October 21, 2018

Sunday-EXTRA
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*Climate Change Could Cause
Price of Beer to Double, Decrease Consumption 16%:
Climate change may cause the global price of beer to double and consumption to plummet, a new study involving the University of East Anglia concludes.

The study, billed as the first of its kind, published in international science journal Nature.com, warns that beer prices could “on average, double” due to climate change. And, even under the best-case climate scenario, prices will “jump by 15%.”

For example, in Ireland, which boasts the highest per-capita consumption of beer, the price of beer is projected to rise by as much as 193% due to climate change.

Global consumption of beer is expected to decline by at least 4%, and by as much as 16% (a decline in volume equivalent to the total U.S. consumption of beer in 2011).

*Sen. Paul: ‘I Fear That There’s Going to be an Assassination’:
While discussing the two violent attacks against him and the ever-escalating calls by some Democrats to physically confront and harass Republicans and conservatives, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he fears there is “going to be an assassination,” that “someone is going to be killed.”

This week, former Attorney General Eric Holder dismissed the slogan, “when they go low, we go high,” and said, “No, no. When they go low, we kick ’em.” Also, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said this week, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.” Other liberals, including members of Congress, have called on activists to chase Trump administration officials from restaurants, to “get in their face,” and protest outside their homes.

*Teen Vogue- ‘Can’t #EndPoverty Without Ending Capitalism!’:
Teen Vogue, which bills itself on Twitter as “The young person’s guide to conquering (and saving) the world” declared Wednesday that “ending capitalism!” is the only solution to poverty.

In a tweet touting its online article “Everything You Need to Know About Capitalism,” Teen Vogue opines:

“Can’t #endpoverty without ending capitalism!

“Everything You Need to Know About Capitalism. What it is, how it works, and who is for and against it.”

“What ‘Capitalism’ Is and How It Affects People,” subtitled, “what it is, how it works, and who is for and against it” and published online back in April, portrays supporters of capitalism as wealthy, greedy, and responsible for the existence of poverty:

•    “Individual capitalists are typically wealthy people who have a large amount of capital (money or other financial assets) invested in business, and who benefit from the system of capitalism by making increased profits and thereby adding to their wealth.”

•    “In a capitalist country, the focus is on profits over anything else; in a socialist country, the public is seen to be more important, and social welfare is a major priority.”

•    “The essential anti-capitalist argument is that “the hallmark of capitalism is poverty in the midst of plenty.”

*Trump Administration Moves to Have Pharmaceutical List Prices
Included in TV Ads:
The Health and Human Services Department wants pharmaceutical companies to include list prices in television ads hawking their prescription drugs.

Right now, drug companies are required to disclose a drug’s major side effects, but not the effect that buying the drug could have on your wallet. “Patients deserve more transparency,” HHS said in its announcement on Monday.

The proposal will require television advertisements for prescription drugs – the ones that are paid for by Medicare orMedicaid — to include the list price if that price is greater than $35 for a month’s supply or the usual course of therapy. The prices would be updated quarterly.

HHS said the ten most commonly advertised drugs have list prices ranging from $535 to $11,000 a month or for the normal course of therapy.

*Starbucks selling stores, closing operations in Europe:
Starbucks is restructuring its European operations after several years of slowing sales. The Seattle-based coffee chain is selling 83 company-owned stores in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to its longtime partner, Alsea. Alsea will also take over operations at 177 other Starbucks locations in those countries which are owned by franchisees.
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The number of reported cases of bulimia in females ages 10-39 tripled between 1988 and 1993.
*EXAMINER-ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:
Tina Turner breaks silence on son Craig Turner’s suicide
The eight-time Grammy award-winner told BBC News that she can’t figure out what compelled her son to take his life because he had so much going for himself and had even found love.

“I still don’t know what took him to the edge because at that stage he had said to me that he had never met a woman that he felt that way about,” she said, “He was bringing her to meet me [for] his birthday in August. He had decorated his apartment that I bought him years ago. He had gotten a new job with a prominent real estate company in California, [which] he was very happy with.”

