November 4, 2018

Sunday-EXTRA
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*Farrakhan‘s Anti-Semitic Slurs Far Pre-Date Bill Clinton’s Appearance With Him at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral:
When former President Bill Clinton appeared with Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan in August, Farrakhan had not yet posted his infamous tweet comparing Jews to termites – but, Farrakhan already had a long history of making anti-Semitic public statements.

“I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite,” Farrakhan posted on Twitter on Oct. 16, 2018, attaching video of his comments made during a speech. After public backlash, the video was removed from YouTube and Facebook – but, Twitter defended and refused to pull the post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports. The video remains posted on the Nation of Islam website.

Back on August 31, 2018, Clinton appeared with Farrakhan,Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton at the funeral of singerAretha Franklin – long after Farrakhan had earned a reputation for anti-Semitic rhetoric. He even called on then-President Clinton to “Stop bowing down” to Jews.

Inflammatory anti-Semitic remarks documented by theJewish Virtual Library and the Anti-Defamation League date back to at least 1998 and include Farrakhan calling Jews “Satanic” and suggesting the Holocaust was self-inflicted because they were “so bad at politics”:

•    “Don’t be afraid of the Zionists. Don’t be afraid of their power, Mr. Clinton. Stop bowing down.” – Speech at Howard University, Washington DC, 10/16/98

•    “Satanic Jews have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.” – Sermon, 5/27/18

•    “Powerful Jews are my enemy.” – Saviour’s Day Speech, 2/25/18

•    “The Jews have been so bad at politics they lost half their population in the Holocaust. They thought they could trust in Hitler, and they helped him get the Third Reich on the road.” – Saviours’ Day Speech, Chicago, 2/22/98

*Lindsey Graham: ‘Finally, a President Willing to Take on This Absurd
Policy of Birthright Citizenship’:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declared support Tuesday forPresident Donald Trump’s imminent executive order ending America’s “absurd policy of birthright citizenship.”

“Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship, Graham said in a statement calling for an end to the policy that grants automatic citizenship to alien children born on U.S. soil.

“I’ve always supported comprehensive immigration reform – and at the same time – the elimination of birthright citizenship,” Sen. Graham said, promising to provide legislative backing to Trump’s executive order

*Pompeo Welcomes Danish Arrest
as Another Iranian Terror Plot in Europe is Foiled:
Denmark is withdrawing its ambassador and calling for concerted European Union action against the regime in Tehran, after foiling a plot to assassinate an Iranian dissident, the latest in a series of incidents exposing Iranian terror sponsorship in Europe.

“It’s hard to find words that can describe the severity of the matter we are dealing with,” Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told reporters.

Denmark would examine the possibility of strengthening E.U. sanctions, a response that would be most effective if taken together with “like-minded partners,” he said.

*Federal Employee Used Government Charge Card to Spend $400 at ‘Adult Entertainment Gentlemen’s Club’:
Employees of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, armed with government charge cards, made “at least 950” “unauthorized, unsupported, or ineligible purchases” in fiscal 2017, according to a report by the department’s inspector general.

These included a $400 charge at “an adult entertainment gentlemen’s club” and a $282 “unauthorized ATM withdrawal” followed by an $849 “unauthorized charge” at a Las Vegas casino hotel.

HUD’s travel cards were used for unauthorized, unsupported, or ineligible purchases in at least 950 instances totaling more than $95,000,” said the IG’s report.

The IG estimated the overall number of unauthorized, unsupported and ineligible purchase by examining a selected sampling of actual purchases.

*Chicago: 43 Shot, 5 Killed Over Weekend — 2,530 Shot, 469
Killed So Far This Year:
Over the weekend, 43 people were shot in Chicago and 5 of the victims died, making it one of the most violent weekends in the Windy City this year. Since the beginning of the year, 2,530 people have been shot in Chicago, according to the shooting and homicide data maintained by the Chicago Tribune.

Further data, collected by the Chicago Sun-Times, shows there have been 469 homicides in Chicago so far this year — 408 of those deaths resulted from shootings. Another 30 homicides were caused by stabbing and another 31 deaths were caused by “another type” of violence.

Despite these crimes, a new YouGov poll shows that nearly half (45%) of Chicagoans say gun violence is “not a problem.” Fifty-one percent say it is “a problem.”

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Rehnquist graduated a semester early and left for a Supreme Court clerkship, but soon after sent a letter to Day telling her he wanted to see her to talk about “important things,” then wrote shortly afterward: “To be specific, Sandy, will you marry me this summer?” Their friends and colleagues were reportedly oblivious to the proposal until now. O’Connor and Rehnquist remained close friends until his death in 2005.

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan:
We’re going to the polls and looking for leaders. What do we want? What a voter told Bret Baier a week ago, live from the campaign trail: someone she can cheer for. She was such an American, half hopeful, half wistful.

When people have real leaders, there’s a feeling of security: Somebody reliable is in charge. When a majority don’t feel that, there’s a sense of unrest, of jitteriness that filters out and down. America’s never at full peace, it’s not our style, but there’s a greater sense of soundness, and less frantic scrolling down for the latest horror, when you feel there are solid folk in office.

There are suddenly a lot of new books on leadership. I askedDoris Kearns Goodwin, author of the easygoing yet scholarly “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” why. “Because we feel the absence of leadership now, not only in the president but in the Congress—the inability to get together and get things done.” When you lack something, you try to define exactly what it is so you can find it. We feel “a yearning for togetherness” and wonder which political figures might help set the nation in a common direction.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
You’ve probably heard the starfish story. There’s a boy on the beach who finds thousands of starfish washed ashore, dying. He picks one up and throws it back into the ocean. A passer-by asks him what’s the point of that. All these thousands of other starfish are still going to die. “Well,” the boy responds, “I saved that one.”

Many of our social programs are based on that theory of social change. We try to save people one at a time. We pick a promising kid in a neighborhood and give her a scholarship. Social programs and philanthropic efforts cream skim in a thousand ways. Or they mentor one at a time, assuming that the individual is the most important unit of social change.

Obviously it’s possible to do good that way. But you’re not really changing the structures and systems that shape lives.

*EXAMINER- COMMENTARY by David Leonhardt:
In a new book, Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Posthas a chart that reminds me of this debate. The chart contains two lines, the first measuring income inequality and the second measuring political polarization between the two parties in Congress. Both start in 1967 and go until almost the present. And both lines rise sharply, in close proximity: As inequality increases, so does polarization.
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***A week after tickets went on sale for Britney Spears’“Domination” concert series at the Park MGM in Las Vegas — fresh on the heels of a yearslong Vegas stint that ended last December — her first month of shows remains more than half unsold, sources note.

By comparison, a 27-show stint for Lady Gaga that begins Dec. 28 at the same venue nearly sold out in the first week tickets were available. An Aerosmith residency that starts April 6 was 85 percent sold out in a week, according to sources.

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