Explaining the Left, Part V: Left Vs. Right Is Brain Vs. Mind

By Dennis Prager When I talk to young people, I try to offer them what I was offered when I was their age but is rarely offered today: wisdom. I was given wisdom largely because I went to a religious school -- a yeshiva, a traditional Jewish school in which the long day (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) was divided between studying religious subjects (in Hebrew) and secular subjects (in English). With the increasing secularization of society, less and less wisdom has been conveyed to young people. One particularly obvious example is most secular people, especially on the left, believe ...
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America Needs a Good Laugh

By Salena Zito LEXINGTON, Va. -- Mark Rush could not name the last movie in the past 10 years that gave him a belly laugh -- or made him snort or chuckle or laugh out loud, at least for any extended period of time. "The last side-splitting movies I saw were 'Caddyshack' or 'Blazing Saddles,'" the politics and law professor at Washington and Lee College said. "That was way too long ago." Rush and I were talking over dinner at the Red Hen, a farm-to-table restaurant that made headlines earlier this year for its unfortunate decision to refuse service to ...
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Acosta on Flynn: “Detachment From Reality” On Full Display At “Rare” Sanders White House Briefing

CNN's Jim Acosta appeared on 'The Situation Room' to discuss the White House reaction to Michael Flynn's sentencing hearing today. Acosta said "detachment from reality" was on full display at Tuesday's White House briefing when Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Flynn was "somehow ambushed" by the FBI. Acosta said the briefing room is no courtroom as "anything goes" when it comes to telling the truth. "The White House is continuing to claim that Michael Flynn was somehow ambushed by the FBI, resulting in his lying to federal investigators," Acosta said. "But that flies in the face of what Flynn said in ...
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The Senate just passed criminal justice reform

By German Lopez Trump ran as “tough on crime.” But now he's set to sign major criminal justice reform. The Senate on Tuesday passed a criminal justice reform bill in an 87-12 vote, overwhelmingly approving the biggest changes to the federal criminal justice system in decades. The bill, known as the First Step Act, will take modest steps to alter the federal criminal justice system and ease very punitive prison sentences at the federal level. It would affect only the federal system — which, with about 181,000 imprisoned people, holds a small but significant fraction of the US jail and ...
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Malcolm Nance: Russia Ran a Disinformation Campaign For Years So U.S. Would “Welcome An Invasion” Under Trump

MSNBC national security analyst Malcolm Nance offered a conspiracy theory of a decades old information warfare campaign against the U.S. by the Russian Federation on the Monday night edition of MSNBC's The 11th Hour with host Brian Williams. Nance said for 20 years the Russian have been running a disinformation campaign against the U.S. so we would "welcome" an invasion. Nance said for Trump it started at least in 2011 and that the Russians targeted Mueller and black voters in an effort to aid Trump. "What Russia has done here and where the true brilliance of this intelligence operation comes ...
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Vox Sentences: “You sold your country out”

By German Lopez Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's sentencing is postponed; the Trump administration's bump stock ban is final. Michael Flynn isn't going to prison — yet Dana Verkouteren via AP A federal judge delayed sentencing for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser. Flynn was accused of lying to the FBI in the course of its Trump-Russia investigation. [USA Today ...
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Trump: “Too Early To Say” If Shutdown Will Happen

President Donald Trump said Tuesday it was "too early to say" if a government shutdown would happen. REPORTER: Mr. President, can I ask about the shutdown? PRESIDENT TRUMP: We'll see what happens. REPORTER: Well, you say that, but what about -- PRESIDENT TRUMP: Too early to say, sorry. Thank you. Thank you everybody. REPORTER: Are you still willing to shut it down for $5 billion? PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much, everybody. We need border security. Thank you very much everybody. ...read more Read more here: Trump: "Too Early To Say" If Shutdown Will Happen ...
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Ousted NPR news chief, ex-Fox News execs team up on new site

Ousted NPR news chief, ex-Fox News execs team up on new site

By Jason Schwartz One was ousted from NPR amid allegations of sexual harassment. The other left Fox News shortly after writing a column widely panned as racist and anti-gay. Now they've been recruited to help launch a new digital news startup with the stated goal of restoring faith in media.Another former Fox News executive, Ken LaCorte, has enlisted former NPR news boss Michael Oreskes and former Fox News executive editor John Moody to join him in creating LaCorte News, which he said will be a truly “fair and balanced” alternative in these polarized times.The site is expected to soft launch ...
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Senate approves Trump-backed criminal justice overhaul

