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Obama’s Surprising New Foes

In Barack Obama’s adopted hometown, of all places, his $375 million Obama Presidential Center is running into growing headwinds from a few gutsy souls.

Ironically, the winds aren’t gusting from the usual direction—Republicans and others the left often labels racist Obama-haters. Rather, it’s blowing from the very people who have long lionized Obama: white Chicago lakefront progressives, University of Chicago professors, environmentalists, African-American activists, and a community organization of the kind that once employed Obama as an organizer.

On May 14, a preservationist group called Protect Our Parks filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago, seeking a court order that would bar local government agencies from building Obama’s center in the revered and beautiful Jackson Park, which served as the site of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. The group also wants to bar the city from giving control of the center’s site to the Obama Foundation. They are opposed by a phalanx of avid Obama supporters headed by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and including local labor unions, businesses, newspaper editorial boards, and a range of do-gooders who have uncritically embraced Obama’s library plans.

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Devin Nunes hammers Twitter for censoring Drudge Report

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes condemned Twitter on Sunday for continuing to apply a layer of censorship on the Drudge Report.

About two months after the California Republican raised the alarm about Drudge Report “being censored by Twitter,” Nunes again nailed the social media platform for putting up a wall separating users from the top right-leaning news aggregator. “I just looked on Twitter,” Nunes said on “Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo.” “The Drudge Report is being censored today, so for the last three or four days I haven’t been able to get on the Drudge Report because it’s being censored on Twitter.”

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Bannon on His ‘Revolution’: Never Mind

Donald Trump’s former chief campaign strategist Steve Bannon promised to destroy the Republican establishment in order to advance the president’s agenda. To that end, he backed several primary candidates running against establishment politicians, most notably, Alabama’s Roy Moore. Moore lost, almost all of Bannon’s other candidates lost, and he slipped into irrelevance.

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Roseanne ‘called up rabbi friend on a Jewish podcast sobbing just two days after she was fired from ABC for her racist tweets’

Barr reached out to New Jersey-based Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a longtime spiritual advisor to the Jewish actress
She was said to have been ‘sobbing’ over the backlash from her May 29 tweets
‘She was sobbing and very apologetic about the whole thing,’ claimed a source
Barr has been extremely distant following the firing, even cancelling a planned appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast that was scheduled for Friday

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Bad News For Dems: Household Income Hits All-Time High Under Trump … And He’s Getting Credit For It

Growth: A new report shows that the median household income has climbed 3% since President Trump took office. It’s another sign of a strong economy, and at least one poll shows the public credits Trump for the good news. Should Democrats wave bye to the Blue Wave?

Median household income has been steadily increasing under Trump, rising from $59,471 in January 2017 to $61,483 last month, according to Sentier Research, which tracks income on a monthly basis using census data.

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Reuters Poll: Republicans Lead Generic Ballot for First Time in 2018 Cycle

For the first time this election cycle, Republicans lead Democrats on the generic ballot, according to a new Reuters poll.

About 38 percent of registered voters would pick the Republican candidate if midterm elections were today, while around 37 percent would pick the Democrat, 16 percent said they were unsure which party they would choose or refused to take the survey, and 7 percent would opt for a third-party candidate, the poll found.

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NFL Teams Will Be Fined If Players Kneel During National Anthem

Update 12:43p.m.: NFL owners agreed Wednesday to a new policy governing player’s behavior during the pre-game national anthem ceremony. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the owners voted to fine teams if their players are on the field or sideline during the national anthem but refuse to stand. Players will be allowed to remain in the locker room if they so choose.

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How Every NFL Team’s Fans Lean Politically

The showdown between President Trump and the NFL over some players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice has raised all kinds of important issues. It’s also put the most popular major sports league in the United States in a difficult position. The NFL’s fan base is much more bipartisan than those of other major sports leagues, and it risks angering one side or the other if it mishandles the situation.

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CNN’s School Shootings Math Doesn’t Add Up: BB Gun Bruises Don’t Count

Following the horrific and most recent school shooting in Texas on Friday, there has been debate about exactly how frequent these events are, and how at-risk American students might be.

For one example, there has been some debate about whether children in the United States face a greater risk of being shot and killed than American troops in Afghanistan. (They don’t.)

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Broward County School District Isn’t Just Incompetent, They’re Heartless

It’s a trifecta of horribleness with the Broward County School District — incompetence, dishonesty, and now heartlessness.

In the aftermath of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the BCSD was the target of criticism after it was reported that their discipline policy did not require arrests for even acts of violence or threats to school safety, all the more so after it was revealed that the confessed shooter had been referred to the controversial alternative school PROMISE program, contrary to Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie’s insistence that he had not.

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