Rock of Talk Show Wrap

WE’RE DOING ‘GREAT’ — SO THE LOCKDOWN MUST CONTINUE

August 14, 2020

The numbers look good. Ever “great.” And thus, the lockdown will continue. That was yesterday’s message from the Lujan Grisham administration, which supplied another extended lecture on — er, “update” about — COVID-19 in the Land of Enchantment. The “goal of reducing New Mexico’s coronavirus infection rate to just 168 cases a day” has nearly been reached, according to the governor. A […] More

WILL MLG STICK AROUND TO WATCH NM’S FINAL DESTRUCTION

August 5, 2020

In another triumph for the Land of Enchantment’s power-crazed governor, the state’s highest court has endorsed her authority “to impose hefty fines when businesses violate New Mexico’s public health orders.” Responding to a challenge filed by desperate entrepreneurs from all around the state, the governor’s lawyer argued that “public officials necessarily need broad authority to address health crises and should […] More

A NIGHTMARE ELITES CREATED, BUT DON’T EXPERIENCE

August 3, 2020

The most intolerable irony of the past few miserable months has been listening to our self-appointed moral leaders lecture us on the nation’s irredeemable sinfulness from the comfort of their own secure, well-upholstered positions, while we endure daily the … nightmare of a world created by their political allies.   — Gerard Baker, “The Elites Fiddle While […] More

QUESTION THE OFFICIAL NARRATIVE — NOW MORE THAN EVER

July 31, 2020

Paul Harvey called it “The Rest of the Story.” And in America today, it’s not a novelty. It’s essential. Exhibit A: At yesterday’s funeral for John Lewis, the late activist was praised as a “founding father” who “thought the opened hand was better than a clenched fist.” But there was another John Lewis. After his noble work to end segregation […] More

‘WALDENPONDING’ FOR LIBERTY

July 30, 2020

Tell someone who just woke up from a 30-year coma that billions of digital messages and posts to “social media” (?) are exchanged, created, and commented on every day in America, and he/she will think the condition of public discourse in the Land of the Fee is stronger than ever. If only. The evidence is […] More

ATTACK TRUMP NATIONALLY, ATTACK NEW MEXICANS LOCALLY

July 28, 2020

Blame Donald Trump. Then blame him again. And when all else fails, blame him a third time. That’s the strategy pursued, relentlessly, by New Mexico’s governor. Whether prompted by a questioner or concocted all on her own, Michelle Lujan Grisham finds a way to blame the White House for just about everything. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” — […] More



Business

A Socialist New York Staggers Toward Default

August 12, 2020

Christopher Whalen

Financial markets recoiled in horror in July when the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the US economy had dropped by a third. Gross domestic product shrank at an annualized rate of 32.9 percent in the second quarter of 2020 vs the same period in 2019. GDP was down 9.5 percent compared to the first quarter of this year. More

A Socialist New York Staggers Toward Default

August 11, 2020

CHRISTOPHER WHALEN

Financial markets recoiled in horror in July when the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the US economy had dropped by a third. Gross domestic product shrank at an annualized rate of 32.9 percent in the second quarter of 2020 vs the same period in 2019. GDP was down 9.5 percent compared to the first quarter of this year. More

Disney Earnings Report Reveals Rare Loss

August 5, 2020

R.T. Watson

Walt Disney Co. posted its first quarterly loss since 2001, nearly $5 billion, as the majority of its business segments reeled from government efforts to corral the coronavirus by shutting down public spaces around the world. More

Why Gold Prices Are Hitting All-Time Highs

August 4, 2020

Joe Wallace

Gold prices hit a record at the end of last week, notching a new milestone in a bull run that began in late 2018 and has gathered momentum during the coronavirus pandemic. The precious metal has soared roughly 30% in 2020 to stop just short of closing at $2,000 a troy ounce—which would be an all-time high in New York trading—as it outstrips the Nasdaq Composite Index of highflying technology stocks. More

How the Pandemic Has Changed What Home Buyers Want. Get Ready for ‘Mother of All Bidding-War Seasons.’

