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Trump Administration Rescinds Obamacare’s HHS Contraceptive Mandate

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President Donald Trump has followed through with his promise to Americans who object to the Obamacare contraceptive mandate for religious or moral reasons by officially ending the Obama-era rule.

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NYT: Sen Shelby: ‘Right Now the Moore-Bannon Faction Prevails’

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“Republicans are increasingly mystified by their own grass roots, an electorate they thought they knew, and distressed that a wave of turnover in their ranks could fundamentally change the character of Congress.”

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Neel Kashkari’s Views Are Closer To Trump’s Than Any Other Fed Candidate

Bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach thinks Donald Trump will pick Neel Kashkari to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. That might not be as far-fetched as it seems. Although Kashkari is not considered one of the leading candidates for the job, his views may be closer to the president’s than any of those thought to be on the White House’s short-list. Gundlach, who was one of the few big-time money managers who predicted the election of Trump, made his prediction at a Vanity Fair conference in Los Angeles Tuesday. “I actually have a very non-consensus point of view. I think it’s going to be Neel Kashkari,” the CEO of Doubline Capital said, according to a CNBC report. “He happens to be the most easy money guy that in the Federal Reserve system today and that’s why he may win.” Kashkari is not officially under consideration for the post, according to White House sources. The president has met with former Fed governor Kevin Warsh and current Fed governor Jerome Powell to discuss the position. He has also said that he would consider re-appointing current chair Janet Yellen. Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, was considered to

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John Bolton on Trump-Tillerson Feud: The President ‘Needs to Get Control of His Entire Government’

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Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton joined SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Thursday’s Breitbart News Daily to talk about the news of three U.S. special forces troops killed in an ambush in Niger.

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Pamela Geller’s ‘Fatwa: Hunted in America’: Her Story of Confronting Radical Islam After 9/11


Pamela Geller, editor-in-chief of the Geller Report, spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Thursday regarding her upcoming book, Fatwa: Hunted in America.

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Trump or decency? Every American, whether in Japan or elsewhere … – The Japan Times

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel

On Aug. 15, my wife gave birth to our second son, whose middle name honors the memory of our relatives slaughtered during the Holocaust. That same day, U.S. President Donald Trump held a news conference where, instead of unambiguously providing support and comfort to the communities targeted by white nationalists and the victims of the resulting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia (including Heather Heyer, who was killed when a neo-Nazi plowed his car into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters), he chose to embolden those white nationalists and other hate groups through equivocation.

Trump made his choice. Now it is time for every American, including those of us living in Japan, to choose between hate and tolerance, ignorance and knowledge, revisionism and truth. We must hold each other accountable. It is time to pick a side.

The president has lent comfort to those who celebrate an ideology that resulted in mothers being gassed with their infants cradled and gasping for air; men being whipped until their flesh draped loose, then hung from trees with eyes bulging from their sockets; and immigrants beaten to death in the streets for no reason. Leaders of hate groups confirmed the impact of Trumps words with their celebratory remarks following his both sides comment.

Can the U.S. federal government be trusted to protect us if black boots break down our doors? The answer becomes less certain every day. We must pledge to stand up for each other and speak in a united voice to protect the diverse and eclectic melting pot of communities that make up America, which hate groups seek to destroy.

There is no policy objective in legitimizing hate groups that fought against those who showed up to stand for values of love, diversity and kindness. There were no very fine people who would show up to a rally advertised as one to promote the white nationalist message (as reported by Vice News) and certainly none that would take part once N_____! and slogans like Jews will not replace us! and Sieg heil! were shouted by participants.

At a time when state-approved textbooks in Texas frame slavery as a side-issue in the Civil War (while also downplaying segregation) and the U.S. secretary of education has called historically black colleges pioneers of school choice, the president tweeted that it is sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments, like that in Charlottesville of the top Confederate general. Trump has chosen to ally not with progress but with hate, bigotry, oppression and revisionism. (I urge you to read reporting on the history behind Confederate statues and their connection to the oppression and terrorization of communities of color.)

Authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman wrote an open letter on Medium stating that any Jew who does not condemn the president, directly and by name, for his racism, white supremacism, intolerance and Jew hatred, condones all of those things. I am a Jew and fervently agree with this sentiment.

Lauren Duca in Teen Vogue challenges all nice white people to loudly declare your position in this fight against hatred. Be willing to make sacrifices and insist on taking a stand for what is right. As a white person, I accept this responsibility.

The expat community in Japan includes a wide range of professionals working in many different fields. I am challenging all Americans living abroad to take action in order to isolate the president, as he should be relegated to a closet of fear, with only a tiki torch to light his hollow tweets. The president, his family and all of their business interests should be blacklisted. We should follow the example of two nonprofits that recently canceled galas at Trump-owned properties. Let the president seek referrals for expert accountants and legal counsel from his allies at the Ku Klux Klan. (I have expressed this same sentiment to the law firm where I am employed.)

We should heed the call of Heather Heyers mother, who compels us to pay attention, find whats wrong, dont ignore it, dont look the other way. Make a point to look at it, and say to yourself, What can I do to make a difference?’

Call your elected officials, talk to friends and co-workers, post on social media, donate to organizations that track and combat hate groups and/or show up at the Rally Against Hate taking place on Dec. 3 in Tokyo. If you are ready to take a stand, I urge you to contact Sarajean Rossitto at womensmarchjapan@gmail.com.

Last week, the president drew a line in the sand. History will judge us for which side we pick. I choose decency. I hope you will too.

Jesse Glickstein is an American attorney living in Japan. If you are not sure how to take action, join the Women of the World March Tokyo Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/197623700694595), where action items are posted several times a week. The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his capacity as a private U.S. citizen. Foreign Agenda is a forum for opinion on issues related to life in Japan.

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Eight hate groups are in San Diego’s backyard, civil rights organization says – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Across San Diego County is a large handful of groups that either deny the Holocaust happened, claim that anyone who isnt a Christian man is unqualified to serve in public office or seek to make the United States an Islamic theocracy.

Eight such organizations in the region are labeled hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization that tracks extremist groups.

These groups are far different from the white-supremacist groups like Ku Klux Klan or Aryan Brotherhood in that nearly all of them are faith-based and their membership has strong ties to a particular creed.

