Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: Confirm Brett Kavanaugh
“Judge Kavanaugh was right to call the confirmation process a ‘disgrace’ in his passionate self-defense,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s “allegation should have been vetted privately, in confidence, as she said she would have preferred. Instead ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein held it for six weeks and it was leaked—perhaps to cause precisely such a hearing circus.”
“Average premiums for key Obamacare benchmark plans are set to drop for the first time in the program’s history, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday,” Tom Howell Jr. writes in The Washington Times. “Mr. Azar went out of his way to blast the idea — often dubbed ‘Medicare for all’ — in his speech Thursday. He said it would force taxpayers to foot its ‘staggering costs,’ undercut public insurance for seniors and amplify one of the 2010 Affordable Care Act’s noted foibles.”
L. Todd Wood writes in The Washington Times that “with the election of President Trump and the consequent shift to an American foreign policy of strength and forcefulness after the disastrously indecisive Obama years, the situation on the ground and in the skies above Syria has dramatically changed. And it is Israel that is coming out on top.”
“The best war is the one not fought,” Ronald Reagan famously said. “Israel’s obvious dominance in the region will go a long way to making that statement ring true,” Wood argues.
“The U.S. economy grew as expected in the second quarter, according to a reading Thursday that confirmed that gross domestic product rose at its quickest rate in nearly four years,” Jeff Cox reports for CNBC. “GDP, the broadest measure of how the economy is progressing, increased 4.2 percent, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis reported, the same as expected from economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters. It was the fastest pace since the third quarter of 2014.”
“A drug sting lead by Interior Department law enforcement officers this week resulted in the arrest of 75 individuals and the seizure of 248 pounds of heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl and marijuana on Indian land,” Miranda Green writes in The Hill. “The operation, conducted over the course of several months in North Carolina is part of the administration’s push to thwart the opioid drug trade, an effort that’s been called the President’s Joint Opioid Reduction Task Force.”