Stembridge News Digest

  • Postal banking faces challenges, but is more plausible than you'd think Mon, 16 Jul 2018 04:00:59 GMT
    Have you ever thought Uncle Sam would make a good lender? Today, 57 percent of Americans say they could not cover an unplanned $500 expense. With a broken bone or a shot ignition system threatening to put many Americans in debt, maybe it’s time we consider our options for improving access to quality loans. If advocates have their way, government-to-consumer, or G2C, lending will join business-to-consumer and peer-to-peer lending as a preferred method for nonprime borrowers to access loans of $1,000 or less.
  • Trump wisely keeping 'really bad dudes' in Guantanamo Bay Mon, 16 Jul 2018 04:00:25 GMT
    Every six months the Director of National Intelligence must report, by law, how many terrorists formerly detained at Guantanamo Bay have resumed terrorist activities. The last report pegged the recidivism rate at 30.1 percent —124 confirmed as once again engaged in terrorism, 96 suspected of it.
  • From Sarah Sanders to Kirsten Gillibrand, conservative group launches project to oppose sexist attacks on women in politics Mon, 16 Jul 2018 04:00:06 GMT
    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., aren't exactly friends, but you'll find them in close quarters on a new website.
  • The Left's dismally weak case against Brett Kavanaugh Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:01:12 GMT
    Unless liberal activists and the army of opposition in the press get much better dirt on Kavanaugh, President Trump looks likely to place another conservative justice on the Supreme Court.
  • Civil rights and the right to self-defense go hand-in-hand Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:00:58 GMT
    Few civil rights leaders confronted Jim Crow more effectively before the rise of Martin Luther King Jr. than T.R.M. Howard (1908-1976). His commanding presence and impressive achievements made him hard to ignore. A respected surgeon, Howard was one of the wealthiest African Americans in Mississippi and headed a successful mass movement for equality under the law.
  • Why the rest of the world loves the World Cup more than America does Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:00:13 GMT
    It’s obvious that us Europeans like soccer and the World Cup more than Americans do, but which sports have culturally settled where is partly a matter of simple historical circumstance. As Milton Friedman said, in a crisis the solutions are found among the ideas already lying around. "Association football" – shortening the term to "soccer" was actually a British invention – was codified in England at just the time that the average working man, as a result of the increased wealth of the industrial revolution, started to have the free time to play or follow games. Even today, the standard starting time of a professional match is 3 p.m. on a Saturday, reflecting the half-day off that the newly wealthy 19th century allowed laborers.
  • Hillary Clinton thinks we don't remember anything Sat, 14 Jul 2018 16:03:14 GMT
    Hillary Clinton would like very much for you to forget her record.
  • Katy Tur, constitutional scholar Sat, 14 Jul 2018 15:48:28 GMT
    Tur argued this week that the Supreme Court ought to consider interpreting the U.S. Constitution in a way that reflects modern opinion, as opposed to the original intent of its authors.
  • Media attempts to make Ohio State abuse Jim Jordan's scandal fall flat Sat, 14 Jul 2018 04:01:45 GMT
    Why is it that none of the former Ohio State University wrestlers are claiming to have told Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, they were “sexually abused,” but the media keep saying they did?
  • Poland’s history hangs heavy; so does its present Sat, 14 Jul 2018 04:00:36 GMT
    “The past is never dead. It isn’t even past,” William Faulkner famously wrote. While he was writing of his native Mississippi, he could have been describing Poland.

  • Raiding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would be a cheap political trick Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:13:05 GMT
    When Americans got tired of waiting for gas in lines that stretched around city blocks, they created the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins second surprise primary election after a write-in campaign Wed, 11 Jul 2018 20:08:57 GMT
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old socialist who beat a 10-term congressman in their Democratic primary to represent a congressional district in New York, has won another surprise election.
  • 'It’s not a lie if you believe it' is taking over politics Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:00:39 GMT
    There’s a popular trend on the Internet these days of identifying moments when television has somehow managed to predict the future. The writers of "The Simpsons," in particular, seem to have been gazing into a crystal ball for decades. As the partisan divide in the U.S. grows deeper, however, there’s a quote from "Seinfeld" character George Costanza that grows more prescient with each passing day.
  • Arizona Cardinals president praised Judge Brett Kavanaugh when he should have stayed quiet Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:43:48 GMT
    Shortly after President Trump announced that he had nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Anthony Kennedy, the court hopeful received praise – from an NFL team.
