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watch team ertz celebrate zach’s trip to the super bowl

on sunday the nfl conference championship games showed super bowl lii will be a matchup between the new england patriots and the philadelphia eagles. the patriots pulled ahead in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, barely beating the jacksonville jaguars 24-20. the philadelphia eagles beat the minnesota vikings 38-7.while the nation bemoaned the idea of suffering through yet another patriots super bowl, the eagles win introduced #teamertz, the most adorable sports duo in america.on march 26, 2017, philadelphia eagles tight end zach ertz married team usa soccer star and fifa women’s world cup champion julie johnston, who is now julie ertz. yesterday, while zach was playing the most important game of his career, the u.s. women’s national team midfielder was at the sdccu stadium in san diego representing team usa in a friendly against denmark.julie and her teammates kicked off the uswnt 2018 campaign with a powerful 5-1 win against reigning euro women’s runner-up denmark. ertz scored the second goal for team usa in the 19th minute.following the game, the official uswnt twitter account posted this heartwarming video of their star midfielder learning her new husband helped carry the eagles to the super bowl. it’s the eagles’ first super bowl in 14 years and zach’s first super bowl ever. with tears of joy, julie hugged teammates crystal dunn and megan rapinoe. the three girls jumped up and down and julie celebrated, “oh my g-d! they’re going! they’re going...





progressives are not pleased with how democrats caved on shutdown

language warning.after slowing the federal government down for three days, democrats lost the standoff without making gains. senate minority leader chuck schumer is already taking the blame from both sides, but especially fellow democrats, who are saying he caved for practically nothing in return.sen. kamala harris was one of the 16 democrats who voted against reopening the government, saying that voting for a bill to codify president obama’s illegal waiver of immigration law or funding the government was a false choice.republican lawmakers and commentators from the right joined in on mocking schumer.and know you haven’t fooled anyone when rosie o’donnell is upset.





chuck schumer just lost the shutdown, bigly

it’s amazing how quickly democrats lost the shutdown battle before it was even really joined.  in return for an overwhelming vote to reopen the government, minority leader chuck schumer extracted little more than a commitment to bring up immigration within the next three weeks – something republicans were likely to do anyway, coupled with pressure for increased enforcement and border security funding. and even that fell far short of what democrats had claimed to demand with this shutdown – a real commitment to solve the daca issue. schumer’s message in 2013 that if democrats shut down the government over immigration it would be ‘a politics of idiocy’ now looks more like an ignored warning to future chuck.it was obvious over the weekend that republicans felt more united than democrats on the issue, with few of them feeling any pressure to buckle in the house or the senate. they believe the country is more or less with them on immigration enforcement issues, and they saw daca as a politically difficult matter for democrats to use as a justification for shutdown.the only rational explanation for this shutdown error was democrats’ belief that president trump would not be able to resist the urge to intervene and worsen the situation – either by making some base-splitting promise or saying something objectionable. this is not an entirely unreasonable bet, of course – but president trump manages on occasion to avoid behaving like leeroy jenkins for 72 hours, and h...





why do you still consider yourself a republican?

during a heated back-and-forth between during abc’s “the view” on monday, meghan mccain asked ana navarro why she considers herself a part of the gop when her opinions rarely support the republican party.“it is not intellectually honest to sit here and say that this is completely trump’s fault,” she said. “democrats are playing partisan politics in the exact same way.”“it’s playing party politics — we have another month to figure out daca until march,” mccain said, at which point co-host joy behar threw her paper down on the table in frustration at the crosstalk between the two. “they’re attaching it to a spending bill.”whoopie goldberg then loudly interjected in an attempt to stop the argument.“i understand that daca is a very emotional issue at this point, but most republicans are on my side on this one, ana,” she said. “it’s really difficult for me to understand sometimes why you still consider yourself a republican.”“because i’m a hispanic, immigrant latina,” navarro said. she then proceeded to tell the story of how she immigrated to the united states from nicaragua. “i came here through no decision of my own, through no fault of my own. if my parents had not had the resources to hire lawyers, i would be a dream act kid, too.”