At the time of the death, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office told Fox News that Craig Turner died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Studio City, California. He was 59.

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*EXAMINER–HISTORY (1860):
11-Year-Old Grace Bedell Urges
Abraham Lincoln to Grow a Beard
A few weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the US, 11-year-old Grace Bedell sent him a letter urging him to grow a beard to win over voters. Bedell claimed that “all the ladies like whiskers” and would urge their husbands to vote for a bearded Lincoln.

Days later, Lincoln drafted a noncommittal response in which he wondered whether such a change in appearance would be well received. Within months, he was sporting his now-iconic beard.

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens:
Murdering a defenseless journalist in your own consulate isn’t toughness. It’s barbarism. And trying to brazen your way into the clear with empty promises of an investigation and blustering threats of diplomatic reprisal isn’t evidence of a young ruler’s reformist instinct. It’s a path toward a darker form of tyranny.

Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may think they’re preserving a necessary alliance with Riyadh in the face of moral posturing by their critics. They should take care lest the effect of their forbearance is yet another Mideast monster.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas B. Edsall:
Over the past 18 years, the Democratic electorate has moved steadily to the left, as liberals have displaced moderates. Self-identified liberals of all races and ethnicities now command a majority in the party, raising the possibility that views once confined mainly to the party elite have spread into the rank and file.

From 2001 to 2018, the share of Democratic voters who describe themselves as liberal has grown from 30 to 50 percent, according to data provided by Lydia Saad, a senior editor at the Gallup Poll.

The percentage of Democrats who say they are moderate has fallen from 44 to 35; the percentage of self-identified conservative Democrats has gone from 25 to 13 percent.

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*** Former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Jael Strauss revealed she is fighting for her life. Last week, the former aspiring model told fans that she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer that has been determined “incurable.” “I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know,” the 34-year-old wrote on Facebook just a few days ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness month. “On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable.”

*** Vince Offer — the guy made famous by the ShamWowinfomercials — apparently couldn’t soak up the problems in his marriage … and his wife has officially filed for divorce. Offer married Melody Barney in Malibu in 2014, and she submitted divorce papers– Wednesday in L.A. to start the process to make them legally single. According to the divorce docs, Barney is asking for legal and physical custody of their 4-year-old daughter. She says Offer can have visitation time. She’s also asking for spousal support. Vince hatched the ShamWow idea back in 2006, and the commercial made him famous in 2009 … and it only cost $20,000 to make.

Offer had some legal issues … back in 2009, he was arrested for allegedly hiring a prostitute who bit his tongue during a hookup and wouldn’t let go until he punched her. Both Offer and the woman were arrested for felony aggravated battery.

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October 17, 2018

Some of Hitler’s last relatives are living secret lives on Long Island, N.Y.:
Some of Adolf Hitler’s last surviving relatives have been living under the radar on Long Island for decades, according to a new report.

Hitler’s great-nephews AlexanderLouis and Brian Stuart-Houston — the only living descendants of the dictator’s paternal side — live quiet lives in the New York suburbs and fly American flags in their yards, according to Germany’s Bild newspaper, which came knocking at their doors recently.

The three men are the sons of Hitler’s nephew, William Patrick Hitler, who was born in the UK to the Fuehrer’s half-brother, Alois Hitler Jr.

Alois, who left home at 14 and wound up working as a waiter in Dublin, split when “Willy” Hitler was young, according to the New Yorker.

But Willy wound up visiting his estranged dad in Germany in 1929, where he attended a Nuremberg rally. He then returned to the UK and began giving interviews to the press as Hitler’s “English nephew” — until he was summoned to Berlin to face a furious Fuehrer, the magazine reports.

*Top 3% of U.S. Taxpayers Paid Majority of Income Taxes in 2016:
Individual income taxes are the federal government’s single biggest revenue source. In fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30, the individual income tax is expected to bring in roughly $1.7 trillion, or about half of all federal revenues, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

If past statistics can offer any guidance, in 2016, $1.44 trillion income taxes were paid by 140.9 million taxpayers reporting a total of $10.2 trillion in adjusted gross income, according to data recently released by the Internal Revenue Services.

Bloomberg looked into the 2016 individual returns data in detail for some additional insights illustrated in the charts below:

•    The top 1 percent paid a greater share of individual income taxes (37.3 percent) than the bottom 90 percent combined (30.5 percent).

•    The top 50 percent of all taxpayers paid 97 percent of total individual income taxes.

•    In other words, the bottom 50 percent paid 3 percent. Which small percentile of tax payers also paid 3 percent or more? You might have guessed it. It is the top 0.001%, or about 1,400 taxpayers. That group alone paid 3.25 percent of all income taxes. In 2001, the bottom 50 percent paid nearly 5 percent whereas the top 0.001 percent of filers paid 2.3 percent of income taxes.

*Over 80% of Twitter Accounts Linked to 2016 Fake News Are ‘Still Active’:

The vast majority of Twitter accounts that pumped out fake news during the 2016 presidential campaign are still active, a report has found. Researchers pored over millions of tweets and concluded that more than 80 percent of the accounts associated with the 2016 disinformation campaign are still posting. That’s despite Twitter patting itself on the back in July after carrying out a purge of fake accounts. The research was carried out by the nonprofit Knight Foundation.

“The persistence of so many easily identified abusive accounts is difficult to square with any effective crackdown,” said report authors Matthew Hindman of George Washington Universityand Vlad Barash of the social-media analysis companyGraphika.

*Economic Boom Largely Ignored
as TV’s Trump Coverage
Hits 92% Negative:
In four weeks, Americans go to the polls for the midterm elections that the news media are casting as a referendum on the Trump presidency. Over the summer, the broadcast networks have continued to pound Donald Trump and his team with the most hostile coverage of a President in TV news history — 92 percent negative, vs. just 8 percent positive.
*MONSTER -Assad Has Carried
Out ‘Over 100 Chemical Attacks’
Since 2013: 
President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have carried out more than 100 chemical weapons attacks in Syria over the past five years, a BBC investigation has found. The report states there’s enough evidence to be confident of at least 106 chemical attacks ordered by Assad since he signed the internationalChemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and agreed to destroy his chemical-weapons stockpile in September 2013.

“The use of chemical weapons has delivered some outcomes for [government forces] that they believe are worth the risk, and [chemical weapons] have subsequently been shown to be worth the risk because they keep using them, repeatedly,” saidJulian Tangaere, former head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission to Syria.

The highest number of reported attacks took place in the northwestern province of Idlib, but there were also many incidents in Hama, Aleppo, and in the Eastern Ghouta region.

Assad continues to deny his forces have ever used chemical weapons.

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Amy Winehouse hologram tour set for 2019
An Amy Winehouse hologram will tour the world next fall as part of a new partnership between the singer’s estate andBASE Hologram.

An exact start date for the trek has yet to be announced, though it’s expected to kick off late 2019.

Per a statement, the show will feature “digitally remastered arrangements of [Winehouse’s] classics” while the hologram “will be backed by a live band, singers and theatrical stagecraft.”

“This is a dream for us,” said Winehouse’s father, Mitch. “To see her perform again is something special that really can’t be put into words. Our daughter’s music touched the lives of millions of people and it means everything that her legacy will continue in this innovative and groundbreaking way.”

The hologram tour will also raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation. The organization works to combat and prevent drug and alcohol abuse among young people, while also providing other services to disadvantaged youth.

