August 17, 2017: The Intolerant Left | Bannon Goes Mooch |Trump Wins N. Korea

Good Thursday to you. All week we struggled with our decision to take time off and publish once weekly in August. Like everyone else, we watched the violence in Charlottesville in horror. Despite all the ink spilled on this topic, we still have our two cents to add. We’ve skipped the worst from the Right, like the attacks on Heather Heyer, the young woman mowed down by the car, and the conspiracy theories that the Nazi marchers were actually liberals who wanted to embarrass the Right. We’ve focused on how Trump’s arguments and reasoning actually reflected thinking we’ve seen for awhile in the Right media. 

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August 10, 2017: Apocalypse Now? | Google Inquisition | Kayleigh McEnany Propaganda Watch

Happy Thursday. We would like to say that we’ve been enjoying our August in peace, but it is hard to relax with beach reading and BBQs when the president of the United States is threatening “fire and fury.” Around our dinner tables, there was debate over the inspiration for Trump’s word choice. One son insisted that Trump must have seen the latest installment of “Game of Thrones,” where dragons literally set the opposing armies afire. Another son insisted the reference must be to “The Lord of the Rings.” The parents feel the children may be crediting Trump with more literary knowledge than he actually has, however.

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August 3, 2017: Those Trump Polls | Nationalist Blues | The Asian-American Factor

Happy Thursday. This week, we noticed a curious thing: It was sometimes hard to tell the Left and the Right apart. Was that really an editorial writer in The New York Times expressing concern that Stephen Bannon’s reign may be coming to an end, calling him “at times, a voice for sanity?” (And what about another member of the Times’s editorial staff criticizing the progressive Women’s March leaders for embracing hate?) Then there was National Review publishing one of the few critiques of Trump’s appointment of John Kelly -- yet another former General -- to his core administration.

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July 31, 2017: Hell Breaking Loose| Democrats’ Hidden Scandal | Priebus Theories | Korea Blame Game

Happy Monday. So just how worried are conservative commentators that the Trump presidency will come crumbling down and embarrass them all? We noticed that several were stretching for the language or analogies that might describe just how terrible the situation is: The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan complained that Trump was “weak and sniveling” and, as the headline said, a “Woody Allen without the humor.” RedState called the White House "the ninth circle of hell.” And National Review compared the new communications director Anthony Scaramucci to the profane, testosterone-driven maniac salesman played by Alec Baldwin in the David Mamet movie “Glengarry Glen Ross.” What a week!

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July 27, 2017: Transgenders and Sessions | Dark Money on Campus | Pyrrhic Health Care Victory

Happy Thursday. Remember when summer was sleepy? So this newsletter will tackle the big issues of the day, but before we get started we want to mention that one author of the newsletter is the mother of an Eagle Scout and the other a wife of an Eagle Scout. We would like to say that neither blame the Boy Scouts for President Trump’s injection of politics into his address at the Jamboree in West Virginia this week and that both remain as proud as ever of their family members' accomplishment.

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July 20, 2017: Exhaustion Equality | Teflon President | Tucker Raging

1. Exhaustion Equality

Dear Readers, we thought it was just us, Blue State inhabitants, who were suffering from Trump fatigue, but we are increasingly seeing signs the other side’s energy is flagging, too. It is not just that Fox’s ratings and Breitbart’s readership may be ebbing, it’s that other frontline troops on the Right may also be wearying. The conservative blogger Erick Erickson posted this call for help Wednesday on his website, The Resurgent:

 

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July 10, 2017: Donald Jr. Center Stage | Tillerson Fail | Climate Denial Watch

Happy Monday. Russia is the story that just keeps on giving.

We have the latest reactions to everything from Donald Jr.’s escapades in collusion to our president’s suggestion that we share a cyber technology team with Russia. Also, do you know the difference between and a meteorologist and climatologist? If not, we explain below why it’s relevant. Finally, we profile The Donald -- not the man, the Reddit.

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June 19, 2017: Liberals Self Injure | Witch Hunt Heretics | Happy Marriage Day

1. The Left's Big Gift to the Right

The shooting of a Republican congressmen last week might have been a moment for all to acknowledge that political partisanship has become too toxic on both sides. We’ve seen not one sign, however, that the Red Media is taking responsibility for its own contributions to the hate fest. In fact, quite the opposite. But, sadly, through self-inflicted wounds -- i.e. the comedian Kathy Griffin holding the head of a decapitated Trump -- the Left has made it all too easy recently for its opponents to be self righteous.

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June 5, 2017: Paris ‘Revolution’ | Intern Terror Suspects | Kelly’s “Rough Start”

1. Paris ‘Revolution’

In the wake of Trump’s pullout from the Paris climate accord, mayors and governors across the country pledged to make their own commitments to cut greenhouses gases. While this was largely regarded as a positive development in the Mainstream Media, some in the conservative media -- which, you would think, believe power should be exercised at a local level -- saw rebellion afoot. “Democrats plot ‘Revolution’ to circumvent Trump’s Paris decision,” whined a headline in The Daily Caller.

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June 1, 2017: “Fishy” Followers | Paris Pressure | Planned Parenthood Corruption

1. Trump’s “Fishy” Twitter Followers

Since Donald Trump is president of the United States it seemed entirely possible that most of his 31 million Twitter followers were real. (Barack Obama had 89 million.) But Trump’s account is growing so fast — he added 2.4 million followers in May — that social media experts are getting suspicious. Newsweek reported that about half are automated bots of fake accounts and — better still — that the president is so obsessed with ratings that he may even be paying for them even now: “Trump's Twitter account saw an unusual spike in followers over the weekend, many of which appear to have been created artificially.”

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May 29, 2017: Jared Troubles | Breitbart Sinks | Portland Murders

1. A Problem Named Jared

In wake of revelations in The Washington Post that Jared Kushner might have requested a “safe and secure” back-door channel to Kremlin, the conservative media have been caught in a bind. The alt-right press in particular has never liked Kushner. It sees him as a globalist undermining its America First agenda. However, with his troubles threatening to paralyze the entire Trump presidency, many were offering a defense -- albeit halfheartedly.

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