The sparse media marketplace dedicated to the needs of conservatives, right-leaners and liberty-minded folk just got a little larger. Ambitious and toting a little kryptonite: That would be Heat Street, an ambitious new online news site launched Monday by Dow Jones & Company, which also publishes The Wall Street Journal.
Ah, but step carefully. Editors Louise Mensch and Noah Kotch warn that Heat Street “is not a safe place. The pomposity of self-regarding, self-conscious, self-abusing journalists will be absent from our pages.”
Well, that sounds promising. The politics here are right-leaning and libertarian-minded; the publication also covers culture wars, commentary, technology, celebrity, business and assorted lifestyle matters.
“We plan to break news, move the media and mock the mainstream. It takes friction to generate heat. We will rub against the grain of convention. That’s our mission,” vow the two editors.
The opening salvo included news that Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders‘ wife Jane had been accused of fraud in peaceful little Vermont and that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is “curiously” cautious.
“Barack Obama inspired millions with his message of ‘Hope and Change.’ Hillary Clinton? Not so much,” declared correspondent Andrew Stiles. Find the new site here: HeatSt.com.
NONE OF THAT VICE PRESIDENT STUFF
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has already declared he would never want to be Donald Trump’s running mate. So we can forget the theoretical ticket of “Trump/Kasich.” Looks like the feeling is mutual over in the “Trump/Cruz” department.
“I have zero interest whatsoever,” Sen. Ted Cruz told ABC News when asked if he’d consider being Mr. Trump’s vice president.
ONE FOR THE LITTLE SISTERS
A new Marist Poll finds that 53 percent of Americans say the federal government is being unfair in its treatment of the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers grappling with the contraceptive mandate found in Obamacare.
“Unlike many other religious organizations or those organizations whose health plans are ‘grandfathered’ and are ‘exempt’ from providing contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, the Little Sisters and many other religious employers are required by the government to sign a form directing their contractors to deliver such coverage through these religious employers’ own health plan,” the poll noted.
The Supreme Court heard the case March 23, then requested additional filings from the attorneys for both the government and the religious employers. Initial filings were made April 12; a second filing will follow Wednesday.
“It is no surprise that as people understand this case, they see the mandate as both unnecessary and unfair,” says Mark Rienzi, senior attorney at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the Little Sisters. “We emphasized once again in our supplemental brief filed last week to the Supreme Court following its unprecedented request that the government has many ways it can meet its goals of providing these services to women who want them without forcing nuns to violate their religious beliefs.”
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