failures of #metoo, feminism, and woes of modern dating

on this episode of the federalist radio hour, mary katharine ham and inez stepman address the current dating scene and the current sex panic that feminists are finding themselves in. they discuss the aziz ansari story and other stories of women who conflate victimhood with bad dating. “the left has a fundamentally different view, not just of sexuality but of human nature, and they think that if we just un-teach all the bad things that society has taught, then everyone is just going to link daisy chains and romp naked through the woods,” stepman said. “when it turns out that human nature, including human sexuality, can be ambiguous, can be aggressive, can be coercive…”listen to their full conversation here:





watch john dickerson sign off from cbs's 'face the nation'

during sunday’s broadcast of “face the nation,” cbs’s john dickerson signed off for the last time from his duties as host of the iconic weekly talk show.the panel — a group of regular contributors to the show, including federalist publisher ben domenech — said their goodbyes to the host and wished him well.dickerson, who has hosted “face” since 2015, took a moment to thank his colleagues for their time and effort in putting together the show. he then thanked viewers for tuning in each week.“to all of you out there, thank you for your trust and loyalty,” he said. “you’re in good hands, though, as you have always been. for ‘face the nation,’ i’m john dickerson.”dickerson will replace charlie rose as co-host of “cbs this morning,” where you can watch him every weekday morning.





to placate lgbt lobby, harvard ends single-sex student clubs

harvard university is seen widely as one of the preeminent higher-education institutions in the country. but away from the books, the college is taking a highly political stance targeting greek life that only regresses its offerings to students and the country.the school recently banned single-sex organizations. that means sororities and fraternities may cease to exist in the traditional sense. in fact, it’s already happening. under the threats of sanctions from university officials, harvard’s kappa kappa gamma has disaffiliated from its national chapter.now, recruits can join fleur-de-lis, “a gender-neutral” group focused on self-identified females. the school newspaper, the crimson, published an editorial in december lauding this forced change. editors claimed it emboldens fraternities and sororities to combat the power and influence of all-male student groups on campus, referred to as “white, male, and affluent.”nothing champions diversity more than stereotyping on the basis of sex and race, i guess. one would have hoped scholars who’ve scored in the highest ranges on college entrance exams to understand that truth. fortunately, some of them have. three sororities have refused to comply with the new edict. those strong-willed women, however, risk forfeiting the opportunity to captain athletic teams and becoming ineligible for campus leadership positions and school endorsements for academic fellowships.forcing people to agree is just plain wrongprops to those ...





democrats don’t mind shutdowns when they’re about abortion

we’re hearing a lot of complaining from democrats about republicans shutting down the government, but they sure don’t mind doing it when abortion is on the table.here are four times a democratic president and democrat-controlled congress earned, as house minority leader nancy pelosi said of president trump, an “f for failure of leadership” amid a government shutdown. there are others, of course, but these four were each over abortion.to be clear, these shutdowns were really “funding gaps,” during which time government employees received only half their paychecks or paychecks were delayed due to congressional failures. this is similar to a “shutdown” today, since most of the government remains running as key operations continue to function during a shutdown. the pain is felt in the wallet. the same was true then, as employees had to look elsewhere for additional income.1. holding the u.s. hostage to medicaid-funded abortionsthe first of these “shutdowns” over abortion occurred in september 1977, when jimmy carter was president, robert byrd led the senate, and tip o’neill was speaker of the house. it was one of the longest shutdowns in history, lasting 12 days as the house held its ground against the senate to maintain a ban on medicaid funding for abortions, except to save the life of the mother.rep. daniel flood, a democrat from pennsylvania and—as the new york times described him at the time—“a flamboyant former actor with bejeweled fingers and pl...





super bowl 2018 to reprise 2005 matchup between eagles, patriots

on sunday, while pundits inside the beltway (and federal employees) remained focused on the ongoing government slowdown, millions of americans focused on the sporting world, as the national football league’s conference championships set the lineup for super bowl lii: the afc champion new england patriots against the nfc champion philadelphia eagles.going into sunday’s matchups, many football observers expected one close game and one blowout. they got what they expected, but not in the order they expected. in the afternoon game, new england—a prohibitive favorite against the jacksonville jaguars—needed all it could muster to defeat the pesky jags and reach its record tenth super bowl. the patriots overcame a double-digit deficit to win, 20-17.the patriots’ come-from-behind winin its come-from-behind win—jacksonville led for most of the game—new england quarterback tom brady echoed, well, tom brady. deprived of his biggest receiver, tight end rob gronkowski, due to a concussion at the end of the first half, brady still found a way to lead his team to the win.after an inadvertent whistle prevented jacksonville from the chance to score what could have been a game-clinching touchdown on a fumble return, brady connected with wide receiver danny amendola for 21 yards on a critical third-and-18 play. that drive resulted in a touchdown to amendola, and another touchdown throw from brady to amendola gave the patriots their margin of victory.for brady, it’s his record ei...





