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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 PM
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.”
  • 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.
  • DUNCAN/‘Jesus: The dividing line’
    Turn to Luke 12:49-59. As you look through this passage, let me give you a few clues along the way to help you follow the train of argument. There are at least three parts to this passage. First, in verses 49 and 50, and especially in verse 50, Jesus makes a powerful declaration. He’ll follow it up in verses 51 to 53 with a penetrating question. Then, in verses 54 to 59, He turns to the multitudes and gives them an admonition, warning them because they lack spiritual discernment.
  • THRALL/Why Trump’s war on media matters
    Now as president-elect, Trump’s war on the media continues. At a recent meeting with top television executives, for example, Trump berated the networks for their “outrageous” and “dishonest” coverage and, according to a source, he told CNN chief Jeff Zucker that “everyone at the network is a liar and you should be ashamed.” The same day, rather than holding a press conference where journalists might ask him difficult or uncomfortable questions, Trump instead released a YouTube video updating the public on the White House transition, which he said had proceeded “very smoothly, efficiently, and effectively.”
  • 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.
  • BROOKS/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.
  • PERRY/Wicker strengthens GOP
    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.
  • 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…”
  • DUNCAN/‘Jesus cared about the Lord’s Day. A lot’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 14:1-6 as we continue our way through this great gospel. Jesus is addressing a group of Pharisees with whom He is dining, and the subject of the Sabbath comes up. Throughout the gospels you find Jesus in conflict with the Jewish leaders over Sabbath observance. They were concerned that Jesus was undermining the traditions of the elders, and Jesus regularly responded to them that their traditions had in fact undermined Moses. Their adding to the Word of God had actually undermined the theology and practice of the Sabbath Day in the Word of God.
  • 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.
  • TANNER/The infrastructure boondoggle?
    Stephen Moore, a Trump economic advisor and a man I know and respect, recently told congressional Republicans that, since Donald Trump won the election, it is their duty to deliver on his agenda — even if his policies are bad ideas. Umm, no. Bad ideas are bad ideas, even when voters choose them. Otherwise, we all should have gone along with every bad idea that President Obama proposed over the last eight years.
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