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Why Dems’ attacks on Trump aren’t working, Kurds deserve independence & other comments.

Political scribe: Dems Confounded by Teflon Don Democrats have constantly been hitting President Trump as unfit for office and ineffective as well as his campaign’s alleged cahoots with Russia. But as Edward-Isaac Dovere at Politico notes, “none of it is working.” Indeed, Dems “are naive if they believe Trump’s historically low approval numbers mean a...
Time: 16:19     Date: 13.09.2017
Last US News - Opinion: Why Dems’ attacks on Trump aren’t working, Kurds deserve independence & other comments. NY Post 24 - US News

Democrats have constantly been hitting President Trump as unfit for office and ineffective as well as his campaign’s alleged cahoots with Russia. But as Edward-Isaac Dovere at Politico notes, “none of it is working.” Indeed, Dems “are naive if they believe Trump’s historically low approval numbers mean a landslide is coming” in next year’s congressional midterms. Even “worse news” is that the policies they’re latching onto “test poorly” outside the party’s base. Pollsters say most voters may not approve of Trump personally, but they like that “he’s an outsider shaking up the system” and are “still inclined to give him a chance to succeed.” Fact is, “no single Democratic attack on the president is sticking.” Construction exec: Harvey Was Houston’s Finest Hour

Contrary to popular depiction, Hurricane Harvey “was not a catastrophe” for the city of Houston, contends Leo Linbeck III at the Houston Chronicle. On the contrary: It was the city’s “finest hour, evidence that our distinctive approach to self-governance works, even under the stress of a major storm.” After all, “94 percent of homes suffered no damage” and “92 percent of Houstonians never [lost] power.” And the overall damage was a comparatively minor 10 to 20 percent of annual regional economic output. Yet some are spinning a political narrative of failure, designed to change Houston’s urban “formula for success.” To them he says: “Back off. We will not let you turn our success into failure [in order] to serve your own agenda.” Foreign desk: Iraqi Kurds Deserve Independence

Iraq’s Kurdish community votes Sept. 25 on a resolution endorsing their own state, and Eli Lake at Bloomberg says they’ve earned it: “Its leaders have renounced terrorism. Their militias fight alongside US soldiers.” They’ve built “a parliament, universities and the infrastructure for an independent state.” And they’re pursuing independence “through a recognized legal process.” Yet “the Trump administration so far has worked assiduously” against the vote, believing passage “would weaken Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi . . . when he has been helpful in keeping Iraq together and leading the fight” against ISIS. But Kurdish leaders “have delayed it for years” and, says Lake, it’s time their community was allowed to “formally convey what anyone who has followed this issue already knows: Kurds deserve their own country.”

Education writer: Why Does School Start So Early?

By now, students have all begun the new school year, and as Lisa Lewis at Slate complains, “most of the nation’s public middle schools and high schools still start far too early — in the morning, that is.” The latest available data (2015-16) show “an average high-school start time of 7:59 a.m. and an average middle-school start of 8:04 a.m.” Yet the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an 8:30 start time, based on the “myriad health and academic risks.” And the Centers for Disease Control has stressed “that school start times are a public health issue and should be treated as such.” Unfortunately, “many schools recognize the validity of the research and evidence but still find the change to be burdensome.”

From the right: The Way Forward on DACA

The political blowup over DACA is “a typical Trump-generated controversy,” says Richard Epstein at the Hoover Institution Web site. Trump is correct on the program’s “precarious legal status,” having been enacted by a dubious presidential executive order. But he’s also “guilty of an inexcusable obtuseness on the moral and political ramifications.” While it’s “impossible for the United States to absorb millions of immigrants at one time,” such “mass absorption is off the table if Congress focuses on Dreamers who meet DACA standards, while imposing tougher restrictions on new illegal entrants.” Legislatively enacting DACA as is “does not advocate a path to citizenship, which could easily have uncertain political ramifications.” And “keeping the program on a two-year cycle” leaves the matter “open for further deliberation.”

— Compiled by Eric Fettmann

Opinion

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Leaving the UN Human Rights Council was the moral choice.
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De Blasio’s failures are fueling the demand for charter schools.
City parents’ demand for charter-school seats just hit a new high, with nearly 80,000 lottery applicants. Unfortunately,...
Last US News - Opinion: Let’s hope Trump’s border-family order succeeds. NY Post 24 - US News
Let’s hope Trump’s border-family order succeeds.
President Trump has wisely moved to stop separating families at the border, but that won’t remotely end the immigration...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: The best solution to immigration crisis: Give aid to poor countries. NY Post 24 - US News
The best solution to immigration crisis: Give aid to poor countries.
Nearly everyone can agree: The scene at the southern border is a horror. Even those who somehow think that it isn’t a moral...
Last US News - Opinion: Leaving the UN Human Rights Council was the moral choice. NY Post 24 - US News
Leaving the UN Human Rights Council was the moral choice.
So long, haters. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday announced the United States is quitting...
Last US News - Opinion: De Blasio’s failures are fueling the demand for charter schools. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio’s failures are fueling the demand for charter schools.
City parents’ demand for charter-school seats just hit a new high, with nearly 80,000 lottery applicants. Unfortunately,...
Last US News - Opinion: Let’s hope Trump’s border-family order succeeds. NY Post 24 - US News
Let’s hope Trump’s border-family order succeeds.
President Trump has wisely moved to stop separating families at the border, but that won’t remotely end the immigration...
Last US News - Opinion: Brits are finding it’s hard to leave the European Union. NY Post 24 - US News
Brits are finding it’s hard to leave the European Union.
Britain will mark this weekend the second anniversary of its vote for Brexit, and it’s learned one thing for sure: It’s...