*EXAMINER-INVESTIGATES:
The left breast is statistically more prone to developing cancer than the right breast. Scientists are unsure why.
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*EXAMINER-R.I.P.:
*** Carol Hall, who helped turn an unlikely inspiration into one of the biggest Broadway hits of the 1970s when she wrote the music and lyrics for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 82. An announcement from her family said the cause was logopenic primary progressive aphasia, a rare form of dementia.

*** Jim Taylor, the bruising fullback who played on four N.F.L.championship teams with the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s and became the first star in Coach Vince Lombardi’s dynasty to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died on Saturday. He was 83. He died at a hospital in Baton Rouge, La., the Packers said in a statement on Saturday.

*EXAMINER-SITE OF THE DAY:  
Welcome to NationMaster, a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World FactbookUN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.
*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
The good news is that once you get outside these two elite groups you find a lot more independent thinking and flexibility. This is not a 50-50 nation. It only appears that way when disenchanted voters are forced to choose between the two extreme cults.

Roughly two-thirds of Americans, across four political types, fall into what the authors call “the exhausted majority.” Sixty-one percent say people they agree with need to listen and compromise more. Eighty percent say political correctness is a problem, and 82 percent say the same about hate speech.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
Every country needs its constructive critics. The medicine they dispense is distasteful to most leaders, but it often makes them more healthy in the end.
*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens:
Michael Kelly, the legendary journalist who died covering the invasion of Iraq in 2003, once wrote that the “animating impulse” of modern liberalism was to “marginalize itself and then enjoy its own company. And to make itself as unattractive to as many as possible.”

“If it were a person,” he added, “it would pierce its tongue.”

I thought of that line while reading a tweet from Nate Cohn,The Times’s polling guru: “Take everything together, and, on balance, it’s been a good 10 days of state/cd polling for theGOP in a lot of important battlegrounds.”

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Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), basketball player, 61st Street and Amsterdam Avenue, New York, May 2, 1963
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This is creepy, even for Charles Manson — the hospital gown the notorious murderer was wearing when he died, along with the coroner’s toe tag and ALL of his bone fragments are headed to Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum … a score he’s calling the motherload of all motherloads.

The “Ghost Adventures” star says… Manson’s grandson, Jason Freeman, gave Zak all of the items this week. They’ll be front-and-center at his Vegas Haunted Museum … which already features Manson’s chompers and two paintings — one that has his urine and another his ashes.

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October 14, 2018

Sunday-EXTRA
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*BOOTS ON THE GROUND-
DOJ Sends Prosecutors, Coordinators to Address Crime Problem in Chicago:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions added violent crime prosecutors to Chicago to create a Gun Crimes Prosecution Team at the local U.S. Attorney’s office, the Justice Department announced. The move comes weeks afterPresident Trump ordered Sessions to work with law enforcement and reduce crime, the DOJ sent additional resources to U.S. Attorney John Lausch for the new prosecution team to make sure “Chicago’s most dangerous criminals are charged quickly after arrest and prosecuted.”

The department also announced the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assigned five Violent Crime Coordinators to Lausch’s existing “Project Safe Neighborhoods” team so they can conduct a “daily review of firearm arrests and seizures… to ensure the most violent firearm offenders are promptly and effectively prosecuted in federal court.”

The Justice Department previously called the Chicago Police Department’s agreement with the ACLU to fix the city’s crime problem unsuccessful after 2016 saw the “biggest single-year increase” in the murder rate. In recent rallies, the president has called for the stop-and-frisk policy to be implemented in Chicago to bring down crime.

“At a fundamental level, there is a misperception that police are the problem and that their failures, their lack of training, and their abuses create crime,” Sessions wrote in the announcement. “But the truth is the police are the solution to crime, and criminals are the problem.”

*In-N-Out boss is 36 years old,
a billionaire and beloved
by her employees:
In-N-Out Burger president Lynsi Snyder is the youngest woman on the latest Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans.

The 36-year-old is not only worth a fortune at $3 billion, but she also boasts sky- high approval ratings. According toGlassdoor, Snyder’s support from employees stands at 99 percent.

