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THR 7/2/16: “Hillary Clinton Put Politics Ahead of the Americans of Benghazi”

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Dennis Prager honors Independence Day by sharing his thoughts on the inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Mike Gallagher talks with New York senatorial candidate Wendy Long about the SCOTUS decision on abortion rights. Prager weighs in on the terrorist attack at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo tells Hugh Hewitt how the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton, and Democrats all combined forces to hinder the Republicans’ investigation into the Benghazi attack. He told Hewitt that “Secretary Hillary Clinton put politics ahead of the Americans of Benghazi.” Marco Rubio is running for the U.S. Senate and sits down with Michael Medved to talk about it. Hewitt speaks with former New York Times London Bureau Chief John Fisher Burns about Brexit. The WSJ’s Kimberly Strassel joins the Mike Gallagher Show to talk about her latest book, “Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech.”

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Mohler: A Stunning Decision

The Supreme Court recently struck down a Texas abortion law intended to protect women’s health.

The liberal majority on the Court insisted, in the words of the Washington Post, that “Texas’s arguments that the restrictions were meant to protect women’s health were merely cover for making abortions harder to obtain.”

Conservative Justice Samuel Alito counters this in his important dissenting opinion when he points out, “The law was one of many enacted by states in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell scandal in which a physician who ran an abortion clinic in Philadelphia was convicted for the first degree murder of three infants who were born alive and for the manslaughter of a patient.”

Justice Alito is absolutely right. It was in the wake of the tragedy of the Gosnell case that many states did rush to enact restrictions that would prevent similar atrocities from happening in their own states.

The Court struck down laws saying that they had nothing to do with women’s health, when there was a very clear case to be made that women’s health was exactly the issue, if not the only issue.

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Medved: Focus Attacks on the Most Vulnerable Democrat

Hillary Clinton is one of the most unpopular politicians in America – with a negative rating of 55 percent according to a recent poll. Donald Trump should focus all criticism on this vulnerable opponent, rather than attacking more popular figures like President Bill Clinton and President Obama.

Though Obama won re-election with 51 percent of the electorate, a higher percentage now express a positive view of the president. The problem with Trump’s charges that Obama secretly sides with Islamic terrorists isn’t just their outrageous, conspiratorial nature but their dubious political impact. Even if Trump managed to hold every one of Romney’s 62 million voters he would still need to persuade some 6 percent of voters who backed Obama twice to switch their allegiance.

It won’t help to launch attacks on a lame duck chief executive enjoying a new burst of popular support, when he could aim more profitably at the weak candidate actually opposing him.

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Hewitt: Happy Independence Day

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It would be very difficult to overstate the significance of the UK’s vote last week to exit the European Union. The very fact that a nation of 65 million people with 40 years plus of membership in the EU has voted to sever ties is nothing short of remarkable.

It was remarkable because, in part, no one saw it coming. The latest polls seemed to give the edge to the “remain” camp.

Nigel Farage of the UKIP, the UK Independence Party, and one of the proponents of exit even conceded early in the evening, only to declare later on that, “dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.” Both Farage and the other big winner of the pro-Brexit side—London’s former Mayor Boris Johnson—have said that the date should be marked as Independence Day.

As we approach our own Independence Day we ought to celebrate a victory for our friends across the pond. For indeed, the Brexit vote is a victory for self-governance … it was a victory for freedom.

So: to all of the friends in our audience and now to all of our friends across the Atlantic: Happy Independence Day.

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Medved: Early VP Choice Could Mainstream Trump’s Campaign

If Donald Trump wants to revive his faltering campaign he should make a bold move and offer the Vice Presidential nomination to Paul Ryan—even with the understanding that the House Speaker probably won’t accept it. The gesture of honoring Ryan in this way would make it clear that Trump wants to cooperate with his party’s most important leaders from now on rather than constantly confronting them.

If Ryan respectfully declines, Trump could choose another figure to mainstream his candidacy—like Governors Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Nikki Haley of South Carolina or John Kasich of Ohio.

Reports say Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich top current lists of potential running mates but these two failed presidential candidates bring an abrasive style and histories of scandal that mirror Trump’s own. Polls show some 40 percent of Republicans still want another candidate for President but a reassuring Veep choice before the convention could help unify the party.

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Mohler: An Olympic First

For the first time in the history of the modern Olympic Games the entire track and field team of a nation has been eliminated from competition. As the Financial Times of London reported,

“Russia has become the first country in sporting history to have its athletics team banned from an Olympics for drugs offenses … after failing to prove that the national doping regime could ensure athletes were clean from performance enhancing drugs.”

What the IOC actually found was that it wasn’t just that the Russian government could not ensure that its team would be clear of performance-enhancing drugs, instead there is the open accusation that the government itself wanted the athletes to have these drugs and furthermore, that the nation’s spy actively were involved in an effort to try to get as many athletes as possible to get competitive benefit through the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

It all points to a return for Russia to the kind of Cold War footing that was the reality for so much of the second half of the 20th century.

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Mohler: Did Jesus Have A Wife?

Did Jesus have a wife?

If you were to believe the publishing arm of the Smithsonian Institution, you would be led to believe that such a position was at least viable based on contemporary scholarship. Until last week, that is.

We were told back in 2012 that the entire theological world had changed when Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School published her findings about an ancient papyrus manuscript fragment written in Coptic that had been found indicating that Jesus might have had a wife. The problem: The scrap was a forgery.

Writing in the Atlantic last week, Ariel Sabar, using investigative techniques that should’ve been available to just about anyone in the world of scholarship way back in 2012 traced the document to a man who, in all likelihood, had actually been the forger.

The man was located in Florida where it turns out the man was a major pornographer. It confirms what I wrote back in 2012 when the story emerged: This is actually sensationalism masquerading as scholarship.

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