don't blame homeschooling for child abuse cases like the turpins'

last week we learned that the media will pay lots of attention to a so-called “house of horrors,” as long as it’s not an abortion clinic.tipped off by a 17-year-old daughter who had escaped, police entered the home of deranged-looking california couple david and louise turpin. there they allegedly found the pair’s 13 children shackled to their beds and starving in their own filth. seven of the turpin kids are evidently older than 18, but have been so malnourished for so long, they still look like children. one 29-year-old daughter was reported to be a mere 82 pounds.it’s hard to imagine what these kids went through during the years their parents allegedly kept them prisoners behind a well-maintained suburban façade. it’s likely mental illness was involved, and looking at the turpins’ mugshots (i’m serious, look), i wouldn’t rule out demonic possession.but the press has chosen to focus on one detail about this sad story: the turpins were registered as homeschoolers in california. sarah jones at the new republic wastes no time in laying the blame for these kids’ plight squarely at the feet of “lax homeschooling laws,” which she claims “protect child abusers”: “we know now that the parents homeschooled their children under the auspices of the sandcastle day school, which is simply the name they used when they filed a private school affidavit with the state of california.”understanding how the turpins got away with allegedly torturing their childr...





why we shouldn’t expect a shutdown baby boom

the united states is facing a historiccollapse in its birth rate, which has many people scrambling to figure out ways to reverse that trend. if you can believe it, some people think the federal government shutdown might just be part of the solution.the reason is pretty straightforward: thousands of federal workers around dc will get days of unexpected extra time off. eventually, they’re likely to get bored of their house chores or other amusements. when that happens, well, then it’s left to us furloughed workers to find some way to entertain ourselves. what ever could we do? sex, of course!i’ve written about short-term baby booms before in the case of iceland’s unexpected soccer victory over england in 2016. i noted that these stories often don’t turn out to be true. in iceland’s case, skepticism was probably warranted: iceland’s first- and second-quarter 2017 births were manifestly unimpressive, although full monthly data is not yet available.so will a shutdown this january give us a baby boom next october? one way to check is to see what happened during the last big shutdown, which occurred in the first two weeks of october 2013. did we get a big baby boom in july of 2014?if you look at just the district of columbia, the answer is yes!july births to women who reside in the district of columbia were 12 percent higher in 2014 than in 2013, a true baby boom. but is that really a fair comparison? the shutdown didn’t only affect the district of columbia. it affec...





what my crisis pregnancy taught me about life and love

each sunday morning when we’re all together, my family goes through what’s affectionately known as the “lentil update.” my 11-year-old son and 8-year-old stepdaughter learn about what’s developing in their new baby brother or sister, set to arrive in late june. it’s our “lentil update” because that’s how big the baby was when we first learned the news of our lentil-sized human, six weeks into its life, already complete with eyes, nostrils, ears, intestines, brain, muscles, and of course, a beating heart.the tradition started with just me and my husband. he was still sleeping when i slipped downstairs to take the test. even though we’d talked of little else since combining our families this summer, we weren’t expecting positive news so soon.when we told our son and daughter the news at nine weeks, our little lentil had progressed to the size of a grape, and had all its essential parts, even a four-chamber heart. now each week it’s our game, guessing how big our addition will be and what we’ll learn about how it’s grown. baby’s sex may still be a secret, but brother or sister, the baby’s presence in our family is constant and welcome.it wasn’t like this last timeit wasn’t like this last time. i learned i was pregnant with my son at 19 after taking the test in the basement bathroom of a college dorm, knowing my life would be upended. instead of weekly updates surrounded by conversations of hopes, dreams, fears, and love, it was weeks of agoniz...





will 2018 be the year the right takes our media deficit seriously?