July 24, 2020

Jack Hough

As stocks tumbled this past week, mortgage rates quietly shrank to near record lows, which means that conditions are perfect for house buyers, except for some nitpicks. Almost no one is selling. Prices are high. Open houses don’t pair well with pandemics. And banks are reluctant to lend—but only to people who need money. More

Rise in Weekly Unemployment Claims Points to Faltering Jobs Recovery

July 23, 2020

Eric Morath

Filings for weekly unemployment benefits rose for the first time in nearly four months as some states rolled back reopenings because of the coronavirus pandemic, a sign the jobs recovery could be faltering. More



International

Hailing ‘new era with Arab world,’ Netanyahu says others will follow UAE’s lead

August 14, 2020

RAOUL WOOTLIFF

Announcing details of the historic agreement for full diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday night hailed what he called a “new era of Israeli relations with the Arab world,” and said other deals with Arab countries would follow. More

Trump Announces Historic Israel Peace Deal

August 14, 2020

James Fite

President Trump made a historic announcement Thursday, August 13: Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to “the full normalization of relations.” Israel will cease annexation efforts of the area claimed by Palestinians, and the UAE formally recognized and will work with Israel. It’s beginning to look like peace in the Middle East. That’s good news for Israel, the UAE, and the U.S., but not everyone is happy about it. More

A Deadly Coronavirus Was Inevitable. Why Was No One Ready?

August 13, 2020

Betsy McKay and Phred Dvorak

Hunkered around conference tables at the World Health Organization’s Geneva headquarters, a group of scientists debated which of the world’s most frightening epidemic diseases deserved the greatest attention. More

First 3 Israelis treated with new passive vaccine recover, leave hospital

August 13, 2020

MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN

The first three patients treated with a new COVID-19 “passive vaccine,” which was developed by Hadassah Medical Center and the Israeli biopharmaceutical firm Kamada, demonstrated rapid, clinical benefit and have already been released from the hospital to their homes, Hadassah reported on Thursday. More

Taiwan’s President Touts ‘Stronger than Ever’ U.S. Relationship amid Chinese Threat

August 13, 2020

KRISTINA WONG

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen in a video statement at a U.S. think tank event in Washington on Wednesday touted the strength of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship amid a growing threat from China. More

China’s Xi Speeds Up Inward Economic Shift

August 12, 2020

Lingling Wei

or decades, Chinese leaders embraced foreign investments and exports to power China’s economy. Now, with the world in recession and U.S.-China tensions deepening, President Xi Jinping is laying out a major initiative to accelerate China’s shift toward more reliance on its domestic economy. More

State & City

16 Dead, at Least 69 Wounded in Chicago Shootings This Weekend

July 6, 2020

NBC

Chicago police say that 16 people, including a young girl, are dead and at least 69 others have been wounded in shootings across the city over the Fourth of July weekend.Multiple fatal shootings were reported across the city early Sunday morning, including in the 1000 block of East 132nd Street. More

Man charged in New Mexico protest melee to be released

June 23, 2020

SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge ruled Monday that a man who opened fire after a fight broke out as protesters tried to tear down a statue of a Spanish conquistador will be released pending trial on charges of battery and unlawful carrying of a firearm. More

Protesters Descend On Wisconsin Capitol To Send A Message: We’re Done Staying Home

April 25, 2020

Kylee Zempel

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin stay-at-home orders were supposed to expire Friday. Instead, thousands of disgruntled Wisconsinites descended upon the capitol in protest after the Evers administration extended the Dairy State’s so-called Safer at Home order another month. More

Students to restart instruction Monday

April 9, 2020

SHELBY PEREA

A new type of school will launch for Albuquerque Public Schools students on Monday after the novel coronavirus uprooted the education system. More

Deportations Leave Valley Residents Fearful of Census

February 18, 2020

Molly Montgomery Rio Arriba County commissioners passed a resolution Jan. 28 vowing to support the County’s immigrant community during the 2020 Census. Following the resolution, County officials will help with outreach efforts to ensure immigrants are counted in the Census, providing outreach in Spanish and working with community groups so that immigrants feel safe during the […] More

Sheriff to ask for gun bill resolution

February 18, 2020

Eastern New Mexico News

Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker will bring a resolution Tuesday asking the Roosevelt County Commission to oppose the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act — the red-flag gun bill. The regular Roosevelt County Commission meeting for this Tuesday was pushed back a week, but with news of the bill passing the House For more info on this article click here. More



Politics & Opinion

President Trump to Be Featured Each Day of GOP Convention

August 14, 2020

Michael C. Bender

WASHINGTON—President Trump will be featured each day of the Republican National Convention, say officials involved in planning it, a departure from previous nominating events when candidates were showcased on the final night. More

The Battle to Define Kamala Harris Is On

August 14, 2020

Gerald F. Seib

Joe Biden checked off the last big box on his list before accepting the Democratic presidential nomination by picking Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. Her assignment now: Excite the Democratic base, while still luring those elusive swing voters in the middle of the spectrum. More

Kamala Harris’s Stance on Fracking Could Be Liability in Pennsylvania

August 14, 2020

Aaron Zitner and Timothy Puko

Fracking has turned Pennsylvania into the nation’s second-largest producer of natural gas, making energy a jobs issue that could hinder Joe Biden’s path to the White House—with the choice of fracking-foe Kamala Harris as running mate adding yet another potential hurdle. More

Now There’s No Denying It: Obama’s FBI Spied On Trump… Period

August 14, 2020

Larry O’Connor

Today’s news that former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty in the Obamagate/Spygate scandal will be tough news for journalists like Jim Acosta.Just this week, he haughtily intoned on his “network” that President Trump’s charge that the Obama campaign spied on his campaign in 2016 was “just not true. More

The Rise of Kamala Harris

August 14, 2020

Peggy Noonan

Kamala Harris is a sitting U.S. senator who was vetted during the primaries, the daughter of immigrants and the first black woman and Indian-American on a major-party ticket. She thus satisfies the basic requirements of a vice-presidential choice: First do no harm, and second pick up what you can. More

Republican Convention Theme Announced: ‘Honoring the Great American Story’

August 14, 2020

KYLE MORRIS

The theme for the 2020 Republican National Convention will be “Honoring the Great American Story” and is set to highlight America’s “greatness, opportunity, and President Donald Trump’s bold leadership,” according to Fox News. More



Entertainment

Stevie Nicks will ‘probably never sing again’ if she contracts COVID-19

August 12, 2020

Jaclyn Hendricks

Stevie Nicks urged fans Tuesday to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, calling it a “silent killer hiding in the shadows.”“Everyone gathering at the beaches ~ in the bars~ block parties ~ etcetera ~ Let’s get drunk and make out and by the way ‘Can I have the other half of your drink?’~ More

Chuck DeVore: Joe Rogan leaving Los Angeles for ‘freedom’ in Texas signals coming exodus from liberal cities

July 28, 2020

Chuck DeVore

The Hollywood scene used to be filled with Joe Rogans — free spirits who spoke their minds. Sure, liberals dominated the world of entertainment, but non-liberals, at least those who had already made it or who possessed a certain level of moral courage, could, and did, speak out. More

USA Network pulls the plug on TV series production in New Mexico

July 26, 2020

Megan Abundis

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The film industry would normally be buzzing in New Mexico this time of year, but the pandemic has forced some studios to pull the plug on productions.A thrill-seeking limited series based on the 1970s stuntman, Evel Knievel, was set to film in Albuquerque before it got the boot. More

ABC’s David E. Kelley Drama ‘The Big Sky’ Moving Production to Vancouver

July 26, 2020

Etan Vlessing

David E. Kelly’s The Big Sky thriller for ABC has shifted production from New Mexico and Nevada to Vancouver amid the pandemic.On Monday, a Disney spokesperson confirmed the move to The Hollywood Reporter. No start date for production on the Montana-set procedural was given. More

Robert De Niro’s lawyer says coronavirus has caused the actor financial strain

July 10, 2020

Nate Day The coronavirus pandemic has not only stopped Robert De Niro from working, but it’s taken quite a bite of his paycheck as well.In court, De Niro’s estranged wife Grace Hightower asked for an emergency order for her husband, 76, to raise her monthly American Express credit card limit from $50,000 to $100,000, according to Page Six. For more info on this article click […] More

City officials consider keeping Chavez Center ice skating rink closed

June 30, 2020

Daniel J. Chacón The ice skating rink at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center might be left out in the cold amid a budget crisis. As the city of Santa Fe tries to plug a projected $100 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year that begins Wednesday, the Parks and Recreation Department is considering keeping the […] More