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Hugh Hewitt: Judge Kavanaugh Is Justice John Roberts 2.0


The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by President Trump marks what could well be the first ever reliable majority or what conservative legal scholars call “originalist” and “textualist” Justices on the Supreme Court.

If confirmed, it’s a triumph for the conservative legal movement that took 30 years to achieve, but it’s almost here—at long last. In temperament, character and judicial philosophy Judge Kavanaugh is very much Justice John Roberts 2.0

This doesn’t mean a reactionary or right wing activist radical court, but rather one committed to the Constitution and to precedent, to religious liberty and free speech, to property rights and the Second Amendment.

Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation will be dispositive if the question: “Should I have voted for Trump?” arises.

The answer of course is, “Yes.”

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Michael Medved: Is Same-Sex Attraction Beyond Question or Criticism?


California’s radical state legislature is debating a law that would punish any professionals who work to help patients overcome same-sex attraction.

Assembly Bill 2943 strictly prohibits “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation” or efforts  “to “reduce sexual…feelings toward individuals of the same sex.” In other words, a therapist can try to help a married man stop flirting with pretty women at work, but if he helps that same patient overcome attractions to handsome young men at work, then he’ll be punished.

While organizations and practitioners can challenge the institution of marriage all they want, homosexuality would be protected from question or criticism. This is a bad bill that deserves decisive defeat.

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Medved: Scare Tactics on Roe v Wade


In their desperate determination to block confirmation of the President’s new Supreme Court nominee, Democrats warn about the imminent threat to Roe v. Wade.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s critics suggest that if Roe goes, then abortion would be instantly criminalized and women and doctors would be prosecuted. Yet even if Roe were overturned — which is unlikely —  it would bring no instant change in abortion law. It would merely allow state legislatures more leeway in adjusting abortion regulations in the future.

Even before the Roe decision in 1973, 23 states had already passed some form of legalized abortion. In our Republic, we entrust the most important decisions to the people and to their elected representatives—meaning legislatures and executives write the laws, not an unelected judiciary.

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Michael Medved: Political Comeback of the Year


Major League Baseball offers an award for Comeback Player of the Year, and if major league politics handed out a similar prize, Texas Senator Ted Cruz would deserve it.

After the embarrassment of a failed presidential campaign and his hostile relationship with the victorious Donald Trump, he’s emerged as a key supporter of the president’s policy agenda. Once strongly disliked by his fellow senators, due to his shutdown strategy and love for the limelight, he’s recently developed solid, respectful working relationships with colleagues of both parties.

More recently, he introduced strong timely, legislation to maintain tough border security while halting separation of kids and parents. Cruz deserves landslide re-election in November for one of Washington’s most encouraging comebacks.

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