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Palin says ‘Yes we can’ to ‘drill, baby, drill’ in National Review

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One-time Alaska Gov. and GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin argues in a National Review column Friday that environmentalists are working against their own interests by blocking domestic drilling, which forces the U.S. to import oil from countries with no environmental-protection laws.

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“Those who oppose domestic drilling are motivated primarily by environmental considerations, but many of the countries we’re forced to import from have few if any environmental-protection laws, and those that do exist often go unenforced,” her column reads. “In effect, American environmentalists are preventing responsible development here at home while supporting irresponsible development overseas.”

In her article, Palin says the U.S. needs to “drill here and drill now” because “building an energy-independent Amer­ica will mean a real economic stimulus,” and “decreasing our dependence on foreign sources of energy will reduce the impact of world events on our economy.”

She credits herself and her home state for showing the country how oil drilling can become synonymous with energy conservation, claiming 20 percent of Alaska’s electricity comes from renewable resources. Palin also says the U.S. needs to build more oil refineries at home, lamenting that “due to major environmental restrictions, we haven’t built a major new refinery since 1976” and the number of U.S. refineries has sunk to 150 from roughly 300 in the 1970s.

The column appeared in the National Review just as Gallup was reporting that Palin’s popularity has hit an all-time low. The pollsters report that just 40 percent of the American public they surveyed see her favorably, while 50 percent have an unfavorable view of her. According to Gallup, her popularity ratings are the lowest they’ve been since she hit the national stage a little more than a year ago at the Republican convention and scored a 53 percent favorability rating.

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As the former vice-presidential nominee herself tries to refurbish her image, she equates energy independence with “freedom and confidence.”

“It’s about building a more secure and peaceful America, an America in which our energy needs will not be subject to the whims of nature, currency speculators, or madmen in possession of vast oil reserves…,” she concludes. “There’s no getting around the fact that we still need to “drill, baby, drill!” And if those in D.C. say otherwise, we need to tell them: “Yes, we can!”

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Angry Minnesota farmer bashes ‘insulting’ Trump comments that ‘we’re great patriots’ during his trade war

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President Donald Trump has insulted at least one Minnesota farmer by his claim that farmers are "great patriots" who want him to continue his trade fight against China.

"This wound is self-inflicted, by our president," said Gary Wertish, who is the Minnesota Farm Bureau president. "We definitely agreed with it in the beginning. But it doesn’t appear that there’s a plan B. Some of the callous comments come, especially from the president, you know, that farmers are 'winning,' we’re 'great patriots,' that’s very insulting. That’s coming from someone who never has faced the challenges of a family farmer. I go into the bank and tell the lender I can’t make the payment because we lost our market? The banker is going to tell me you don’t have to make your payment because you’re a patriot."

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MSNBC pundit nails Trump for only attacking Black voices on Fox News

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Democratic strategist Joel Payne called out President Donald Trump Sunday for his attacks on Fox News when he was leaving New Jersey.

Before Trump landed in Marine One at Morristown, New Jersey, he tweeted an attack on Juan Williams, the only Black pundit on the Fox News show "The Five."

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1163167660764532736

Trump briefly addressed Williams, before he told members of the press that he found it appalling Fox News hired a friend of Hillary Clinton's, whose name he couldn't even remember.

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Missouri official choose Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ for swearing-in ceremony instead of ‘The Bible’

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A Missouri county official is being both celebrated and attacked after a decision to forgo The Bible for her swearing-in ceremony and opted for a copy of Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss.

The Friendly Atheist at Patheos captured the story, posting a photo of St. Louis City Councilmember Kelli Dunaway's children holding a copy of the book while she took her oath of office.

This was the scene last week at the STLCO government center. Democrats took back control of the council and @DunawayKelli was sworn in on a copy of “Oh the Places you’ll go” with her children❤️ so proud to be part of #TeamKelli pic.twitter.com/iJ1dxfZ1Zg

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