ESSENTIAL #1: “ELECTED LEADERS WHO WEAPONIZE RELIGION ARE PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME” REP. TULSI GABBARD, THE HILL
From the article: “We must stand together, and with one voice condemn those who seek to incite bigotry based on religion. We cannot allow those who are anxious to exploit our differences to drive a wedge between us. We cannot and will not tolerate prejudicial treatment of those with whom we disagree, any more than we would tolerate such treatment of those with whom we agree.”
Note from the Editor-in-Chief: Watch this week’s #CivicUpdate from Justin Giboney for more on these issues.
ESSENTIAL #2: “TEXAS GOVERNOR DEFENDS MUSLIM PART OFFICIAL AS GOP FACTION SEEKS HIS OUSTER” DOUG STANGLIN, USA TODAY
From the article: “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has condemned attempts by a faction of the Tarrant County Republican party to oust its vice chairman on Thursday because he is a Muslim.
‘Religious freedom is at the core of who we are as a nation and state,’ Abbott said in a statement, ‘and attacks on Dr. (Shahid) Shafi because of his faith are contrary to this guiding principle.’
Abbott is the latest prominent Texas Republican to speak out as members of the executive committee of Tarrant County Republicans were set to vote Thursday night on the fate of Shafi, a trauma surgeon and member of the Southlake City Council.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “WHAT TUCKER CARLSON GETS RIGHT” W. BRADFORD WILCOX AND SAMUEL HAMMOND, THE ATLANTIC
From the article: “The Fox News host Tucker Carlson delivered a monologue on the market and the family last week. It quickly found a large audience, becoming a viral sensation online. It also attracted a host of critics from across the political spectrum. Some of the fiercest criticism came from conservatives, including writers such as Ben Shapiro and David French, who attacked the very argument that we believe Carlson largely got right: Contemporary capitalism, small government conservatism, and elite negligence have all played a role in the fall of the working-class family.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “TRUMP, HEADING TO THE BORDER, SUGGESTS HE WILL DECLARE AN EMERGENCY TO FUND THE WALL” ROBINSON MEYER, THE ATLANTIC
From the article: “The president held a brief and contentious negotiation with Democrats and Republican leaders on Wednesday in the Situation Room that ended abruptly when he stormed out of the room after Speaker Nancy Pelosi rebuffed his overture to reopen the government in exchange for wall funding. Ms. Pelosi and Democrats have consistently said that they would be willing to negotiate border security issues with him if he would reopen the government, even as Ms. Pelosi has held firm to the position that she does not support funding for a barrier wall.”