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Dems are losing their minds over Kavanaugh and other comments.

From the right: Dems Sacrificing Sanity on Kavanaugh Now that Democrats, through their own lack of foresight, can no longer block President Trump’s “overqualified” Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, by demanding a supermajority for confirmation, Commentary’s Noah Rothman says they’re left with just one option: Radicalize their voters. So they’ve “chosen to slither through the...
Time: 15:44     Date: 12.07.2018
Last US News - Opinion: Dems are losing their minds over Kavanaugh and other comments. NY Post 24 - US News

Now that Democrats, through their own lack of foresight, can no longer block President Trump’s “overqualified” Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, by demanding a supermajority for confirmation, Commentary’s Noah Rothman says they’re left with just one option: Radicalize their voters. So they’ve “chosen to slither through the left’s most fetid fever swamps” by claiming Kavanaugh was named only because he is most likely to shield Trump from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It’s a “bizarre claim” based on a law review article he wrote questioning whether a sitting president can be indicted that was entirely consistent with what Bill Clinton’s Justice Department concluded. Democrats are not only “cultivating a fanatical base,” they’re “sacrificing sanity in the process.” It’s a tradeoff they’ll “one day soon regret.”

Foreign desk: Croatia’s World Cup Success No Fluke

Croatia has made it into Sunday’s final in one of the biggest World Cup surprises in memory. But Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky suggests it’s really not all that surprising: In Croatia, “soccer is more than a game. It’s fed a war [and] the nation-building that followed.” A May 1990 riot in the middle of one emotionally charged game was, to many Croatians, “the beginning of the war that established their country as a separate state.” Indeed, the late nationalist leader Franjo Tudjman “used the soccer fan organizations’ radicalism to drive his message, and soccer itself to acquire legitimacy, for an increasingly independent Croatia.” And while “this may be the last war for a while that the national squad is winning,” the “memories of the time when soccer was more than a game still live.”

Ex-envoy: NATO Needs a Strategic Reset

As expected, President Trump spent the NATO summit lambasting US allies for not spending enough on defense. But former UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad at The National Interest says Trump’s “criticisms are justified: NATO must reform; it is not sustainable in its present form.” Fact is, NATO “is ill-structured, ill-equipped and ill-financed to deal with the European region’s two major security problems — an aggressive Russia and the spillover of instability and terrorism from the Middle East and North Africa.” Worse still, “some members” — like Germany — “can even be said to have enabled the threat.” So “the terms of the partnership must be renegotiated and its common ground redefined.” And we must “deliver the hard message that the future of the US commitment” is “contingent on European performance.”

Culture critic: Drop the Affirmative Action Euphemisms

For all the debate over the future of Roe v. Wade, The Washington Post’s Megan McArdle suggests another landmark case “is apt to trouble the court in coming years”: the 1978 Bakke decision that banned explicit quotas in college admissions, while permitting the use of race as a “plus factor.” This case is “the reason discussions about racial preferences are so fraught and oftentimes so confused.” Because we say “plus factors” when we mean “lowering the qualifying standards for black and Latino students” and “diversity” when “we’re really trying to right past and present wrongs.” Now this code is “breaking down in a more diverse United States where at least some groups outperform their privileged white neighbors in educational attainment.” It’s a difficult path, but “it will be much easier to navigate without a fog of euphemism” clouding the view.

Political scribe: Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Goes Overboard

America’s cherished right of free speech “has a dark side, one that some politicians and prominent figures on the left are irresponsibly stoking of late,” laments Peter Roff at Newsweek. Go back to the Obama and Clinton years, he says, “and you won’t be able to find many or even any examples of political activists chasing down presidential appointees in shopping malls, harassing them at their homes [and] confronting them in restaurants.” But you “cannot say the same for Trump resistors,” and what they’re doing is “over the line.” Worse, “it’s not going to be long before this gets out of control and someone gets hurt.” Indeed, someone already has: Rep. Steve Scalise, gunned down at a congressional baseball game by a Trump-hater.