  • Stephen Miller tossed $80 sushi order after bartender flipped him the bird Mon, 09 Jul 2018 15:59:06 GMT
    Senior adviser to the president Stephen Miller told White House colleagues that he threw out $80 in takeout sushi after a bartender from the restaurant he ordered from flipped him off.
  • Customer harassment of Steve Bannon draws in ex-Hillary Clinton aide Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:36:07 GMT
    Philippe Reines, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton, shared the contact information of a Virginia bookstore whose owner called police over the weekend amid a confrontation between former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and another customer.
  • Katie Arrington thanks God, friend for saving her life after car crash Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:23:03 GMT
    Republican South Carolina state Rep. Katie Arrington credited God and her friend for saving her life during her first official public appearance since she was in a car crash just weeks after after beating Rep. Mark Sanford in the Republican primary for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.
  • Taking 'Abolish ICE' seriously, if not literally Fri, 06 Jul 2018 19:19:05 GMT
    "Abolish ICE" is the hot new slogan among left-wing Democrats and activists, with upstart candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upending longtime incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., in a primary campaign that adopted the slogan, and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., calling for the elimination or abolition of the agency.
  • Trey Gowdy: Republicans don’t give ‘much of a damn what Adam Schiff thinks’ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 16:40:20 GMT
    Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., roasted Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., late Thursday, saying Republicans could care less about what the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee thinks. Under Schiff's leadership, Gowdy said, Americans would not know anything about Hillary Clinton’s actions related to the Benghazi attack, who funded the Trump dossier, or FBI official Peter Strzok’s anti-Trump texts.
  • When they lose, Democrats just want to change the rules Fri, 06 Jul 2018 15:19:19 GMT
    As liberal fury over Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement continues to escalate, there's a clear mindset behind the Left's opposition tactics: "If we stop winning, we want to immediately change the rules." In the week after Kennedy’s retirement was announced, some Democrats have revived their calls to “court pack”— increase the number of seats on the Supreme Court and fill those seats with justices sympathetic to their social agenda. This is something they also called for during the confirmation hearings for Justice Neil Gorsuch.

  • What to Expect from President Trump’s Meeting in Finland with Vladimir Putin Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:28:41 +0000
    On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a globally-anticipated one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Kremlin Prepares for 'Difficult' Trump-Putin Meeting Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:00:24 +0000
    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing for his meeting with "counterpart" U.S. President Donald Trump, a day after he described a scheduled summit between the two leaders as "difficult."
  • CNN's Stelter on Trump-Putin Summit: 'Trump Simply Cannot Be Trusted' Mon, 16 Jul 2018 04:24:44 +0000
    Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Brian Stelter wondered out loud if anybody could trust what President Donald Trump had to say about his one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the fact. Stelter said Trump “simply cannot be trusted” because he has proven “time and time again” to lie and contradict himself, adding the meeting would cause his opponents to speculate if he is really a Russian agent working on “betraying America.” “No aides, no note-takers,” Stelter said. “So, we’ll never really know what is said because, really, can we trust either man? No, we can’t.” He added, “What President Trump says is so frequently false or nonsensical that his words don’t have the same meaning, the same power, the same impact as past presidents. It’s a shame, but it’s true. Trump simply cannot be trusted. He has proven this himself time and time again. It’s his own lies and his own contradictions that have proven it.” (h/t Newsbusters) Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
  • Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America' Humiliates Private Citizens in Hackneyed Debut Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:48:57 +0000
    Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's much-hyped Showtime series Who Is America premiered Sunday with the British prankster presenting four personalities, who humiliate everyday Americans and swindle some sitting Congressmen and gun lobbyists.
  • Most Australians Demand Immigration Halt as Population Soars Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:30:09 +0000
    Most Australians want an end to mass immigration as the country's soaring population is set to bounce above the 25 million mark within a month, an opinion poll shows.
  • Delingpole: The Meghan Effect - 'Woke' Younger Royals Snub Donald Trump Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:04:55 +0000
    The Prince of Wales, Prince William, and the younger royals all deliberately snubbed President Donald J. Trump on his visit to the UK, the Sunday Times reports. I blame the Meghan effect.
