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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: Abbas proves to be nothing more than a two-faced, anti-Semite. NY Post 24 - US News
Abbas proves to be nothing more than a two-faced, anti-Semite.
Now in the 14th year of a four-year term, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been something of a riddle. His modest,...
Last US News - Opinion: Trump’s right about the need to pick immigrants for skills. NY Post 24 - US News
Trump’s right about the need to pick immigrants for skills.
The world fell on Donald Trump’s head — yet again — when he said in a White House meeting that we should be trying...
Last US News - Opinion: The only way to ‘negotiate’ a North Korean solution. NY Post 24 - US News
The only way to ‘negotiate’ a North Korean solution.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chaired a meeting in Vancouver Tuesday of foreign ministers to strategize allied diplomacy...
Last US News - Opinion: Why work requirements are good for Medicaid. NY Post 24 - US News
Why work requirements are good for Medicaid.
Last week the Trump administration announced it’ll allow states to impose a “community engagement” requirement on healthy...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Abbas proves to be nothing more than a two-faced, anti-Semite. NY Post 24 - US News
Abbas proves to be nothing more than a two-faced, anti-Semite.
Now in the 14th year of a four-year term, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been something of a riddle. His modest,...
Last US News - Opinion: Trump’s right about the need to pick immigrants for skills. NY Post 24 - US News
Trump’s right about the need to pick immigrants for skills.
The world fell on Donald Trump’s head — yet again — when he said in a White House meeting that we should be trying...
Last US News - Opinion: The only way to ‘negotiate’ a North Korean solution. NY Post 24 - US News
The only way to ‘negotiate’ a North Korean solution.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chaired a meeting in Vancouver Tuesday of foreign ministers to strategize allied diplomacy...
Last US News - Opinion: Why work requirements are good for Medicaid. NY Post 24 - US News
Why work requirements are good for Medicaid.
Last week the Trump administration announced it’ll allow states to impose a “community engagement” requirement on healthy...
Last US News - Opinion: One (small) step toward firing bad-apple teachers. NY Post 24 - US News
One (small) step toward firing bad-apple teachers.
New York’s highest court last week reversed three lower-court rulings that had reinstated bad-apple teachers fired by the...

Living

US Living News: 7 things you shouldn’t touch if you want to avoid the flu. NY Post 24 - US News
7 things you shouldn’t touch if you want to avoid the flu.
This year, all Americans six months and older should get a flu vaccine shot, according to an official health advisory released...
US Living News: Don’t bother bringing cash if you’re flying American Airlines. NY Post 24 - US News
Don’t bother bringing cash if you’re flying American Airlines.
If you’re planning on flying American Airlines out of Miami International Airport, don’t forget your debit card. Starting...
US Living News: Drinking tea makes people more creative. NY Post 24 - US News
Drinking tea makes people more creative.
Drinking tea makes people more creative, a study found. Just half a cup was enough to inspire great ideas after a few minutes....
US Living News: Takeout food is creating a trash epidemic. NY Post 24 - US News
Takeout food is creating a trash epidemic.
Taking your meal to go has some serious consequences. McDonald’s announced Tuesday that by 2025 it will make 100% of its...
US Living News: How junk food commercials are making teens fat. NY Post 24 - US News
How junk food commercials are making teens fat.
Binge-watching with ads leads to binge-noshing crap. A new study from Cancer Research UK finds that teenagers who watched...
US Living News: The terrifying secrets behind your favorite foods. NY Post 24 - US News
The terrifying secrets behind your favorite foods.
The issues raised in the new Neflix documentary series “Rotten” are a concern — but only if you eat food, as one talking...
US Living News: Why Restaurant Week has such bad desserts. NY Post 24 - US News
Why Restaurant Week has such bad desserts.
Ah, Restaurant Week. The dishes! The deals! The disappointments! The inaccurately named three-week gimmick asks chefs to...
US Living News: The Met’s Dining Room is worth the price of admission. NY Post 24 - US News
The Met’s Dining Room is worth the price of admission.
If you manage to brave the crowds to see the Michelangelo masterpieces now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you...

