic invective has been directed against a colleague of mine, Ken Marcus, who has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary of education for civil rights within the Department of Education. For reasons I will explain, Marcus has been the victim of an ugly and disgusting smear campaign.

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Palestinians on Edge

UNRWA: an Obstacle to Peace?

January 9th 2018

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One of the greatest obstacles to peace, and certainly the least acknowledged, is the perpetuation of the Palestinian refugee problem and the inflation of its scale by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Whereas the actual number of Arabs who could still claim to be refugees as a result of the Arab-Israeli war of 1947-1949 is today no more than several tens of thousands, the number of those registered as refugees is reaching 5 million, with millions more claiming to have that status.

Since the Second World War the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has been responsible for the welfare of all refugees in the world and has assisted in their resettlement and relocation – so that nearly all of them are no longer refugees – with one exception: the Arabs from Palestine. By contrast, UNRWA, the organis Read more ..


The Trump Era

Business is Back

January 3rd 2018

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Small business is making a dramatic comeback.The National Federation of Independent Business has the numbers.  The NFIB is the trade association representing America’s small businesses.

Job creation plans are the highest in the 44-years the NFIB has been collecting the data. Business optimism is at the highest level since the Reagan administration.   NFIB CEO Juanita Duggan said this is “a powerful signal that small business is roaring back to life.”

The trade group’s November report contrasts robust business growth in recent months with 8 years of “weak recovery under President Obama.”  The NFIB forecasts a hiring binge that will also include worker pay increases.  This is great news for families and the economy. The NFIB credits the growth to reducing regulatory red tape, cutting back on onerous ObamaCare regulations and adopting a more business- and family-friend tax policy. Read more ..


Media on Edge

Media Hysteria Continues to Rule

December 29th 2017

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Many of us in media are thoroughly embarrassed at how our industry is behaving. ut aside for a moment whether or not you like Donald Trump. It’s obvious some journalists and news outlets have gone completely off-the-rails.  Their hatred of Trump or anything associated with him is truly disturbing.

Consider this:

A CNN political analyst attacked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. April Ryan challenged Sanders if she really baked the Thanksgiving pie she posted on social media. Ryan used the hashtag FakePie.

Politico contributing editor Virginia Heffernan broke the story that Donald Trump, Jr. allegedly used foul language in school. Pre-school. When he was three-years old.

The Huffington Post published a comedic investigation on how Trump shakes hands.  But it’s since followed it up with a series of bizarre reports criticizing Trump handshakes [here, here, here, here]. ewsweek accused Ivanka Trump of plagiarism.  More specifically, of plagiarizing herself. Using one’s own work isn’t plagiarism.  Even middle schoolers know this. t seems a week doesn’t go by without a major news outlet or two announcing a “bombshell” only to retract the story [here, here, here]. his is both disturbing and embarrassing.


The Obama Years

The Obama Years: A Legacy Of Scandal And Deception

December 28th 2017

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On December 13, former vice president, Joe Biden, appeared on CBS with the hosts of “This Morning” where he peddled his new book and showered his former boss with praise. During the course of the interview, he was asked about his relationship with Obama and responded with the following; “I’ve served with eight presidents and I’ve gotten to know four of them very well. I’ve never met any president that has more character, more integrity, and more backbone than this guy does.” Then he went completely off the rails when he absurdly added; “And eight years, not a hint — not a hint — of a scandal.

What was perhaps even more outrageous than the statement itself was the fact that none of This Morning’s hosts challenged the veracity of that statement and allowed it to pass without a scintilla of scrutiny, exposing yet again an extreme bias existing within elements of the establishment media. In fact, the Obama administration was among the most corrupt and scandal-ridden in recent memory. Biden’s comment merits further examination so let’s buckle up and take a stroll down memory lane. Read more ..


The United Nation Continues To Be A Moral Cesspool

December 26th 2017

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The vote in the United Nations General Assembly concerning Jerusalem on Thursday wasn’t really about Jerusalem — or even so much about Israel.