Such organizations have come come under greater scrutiny since the August 12 Unite the Right rally of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.in Charlottesville, Va. The event turned deadly when one of the attendees drove his car into a group of counter-protesters, injuring dozens and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

In some cases, location of San Diego County for these groups appears to be little more than happenstance; or they may be a local outpost for a larger group. Some consider their home in San Diego County crucial to their mission.

Law centers list includes an assortment of organizations that they say attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. The center’s determination was based on information collected from the organizations own websites and publications, news reports, field sources, and police reports.

The leader of one of the eight groups said that the law centers designation misses the mark. The groups leader said being on the list is an accomplishment that shows they are influential, but he says they are ultimately about love, not hate. He also said the center doesnt accurately described their mission.

It almost looks like they are trying to purposely juke the stats. It seems unfair, said Ahlazar Lawya, the founder and chief priest for Sicarii 1715. Sicarii is a small organization whose members believe they are the descendants of ancient Israelites. They say they are trying to empower African Americans, Hispanics, and Latinos, but the Southern Poverty Law Center says they are a black separatists.

The law center list doesnt show how large or influential a particular group may be. The Sicarii has about 20 members almost exclusively in San Diego, while the Nation of Islam whose local chapter is listed has thousands members across the country, but it is unclear how many live locally.

Multiple attempts were made to contact all eight of the organizations, but emails and phone calls all went unanswered except for Lawya at Sicarii 1715. Most are obscure and small tax records show that some just have one paid employee and have little presence online or in public.

Theres not one specific reason why a group makes a particular place its home, said Daniel Levitas, an Georgia attorney who wrote The Terrorist Next Door, a book about domestic right-wing hate groups.

Demographic factors (particularly a growing minority population), economic circumstances, a pivotal incident, a towns receptiveness, or the location of a charismatic leader are all factors for where such organizations form, he said.

There are almost as many different explanations for why these groups surface from one area or another as there are communities, he said.

And groups have evolved from organizations that meet to exchange their ideas and plan, Tammy Gillies, the Director for the Anti-Defamation League in San Diego.

These days, a lot of these groups are not so much groups anymore, as they are people in their homes getting information, she said.

The law center does not show any neo-Nazi or KKK in the region, but those type of organizations previously had a local presence. Tom Metzger, a former grand wizard in the Klan, staged rallies in the county in the late 1970s and early 80s.

Then a Fallbrook resident, Metzger stunned the local and national political world in 1980 when he won the Democratic nomination for a San Diego-area congressional seat. He has since moved to Indiana.

Three of the hate groups listed by the law center have a presence in San Diego but are local chapters of national organizations: As-Sabiqun, the Nation of Islam, and the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge. Four others operate out of the San Diego but have a national mission, if a small presence: Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, Ruth Institute, and the Realist Report, and Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust.

Just one, Sicarii 1715, is almost entirely based in San Diego County. It does have a few members in the Inland Empire and Seattle.

The Nation of Islam is the best known of the eight. Founded in Detroit in 1930, its members practice a form of Islam largely rejected by the mainstream faith. It ended up on law centers list because it promotes a belief that blacks are superior to whites, is anti-Semitic, and anti-gay. It has a mosque in Southeast San Diego. The local mosque did not return calls for comment, and an email was returned as undeliverable.

In a 2013 appearance on a radio show, Louis Farrakhan, the head of Nation of Islam at a national level, disputed law centers assessment. He said that black people are currently oppressed, and the organization does not teach that they are superior. Across races, however, people come from common ancestors in Africa, and that makes black people genetically superior, he said.

Now, having said that, does that mean we are superior? In the genetic sense, absolutely, he said. If you keep bothering us, black folk shoot not AK-47s, they shoot something that if we mix with you, you are gone, we stay. So genetically, you are inferior.

The Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge is a Messianic Jewish organization whose members, largely African Americans, believe that they are descendants of ancient Israelites. The law center and media reports show that their biggest presence is in Washington, D.C., but they have some ties to San Diego. Street preachers from the group sometimes shout-down white people as they pass by, the law center said.

There are two local anti-Semitic groups on the centers list list, and both seem to operate mostly online.

One is The Realist Report in Poway, a website that claims theres a Jewish conspiracy that controls the government, media, entertainment industry, and plotted the 9/11 terrorist attack, and that the Holocaust never happened. Its publisher, John Friend, is a former clerk in Escondidos city managers office.

The other, the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust, disputes that people were murdered in mass in gas chambers.

We understand perfectly well that the Hitlerian regime was anti-Semitic and persecuted Jews and others. Nevertheless, to be clear, we no longer believe the German State pursued a plan to kill all Jews or used homicidal gassing chambers for mass murder during the years of World War II, it says on its website.

The Third Reichs use of gas chambers to execute millions of people, mostly Jews, is well documented by survivor eyewitness accounts, perpetrators, documents, and scientific studies and other evidence.

Hate groups, the law center said, often cloak themselves in the sober language of serious scholarship, call themselves historical revisionists instead of deniers, and accuse their critics of trying to squelch open-minded inquiries into historical truth.

As-Sabiqun is a national organization with a small presence in San Diego. It advocates for the creation of an Islamic State and implement Sharia Law. Its leaders have praised Osama Bin Laden, supported Hezbollah, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood.

Others just use the San Diego area as a headquarters for their national interests.

The law center says the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission in Vista is primarily focused on attacking LGBT rights, including same sex-marriage and allowing gay people to serve in the military, but it has also claimed that only Christian men should serve in public office, and has maligned Muslims.

Its president since 2007 is the Rev. Gary Cass, a former member of the Grossmont Union High School District Board, and a former officer in the Republican Party of San Diego Party.

According to Cass, only one type of person is qualified to serve in public office: Christian men.

The first qualification is they must be a Christian, he said in a YouTube video.

The biblical biological requirement for office is you must be male, he continued. Civil leadership should be conceived of as an extension of the family and Gods created order.

He has also espoused anti-Muslim views, and describes himself as Islamophobic.

Its unclear if the group is still active its website went offline early this year and its social media accounts have been deleted.

The law center says that Ruth Institute in San Marcos is another Christian group that largely fights against same-sex marriage. It has a speakers bureau that includes people who contend theres a link between homosexuality to pedophilia, call the armed forces a refuge for welfare recipients and gay people, and that claim that people do not have the right to have sex outside of marriage.

