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◆ Retired 3-star general Michael Flynn will be Trump’s National Security Advisor. (Washington Post) He headed the Defense Intelligence Agency under Pres. Obama but left the administration and became a sharp critic.
◆ “We’re going to move an agenda,” VP-elect Mike Pence told House Republicans. Working with Congress, the new administration intends to pass a lot of legislation, Pence told the closed-door meeting. (Bloomberg)
Comment: That’s not an idle promise. It’s not just Trump’s ambitious agenda. It’s Capitol Hill under continuing Republican control. Over the last few years, the Republicans have passed lots of bills that died on Pres. Obama’s desk. The same leaders are in place in the House and Senate. They know these issues, have already written bills on the big issues, and will be ready to push legislation early in 2017.
◆ “An Anti-Israel Brigade with Ties to Hamas Finds a Home in San Francisco State University,” writes Cinnamon Stillwell (Independent Journal Review) Oppose the people doing this at SFSU, and guess what they call you? That’s right, you would be an Islamophobe, McCarthyist, hatemonger and–worst of all–a Zionist. The deal is an official tie between SFSU and a Hamas-dominated university, An-Najah University, located in the West Bank.
⇒ Related story: Palestinian group is demanding that Kent State University remove an incredibly offensive object: a picture of the late Israeli leader, Golda Meir. The simple photograph hurts their feelings because, well, you can guess. (Abraham Miller in The Observer)
◆ One of the makers of the modern world, Jay Forrester, has died at 98. Forrester, an MIT professor raised on a Nebraska cattle ranch, developed the field of computer modeling complex systems. He is also one of the men who invented magnetic core memory for computers. His obituary is here. (New York Times)
◆ The Washington Post thinks this is newsworthy: “Trump terrifies me. Should I rent my house to his supporters for the inauguration?” by Cari Shane. It perfectly captures the Post’s view and the Beltway Zeitgeist.
◆ Go, Cubs, Go. Their second-year star, Kris Bryant, is the nearly unanimous choice as National League MVP. (Chicago Tribune)
◆ Chicago’s Skyline To Be Sold as Lego Set. The set will be smaller than the original, according to the Chicago Tribune.
◆ I love it: A startup says it has created a robot that cuts grass and shovels show. (CNN)