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Democrats’ gas-price hypocrisy and other commentary.

From the right: Dems Don’t Care about the Environment Democrats want gas taxes to fight global warming. But at the same time, they blame President Trump for high gas prices, writes Todd Myers at National Review, calling the party out for a “cynical” environmental strategy. “When it is politically useful to attack the president on...
Time: 19:41     Date: 13.06.2018
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats’ gas-price hypocrisy and other commentary. NY Post 24 - US News

Democrats want gas taxes to fight global warming. But at the same time, they blame President Trump for high gas prices, writes Todd Myers at National Review, calling the party out for a “cynical” environmental strategy. “When it is politically useful to attack the president on climate change, they accuse him of destroying the planet,” he writes. “When the better line of attack is to lament the impact of high gas prices on families, some on the left kick aside their purported environmental principles in favor of politics.” Myers targets Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer specifically, charging him with spearheading “the latest manifestation of the left’s disingenuous environmentalism.” To truly protect the environment, Myers recommends instead embracing “a commitment to technology that sees consumer knowledge and empowerment, not restrictions, as the key to environmental stewardship.”

Numbers cruncher: Pension Plans Face Uncertain Future

Many defined-benefit pension plans are in danger of going bust, warns Aliya Wong at The Hill. Plans that cover retirees who moved from job to job throughout their careers face a $124 billion shortfall and are in danger of going bankrupt within the next five years. “The amounts are so large that they could cause many employers to go into bankruptcy, with a snowballing effect on jobs and the economy,” she writes. “Not to mention, the government backstop for these plans — the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) — is itself predicted to go bust by 2025.” Solving the problem, Wong argues, will require composite plans to ensure multiemployer plans remain afloat.

Foreign desk: What is John Bolton’s role in Korea Talks?

National Security Advisor John Bolton’s low-key presence at this week’s North Korea summit has stirred debate about his role in the negotiations. At The Atlantic, Rosie Gray explains that Bolton’s transformation from outspoken hawk to behind-the-scenes voice is “the latest case study in the administration in how much an adviser’s views and ideology can really influence — or not influence — Trump.” Gray speculates that Bolton still plays an active role in the proceedings, but in a less-public way because of his well-known history with North Korea — such as advising a preemptive strike on the reclusive state. In turn, North Korea has called him “human scum and a bloodsucker.” Gray speculates that this history influenced Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to persuade Trump into keeping Bolton away from the North Koreans, calling meetings “counterproductive.”

From the left: NRA Removes Pro-Gun Lawmakers’ Score

The NRA has removed its past ratings for lawmakers, reports Cristina Cabrera at Talking Points Memo. Cabrera speculates that the development “signals that a positive rating from the hardline pro-gun group could be becoming a scarlet letter for politicians as gun-control activists gain momentum in the wake of the Parkland high school shooting massacre.” According to the NRA, the change is an “IT glitch,” but an unnamed employee told The Washington Post that the organization took down the ratings because pro-gun lawmakers’ “enemies” were using them. Several lawmakers, such as Representative Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) have removed NRA ratings from their own Web sites, calling the change “an update” but not a shift in gun-control position.

Media file: CJR’s Al Jazeera Conflict-of-Interest

At Commentary, Sohrab Ahmari takes aim at a recent essay in the Columbia Journalism Review defending Al Jazeera against charges that it should register as a foreign agent in the United States. The essay’s authors have a clear conflict of interest, he notes: Al Jazeera on-air host Mhamed Krichen is a board member for their employer, the Committee to Protect Journalists. Plus, Al Jazeera operates as the propaganda arm of Qatar’s Muslim Brotherhood — running shows that endorse Hitler and the Holocaust. In all, he says, it’s “embarrassing” for CJR that it let the authors “eschew or only lightly touch on Al Jazeera’s less savory aspects.”