It was about the self-presumed moral superiority of countries sitting in the U.N. General Assembly, defying the reality of 3,000 years of Jerusalem as the spiritual capital of the Jewish people and the seat of government of three Jewish Commonwealths, but never the seat of government for any other country or people. It was also about defying the reality that only under Jewish sovereignty is Jerusalem an open, tolerant city for people of all faiths, or no faith. They know that. But they thought it was a free shot at Israel, Jews and the president of the United States. Read more ..


Turkey on Edge

Erdogan's Nuclear Ambitions

December 24th 2017

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Turkey is rapidly developing into a threat to peace and stability in the Middle East.
The regime of President [formerly Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP Justice and Development Party are increasingly authoritarian. Their effort to obtain nuclear power with its military offshoots would make it an imposing and new threat to the whole region.
Behind Erdogan's efforts, of course, is nostalgia for Turkey's once dominant role in that part of the world. The Turkish Empire at its zenith in the early 19th century stretched from the gates of Vienna to Aden to Gibraltar, incorporating most of the eastern Mediterranean. Its collapse in World War I left behind a truncated nationalist state dedicated to linguistic Turks although with considerable racial and ethnic minorities. Read more ..


The Edge of History

What Russian Revolution?

December 22nd 2017

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Last month marked the 100th anniversary of the so-called Russian "revolution." There are few events in history that have been subject to so much misinformation and disinformation. To mention just the most significant:

(1) There was no revolution in Russia in November 1917. There was a coup d'état in St. Petersburg perpetrated by the Bolshevik Party. Its members assaulted the Winter Palace, where the Provisional Government, which succeeded the downfall of the Tsar in March of that year was sitting and proclaimed itself the new government of Russia.

(2) Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the Bolsheviks, was unknown in Russia outside the major cities. He was acting on behalf of Germany, at that time at war with Russia. The Germans smuggled him into Russia from exile in Switzerland precisely for the purpose of staging a coup, taking control of St. Petersburg and surrendering his country to Germany. Lenin did that and signed the punitive treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which granted Germany all of Poland and Ukraine and huge territories in Russia itself. This permitted the Germans to transfer a lot of troops and military equipment to the Western front, where the subsequent German offensive in 1918 would in all probability have succeeded in defeating France and driving the English out of the continent had not the American army arrived just in time. Read more ..


Inside Amazon

Amazon Becomes a Major Defense Contractor

December 20th 2017

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Amazon is the King Kong of online shopping sites.  It’s also a giant in federal government contracting. A few years back, Amazon got a $600 million contract to provide cloud-computing services to the CIA.  Amazon wasn’t lowest bidder. Not even close. IBM, whose bid was about 35% lower, filed a protest. A GAO investigation found irregularities and ordered CIA to re-bid the contract.

Amazon filed suit against the government.  A federal judge tossed the GAO investigation and ordered the Amazon – CIA deal to go forward. Critics worry Amazon will share the personal information of its 162 million customers with the spy agency. One can only speculate if Amazon canceling web-hosting services for WikiLeaks factored into CIA’s decision. Read more ..


Mideast Peace

Trump Puts Fact Ahead of Fiction in Israel

December 9th 2017

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The most exhausting thing about the Middle East -- except for the bloodshed, poverty, tyranny, etc. -- is that it refuses to conform to how it's described in the West.

It's like journalists, diplomats and politicians want to announce a football game, but the players keep insisting on playing rugby. The field looks similar. The scoring isn't all that different. It's just a different game. But don't tell the gang in the booth. They get furious when you point out that the facts don't line up with the commentary.

Consider President Trump's momentous (though for now mostly symbolic) announcement that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Before you can debate whether this was a good move, you must acknowledge one glaring fact that the chatterers want to ignore or downplay: It's true. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, convenes there. Israelis call it their capital for the same reason they claim two plus two equals four. It's just true. Read more ..


Israel on Edge

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is the Right Move at the Right Time

December 7th 2017

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Sometimes it is hard to do the right thing, but that doesn’t make it any less right.  Such is the case with Donald Trump and his announcement today that the United States will be moving its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
 
For far too many decades, both the United States and the rest of the world have played a silly game by pretending that Jerusalem is somehow not the legitimate capital of the state of Israel.  Now that Donald Trump is in the White House he has done what Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were unwilling to do: actually move the Embassy and thereby fulfill the will of the American people.
 