how did it happen? unemployment is at 4.1 percent, consumer confidence is at a 17-year high, wages have risen for middle-class workers, worker 401(k)s are flush, and crime levels hover at near 30-year lows. yet only 38 percent of the american people thinks the country is on the right path and only 24 percent think the new gop tax cuts are a good idea, while 42 percent believe they’re a bad idea—with 63 percent sure the cuts benefit the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the middle class.how did it happen? a recent pew poll revealed that only 5 percent of media coverage about president trump was positive this past year, while 62 percent was negative. compare that with president obama’s first year, when 42 percent of the coverage was positive and only 20 percent negative—while he was trying to do something extremely unpopular with health care at the time.we all know why those numbers are those numbers: folks get their news and cultural cues from a media that leans left, with movies, sitcoms, talk show hosts, and sports entertainment all serving as an almost de facto extension of one ideological faction.it isn’t just the short-term political landscape affected by this well-documented bias. the long-term impact is only now beginning to be understood. a new poll by the american culture and faith institute revealed a sharp rise in americans who prefer socialism to capitalism: the number was 37 percent.why the left dominates culturethe bigger question remains: why ...





how friends' pregnancy experiences changed my mind about abortion

i changed my views on abortion the year my best friend became pregnant. although cliché, the experience was profound, and shaped how i see the world. until that point i had moved ideologically from radically pro-choice in my college years to a more libertarian approach, where i justified my ambivalence through the limitations of my sex.i argued in favor of choice as a principled position of freedom. i believed that my role was to support the views of the women around me. but all of that changed.my position on abortion was one of the last liberal ideals to go when i found myself aligning with the right. i had been fully convinced that women require the freedom to choose all aspects of their pregnancy. i felt it was unreasonable for conservatives to so heavily oppose what i viewed as a personal medical decision. the transition was not swift.reality changed my determination to remain pro-choicewhen my friend became pregnant, she was extremely excited. i remember feeling a sense of excitement myself, not only for the event but for the opportunity to validate my worldview. i was determined to prove wrong the idea that witnessing a pregnancy would create doubt in my ideology.the beginning of her pregnancy felt strange, as the fetus’s development happened so rapidly. i was surprised when she showed me photos of the fetus at what i believed was the “clump of cells” stage. i remember audibly gasping at the detail of the tiny body in the image and trying to understand how it was...





new harvard research says u.s. christianity is growing stronger

“meanwhile, a widespread decline in churchgoing and religious affiliation had contributed to a growing anxiety among conservative believers.” statements like this are uttered with such confidence and frequency that most americans accept them as uncontested truisms. this one emerged just this month in an exceedingly silly article in the atlantic on vice president mike pence.religious faith in america is going the way of the yellow pages and travel maps, we keep hearing. it’s just a matter of time until christianity’s total and happy extinction, chortle our cultural elites. is this true? is churchgoing and religious adherence really in “widespread decline” so much so that conservative believers should suffer “growing anxiety”?two words: absolutely not.new research published late last year by scholars at harvard university and indiana university bloomington is just the latest to reveal the myth. this research questioned the “secularization thesis,” which holds that the united states is following most advanced industrial nations in the death of their once vibrant faith culture. churches becoming mere landmarks, dance halls, boutique hotels, museums, and all that.not only did their examination find no support for this secularization in terms of actual practice and belief, the researchers proclaim that religion continues to enjoy “persistent and exceptional intensity” in america. these researchers hold our nation “remains an exceptional outlier and potenti...





6 events that prove democrats’ shutdown over daca is a fraud

deferred action for childhood arrivals (daca) isn’t dead, and “dreamers” aren’t being deported, even though that’s the entire basis senate minority leader chuck schumer claims for causing the government shutdown. it’s the great democrat deception of 2018.the proof is in a petition the department of justice filed with the u.s. supreme court on thursday, seeking immediate review of a district court judge’s decision striking president trump’s decision to let daca run out when it expires. that petition details the facts of daca no one is reporting.those facts lay bare the fraud underlying democrats’ politically motivated, selective shuttering of the federal government. they insist the need to protect young illegal aliens from deportation is so urgent that temporarily funding the federal government must wait for congress to legalize them.let’s look at those factshere are the facts. in a june 15, 2012, memorandum entitled “deferred action for childhood arrivals,” the department of homeland security announced its secretary would, “for humanitarian reasons or simply for [her] own convenience, . . . notify an alien of her decision to forbear from seeking his removal for a designated period.”under the 2012 policy, following a successful background check dhs would provide “certain young people who were brought to this country as children” a two-year commitment of “deferred action.” but daca expressly “confer[red] no substantive right, immigration st...





