Today's Newsletter March 19 Edition

March 19, 2018

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Today's Commentary: Progressives target "To Kill A Mockingbird" -- Progressive policies have consequences -- RIP Louise Slaughter -- Gina Haspel to CIA -- The quiet war with Russia -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries

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There’s a saying going around the Internet: “Progressives ruin everything.” By inappropriately injecting leftist politics into every corner of life, they’ve managed to spoil the Oscars, late night comedy, the NFL, NASCAR and countless other diversions that Americans used to be able to turn to when they wanted to put politics aside and come together.

Now, they’re even trying to ruin one of the most cherished books and movies among liberals, “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The estate of author Harper Lee is suing to stop a new Broadway adaptation because the creators decided that her hero, Atticus Finch, one of the best role models in all of literature, should start out as a “racist apologist” and gradually become more woke. I guess they automatically assume that as a white male Southerner, he couldn’t possibly be anything other than a racist jerk from the get-go. As producer Scott Rudin puts it, “the world has changed since then” and he “can't and won't present a play that feels like it was written in the year the book was written in terms of its racial politics. It wouldn't be of interest.”

To refresh your memory, Atticus Finch is a small town lawyer in Alabama in the 1930s

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Progressive policies have consequences

By Mike Huckabee

It’s said that when you point your finger at someone, three more fingers are pointing back at you. Some of the loudest leftwing groups who’ve been pointing fingers at the NRA over school shootings really hope we won’t notice the fingers pointed back at them for the wrong-headed school policies they’ve championed that reduced school discipline and kept students who are potential threats from being reported or dealt with by authorities before they could erupt into mass violence.

But some people did notice, and in fact, warned about the possible disastrous consequences of those “progressive” policies as far back as 2010. Like so many warnings that could have stopped school shootings before they started, that warning was ignored, until now.

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RIP Louise Slaughter

By Mike Huckabee

New York Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter, the oldest sitting member of the US House, died Friday at home at 88. She was described as a relentless advocate for western New York and the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. While her Republican colleagues seldom saw eye-to-eye with her on legislation, they offered their respects and condolences, with Speaker Paul Ryan stating that “she was tough, but unfailingly gracious.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will undoubtedly pick a replacement with similar political views. Let’s hope he finds one with similar character and graciousness, too. But that won't be easy these days.

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Gina Haspel to CIA

By Mike Huckabee

President Trump’s historic promotion of Gina Haspel to be the first woman director of the CIA was immediately marred by claims that she had overseen the waterboarding torture of al-Qaida suspect Abu Zubaydah and mocked his suffering in private conversations. That lit up the anti-Trump news outlets for hours, and Democrats and even some Republicans vowed to block her nomination in the Senate.

One problem, and you can say it all with me now: “FAKE NEWS!” The source of the story, the Pro-Publica website, has apologized and retracted it. Pro-Publica misinterpreted a book referencing two heads of that secret CIA prison in Thailand, which Haspel didn’t even take over until after that interrogation. Sen. Rand Paul’s office said he’ll still oppose Haspel’s nomination, since she ran a site in Thailand where terrorist suspects were tortured, and that disqualifies her, although it’s not clear whether anyone was tortured when she was running it.

When contacted about the bogus report, the CIA told Pro-Publica, “Nearly every piece of reporting that you are seeking comment on is incorrect in whole or in part.” Seems like that’s a call they should have made before publishing the story, if only the media these days weren't too busy torturing the term “journalism.”

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The quiet war with Russia

By Mike Huckabee

Many commentators are debating whether the deadly chemical assassination attempt on a former Russian spy and his daughter that took place in the UK and endangered nearby Britons can be considered an “act of war.” The same might also be asked following the Trump Administration’s revelation of Russian government-backed cyberattacks on the US power grid, stretching back two years.

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As the Russian mercenaries in Syria could tell us, Russia has been at war with the US and its allies for a long time. It’s just not the sort of war that involves large masses of troops or that makes headlines and gets assigned a number. It’s the kind of sneaky, beneath-the-surface war that Vladimir Putin, a former KGB spook, specializes in: the kind that allows him to shake hands with other world leaders at summit meetings while secretly knifing them in the back. Except it’s become so blatant in recent years that it’s no longer a secret.

Two strong female leaders, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and British Prime Minister Theresa May, just put macho man Putin on notice that the US and UK are fed up with his under-the-table war games, and if Russia doesn’t start behaving like a civilized nation, it will face retaliation that will flip the table on him.

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Additional Commentaries

An internal affair:  Andrew McCabe fired from FBI

"Clock boy" is back in the news again

Republicans close House Intel Committee investigation

"A Wrinkle in Time" the movie

Republicans finally saying yes to a special counsel

Joy Behar apologizes

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