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THR 7/29/17: White House Special Edition “Made in America”

White House, Obamacare, shooting, Paris Climate Agreement

Hugh Hewitt interviews White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci on President Trump’s displeasure with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mike Gallagher turns to Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President, on how the mainstream media spins information while leaving out the finer points of healthcare reform or tax reform. Dr. Ben Carson, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, speaks with Michael Medved about his plan to improve homeless conditions. Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks with Larry Elder about his plan to reign in and refocus the agency. Dennis Prager invites Betsy DeVos, United States Secretary of Education, to share her plan to give parents and students more choices in how and where they get their education. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry who is now head of the Department of Energy, spoke with Hugh Hewitt about his plan for clean nuclear power. In the face of a Bernie Sanders led single payer healthcare system, Dennis Prager shares how government regulation and control is a formidable opponent for Republicans to fight.

 

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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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Michael Medved: Not So Polarized After All

Opioid

Despite the partisan polarization that characterizes both politics and media at the moment, the public seems surprisingly united when it comes to defining Americanism. A new Voter Study Group survey associated with George Washington University, showed a full 93 percent agreeing that “respect for American institutions and laws” is important for being an American. Meanwhile, 88 percent believe it’s important to “accept people of diverse racial and religious backgrounds” to claim authentic American identity. Even 75 percent of Democrats believe it’s important to speak English and to embrace our common language.

All in all, the survey that interviewed 8,000 respondents showed a populace much less fractured, bigoted and resentful than often assumed. Nearly all of us understand that what makes us American isn’t where our ancestors came from, but the common ideals and shared culture that we uphold and advance.

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Hugh Hewitt: Swing for the Fences

U.S. Senate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan face a very difficult choice as they survey the smoking ruins of their “unified GOP government” after nearly six months in office. They could decide to pivot from health care to racking up small victories and awaiting reinforcements from the 2018 elections. Or they could go for a big deal with Democrats. It’s a tough choice for Ryan and McConnell, but I’m hoping they opt for the latter.

Putting off fixing the disaster that is Obamacare is risky, though not impossible. If Republicans score enough small victories between now and November 2018, it may be possible to hold both houses of Congress.

The 2018 prospects look bad for both parties: The GOP lacks policy victories, thanks to imprudence of the Freedom Caucus in the House, and scared moderates and ridged conservatives in the Senate.. The Democrats are lost in Trump hatred to the point where a large part of the country thinks that they and the mainstream media are deranged. We are at a crisis point where citizens are giving up on representative government en masse.

So why not swing for the fences?

 

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Hugh Hewitt: A Fighter And A Patriot

U.S. Senate

Late last week we got the sad news that Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor—a malignant brain tumor.

I’ve been in this business a long time and it’s hard to remember a story about the U.S. Senate without McCain being a part of it. Since 1987, he has always been there and has always been part of the debate.

All of those who get the fact that American politics is a team sport have been frustrated with John McCain at one time or another, disappointed with him occasionally. But there’s no doubt that Senator McCain is a great American; a man of conviction; a patriot.

He’s been a Congressman, a Senator and the GOP nominee for President.

Before all that, though, Lt. Commander McCain served our nation in Vietnam as a Navy fighter pilot. He was shot down in October of ’67—only to suffer then 5 ½ years in captivity and never give in.

John McCain is a fighter.

Won’t you join me in hoping—and praying—that John McCain can fight back this round cancer and continue his service to the nation?

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Michael Medved: Messages from “Dunkirk”

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The superb new movie “Dunkirk” conveys important messages about a fateful episode of World War II. In May, 1940, the rapid Nazi advance through France trapped a huge British army on the coast, offering easy targets for Luftwaffe bombers. The Royal Navy couldn’t rescue the troops from the beaches, so the government rallied civilian craft—fishing boats, ferries, and pleasure cruisers. Some 650 “little ships” helped take more than 300,000 troops safely home.

This miraculous evacuation exemplified “The Dunkirk Spirit,” where private initiative saves the nation in a crisis. Watching this thrilling movie, American citizens should find our “Dunkirk Spirit” to help our country overcome present dangers. We should also recall the example of the new Prime Minister in 1940, who inspired his countryman after Dunkirk by pledging “we shall never surrender.” Churchill’s words remind us that our politics need not remain tawdry and petty, and can rise once again to grandeur and nobility.

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