Living

US Living News: Vintage Ferrari could fetch $45M at auction. NY Post 24 - US News
Vintage Ferrari could fetch $45M at auction.
A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO road racing car is expected to fetch more than $45 million at auction in August, making it the most...
US Living News: Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage. NY Post 24 - US News
Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage.
LONDON — No beer at this time of year? A British trade group says there’s a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern...
US Living News: Millennials don’t care about traditional honeymoons. NY Post 24 - US News
Millennials don’t care about traditional honeymoons.
When Gina Doost and Jeff Fransen planned their picture-perfect wedding in September 2016, they were dealing with two challenges...
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NYC’s elite parents call this child whisperer to deal with tantrums.
The moment Dana Rosenbloom picked up her cell phone and heard the anguished voice of her client — an Upper East Side mother...
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People actually paid $38 for ‘hot dog water’ at festival.
Vancouver’s annual Car Free Day festival attracts thousands of people to the Canadian city’s Main Street. However, this...
US Living News: US to require more screening of powders in carry-on baggage. NY Post 24 - US News
US to require more screening of powders in carry-on baggage.
U.S. security officials will require more screening of powdered substances in carry-on bags on international flights headed...
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Poisonous caterpillar sends teen to emergency room.
A Florida teen is recovering from a terrifying health scare involving a venomous caterpillar, according to reports. Logan...
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Hey perverts, stop staring at Elastigirl’s butt.
For a superhero movie, “Incredibles 2” is extraordinarily feminist. The sequel to 2004’s animated hit “Incredibles,”...

Business

Last US Business News: Starbucks blames ‘health and wellness’ for sagging Frappuccino sales. NY Post 24 - US News
Starbucks blames ‘health and wellness’ for sagging Frappuccino sales.
Frappuccino sales are struggling, and concerns about how much sugar the slushy drinks contain may be among the reasons. Starbucks...
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Bombshells ‘breastaurant’ is a ‘crime factory’: prosecutor.
A Houston sports bar closed its doors for two weeks after the local prosecutor called it a “crime factory” — claiming...
Last US Business News: The reason millennials might be such bad tippers. NY Post 24 - US News
The reason millennials might be such bad tippers.
This bit of news got a lot of play this week: Millennials — Americans age 18 to 37 — are lousy tippers. In fact, they...
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Tax cuts were nice, but the federal deficit is still growing.
Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who is Speaker of the House, said yesterday that the tax law changes have already been...
Last US Business News: What the Fed’s interest rate hikes mean for you. NY Post 24 - US News
What the Fed’s interest rate hikes mean for you.
Interest rates went up again last week. And Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday they will continue to rise....
Last US Business News: New York fines Deutsche Bank $205M for money manipulation. NY Post 24 - US News
New York fines Deutsche Bank $205M for money manipulation.
New York regulators are slapping a $205 million fine on Deutsche Bank, following allegations that its traders manipulated...
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Tesla sues ex-employee charging theft of trade secrets.
Tesla is suing a former employee at its Nevada battery factory alleging that he hacked into the manufacturing computers and...
Last US Business News: FDA reconsiders ‘added sugar’ label for maple syrup. NY Post 24 - US News
FDA reconsiders ‘added sugar’ label for maple syrup.
The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering its plan to label pure maple syrup and honey as containing added sugars....

Metro

Metro News: School-zone speed camera renewal, sports betting left on table as legislative session ends. NY Post 24 - US News
School-zone speed camera renewal, sports betting left on table as legislative session ends.
The city’s school-zone speed cameras will likely disappear at the end of July, after Albany lawmakers failed to extend...
Metro News: New York’s revenge-porn bill dies after 11th-hour campaign by Google. NY Post 24 - US News
New York’s revenge-porn bill dies after 11th-hour campaign by Google.
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Metro News: Protesters descend on LaGuardia as young migrants arrive in NYC. NY Post 24 - US News
Protesters descend on LaGuardia as young migrants arrive in NYC.
More than 100 protesters arrived at LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday night where immigrant minors who have been separated from...
Metro News: Area where Eric Garner was killed now the ‘heroin capital of Staten Island’. NY Post 24 - US News
Area where Eric Garner was killed now the ‘heroin capital of Staten Island’.
Gangbangers peddle drugs in plain sight, hustlers resell cheap booze on the street corner — 50 cents will get you a capful...
Metro News: Tenant advocate facing $20M defamation suit over bribing accusations. NY Post 24 - US News
Tenant advocate facing $20M defamation suit over bribing accusations.
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New library room to honor Brooke Astor.
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Metro News: Spanish graffiti artists must pay $1,000 to avoid jail time. NY Post 24 - US News
Spanish graffiti artists must pay $1,000 to avoid jail time.
The last of the Spanish vandals who in April sullied the Big Apple’s subways with spray paint were sentenced Wednesday...
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Burglar breaks family’s hearts twice in 14-hour span.
A Queens family thought they were unlucky when their house got burglarized — but they had insult added to injury when the...

Sport

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Emerging reliever the unsung hero in Yankees’ comeback.
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Knicks seeking to do better with this second-round pick.
Former Knicks president Phil Jackson mostly bombed with his second-round picks. Current Knicks general manager Scott Perry...
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NBA mock draft: Knicks stay safe as gambles don’t tumble.
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Jay Bruce’s injury situation comes into greater focus.
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NBA’s next ‘unicorn’ moving up on the draft boards.
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