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Mohler: Scott Pruitt Ought to Be Confirmed

President-elect Donald Trump continues to make news with his announcements for positions within his administration. One confirmation battle to watch is that of current Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt selected by Trump as the new administrator for the EPA—the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Washington Post made the case against Pruitt in their editorial titled: “A man who rejects settled science on climate change should not lead the EPA.”

They cite a statement in an article made by Pruitt in National Review back in May when he wrote that debate on climate change is “far from settled.” He also said that “debate should be encouraged.”

It was a carefully-worded statement. Pruitt does not deny that there is a human impact on the climate. He doesn’t deny what’s called now the reality of climate change. He says that the debate is not settled and the degree and the extent of global warming is not yet fully known.

Scott Pruitt ought to be confirmed … and yes: the debate over climate ought to be encouraged.

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THR 12/17/16: Hillary Blames Fake News for Her Loss … What’s Next?

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Mike Gallagher talks with former CIA agent Gary Berntsen about the Democrats’ claims that the Russians interfered with the presidential election. Dennis Prager looks at the left’s hysteria over fake news. Hugh Hewitt talks interviews Trump’s soon to be Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about the president-elect’s top priorities once taking office. Hewitt also chats with columnist Bret Stephens about Russia’s role in destabilizing the world and thwarting U.S. interests. Michael Medved examines video game addiction in the U.S. Mike Gallagher learns more about Michael Medved’s latest book on divine providence in the U.S. Larry Elder wraps up the program with another look at fake news and a Hillary supporter.

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Chen: Repeal And Deliver

Republicans in Washington are committed to repealing Obamacare right away.  What they’ve been less enthusiastic about is putting the same timetable on passing policies that would replace Obamacare with market-oriented reforms.

An idea called “repeal and delay” has become quite popular with Republicans.  This would allow them to take a quick vote to get rid of Obamacare, but delay the actual repeal of the law for a few years while they come up with policies to replace it.

Such a strategy is wrongheaded.

Repeal of Obamacare should be accompanied by reforms that will lower costs, ensure the continuation of coverage, and reduce federal regulation of our health care system.  Republicans have been debating and discussing these ideas for years.  By kicking the can down the road, and promising that they’ll come up with a replacement for Obamacare in the future, Republicans only place their own political fortunes—and the health care system—at risk.

They need to not just repeal Obamacare, but be prepared to put good ideas in its place, right away.

 

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Mohler: “We Don’t Get Religion”

The Executive Editor for the New York Times has made a most amazing revelation.

Dean Baquet said: “We don’t get religion.”

It was in an interview with Terry Gross on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” program.

Listen carefully as he explains how they want to change in wake of the 2016 election:

I want to make sure that we are much more creative about beats out in the country so that we understand that anger and disconnectedness that people feel. … I think that the New York-based and Washington-based too probably, media powerhouses don’t quite get religion. We have a fabulous religion writer, but she’s all alone. We don’t get religion. We don’t get the role of religion in people’s lives.

The executive editor of the New York Times admits that they, “do not get religion.”

It is rare candor and much-appreciated clarity.

Mr. Baquet admits that they really don’t understand how so many of their neighbors think and why they think as they think.

Let’s hope he can work to change that.

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Chen: Priority One

As Donald Trump prepares to take office in a few weeks, there’s been much discussion of his top priorities during the first 100 days of his presidency.

Some have argued that repeal and replacement of Obamacare should be front and center; others have stressed repeal of Obama-era regulations that have slowed the economy and restricted the domestic exploration of energy; and still others have said that Trump should turn first to securing our borders.

But make no mistake: Trump’s biggest bang for the buck will come with the nomination of constitutional conservatives to the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts around the country.  Trump can remake the face of the federal judiciary by appointing judges who believe their primary responsibility is to say what the law is, not what they’d like it to be.

By appointing judges who believe in upholding liberty, limited government, and the rule of law, Trump will go a long way toward fulfilling the promises he made to the American people during the recent campaign – and putting himself on the pathway toward a successful presidency.

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Angela Duckworth’s Book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”

Angela Duckworth joined the Michael Medved Show to discuss her latest book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” Amazon writes about the book: “In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls ‘grit.'” Join Michael Medved’s premium content website at MedvedMedhead.com.

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Medved: Resist the Temptation of Pointless Press Battles

As he prepares to assume power, President-elect Trump and those of us who support his agenda of conservative reform should resist the temptation for pointless battles with the press.

Liberal media bias is nothing new—and the most successful conservatives, like Reagan, managed to transcend it. Richard Nixon, on the other hand made a fetish out of fighting with the press and that obsession contributed to his political demise. Constant complaining about media coverage encourages a victim mentality, and makes it less likely that journalists grant better treatment: they won’t want to be seen as backing down.

In primary campaigns with more than a dozen candidates, a contender might gain traction from media bashing, but as the most powerful individual on earth, a sitting president can’t plausibly portray himself as a defenseless victim of some all-powerful journalistic cabal.

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