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Dems wrong on the tax bill, #MeToo is a witch hunt and other comments.

Security desk: An End to Palestinians’ Deadly Illusion Bloomberg’s Eli Lake no longer believes, as he once did, that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “too risky.” The State Department and others have long warned that recognition would bring violence. But “official American neutrality on Jerusalem has not stopped Palestinian leaders from exercising a riot...
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Bloomberg’s Eli Lake no longer believes, as he once did, that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “too risky.” The State Department and others have long warned that recognition would bring violence. But “official American neutrality on Jerusalem has not stopped Palestinian leaders from exercising a riot veto before,” he notes, adding that neutrality has actually “created a moral hazard”: “Western sensitivity on Jerusalem has allowed Palestinian leaders to weaponize the issue” and feeds the “illusion” that “with enough patience and rage, one day the Jews will be evicted from their eternal capital.” Now President Trump has given the Palestinians the same “tough love” Barack Obama showed Israel: “A real friend won’t allow Palestinian leaders to keep promising to liberate a city that is the capital of its peace partner.” Culture critic: Has #MeToo Become a Witch Hunt?

Women “are not going nuts for no reason,” concedes Clare Berlinski at The American Interest. And yet, she cautions, #MeToo “is going too far. Mass hysteria has set in. It has become a classic moral panic, one that is ultimately as dangerous to women as to men.” Indeed, “it now takes only one accusation to destroy a man’s life. Just one for him to be tried and sentenced in the court of public opinion, overnight costing him his livelihood and social respectability.” We seem unable “to parse the difference between rape and stupidity.” Yes, the guilty must be held to account, but “revolutions against real injustice have a tendency . . . to descend into paroxysms of vengeance that descend upon guilty and innocent alike.” And, she warns, “we’re getting too close.”

Conservative: Dems Are So Wrong On GOP Tax Bill

Ed Morrissey at The Week is no fan of the Republican tax bill, but he says the “hysterical Democratic response” is worse than the GOP disunity that created the legislation. Liberals have “just matched Republican incompetence with their own ridiculous hyperbole and panic.” Case in point: House Dem Leader Nancy Pelosi labeling it “Armageddon” and “the worst bill” in congressional history. As opposed to, say, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 or the Sedition Act of 1918? The real problem with the bill, says Morrissey “is the opposite of Pelosi’s claims . . . it doesn’t go far enough.” It’s just “a mild adjustment to the status quo of individual taxes, not a groundbreaking effort to put America on the path of simplicity and fairness.” GOP pollster: Young Voters Are Rejecting Both Parties

A new poll from the Harvard Institute of Politics suggests voters under 30, by a 2-to-1 margin, would prefer a Democratic Congress to a GOP one. But the real surprise, says Kristen Solis Anderson at the Washington Examiner, is “how pitifully the Democratic Party continues to do” with these same voters and its inability “to once and for all lock down this generation.” In fact, she says, “America’s young voters are increasingly opting for ‘none of the above.’ ” An NBC survey last month showed 71 percent of millennials say “a third major party is needed.” The damage that the GOP has done to itself with millennials “is growing worse and worse as the months go by,” she says, “yet, astonishingly, Democrats have not been able to seal the deal.”

Foreign desk: Russia’s Last Czar Still Hasn’t Found Peace

Russia’s relationship with its history is being haunted by the remains of Nicholas II, its last czar and “the victim of Vladmir Lenin’s dictatorial regime,” says Maxim Trudolyubov at The Russia File. President Vladimir Putin reportedly “would like to organize a symbolic ceremony that would bring closure to Russia’s divisive and bloody twentieth century” with reburial of the last two members of the royal family. But the Russian Orthodox Church, “Putin’s main domestic political ally,” refuses to recognize the remains. That’s blocking a reconciliation between modern Russians and an “oppressive state that once wanted everyone to march into the future by shedding the shackles of religious belief and now wants everyone to stride back into the past by putting on the heavy garments of the old faith of the fathers.”

— Compiled by Eric Fettmann

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Opinion

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Living

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Business

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Metro

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Sport

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