In 1995 Congress passed an historic law called the Jerusalem Embassy Act.  That legislation codified American policy while outlining a series of crucial facts related to the Israeli capital.  The bill noted that, “each sovereign nation, under international law may designate its own capital.”  It also recognized that since 1950 Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital city, and observed that Israel’s President, its Parliament, its Supreme Court and various government ministries were all located there. Read more ..

Inside Washington

Kenneth Marcus Nomination Confirmation Urged for Strong Approach to Civil Rights

November 28th 2017

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The Trump administration has lent some support to the old adage that even a busted watch will tell the time correctly twice a day, actually appointing someone eminently qualified to a high-ranking position in the U.S. Department of Education.

This may seem improbable, but it is true: Kenneth Marcus, president and director of the Washington, D.C.-based Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, has been tapped to be the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights.

This is a natural fit for Marcus, who was a Phi Beta Kappa at Williams College before earning his law degree at Berkeley — not exactly a training ground for Trump appointees.

Marcus is well-qualified for this position, having served the second Bush administration as its Department of Housing and Urban Development’s deputy assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity. He was also the de facto head of the Department of Education’s civil rights office. Read more ..


America on Edge

No Hate Crime Charges Yet Seen For Teen In Kidnapping/Torture Of White Teen In Chicago

November 27th 2017

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In January, a brutal crime shocked the nation in the days before Donald Trump was inaugurated. Four black individuals abducted an 18-year-old mentally challenged white man, brutally tormenting him with punches, kicks, and taunts while slicing off hunks of his hair with a knife and tearing off his clothing. They broadcast their crime on Facebook. Perpetrators Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington, and Tanishia Covington, shouted “F**k white people!” and “F**k Trump!” while they brutalized the sobbing young man. One of them cut a patch out of the victim’s scalp. Read more ..


After the Vote

The Trump Collusion Case Is Not Getting the Clinton Emails Treatment

November 12th 2017

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In July 2016, the Obama administration announced its decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for felony mishandling of classified information and destruction of government files. In the aftermath, I observed that there is a very aggressive way that the Justice Department and the FBI go about their business when they are trying to make a case — one profoundly different from the way they went about the Clinton emails investigation. There, they tried not to make the case.

That observation bears repeating today, as we watch Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of any possible Trump-campaign collusion in Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Mueller is a former FBI director and top Justice Department prosecutor. To say he is going about the collusion caper aggressively would be an understatement. The earth is being scorched by the stunningly large team he has assembled, which includes 16 other prosecutors (among them, Democratic party donors and activists) along with dozens of investigators (mostly from the FBI and IRS).

At the end of October, Mueller announced the first charges in the case. In the intensive commentary that followed, another investigative development attracted almost no attention. But in terms of Mueller’s seriousness of purpose, it speaks just as loudly as the George Papadopoulos guilty plea and the indictment of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates. Read more ..


Vote 2017

Washington Post Article on Roy Moore Fails to Mention Accuser's Links to Democrats

November 11th 2017

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Questions have arisen concerning the veracity of a Washington Post story that broke on Thursday in which four women accused Roy Moore, the Republican candidate to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate, of initiating sexual contact with them when they were teenagers. Washington Post reporters Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard, and Alice Crites penned “Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32.” 

One of the four women is Debbie Wesson Gibson who, according to the Washington Post, said she was 17 in 1981 when Moore asked her out. When she told her mother that it was the then 34-year-old Moore who had asked for a date, her mother said “I’d say you were the luckiest girl in the world.” Then as now, the age of consent in Alabama is 17. While they dated for about three months, Gibson said that Moore kissed her once in his bedroom and once at a local country club. Gibson told the Washington Post, “Looking back, I’m glad nothing bad happened.” She added, “As a mother of daughters, I realize that our age difference at that time made our dating inappropriate.” Read more ..


Choosing in Travel

Caribbean Tourism and Anti-Israel Voting

October 27th 2017

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The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) late in 2018 is one shot across the U.N.’s bow. Notoriously hospitable to dictatorships, hostile to Israel and mismanaged as well, UNESCO deserves the warning.

But what does the U.S. do about U.N. member countries consistently voting against it and against Israel without even a national policy excuse for doing so? Not enough, yet.