Its website says its an organization dedicated to creating a lasting and Christ-like mass social movement to end the agony and injustice of family breakdown.

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What Germany Can Teach America About Addressing White Supremacism – New York Magazine

On Saturday, in Berlins outlying borough of Spandau, around 500 neo-Nazis marched to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Adolf Hitlers deputy Rudolf Hess, who hanged himself (or, as his fans claim, was murdered) in his prison cell, in 1987, at the age of 93. Hess is revered among neo-Nazis for never recanting or apologizing for his ideology, and Saturdays marchers rallied around a banner emblazoned with the words he famously spoke before being sentenced to life imprisonment at the Nuremberg Trials: I regret nothing.

The neo-Nazi demonstrators in Berlin were well matched by counterprotesters, though not outnumbered by such dramatic margins as at Saturdays free speech rally in Boston. Most Berliners apparently did not see a few hundred fascist punks as worthy of giving up their Saturday afternoon to make a fuss over. Residents along the marchers route blasted loud music from their balconies to drown them out, according to CNN, including Michael Jacksons Black or White. The counterprotest was well attended by anti-fascist activists who held up banners making fun of the neo-Nazis and prevented them from reaching their destination: the former site of Spandau Prison, which the German government demolished after Hesss death to prevent it from becoming a shrine to Nazism.

Residents of Spandau had tried in vain to get the march banned, but the government ultimately decided it could not do so without violating Germanys free-assembly laws, as long as the marchers adhered to the countrys very strict criteria governing their banners, flags, clothing, and chants. As Andreas Geisel, Berlins state interior secretary, put it: We have very carefully reviewed this and determined that the liberal and democratic fundamental order unfortunately also holds for assholes. Rather than stop them from marching, the Spandauers simply made it clear that they were not welcome or appreciated there. (The small town of Wunsiedel, home of Hesss original gravesite, took a different tack in 2014, tricking neo-Nazis into raising money for anti-Nazi programs.)

Nonetheless, the speech freedoms of the demonstrators were limited in certain specific ways: They could not wear military clothing, carry weapons, play drums or military music, chant slogans, show their tattoos, or display images of Hess. It is illegal to display the Nazi flag or swastika in Germany at all, so they, like other fascist demonstrators, carried the red-white-and-black pre-Nazi imperial flag instead and were limited to one flag per 50 people. Nor were they allowed to perform the Nazi salute, which is also verboten: A drunk American was beaten up by a stranger outside a Dresden caf last week for making the gesture, while two Chinese tourists were arrested and fined for doing so outside the Reichstag in Berlin earlier this month.

It is hard to imagine the white supremacists who terrorized Charlottesville last week being nearly as effective as they were, had they been held to similar standards or even just prevented from carrying guns. Of course, rules such as Germanys would never fly in the U.S., where they would be considered violations of the First and Second Amendments though many of us would question whether the Second Amendment really protects, say, the right of anti-Semites to menace a synagogue while armed with rifles. Nonetheless, as the U.S. finally turns to confront its own neo-Nazi and neo-Confederate problem children, Germany provides a few lessons we might heed in how to exorcise a toxic ideology from our society without compromising our historical memory.

After the end of World War II, Germany underwent a dramatic period of de-Nazification: Leaders of the movement who did not manage to flee the country were tried and jailed or executed and buried in unmarked graves; statues and monuments were destroyed, swastikas blasted off the faades of public buildings, Nazi literature destroyed and fascist newspapers shut down. This was a start, but not enough, and Nazi ideas and sympathies endured in the Germany population for years to come. The Nazi Party had touched every corner of German society, so most teachers and public servants who remained after the war were former members themselves; removing them all would have ground the country to a halt.

It took a good 20 years for Germany to begin reckoning with this most horrific chapter in its national history. Traveling in Bavaria as a young woman in the late 60s, my mother recalled meeting German students who had to ask her what had happened in their country between 1933 and 1945, because they had not learned this in school. In the 60s and 70s, that all changed, as young people who had grown up after the war began asking questions about what their parents had gotten up to in those years.

Today, the history of the Nazi era and the Holocaust are covered extensively in German schools: This course of study is mandatory, most German high-school students take at least one school trip to a concentration camp, and the question of whether to cast the Nazis as villains in the curriculum is not a matter of public debate (Holocaust denial and revisionism are themselves illegal). As this Quora thread illustrates, German students learn that not only were the Nazis bad, they were bad for Germany, and their defeat in the war is not taught as Germany lost.

Contrast this to the U.S., where there is no universally accepted national standard for social studies and where education officials in each state can establish curricula to include pretty much whatever version of American history they like: Recall the scandal that emerged in 2015 when it came to light that as part of the Texas Board of Educations efforts to put a conservative stamp on history, the state had ordered up history and geography textbooks that described the Atlantic slave trade as bringing workers to the plantations and downplayed the inhuman horrors of slavery. Texas being the second-largest textbook market in the country after California, curricular standards set there tend to have an impact on what students in other states learn as well.

While our own process of de-Confederatization is coming a century and a half too late, it is encouraging to see American cities removing monuments to men who tore their country apart and wasted hundreds of thousands of lives to preserve their privilege of owning other human beings as property. It is an important symbolic gesture, but as Germany learned in the decades after the Second World War, it is hardly sufficient. What really made the difference in building a post-Nazi, anti-Nazi culture, was when Germany decided to make an honest reckoning with that history an integral component of what students learned in school.

Likewise, the U.S. will only make enduring progress at eradicating the doctrine of white supremacy when kids in Georgia learn in their history classes that Robert E. Lee selfishly sent their forebears to their bloody deaths and helped set the southern states back a century in their social and economic development and for that matter, when kids in New York learn that slavery and segregation were not peculiarities of the South, but rather dark threads in our national fabric that continue to resonate in all of our lives today.

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Trump Official Once Praised a Defender of Holocaust Deniers – Mother Jones

Now shes in charge of family planning policy.