meet 4 women who stood with trump in his march for life address

five years ago—to be generous—would you believe that donald trump would not only serve as u.s. president, but almost immediately make his mark as the most decisively pro-life president since roe v. wade legalized abortion in 1973?as unlikely a scenario as that would’ve seemed, it’s pretty hard to deny after friday, when trump became the first-ever president to address the march for life in person. the march is a gathering of hundreds of thousands of pro-life americans in washington dc, and this was its forty-fifth year.but every bit as unlikely as trump’s slew of pro-life policy wins and comments friday are the very lives of four women (plus their children) who joined him on stage at the white house rose garden. all four women faced an unexpected pregnancy, and all four resisted pressure to abort their babies.helping others who share her storyduring his address, trump introduced marianne donadio, who chose life during a surprise pregnancy and is now a mother of six and serving at room at the inn, a maternity home in greensboro, north carolina that has housed more than 400 women. touching on the 2018 march for life theme, “love saves lives,” trump celebrated donadio’s courage and sacrifice for women facing unexpected pregnancies and their children.“[room at the inn] has given them hope,” trump said. “it has shown each woman that she is not forgotten, that she is not alone, and that she really now has a whole family of people who will help her su...





joe scarborough’s single is the protest song no one was waiting for

imagine yourself as a mad scientist charged with creating a computer program to write the anthem for the next monsters of vaguely folkish alterna-rock festival. the song will be performed by a replicant attempting to pose as a newly woke hipster dedicated to the #resistance.now imagine that your work is pointless because joe scarborough beat you to it, albeit ostensibly via his own hand and not an algorithm run amok. whether he can pass the turing test remains to be seen.what can be seen or at least heard, and never unseen or unheard, is “stand,” scarborough’s latest anthem. anthem may be overselling it a bit. let’s just agree that it is a song and, per scarborough’s own statement, “[inspired] by the women’s march and dedicated to those who #resist.”also, mika and he salute you. they do not specify if their salute is related to the marchers about to rock, but we can hazard a guess to that question, especially given the song in question.the song has its momentslet’s start with the good. scarborough is pretty skilled at enunciation. this is an important thing when delivering scorching lyrics such as the opening verse of “stand,” each line a towering summit of insight and originality. it would be a shame if any of it crumbled, tower of babel-style.as the acoustic guitar begins, joe’s raspy-ish voice gently blasts us, preparing us to take on the establishment or something. “once in your life, you may get the chance to stand, against a column of tanks, ho...





27 joyful pictures from friday's march for life in washington dc

for me, the highlight of the march for life is always the ordinary americans who fill the streets, and the stories they have to tell.​the 45th annual march for life, america’s longest-running pro-life demonstration, was held friday in washington dc. mild january weather brought massive crowds to the nation’s capital, both in protest of legalized abortion and in celebration of the sanctity of life.rally speakers included speaker of the house paul ryan, who appeared in person, and president donald trump, who addressed the crowd live from the white house rose garden. still, for me, the highlight of the march is always the ordinary americans who fill the streets, and the stories they have to tell.​jayme metzgar is a senior contributor at the federalist.





democrats threw children's health care under the bus

in the budget negotiations on friday democrats faced two options. the first was to fully fund the children’s health insurance program for 6 years, keep the government open and keep negotiating on daca. the second was to not fund chip, shut down the government and keep negotiating on daca. the democrats chose the greater of two evils. in the hope of gaining political traction, they shot down funding for a program they have said is crucial.just days ago, democratic spokes-celebrity jimmy kimmel was making impassioned pleas to fund chip. think of the children, he said. well, that’s going to have to wait until we see the polling on who gets blamed for the government shutdown. for the meager price of a one-month extension of the government, democrats drove the bus over the sick kids they have been moralizing about for a year.yesterday president donald trump invited senate minority leader chuck schumer to the white house to hash it out. for a few hours it looked promising. two reasonable men tried to work out an agreement. but it was not to be. some reporting suggests that chief of staff john kelly killed the deal, but whatever happened, the house-approved continuing resolution that funded chip was always an option on the table for schumer.let’s be clear that the worst-case scenario for democrats under this cr was that a month from now we would be back at the drawing board with chip fully funded. one less — pardon the pun — chip for the gop to play.the democrats refusal t...