  • Booker: Trump Being Harsher to Europe than Putin Is 'Commander-in-Chief Malpractice' Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:57:03 +0000
    Sunday on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation With Al Sharpton,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said if President Donald Trump were not harsh on Russian President Vladimir Putin during their upcoming meeting it would amount to “commander-in-chief malpractice.” Booker said, “Well, the president’s relationship with Putin has been disturbing, to say the least. This is a president who seems to have better relationships with someone who attacked the United States of America, even calling for him to rejoin the relationships with communities like he did when he was up in Canada. It is outrageous the way he treats him but then our allies, who we need, who have bled with us and fought with us in places like Afghanistan, he attacks them. And so this is now yet a further demonstration of what we already knew is that the Russians have attacked us, but their cyber attacks attacked the most sacrosanct element of a democracy—the voting process. This president, for him to go forward and meet and not make this a central point, to really go at Putin harder than he did, folks who have not reached their 2 percent goal yet, and they have years to go until their goal is reached. If he is talking to
  • John Podesta on DOJ Indictment for DNC Election Hack: Russians Listened to Donald Trump Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:47:59 +0000
    John Podesta said the indictment of Russians for hacking the DNC email in the 2016 presidential election means they were listening to Trump.
  • Anti-Trump Paraglider Who Buzzed Trump Visit Arrested in Britain Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:08:26 +0000
    British authorities have arrested a 55-year-old man and charged him with violating security by buzzing within meters of the Scottish golf course President Donald Trump was playing on Friday.
  • Trump Hits ‘Fake News’ over North Korea Progress Sun, 15 Jul 2018 23:48:27 +0000
    President Donald Trump again slammed the “Fake News” on Sunday, this time for not highlighting North Korea concessions to the United States.
  • Police Officer Attacked with Rock, Then Shot and Killed with His Own Gun Sun, 15 Jul 2018 22:41:26 +0000
    A Weymouth, Massachusetts, police officer was attacked with a rock then shot and killed with own gun Sunday morning.
  • Autistic Teen Beheaded in Alabama over Grandmother's Links to Mexican Cartel, Say Police Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:25:17 +0000
    Two men are accused of beheading an Alabama teenage girl suffering from autism and murdering her grandmother over the woman's ties to the Sinaloa Cartel formerly headed by "Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán.
  • Illegal Alien Accused of Trying to Rob, Stab Woman in Home Invasion Sun, 15 Jul 2018 21:51:22 +0000
    The 32-year-old illegal alien went by the fake name Samuel Hernandez, telling police that he was seeking to rob the victim's home to steal cash in order to repay his debts to the human smugglers who had recently trafficked him across the United States-Mexico border.
  • Chris Christie: The Media Banged Donna Brazile and a Lot of Other People in the Clinton Campaign Unfairly Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:36:12 +0000
    Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” during the roundtable segment, there was a debate about the media’s role in aiding Russia hacking into the 2016 presidential election between former DNC chair Donna Brazile, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, NPR’s Steve Inskeep and Washington bureau chief of The New York Times Elizabeth Bumiller. Partial transcript as follows: KARL: But let me ask you, this indictment makes it clear this was a Russian military intelligence operation that hacked these emails, and as you said it dominated the news for a good part of the campaign. Does the news media writ-large bear some of the responsibility? BRAZILE: Yes. KARL: Well, all of us. CHRISTIE: You bet. BRAZILE: Yes. KARL: Over day after day… BRAZILE: Yes. KARL: Reported the substance and details of these emails that were stolen by… BRAZILE: Blew it out of proportion. 184 times. What WikiLeaks did once they received the information is they used it strategically each day to shape the political narrative. And the media played it up. It was the only story. It was very difficult to break through the media once that became the story of the day. It was a very highly sophisticated cyberoperation that had
  • Watch: Good Samaritans Save Toddlers Dangling from Apartment Window Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:46:21 +0000
    A few Good Samaritans made a heart-stopping rescue Tuesday when they saved two toddlers dangling from a Chicago apartment window, according to a video released Friday. Denise Ochoa and her cousin Jennifer Salgado witnessed the two children dangling more than 20 feet in the air when they rushed over to help. “I got under the window just in case the baby fell,” Ochoa told WLS. “Every time they would move, we would get scared because we didn’t know if they would fall off the window or not.” The children, who are both hanging out the window with their diapers showing, can be heard yelling while Ochoa stood with her arms outstretched to catch the children should they fall before someone came to rescue them on a ladder. Darshan Patel, the man with the ladder, climbed up the ladder to push one of the children back inside the building. The other child was able to crawl back inside the building shortly before Patel rescued the other child, WGN reported. “I just did what I had to do as a human,” Patel told WLS. “I’m not going to stop helping people.” None of the children suffered injuries as a result of the

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