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President Donald Trump watches the lighting of memorial candles during the annual Days of Remembrance Holocaust ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on April 25. Tom Williams/ZUMA

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump appointed Teresa Manning, a leading anti-abortion activist, to be a deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. The pick was controversial because Manning, formerly a legislative analyst at the conservative Family Research Council anda lobbyistfor the National Right to Life Committee, would be in charge of family planning policy, even though she has questioned theefficacy of contraception in preventing pregnancy and has said government should not play a role in family planning. But there was one item in her rsum that did not receive attention: She had once praised a defender of Holocaust deniers.

Manning edited a book published in 2003 that was a collection of essays by die-hard anti-abortion advocates calledBack to the Drawing Board:The Future of the Pro-Life Movement. That sameyear, she moderated a panel discussion in Washington, DC, to promote the book that featured its contributors and was co-sponsored by the Republican National Coalition for Life. Half an hour into the program, Manningwho then went by the name Teresa Wagnerintroduced Joe Sobran, who had written a key chapter in the book:

Hes a writer and columnist, a former senior editor atNational Review, a known authority on topics as diverse as the United States Constitution and Shakespeare. He authored the chapter in the book called The Republican Lesser Evil.’ He was tasked with critiquing the Republican Party record [on abortion]. He has been called the finest columnist of his generation as well as a national treasure. I wholeheartedly agree with both statements.

Sobran proceeded toslam the GOP, insisting that hardly any Republicans were truly committed to the anti-abortion cause. Referring to the Republican Party, he remarked, the lesser evil keeps getting more evil. He hailed Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), another contributor to Mannings book who was present at the event, for being one of the few Republicans who fully embraced the fight against abortion as a top priority.

In her flattering introduction of Sobran, Manning neglected to mention that a few months earlier, in June 2002, he was a speaker at the 14th annual convention of the Institute for Historical Review. This is how the Southern Poverty Law Center has described the group: Founded in 1978 byWillis Carto, a longtime anti-Semite, the Institute for Historical Review (IHR) is a pseudo-academic organization that claims to seek truth and accuracy in history, but whose real purpose is to promote Holocaust denial and defend Nazism.

IHR began holding annual conferences in 1979.Holocaust deniers, includingDavid Duke, the neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader, would attended the gathering. A prominent speaker at the conferences and other IHR get-togethers was David Irving, perhaps the leading Holocaustdenierof his time. As the SPLC once put it, For years, IHRs yearly conferences were key events that offered networking opportunities for neo-Nazis and anti-Semites from around the world.

In a 2001 column, Sobran had denied that IHR was anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi and praised its magazine,The Journal of Historical Review, for publishing long and fascinating articles. He blasted Jewish groups for reviling the IHR and trying to interfere with its activities. He presented as legitimate the revisionist view that fewer than a million Jews perished of various causeschiefly diseaseduring World War II. Sobran noted that many Holocaust witnesseshave been discredited. He questioned whether the word Holocaust accurately applied to what happened to Jews during the Nazi years, referring to the event as the Jewish misfortune.

Sobrans affinity for the IHR was not surprising. In 1993, he was fired as a columnist for the conservativeNational Review by editor William F. Buckley, who had once mentored Sobran and now disparaged his contextually anti-Semitic writing.

At the 2002 IHR convention in Irvine, California, Sobran hailed the courage of the Institute for Historical Review and its leaders. He called critics of IHR raving, hate-filled fanatics. In his remarkspublished subsequently in IHRs journal under the headline For Fear of the JewsSobran defended the members of the IHR as reasonable people free of any bigotry. In my thirty years in journalism, he asserted, nothing has amazed me more than the prevalent fear in the profession of offending Jews, especially Zionist Jews. He lambasted Israel and its treatment of Arabs, and he claimed, The only discernible duty of Jews, it seems, is to look out for Israel. He insisted that he was not a Holocaust denier himself, but he inveighed against those who criticized the deniers and contended that the main point of the Holocaust narrative was to justify the existence of Israel. In short, he noted, the Holocaust has become a device for exempting Jews from normal human obligations.

Sobrans speech to the IHR cost him a job. Prior to the convention, conservative Pat Buchanan had offered Sobran a column inThe American Conservative, a magazine Buchanan had co-founded. But shortly before Sobran was to start the column, Scott McConnell, the editor of the magazine, discovered Sobran had accepted an invitation to speak before the IHR crowd. He called Sobran and begged him not to do so, telling Sobran that he could not employ him if he delivered the speech. McConnell feared this would ruin his magazines reputation. Sobran was angry and upset and refused to withdraw. McConnell killed his column.

Sobran died in 2010 at the age of 64 due to kidney failure related to diabetes. AWashington Post obituary noted:

Over the years, Mr. Sobrans views veered ever more wildly to the right, beyond the ken of National Review and anything resembling the mainstream. He praised an unabashedly racist publications called Instauration, which, in Mr. Sobrans own words, was openly and almost unremittingly hostile to blacks, Jews, and Mexican and Oriental immigrants.

With little substantiation, he wrote of centuries of Jewish persecution of Christians and denounced Israel as an untrustworthy tiny, faraway socialist ethnocracy. He wrote that the New York Times really ought to change its name to Holocaust Update.

In the preface toBack to the Drawing Board, Manning, who did not respond to a request for comment, called contributors to the book statesmen, scholars, doctors, lawyers, judges, activists, and mothers. And at the conference, she remarked that they included people that I have respected and admired my entire professional life. Presumably, her accolades applied to Sobran, whose controversial association with Holocaust deniers and whose contextually anti-Semitic writings were publicly known within conservative circles at the time.

The woman who once hailed Sobran as a national treasure today is making policy for Trump.

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Trump Administration Rescinds Obamacare’s HHS Contraceptive Mandate

President Donald Trump has followed through with his promise to Americans who object to the Obamacare contraceptive mandate for religious or moral reasons by officially ending the Obama-era rule.

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NYT: Sen Shelby: ‘Right Now the Moore-Bannon Faction Prevails’

“Republicans are increasingly mystified by their own grass roots, an electorate they thought they knew, and distressed that a wave of turnover in their ranks could fundamentally change the character of Congress.”

