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Watch Doctors Explain How They ‘Empower’ Kids With Sex-Change Treatments

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President Biden and his administration have gone all-in for “gender-affirming care” for minors. But have they seen the new videos of staff at Boston Children’s Hospital describing their work in excruciating detail?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: This Is Why Feminists Can’t Shave Their Legs

Feminist writer Kate Cohen argued in her Washington Post column yesterday that women who shave their legs or take their husbands’ last names are betraying their sex.

THE QUOTE

Addressing the claim that singer Jennifer Affleck, nee Lopez, taking her new husband Ben Affleck’s surname was a “feminist act,” Cohen retorted, “No, sorry. It’s the opposite.”

  • “Every choice to conform to sexist social norms makes it harder for other women to choose otherwise,” she wrote. “Every woman who has plastic surgery or Botox or gets her hair dyed or, yes, changes her name makes it harder for other women not to.”
  • Extending her argument to leg-shaving, she wrote, “The feminist knows that the reasons she wants to shave are deeply compromised — and that as long as men aren’t expected to do it, doing it for yourself is an illusion.”
  • While Cohen said she understands Affleck’s decision — she “is navigating a powerfully sexist industry and culture” — she concluded, “Sometimes we can’t push back or don’t want to. Sometimes we make the sexist choice. But in that case, we still have one real option as feminists: Call it what it is.”

Cohen joins other radical feminists — like critics of Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett — in arguing that fighting the oppressive patriarchy does not mean letting women make choices for themselves.

Who’s Having a Good/Bad Day on Twitter

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Our main characters on Twitter yesterday were hero dad Sidney Fernandes and former U.S. intelligence chief Gen. Michael Hayden.

HAVING A GOOD ONE

FERNANDES: The Brazilian everyman melted hearts in a resurfaced clip of the 2014 Brazilian MasterChef Junior finals, where he helped push his daughter Elisa to victory by applying his paternal powers to opening a jam jar.

HAVING A BAD ONE

HAYDEN: The veteran spymaster turned bombastic MSNBC critic was widely deemed to have jumped the shark by suggesting half of American voters are worse than al-Qaida.

HEADLINES: Catch Up On the Rest of the News

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Here are the other stories conservatives are talking about today.

THE HEADLINES

CNN PUTS STELTER OUT OF HIS MISERY: CNN media commentator Brian Stelter, host of the scantly viewed “Reliable Sources,” has been fired after months of speculation that CEO Chris Licht sees him as too partisan for a real news network. Read more.

EX-TRUMP EXEC PLEADS GUILTY: Allen Weisselberg, a longtime top executive at the Trump Organization, pleaded guilty today to tax evasion, including failing to report around $1.7 million of income in the form of free rent, school tuition and car payments. Thus concluded what many supporters of former President Trump see as a political prosecution. Read more.

CHENEY SAYS “NEVER TRUMP” FOREVER: Following her decisive rejection by Republican primary voters, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., revealed a new PAC named “The Great Task” in reference to Abraham Lincoln. She is expected to launch a new organization to combat Trump’s influence over the GOP in coming weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. Read more.

CDC SELF-DIAGNOSES ACUTE FAILURE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wracked up “dramatic, pretty public mistakes from testing to data to communications” during the COVID-19 epidemic and must be overhauled to restore public trust, director Rochelle Walensky said yesterday in a video address to the agency’s 11,000 employees. Read more.

PENCE BLASTS “DEFUND THE FBI”: Former Vice President Mike Pence yesterday denounced Trump supporters’ recent calls to “defund the FBI” as “just as wrong as calls to defund the police,” further distancing himself from his ex-boss. Read more.

THE 4PM POLL: Trump Is Dominating the Midterms. Is That a Problem?

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Republican candidates endorsed by former President Trump have won about 80% of this year’s primary elections. But some Republicans have worried that the resulting crop of nominees doesn’t have enough general election appeal to win control of Congress.


Send us your thoughts about this poll or anything else at .

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: The ‘Red Wave’ Is Still Coming, 4PM Readers Say

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A large majority of 4PM Poll respondents think Republicans will take both chambers of Congress in November, despite recent signs of hope for the Democrats.

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING

In yesterday’s poll, we asked: “How much winning do you expect the GOP to do in the midterm elections?”

  • 75% of you said Republicans will win control of the House and Senate.
  • 15% said Republicans will win the House but not the Senate.
  • 7% said Republicans will not win the House or the Senate.
  • 3% said Republicans will win the Senate but not the House.

THE KICKER: Gift Cards for Guns

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WE’RE DONE HERE

See you tomorrow.

THE 4PM: A HIGHLIGHT REEL OF TODAY’S NEWS. FOR CONSERVATIVES. EVERY AFTERNOON AT 4PM.