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Michael Medved: The Real Battle Between Good and Evil

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On Sabbath eve of July 21st, the Salomon family in the Israeli community of Halamish prepared a “Shalom Zachor” celebration to welcome their new-born baby grandson. As they set out sweets and refreshments for their expected guests, a 19-year-old Palestinian stranger burst into the home and stabbed four members of the family, killing three of them.

The savage assault coated the floor of the kitchen and dining room with literally gallons of spilled blood, before an off-duty soldier, hearing the commotion in a neighboring home, shot and apprehended the terrorist.

The terror organization Hamas hailed the “operation” as “heroic” and the U.N. representative for the Palestinian Authority refused to condemn it. These reactions highlight the nature of the ongoing, worldwide struggle against Islamo-Nazi terror.

It’s not about borders, or mosques, or metal detectors: it’s about good and evil. Our domestic political differences look trivial by comparison.

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Hugh Hewitt: Venezuela’s Maduro Is Now a Dicatator

U.S. Senate

Nicolas Maduro, president—really dictator—of Venezuela recently held a sham election to rewrite the country’s constitution. The pretext for the vote was to create a new National Constituent Assembly to draft a new Venezuelan constitution.

Speaking in the White House briefing room, General H.R. McMaster said, “The sham election of the National Constituent Assembly [in Venezuela] represents a very serious blow to democracy in our hemisphere. Maduro is not just a bad leader. He is now a dictator.”

Shortly after the so-called election, opposition leaders were seized from their homes by Venezuela’s secret police. It is a humanitarian crisis in addition to a political one.

The United States has responded by imposing strict sanctions. No one in the U.S. can do business with Venezuela. Mr. Maduro also joins a very short list of heads of state who are personally sanctioned by our government.

Nonetheless, the question remains: Can the United States allow a dictator with ties to Iran to set up in Venezuela?

No. The U.S. must act.

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Mike Gallagher: The Good News You’re Hearing Little About

NRA

Nothing is more frustrating to me as an American than the distraction that is the mainstream media. So many wonderful things are happening in this great country of ours, but they get lost in the obsession with the latest drama in Washington D.C.

For example, President Donald Trump recently announced that Foxconn—a Taiwanese high tech company—will be building a 10 billion dollar manufacturing facility for the production of LCD screens in Wisconsin, creating literally thousands of American jobs.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker anticipates that the Foxconn project will produce 13,000 high paying jobs, as well as another 22,000 indirect jobs and 10,000 construction jobs.

Think that’s a big deal? I sure do. But I bet you’ve heard little or nothing about it in the press. Are there difficult things to walk through? Absolutely.

But:

• The economy is performing well, and:
• President Trump promised he’d bring American jobs back. He’s doing just that.

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Hugh Hewitt: Our Depleted Judiciary

U.S. Senate

It has been rumored in Washington that President Trump may fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Although this is possible, it would be ill advised on the part of the president. If he and his staff are indeed innocent and have not colluded with the Russians (and there is no evidence to date that they have), then this will be over.

If, on the other hand, the president chooses to fire Mueller, he should expect his administration to undergo extraordinary stresses and his momentum to vanish over night.

Republicans have enough problems on their hands. There are 20 vacancies on the circuit court of appeals and over 100 vacancies on the lower courts for which there has not been a nomination put forward yet. This is unacceptable. It’s a failure of governance.

Republicans don’t need another Saturday Night Massacre 2.0 and firing Robert Mueller would be just that. The Trump administration should instead focus on putting forward originalist nominees for the depleted judiciary.

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Mark Davis: Priority One for the American Armed Services

Armed Services,

President Trump’s recent announcement to disallow service by transgendered individuals is an opportunity to remind ourselves what military service is—and what it is not.

The Armed Services should not be a lab for social experiments, a testing ground for inclusion or a battleground in the sexual revolution.

The American military should choose whom to admit and accommodate based on one factor alone: assembling the best possible fighting force for fighting and winning wars. Any policy that advances that goal is good; any policy that deters it is bad.

Debates in the culture at large should be fought outside the armed services.  Our military’s job is to defend the nation.  That job is harder if we complicate it with political correctness, putting sensitivity over security.

President Trump’s decision was designed to unburden our fighting forces so they can focus on their primary mission.  Yes, that decision raised even more eyebrows because it came out of the blue via Twitter.  Get used to it.  That’s Trump.

On the merits, he’s completely correct.

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Lanhee Chen: We Should Listen to Senator McCain

Tax Reform

I hope you heard about Senator John McCain’s heroic to the floor of the United States Senate to keep the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare alive.

We should—and his colleagues should—listen. With reference to “their deliberations” he said: “They can be sincere and principled. But they are more partisan, more tribal more of the time than any other time I remember.”

Senator McCain has seen and accomplished much during his decades as an elected official, in service to the people of Arizona and the country.

So his words from the Senate floor should serve as a warning to all of us: Our system of deliberative democracy is suffering and our public officials may only be making it worse.

It’s a sad observation from someone we should listen to.

For our part, we should focus on sending to Washington people are who are focused on solving problems, not just demagoging them; people who put patriotism above partisanship; people who appeal to what unites us, rather than what divides us.

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Dan Proft: The NEA’s Real Agenda

NEA, Students assult Allison Stranger

When you think about quality K-12 schools that put kids on a path to being successful, independent adults, do you think of gender inclusive toolkits, opposition to federal law enforcement, and support for the impeachment of the President?

If you do not, you probably were not at the National Education Association’s annual meeting where the aforementioned matters were included on its 159-point “new business” agenda.

In worldwide rankings, U.S. high school students do not make the top 20 in either science or reading and have dropped to 35th in math.

The NEA put forward 159 new business items and nary a one dealing with student performance, classroom instruction, or fiduciary responsibility.

The NEA has affiliates in all 50 states. They takeover school districts, subordinate intellectual development to political indoctrination, and purchase legislators who fund it all on your dime and at your kid’s expense.

So when the NEA tells you that their business is making your kid a sentinel of the welfare state, you should believe them—and maybe you should show up to a school board meeting too.

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