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Neel Kashkari’s Views Are Closer To Trump’s Than Any Other Fed Candidate

Bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach thinks Donald Trump will pick Neel Kashkari to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. That might not be as far-fetched as it seems. Although Kashkari is not considered one of the leading candidates for the job, his views may be closer to the president’s than any of those thought to be on the White House’s short-list. Gundlach, who was one of the few big-time money managers who predicted the election of Trump, made his prediction at a Vanity Fair conference in Los Angeles Tuesday. “I actually have a very non-consensus point of view. I think it’s going to be Neel Kashkari,” the CEO of Doubline Capital said, according to a CNBC report. “He happens to be the most easy money guy that in the Federal Reserve system today and that’s why he may win.” Kashkari is not officially under consideration for the post, according to White House sources. The president has met with former Fed governor Kevin Warsh and current Fed governor Jerome Powell to discuss the position. He has also said that he would consider re-appointing current chair Janet Yellen. Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, was considered to

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John Bolton on Trump-Tillerson Feud: The President ‘Needs to Get Control of His Entire Government’

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton joined SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Thursday’s Breitbart News Daily to talk about the news of three U.S. special forces troops killed in an ambush in Niger.

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Pamela Geller’s ‘Fatwa: Hunted in America’: Her Story of Confronting Radical Islam After 9/11

Pamela Geller, editor-in-chief of the Geller Report, spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Thursday regarding her upcoming book, Fatwa: Hunted in America.

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Trump or decency? Every American, whether in Japan or elsewhere … – The Japan Times

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel On Aug. 15, my wife gave birth to our second son, whose middle name honors the memory of our relatives slaughtered during the Holocaust. That same day, U.S. President Donald Trump held a news conference where, instead of unambiguously providing support and comfort to the communities targeted by white nationalists and the victims of the resulting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia (including Heather Heyer, who was killed when a neo-Nazi plowed his car into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters), he chose to embolden those white nationalists and other hate groups through equivocation. Trump made his choice. Now it is time for every American, including those of us living in Japan, to choose between hate and tolerance, ignorance and knowledge, revisionism and truth. We must hold each other accountable. It is time to pick a side. The president has lent comfort to those who celebrate an ideology that resulted in mothers being gassed with their infants cradled and gasping for air; men being whipped until their flesh draped loose, then hung from trees with eyes bulging from their sockets; and immigrants beaten to death in the streets for no reason. Leaders of hate groups confirmed the impact of Trumps words with their celebratory remarks following his both sides comment. Can the U.S. federal government be trusted to protect us if black boots break down our doors? The answer becomes less certain every day. We must pledge to stand up for each other and speak in a united voice to protect the diverse and eclectic melting pot of communities that make up America, which hate groups seek to destroy. There is no policy objective in legitimizing hate groups that fought against those who showed up to stand for values of love, diversity and kindness. There were no very fine people who would show up to a rally advertised as one to promote the white nationalist message (as reported by Vice News) and certainly none that would take part once N_____! and slogans like Jews will not replace us! and Sieg heil! were shouted by participants. At a time when state-approved textbooks in Texas frame slavery as a side-issue in the Civil War (while also downplaying segregation) and the U.S. secretary of education has called historically black colleges pioneers of school choice, the president tweeted that it is sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments, like that in Charlottesville of the top Confederate general. Trump has chosen to ally not with progress but with hate, bigotry, oppression and revisionism. (I urge you to read reporting on the history behind Confederate statues and their connection to the oppression and terrorization of communities of color.) Authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman wrote an open letter on Medium stating that any Jew who does not condemn the president, directly and by name, for his racism, white supremacism, intolerance and Jew hatred, condones all of those things. I am a Jew and fervently agree with this sentiment. Lauren Duca in Teen Vogue challenges all nice white people to loudly declare your position in this fight against hatred. Be willing to make sacrifices and insist on taking a stand for what is right. As a white person, I accept this responsibility. The expat community in Japan includes a wide range of professionals working in many different fields. I am challenging all Americans living abroad to take action in order to isolate the president, as he should be relegated to a closet of fear, with only a tiki torch to light his hollow tweets. The president, his family and all of their business interests should be blacklisted. We should follow the example of two nonprofits that recently canceled galas at Trump-owned properties. Let the president seek referrals for expert accountants and legal counsel from his allies at the Ku Klux Klan. (I have expressed this same sentiment to the law firm where I am employed.) We should heed the call of Heather Heyers mother, who compels us to pay attention, find whats wrong, dont ignore it, dont look the other way. Make a point to look at it, and say to yourself, What can I do to make a difference?’ Call your elected officials, talk to friends and co-workers, post on social media, donate to organizations that track and combat hate groups and/or show up at the Rally Against Hate taking place on Dec. 3 in Tokyo. If you are ready to take a stand, I urge you to contact Sarajean Rossitto at womensmarchjapan@gmail.com. Last week, the president drew a line in the sand. History will judge us for which side we pick. I choose decency. I hope you will too. Jesse Glickstein is an American attorney living in Japan. If you are not sure how to take action, join the Women of the World March Tokyo Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/197623700694595), where action items are posted several times a week. The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his capacity as a private U.S. citizen. Foreign Agenda is a forum for opinion on issues related to life in Japan. Send your comments and Community story ideas to: community@japantimes.co.jp

