Presidents Day News Roundup for Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

My favorite photo of Abraham Lincoln, taken at 45, before the presidency, before the Civil War, before the decline in his health, before a Confederate spy’s bullet took his life. It’s 154 years between the author of the Gettysburg Address and the arrogant, ignorant resident of the White House today. Happy Presidents Day. Feel free to eliminate one or two from the observance.

The actual President of the United States circa 2019. In a room full of allies in Munich, VP Mike Pence said, “I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.” He waited a full 5 seconds for applause. There was none.

Socialism is no longer a dirty word and here’s why. From Occupy Wall Street 10 years ago, to the surges in membership of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), with Bernie Sanders, then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, socialism is on the rise here. Ideas described as radical just a few years ago, like Sanders promoting Medicare for All, now have wide acceptance – MFA, Green New Deal, taxing the rich, tuition-free public colleges & universities, raising the minimum wage. But it’s not just that, it’s also the failure of capitalism, soaring income inequality, and what has happened to American jobs. By Ellen Chase, former Star-Ledger copy editor.

With actor Jussie Smollett’s story of being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack last month now put into some doubt, Cory Booker is holding off comment until information comes from ‘on the record sources.

The Most Important New Woman in Congress. Politico Magazine says it’s Mikie Sherrill, not AOC.

Cory Booker’s first campaign swing in New Hampshire since announcing.

Early-voting states are focus for Booker & Dems in 2020 contest.

“There is no catechism to comfort raped children.” Searing criticism of the Catholic Church in New Jersey’s ‘Hail Mary’ in releasing the names of 188 predatory priests, most of whom are dead. Only lawmakers can protect pedophile priests. Let the law work for victims, says this Star-Ledger editorial.

Public worker pensions are a huge cost for NJ. Here’s what Gov. Murphy is considering to pay for them.

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