The countries in question are not adversaries like Russia or Iran, which pursue policies inimical to American interests. Rather, they are either beneficiaries of U.S. aid or states whose own concerns would seem to parallel those of this country, or at least not oppose them. Read more ..


Media on Edge

Megyn Kelly Tries Dancing for Ratings as her ‘Today’ Show Continues to Falter

October 22nd 2017

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Megyn Kelly’s slot of the “Today” show desperately needs a ratings boost after less than a month on the air.

On Thursday, Hoda Kotb, the ever-upbeat popular “Today” host from another hour appeared as a guest. They chatted. They danced. They tried to get the audience on its feet dancing, too.

Critics hated the moment.

“I’ve never been so embarrassed,” tweeted BuzzFeed News’s Kate Aurthur. “I feel nothing but second-hand embarrassment for Megyn Kelly,” chimed in media critic Ian Miles Cheong. Vulture called the clip “22 nearly unbearable seconds.”

Last year, Kelly was a rising star on Fox News, earning national headlines for her dogged questioning of presidential candidate Donald Trump. But her short tenure on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” continues to be challenging both for her and the network. Read more ..


The Trump Era

How Trump’s Election has helped Women in Ways They Don’t Even Realize

October 17th 2017

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The case of Harvey Weinstein raises a number of issues that need to be discussed in public, but in a way that challenges the current media display of piling on while the subject is being beaten.  Deservedly, the co-founder of Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company, is getting his just desserts, so to speak.  His methods of cuing female actors, dangling success in front of them through sexual favors, even alleged rape, are repugnant for any time in human history, and they should have been called out long ago.  However, this piling on, adding more victims every day – now – seems so directed and predictable.

Was Harvey Weinstein’s misogynistic behavior just discovered now?  Hardly!

Mega star and well respected humanitarian Angelina Jolie came out last week saying, “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did… This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”  Gwyneth Paltrow also revealed that in 1994 she was also sexually harassed by Weinstein. Read more ..


Historians On Edge

After Michael Marrus Resignation over Race Remark, Massey Masters Are No More

October 13th 2017

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The recent scuffle at Massey College at U of T with imputations of racism in some ill-considered cracks about “the master” and “the lash” by retired prof — and Holocaust scholar — Michael Marrus, actually joins a long peculiar history at Massey.

When it began in the 1960s, it was a snooty, men-only institution with an anglophile head, novelist Robertson Davies, who revelled in Brit pretensions. It took 10 years and a big fight just to get women in as members. The filthy rich, aristocratic Massey family endowed it, along with Hart House at U of T, also restricted to men for its first, oh, half-century.

Part of the shtick at Massey was the archaic lingo. It was the only part of U of T with a “master.” Davies loved that stuff. My own guess is that Marrus, who I’ve known since high school, wasn’t just making an offensive, tin-eared joke. He also meant to take the piss out of the pretension. His jibe was probably directed mostly at the current master, Hugh Segal, a lifelong Tory, not at the Black student who was present. But everything went shriekingly off the rails. Read more ..


Palestinians on Edge

Detained Teens in Gaza Highly Vulnerable to Abuse

October 10th 2017

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Children in conflict with the law in Gaza, under the current Hamas-led government, are at severe risk of rights violations and abuses during detention, based on six cases documented by Defense for Children International – Palestine since January.

Six children, aged 15 – 17, were detained for a period of one night or longer at police stations across Gaza including Rafah, Khan Younis, Gaza City, Beit Lahia and Jabalia refugee camp, instead of at a facility approved for juveniles. In the worst instances, three children were tortured during police interrogations, and one child was reportedly physically abused by police station guards and adult prisoners whom he was forced to share a cell with, prompting the boy’s suicide attempt and resulting death on September 22.

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Jewry on Edge

Center for Jewish History Hosting Jewish Voices for Peace Events

October 8th 2017

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The New York based Center for Jewish History (CJH) remains embroiled in controversy weeks after it has been revealed that the new CEO, David N. Myers is an active leader of the New Israel Fund, If Not Now, When, J Street and other organizations that are hostile to the State of Israel.  While Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) has Myers listed in their propaganda as an academic advisor, he claims that this is inaccurate. Hiis writings reveal hostile-to-Israel viewpoints, including affinity for boycotts of Israel and sympathy for the Palestinian “Nakba.” 

