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  1. Shutdown Showdown
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Particularly the geniuses at Tide who have come out with so many new and exciting flavors of laundry pods. I hear they even help wash clothes), The other day on the Twitters, Danielle Sepulveres asked: What’s a movie quote you still say whether or not people will get the reference — Danielle Sepulveres (@ellesep) January 13, 2018 I proceeded to list a lot of mine, but they were still only a small fraction of the ones I use in everyday
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  2. Shutdown Hackery
    Shutdown politics are deeply exasperating. But they can also prove useful, as the melodrama reveals who the hacks are. Yesterday afternoon, Nancy Pelosi said the following about funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program in the continuing resolution: “[The bill] is like giving you a bowl of doggy-doo, put a cherry on top and call it a chocolate sundae.” Obviously, Pelosi doesn’t object to anything in the continuing resolution; she objects to what’s not in it, which is a legislative fix for DACA. Her scatological metaphor stinks. It’s hardly news that Pelosi was being dishonest. During shutdowns, politicians overplay their roles. It’s like
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  3. One Place This Thing Could End Up...
    ...assuming Schumer doesn’t want a shutdown: An extension that’s longer than the 4-5 days that he’s been pitching, but shorter than the 4-week measure that passed the House.
  4. What a Year That Was
    Are you better off now than you were one year ago? From the Potomac to Puget Sound, President Donald J. Trump and other Republicans should ask voters this exact question. Their answers should buoy GOP prospects for the November 6 midterm elections. Saturday marks one year since President Trump’s inauguration. Starting January 20, 2017, Trump and the GOP Congress have mopped up much of the previous management’s mess. Obama’s hectoring, anti-business tone has been hushed. His class warfare, “global warming” fetish, and lead-from-behindism are neutralized. Some 1,500 absurd and intrusive regulations, many of them Obama’s brainchildren, have been junked. And Obama’s taxaholism
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  5. CNN Poll: 56 Percent Say Don't Shut Down Government to Save DACA
    Are Senate Democrats sure they want to step out further on that branch? A new CNN poll shows that Americans like the DACA program... but not enough to accept a government shutdown in order to keep the program: Still, 56% overall say approving a budget agreement to avoid a shutdown is more important than continuing the DACA program, while just 34% choose DACA over a shutdown. Democrats break narrowly in favor of DACA -- 49% say it's more important vs. 42% who say avoiding a shutdown is the priority -- while majorities of both Republicans (75%) and independents (57%) say avoiding
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  7. The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Free-Speech Brief
    Let me begin with an unequivocal declaration. The Trump administration is a vast improvement over the Obama administration in protecting the right to life, rights of conscience, and religious liberty. This week’s announcement that the Department of Health and Human Services will finally start vigorously enforcing federal conscience laws is a welcome example. The president and vice president’s open embrace of the March for Life is another. So why are some pro-life and conservative free-speech attorneys quietly dismayed at the Department of Justice? Why are they whispering — quietly, in part because no one wants to anger the Trump administration —
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  8. The Looming Shutdown
    Chuck Schumer is pushing for a days-long CR. Maybe he can get Trump to go along with it, but it doesn't make much sense. It's highly unlikely that Congress is going to arrive at a DACA deal and write a bill in a matter of days. If Trump doesn't go for a very short-term CR, McConnell certainly isn't going to sign on for it, and then the question is what's Schumer's next move? Maybe he will push this all the way into a shutdown, although it's a very risky gambit. Perhaps anything can be pinned on Trump and Republicans at this
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  9. 'We Made Some Progress', says Schumer After Trump Meeting on Shutdown
    After his meeting at the White House to discuss the temporary funding bill to avert a government shutdown, Chuck Schumer told reporters that they "made some progress but we still have a good number of disagreements". While no deal is in place, this discussion means that one might still be made in the Senate before the midnight deadline. The House passed a funding bill last night, which if passed by the Senate would keep the government open until mid-February.
  10. The Claims of the Unborn
    On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we’re often asked to consider hypothetical cases. And I think they can clear up our thinking on the subject. Imagine that advances in technology mean that any unwanted pregnancy in the future could be ended with a simple, non-violent outpatient procedure. Imagine that the conceptus could be exfiltrated from the womb in a matter of minutes, and placed in an artificial womb to develop. Imagine that this scientific breakthrough was accompanied by legal changes that made these children easy to adopt, for the long list of people hoping to adopt healthy infants. Perhaps subsequent
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  11. Washington State Congresswoman Tells March for Life about Her Miracle Baby
    At the March for Life rally on the National Mall this afternoon, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R., Wash.) told the story of her daughter Abigail to illustrate the value of every unborn life. As she stood on the stage with her husband and children, Herrera Beutler said that several years ago, her unborn daughter had been diagnosed at 20 weeks’ gestation with a fatal deformity. The doctor told her and her husband Dan that their child had no kidneys and would miscarry or suffocate at birth because her lungs could not develop. Their doctor told them, too, that, when women received this
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  12. Breaking: Last-Minute Shutdown Talks with Chuck Schumer at White House
    The President has just invited Chuck Schumer to the White House for last-minute talks aimed at trying to avert a government shutdown. Following the move by GOP leadership to send House members home for the weekend, the Senate will need to pass the temporary measure for stopgap spending by midnight if a shutdown is to be avoided.
  13. The GOP Can't Win a DACA Debate It Won't Have
    When President Obama enacted DACA by executive order in June 2012, over the virtually unanimous opposition of GOP elected officials, one Republican senator reacted indignantly, saying over Twitter that it was “a classic Barack Obama move of choosing politics over leadership.” That senator was Lindsey Graham. Now that same Lindsey Graham has proposed a plan to reward Obama’s illegal choice of “politics over leadership” by giving a vastly larger amnesty than DACA provided, in exchange for a pittance of a down-payment on a “wall.” There’s no E-Verify, and only superficial tweaks to chain migration and the visa lottery. This “compromise” is now
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  15. House Democrats Oppose Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
    The House of Representatives has just voted to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, by a vote of 241-183. Every Republican representative voted in favor of the bill, and all Democrats voted against it, with just six exceptions: Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, Dan Lipinski of Illinois, and Collin Peterson and Tim Walz, both of Minnesota. The last time a similar bill was considered in Congress -- the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which President George W. Bush signed in 2002 -- it passed both chambers by a voice vote. The fact that
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