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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:00 PM
This article appeared in the New York Daily News on June 18.

After President Trump gave Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced it will send an additional 4,000 troops to the embattled nation. Mattis, who has acknowledged that the United States is “not winning in Afghanistan right now,” is believed to favor a more aggressive strategy that would require thousands more troops beyond the 9,800 already deployed.
  • BROOKS/Trump’s right about Russia
    I was the op-ed editor at The Wall Street Journal at the peak of the Whitewater scandal. We ran a series of investigative pieces “raising serious questions” (as we say in the scandal business) about the nefarious things the Clintons were thought to have done back in Arkansas.

    Now I confess I couldn’t follow all the actual allegations made in those essays. They were six jungles deep in the weeds. But I do remember the intense atmosphere that the scandal created. A series of bombshell revelations came out in the media, which seemed monumental at the time. A special prosecutor was appointed and indictments were expected. Speculation became the national sport.
  • LOWRY/Yes, hate speech is free speech
    With the left feverishly attempting to squash unwelcome speech on college campuses, with the president of the United States musing about tightening libel laws, with prominent liberals asserting that so-called hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment, free speech in America at least has one reliable friend — the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,                                                     — Ephesians 5:25-26 ESV
  • JUNE 18, 1937

    Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Donald entertained their children and grandchildren with a dinner Sunday honoring Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Donald from Karnes City, Texas, who were visiting them.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 2:11-15
    In this passage we learn that Moses has grown up. The New Testament comments on this stage of Moses life in Acts 7 and Hebrews 11. We will take those comments into consideration in our study. Moses has grown up in Pharaoh’s house but is aware of his Hebrew relations. He is now 40 years old so he has spent a long time in two households; a privileged Egyptian with Hebrew roots.
  • MCCARTHY/About Comey’s memos
    The commentary about James Comey’s memoranda has been all over the map. The former FBI director says he made memos contemporaneous to, or immediately after, all nine of the meetings or phone calls he recalls having had with Donald Trump, when the latter was president-elect and, later, president. Comey acknowledges that he orchestrated the leak of at least one memo — or rather, a snippet mined from its contents — to the New York Times. All of the memos, he testified, have now been surrendered to the special counsel, Robert Mueller.
  • BROOKS/How radicalism is done
    Are you feeling radical? Do you think that the status quo is fundamentally broken and we have to start thinking about radical change? If so, I’d like to go back a century so that we might learn how radicalism is done.

    The years around 1917 were a great period of radical ferment. Folks at The New Republic magazine were championing progressivism, which would transform how the economy is regulated and how democracy works. At The Masses, left-wing activists were fomenting a global socialist revolution. Outside the White House radical suffragists were protesting for the right to vote and creating modern feminism.
  • LOWRY/The impeachment war
    American politics is now, in large part, a fight about whether or not Donald Trump will be impeached.

    No one is saying it explicitly, but these are the stakes in the Russia controversy and its spinoffs and in the 2018 midterms. If Democrats take the House with anything like a comfortable majority, they will be hard-pressed to resist their base’s drive to give Trump a mark of dishonor shared only by Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
  • JUNE 11, 1937

    Miss Alene Nicholson of Enterprise, former pupil of Mrs. Hugh Jones of this city, will be presented in graduating recital at the Enterprise High School auditorium on Thursday evening.

    Jimmie Barfoot, intrepid son of Dr. and Mrs. Chandler Barfoot of this city, has just returned from a two wee visit to Union, Decatur and Vicinity.
  • If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”                                                                   — Luke 11:13 ESV
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