Despite these facts, the Center for Jewish History has defended Mr. Myers and insisted he will remain as leader of the Jewish library of congress. And while organizational and Israeli leaders continue to demand he be fired, facts on the ground show that CJH has been infiltrated by Jewish Voices for Peace.

On October 26th, CJH is hosting an event for Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP), “The Balfour Declaration: Support for a Jewish Homeland or Jewish State? Is there a difference?” JVP, according to the Anti-Defamation League, is “the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States. Despite the neutral tone of its name, JVP works to demonstrate Jewish opposition to the State of Israel and to steer public support away from the Jewish State.” Read more ..


Media on Edge

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

October 6th 2017

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No one’s fact-checking the fact-checkers.  After 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, Congress passed two spending bills.  Congress suspended its rules to pass the second one. What started out as emergency relief for Hurricane Sandy became Disaster Relief Appropriations. By skipping the normal appropriations process, Congress could load the bill with billions in hand-outs not related to Sandy. Or not an emergency. The annual appropriations process is the proper and transparent mechanism to review spending requests.

Recently, the Washington Post [here] and PolitiFact [here] claimed “virtually all” money was spent on Sandy relief.  In fact, billions were not for emergency relief. Or for Sandy.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development received 16 of the 51 billion from the 2nd bill. Here are just two examples of HUD spending. Read more ..


Jewry on Edge

ZOA Analysis about CEO of The Center of Jewish History

October 4th 2017

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After investigating David Myers’ anti-Israel agenda-driven “history scholarship,” other writings, affiliations and involvements with anti-Israel organizations, and his anti-Israel activities at UCLA, the ZOA is convinced that David Myers should not head the Center for Jewish History (“CJH”), and should be removed from this post, for the following reasons:

First, Myers’ “history scholarship” and writings focus on locating, elevating and promoting false and/or outright fictional
accounts libeling Israeli Jews and Israel – while ignoring or disparaging truthful pro-Israel history as “myths.” 

This is extraordinarily harmful and dangerous at a time when Jews and Israel are being defamed throughout the world, causing increased anti-Jewish violence. 

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The Center for Jewish History is the largest Jewish history center in the world outside of Israel, and needs to be a force that promotes truthful historical facts. The truthful facts confirm Israel’s and the Jewish people’s rights and decency, and the brutal Arab “holy war” against Israel; the truth is on our side.  Yet, Myers consistently ignores and disparages and seeks to undermine the pro-Israel truth. Read more ..


The Trump Era

How Trump Can Be Adored and Embraced by the Left

September 28th 2017

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Sometimes, a President has to do what a President has to do, in order to appeal to a wider swath of the electorate.  President Trump’s patriotism, support for our troops, respect for the flag, defense of gun rights and rolling back of job-killing regulations have endeared him to the right and to blue collar workers who appreciate being able to support their families.  But support from the Left has eluded him. 

Here’s a simple plan for how he can win over that half of America:
• President Trump announces he is transgender and appears on the Today Show, in a pantsuit, alongside Caitlyn Jenner and Chaz Bono. He speaks about being forced by society to cater only to his false masculinity in the past, which explains any of his ill-advised comments about women, as well as his wrong-minded marriages to beautiful, well-spoken, intelligent women and his reprehensible siring (in the mundane and usual way) of four accomplished children who (wrongly) adore him. Read more ..


Healthcare on Edge

Irresponsible Susan Collins Blocks Serious Health Care Reform

September 27th 2017

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With Maine Senator Susan Collins announcing her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill to reform Obamacare, she has slammed the door on this latest Republican effort to address our health care crisis. I'm just able to muster up one word to capture my sense of Senator Collins: Irresponsible. Collins expressed her concern that the bill would "open the door for states to weaken protection for people with pre-existing conditions..."