— Compiled by Nicholas Rowan

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: The NY Times’ absurd Koch brothers conspiracy. NY Post 24 - US News
The NY Times’ absurd Koch brothers conspiracy.
The half-awake citizen may be unaware just how dexterously the arms of the Kochtopus have reached into every precinct of...
Last US News - Opinion: Cynthia Nixon fudges numbers like a true politician. NY Post 24 - US News
Cynthia Nixon fudges numbers like a true politician.
Cynthia Nixon is proving she has what it takes to be a real New York pol — and can fudge numbers with the best of ’em....
Last US News - Opinion: Latest cop-killer’s parole is a slap in the face to all New Yorkers. NY Post 24 - US News
Latest cop-killer’s parole is a slap in the face to all New Yorkers.
Will Gov. Cuomo’s appointees to the state parole board spring every last cop killer from prison? The board, 10 of whose...
Last US News - Opinion: Inside the state’s system for inflating Regents scores. NY Post 24 - US News
Inside the state’s system for inflating Regents scores.
Mayor de Blasio’s educrats aren’t alone in trying to mask school failure: Turns out the state actually has a formal system...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: The NY Times’ absurd Koch brothers conspiracy. NY Post 24 - US News
The NY Times’ absurd Koch brothers conspiracy.
The half-awake citizen may be unaware just how dexterously the arms of the Kochtopus have reached into every precinct of...
Last US News - Opinion: Cynthia Nixon fudges numbers like a true politician. NY Post 24 - US News
Cynthia Nixon fudges numbers like a true politician.
Cynthia Nixon is proving she has what it takes to be a real New York pol — and can fudge numbers with the best of ’em....
Last US News - Opinion: Latest cop-killer’s parole is a slap in the face to all New Yorkers. NY Post 24 - US News
Latest cop-killer’s parole is a slap in the face to all New Yorkers.
Will Gov. Cuomo’s appointees to the state parole board spring every last cop killer from prison? The board, 10 of whose...
Last US News - Opinion: Inside the state’s system for inflating Regents scores. NY Post 24 - US News
Inside the state’s system for inflating Regents scores.
Mayor de Blasio’s educrats aren’t alone in trying to mask school failure: Turns out the state actually has a formal system...
Last US News - Opinion: How we can reunite migrant kids with parents. NY Post 24 - US News
How we can reunite migrant kids with parents.
They’ve been arriving in New York City in the dead of night. Quietly placed in temporary foster care, hundreds so far,...

Living

US Living News: How to go fly fishing in NYC. NY Post 24 - US News
How to go fly fishing in NYC.
When Natasha Eng, 33, boards the subway after work, fishing rod in tow, she knows what you’re probably thinking: “I basically...
US Living News: Where Gayle takes Oprah to eat in NYC. NY Post 24 - US News
Where Gayle takes Oprah to eat in NYC.
Gayle King was born in Tennessee, but thanks to her father’s job, spent first grade to sixth grade in Ankara, Turkey. From...
US Living News: Next fast food trend is probably coming from Latin America. NY Post 24 - US News
Next fast food trend is probably coming from Latin America.
The next big food franchise will come out of Latin America, experts have claimed, with a number of chains eyeing up global...
US Living News: Airline workers busted for turtle-smuggling operation. NY Post 24 - US News
Airline workers busted for turtle-smuggling operation.
Two China Eastern Airlines staffers could face jail time after unsuccessfully attempting to smuggle 45 spotted and box turtles...
US Living News: Bill Gates wants mosquitoes to screw each other to death. NY Post 24 - US News
Bill Gates wants mosquitoes to screw each other to death.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is pouring $4 million into a project to create killer mosquitoes that destroy each other through...
US Living News: Mysterious ancient civilization left signs across vast desert. NY Post 24 - US News
Mysterious ancient civilization left signs across vast desert.
People don’t tend to spend days traveling through the desert if they can help it. Which could be why most people outside...
US Living News: Woman discovers her long-lost sister lives next door. NY Post 24 - US News
Woman discovers her long-lost sister lives next door.
A woman who spent seven years hunting for her long-lost sister discovered she was her next door neighbor – after spotting...
US Living News: Toxic algae blooms becoming more common across US. NY Post 24 - US News
Toxic algae blooms becoming more common across US.
SALEM, Ore. — The words blasted to cellphones around Salem, Oregon were ominous: “Civil emergency. prepare for action.”...

