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Trump’s left turn, dumbed down by social media and other comments.

Conservative: Will Trump Turn Left in 2018? It’s undeniable that the policy results of Donald Trump’s first year as president “have been pretty conservative,” says The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes. And while “few in either camp would mistake this moment for the dawning of a new era of conservatism . . . it’s not nothing,...
Time: 18:36     Date: 12.01.2018
Last US News - Opinion: Trump’s left turn, dumbed down by social media and other comments. NY Post 24 - US News

It’s undeniable that the policy results of Donald Trump’s first year as president “have been pretty conservative,” says The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes. And while “few in either camp would mistake this moment for the dawning of a new era of conservatism . . . it’s not nothing, either.” It all goes back to May 2016, when Trump, “not terribly interested in policy,” declared in a meeting he’d let House Speaker Paul Ryan “drive it from the Hill.” And, indeed, “Republicans have used Trump to achieve conservative ends.” But reports now suggest Trump supports Senate Majority Leader Mitch’s McConnell’s “modest agenda” that goes “heavy on bipartisanship.” So expect Trump’s second year to “more closely resemble those we might expect of a centrist Democrat than a Republican.”

Foreign desk: Focus on Iranian People, Not Centrifuges

Though it seems unlikely, President Trump and Europe are on the same side when it comes to Iran, “stuck in a familiar policy cycle” of “threaten, punish and negotiate,” declares Bloomberg’s Eli Lake. Yes, “it’s possible to get predator states like Iran to temporarily pause nuclear programs in exchange for lifting sanctions and promises of investment.” But “the root of the problem in Iran is the regime itself” — “the dictatorship cannot be separated from its proliferation. Indeed, the nuclear program is the dictator’s insurance policy.” So it’s time “to make the Iranian people the focus” of US policy. That means not reimposing sanctions, which “would punish Iran’s population at a moment when America should show solidarity with the country’s freedom movement.” Culture critic: More Proof Social Media Make Us Dumber

Steven Pinker is a liberal, Jewish psychology professor at Harvard. But as Jesse Singal explains at The New York Times, because of a video clip in which he said some on the alt-right are “highly intelligent,” he finds himself widely — and absurdly — vilified online as a “darling” of white supremacists. It’s another case in which social media make it almost impossible for people “to agree on basic facts about news events.” Why? Because “the pernicious social dynamics of these online spaces hammer home the idea that anyone who disagrees with you on any controversial subject, even a little bit, is incorrigibly dumb or evil or suspect.” As a result, “it’s getting harder and harder to talk about anything controversial online without every single utterance of an opinion immediately being caricatured by opportunistic outrage-mongers.”

Libertarian: Gov. Moonbeam Faces Pensions Reality

“Let us now praise California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is calling for reductions in gold-plated, unsustainable public-sector pensions in the nation’s most populous state,” proclaims Nick Gillespie at Reason. With his path to re-election blocked by term limits, Brown (now in his third stint as governor) is finally “taking on the public-sector unions he has spent his career empowering.” No wonder: California law says “public-sector employees at all levels of government” have “an inviolable right to the pension benefits that existed on the day they were hired.” So with costs kicked down the road, as in most blue states, rising pension expenses interfere with the ability to provide basic services. Policy expert: The Absurdity of NYC Suing Oil Companies

Mayor de Blasio feels “confident” the city will be able to prove that five leading oil companies are responsible for Hurricane Sandy by causing climate change and will win damages in the tens of billions, says Seth Barron at City Journal. The city likens the lawsuit it just filed to similar lawsuits against the tobacco industry. But unlike Big Tobacco, the oil companies “sell a product that was an integral element of the historical epoch called the Industrial Age.” Indeed, “fossil fuels permeate every aspect of society”: “Whatever our hopes for a green future, modern life for the past 150 years is unthinkable without oil, gas, and coal.” That’s why “it’s absurd to assign the blame for any particular storm on these companies alone.” But then, for de Blasio — who parades to his gym in an SUV — “gestures and virtue-signaling preempt practical management or governance.” — Compiled by Eric Fettmann

