WNC Headlines Edition

Poll: Kavanaugh is big factor in West Virginia Senate race

(Paul Mirengoff) A new poll of the West Virginia Senate race suggests that Sen. Joe Manchin is a shoe-in for reelection if he votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, but faces an extremely close race if he votes against confirmation. According to the survey, taken by the Trafalgar Group, West Virginia voters favor Manchin over Republican Patrick Morrisey by 29 points if Manchin votes for confirmation but by only two p...
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Two candidates seek the school board seat in district 2.

On the August 2nd general election ballot are races for school board in district 2, 4, 6, and 8.  I do not live in one of these district, have heard little about the candidates and do not know any of them. This is different from the 2012 school board election in which there was forums and lots of money spend and lots of attention paid to the school board races. Why there is so little interest being paid to school board elections this election season I don’t know; our schools are ...

The Latest From Michael Ramirez

(John Hinderaker) I know, I’m jumping the gun on tomorrow’s Week In Pictures. But here’s the thing–I can access a preview of Steve’s post, which will go up in the morning, and these cartoons by Michael Ramirez aren’t included. So I offer these three cartoons, all created very recently, with a clear conscience. Michael envisions the Senate battle over confirmation ...

Planned Parenthood of NYC: ‘Protect our freedom to f***’

Usually, when you hear Planned Parenthood talking about it’s core issue, abortion, it’s in serious tones, i.e. this is a difficult choice which a woman makes in consultation with her doctor. It’s not something anyone takes lightly, etc, etc. And that’s followed with a claim that the rig...

Vanity Fair reporter: Michael Cohen’s team thinks Trump threw him under the bus with today’s leak

No, there’s no typo in the headline. If you believe Emily Jane Fox, it’s Team Cohen that’s mad about today’s leak involving secret recordings more so than Team Trump. Why? Because, as I ...

Southeast Conservatives Breakfast Club, Sat. July 21st

Saturday, July 21st Breakfast begins at 8am; Meeting called to order at 9am Shoney’s near the corner of Thompson Lane & Nolensville Road Ben Cunningham will be the keynote speaker.  Ben is working on a Debt Limit Petition regarding Nashville’s out of control city government, ...

Maxine Waters Supporters Burn the Flag

(John Hinderaker) The Los Angeles Times offers a somewhat sanitized account of a demonstration that occurred yesterday outside Maxine Waters’s Los Angeles office. It focuses on the fact that a group called the Oath Keepers, described by the Times as “far right,” had scheduled a protest outside Waters’s office, which led counter-protesters supporting Waters, a...

Are you ready for ‘Theybies?’ Kids raised to choose their own gender

NBC published this video report yesterday about a family in Cambridge, Massachusetts which has decided to raise their 3-year-old twins as “theybies.” That’s a thing, apparently, albeit with a relatively small number of people thus far. The idea is to raise kids without ever referring to th...

Charts of the week: Railways and enrollment in India, sales tax in the United States

By Chris McKenna Click on any of the links to access the full research.   India’s railway industry is on the wrong track In a new report from Brookings India, Puneet Kamboj and Rahul Tongia describe the unsustainable nature of India’s railway industry and why it ...

The obligatory “waitress takes down customer who grabbed her butt” clip

Something to cleanse the palate in case you’re one of the three people online who hasn’t seen it already. Your quote of the day: “I looked at him and I said, ‘You don’t touch me, motherf—–!’”...

Poll: Republicans have a fever and the only prescription is more … tariffs?

Can I at least get another tax cut if we’re about to wage global thermonuclear trade war? We’re all gonna have to pay the Patriot Premium at the store once the retaliatory tariffs kick in and a lit...

Disney fires director James Gunn after old tweets surface (Update)

Writer-director James Gunn who created the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies has been fired by Disney after old tweets containing offensive jokes were uncovered. From ...

Disney fires director James Gunn after old tweets surface

Writer-director James Gunn who created the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies has been fired by Disney after old tweets containing offensive jokes were uncovered. From ...

Micro and macro aid complement each other: A response to ‘broken aid’

By Sarah Bermeo This week, 15 development experts and economists published an open letter in which they push back against the dominance in foreign aid of micro-level projects and short-term thinking over macro-level planning that tackles the root causes of underdevelopment. They make excell...

A volatile election season in Pakistan

By Madiha Afzal On July 25, Pakistan is set to hold a general election, with an elected government having completed its full five-year term for the second consecutive time. What should have been a celebration of democracy consolidation in the country, however, has turned into a period of instability and uncertainty amid allegations that the military is manipulating the electoral landscape. Here are some of the main factors shaping Pakistan’s 2018 election, and what we know and what ...

Round two: Jeanine Pirro said something after yesterday’s segment that I can’t repeat on the air, says Whoopi

We’re barely 24 hours in and already this feud is magical and destined to get more so since Pirro’s own show will air tomorrow night on Fox and doubtless she’ll rant about i...

“To destroy the liberal world order”: Trump, Putin, and the imperiled trans-Atlantic alliance

By Ted Reinert Donald Trump’s fifth presidential visit to Europe, from July 11 to 16 with stops in Brussels for a NATO summit, in London to tend to the “special relationship,” in Scotland to ...

The World Cup and racial politics

(Paul Mirengoff) On Sunday, France defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup. I rooted for France, as I normally do once England and the U.S. are eliminated (if Brazil and France are both still playing, my allegiance varies based how much I like the particular players). This year, the U.S. failed to qualify and Brazil was eliminated before England. So rooting for France was an easy decision for me. Leftists and race-mongers, including ...

NBC: US, Taliban in secret “indirect” talks to end war

Is America’s longest war heading to a quiet end? NBC News reported earlier today that Taliban sources claim to have engaged in “indirect negotiations” with the US, primarily throu...

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota to Rick Santorum: ‘Do you get dizzy living in upside-down world’

This wasn’t meant as a winking Stranger Things reference to lighten up the exchange, at least it doesn’t look that way to me. It also wasn’t prompted by any heated rhetoric from Santorum. He was taking everything Camerota was throwing at him and doing his best to answer her questi...