Business

Last US Business News: Goldman Sachs recommends GE suspend dividend. NY Post 24 - US News
Goldman Sachs recommends GE suspend dividend.
General Electric ended a bad week on an ugly note when Goldman Sachs recommended Friday that the Thomas Edison-founded company...
Last US Business News: Kraft interested in buying Campbell Soup. NY Post 24 - US News
Kraft interested in buying Campbell Soup.
There could soon be a line forming in front of Campbell’s HQ. Campbell Soup, which last month said it was reviewing all...
Last US Business News: Amazon workers ask Bezos to stop selling tech to law enforcement. NY Post 24 - US News
Amazon workers ask Bezos to stop selling tech to law enforcement.
There was another social activism uprising in tech land this week — and this one got in Jeff Bezos’ face. An undisclosed...
Last US Business News: CNN staffer who resigned over retracted Russia story named interim head of CBSNews.com. NY Post 24 - US News
CNN staffer who resigned over retracted Russia story named interim head of CBSNews.com.
One of the three CNN staffers who resigned in June 2017 over a retracted story about alleged collusion between Russia and...
Last US Business News: Netflix PR chief exits over insensitive remarks. NY Post 24 - US News
Netflix PR chief exits over insensitive remarks.
Netflix Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Friedland is leaving the company following a controversy over insensitive remarks....
Last US Business News: This is the most American-made car. NY Post 24 - US News
This is the most American-made car.
Years of auto shareholders change — with parts manufacturing and vehicle assembly scattered around the world — leave...
Last US Business News: Sale price for Weinstein Co. cut by $23 million. NY Post 24 - US News
Sale price for Weinstein Co. cut by $23 million.
The Weinstein Company has agreed to reduce its sale price to Lantern Capital by $23 million, as doubts have been raised about...
Last US Business News: Tesla’s workforce cut will hit solar operation hard. NY Post 24 - US News
Tesla’s workforce cut will hit solar operation hard.
Electric car maker Tesla’s move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar...

Metro

Metro News: Dept. of Transportation reopens long-closed Chinatown route. NY Post 24 - US News
Dept. of Transportation reopens long-closed Chinatown route.
Chinatown residents rejoiced Friday as a long-closed route from their neighborhood to lower Manhattan finally reopened —...
Metro News: Man who escaped ICE at JFK airport convicted. NY Post 24 - US News
Man who escaped ICE at JFK airport convicted.
Brooklyn jurors swiftly convicted the Senegalese man who managed to ditch ​immigration officers during a layover at JFK...
Metro News: Intern drops big-bucks claim against Horndog CEO. NY Post 24 - US News
Intern drops big-bucks claim against Horndog CEO.
The Swedish intern who won a $5.6 million payout from her horndog Wall Street ex-boss has withdrawn her claim against him...
Metro News: Alleged bike path terrorist tells court only Allah can judge him. NY Post 24 - US News
Alleged bike path terrorist tells court only Allah can judge him.
The alleged West Side bike-path terrorist told a Manhattan judge on Friday that “Islam is leading a war,” and said he...
Metro News: NYPD Commissioner O’Neill drums up support for abused pooches. NY Post 24 - US News
NYPD Commissioner O’Neill drums up support for abused pooches.
The NYPD’s top dog got cuddly with an adorable three-legged Shih Tzu to drum up support for abused animals Friday. Police...
Metro News: Scoring 30% on a test is enough to graduate high school in NYC. NY Post 24 - US News
Scoring 30% on a test is enough to graduate high school in NYC.
The bar keeps dropping on state math exams — and critics are saying it’s because officials are desperate for high graduation...
Metro News: Perv coach deported for child abuse busted for molesting a child again. NY Post 24 - US News
Perv coach deported for child abuse busted for molesting a child again.
A soccer coach who had been deported from Texas as a child molester in 2009 has returned to allegedly molest another child...
Metro News: Couple sues dog walker after pooch dies in ‘freak accident’. NY Post 24 - US News
Couple sues dog walker after pooch dies in ‘freak accident’.
A Manhattan couple is suing a dog walking service after their “baby” — a 1-year-old mini Australian labradoodle named...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Ex-NFL cheerleader says team forced her to duct-tape her waist. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-NFL cheerleader says team forced her to duct-tape her waist.
A former NFL cheerleader for the Houston Texans accused the team on Friday of abusing her by forcing her to wear duct-tape...
Last US Sport News: Yankees’ clutch hitting goes missing in loss to Rays. NY Post 24 - US News
Yankees’ clutch hitting goes missing in loss to Rays.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Only because it was the Yankees against the Rays, the outcome of Friday night’s game at Tropicana...
Last US Sport News: Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship Ring sells for $45K. NY Post 24 - US News
Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship Ring sells for $45K.
Who’s a bum now? A 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship ring sold for a whopping $45,049 at auction Friday. The 14-karat...
Last US Sport News: Mets can’t recover from Zack Wheeler’s one mistake. NY Post 24 - US News
Mets can’t recover from Zack Wheeler’s one mistake.
Zack Wheeler escaped trouble once Friday night with the help of Michael Conforto’s glove. There was no leather to save...
Last US Sport News: Islanders have first two draft picks of the Lou Lamoriello era. NY Post 24 - US News
Islanders have first two draft picks of the Lou Lamoriello era.
The Islanders grabbed two of the top names left on the board when their pair of picks came up in the draft Friday. With the...