The Greateast Story of the War in the Pacific

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White Man Accuses Trump Nominee of White Nationalism

What’s with all these crazy white people bitching about other white people?

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow accused one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees of advocating for ethnic purity, citing a 2010 law review article in which the nominee defended Israel’s distinct Jewish identity as compatible with liberal democracy.

In a lengthy Thursday night monologue, Maddow said Steve Menashi, Trump’s nominee for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, made “a high-brow argument for racial purity” in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law.

“In case you thought that the problem in this country is that we didn’t have enough out and loud proponents of ethnonationalism on the federal appeals courts in this land, hey, you’ve got to start somewhere,” Maddow said. The Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on the president to withdraw Menashi’s nomination.

The article Maddow referenced is called “Ethnonationalism and Liberal Democracy.” Menashi said his purpose was to challenge the common charge that “Israel’s particularistic identity — its desire to serve as a homeland for the Jewish people — contradicts principles of universalism and equality upon which liberal democracy supposedly rests.”

The article argues Israel is not unique in its efforts to develop a common identity. Instead, Menashi writes national self-consciousness is a feature common to advanced liberal democracies. Communities that develop that sense of common identity become “entitled to self-determination as an international norm,” which in turn “facilitates democratic government.” Many liberal states actively cultivate that sense of fellow-feeling, he noted, by privileging certain groups in immigration and maintaining ties to diasporic communities.

He elsewhere argues Israel was founded in response to liberal universalism’s failure to secure to equal rights.

Menashi is a descendant of Jews who settled in Israel. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School who clerked for Justice Samuel Alito. Before entering the Trump administration as a White House lawyer and special assistant to the president, Menashi was a professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. He joined the Mason faculty after practicing in the New York offices of Kirkland & Ellis.

MSNBC did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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Another Campaign Promise Kept

Planned Parenthood is set to lose $60M in funding after Court of Appeals rejects a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood. The supposed “War on Women” is heating up and the feminists are not happy. Cry Me a River.

The nation’s largest abortion provider has been in the Title X program for decades and receives almost $60 million in funding from the program each year.

Planned Parenthood said Wednesday it will withdraw from the program by the close of business on Monday, Aug. 19, unless the full 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco halts the new rules. The appeals court is weighing a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood and others to overturn the rules. The same panel of judges in July allowed the administration to go ahead with enforcement.

Monday is also the deadline set by the Department of Health and Human Services for participants in the family planning program to submit plans on how they would comply with the rules, which are set to take effect Sept. 18.

Planned Parenthood said the administration’s new policy is “unethical and dangerous,” amounting to a “gag rule” on clinicians.

In response, HHS spokeswoman Mia Heck said Planned Parenthood represents fewer than 400 of 4,000 service sites around the country.

“To the extent that Planned Parenthood claims that it must make burdensome changes to comply with the final rule, it is actually choosing to place a higher priority on the ability to refer for abortion instead of continuing to receive federal funds to provide a broad range of acceptable and effective family planning methods,” Heck said in a statement.

About 4 million women are served nationwide under the federal program, which distributes $260 million in grants to clinics.

Pro-life groups are commending President Donald Trump for keeping his campaign promise to defund Planned Parenthood.

Catherine Glenn Foster, the president of the pro-life organization Americans United for Life, is targeting Planned Parenthood’s complaints about losing the funds.

“This will feed Planned Parenthood’s reality distortion field that, despite being one of the most generously tax-funded nonprofits in America, it is somehow being attacked simply because the Department of Health and Human Services wishes to respect congressional intent,” Foster said in a statement to The Christian Post. “And Congress was clear: Title X was never meant to fund abortions. The law is clear.”

Planned Parenthood has pledged to keep its doors open despite the administration’s policy. Other program participants unaffiliated with the abortion provider have warned they would leave the program as well.

Some pro-life groups are saying women will wonder why they ever thought they needed the abortion provider.

“Women across America are going to find out for themselves that they don’t need Planned Parenthood after the nation’s largest abortion vendor pulls out of a program that they never should have been in at all,” said Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins in a statement.

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Five Stories the Media Failed to Tell You This Week

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Keep America Great, Stand with Trump in 2020

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