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Eight hate groups are in San Diego’s backyard, civil rights organization says – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Across San Diego County is a large handful of groups that either deny the Holocaust happened, claim that anyone who isnt a Christian man is unqualified to serve in public office or seek to make the United States an Islamic theocracy. Eight such organizations in the region are labeled hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization that tracks extremist groups. These groups are far different from the white-supremacist groups like Ku Klux Klan or Aryan Brotherhood in that nearly all of them are faith-based and their membership has strong ties to a particular creed. Such organizations have come come under greater scrutiny since the August 12 Unite the Right rally of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.in Charlottesville, Va. The event turned deadly when one of the attendees drove his car into a group of counter-protesters, injuring dozens and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. In some cases, location of San Diego County for these groups appears to be little more than happenstance; or they may be a local outpost for a larger group. Some consider their home in San Diego County crucial to their mission. Law centers list includes an assortment of organizations that they say attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. The center’s determination was based on information collected from the organizations own websites and publications, news reports, field sources, and police reports. The leader of one of the eight groups said that the law centers designation misses the mark. The groups leader said being on the list is an accomplishment that shows they are influential, but he says they are ultimately about love, not hate. He also said the center doesnt accurately described their mission. It almost looks like they are trying to purposely juke the stats. It seems unfair, said Ahlazar Lawya, the founder and chief priest for Sicarii 1715. Sicarii is a small organization whose members believe they are the descendants of ancient Israelites. They say they are trying to empower African Americans, Hispanics, and Latinos, but the Southern Poverty Law Center says they are a black separatists. The law center list doesnt show how large or influential a particular group may be. The Sicarii has about 20 members almost exclusively in San Diego, while the Nation of Islam whose local chapter is listed has thousands members across the country, but it is unclear how many live locally. Multiple attempts were made to contact all eight of the organizations, but emails and phone calls all went unanswered except for Lawya at Sicarii 1715. Most are obscure and small tax records show that some just have one paid employee and have little presence online or in public. Theres not one specific reason why a group makes a particular place its home, said Daniel Levitas, an Georgia attorney who wrote The Terrorist Next Door, a book about domestic right-wing hate groups. Demographic factors (particularly a growing minority population), economic circumstances, a pivotal incident, a towns receptiveness, or the location of a charismatic leader are all factors for where such organizations form, he said. There are almost as many different explanations for why these groups surface from one area or another as there are communities, he said. And groups have evolved from organizations that meet to exchange their ideas and plan, Tammy Gillies, the Director for the Anti-Defamation League in San Diego. These days, a lot of these groups are not so much groups anymore, as they are people in their homes getting information, she said. The law center does not show any neo-Nazi or KKK in the region, but those type of organizations previously had a local presence. Tom Metzger, a former grand wizard in the Klan, staged rallies in the county in the late 1970s and early 80s. Then a Fallbrook resident, Metzger stunned the local and national political world in 1980 when he won the Democratic nomination for a San Diego-area congressional seat. He has since moved to Indiana. Three of the hate groups listed by the law center have a presence in San Diego but are local chapters of national organizations: As-Sabiqun, the Nation of Islam, and the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge. Four others operate out of the San Diego but have a national mission, if a small presence: Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, Ruth Institute, and the Realist Report, and Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust. Just one, Sicarii 1715, is almost entirely based in San Diego County. It does have a few members in the Inland Empire and Seattle. The Nation of Islam is the best known of the eight. Founded in Detroit in 1930, its members practice a form of Islam largely rejected by the mainstream faith. It ended up on law centers list because it promotes a belief that blacks are superior to whites, is anti-Semitic, and anti-gay. It has a mosque in Southeast San Diego. The local mosque did not return calls for comment, and an email was returned as undeliverable. In a 2013 appearance on a radio show, Louis Farrakhan, the head of Nation of Islam at a national level, disputed law centers assessment. He said that black people are currently oppressed, and the organization does not teach that they are superior. Across races, however, people come from common ancestors in Africa, and that makes black people genetically superior, he said. Now, having said that, does that mean we are superior? In the genetic sense, absolutely, he said. If you keep bothering us, black folk shoot not AK-47s, they shoot something that if we mix with you, you are gone, we stay. So genetically, you are inferior. The Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge is a Messianic Jewish organization whose members, largely African Americans, believe that they are descendants of ancient Israelites. The law center and media reports show that their biggest presence is in Washington, D.C., but they have some ties to San Diego. Street preachers from the group sometimes shout-down white people as they pass by, the law center said. There are two local anti-Semitic groups on the centers list list, and both seem to operate mostly online. One is The Realist Report in Poway, a website that claims theres a Jewish conspiracy that controls the government, media, entertainment industry, and plotted the 9/11 terrorist attack, and that the Holocaust never happened. Its publisher, John Friend, is a former clerk in Escondidos city managers office. The other, the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust, disputes that people were murdered in mass in gas chambers. We understand perfectly well that the Hitlerian regime was anti-Semitic and persecuted Jews and others. Nevertheless, to be clear, we no longer believe the German State pursued a plan to kill all Jews or used homicidal gassing chambers for mass murder during the years of World War II, it says on its website. The Third Reichs use of gas chambers to execute millions of people, mostly Jews, is well documented by survivor eyewitness accounts, perpetrators, documents, and scientific studies and other evidence. Hate groups, the law center said, often cloak themselves in the sober language of serious scholarship, call themselves historical revisionists instead of deniers, and accuse their critics of trying to squelch open-minded inquiries into historical truth. As-Sabiqun is a national organization with a small presence in San Diego. It advocates for the creation of an Islamic State and implement Sharia Law. Its leaders have praised Osama Bin Laden, supported Hezbollah, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood. Others just use the San Diego area as a headquarters for their national interests. The law center says the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission in Vista is primarily focused on attacking LGBT rights, including same sex-marriage and allowing gay people to serve in the military, but it has also claimed that only Christian men should serve in public office, and has maligned Muslims. Its president since 2007 is the Rev. Gary Cass, a former member of the Grossmont Union High School District Board, and a former officer in the Republican Party of San Diego Party. According to Cass, only one type of person is qualified to serve in public office: Christian men. The first qualification is they must be a Christian, he said in a YouTube video. The biblical biological requirement for office is you must be male, he continued. Civil leadership should be conceived of as an extension of the family and Gods created order. He has also espoused anti-Muslim views, and describes himself as Islamophobic. Its unclear if the group is still active its website went offline early this year and its social media accounts have been deleted. The law center says that Ruth Institute in San Marcos is another Christian group that largely fights against same-sex marriage. It has a speakers bureau that includes people who contend theres a link between homosexuality to pedophilia, call the armed forces a refuge for welfare recipients and gay people, and that claim that people do not have the right to have sex outside of marriage. Its website says its an organization dedicated to creating a lasting and Christ-like mass social movement to end the agony and injustice of family breakdown. Twitter: @jptstewart joshua.stewart@sduniontribune.com (619) 293-1841

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What Germany Can Teach America About Addressing White Supremacism – New York Magazine

