Kellyanne Has Courage/Spunk

kellyanne-conway“Mrs. Conway makes clear that her appearance at the Jan. 27 March for Life is not just a matter of a White House official addressing an key interest group. She marched herself in her younger days, she says. For this mother of four, the marchers are like family.” William McGurn

“Mrs. Conway argues that abortion was one of the ‘bright-line’ differences between her candidate [Donald J. Trump] and Hillary Clinton, who was the candidate of the Planned Parenthood view: taxpayer-funded abortion without limits.” Ibid

Kellyanne Conway and the Life of Her Party

William McGurn, The Wall Street Journal, January 17, 2017, p. A 17

Kellyanne Conway has just upended another Washington convention.

She did so when she agreed to speak at the annual March for-Life, one week after Donald Trump is sworn in as president.

With this one gesture, Mrs. Conway steals some thunder from   the   celebrity-heavy

Women’s March on Washing­ton, scheduled for the day af­ter Mr. Trump’s inauguration-She focuses attention on big changes ahead for abortion policy. She challenges the fem­inist trope that to be a woman is to be pro-choice.

Above all, she guarantees coverage of a march the press would prefer to ignore, and gets the New York Times to report that, having “made his­tory” as “the first woman to manage a successful presiden­tial campaign/’ Mrs. Conway, will now make history again, as “the first sitting White House official to address the annual march in person.”

Reached by phone Sunday, Mrs. Conway makes clear that her appearance at the Jan. 27 March for Life is not just a matter of a White House offi­cial addressing an key interest group. She marched herself in her younger days, she says. For this mother of four, the marchers are like family. Continue reading

War on Israel

“Friday’s U.N. resolution [regarding Israel] is full of illogic and anti-Israel hostility. It says disputed issues should be ‘agreed by the parties through negotiations.’ Among the key open issues is who should control the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Yet the resolution calls these areas ‘Palestinian territory.’ So much for negotiations.” Douglas J. Feith

“The Palestinian Authority signed the Oslo Accords in 1993 but continues to exhort its children in summer camps and schools to liberate all of Palestine through violence.” Ibid

The War on Israel Never Ends

Douglas J. FeithThe Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2016, p. A 15

Last week’s United Nations Security Council resolution on Israel is a weapon of war pretending to be a plea for peace. Israel’s enemies say it has no right to exist. They claim the whole state was built on Arab land and it’s an injustice for Jews to exercise sovereignty there. Palestinians still widely promote this untruth in their official television and newspapers, whether from the PLO-controlled West Bank or Hamas-controlled Gaza. That is the unmistakable subtext of Friday’s U.N. Resolution 2334, despite the lip service paid to peace and the “two-state solution.”

The resolution describes Israel’s West Bank towns and East Jerusalem neighborhoods as settlements that are a “major obstacle” to peace. But there was a life-or-death Arab-Israeli conflict before those areas were built, and before Israel acquired the West Bank in the 1967 war.

Arab opposition to Israel’s existence predated—indeed caused—that war. It even predated Israel’s birth in 1948, which is why the 1948-49 war occurred. Before World War I, when Britain ended the Turks’ 400-year ownership of Palestine, Arab anti-Zionists denied the right of Jews to a state anywhere in Palestine.

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Defund Planned Parenthood

obama_c0-196-3472-2220_s885x516“President Obama is delivering a generous parting gift to Planned Parenthood in the form of a rule prohibiting states from divesting millions of dollars from the nation’s largest abortion provider.” Bradford Richardson

“At least 14 states have taken action to cut Planned Parenthood’s share of Title X funding in recent years, often allocating those dollars to family planning clinics that do not perform abortions.” Ibid

President Obama is delivering a generous parting gift to Planned Parenthood in the form of a rule prohibiting states from divesting millions of dollars from the nation’s largest abortion provider.

The final version of the rule, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, requires states to distribute dollars from Title X of the Public Health Service Act without taking into account whether recipient clinics perform abortions.

The edict is set to go into effect Jan. 18, two days before the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, praised Mr. Obama as a “champion for women’s health” but expressed doubt as to whether the rule will survive under Mr. Trump’s pick to head HHS, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia. Continue reading