Senate approves Trump-backed criminal justice overhaul

By mlevine@politico.com (Marianne LeVine) The Senate overwhelmingly passed Tuesday night the biggest overhaul to the criminal justice system in decades, giving a win to President Donald Trump and a bipartisan group of advocates and lawmakers. Tuesday's vote caps more than a year of negotiations to create more rehabilitation programs and ease mandatory minimum sentences for some drug-related crimes. The bill, which passed 87-12, has brought together many unlikely allies, including a group backed by the conservative Koch Brothers, the American Civil Liberties Union, the White House and senators from both sides of the aisle.“Every step meant a lot and there ...
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Mueller appears victorious in mystery subpoena dispute

Mueller appears victorious in mystery subpoena dispute

By jgerstein@politico.com (Josh Gerstein) A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a mystery corporation owned by a foreign country to comply with a subpoena that appears to be from special counsel Robert Mueller.The three-page opinion released by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is the latest twist in an opaque dispute that POLITICO and other media outlets have tied to Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The ruling offers the intriguing detail that the entity fighting the Mueller subpoena is a foreign government-owned company, not a specific individual, as many experts had speculated.But ...
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Here’s What Happened the Last Time There Was An Election Do-Over

Here’s What Happened the Last Time There Was An Election Do-Over

By SShepard@politico.com (Steven Shepard) The questions clouding last month's election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District appear likely to result in that rarest of political beasts: a do-over.After the final vote count in North Carolina, Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes — a difference of about a third of a percentage point. But the state Board of Elections has declined to certify the results of the race over allegations of voter fraud—including the sensational claim that Harris employed a man who collected absentee ballots that hadn't been completely filled out and sealed in a county where ...
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We have Penny Marshall to thank for the popularity of the monogram

By Nadra Nittle Laverne & Shirley." src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ogDT1T5QRV2qiI9SFbm86MoumZo=/0x0:3729x2797/1310x983/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/62703662/laverneshirleymonogram.0.jpg">The Laverne & Shirley actress and director of hits like A League of Their Own has died at age 75. Penny Marshall fans will forever associate her with the monogrammed clothes she wore on the 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley. Marshall, who died Monday at age 75 from complications of diabetes, was an actress, filmmaker, and pioneer for women in Hollywood. She directed hits like Big and A League of Their Own when few women had the opportunity to helm films, but it was her breakthrough role of Laverne DeFazio that introduced her to ...
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Comey: FBI told Flynn he could have lawyer in interview

Comey: FBI told Flynn he could have lawyer in interview

By rmorin@politico.com (Rebecca Morin) Former FBI Director James Comey says that Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, was told he could have an attorney present during a meeting with bureau officials last year, but also says that officials told Flynn that the interview would be faster without one.“I believe the deputy director volunteered to him that you are welcome to have somebody present from the White House Counsel's Office,” Comey told lawmakers on Monday, according to a transcript released Tuesday. “And I think he said, in substance, there'd be no need for that.”In a court file last week, Flynn's ...
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Caring About the Quality of Prisoners' Lives Helps All of Us

By Michael Gerson WASHINGTON -- Cleveland has written the latest chapter in the unfolding scandal of the American criminal justice system. A report by the U.S. Marshals Service details a series of failures and abuses in Cleveland's jails: Overcrowding. Frequent lockdowns to make up for understaffing. Food denied as punishment. Pregnant inmates sleeping on the floor. Mice-infested food storage. Young offenders thrown into the adult prison population. Inmates with mental illness denied treatment and placed in isolation. A merger of Cleveland's city and county systems was sold as a cost-saving measure. It... ...read more Read more here: Caring About the ...
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Trump's Secrets of Success Have Finally Failed Him

By Richard Cohen WASHINGTON -- The racket inside Donald Trump's head must sound like the roar of a train. Investigations are coming at him from all sides -- from the special counsel, from the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, from the New York state attorney general, from the relentless poking around of news organizations and, soon, from the hydra-headed investigations of a newly Democratic House of Representatives. And he knows that as he inevitably weakens, the appearance of weakness will encourage others to pile on -- the injured and the outraged, the mistreated and the merely insulted -- and they will ...
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Follow the (Climate Change) Money