What insight does Collins thinks she has that the 48 Republican Senators who support the bill don't grasp? Graham-Cassidy does give flexibility to states to seek a waiver on the federal requirement to cover pre-existing conditions. However, to achieve the waiver, states must demonstrate they have another approach for dealing with the problem. The current situation simply causes damage to everyone. By forcing insurance companies to provide products that don't work economically, the companies have to either raise rates — which is what is happening — or withdraw from markets — which is also happening. Read more ..


Broken Borders

Crossing the Border at the Rio Grande Valley

September 26th 2017

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In the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, the air is eerily still. Scrub and sand stretch starkly into the distance. Occasionally, border patrol helicopters swoop low, cutting through the calm.

The mighty Rio Grande is not quite an oasis, but it's a brief respite from the sand—and a marker of the border between the desert of the United States and the desert of Mexico. Between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, the river is straddled by a concrete bridge that tethers the sister cities.

Even though it spans two countries, the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo area is one massive metropolitan singularity from a demographic perspective, with roughly 8,000 people crossing back-and-forth on foot and by car each day. Some Nuevo Laredo residents walk across to buy groceries at Texas supermarkets. People who work in Laredo live across the border for the cheaper rent. Like the river, the bridge has a natural flow. Read more ..


Jewry on Edge

Center for Jewish History Also Has Israel-Hating Academic Leader

September 25th 2017

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The New York-based Center for Jewish History has recently appointed UCLA Professor David N. Myers as its CEO despite his approval for a boycott of Israel and membership in extremist anti-Israel organizations. Despite communal protests and voices of outrage including from Knesset leaders and the Zionist Organization of America, the organization's leadership has supported Myers.

Perhaps the reason for that is that there are actually even more extreme leaders than Myers in place on the Academic Advisory Council of CJH, including NYU Professor Hasia Diner as the CJH website reveals.

Ms. Diner authored an op-ed which states she refused to sign a document that she "believed in 'the centrality of the State of Israel and Jerusalem as capital' for the Jewish people. It encouraged 'Aliyah to Israel,' that is, the classic negation of the diaspora and as such the ending of Jewish life outside a homeland in Israel.” Read more ..


Facism in America

NYPD’s PBA Responds to Anti-Cop Criminal Justice Professor: Fire Him!

September 24th 2017

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Michael Isaacson harbors total disdain for the active and future police officers that he teaches at John Jay College, according to the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) which represents the majority of law enforcement officers in the city.  The PBA’s President Pat Lynch is calling for Isaacson’s immediate dismissal from John Jay College of Criminal Justice which is part of the City University of New York.

Recent media reports have revealed the adjunct professor Mr. Isaacson’s disgusting anti-police attitudes and his gleeful embrace of political violence, including violence against police officers, as expressed in his own social media postings.

One of the most vicious and objectionable of these posts, which appeared recently on his Twitter account read: “Some of y’all might think it sucks being an anti-fascist teaching at John Jay College but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops.” (See video following this news story) Read more ..


Digital Control

GoFundMe Bans Glazov Gang from Accepting Donations

September 22nd 2017

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Crowdfunding online company GoFundMe has banned The Glazov Gang, a web-tv show that tells the truth about the threat from the Left and Islam, from accepting online donations.

GoFundMe suspended The Glazov Gang campaign without any notice or explanation, nor have they responded to any queries.

This conduct by GoFundMe is part of its larger effort to shut down the efforts of Anni Cyrus, the producer of The Glazov Gang. Recently, also with no notice or explanation, GoFundMe deleted Anni’s entire account while she was raising funds for her anti-Sharia tour — wiping out all of her donor history and four open campaigns,  one of which was The Glazov Gang campaign.

This development is part of a current onslaught by companies who are closing their platforms to those who dissent from the Left’s totalitarian worldview. Freedom of speech and conscience are being annihilated each passing day right before our eyes. Read more ..


The Digital Age

Google Uses Its Power to Quash Ideas It Doesn’t Like—I Know Because It Happened to Me

September 20th 2017

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The story in the New York Times this week was unsettling: The New America Foundation, a major think tank, was getting rid of one of its teams of scholars, the Open Markets group. New America had warned its leader Barry Lynn that he was “imperiling the institution,” the Times reported, after he and his group had repeatedly criticized Google, a major funder of the think tank, for its market dominance.

