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trump's stance against nfl kneelers will only encourage them

federalist senior writer mary katharine ham joined cnn’s “inside politics” sunday morning to explain why donald trump’s insistence that nfl players who take a knee during the national anthem ought to be fired will only spur more leftists to participate in that kind of protest.“trump is crass in his language and he’s wrong in whether the president should be suggesting whether people get fired over expressing this,” ham said.the nfl is “a private company that can make that decision,” she said. “it’s not exactly a first amendment issue, but when the president gets involved, that can chill free speech and that’s bad.”“i’m somebody who actually agrees with colin kaepernick about some of these issues,” ham explained. “but this particular protest is a divisive, controversial type of protest and people get their backs up rightfully about the flag and about the anthem.”“during the year-long news cycle we have had about this, polling on black lives matter, which is the cause he’s backing, has gone from 20 percent disapprove to 57 percent disapprove  and nfl attendance has gone down,” she said. “so what trump is doing here, and he does want more of it, he is putting the entire left of this country and people who are against him or who criticize his policies on the wrong side of the flag and the anthem and they’re going to do it loudly and obviously.”“and even though some of those issues are real, politically speaking, his instinct is c...





i was on medicaid for years. it’s horrible and should be cut

progressives have never met an entitlement program they didn’t like. americans’ love affair with free things, even when they cost us dearly in increased taxes, regulatory costs, limitations on choice, and more, ensures that once an entitlement program is passed, the only change we will see to it is expansion. that is ultimately why obamacare will never be repealed and why the only change that has happened in the 52 years since medicare and medicaid were signed into law is the growth of the entitlement programs.on its face, medicaid sounds like a worthy and worthwhile use of american taxpayer resources. if a family cannot afford medical care, society has a moral obligation to ensure they receive it. conservatives argue that the obligation may not belong to the state, but that the poor, disabled, orphaned, and widowed among us still need medical care provided by society as a whole. in the many iterations of obamacare reform, one of the proposals put on the table was a limit to expanding medicaid rolls in future years. that attempt alone met shrill cries of “but what about the children?” from the left. to progressives, wanting to limit the expansion of health welfare is akin to killing poor american children.since most in the media and on capitol hill come from upper-middle-class households, few seem to spend time talking to those americans on medicaid rolls. media and politics are two industries where most need to spend some time as an unpaid intern to work their way up...





trump's criticism of nfl players who kneel during pledge shows 'lack of respect'

national football league commissioner roger goodell criticized president donald trump on saturday, after the president suggested that nfl players who kneel during the pledge of allegiance should be fired.at a rally in huntsville, alabama for republican sen. luther strange on friday, president trump said, “wouldn’t you love to see one of these nfl owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a b—h off the field right now — he’s fired.’”goodell issued a statement saturday morning, suggesting that “divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”last year, san francisco 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick took a knee during every game’s national anthem, ostensibly to protest racial inequality and police brutality. no nfl team has signed kaepernick this year, and it’s become increasingly likely that his career in the league may be over.in response to goodell’s comments, the president posted the following on twitter:meanwhile, during his team’s friday media appearance, nba golden state warriors star stephen curry said he would prefer not to join his team’s traditional white house visit: “by not going, hopefully that will inspire some change in terms of what we tolerate in this country,” he said, suggesting the president’s response to charlottes...





you'll believe what cnn did next

the ongoing trial of sen. bob menendez involves a multi-million dollar bribery and corruption scandal and sordid details aplenty. the trial’s outcome could fundamentally alter the political makeup of the u.s. senate. in a deeply divided congress where every vote counts—republicans are frantically trying to persuade their colleague from alaska to support the latest version of a healthcare reform bill—one would think this trial would matter to members of the media.think again.cnn’s own poppy harlow noted on september 6 the case was “a big deal… because this is the first bribery case involving a sitting u.s. senator in over three decades,” and promised to cover it closely. but the network has only mentioned the trial once since then, a media research center study found. since the trail began earlier this month, cnn has only spent a total of 14 minutes covering the case.to his credit, cnn’s jake tapper has been doing most of the heavy lifting on the menendez trial: two-thirds of the network’s coverage occurred during his show. in addition, the network’s website has run numerous articles covering the trial at length. but why isn’t this coverage making it onto tv?mike ciandella of newsbusters noted earlier this week that morning and evening news coverage on the three big news networks (abc, nbc, and cbs) has been even sparser than cable news counterparts:broadcast network morning and evening news coverage of the trial has been even sparser than cnn’s. n...