By Stephen Moore The first iron rule of American politics is: Follow the money. This explains, oh, about 80 percent of what goes on in Washington. Shortly after the latest "Chicken Little" climate change report was published last month, I noted on CNN that one reason so many hundreds of scientists are persuaded that the sky is falling is that they are paid handsomely to do so. I said, "In America and around the globe governments have created a multibillion dollar climate change industrial complex." And then I added: "A lot of people are getting really, really rich off of ...
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Senate Democrats join the push for sweeping anti-corruption legislation

By Ella Nilsen House Democrats' sweeping anti-corruption bill HR 1 is getting a Senate companion. House Democrats' first bill of the year — a sweeping anti-corruption and pro-Democracy reform bill known as House Resolution 1 — is getting a companion bill in the Senate. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) is planning to introduce a companion bill in the Senate early next year, he told senators on Tuesday in a Dear Colleague letter obtained by Vox. The bill text would likely be an update of an existing bill Udall introduced in 2017, tweaked to mirror the House legislation. HR 1 is the ...
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Can America Fight Two Cold Wars at Once?

By Patrick Buchanan Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea's commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for "exchanges of fire." Iran, warns Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is testing ballistic missiles that are forbidden to them by the U.N. Security Council. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that, within days, he will launch a military thrust against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria, regarding them as allies of the PKK terrorist organization inside Turkey. Vladimir Putin just flew two Tu-160 nuclear capable... ...read more Read more here: ...
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Mary Poppins Returns — with a sadder story and forgettable songs

By Alissa Wilkinson Mary Poppins Returns." src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/BOSBaClEjQKuP_hrZLv-WYpjYxI=/0x0:1600x1200/1310x983/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/62668594/poppins1.0.jpg">The new sequel tries hard to recapture the magic of the 1964 version. It doesn't offend. But it doesn't sparkle, either. P.L. Travers wrote eight novels about Mary Poppins, the severe, magical nanny who appeared at the Banks family's London home seemingly whenever they needed her most. Published between 1934 and 1988, the novels are both fanciful and menacing; at times they're a little reminiscent of the fantastical, dreamlike, slightly sinister logic that powers Lewis Carroll's Alice books. As with Alice, Mary Poppins was nabbed by Disney and defanged for its 1964 film starring ...
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The scourge of “wine teeth,” explained

By Rachel Sugar Here is why you look like a vampire. There are many difficult things about socializing with others, but one of the most pressing is the matter of “wine teeth.” Also known as “wine mouth,” this is the phenomenon whereby you realize that the red wine you have been drinking has given your teeth a distinctly purple cast, reminiscent of a vampire post-feeding. But the cruel twist is that, like musical ability or inherited wealth, wine teeth are not distributed equally among the population. Some people are forever plagued by wine teeth — “I look like a cannibal ...
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Dog and cat meat is now, finally, illegal

By Kelsey Piper And two other wins for animals in the just-passed farm bill. The farm bill — the twice-a-decade omnibus bill that funds projects under the purview of the Department of Agriculture, from food stamps to conservation programs — has passed both chambers of Congress; President Donald Trump is expected to sign it this week. For animal advocates, farm bills are typically bleak affairs. Much of the legislation is dedicated to subsidizing animal agriculture, a system under which billions of animals live and die in torturous conditions every year. But this year, there are some animal policy victories in ...
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The New Threat to Iraq's Christians

By Benedict Kiely In March of 2017, with the battle for control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, raging just miles away, I was driven into the town of Karamles, recently liberated from ISIS control. Together with a journalist friend, the parish priest of the town and an American adviser to the Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil, we walked among the ruined buildings surveying the results of ISIS occupation, which included a burnt church. Virtually none of the former inhabitants had yet returned. There was nothing in the way of functioning infrastructure -- no water or electricity -- and many of ...
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After 17 years of war, Afghan government and Taliban may meet for peace talks

By Alex Ward It's just crazy enough to work, even though it probably won't. Fragile talks to end the war in Afghanistan may soon see a small breakthrough: a face-to-face meeting between the Afghan government and the Taliban for the first time since the war began 17 years ago. An Afghan government delegation arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, where the US, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan are holding talks with the Taliban — the Islamist insurgent group the US and its NATO allies, in conjunction with the Afghan government, have been trying to defeat since 2001. Even the ...
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Trump Foundation shuts down amid lawsuit alleging a “shocking pattern of illegality”