Forbes reports that workers of the family-run burger chain enjoy a better-than-average quality of life. Restaurant workers make $13 an hour, compared to $9 at McDonald’s, and they’re eligible for health insurance. Managers, who on average have been with the company for 17 years, make about $163,000.

*As Large Groups of Illegal Aliens Keep Pouring In, A Majority Have 3 U.S. Destinations in Mind:
Border patrol agents say they continue to apprehend large groups of illegal immigrants, many from Guatemala, who increasingly are being led into remote desert areas of the United States by human smugglers who have deceived them with promises of financial gain and protected immigration status.

“Multiple areas along the Yuma and Ajo (Arizona) corridors are being exploited by criminal organizations,” Customs and Border Protection announced.

Based on interviews with members of these large groups, CBP said a “majority” of the illegal immigrants have three final destinations in mind: Charleston, S.C.; Oakland, Calif.; and Homestead, Fla.

*Dershowitz: Dems ‘Hypocritical’ for Calling for Kavanaugh’s Impeachment:
Liberal Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz told Fox News that it would be “absolutely foolish, inconsistent, and hypocritical” for Democrats to try to impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, considering they were against former President Bill Clinton being impeached for “lying about his sex life.”

“That would be absolutely foolish, inconsistent, and hypocritical. Those who believe that Bill Clinton should never have been impeached for allegedly lying about his sex life are now going to lead the campaign to impeach Kavanaugh for allegedly lying about his sexual and drinking activities back when he was a 17-year-old. It’s hypocrisy run rampant,” Dershowitz said.

*Legal Immigrants Subsidized Cost of DACA Applications to the Tune of $316.5M Since 2015:
The cost of adjudicating DACA applications has been subsidized by other immigration benefits applicants to the tune of $316.5 million over the last three years, according to information released by USCIS.

This subsidy was needed because the Obama administration did not impose an application fee for DACA status. Most immigration benefits applicants pay for the application for the status they are seeking, with additional fees for a work permit and fingerprint collection; DACA applicants only had to pay for the work permits and fingerprints, leaving legal immigrants and visa applicants to pick up the tab for the cost of adjudicating their eligibility for DACA.

USCIS is funded almost entirely by the fees it collects from applicants and their sponsors. It is required by law to set the fees at a level that covers the full cost of adjudicating the applications. Periodically, the agency goes through a very complex process to determine these costs, and then publishes a proposed fee schedule, which is open to public review and comment.

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While over two-thirds of American adults say they at least occasionally get news on social media, 57 percent say they are concerned that the information they see is inaccurate, according to new data released by The Pew Research Center. Pew’s survey found that even among those who say they prefer to get their news from sites like Facebook and YouTube, 42 percent said that they expect the news they see to largely be inaccurate.

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TOXIC- Cancer-Causing Metal Found in
National Retailers’ Jewelry
Jewelry found on the shelves of huge national retailers—suchRossNordstrom Rack, and Papaya—contains the toxic cancer-causing metal cadmium, the Associated Press reports. Research carried out by the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health shows that some jewelry sold with dresses and shirts is nearly pure cadmium, which is known to cause cancer and reproductive harm after prolonged exposure. Some states have banned the metal from being used in children’s jewelry, but there are no laws preventing it from being used in jewelry for adults.

Lab testing found 31 adult jewelry items purchased from retail stores were at least 40 percent cadmium, and most were more than 90 percent. Most of the tainted items were sold at Ross, with one pendant from a necklace chain being 100 percent cadmium. The company said it has “addressed this issue with our supplier.”

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In 2001, Argentina had 5 presidents in 10 days.
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American Music Awards
American Music Awards Ratings Plummet to Record Low as Entertainers Push Politics.

Ratings for ABC‘s broadcast of the American Music Awards (AMA) plummeted to an all-time low, as viewers apparently feared they’d be subjected to unwanted celebrity political preaching.