— Compiled by Eric Fettmann

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Why it was up to Trump to call bull on Kavanaugh allegations. NY Post 24 - US News
Why it was up to Trump to call bull on Kavanaugh allegations.
With apologies to Rud­yard Kipling, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs . . .” you are Donald...
Last US News - Opinion: Schumer’s bid to stop airline seat-shrinking. NY Post 24 - US News
Schumer’s bid to stop airline seat-shrinking.
Sen. Chuck Schumer deserves massive bipartisan support for his push to stop airlines from shrinking seats any more. The Senate...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats’ ‘investigation’ calls are just code for delay. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats’ ‘investigation’ calls are just code for delay.
Democrats are still calling for an FBI investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh — as if their actual preferred...
Last US News - Opinion: How to make Russia back off in the Middle East. NY Post 24 - US News
How to make Russia back off in the Middle East.
For the first time in decades, Israel finds itself on the receiving end of Russian threats. The tensions follow the downing...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Why it was up to Trump to call bull on Kavanaugh allegations. NY Post 24 - US News
Why it was up to Trump to call bull on Kavanaugh allegations.
With apologies to Rud­yard Kipling, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs . . .” you are Donald...
Last US News - Opinion: Schumer’s bid to stop airline seat-shrinking. NY Post 24 - US News
Schumer’s bid to stop airline seat-shrinking.
Sen. Chuck Schumer deserves massive bipartisan support for his push to stop airlines from shrinking seats any more. The Senate...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats’ ‘investigation’ calls are just code for delay. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats’ ‘investigation’ calls are just code for delay.
Democrats are still calling for an FBI investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh — as if their actual preferred...
Last US News - Opinion: How to make Russia back off in the Middle East. NY Post 24 - US News
How to make Russia back off in the Middle East.
For the first time in decades, Israel finds itself on the receiving end of Russian threats. The tensions follow the downing...
Last US News - Opinion: Sorry: It still doesn’t feel like the subways are getting better. NY Post 24 - US News
Sorry: It still doesn’t feel like the subways are getting better.
‘The statistics show that we are turning the corner where we need to turn it,” NYC Transit chief Andy Byford said Monday...

Living

US Living News: This groundbreaking test could spot deadly heart problems in just 20 minutes. NY Post 24 - US News
This groundbreaking test could spot deadly heart problems in just 20 minutes.
A 20-minute test could spot deadly hidden heart problems. The new test – which involves inserting a tiny wire into the...
US Living News: Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird set for auction. NY Post 24 - US News
Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird set for auction.
The only thing more cherry than Marilyn Monroe was her cars — and now you can own one. Up for auction in the coming months...
US Living News: Millennials behind America’s shrinking divorce rate. NY Post 24 - US News
Millennials behind America’s shrinking divorce rate.
Millennials are shirking yet another American tradition: divorce. Thanks to younger couples getting married later, presumably...
US Living News: Anthony Bourdain’s return to bookstands isn’t what you’d expect. NY Post 24 - US News
Anthony Bourdain’s return to bookstands isn’t what you’d expect.
In 1984, a young Anthony Bourdain showed up uninvited on the doorstep of a Lower East Side literary magazine. Dressed in...
US Living News: How to make Anthony Bourdain’s classic meatballs. NY Post 24 - US News
How to make Anthony Bourdain’s classic meatballs.
From “Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts” Classic meatballs 3 tablespoons plus ½ cup extra virgin olive...
US Living News: Humans may be why Earth wobbles more than it should. NY Post 24 - US News
Humans may be why Earth wobbles more than it should.
When looking at the Earth from afar it appears to be a perfect sphere, but that actually isn’t the case. Because Earth...
US Living News: Brown-bag it like a pro by mastering this surefire sandwich formula. NY Post 24 - US News
Brown-bag it like a pro by mastering this surefire sandwich formula.
Suffering from turkey-and-cheese ennui? Bust out of brown-bag boredom with help from NYC’s top sandwich pros. “All of...
US Living News: Man mistakes airplane’s emergency exit with bathroom. NY Post 24 - US News
Man mistakes airplane’s emergency exit with bathroom.
A passenger on a GoAir flight from Delhi to Patna, India, created “pandemonium” when he tried to open the emergency exit...

