Pensacola Shooting: What Do We Know and What Happens Next?

Three were killed in a shooting on Friday at a U.S. Navy Base in Pensacola, Florida. The alleged shooter, a Saudi Arabian aviation student posted at the base, was fatally shot on the scene. Authorities are still investigating the motives of the shooter and possible links to terrorist groups. The issue is bringing awareness to the presence of foreign military students posted at U.S. bases and the screening processes they undergo. More at Vox.

Despite this tragedy, the community has responded in a way that fills me with hope. The news is still raw, and there is a lot we don’t yet know. But I know this much: “These acts are crimes against all of us.”
That is what Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly said in a public statement on Friday, and I can tell you that a version of this sentence was in the hearts and minds of all the bold, courageous, and selfless members of law enforcement who ran toward the gunfire at NAS Pensacola.

Hours before the shooting, tweets purportedly written by the suspect railed against the United States for its support of Israel and for stationing troops at bases in Saudi Arabia. The tweets are addressed to “O American people” and outline what the author said is a hatred of the United States for crimes against Muslims, including the detention of suspects in Guantanamo Bay.

The deadly shooting by a Saudi Air Force aviation student at a U.S. military base presents the latest test for a monarchy struggling to repair its image in the West following a series of crises in recent years…the shooting has revived memories of the turbulent history between Washington and Riyadh since the Sept. 11 attacks.

When It Comes to Impeachment, What’s Hate Got to Do with It?

After announcing her intention to proceed with articles of impeachment against the president, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was asked by a reporter if she hates the president. Ms. Pelosi answered sharply: “This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president’s violation of his oath of office… I don’t hate anyone.”

That Democrats — including Pelosi — find Trump’s actions and his character abhorrent is true… But disgust, to a Catholic, is not the same as hatred. And, as Pelosi noted, political differences should be resolved in the 2020 election.

This impeachment is not about Trump’s policies, nor does it seek to nullify the election. Rather, it is about whether a president who abuses his position for personal gain should be removed from office.

Does Pelosi hate Donald Trump? Of course she does. She hates that he’s president, that he’s building an economy that is the envy of the world and that he appeals to voters her party used to own. She’s turned him into such a villain that every success of his is a failure for her.

Why Is Trump Making It Harder to Get Food Stamps?

The Trump administration is making changes to the food stamps program and adopting stricter criteria for participants to receive an exemption from the program’s work requirement. Democrats see this as a needless policy which will punish the poor. Republicans point to the latest “blockbuster” Jobs Report as evidence that the move is justified.

SNAP needs to be preserved — and even expanded — as an American treasure. Making sure all Americans have enough food to eat has long enjoyed bipartisan support; let us hope that continues.

The old Republican promise “A Chicken for Every Pot” isn’t the first that President Trump has turned upside down. But his administration dumped the proverbial fowl with remarkably Scrooge-like timing by launching a crackdown on federal food aid in the midst of the holiday season.

Humbug…With the U.S. unemployment rate now at 50-year lows, there are seven million job openings for only six million job seekers. Yet as of last year 2.1 million potential hires—specifically, adults age 18 to 49, able-bodied, without dependents—were receiving food stamps despite not working.

Which U.S. Lawmakers Voted to Reaffirm the Two-State Solution?

House Resolution 326, which affirms U.S. support of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine and condemns unilateral territorial annexation, passed with 226 votes against 188. Here’s what some lawmakers had to say about their votes:

Proud to see the House pass my bipartisan resolution to affirm our support for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. We took a stand for a just peace which safeguards human rights and security, and stands against unilateral annexation and settlement expansion.

When it comes to this issue, you are either for peace or you are for occupation.

But you can’t be for both.

For this reason, I voted no.

Striving for an Israeli state and a Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security is worth the effort of every Member of Congress. But that means Congress will need to support the legitimate rights, needs, and aspirations of both Palestinians and Israelis.

Has Mrs. Maisel Lost Her Touch?

The highly anticipated third season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon’s breakout Jewish hit, has at last arrived. Do Midge and the gang still deliver?

More than ever in Season 3, Mrs. Maisel drags, or offers gags that are as uncomfortable and prolonged as a teeth cleaning.

Mrs Maisel is one of those series you want to step inside, to spend just a little longer in, and the Sherman-Palladinos know this… At the centre, as Mrs Maisel herself, is Rachel Brosnahan, whose energy and exact comic timing still make the whole confection fizz.

Nostalgic wish fulfillment carries the show further than it has any right to—but it’s not enough to make eight episodes cohere into a season, or for three seasons to cohere into a story. When Maisel runs out of nostalgia, it doesn’t have a lot else to offer the audience.

Today’s Hot Issues

Pensacola Shooting: What Do We Know and What Happens Next? When It Comes to Impeachment, What’s Hate Got to Do with It? Why Is Trump Making It Harder to Get Food Stamps? Which U.S. Lawmakers Voted to Reaffirm the Two-State Solution? Has Mrs. Maisel Lost Her Touch?