devos ditches obama campus assault rules, but problems lie ahead

our long national nightmare is over—or is it?on friday, education secretary betsy devos rescinded obama-era guidance on sexual assault that ensured more innocent students accused of the abhorrent crime would be found responsible and expelled. earlier this month, devos announced she would seek comment from stakeholders to improve the way schools adjudicate accusations of sexual assault.devos at the time mentioned the need for due process for the accused and better treatment of accusers, since all sides agree even the obama-era guidance did not solve all the problems. (supporters of the obama-era guidance went apoplectic after devos’s speech, however, claiming she was siding with rapists over victims, an absurd notion.)in place of the obama-era guidance, known ominously as the 2011 “dear colleague” letter, as well as a 2014 question-and-answer document, schools will now have to adhere to 2001 and 2006 guidance from the education department.‘a deprivation of rights’in her letter rescinding the previous guidance, acting assistant secretary for civil rights candice jackson wrote of the problems caused by the obama-era guidance. the 2011 guidance forced schools to adopt a low, “preponderance of evidence” standard for adjudicating sexual assault, when schools had previously been allowed to use the more stringent “clear and convincing” standard. to avoid federal lawsuits or yanked funds, schools were required to adopt the lower standard, even though such regulator...





you'll believe what cnn did next

the ongoing trial of sen. bob menendez involves a multi-million dollar bribery and corruption scandal and sordid details aplenty. the trial’s outcome could fundamentally alter the political makeup of the u.s. senate. in a deeply divided congress where every vote counts—republicans are frantically trying to persuade their colleague from alaska to support the latest version of a healthcare reform bill—one would think this trial would matter to members of the media.think again.cnn’s own poppy harlow noted on september 6 the case was “a big deal… because this is the first bribery case involving a sitting u.s. senator in over three decades,” and promised to cover it closely. but the network has only mentioned the trial once since then, a media research center study found. since the trail began earlier this month, cnn has only spent a total of 14 minutes covering the case.to his credit, cnn’s jake tapper has been doing most of the heavy lifting on the menendez trial: two-thirds of the network’s coverage occurred during his show. in addition, the network’s website has run numerous articles covering the trial at length. but why isn’t this coverage making it onto tv?mike ciandella of newsbusters noted earlier this week that morning and evening news coverage on the three big news networks (abc, nbc, and cbs) has been even sparser than cable news counterparts:broadcast network morning and evening news coverage of the trial has been even sparser than cnn’s. n...





political online dating, postpartum depression, and the first day of fall

on this episode of the federalist radio hour, mary katharine ham and gracy olmstead round up this week’s news and outrages including the politics of online dating, ivanka trump’s postpartum depression, and the ushering in of fall. many responded in anger to this week’s federalist piece about online dating apps creating ways to alert potential suitors of your political views. “we’re signaling very quickly who is someone we’re willing to engage with…i fear that this is a thing that we are not just doing in dating, where the stakes are bit higher for whether you’re compatible, but we’re doing this with everyone,” ham said. listen here:





discovery' needs to bring balance to the trek

star trek returns to television on sunday, and to understand why this is such a big deal, you have to realize how dominant trek used to be in this medium. for 17 years, from the franchise’s return to tv in 1987 with “star trek: the next generation” to when “enterprise” limped off the air in 2004, there was not a single television season without a star trek series on the air. for a while, during the late-1990s runs of “star trek: deep space nine” and “star trek: voyager,” there were two.television is also the heart of the franchise in a deeper way. the trek movies have been hit-or-miss, but by their nature the successful ones have had to place more emphasis on action and less on high-concept science-fiction premises and scientific and technology wonkery. the television series have always had more leeway to indulge the franchise’s geekier side, which is the core of its appeal to its die-hard fans. or to me, anyway.for the past eight years, the franchise has come back in a series of reboot films that have tried to mine the characters of the original series while messing with its original timeline and context, which has gotten a mixed reception. with “discovery,” it has a chance to return to its television roots and return to the story-telling skills and high-concept science fiction that made it a cult favorite in the first place.the production of the new series has been troubled and delayed, and there are worrying reports that its producers want to turn i...