On Saturday, in Berlins outlying borough of Spandau, around 500 neo-Nazis marched to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Adolf Hitlers deputy Rudolf Hess, who hanged himself (or, as his fans claim, was murdered) in his prison cell, in 1987, at the age of 93. Hess is revered among neo-Nazis for never recanting or apologizing for his ideology, and Saturdays marchers rallied around a banner emblazoned with the words he famously spoke before being sentenced to life imprisonment at the Nuremberg Trials: I regret nothing. The neo-Nazi demonstrators in Berlin were well matched by counterprotesters, though not outnumbered by such dramatic margins as at Saturdays free speech rally in Boston. Most Berliners apparently did not see a few hundred fascist punks as worthy of giving up their Saturday afternoon to make a fuss over. Residents along the marchers route blasted loud music from their balconies to drown them out, according to CNN, including Michael Jacksons Black or White. The counterprotest was well attended by anti-fascist activists who held up banners making fun of the neo-Nazis and prevented them from reaching their destination: the former site of Spandau Prison, which the German government demolished after Hesss death to prevent it from becoming a shrine to Nazism. Residents of Spandau had tried in vain to get the march banned, but the government ultimately decided it could not do so without violating Germanys free-assembly laws, as long as the marchers adhered to the countrys very strict criteria governing their banners, flags, clothing, and chants. As Andreas Geisel, Berlins state interior secretary, put it: We have very carefully reviewed this and determined that the liberal and democratic fundamental order unfortunately also holds for assholes. Rather than stop them from marching, the Spandauers simply made it clear that they were not welcome or appreciated there. (The small town of Wunsiedel, home of Hesss original gravesite, took a different tack in 2014, tricking neo-Nazis into raising money for anti-Nazi programs.) Nonetheless, the speech freedoms of the demonstrators were limited in certain specific ways: They could not wear military clothing, carry weapons, play drums or military music, chant slogans, show their tattoos, or display images of Hess. It is illegal to display the Nazi flag or swastika in Germany at all, so they, like other fascist demonstrators, carried the red-white-and-black pre-Nazi imperial flag instead and were limited to one flag per 50 people. Nor were they allowed to perform the Nazi salute, which is also verboten: A drunk American was beaten up by a stranger outside a Dresden caf last week for making the gesture, while two Chinese tourists were arrested and fined for doing so outside the Reichstag in Berlin earlier this month. It is hard to imagine the white supremacists who terrorized Charlottesville last week being nearly as effective as they were, had they been held to similar standards or even just prevented from carrying guns. Of course, rules such as Germanys would never fly in the U.S., where they would be considered violations of the First and Second Amendments though many of us would question whether the Second Amendment really protects, say, the right of anti-Semites to menace a synagogue while armed with rifles. Nonetheless, as the U.S. finally turns to confront its own neo-Nazi and neo-Confederate problem children, Germany provides a few lessons we might heed in how to exorcise a toxic ideology from our society without compromising our historical memory. After the end of World War II, Germany underwent a dramatic period of de-Nazification: Leaders of the movement who did not manage to flee the country were tried and jailed or executed and buried in unmarked graves; statues and monuments were destroyed, swastikas blasted off the faades of public buildings, Nazi literature destroyed and fascist newspapers shut down. This was a start, but not enough, and Nazi ideas and sympathies endured in the Germany population for years to come. The Nazi Party had touched every corner of German society, so most teachers and public servants who remained after the war were former members themselves; removing them all would have ground the country to a halt. It took a good 20 years for Germany to begin reckoning with this most horrific chapter in its national history. Traveling in Bavaria as a young woman in the late 60s, my mother recalled meeting German students who had to ask her what had happened in their country between 1933 and 1945, because they had not learned this in school. In the 60s and 70s, that all changed, as young people who had grown up after the war began asking questions about what their parents had gotten up to in those years. Today, the history of the Nazi era and the Holocaust are covered extensively in German schools: This course of study is mandatory, most German high-school students take at least one school trip to a concentration camp, and the question of whether to cast the Nazis as villains in the curriculum is not a matter of public debate (Holocaust denial and revisionism are themselves illegal). As this Quora thread illustrates, German students learn that not only were the Nazis bad, they were bad for Germany, and their defeat in the war is not taught as Germany lost. Contrast this to the U.S., where there is no universally accepted national standard for social studies and where education officials in each state can establish curricula to include pretty much whatever version of American history they like: Recall the scandal that emerged in 2015 when it came to light that as part of the Texas Board of Educations efforts to put a conservative stamp on history, the state had ordered up history and geography textbooks that described the Atlantic slave trade as bringing workers to the plantations and downplayed the inhuman horrors of slavery. Texas being the second-largest textbook market in the country after California, curricular standards set there tend to have an impact on what students in other states learn as well. While our own process of de-Confederatization is coming a century and a half too late, it is encouraging to see American cities removing monuments to men who tore their country apart and wasted hundreds of thousands of lives to preserve their privilege of owning other human beings as property. It is an important symbolic gesture, but as Germany learned in the decades after the Second World War, it is hardly sufficient. What really made the difference in building a post-Nazi, anti-Nazi culture, was when Germany decided to make an honest reckoning with that history an integral component of what students learned in school. Likewise, the U.S. will only make enduring progress at eradicating the doctrine of white supremacy when kids in Georgia learn in their history classes that Robert E. Lee selfishly sent their forebears to their bloody deaths and helped set the southern states back a century in their social and economic development and for that matter, when kids in New York learn that slavery and segregation were not peculiarities of the South, but rather dark threads in our national fabric that continue to resonate in all of our lives today. He offered few details, saying, Americas enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out. Luther Strange may need all the money and all the Trump love he can get to catch up with Roy Moore, whos winning over supporters of other candidates. Sarah Jessica Parkers voice-over is a surprisingly good match for Trumps stoic facial expressions. Still, House conservatives are threatening to let America default on its debt, unless Democrats agree to massive spending cuts. Instagram is inundated, and even Donald Trump dons a pair of special glasses. Trump seems to be the only one who dared to risk staring at the sun without eclipse glasses. A vernacular translation of the the New York Times report on Rinat Akhmetshin. New stories on the site recall Bannons threats to go nuclear on the First Daughter. As Trumps approval rating in the Rust Belt dips, labor leaders work to help Democrats exploit an opening with working-class Trump voters. More are being taken down every day. While the DNC is struggling to keep up with the RNC in fundraising, other sources of campaign financing are more balanced, and its very early yet. He was the last remaining at-large suspect in a terrorist cell. Pulling down monuments is a start, but the real change happens in schools. Last-minute tips for the astronomical event of the century. A new book will profile Trumps mother, grandmother, and three wives. More than 1,000 agents have already hit their yearly allowances for salary and overtime. Its a pretty long list. The incident comes two months after seven sailors died in a similar collision. Following a report that WFAN isnt interested in having him replace Mike Francesa, Christie countered that he took himself out of the running.