Business

Last US Business News: ‘Mystery buyer’ of Necco wafers and Sweethearts revealed. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Mystery buyer’ of Necco wafers and Sweethearts revealed.
Spangler Candy Co. announced that it is the mystery buyer of the shuttered maker of Necco wafers and Sweethearts. The purchase...
Last US Business News: Nike shares mysteriously dip despite reporting strong quarter. NY Post 24 - US News
Nike shares mysteriously dip despite reporting strong quarter.
Nike has its mojo back — but investors wanted even more. Despite turning in a strong quarter — beating Wall Street’s...
Last US Business News: Wealthy families investing less money in hedge funds. NY Post 24 - US News
Wealthy families investing less money in hedge funds.
The country’s wealthiest families last year — soured by hedge funds’ high fees and poor returns — continued to turn...
Last US Business News: Yahoo Finance poaches 2 editors from TheStreet.com. NY Post 24 - US News
Yahoo Finance poaches 2 editors from TheStreet.com.
Andy Serwer, editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance, has lured two editors from TheStreet.com to join the Verizon-owned site. Brian...
Last US Business News: This shocked trader woke up $89M richer — kind of. NY Post 24 - US News
This shocked trader woke up $89M richer — kind of.
He was the $89 million man — if only for a few hours. Daniel Levene, a Manhattan venture capitalist, lived every day-trader’s...
Last US Business News: Uber wins legal battle to keep drivers independent contractors. NY Post 24 - US News
Uber wins legal battle to keep drivers independent contractors.
Uber won a legal victory on Tuesday as a federal appeals court said drivers seeking to be classified as employees rather...
Last US Business News: Walmart plans to use blockchain to track lettuce. NY Post 24 - US News
Walmart plans to use blockchain to track lettuce.
Walmart and its unit Sam’s Club said on Monday leafy greens suppliers will be asked to implement real-time, farm-to-store...
Last US Business News: WeddingWire to buy XO Group in $933M deal. NY Post 24 - US News
WeddingWire to buy XO Group in $933M deal.
Event planning company XO Group Inc will be taken private by wedding planning group WeddingWire Inc in a $933 million deal,...

Metro

Metro News: Richard Carranza visits high school in voter registration push. NY Post 24 - US News
Richard Carranza visits high school in voter registration push.
You’re never too young to think beyond class president. City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and a handful of student...
Metro News: Court officers say shortages are leaving staffers in line of fire. NY Post 24 - US News
Court officers say shortages are leaving staffers in line of fire.
Severe staffing shortages are leaving state court officers in the line of fire and struggling to keep up with a slew of weapons...
Metro News: Residents hit hard by inhumane NYCHA conditions to speak out in court. NY Post 24 - US News
Residents hit hard by inhumane NYCHA conditions to speak out in court.
Dozens of New Yorkers who have suffered horrendous living conditions in the city’s public-housing complexes — including...
Metro News: NYC’s older apartment buildings more likely to have water that tests positive for lead: report. NY Post 24 - US News
NYC’s older apartment buildings more likely to have water that tests positive for lead: report.
New York has another lead contributor: old pipes. Smaller, older apartment buildings that dot the outer boroughs are more...
Metro News: City Councilman Rory Lancman announces bid for Queens DA. NY Post 24 - US News
City Councilman Rory Lancman announces bid for Queens DA.
City Councilman Rory Lancman on Wednesday became the first person to announce his candidacy for Queens district attorney,...
Metro News: Judge sentences killer to 25 to life, says he deserves ‘no mercy’. NY Post 24 - US News
Judge sentences killer to 25 to life, says he deserves ‘no mercy’.
A Queens judge threw the book at an unrepentant man who was convicted for fatally stabbing a stranger in 2015. “He clearly...
Metro News: Woman accused of helping boyfriend dismember her pal describes horrific scene. NY Post 24 - US News
Woman accused of helping boyfriend dismember her pal describes horrific scene.
A woman accused of dismembering her friend after her boyfriend killed her recounted the horrific incident to police, describing...
Metro News: White supremacist accused of murder wanted to purge black people from Earth. NY Post 24 - US News
White supremacist accused of murder wanted to purge black people from Earth.
The crazed racist who murdered an African-American man in Manhattan last year told investigators that he was on a mission...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Yankees rookie ‘pitching himself into the conversation’. NY Post 24 - US News
Yankees rookie ‘pitching himself into the conversation’.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Justus Sheffield came into the season with the most fanfare, but another young Yankees lefty suddenly...
Last US Sport News: David Wright and Jose Reyes will play together once more. NY Post 24 - US News
David Wright and Jose Reyes will play together once more.
Jose Reyes and David Wright will reunite on the left side of the Mets infield Saturday night in a probable farewell for both....
Last US Sport News: Yankees aren’t thinking about the A’s — yet. NY Post 24 - US News
Yankees aren’t thinking about the A’s — yet.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When the Yankees beat the Rays Monday night, it turned out they assured a wild-card matchup against...
Last US Sport News: Kristaps Porzingis more than a spectator in Knicks’ 1st practice. NY Post 24 - US News
Kristaps Porzingis more than a spectator in Knicks’ 1st practice.
As David Fizdale’s first training-camp practice as Knicks head coach ended Tuesday, Kristaps Porzingis ran from the sidelines...
Last US Sport News: How Luis Severino lost his ‘edge’. NY Post 24 - US News
How Luis Severino lost his ‘edge’.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — If there’s one thing J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and Tuesday’s starter, Luis Severino, have in...