jimmy kimmel has no clue what he's talking about

in 1850, frederic bastiat wrote in the law that “socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. as a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. we disapprove of state education. then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. we object to a state religion. then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. we object to a state-enforced equality. then they say that we are against equality. and so on, and so on. it is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.”this is the classic mistake abc late night host jimmy kimmel, an example of an average human white male comedian who did his best work over a decade ago on the man show and who has consistently failed upward, is making in his analysis of the republican effort to shift obamacare funding back to the states via graham-cassidy. it reveals the inability to have any kind of debate across partisan lines regarding health care spending at the federal level: kimmel is so convinced of the rightness of his cause and the truth of his baseless and incorrect analysis of a piece of legislation that he will continue on this jaunt without any amount of self-reflection or consideration that maybe, just maybe, he might be wrong.perhaps the best part of kimmel’s rant is where he says...





is spain going to explode over catalonian secession?

the autonomous region of catalonia has once again called for a referendum for secession from spain, and all hell is breaking loose. although the vote is still two weeks away, this week has seen a marked increase in tension and conflict between the two sides that’s quickly reaching a boiling point. the government in spain, which calls the planned vote illegal, has frozen catalonia’s access to public funds so that they can’t be spent on organizing the referendum. it is also trying to shut down its access to ballot boxes, although the catalan government says it has 6,000 of them hidden away.on wednesday, the spanish military arrested 14 high ranking catalan officials and raided 41 catalan regional government departments across the region. they have also raided newspapers to look for documents having to do with the referendum, following a judge’s order. this caused more than 40,000 protesters to take to the streets of barcelona on thursday night, which then provoked the spanish government to send troops into the city. tens of thousands are gathering again in the city today for more protests.demonstrating the severity of the situation, the government in madrid had attempted to send 4,000 police officers to the region on thursday in police boats which were meant to dock in catalonia to deal with the escalating situation, but the boats couldn’t dock—the port workers wouldn’t cooperate. they either boycotted or refused docking access to the ships. the government respond...





today's american teens delay reponsibility longer than ever

“18-year-olds now look like 15-year-olds used to,” jean twenge says. members of generation z, born between 1995 and 2012, are less likely to drink alcohol or have sex in high school. but they are also less likely to pursue independent acts of responsibility, like getting a driver’s license or procuring a job while in high school.many people in gen x—and even some among the millennial generation—are rather dumbfounded by these trends. in my home state of idaho, teens my age could procure a driver’s license at 14, due to the state’s rural, farming nature. there wasn’t a single kid who didn’t look forward to his 14th birthday: it carried with it the prospect of independence, and eventually car ownership.but the problems and dilemmas my generation faced—surrounding sex and alcohol, driving and recklessness—are not necessarily mirrored in younger generations, if twenge is to be believed. the new book “igen: why today’s super-connected kids are growing up less rebellious, more tolerant, less happy – and completely unprepared for adulthood” has a lot of people talking, with good reason. it tries to address both the boons and perils of the smartphone era, considering both the strengths and weaknesses of the young people it’s helped shape.igen has grown up in a different worldtwenge is careful not to make digital media the sole scapegoat for igen’s “growing-up” problems. when it comes to larger trends toward “safety” and abstaining from “adu...





get out of your house to enjoy some crazy fair food

fall is here, on the calendar if not outside, which means it’s time for state fairs and their crazy foods. alongside the typical corn dog, turkey leg, pretzels, and beer, you can also find crazy fried contraptions and unique drinks to match. they say everything’s bigger in texas. that also applies to the fantastic fair food.the texas state fair runs in dallas every fall beginning at the end of september. within the fairgrounds lies the cotton bowl, one of college football’s most historic stadiums, and the site of the annual texas versus oklahoma football game. dallas, nearly equidistant between the school’s campuses in austin and norman, has hosted the red river showdown for more than a century.as a college student in the late ‘90s i would go each october up to the game, which takes place sandwiched between concerts, exhibitions, amusement park rides, and food stalls at the fair. before the game we would go to the fair, drink some beer, enjoy a ride on the giant ferris wheel, and chow down on some seriously unhealthy food, because what better way to prepare for a big game then by binging on bad food and beer!my favorite has always been deep-fried oreos, but a couple of this year’s offerings could be even better. here are highlights from the list of crazy foods available at the texas state fair this year.deep-fried froot loopsyes, that’s right, “breakfast of champions” has a new definition. your favorite childhood cereal is “folded into whipped marshmallow,...