By Jen Kirby The New York attorney general is still pursuing a lawsuit against the president's charitable organization. President Donald Trump's charitable foundation has agreed to shut down as part of the New York state attorney general's ongoing lawsuit against the Trump Foundation. That lawsuit, which New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed in June, alleges that the Trump Foundation engaged in a “shocking pattern of illegality,” with the president using his charitable organization “as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump's business and political interests.” Now Underwood has announced her office has reached a deal with the ...
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Bumblebee is basically E.T., but with a Transformer. It’s delightful!

By Alissa Wilkinson Bumblebee." src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/JXSiv45jR9DTabGcnYqucucfUbw=/0x0:2025x1519/1310x983/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/62701405/bumblebee1.0.jpg">A teen girl and her car star in an enchanting evolution for the franchise. Movies like Bumblebee divide viewers neatly into two groups. Some people will get excited because Bumblebee is a Transformers movie. Others will avoid it for the same reason. But I'm delighted to report that Bumblebee is a Transformers movie for both crowds. The film, which is either a spinoff or a prequel depending on how you look at it, fleshes out the backstory of its title character, a lieutenant to Optimus Prime. And yet you don't need to know who or even ...
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Michael Flynn’s judge suggested he might be guilty of treason. He’s not.

By Dylan Matthews The bar for “treason” is really, really high. In a fiery statement at the sentencing hearing for former national security adviser and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the presiding judge, Emmet Sullivan, denounced Flynn and argued that he might be guilty of treason: Judge Sullivan now asking whether Flynn could have been charged with treason (!). Van Grack doesn't want to answer.— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) December 18, 2018 Flynn, to be clear, is pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI, and special counsel Robert Mueller and his team are asking for a light sentence with ...
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Vaping gone viral: the astonishing surge in teens’ e-cigarette use

By Julia Belluz E-cigarettes are officially the fastest-rising substances ever used by youth. Vaping has officially gone viral — but not among the people it was intended for. Rather than adults trying to quit smoking, it's youth who've never picked up a cigarette now vaping at higher and higher rates. According to a new National Institutes of Health survey, which has tracked substance use among American adolescents, the number of high school seniors who say they vaped nicotine in the past 30 days doubled since 2017 — from 11 percent to nearly 21 percent. That's the largest increase ever recorded ...
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Judge rakes Michael Flynn over the coals in sentencing hearing

By Andrew Prokop Things went so poorly for Flynn that he asked for the sentencing to be delayed. A planned sentencing hearing for Michael Flynn took an unexpected turn Tuesday, as Judge Emmet Sullivan harshly criticized the former national security adviser — so harshly that Flynn eventually asked for the sentencing to be postponed. Special counsel Robert Mueller's office had said a sentence of no prison time would be appropriate for Flynn, who admitted lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts, and has since been cooperating with investigations. But Sullivan did not sound convinced, and instead made clear prison ...
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The best $6,250 I ever spent: top surgery

By Daniel Ortberg I didn't know it was the best money I'd ever spent until I'd spent it. There's something truly wonderful about referring to a procedure as specific as a bilateral mastectomy with a term as blandly ominous as top surgery. Is it serious, doc? Yeah, son. I'm afraid there's nothing to do but schedule you for top surgery. What parts of me will be affected, doc? The top. What are you gonna do to the top of me? Surgery. We're going in and we're gonna have to Surger your Top. “Just get rid of the whole thing, doctor,” ...
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Flynn sentencing postponed after judge scolds ex-Trump aide

Flynn sentencing postponed after judge scolds ex-Trump aide

By dsamuelsohn@politico.com (Darren Samuelsohn) Michael Flynn's sentencing for lying to the FBI was postponed on Tuesday after a federal judge suggested all sides wait until President Donald Trump's former national security adviser was finished cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.The surprise outcome came after an unexpectedly contentious hearing, in which U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan repeatedly admonished Flynn, telling him, "Arguably, you sold your country out." Flynn had been expected to become the first ex-senior Trump administration official to go to jail as part of Mueller's wide-ranging investigation into Russian interference in the last presidential election. It now ...
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