Today is April 21, and here are the stories I am watching.
FROM THE RIGHT
Fox News is reporting: Six nearly simultaneous explosions struck three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, killing nearly 200 people and injuring many more, according to police and hospital sources.
Multiple fatalities — including 11 foreigners — resulted among worshipers and hotel guests, a police official said, adding that at least two of the church blasts were believed to have been a coordinated attack carried out by suicide bombers.
MY TAKE: How will the press blame white nationalists and Trump for this one.
FORM BREIBART: The 2020 presidential campaign of former Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-TX) has lost two top aides in recent days, according to a report.
Progressive operative Becky Bond, who worked on O’Rourke’s failed U.S. Senate bid against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and her deputy Zack Malitz, have split from the campaign at a time when campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon moves to “professionalize” operations.
DML: Make no mistake Beto will be one of the last men standing.
FROM THE LEFT
AXIOS REPORTS: Immigrants accounted for almost half of population growth in the U.S. from 2017 to 2018, according to new Census Bureau data, Axios’ Stef Kight reports. Why it matters: It’s a reminder of how rapidly the demographics of the country are changing — and how the bitter political fights over immigration aren’t changing the broader trends.
Immigration could help mitigate the negative impact of falling birth rates. The U.S. is headed toward a large dependent population of children and retirees and a much smaller workforce, which would slow economic growth.
The big picture: 9% of the nation’s counties grew due to immigration rather than more births than deaths — including counties that contain most of San Francisco, Houston and Boston, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. More than half the population growth in D.C., Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and 7 other states was due to immigration.
MY TAKE: The country is falling into a period that will be impossible to undo because of this immigration crisis. AMERICANS are having less children because it is too expensive.
FROM THE MIDDLE
The WSJ editorial: The PC police have caught up with Kate Smith. This week the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers each announced they will no longer play the late singer’s classic version of “God Bless America” at their baseball and hockey games. The Flyers, who won their first Stanley Cup in 1974 after Smith sang the song for them in person, have now even covered up a statue of the beloved American performer outside their arena.
Smith has been dead since 1986, so what has sent sports teams running from her name in 2019? It seems that early in her career she sang songs that included racial stereotypes. The offending recordings are “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” from 1931 and “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she sings for her character in the 1933 Paramount musical “Hello, Everybody!”
To read such titles now is to cringe, and no one would endorse them today. But Smith was, as we all are, a person of her time. The Yankees explain that they are “erring on the side of sensitivity.” Sure—and they are being ridiculous.
MY TAKE: I have been a lifelong Yankees fan. You won’t see me at the stadium, ever, again.