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Mark Zuckerberg just proved he has no clue how to fix Facebook. NY Post 24 - US News
Mark Zuckerberg just proved he has no clue how to fix Facebook.
The most important piece of business journalism published last week was a 14,000-word article in the New Yorker titled “The...
Last US News - Opinion: We’ll probably never know the truth between Kavanaugh and his accuser. NY Post 24 - US News
We’ll probably never know the truth between Kavanaugh and his accuser.
I believe something happened to Christine Blasey Ford more than three decades ago. Six years before Brett Kavanaugh was a...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats’ smash and smear agenda reaches new heights. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats’ smash and smear agenda reaches new heights.
A nation gawks as Washington sinks deeper into the muck, but put aside your disgust long enough to digest what we’re seeing....
Last US News - Opinion: Something must be done about the city’s school bus system. NY Post 24 - US News
Something must be done about the city’s school bus system.
My 3-year-old son, Max, was among the thousands of city kids stuck on school buses for hours last week. In my frustration,...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Mark Zuckerberg just proved he has no clue how to fix Facebook. NY Post 24 - US News
Mark Zuckerberg just proved he has no clue how to fix Facebook.
The most important piece of business journalism published last week was a 14,000-word article in the New Yorker titled “The...
Last US News - Opinion: We’ll probably never know the truth between Kavanaugh and his accuser. NY Post 24 - US News
We’ll probably never know the truth between Kavanaugh and his accuser.
I believe something happened to Christine Blasey Ford more than three decades ago. Six years before Brett Kavanaugh was a...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats’ smash and smear agenda reaches new heights. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats’ smash and smear agenda reaches new heights.
A nation gawks as Washington sinks deeper into the muck, but put aside your disgust long enough to digest what we’re seeing....
Last US News - Opinion: Something must be done about the city’s school bus system. NY Post 24 - US News
Something must be done about the city’s school bus system.
My 3-year-old son, Max, was among the thousands of city kids stuck on school buses for hours last week. In my frustration,...
Last US News - Opinion: Scrapping Kavanaugh’s appointment means ‘the end of civilization’. NY Post 24 - US News
Scrapping Kavanaugh’s appointment means ‘the end of civilization’.
Judge Robert Bork used to tell a prescient and darkly humorous story about watching Clarence Thomas’ Senate confirmation...

Living

US Living News: China’s ‘social credit’ system is a real-life ‘Black Mirror’ nightmare. NY Post 24 - US News
China’s ‘social credit’ system is a real-life ‘Black Mirror’ nightmare.
China’s chilling dictatorship is moving quickly to introduce social scorecards by which all citizens will be monitored...
US Living News: Los Angeles is on its way to banning the sale of animal fur. NY Post 24 - US News
Los Angeles is on its way to banning the sale of animal fur.
LOS ANGELES – The city of Los Angeles, a leading center of the world’s fashion industry, moved on Tuesday toward...
US Living News: These crabs are too crabby — and they’re threatening an entire coast. NY Post 24 - US News
These crabs are too crabby — and they’re threatening an entire coast.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Canadians are known as friendly folks, but these crabby brutes migrating from Canadian waters are better...
US Living News: The key to dieting success may literally be in your hands. NY Post 24 - US News
The key to dieting success may literally be in your hands.
Struggling to lose weight? Suzy Wengel will lend you a helping hand. “People know what to eat [on] a healthy diet,” the...
US Living News: Organic yogurt isn’t really that good for you, study finds. NY Post 24 - US News
Organic yogurt isn’t really that good for you, study finds.
Almost all yogurts sold by supermarkets contain “well above” a healthy amount of sugar, a damning study reveals. Nine...
US Living News: Dog owner says pup was kicked to death by teen during walk. NY Post 24 - US News
Dog owner says pup was kicked to death by teen during walk.
A devastated pet owner says her tiny puppy was kicked to death by a teenage thug during an afternoon walk in London. Samantha...
US Living News: ‘F- -k it, we’re using tortilla chips’: Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook gets real. NY Post 24 - US News
‘F- -k it, we’re using tortilla chips’: Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook gets real.
Chrissy Teigen is a former Sports Illustrated model, the wife of EGOT-winning musician John Legend, and the owner of an outspoken...
US Living News: Pilot accused of hiding ‘major depressive disorder’ to keep job. NY Post 24 - US News
Pilot accused of hiding ‘major depressive disorder’ to keep job.
A Delta Air Lines pilot has been grounded after being indicted for misleading government officials about a “major depressive...