Business

Last US Business News: Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel. NY Post 24 - US News
Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel.
Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into...
Last US Business News: Don’t bother bringing cash if you’re flying American Airlines. NY Post 24 - US News
Don’t bother bringing cash if you’re flying American Airlines.
If you’re planning on flying American Airlines out of Miami International Airport, don’t forget your debit card. Starting...
Last US Business News: Nelson Peltz hopes he can turn things around for GE. NY Post 24 - US News
Nelson Peltz hopes he can turn things around for GE.
Nelson Peltz is hoping his well-worn activist-investor playbook will bring good things to life at GE. Peltz’s Trian Fund...
Last US Business News: Ackman reaches $290M settlement with Valeant. NY Post 24 - US News
Ackman reaches $290M settlement with Valeant.
Bill Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals can breathe a sigh of relief — for now. A federal judge in California indicated...
Last US Business News: Einhorn’s hedge fund gained only 1.6% last year. NY Post 24 - US News
Einhorn’s hedge fund gained only 1.6% last year.
David Einhorn’s investors aren’t the only ones upset by his hedge fund’s lagging performance — the hedgie himself...
Last US Business News: AT&T urged to cut commercial ties with Chinese phone maker. NY Post 24 - US News
AT&T urged to cut commercial ties with Chinese phone maker.
US lawmakers are urging AT&T, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut all commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies...
Last US Business News: Moonlite Bunny Ranch considers accepting bitcoin. NY Post 24 - US News
Moonlite Bunny Ranch considers accepting bitcoin.
The Moonlite Bunny Ranch, the famous Las Vegas brothel that was the setting for the HBO series “Cathouse,” is looking...
Last US Business News: Consumer businesses help Citigroup top Wall Street estimates. NY Post 24 - US News
Consumer businesses help Citigroup top Wall Street estimates.
Citigroup on Tuesday reported quarterly profit that topped Wall Street expectations as consumer businesses made up for lower...

Metro

Metro News: Cuomo proposes state tax overhaul to counteract federal reforms. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo proposes state tax overhaul to counteract federal reforms.
In a desperate move to “thwart” the federal tax overhaul, Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday he wants to make sweeping changes to...
Metro News: DOE boss punished me for not carrying out her vendetta: suit. NY Post 24 - US News
DOE boss punished me for not carrying out her vendetta: suit.
A Department of Education administrator refused to carry out a career hit on two teachers — and was demoted by her controversial...
Metro News: Chelsea bomber has tried to radicalize inmates, made light of attacks: prosecutors. NY Post 24 - US News
Chelsea bomber has tried to radicalize inmates, made light of attacks: prosecutors.
Convicted Chelsea bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi has been unrepentant while locked up, according to federal prosecutors who argue...
Metro News: Judge will decide whether immigrant activist will be brought back to NYC. NY Post 24 - US News
Judge will decide whether immigrant activist will be brought back to NYC.
A Manhattan federal judge said Tuesday that she will decide whether the immigrants-rights activist who was detained last...
Metro News: Ex-CIA officer arrested, charged with keeping classified docs. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-CIA officer arrested, charged with keeping classified docs.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former CIA officer has been arrested and charged with illegally retaining classified records, including...
Metro News: Oakley’s suit against Dolan is a long shot: judge. NY Post 24 - US News
Oakley’s suit against Dolan is a long shot: judge.
Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley has an “uphill climb” in trying to win his defamation suit against team owner...
Metro News: Sleazy holiday party had gingerbread house with gummy bear orgy: suit. NY Post 24 - US News
Sleazy holiday party had gingerbread house with gummy bear orgy: suit.
A Long Island volunteer ambulance service held a holiday party that featured a smutty gingerbread house — complete...
Metro News: 10-year-old boy dies of complications from the flu. NY Post 24 - US News
10-year-old boy dies of complications from the flu.
A 10-year-old boy died over the weekend of complications from the flu as he was returning home from a hockey tournament in...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Amed Rosario already working on fixing his biggest weakness. NY Post 24 - US News
Amed Rosario already working on fixing his biggest weakness.
At 22 years old, Amed Rosario has the brightest of futures because he takes nothing for granted in the present. To that end,...
Last US Sport News: Knicks’ bench is turning into a strength. NY Post 24 - US News
Knicks’ bench is turning into a strength.
The Knicks’ bench has earned some praise. In the past eight games, Knicks subs have outscored the opposition by more than...
Last US Sport News: Marc Staal exits with hip-flexor injury. NY Post 24 - US News
Marc Staal exits with hip-flexor injury.
One defenseman back, and another gone. As captain Ryan McDonagh returned from a one-game absence because of back spasms in...
Last US Sport News: Islanders about to get back a key piece. NY Post 24 - US News
Islanders about to get back a key piece.
There was a glimmer of good news on the Islanders’ injury front Tuesday for the first time in a while. Josh Bailey will...
Last US Sport News: Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski dies in apparent suicide. NY Post 24 - US News
Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski dies in apparent suicide.
Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, 21, was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday, according to police. Hilinski...