why melania trump should visit earthquake victims in mexico city

mexico city was ravaged by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake earlier this week, killing at least 274 people and reducing many of its buildings to rubble. the deadly tremors follow just a week after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck in southern mexico, killing at least 60. melania trump should visit mexico and lend support to the victims and rescue workers who are working around the clock to pull survivors from the ruins. her presence would take a step towards mending relations between mexico and the united states while giving the first lady a chance to assert herself as her own woman.tensions between the united states and mexico have been escalating over the past two years as donald trump campaigned (and won) on a promise to make mexico pay for a wall along the border between the two countries, a promise that has made relations rocky.tougher immigration policies under the current administration have also upset the mexican government.on tuesday, president trump addressed the people of mexico by tweeting: “we are with you and will be there for you.”many criticized president trump for responding quickly to the disaster in mexico city after it took him several days to reach out to mexican president enrique peña nieto after the more powerful earthquake shook the country earlier this month. president trump explained the delay was due to neito’s spotty cell service in the mountains surrounding the region affected by the first, and larger earthquake.a visit from the first lady c...





single-payer ‘would bankrupt the nation’

single-payer health care is the newest buzzword for progressive democrats looking to appeal to their bases. a topic too scandalous to even be addressed prior to this peculiar time, it is now something many members of congress have stepped forward to support.on wednesday, senator bernie sanders released his latest concoction of a bill, given the name “medicare for all,” which demands an immense government expansion to cover healthcare for the entire u.s. population. not only does sanders’ bill demand an increase in the federal government, it also requires an exponential tax increase, as taxpayers will have to pay for the new medicare system.our national debt is at an unsanctionable high, and fiscally responsible decisions are needed to halt any further increases to the debt crisis. yet last week, president trump struck a tax deal with the democratic caucus, agreeing with sen. chuck schumer and rep. nancy pelosi on a debt ceiling increase. in so doing, the president bypassed his leadership, failed to acknowledge speaker ryan’s critique of the proposal, and agreed to a proposal that will continue to increase the nation’s debt.single-payer health care has gone mainstreamwhile president trump was working on that debt ceiling increase, sanders was proposing his bill, which would be another huge fiscally irresponsible decision, while surrounded by fellow democratic congressmen.“instead of wasting hundreds of billions of dollars trying to administer an enormously complica...





critics entirely miss the core illumination of 'song to song'

art has been, is, and will always be political. we are often under a misconception that artists are rebels with the courage to challenge accepted truths. while there are artists like this, probably many, these are not the artists we are usually acquainted with.the rebel artists we cite—such as lin-manuel miranda—are not struggling with popularity. they are famous not because they have challenged the world with new ideas but because they are a voice through which a generation speaks, or, since a generation is never a monolith, a significant portion of a generation. perhaps it is a new and rising voice, but the popularity of the artist is a sign that the scale is tipping or has already tipped.the illusion that miranda, kanye west, or iggy pop are rebels seems to ignore the fact that they have millions of fans and millions and millions of dollars. rebel artists who challenged the modern notions, givens, and morality would come across to us not like a celebrity but an old testament prophet. the message would seem jumbled, the conclusions strained, and we would send them on their way. they’d appear to us as lunatics rather than geniuses.perhaps that is why the great film artist (auteur) of our time has declined in popularity over the last ten years. his work is more like one of these “prophets” who stand against the modern notions and point out where we are wrong. this year terrence mallick’s “song to song” came out and has poor reviews on both imdb (5.9) and rotte...





most millennial startup ever will front down payment for airbnb hosting

if the media is to be believed, millennials are excellent at only one thing, and that’s killing off other things. while we’re allegedly responsible for the demise of absolutely everything—from applebee’s to bar soap—one of our most commonly cited assassination attempts is home ownership.but in true millennial fashion, millennial entrepreneurs are finding solutions to millennial problems. can’t afford a down payment? it turns out there’s an app for that.twenty-nine-year-old millennial yifan zhang is the co-founder of loftium, a new startup that offers its customers a revolutionary method of financing the down payment on a home. loftium will front your down payment in exchange for two-thirds of the money you make from renting out a room in your new house on airbnb for a period of one to three years. instead of a typical loan, the company signs a revenue-sharing agreement with its clients.new solutions define personal responsibilityfor millennials with large student loan payments, or for those living in expensive urban centers, making a traditional down payment is increasingly hard. boomers can scold millennials about avocado toast all they like, but brunch is far from the most significant obstacle to home ownership for the young. down payments have become a large barrier to home ownership, which explains low millennial ownership rates even in “flipped” cities, where young professionals can potentially save on monthly expenses by purchasing a comparable apartm...