Business

Last US Business News: Wells Fargo directors approached Gary Cohn about CEO job. NY Post 24 - US News
Wells Fargo directors approached Gary Cohn about CEO job.
Gary Cohn rebuffed overtures from Wells Fargo directors to be its next chief executive earlier this year, The Post has learned....
Last US Business News: Autonation CEO to step down after 20 years at the helm. NY Post 24 - US News
Autonation CEO to step down after 20 years at the helm.
AutoNation’s longtime Chief Executive Mike Jackson will step down from the role next year but remain executive chairman...
Last US Business News: Starboard, other activist firms invest big in casino stocks. NY Post 24 - US News
Starboard, other activist firms invest big in casino stocks.
Shareholder activist Starboard Value has quietly taken a sizable position in MGM Resorts — and is pushing for big changes...
Last US Business News: Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’ sets record first-week sales for Simon & Schuster. NY Post 24 - US News
Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’ sets record first-week sales for Simon & Schuster.
Bob Woodward’s runaway best-seller, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” has sold more than 1.1 million copies across...
Last US Business News: SeaWorld, ex-CEO settle with SEC over ‘Blackfish’. NY Post 24 - US News
SeaWorld, ex-CEO settle with SEC over ‘Blackfish’.
SeaWorld Entertainment and its former Chief Executive James Atchison have agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle US...
Last US Business News: Feds reportedly probing Musk and Tesla over public statements. NY Post 24 - US News
Feds reportedly probing Musk and Tesla over public statements.
The feds are investigating Tesla over public statements made by the company and CEO Elon Musk, Bloomberg according to two...
Last US Business News: Athenahealth tanks as Paul Singer retreats on buyout bid. NY Post 24 - US News
Athenahealth tanks as Paul Singer retreats on buyout bid.
Athenahealth shares tumbled Tuesday after The Post reported that the healthcare company’s effort to go private has hit...
Last US Business News: China retaliates with tariffs on $60 billion of US goods. NY Post 24 - US News
China retaliates with tariffs on $60 billion of US goods.
China will levy tariffs on about $60 billion worth of US goods in retaliation for the latest round of US tariffs on Chinese...

Metro

Metro News: Man accused of stealing homeless vet’s GoFundMe money promises explanation. NY Post 24 - US News
Man accused of stealing homeless vet’s GoFundMe money promises explanation.
A New Jersey man accused of stealing GoFundMe money intended to help a homeless vet says that answers will be brought to...
Metro News: Mom accused of killing 2-year-old daughter pleads not guilty. NY Post 24 - US News
Mom accused of killing 2-year-old daughter pleads not guilty.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A Westchester mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter has pleaded not guilty to murder....
Metro News: Manhattan DA wants marijuana entrepreneurs to ‘be successful’. NY Post 24 - US News
Manhattan DA wants marijuana entrepreneurs to ‘be successful’.
When it comes to the New York pot rush, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is anything but a buzzkill. The borough’s...
Metro News: Woman looking for missing pup — or lady who may have it. NY Post 24 - US News
Woman looking for missing pup — or lady who may have it.
Have you seen this dog — or the lady who might have stolen it? A Queens woman is looking for both her missing Shih Tzu-Chihuahua...
Metro News: Cuomo’s top aides knew about Nixon mailer. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo’s top aides knew about Nixon mailer.
Gov. Cuomo’s inner circle was aware of the slimy mailer that sought to link Cynthia Nixon to anti-Semitism, casting new...
Metro News: State Senate to hold hearings on Cuomo’s order giving parolees voting rights. NY Post 24 - US News
State Senate to hold hearings on Cuomo’s order giving parolees voting rights.
The state Senate will hold hearings examining the state’s pardon policies after Gov. Cuomo signed an executive order restoring...
Metro News: Accused Kings Plaza arsonist flipped off security camera as he fled scene. NY Post 24 - US News
Accused Kings Plaza arsonist flipped off security camera as he fled scene.
The firebug charged with torching the Kings Plaza parking garage — damaging 137 luxury cars and injuring 21 people —...
Metro News: Kennedy charity plans to free hundreds of defendants on bail. NY Post 24 - US News
Kennedy charity plans to free hundreds of defendants on bail.
A Kennedy family charity plans to spend millions of dollars to spring every bail-eligible city inmate that is 16, 17 or a...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Roger Federer is very intrigued by the Serena Williams dustup. NY Post 24 - US News
Roger Federer is very intrigued by the Serena Williams dustup.
Roger Federer thinks gender bias in tennis would make for an interesting case study. Speaking about Serena Williams’...
Last US Sport News: How Trey Burke envisions make-or-break Knicks season. NY Post 24 - US News
How Trey Burke envisions make-or-break Knicks season.
After running the sand dunes in Palm Springs, Calif., this summer, Trey Burke is confident he will resume his starting point...
Last US Sport News: The Yankees are whole again, just in time. NY Post 24 - US News
The Yankees are whole again, just in time.
The power returned to the Yankees’ lineup Tuesday. On Wednesday, the power arm returned to the bullpen. A day after...
Last US Sport News: School covered up soccer teammates raping my son: lawsuit. NY Post 24 - US News
School covered up soccer teammates raping my son: lawsuit.
HOBBS, N.M. — Members of a southeastern New Mexico high school soccer team raped a young teammate, recorded the sexual...
Last US Sport News: NFL star is a ‘monster’ who abused our son: lawsuit. NY Post 24 - US News
NFL star is a ‘monster’ who abused our son: lawsuit.
The mother of LeSean McCoy’s young son said in a court filing Tuesday that she agreed to defend the Bills running back...