September 4, 2019

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New Marquette Poll: Trump Trails Biden by Nine Points in Wisconsin, But Ties Warren and Harris (JOHN MCCORMACK, September 4, 2019, National Review)

According to the latest Marquette Law School poll of registered voters in Wisconsin, Joe Biden leads Donald Trump 51 percent to 42 percent, while Elizabeth Warren and Trump are tied at 45 percent. Trump is also tied with Kamala Harris at 44 percent, while Bernie Sanders narrowly leads Trump 48 percent to 44 percent.

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Putin's Nightmare: The Ballot Box: On the eve of regional elections, the Kremlin has turned to tricks, threats and shows of force to get past the shadows of protests and falling approval ratings for Russia's president. (Michael Khodarkovsky, Sept. 3, 2019, NY Times)

By any measure, the decline of Putinism is indisputable. It was best captured by a poll conducted in May by the government-run Public Opinion Center, which showed that public trust in President Vladimir Putin had fallen to 25 percent. The Kremlin, which uses the center to gauge public opinion and rarely makes the results public, was furious and called for another poll. Several days later, a new poll showed that 72 percent of Russians had trust in the president. The Kremlin was happy, and the center promised "to improve its methodology."

Then in June, after Mr. Putin's annual Direct Line TV appearance -- a question-and-answer marathon staged to present an all-knowing leader in direct communication with citizens -- the channel's YouTube site registered 12,000 likes and 170,000 dislikes. Some experts calculated Mr. Putin's support among this audience at about 7 percent.

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Does chiropractic work?: Despite acceptance by many insurance companies, a number of studies don't confirm its effectiveness. (DEREK BERES, 03 September, 2019, Big Think)

With over 70,000 certified chiropractors in America, the modality has gained wide acceptance.

Yet many studies do not show chiropractic to be more effective than placebo or pharmaceuticals.

Some chiropractors treat newborns as young as two weeks to help alleviate "birth trauma."

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Cruz: 'Deep State' government employees keeping Iran deal "on life support" until 2021 (JJacob Kornbluh, Sep. 3rd, 2019, Jewish Insider)

In a conversation with Mike Doran at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C., Cruz charged that federal employees who oppose President Donald Trump's policies intend to keep the deal "on life support" in the hope that a possible Democratic administration re-enters the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the Trump administration withdrew from in May 2018. "Their objective is just wait out Donald Trump," he said. "They're convinced he's leaving in January 2021, and so it's a waiting game." 

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Kroger to Customers: No More Open Carry of Firearms in Our Stores (Allison Quinn, 09.03.19, Daily Beast)

The retailer said it recognizes "the growing chorus of Americans who are no longer comfortable with the status quo" after a string of mass shootings in recent months. The announcement came after the National Rifle Association reacted swiftly to Walmart's decision to limit ammunition sales on Tuesday, accusing the retail giant of "victimizing law-abiding Americans" and suggesting gun owners will boycott by going to "other retailers who are more supportive of America's fundamental freedoms." 

Gun grabbing is just another issue where the Democrats "extremism" puts them on the side of the American people.

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Everything You Need to Play Baseball Is Made in China -- and Getting Hit by Trump's Tariffs (Lydia DePillis Sept. 3, 2019, Pro Publica)

Although duties set to kick in soon will affect all manner of sports equipment that hasn't been made in America for decades, baseball enthusiasts are perhaps affected most because so many items are needed to play the game.

Baseball caps were hit first by the third round of China tariffs that went into effect at 10% last September and rose to 25% in January, on top of the 7.5% base tariff. Those added about a dollar to the cost of a hat, Karsh said. Trump's tariff will rise to 30% in October, bringing the total to 37.5%, and possibly causing another price increase.

Retail prices for metal bats have already risen $5 to $10 each, Karsh said, even though a 10% hike on bats and other sporting goods was put off until Dec. 15 as the Trump administration made a concession to the Christmas shopping season. On Aug. 23, President Donald Trump said he would jack up the levy to 15%.

Baseballs themselves faced tariffs starting Sept. 1, and although Karsh said prices haven't increased yet, he's expecting to add between $3 and $5 per dozen. "If you can buy now that would be a plus," Karsh told customers in August, figuring the only direction the tariffs will go is up.

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Judge rules White House must give Playboy columnist Brian Karem his press pass back (Oliver Darcy and Katelyn Polantz, 9/04/19, CNN)

A federal judge ruled against the White House on Tuesday and ordered President Trump and press secretary Stephanie Grisham to immediately restore the press credentials of Brian Karem, a Playboy columnist and CNN political analyst.