The criticism of Google had culminated in Lynn posting a statement to the think tank’s website “applauding” the European Commission’s decision to slap the company with a record-breaking $2.7 billion fine for privileging its price-comparison service over others in search results. That post was briefly taken down, then republished. Soon afterward, Anne-Marie Slaughter, the head of New America, told Lynn that his group had to leave the foundation for failing to abide by “institutional norms of transparency and collegiality.” Read more ..


Jewry on Edge

Myers Writings/Involvements Indicate a Hostile-to-Israel Propagandist – He Shouldn't Lead Center for Jewish History

September 19th 2017

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After investigating David Myers’ anti-Israel agenda-driven “history scholarship,” other writings, affiliations and involvements with anti-Israel organizations, and his anti-Israel activities at UCLA, the ZOA is convinced that David Myers should not head the Center for Jewish History (“CJH”), and should be removed from this post, for the following reasons:

First, Myers’ “history scholarship” and writings focus on locating, elevating and promoting false and/or outright fictional accounts libeling Israeli Jews and Israel – while ignoring or disparaging truthful pro-Israel history as “myths.”  This is extraordinarily harmful and dangerous at a time when Jews and Israel are being defamed throughout the world, causing increased anti-Jewish violence.  Read more ..


The Trump Era

President Trump Deal with Senator Schumer and Rep. Pelosi Marks Dramatic New Ground

September 16th 2017

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The political shift on DACA by President Trump is tectonic.

Of course, it isn’t the earth shifting in this instance.

It is stale politics and the suffocating Democrat-Republican split trembling, earth quaking, and creating a new playing field.

The announcement yesterday by House and Senate leaders that a deal protecting “Dreamers” has been made and will include a border security package comes as a shock and with surprise.

Yet there is nothing but a yawn from the national media in all its fakery — the same national media that made the supposed end of DACA like the coming end of the world. Smaller headlines, fewer commentaries, abject dismissal of this stunning turn around by editors throughout the industry is a bigger story than DACA being saved. Read more ..


History on Edge

The Relevance of History

September 7th 2017

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Forty years ago this week one of America’s most highly esteemed historians,  David Herbert Donald, penned an op ed in the New York Times that many found shocking.  Donald, a Harvard professor, explained that he had reached the conclusion that history is irrelevant and that he intended to convince his students of this when classes began in the coming weeks.  This was like hearing from Julia Child that she had decided that cooking is a waste of time and that she intended to discourage would-be home chefs from from even thinking about preparing Crêpes Suzette.

Donald had not lost his mind.  From the perspective of 1977, a period marked by gas shortages, deficits, and stagflation, what he was saying seemed to make sense.  As he explained, the lesson of American history was the lesson of abundance.  Americans, in the words of historian David M. Potter, had been “The People of Plenty.”  This had shaped our character and expectations. Read more ..


The Trump Era

Judge Roy Moore is Resonating

September 6th 2017

Lobbyist

The rising political star of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama is another surprise in a political season defined by the unexpected and the unconventional.

On Aug. 15, Moore finished ahead of Senator Luther Strange in a primary election to pick the Republican candidate who will run in November's general election to fill the seat of former Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions vacated the seat to become the nation's attorney general.

Strange, who was Alabama's attorney general, was appointed by then-Governor Robert Bentley to temporarily fill Sessions' seat.

Despite Strange being endorsed by President Trump, and perceived as the Republican Party favorite, he was upset by Moore, forcing the upcoming runoff September 26.

Judge Moore, known as the "Ten Commandments Judge" seems to have what resonates politically these days in Alabama and nationally. Read more ..


Financing the Flames

Center For Jewish History new CEO holds Radical Left Viewpoints

September 4th 2017

Campus antizionists

The new CEO of the Center For Jewish History (CJH), David N. Myers is a leader of The New Israel Fund which openly supports a boycott of Israel, and holds leadership positions of If Not Now, When and J Street.  He has extreme viewpoints -  including supporting “some forms” of boycotting Israel, and that Israel should no longer exist as a Jewish state. 

CJH which serves as the biggest repository of Jewish history in the United States, and serves as a centralized place of scholarly research, events, exhibitions, and performances.

