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Democrats decline White House meeting on shutdown: ‘It’s kind of a mess’

The White House sent invitations to a bipartisan group of lawmakers for a meeting Tuesday afternoon aimed at finding a solution to ending the government shutdown — now in its 25th day as the longest in US history — but no Democrats are expected to attend.

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‘Miracle on the Hudson’ survivors open up about crash’s impact on their lives 10 years later

On Jan. 15, 2009, 150 passengers and three flight attendants aboard Flight 1549 placed their trust on Capt. Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger to get them to safety. On Tuesday, 10 years after surviving the crash dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” they’re still in disbelief they left the plane that day unscathed.

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Analysis: Why Steve King’s spin on his ‘white supremacist’ comments just doesn’t work

In the wake of his House Republican colleagues stripping Iowa GOP Congressman Steve King’s committee assignments after he openly wondered how — and why — terms like “white supremacist” became a bad thing, King tried to fight back with the age-old “but context!” argument.

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Al Sharpton: Kingmaker?

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Back in December, we learned that Al Sharpton was preparing to retire. In the process, he managed to sell his life story to his own charity, the National Action Network (NAN), for more than half a million dollars. (That’s some sweet work if you can get it, eh?) But what’s the good reverend going to be doing with all this free time on his hands? Apparently, he’ll still be meddling in national politics.

And lest you think this perpetual scam artist isn’t still influential in Democratic politics, think again. There are plenty of 2020 candidates beating a path to his door and hoping for his endorsement. Unfortunately for them, Al won’t be handing out any such endorsement deals for at least another year. (Free Beacon)

Al Sharpton is being heavily courted by Democrats seeking his endorsement as they pursue the 2020 presidential nomination, but he said he won’t make a decision on who he’ll support for at least a year.

The liberal civil rights activist and MSNBC host has met with a flurry of possible 2020 contenders in recent weeks, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), Cory Booker (D., N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), and he’s planning to speak soon with former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D., Texas), the Atlantic reported.

Sharpton has become a mainstream figure in the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to his early days as a fiery, jumpsuit-wearing racial antagonist, known for his invective against Jews and the police.

I don’t know what sort of a charmed life this guy is leading, but it’s certainly working for him. Despite seemingly always running one sort of scam or another over his entire career, Sharpton has managed to stay one step ahead of the law. And he’s rewarded by being presented as an influential figure in Democratic Party politics. Assuming the original reporting from The Atlantic is correct, nearly half of the top contenders for the Dem nomination in 2020 have either taken meetings with him or requested one.

And it’s not just Gillibrand, Harris, Booker and O’Rourke who are buttering him up. He’s doing a NAN event on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day where Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg will be grabbing photo ops with him.

How does this never come back to bite them? Going all the way back to the days of the Tawana Brawley hoax scandal and continuing through is many issues with the IRS, Sharpton has made a living as a race baiter and tax cheat. He’s urged violence against the police and profited from tragedy for as long as he’s been in the news. He was also famous for shaking down corporations for donations to NAN, threatening them with allegations of racism, protests and boycotts if they didn’t pony up.

And don’t even get me started on his long history of antisemitism. It goes much deeper than his well-known ties to Louis Farrakhan. Sharpton has been an enemy of the Jews for as long as I can remember. (Then again, that last one might not be that damning during a time when antisemitism seems to be getting more popular among Democrats, particularly supporters of new representatives like Ilhan Omar.)

For all that, the Democrats still seem to be stuck with Sharpton like an albatross around their necks. They can’t afford to ignore or offend him and most clearly feel that they need his endorsement. Good luck with that. I can’t help but believe that most of the nation will eventually catch on to his schtick.

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A woman explains why women shouldn’t be in combat units

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While this subject has largely fallen into the “settled” category for the most part, it’s still being brought up for discussion among the public. We’re once again talking about women in combat. Back during the Obama administration, Ash Carter was directed to open all combat roles to women. At the time, we were assured that female recruits would have to meet the same physical standards as their male counterparts. Slowly but sure, however, that principle was eroded.

As Heather Mac Donald writes in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the standards did indeed change. But even with those relaxed standards, only two women have made it through the U.S. Marines’ infantry officer training course.

Only two women have passed the Marine Corps’s fabled infantry-officer training course out of the three dozen who have tried. Most wash out in the combat endurance test, administered on day one. Participants hike miles while carrying combat loads of 80 pounds or more, climb 20-foot ropes multiple times, and scale an 8-foot barrier. The purpose of the test is to ensure that officers can hump their own equipment and still arrive at a battleground mentally and physically capable of leading troops.
Most female aspirants couldn’t pass the test, so the Marines changed it from a pass/fail requirement to an unscored exercise with no bearing on the candidate’s ultimate evaluation. The weapons-company hike during the IOC is now “gender neutral,” meaning that officers can hand their pack to a buddy if they get tired, rather than carrying it for the course’s full 10 miles.

Lowering these physical requirements risks reducing the American military’s lethality. A more serious effect of sex integration has become taboo to mention: the inevitable introduction of eros into combat units. Putting young, hormonally charged men and women into stressful close quarters for extended periods guarantees sexual liaisons, rivalries and breakups, all of which undermine the bonding essential to a unified fighting force.

We had those physical standards for combat troops for a reason. You need to be able to handle those grueling conditions if you’re expected to go into a combat zone. Weakening them, as Mac Donald points out, risks lessening the lethal capabilities and rapid response abilities of our armed forces. Rather than empowering and advancing women, we’re degrading our combat effectiveness.

As regular readers already know, I’m one of those dinosaurs who is opposed to sending women into combat even if they can match the men’s physical standards. (Something I wrote at length about six years ago, admitting my own hypocrisy and double standard on this issue.) I come from a time where war was a primal – and entirely male – undertaking, filled with a duty to “protect our women back home.” Further, while imprisonment by the enemy is a horrific prospect for anyone, it’s especially bad for women as they will almost certainly fall victim to rape as a weapon of war, particularly when fighting terrorists that are little better than animals. Actually, that last sentence is an insult to animals.

I seem to have lost that debate. So be it. But if we must have women in combat roles, I think Heather Mac Donald has it exactly right. They should have to meet the same physical standards that the men have traditionally been subjected to. Demanding any less is not a victory for women. It’s a loss for our military and the nation’s security.

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