Wednesday, June 19, 2019
All Eyes on the Trump Administration
A lot is happening—let's try to recap. Things started late Monday night, when President Trump announced on Twitter (of course), that starting next week, ICE will “begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.”
“They will be removed as fast as they come in,” he said. “Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!”
The tweet followed remarks by newly-installed acting ICE Director Mark Morgan, who warned earlier this month that ICE would intensify enforcement against illegal immigrants already living in the United States, including families. A Princeton professor didn’t like the proposal, calling the potential raids a “terrorist act.” AOC accused the administration of running “concentration camps” at the Southern border, even using the phrase “never again.” Liberals ran to her defense, but The Federalist is here for her with a history lesson.
Also in administration news: The president announced (on Twitter!) that Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, “who has done a wonderful job,” will withdraw from the confirmation process, and that he will name Secretary of the Army Mark Esper to be his acting replacement. Context, as explained by Axios:
“USA Today reported earlier Tuesday that the FBI has been investigating a domestic dispute between Shanahan and his then-wife, who was arrested after punching him in the face in 2010. In a separate incident, Shanahan's son was arrested for beating his mother with a baseball bat.”
“Shanahan told the Washington Post that he wanted to protect his young adult children from traumatic past memories, and that public airing of the incidents would ‘ruin my son’s life.’”
This all comes as the Trump administration announced plans to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid rising tensions with Iran. Heritage’s foreign policy expert James Carafano breaks down what that means.
On the 2020 Campaign Trail
Feminists Are Finally Catching On—Hormonal Birth Control Might Not be All That Great
A writer at The Cut is asking something that we here at BRIGHT have been wondering for years: “What might hormonal contraception be doing to our minds, our moods, our behavior? And if science hasn’t yet found a clear answer, how much does that matter?”
These are important questions that women should be asking about the pill. I’ve written about some of the scary side effects here and here, and there’s no question more research needs to be done. But fair warning: The Cut comes at the question as if it's “anti-feminist” to even ask.
“The pro-choice climate that allowed our current wave of Pill skepticism to flourish is beginning to look like a thing of the past, and women’s ability to question their contraceptive choices feels increasingly like a luxury. As attacks on women’s bodily autonomy continue, quitting the Pill remains the purview of privileged women in liberal enclaves who have the time and resources to use things like non-hormonal IUDs and cycle-tracking apps — not to mention health care and therapists and access to abortions and morning-after pills when such methods fail.”
(Note: Many cycle-tracking apps are actually free.)
Finally! An Advice Column Worth Reading
Joy Pullman, executive editor of The Federalist, is a thirty-something working mom who has been happily married for ten years, has five young kids, and strong reality-based convictions about being a woman and just about everything else. I wasn’t alone in wondering how she does it all—motherhood, working (from home) full-time and then some, and even writing a book. So the ladies of The Federalist convinced her to start an advice column!
For the inaugural edition, Joy addresses how "Pregnancy Gets Better With Practice,” and “How To Handle SAHM Blues.” Read! If you have questions you’d like Joy to address, email her at joy[at]TheFederalist[dot]com. She won’t identify you by name.
And Because It’s Hump Day…
Because why not happy hour with rats?🐀🍸
Taylor Swift’s New Single, ‘You Need to Calm Down’ Is getting hate from both the right and the left.
My latest: How victim mentality is pushing women towards socialism.
And finally, some exciting personal news!👍💕🎀🍼