— The Illinois Eclipse: It’s not about Aug. 21. It’s every day. – Editorial (DIERSEN: How long have your ancestors been in Illinois? All my ancestors immigrated to northeast Illinois during the 1840s and 1850s and have been here ever since.)
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: Face it: No one comes to Illinois for the weather or to climb mountains. People come — or came — for opportunity. But that once-thriving state has receded into the shadow. Why? Because while surrounding states add jobs, Illinois grinds private-sector concerns in its gears. The nation generated a 1.3 percent average annual growth rate from 2006-16, but Illinois managed just 0.4 percent, according to James Broughel of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Wisconsin outstripped Illinois with a 0.7 percent rate, and Indiana’s was more than double this state’s, at 0.9 percent. In July, the state’s unemployment rate ticked up. That’s the same month that Springfield passed a 32 percent personal income tax hike — inviting more people and businesses to head for the exits. Thank you, Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan. And what about those promised reforms, such as overhauling workers’ compensation, that could persuade more businesses to come, stay or expand? Or pruning Illinois’ wildly overgrown local governments to ease taxpayer burdens — two of the items on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pro-jobs agenda? What, say the ranking Democrats, us worry? We recently sized up this state’s economic competitiveness and quality of life in a series of measures. In capsule, Illinois leads the nation in the worst ways. You know about the lousy credit rating, the unfunded pension liabilities, the onerous regulations on employers. Once a colossus that overshadowed its Midwest neighbors, Illinois in eclipse can’t escape the shadow. Other states gain by offering a sunnier jobs climate. Wisconsin recently landed what could be a $10 billion Foxconn LCD panel factory that will employ as many as 13,000 people. How did Wisconsin prevail? By being close to Illinois but not Illinois. Foxconn sought to exploit Illinois’ assets — its transportation and logistical systems, its energy reliability — but avoid its ever-rising taxes, crushing public debts and never-ending political brink-dancing. Foxconn chose a state that does the basics, like pass a budget every year. In a state in eclipse, though, even that task is too difficult. In a state in eclipse, taxes rise with no offsetting reforms. In a state in eclipse, voters return the same failed pols to the legislature decade after decade in a triumph of naive hope over costly experience.)
— Missouri lawmaker apologizes for saying she hoped Trump would be assassinated, but won’t quit – Celeste Bott
— Politics with Rick Pearson Full Show 8.20.17 – JASMINE COOPER
— State Journal-Register Reporter Doug Finke Weighs In On State Funding Debate – JASMINE COOPER
CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trump Kasich says “We’re all rooting for Trump to get it together” and denies that he plans to run in 2020.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Yet another group pulls event out of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. At least 9 organizations have ditched the resort.”
— Reflecting On The Springfield Political Culture With Kyle McCarter
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trump U.S. GOP senator Tim Scott, R-S.C., questions Trump’s moral authority to lead the country.
— Free-speech advocates worry about rise of Antifa after Charlottesville – Valerie Richardson
— Trump campaign supporters during election snubbed for Pentagon, State Department, national security – Rowan Scarborough
— Ohio Gov. John Kasich praises Trump’s tweets on Boston protests – Alex Swoyer (DIERSEN: Anti-Whites want Whites to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn Whites as being White supremacists, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)
— Following Charlottesville, Companies Are Laying Down The Hammer. But What’s The Criteria? – Eric Lieberman (DIERSEN: From what I see, to avoid their hammer, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries must be anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— Bill Clinton’s Accusers Demand Removal of Statue in South Dakota – Adam Shaw
— White House petition: Formally recognize Antifa as a terrorist organization – Beth Baumann
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Some Liberty University alumni cave in to anti-Trump pressure.
— PBS, NPR Bury Their Own Poll Results on BLM, Antifa, and Confederate Statues – Tim Graham
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Three Key States (Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) ‘Embarrassed,’ Turn on Trump.”
CANADA FREE PRESS
— Angry Mobs Erasing American History – Judi McLeod
INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW
— Alleged Boston Antifa Thanks Hillary Clinton, Democrats for Their Support as They Burn American Flag – BENNY JOHNSON
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Senate Republicans getting fed up with Trump.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s Approval Rating Stands Below 40 Percent in Three Key Midwest States (Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin)”
NEW YORK TIMES
— Leading Democrat: Critics Can’t Conclude Trump Is Impaired – REUTERS (DIERSEN: If you are not a Democrat, a Democrat plant, or a RINO, sooner or later, Democrats, Democrat plants, and RINOs will say that you are impaired.)
— They’re Trying to Sue a White Supremacist. First He Must Be Found. – NELLIE BOWLESAU
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Banons say “Unwavering Trump Voters Say They Will Not Miss Steve Bannon.”
— Bannon, basically: Trump’s campaign was a fraud – Callum Borchers
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trump Kasich downplays notion of 2020 challenge to Trump, saying president can learn from challenges.
NEW YORK POST
— Man stabbed after haircut gets him mistaken for a neo-Nazi – Stephanie Pagones
WALL STREET JOURNAL
— The Extremist Show Is Just Starting Charlottesville was a defeat for America but a win for the provocateurs in our midst. – Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites.