- The Office of U.S. Special Counsel is investigating whether FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe violated the Hatch Act when he supported his wife’s campaign for Virginia’s state senate.
Ben Shapiro writes that Washington politicians are avoiding the hard policy issues related to health insurance and are fiercely debating useless details instead:
Government has become a faculty lounge: Never have so many fought so hard and so viciously over so little. Because politics has become a series of statements of passion, disconnected from policy — and because the media make a mint from magnifying passions in order to create the entertaining feeling of emotional involvement in some great moral conflict — we’re now at each other’s throats over matters that by any objective yardstick are small potatoes. Our politicians aren’t debating civil rights. They’re not debating slavery. They’re not even debating abortion or health care.
In fact, our politicians generally elide the most important policy questions of the day — the ones that would implicate central principles. That’s because so long as they stick to the center of the road and then act as though they’re facing threats for doing so, they don’t have to alienate anyone — and they can rake in money.
- The Harry Potter books aren’t doing millennials any favors as stand-ins for religious belief:
Thus, though many millennials would never admit it, their love for “Harry Potter” is more like veneration than it is mere fandom. It’s a secular stand-in for the meaning and community that religion would have provided them in a bygone era. The books have become a means of interpreting current events and conundrums, just as religion would have in times past. Perhaps we would have compared our world’s more detestable dictators—the Kim Jong Uns and Bashar al-Assads of our world—to the Nebuchadnezzars or Neros of yesteryear. Acts of betrayal and utmost vice would have brought forth comparisons to Judas, not Peter Pettigrew.
- Twitter told pro-life group Live Action that it can’t advertise on the site unless it deletes tweets the company considers offensive:
Included under this vast, subjective umbrella are all tweets calling for the federal government to remove Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding, all tweets reporting on Live Action’s undercover investigations into Planned Parenthood’s clinics, and any ultrasound images of unborn children.
Planned Parenthood advertises on Twitter.
Jason Chaffetz is going to work for Fox News after he leaves the House of Representatives on Friday.
ABC settled a $1.9 billion lawsuit filed by Beef Products. An ABC report called one of the company’s products “pink slime.” The terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed.
Remy’s “People Will Die!”: