Required Reading – August 31

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read: U.S. Second Quarter GDP Growth Revised up to 4.2%

“The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster pace than originally estimated in the second quarter, according to data released Wednesday, with the rate of growth the fastest since late 2014. Gross domestic product expanded at a 4.2% annual rate in the three months to June, instead of the previously reported 4.1% pace, the Commerce Department said in its first GDP revision.”

Read more at Investing.

Johnson: The sound of mullahs whining

“’I love the smell of napalm in the morning’ is one of the great lines in Apocalypse Now. Can we adapt the line to Trump foreign policy? In the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran, I love the sound of mullahs whining all day long. Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that Iran’s oil exports are dropping faster than expected before the Trump administration’s new sanctions are scheduled to kick in on November 4. ‘The developments reflect in part a reluctance of tanker companies to ship Iranian oil,’ according to the Journal. The Trump administration has formulated the zero option for Iranian oil exports. Now that’s audacity. It’s all part of the great undoing. Thank you, President Trump. The Iranian economy is going to hell.”

Read more at Powerline Blog.

Home abortion now legal in England despite disastrous effects

“The Government will legalise home use of abortion pills for women in England by the end of the year, the Department of Health announced on Saturday. This means that England now joins Scotland and Wales in allowing the use of abortion pills away from medical supervision. SPUC plans to continue the legal action which began in Scotland but now has implications across the UK. […] ‘In terms of the legality of enabling DIY home abortions we remain convinced that it is outside the parameters of the Abortion Act,’ he continued. ‘We have every intention of pursuing action through the courts.'”

Read more at Lifesite News.

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