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U.S. Fulfills Promise to Israel in Embassy Move to Jerusalem


Townhall Review – May 19, 2018

Hugh Hewitt and Lanhee Chen, of Stanford Law and the Hoover Institution, sit down to talk about the judicial confirmation process in the U.S. Senate. Phil Cowan invites Jonathan Keller, of the California Family Counsel to examine California AB 2943, “Unlawful business practices: Sexual Orientation Change Effort” that would ban the assistance of helping individuals with issues of sexual orientation. Mike Gallagher and Israeli businessman Mein Weingarten discuss the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Michael Medved speaks with Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador, about the demonstrations in Gaza following the embassy move. Heather Mac Donald and Larry Elder hash out the latest regarding the “Me Too” movement. Homelessness is the topic discussed by Michael Meved with academic Sarah Rankin. Dennis Prager looks at an NPR who reporter gets tangled up while trying to cover up bias because the subject doesn’t cooperate.

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Hugh Hewitt: The Real Story of Election 2016


There have been a number of releases of late where we are seeing substantive investigative works of journalism on the 2016 election that blindsided the pundit and the political classes and gave us President Trump.

Salena Zito and Brad Todd in their remarkable book titled “The Great Revolt” have shifted the focus from candidate Trump to the voters who elected him president, creating the electoral earthquake of 2016. So did Dan Balz in the Washington Post.

All of this on the seismic shift in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and yes, Ohio.

We’re starting to get a more nuanced picture of the “why” behind this quake. The key theme is status—a fundamental conviction that elites of LA, Silicon Valley, Manhattan and Washington wore a collective, fixed sneer toward their “lessers” between the coasts. Midwestern swing voters felt, to use the cliché from sports, “disrespected.”

This is the real story of 2016.

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Michael Medved: Jerusalem’s Palestinians: Drawing Them In, Not Pushing Them Out


With the U.S. embassy finally moving to Israel’s capital of Jerusalem, media narratives on the city’s history promote distortions, half-truths and outright lies.

According to one common claim, Jerusalem thrived for centuries as a Palestinian center before Israel seized the city in 1967. Such false claims are easily exposed by checking widely accepted census figures. In 1967, before Israel’s victory in the Six Day War, 196,000 Jews lived in Jerusalem, compared to only 55,000 Palestinian Muslims. In the next 51 years, it’s true that the Jewish population tripled, but the Muslim population grew even faster—exploding by an astounding 600 percent.

Far from pushing out Palestinians, Jerusalem’s economic development and enlightened governance drew them in by the tens of thousands, raising their living standards and educational level in the process.

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Michael Medved: Topsy-Turvy Values Behind the Anti-Business “Head Tax”


A shockingly stupid proposal has outraged the business community here in Seattle, illustrating the topsy-turvy values of contemporary liberalism.

The City plans to enact a punitive “head tax” on every business with revenues of more than 20 million dollars. These companies would be forced to pay a special tax for each of their full-time employees, with the money providing more services for the homeless.

A decent government ought to encourage beneficial behavior, while discouraging self-destructive and damaging conduct. But here, Seattle leftists mean to reverse the equation: punishing job creation—good behavior that benefits everyone—while rewarding dysfunctional and destructive behavior, like camping out in public parks or under freeways. This folly demonstrates the twisted thinking that characterizes progressive ideology.

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Hugh Hewitt: Netanyahu’s Moment


Over the course of the past few months, Iran has escalated their military presence inside of Syria, building many many missile sites.

Israel has struck at these sites repeatedly, and then this week Iran fired twenty missiles into Israel. And Israel responded with great force and with severity that destroyed almost all of the military infrastructure of Iran inside of Syria.

If Iran continues its provocations and if Tehran’s mullahs think they can calculate Israel’s reaction to any use of weapons against the Jewish state, well those Mullahs are very mistaken.

Like most Americans, I know Israel through the prism of the leadership of  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  If Iran sets off a battle, there is no one else who Israelis and Americans would want at the top of the Israeli government if this turns into a real war.

Watch closely.

This is Netanyahu’s moment.

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Jerry Bowyer: Chick-fil-A Invades New York


A recent article in the New Yorker decried the opening of a 4th Chick-fil-A restaurant in Manhattan. The author called it a “creepy infiltration” because of what he calls the company’s “pervasive Christian traditionalism,” evidenced by the fact that the headquarters in Atlanta features a statue of Jesus washing His disciple’s feet, and that the stores are closed on Sunday.

Hmmm … pretty creepy stuff.

The New Yorker certainly has the right to publish articles with a secular point of view, but New York was founded by Dutch Calvinist merchants, and some 60 percent of New Yorkers still self-identify as Christian.

The foot washing episode inspired John Locke to teach the doctrine of religious liberty, which influenced our own 1st Amendment. So: the scene which offends the New York press today is what led to the freedom which enables that same press to deride it.

Maybe it’s the New Yorker that’s kind of creepy.

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