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Trump Official Once Praised a Defender of Holocaust Deniers – Mother Jones

Now shes in charge of family planning policy. David CornAug. 21, 2017 6:00 AM President Donald Trump watches the lighting of memorial candles during the annual Days of Remembrance Holocaust ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on April 25. Tom Williams/ZUMA Earlier this year, President Donald Trump appointed Teresa Manning, a leading anti-abortion activist, to be a deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. The pick was controversial because Manning, formerly a legislative analyst at the conservative Family Research Council anda lobbyistfor the National Right to Life Committee, would be in charge of family planning policy, even though she has questioned theefficacy of contraception in preventing pregnancy and has said government should not play a role in family planning. But there was one item in her rsum that did not receive attention: She had once praised a defender of Holocaust deniers. Manning edited a book published in 2003 that was a collection of essays by die-hard anti-abortion advocates calledBack to the Drawing Board:The Future of the Pro-Life Movement. That sameyear, she moderated a panel discussion in Washington, DC, to promote the book that featured its contributors and was co-sponsored by the Republican National Coalition for Life. Half an hour into the program, Manningwho then went by the name Teresa Wagnerintroduced Joe Sobran, who had written a key chapter in the book: Hes a writer and columnist, a former senior editor atNational Review, a known authority on topics as diverse as the United States Constitution and Shakespeare. He authored the chapter in the book called The Republican Lesser Evil.’ He was tasked with critiquing the Republican Party record [on abortion]. He has been called the finest columnist of his generation as well as a national treasure. I wholeheartedly agree with both statements. Sobran proceeded toslam the GOP, insisting that hardly any Republicans were truly committed to the anti-abortion cause. Referring to the Republican Party, he remarked, the lesser evil keeps getting more evil. He hailed Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), another contributor to Mannings book who was present at the event, for being one of the few Republicans who fully embraced the fight against abortion as a top priority. In her flattering introduction of Sobran, Manning neglected to mention that a few months earlier, in June 2002, he was a speaker at the 14th annual convention of the Institute for Historical Review. This is how the Southern Poverty Law Center has described the group: Founded in 1978 byWillis Carto, a longtime anti-Semite, the Institute for Historical Review (IHR) is a pseudo-academic organization that claims to seek truth and accuracy in history, but whose real purpose is to promote Holocaust denial and defend Nazism. IHR began holding annual conferences in 1979.Holocaust deniers, includingDavid Duke, the neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader, would attended the gathering. A prominent speaker at the conferences and other IHR get-togethers was David Irving, perhaps the leading Holocaustdenierof his time. As the SPLC once put it, For years, IHRs yearly conferences were key events that offered networking opportunities for neo-Nazis and anti-Semites from around the world. In a 2001 column, Sobran had denied that IHR was anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi and praised its magazine,The Journal of Historical Review, for publishing long and fascinating articles. He blasted Jewish groups for reviling the IHR and trying to interfere with its activities. He presented as legitimate the revisionist view that fewer than a million Jews perished of various causeschiefly diseaseduring World War II. Sobran noted that many Holocaust witnesseshave been discredited. He questioned whether the word Holocaust accurately applied to what happened to Jews during the Nazi years, referring to the event as the Jewish misfortune. Sobrans affinity for the IHR was not surprising. In 1993, he was fired as a columnist for the conservativeNational Review by editor William F. Buckley, who had once mentored Sobran and now disparaged his contextually anti-Semitic writing. At the 2002 IHR convention in Irvine, California, Sobran hailed the courage of the Institute for Historical Review and its leaders. He called critics of IHR raving, hate-filled fanatics. In his remarkspublished subsequently in IHRs journal under the headline For Fear of the JewsSobran defended the members of the IHR as reasonable people free of any bigotry. In my thirty years in journalism, he asserted, nothing has amazed me more than the prevalent fear in the profession of offending Jews, especially Zionist Jews. He lambasted Israel and its treatment of Arabs, and he claimed, The only discernible duty of Jews, it seems, is to look out for Israel. He insisted that he was not a Holocaust denier himself, but he inveighed against those who criticized the deniers and contended that the main point of the Holocaust narrative was to justify the existence of Israel. In short, he noted, the Holocaust has become a device for exempting Jews from normal human obligations. Sobrans speech to the IHR cost him a job. Prior to the convention, conservative Pat Buchanan had offered Sobran a column inThe American Conservative, a magazine Buchanan had co-founded. But shortly before Sobran was to start the column, Scott McConnell, the editor of the magazine, discovered Sobran had accepted an invitation to speak before the IHR crowd. He called Sobran and begged him not to do so, telling Sobran that he could not employ him if he delivered the speech. McConnell feared this would ruin his magazines reputation. Sobran was angry and upset and refused to withdraw. McConnell killed his column. Sobran died in 2010 at the age of 64 due to kidney failure related to diabetes. AWashington Post obituary noted: Over the years, Mr. Sobrans views veered ever more wildly to the right, beyond the ken of National Review and anything resembling the mainstream. He praised an unabashedly racist publications called Instauration, which, in Mr. Sobrans own words, was openly and almost unremittingly hostile to blacks, Jews, and Mexican and Oriental immigrants. With little substantiation, he wrote of centuries of Jewish persecution of Christians and denounced Israel as an untrustworthy tiny, faraway socialist ethnocracy. He wrote that the New York Times really ought to change its name to Holocaust Update. In the preface toBack to the Drawing Board, Manning, who did not respond to a request for comment, called contributors to the book statesmen, scholars, doctors, lawyers, judges, activists, and mothers. And at the conference, she remarked that they included people that I have respected and admired my entire professional life. Presumably, her accolades applied to Sobran, whose controversial association with Holocaust deniers and whose contextually anti-Semitic writings were publicly known within conservative circles at the time. The woman who once hailed Sobran as a national treasure today is making policy for Trump. Mother Jones is a nonprofit, and stories like this are made possible by readers like you. Donate or subscribe to help fund independent journalism.

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