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We Live In Rieff World

We Live In Rieff World

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If you read nothing else today, make it Carl Trueman’s short essay on Philip Rieff and cultures of the Third World. Rieff is not talking about underdeveloped countries. He’s talking about people like us, who live in a world without absolutes. It’s a (very) short course in the basics of Rieff’s cultural analysis. Excerpts: In Sacred…
The Promise in This Week’s ‘Failed’ Trump-Kim Talks

The Promise in This Week’s ‘Failed’ Trump-Kim Talks

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No matter what happens in the coming days between the United States and North Korea, Washington has only one objective: avoiding military conflict with the hermit kingdom—at nearly all costs. What about denuclearization, you ask? No offense, but the 1990s want their garbage foreign policy ideas back. While getting rid of the North’s nukes should…
‘My Once Beautiful Daughter’

‘My Once Beautiful Daughter’

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Parents of kids who think they are transgender speak out — and it is gripping. Excerpts: At age sixteen, my daughter ran away and reported to the Department of Child Services that she felt unsafe living with me because I refused to refer to her using male pronouns or her chosen male name. Although the…
Michael Cohen’s Flip Was a Flop

Michael Cohen’s Flip Was a Flop

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With the president of the United States practicing nuclear diplomacy 8,000 miles away in Vietnam, Americans at home got to watch former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen stand up on his hind legs and beg for a reduced jail sentence. Cohen, testifying on Wednesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, told Americans who think…
Willing ISIS Brides Should Be Tried for Treason

Willing ISIS Brides Should Be Tried for Treason

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Hoda Muthana, the American ISIS bride. Credit: ABC News/YouTube Screenshot In liberal circles, a wave of empathy is building for the “foreign fighters” of ISIS who desire to return to their Western lives. The tip of this iceberg is the very publicized case of Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old former Londoner who flew from Gatwick four…
Oakland strike highlights housing struggles for teachers

Oakland strike highlights housing struggles for teachers

Cris Bautista teaches high school in Oakland, California, but to afford to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, he commutes an hour or more to an apartment he shares with another teacher and works weekends at a coffee shop. The English and history teacher is among the Oakland educators who went on strike for…
Legalized sports betting unlikely in 3 largest US states

Legalized sports betting unlikely in 3 largest US states

Over the past decade, teams from California, Florida or Texas have competed in more than half the championship series in the four major professional sports — including every NBA final. That may be no surprise, considering the three states account for 27 percent of all franchises in those leagues. The sheer number of teams and…
Maine governor, predecessor share a fondness for speeding

Maine governor, predecessor share a fondness for speeding

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former Gov. Paul LePage and current Gov. Janet Mills couldn’t be more different when it comes to politics. But, according to their state driving records, they share at least one thing: a lead foot. Mills, who previously served as a lawmaker and the state’s top law enforcement official, has received violations…
‘We are still hurting’: Life still difficult after hurricane

'We are still hurting': Life still difficult after hurricane

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Paulina “Bela” Sebastiao would give almost anything to be able to do a load of laundry without having to drive miles from her Mexico Beach home. Anthony Campbell would appreciate having a gas station closer than an hour away from his house in Parker. And Patrick Muth just hopes it…
California parents of 13 plead guilty to torture, abuse

California parents of 13 plead guilty to torture, abuse

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California couple who shackled some of their 13 children to beds and starved them pleaded guilty Friday to torture and other abuse in a case dubbed a “house of horrors.” David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty Friday in Riverside County Superior Court to 14 counts that included abusing minor and…