David N. Myers writings’ (available for perusal on Nakbaeducation.com) include  “that the deep wound of the Nakba must finally be exposed to the light of day.” He writes of “..the essential step of acknowledging Israel’s role in the dispossession of Palestinian Arabs” in 1948, and quotes Uri Avinery’s wartime memoir which claims “..cruelty, indifference and violence by Israeli soldiers towards Palestinian Arabs.”

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After the Vote

Evidence of Comey Deceit Discovered Regarding Exoneration of Hillary Clinton

September 3rd 2017

US Capital Day

Transcripts released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that were reviewed by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed that the controversial FBI Director, James Comey, started drafting his statement exonerating then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the infamous email investigation prior to the FBI’s questioning of key witnesses, according to both Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).

The Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley and Graham, who chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, requested all records relating to the drafting of the statement as the committee continues to review the circumstances surrounding Comey being canned by President Donald Trump.

“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation.  The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy,” the senators wrote in a letter to the FBI. Read more ..


America on Edge

There is No Time for Moral Midgetry

August 18th 2017

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While our hearts go out to those killed and injured amidst violent conflicts between white supremacist and Neo-Nazi demonstrators and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, VA one thing is clear: bigotry and racial hatred were the primary causes of the casualties. That fact must be firmly and clearly stated, and roundly condemned by our leaders.
 
Of course, there is plenty of blame to go around. Protesters and counter-protesters alike were responsible for outbreaks of fighting and violence that presaged the tragedy that we sadly witnessed, in which a man drove a car into a crowd of people, killing one woman and wounding several others.  What is known thus far about the perpetrator, judging by published excerpts from his social media postings and photographs of him at the Charlottesville march, is that he appears to have strong political leanings.  And what’s more, the man has a name: his name is James Alex Fields.
 
The sentiments that presumably drove Fields to commit such a horrific crime also have names: bigotry, racial animosity, white supremacy, and possible neo-Nazism.  We must be clear about naming the evils in our midst, calling them out and banishing, lest they, through want of identification, imbed themselves unconsciously into our own souls.  When the spirit of evil – one that we all as humans struggle with – becomes so strong that it finally spills out of our souls and into the streets it has reached a critically dangerous point of development. 
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Healthcare on Edge

Will Killing Obamacare Kill People

August 16th 2017

Premature Baby

We have the greatest healthcare in the world. To suggest people are turned away from life-saving treatment over their ability to pay is just not true.

Health insurance – or who pays for service – is a different issue than healthcare.

Let’s flip the argument. Did Obamacare make us healthier? No, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. It reported life expectancy in the U.S. declined for the first time in nearly 25 years.   The overall death rate increased.  With Obamacare in place, more Americans are dying than ever before. Read more ..


Media on Edge

Willful Blindness in the Media

August 6th 2017

Paper Stack

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.” That quote is attributed to Mark Twain. It resonates today. A number of newspapers have attacked the parent company of this station.  Here’s an example.

Politico first reported that President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner claimed the campaign “struck a deal” with Sinclair.  That characterization was mindlessly echoed by countless outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Hill, Salon, The Nation and others.

But what they didn’t report was that Sinclair made identical offers to both Trump and Hillary Clinton for campaign coverage.  In fact, nearly 30 offers were made to the Clinton campaign. Shockingly, Politico refused an offer to see correspondence with the two campaigns.  Refused to look at it. What’s that say about Politico’s agenda? Read more ..


Trump Era on Edge

McMaster’s NSC Coup Against Trump Purges Critics of Islam and Obama

August 5th 2017

Obama White House Chair

Derek Harvey was a man who saw things coming. He had warned of Al Qaeda when most chose to ignore it. He had seen the Sunni insurgency rising when most chose to deny it.

The former Army colonel had made his reputation by learning the lay of the land. In Iraq that meant sleeping on mud floors and digging into documents to figure out where the threat was coming from.

It was hard to imagine anyone better qualified to serve as President Trump’s top Middle East adviser at the National Security Council than a man who had been on the ground in Iraq and who had seen it all.

Just like in Iraq, Harvey began digging at the NSC. He came up with a list of Obama holdovers who were leaking to the press. McMaster, the new head of the NSC, refused to fire any of them. Read more ..



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