The three-hour program lost 25% of its 18-43 year-old viewers (1.8 rating/6.5 million viewers) from 2017, Variety reported Wednesday. The overall broadcast audience (2.4 rating/9.2 million viewers) suffered an even steeper decline of 29%.

“This is the latest example of an awards show seeing serious declines year-over-year. Back in September, the Emmy Awards on NBC also put up an all-time low,” Variety notes.

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Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author & Neuroscientist, Studies Brain Science to Improve Human Relationships
Dr. Srini Pillay, neuroscientist and best-selling author ofTINKER DABBLE DOODLE  TRY, delves deep into brain science to reveal what people can do to improve the relationships within their lives.

He believes that brain science can be used by individuals to better perceive, understand, evaluate, and respond to people.

“The somewhat bizarre fact of life,” Dr. Pillay explains, “is that people who are in our lives are not simply who they actually are. They are some interesting mix of who they are and what we make of them in our brains. If we understand the ways in which relationships impact our brains, we can change our brains to alter the ways in which we interact with others too.”

Transference is the first of two phenomena that Dr. Pillay talks about in relation to this concept. This is when conversational partners activate earlier memories when communicating. These knee-jerk reactions occur due to the brain’s tendency to make non-conscious predictions based on earlier life experiences.

The best way to avoid this? Dr. Pillay states that the solution is simple. “Introduce new self-reflections and possibly even points of discussion when you find yourself engaged in a conflict. This can make for an interesting discussion when trying to resolve an argument.”

The second phenomenon that Dr. Pillay warns about is emotional contagion. This is when emotions are transferred from one person to another person without them even knowing about it. For example, someone who spends a large amount of time with negative-minded people will grow to view things with a more negative mindset as well.

Dr. Pillay stresses that individuals should be aware of their emotions and what could be causing them in any given situation. “In interactions with friends, colleagues, or romantic partners, be aware that their negative emotions could throw you in a negative state, even if you do not actually feel negative.” Dr. Pillay states.

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             *EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:

Over the past few years, hundreds of organizations and thousands of people (myself included) have mobilized to reduce political polarization, encourage civil dialogue and heal national divisions.

The first test case for our movement was the Kavanaughhearings. It’s clear that at least so far our work is a complete failure. Sixty-nine percent of Americans in one poll called the hearings a “national disgrace,” and the only shocking thing is that there are 31 percent who don’t agree.

What we saw in these hearings was the unvarnished tribalization of national life. At the heart of the hearings were two dueling narratives, one from Christine Blasey Ford and one from Brett Kavanaugh. These narratives were about what did or did not happen at a party 36 years ago. There was nothing particularly ideological about the narratives, nothing that touched on capitalism, immigration or any of the other great disputes of national life.

And yet reactions to the narratives have been determined almost entirely by partisan affiliation. Among the commentators I’ve seen and read, those who support Democrats embrace Blasey’s narrative and dismissed Kavanaugh’s. Those who support Republicans side with Kavanaugh’s narrative and see holes in Ford’s. I can think of few exceptions.

     *EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:

I began my journalism career covering a civil war in Lebanon. I never thought I’d end my career covering a civil war in America.

We may not be there yet, but if we don’t turn around now, we will surely get where we’re going — which was best described by Senator Jeff Flake on Monday: “Tribalism is ruining us. It is tearing our country apart. It is no way for sane adults to act.”

Sure, we’ve experienced bouts of intense social strife since theAmerican Civil War of 1861. I grew up with the assassination of Martin Luther King and raging street battles over civil rights and Vietnam. And yet this moment feels worse — much less violent, blessedly, but much more broadly divisive. There is a deep breakdown happening between us, between us and our institutions and between us and our president.

We can’t find common ground on which to respectfully disagree; the other side is “the enemy.” We shout at each other on television, unfollow each other on Facebook and fire verbal mortars at each other on Twitter — and now everyone is on the digital battlefield, not just politicians.

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Hollywood Icon- Ava Gardner 1945

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