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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 6:00 PM
Two years ago, Mississippi’s Roger Wicker and Nevada’s Dean Heller fought for the sixth-highest leadership role in the Republican caucus of the U.S. Senate: Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). The NRSC is tasked at defending Republican Senate seats and flipping Democratic seats. Wicker went into the NRSC chairman campaign as a dedicated rank-and-file member who had over the past cycle assisted with more than 40 fundraisers and raised $2.2 million, at the time the seventh most in the caucus.
  • DOUTHAT/A great deal for the many
    If Donald Trump could script his presidency, every week would probably look like the one just past. You get on the phone with some corporate big shot who’s considering closing a plant in the Rust Belt. You offer some carrots, you threaten implicitly, you make a deal: Jobs stay, factories don’t close, and maybe next time they even open. (Nothing will make Trump happier than the day he gets Apple to open a minor widget factory in Wisconsin.) Then you hold a big rally, brag about your dealmaking prowess, promise that CEOs won’t be shipping jobs overseas with impunity anymore … and then fly back to Trump Tower and wait for the next opportunity to do it all again.
  • LOWRY/To kill a pipeline — again
    One of the Obama administration’s core competencies is suspending pipeline projects with no cause.

    It will leave office with another notch in its belt, now that the Army Corps of Engineers has acted to block a final piece of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The 1,200-mile pipeline is designed to move oil from North Dakota to Illinois and will have to await completion in a Trump administration with a more rational attitude toward pipelines specifically and fossil fuels generally.
  • DEC. 11, 1936

    There was a very enthusiastic meeting of the Mississippi Lumbermen’s Club held at the Benwalt Hotel here Tuesday night. The club was organized here about 13 months ago and has held its meetings every second Tuesday evening in each month since organization, at various towns in the range of Louisville, Philadelphia, Meridian, Union and Forest.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/2nd Timothy 4:2-5
    Paul is instructing Timothy to persevere in preaching the word of God. He tells Timothy to preach in all circumstances with “great patience and careful instruction.” God’s word is his revelation. He is glorified by his word. This is why it is the most important thing for Timothy to do no matter what else is happening in the world.
  • Over the past few decades, party loyalty has been the defining feature of national politics. Especially in the House but even in the Senate, members deferred to their party leaders. Congress as a whole deferred to the presidency. Members of the president’s own party acted as his foot soldiers. Members of the other party acted as his opposition.

    But Donald Trump’s victory smashes all that. He is hostile to the Republican establishment. His proposals cut across orthodox partisan lines.
  • LOWRY/Can Democrats quit identity politics?
    For the Democrats, no activity is immune from reflexive accusations of sexism and racism, not even soul-searching.

    The initial postelection debate on the left has brought some tentative breaks with the party’s oppressive and self-limiting identity politics. And they have been met, predictably, with a furious counterattack wielding all of the usual rhetorical weapons of identity politics — lest fresh air penetrate the intellectual and political hothouse where transgender bathroom issues loom incredibly large and it is forbidden to say “all lives matter.”
  • DEC. 4, 1936

    Miss Auline Hiett was elected Circuit Court Clerk of Neshoba county at a special election held Wednesday, Dec. 2 to fill the vacancy caused by the recent death of Mr. W. T. Hiett, her father.
  • Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.                                                                           — Psalm 136:1,26 ESV
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/2nd Timothy 4:1-2
    We have observed in our study through this epistle that Paul is in prison and that he is aware he will be executed. He hopes to see Timothy before he departs this world, but this letter contains his final instructions to Timothy and the church. In verse one he gives Timothy a weighty charge: “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word…”
  • EDITORIALS/Jack Wilson for Court of Appeals
    There were three qualified candidates running for election in the race for the Mississippi Court of Appeals in our district, — and now two in the run-off this upcoming Tuesday, Nov. 29 — and we still believe incumbent Judge Jack Wilson represents the best in young, conservative leadership and deserves to keep his seat.
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