these pro-lifers enter centers to talk to mothers scheduled for abortion

last friday ten pro-life activists were arrested inside abortion centers in michigan and virginia where they had entered, peaceably, to speak with the mothers and fathers in the waiting room. the ten were a subset of a larger coordinated group—around 30 or 40 in all—including two women in new mexico who also entered a clinic, but were not arrested.the incidents, dubbed a red rose rescue, was inspired by the work of mary wagner, a canadian pro-life activist. two decades ago, 24-year-old mary wagner met a pregnant teenage friend outside of an abortion center and began pleading with her not to go in. her friend refused to listen, but allowed mary to accompany her into the waiting room. when a clinic worker inside called the name of another pregnant woman, mary looked up and repeated it. the woman glanced at her, and in that split second wagner said simply: “you don’t have to do this.”it was an instinctive act, no doubt, springing from a sudden emotional recognition of what was about to happen to the child in that woman’s womb and to each of the children waiting so innocently to be dismembered so painfully in the back rooms. suddenly, wagner felt she could not morally justify leaving that clinic while it was in her power to stay.the canadian police did not agree. they arrested wagner and clapped her in jail. but in an odd sort of way, a movement was born. it was an obscure one-woman movement for a decade and a half—wagner spent about a quarter of her time in jail—...





former disney exec on why hollywood is hurting right now

this past summer, hollywood earned its lowest box office revenue since 2006. more than a dozen films from every major movie studio “bombed hard,” to quote film financial analyst doug creutz of cowen & co.“i wouldn’t want to be a movie theater owner right now,” he said. the losses were nothing short of historic.many turn to the rise of netflix, the role of rotten tomatoes and sequel fatigue, and other themes for answers. but two veteran hollywood producers say the lack of family fare is a major factor behind hollywood’s slump.“families are way underserved today,” says writer brian bird. now bird and former disney executive mitch davis are revealing their aim to create compelling films and tv shows that run counter to mainstream trends.‘audiences are starved for family programming’movie producer mitch davis got his start at walt disney studios in the late 1980s, working behind-the-scenes on “newsies,” “dead poet’s society” and other releases now considered iconic.he wrote and directed “the other side of heaven” for disney in 2001, the first film role for young actress anne hathaway. she went on to star in christopher nolan’s dark knight trilogy. (worth noting: nolan’s world war ii drama “dunkirk” was this past summer’s only original, non-franchise hit.)“the movie industry is the most persuasive, pervasive creator of popular culture on the planet,” davis said in an interview to support “the stray,” his independent family film o...





i was on medicaid for years. it’s horrible and should be cut

progressives have never met an entitlement program they didn’t like. americans’ love affair with free things, even when they cost us dearly in increased taxes, regulatory costs, limitations on choice, and more, ensures that once an entitlement program is passed, the only change we will see to it is expansion. that is ultimately why obamacare will never be repealed and why the only change that has happened in the 52 years since medicare and medicaid were signed into law is the growth of the entitlement programs.on its face, medicaid sounds like a worthy and worthwhile use of american taxpayer resources. if a family cannot afford medical care, society has a moral obligation to ensure they receive it. conservatives argue that the obligation may not belong to the state, but that the poor, disabled, orphaned, and widowed among us still need medical care provided by society as a whole. in the many iterations of obamacare reform, one of the proposals put on the table was a limit to expanding medicaid rolls in future years. that attempt alone met shrill cries of “but what about the children?” from the left. to progressives, wanting to limit the expansion of health welfare is akin to killing poor american children.since most in the media and on capitol hill come from upper-middle-class households, few seem to spend time talking to those americans on medicaid rolls. media and politics are two industries where most need to spend some time as an unpaid intern to work their way up...





u.s. students support violence, shouting to stop free speech

it’s not just crazy places like the university of california at berkeley where surprisingly large numbers of u.s. college students believe that violence and shouting are acceptable methods to prevent people from saying things. fifty-one percent of all u.s. college students believe shouting is an acceptable response to free speech, and one in five (19 percent) believe violence is an acceptable response, according to results from a national survey of 1,500 students in 49 states and dc.fifty-three percent of survey respondents said colleges should “create a positive learning environment for all students by prohibiting certain speech or expression of viewpoints that are offensive or biased against certain groups of people” rather than “create an open learning environment where students are exposed to all types of speech and viewpoints, even if it means allowing speech that is offensive or biased against certain groups of people.”the poll’s preliminary results were published by the left-leaning brookings institution this week while the full results undergo peer review for publishing in an academic journal. the polling took place in august 2017.“today’s college students are tomorrow’s attorneys, teachers, professors, policymakers, legislators, and judges,” writes study author john villasenor, a professor of law, politics, and technology at the university of california at los angeles. “if, for example, a large fraction of college students believe, however incor...