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In the news, Wednesday, August 23, 2017


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from Episcopal News Service

Was Robert E. Lee an American hero or a traitorous defender of slavery? The Confederate general has been called both in the ongoing debate over whether statues, monuments and plaques in his honor should be remain on display in public places, from parks to churches. At least one aspect of Lee’s biography is undisputed: He was a prominent parishioner at the Episcopal church that now bears his name, R.E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, Virginia. And that name now threatens to tear the congregation apart.

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from Las Vegas Review-Journal
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS,  HIGH,  major daily newspaper in Las Vegas, Nevada

EDITORIAL: The government loses again in the Bundy prosecution
After failing to gain convictions during the first proceeding in April, federal prosecutors got virtually everything they wanted in their retrial of four defendants charged in connection with the 2014 standoff at Cliven Bundy’s ranch near Bunkerville. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro eviscerated the defense team’s legal strategy and limited testimony favorable to the accused. Meanwhile, she gave the government wide latitude to tie the four men to extremist groups. In the end, however, the result was familiar — and should send a loud message to the government. On Tuesday, a Las Vegas jury handed federal prosecutors yet another embarrassing defeat. Two defendants were cleared of all charges and released Tuesday night. Jurors found the two other men not guilty of the majority of allegations, while deadlocking on a handful of other charges against them. It wasn’t even close. The Review-Journal’s David Ferrera reported that jurors told defense attorneys the vote was originally 11-1 in favor of acquittal.

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from LifeZette (& PoliZette)

ESPN Just Took Political Correctness Way Too Far
You won't believe why the network pulled an announcer off a game — and prevented him from doing his job. In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, ESPN decided to pull one of its announcers from calling a University of Virginia football game — because his name is Robert Lee. Lee, an Asian-American sportscaster who started with the network in 2016, was moved to a different game “simply because of the coincidence of his name,” ESPN said, referencing the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Trump: ‘It Is Time to Heal the Wounds That Divide Us’
President strikes a conciliatory tone and asks nation to find a 'new unity' based on 'common values'. President Donald Trump said “we have no division too deep for us to heal” and “it is time to heal the wounds that divide us” as a nation by seeking “a new unity” during a speech at the National Convention of the American Legion in Reno, Nevada.

Judicial Worry: Group Mobilizes to Prod Senate on Trump Judges
Organization launches ad buy demanding slow-moving lawmakers speed up confirmations. President Donald Trump has nominated 11 people to appeals court judgeships and another 23 people to district court positions. Yet there are more vacancies on the federal bench now than when he took office. That fact has prompted the Judicial Crisis Network to spend $500,000 on a national online campaign, for the next two weeks, to pressure the Senate to speed up the pace of confirmations. Four other conservative organizations, the Tea Party Patriots, the Concerned Veterans for America, Concerned Women for America, and the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, are supporting the effort.

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from New Statesman
"The leading voice of the British left, since 1913."

Leader: History is not written in stone
Statues have not been politicised by protest; they were always political. When a mishmash of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, Trump supporters and private militias gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia on 12 August – a rally that ended in the death of a counter-protester – the ostensible reason was the city’s proposal to remove a statue of a man named Robert E Lee.

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from Orthodox Christianity

HARVARD PROFESSOR DERSHOWITZ COMPARES ANTIFA TO STALIN, SAYS THEY ARE “TRYING TO TEAR DOWN AMERICA”
Liberal Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz has urged his fellow liberals to condemn their more radical elements, such as Antifa, and not to consider them heroes for their crusade against statues, because they are “radical” and “anti-American” and area really “trying to tear down America.” He went on to compare the campaign to rewrite American history with the methods of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union. His statements came in the aftermath of the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA.

HUSBANDS, LOVE YOUR WIVES
This article follows on a previous article by Fr. Andrei on the priest as family man. We are presenting a translation of the second part here as a stand-alone article. 
We could talk about family life for a very long time, and such talks are necessary. Family should enter our consciousness as the greatest value, which we must preserve and protect with all our might; and our children and grandchildren should constantly hear about it. We should begin serious conversations on adult life with our children from the earliest years.

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from The Paris Review
Literary Magazine

Putting on the Veil: Boys Invade an All-Girls School
The world where men dominate, where their gaze is omnipresent, is a harsh one.

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from Reason Magazine
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The Single Payer Threat Is Real
Republicans should start taking liberal health care efforts seriously. Single payer supporters don't yet have a workable plan. But they do have a goal.

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