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Hewitt: Good and Evil and Every Human Heart

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The ambush-style attack on police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday resulted in three dead law enforcement officers and three more seriously wounded.

I felt East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux captured a key point, something worth highlighting together: “This is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts. Until we come together as a nation … to heal as a people, we will surely perish.”

Indeed: What we’re looking at today is an issue of men’s hearts.

As the late Alexandr Solzhenitsyn wrote: “The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart—and through all human hearts.”

With sober hearts, heavy hearts we all ought to be praying for a spiritual renewal in the hearts of individuals across this great nation.

And there’s no better place for that renewal to start than with me … and with you.

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Medved: Lessons From Presidents Who Lived Past 90

Of the 43 individuals who have served as president of the United States, only six lived to celebrate their 90th birthdays: John Adams, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

Reviewing this list raises two points that connect to the current presidential campaign. First, four of the nonagenarian six served as president in the last 40 years, showing how medical progress has extended life expectancy. That’s relevant to this campaign when both candidates count as “senior citizens”—Hillary is 68, Donald Trump is 70. The second observation is that five of the six presidents who lived till ninety—all except Reagan—served only one term in office and then lost their bids for re-election. That strange pattern suggests the presidency really is a man-killing job: by losing elections and leaving the White House earlier than they wanted to leave, presidents like Ford and Carter may have actually added years to their lives.

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Medved: Should Government Block “Fat Shaming”?

Complaints about EU bureaucrats interfering with every aspect of British life helped spark the recent Brexit vote in the UK. But English officials are even more intrusive – and more ridiculous – at home.

The new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, kept a campaign promise by banning ads on public transit that he called “fat shaming.” The first censored image featured a healthy, athletic young woman in a bikini as part of a dietary supplement ad that asked, “Are you beach body ready?” The new rules now bar any imagery that bureaucrats consider “likely to create body confidence issues, particularly among young people.” Since professional models generally have better bodies than the rest of us, wouldn’t any images of notably attractive people cause “body confidence issues” in somebody?

This is an outrageous, nanny-state invasion of free expression, when the appropriate response to ads you dislike is to avoid buying the product – thereby forcing better ads.

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Davenport: Separation of Powers Is Slow But Alive

Two recent court cases are a welcome reminder that the separation of powers doctrine may be slow to act but is still alive.

A federal judge declared that the U.S. Department of Interior did not have the power to issue rules about fracking on federal land.  And the U.S. Supreme Court, on a split 4-4 vote, allowed a Court of Appeals decision to stand holding that the president does not have the power to unilaterally allow those in the country illegally to remain.  Only Congress has these powers, the courts said, not the executive branch.

The Obama administration has been pressing the envelope of executive power for years, using executive orders to try to carry out its agenda on gun control, immigration, environmental regulations and the like.

The founders separated powers among the branches so that no one— not even the president—could act alone on important matters. It may take years for other branches like the courts to catch up (at least in this case), but they finally they have.

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THR 7/16/16: Dallas Police Chief: Stop Protesting, Start Applying

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Michael Medved looks at the leadership of Dallas Sheriff David Brown in the aftermath of the sniper who killed five police officers. Larry Elder invites Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark on his program for an honest discussion of the facts regarding black men and police officers. Hugh Hewitt speaks with Congressman Jeb Hensarling who represents the very district where the shooting took place. Larry Elder shares statistics about police shootings and crimes that liberal politicians ignore. Heather Mac Donald joins Mike Gallagher on his show to talk about the Dallas shooting. Dennis Prager weighs in on how we got to this point of racial tension and crisis. Pete Wehner,  Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and Pastor Robert Jeffress are on opposite sides in the Trump debate, and they agreed to air their differences on the Mike Gallagher Show. Do Americans still believe in God? Michael Medved looks at a recent Gallup poll.

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Obama Administration Subsidizing Iranian Nuclear Program By Purchasing Heavy Water With Taxpayer Dollars

Representative Mike Pompeo joined Hugh Hewitt to discuss his bill which was passed on Wednesday in the House of Representatives. The bill prevents the U.S. government from buying heavy water from Iran. Heavy water is a byproduct of enriching uranium and Iran needs to dispose of it in order to comply with the nuclear deal. Representative Pompeo argues that the Obama Administration should not be using taxpayer dollars to essentially subsidize the Iranian nuclear program. Join Hugh Hewitt’s premium content website at Hughniverse.com.

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Media Stumped as Transgender Man Takes Voyeur Pics in Target Dressing Room

Interesting that some in the media, this time, did not call the man a “she,” though they consistently do.  Why not?  And this man appears to be a genuine transgender, alias female name and all (Fox News).  Other stories called him a “she,” making their stories all the more awkward and inaccurate (KTVB).  Others tried to play it down the middle, with this story calling him a “person” in the headline and a “they,” “man“ and a “her” in the story (KIFI).

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