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Trump Makes a Deal With Dems

White House, Obamacare, shooting, Paris Climate Agreement

The Townhall Review – September 16, 2017

Michael Medved takes a close look at the 60 Minutes interview between Steve Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist and executive chairman of Breitbart News, and Charlie Rose of CBS. Mike Gallagher invited former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on his show to explain the prospect of Trump betraying his own to help fund the recovery efforts, post Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Mark Lilla of Columbia University and author of, “The Once and Future Liberal,” joined Michael Medved to discuss varying political identities and how they can become a way of looking at the world. Guy Benson of Townhall.com turned to David French of the National Review to discuss sexual assault and the abandonment of due process on the college campus. Dennis Prager speaks with Evergreen State College Biology Professor Bret Weinstein about the joke college campuses are making themselves out to be. Ben Shapiro, Founder of the Daily Wire, shares with Mike Gallagher about his upcoming event at Cal Berkley’s chapter of the “Young America’s Foundation.” Michael Medved invites Douglas Murray to answer questions from his new book, “The Strange Death of Europe.” Finally, Hugh Hewitt interviews a special consultant in nuclear security, Jim Talent, about the miniature nuclear warheads that North Korea now processes.

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Albert Mohler: An Opportunity for Congress After DACA

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Since the Trump Administration announced the end of President Obama’s DACA policy, the nation now turns to Congress to determine what should be done about the “dreamers,” those 800,000 young people brought illegally to the U.S. as children who are now hoping for a future in America.

It is vital that we make an important distinction made often in our American courts: namely, the distinction between what is constitutional and what is right.

Justice Antonin Scalia is famous for saying that a policy can be stupid but not unconstitutional. Similarly, a policy may achieve a righteous end, but the means of doing so may be unconstitutional. Such is the case with DACA.
There has to be a way of getting to what the DACA policy was attempting to do, but that does not circumvent Congress, and it’s now Congress’ responsibility.

President Trump has given Congress six months to act legislatively and decisively to guarantee the same kind of security to DACA recipients. Now is the time for Congress to act.

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David Davenport: Free Speech Under Threat

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This summer, Commentary magazine published a forum on the question: Is free speech under threat in the United States?

Ironically, in a country where the Constitution and the courts carefully protect free speech, many people do not feel free to speak freely. Why? Because of a smothering blanket of political correctness that starts in our colleges and permeates our society.

Speakers with points of view that differ from the liberal orthodoxy are not welcome on many campuses, and in some cases have been subject to threats and violence. Students are supposed to be protected from so-called trigger words and microaggressions in the classroom. So much for free speech and the open debate of competing ideas.

The problem is that the First Amendment protects free speech from limitations by government, but the big challenges to free speech come from our culture and our campuses. It will take a strong fight to protect free speech, which is clearly under threat.

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Michael Medved: Evangelicals for Trump: A Matter of Self Defense

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The sharpest divisions in politics today aren’t based on race or economic status, but on religion. Last year’s exit polls showed 26 percent who described themselves as Evangelical Christians, and they preferred Donald Trump by a crushing margin of 81 to 16 percent.

Among the rest of the electorate—the 74 percent who said they were NOT evangelical or born-again—Hillary won a landslide, 60 to 34 percent.

Why the difference, when few fervent Christians viewed Trump as a paragon of virtue, or a person of deep faith?

The answer involves pervasive fear about threats to religious liberty—with people of faith alarmed at attacks on individuals, businesses and even religious organizations that espouse politically incorrect views on same sex marriage, abortion, or public prayer. Unless liberals begin standing up for religious liberty and freedom of conscience, and stop treating religious believers as the enemy, people of faith will continue to swing elections to the GOP as a matter of self-defense.

 

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Michael Medved: Big Events Demand Big—and Cooperative—Responses

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At key turning points in history, dramatic events seem to come together to force cooperation between even the most reluctant partisans. In the face of devastation from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, for instance, even a brief governmental shutdown would have been unthinkable, so Republicans and Democrats came together to provide disaster relief, to pass a budget, and to raise the debt ceiling.

Meanwhile, the H-bomb explosion by North Korea means that all sides should rally behind the President in his strong economic or military response to the brutal regime in Pyongyang, and to build-up our armed forces.

Finally, there’s the new six-month deadline for so-called “Dreamers”: the prospect of deportation of 800,000 gainfully employed young Americans who’ve been raised since childhood in the US, would do major economic and social damage, so liberals must work with conservatives for meaningful immigration reform and enhanced border security.

Big challenges require big and bi-partisan responses, including better coordination between Congress and the President.

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Are the Dreamers’ Dreams on the Line?

White House, Obamacare, shooting, Paris Climate Agreement

The Townhall Review – September 9, 2017

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the end of the DACA. Senator Tom Cotton speaks with Hugh Hewitt about the unconstitutionality of DACA and what President Trump is doing to clean up the mess former President Obama left behind. Dennis Prager looks at the sinister nature of the leadership in North Korea. Hugh Hewitt asks Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Seminary, why the need to sign the Nashville Statement. Michael Medved asks Steven Moore, of the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, about his recent column on keeping tax reform comprehensible and simple. Dennis Prager comments on a video that Prager University put together that challenges the statistics given by feminists. Larry Elder challenges John Mitchell, staff writer for Philadelphia Tribune, about the number one problem facing the black community. Michael Medved explains the latest from Bill Nye the Science Guy and why he is back in the news.

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Hugh Hewitt: Time To Secure The Border

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President Trump has ended DACA and given Congress six months to take action on the issue of illegal immigration.

As Congress works to write and pass a bill, they must recognize the moral necessity of building a border wall—a border barrier—a border fence.

In July alone, there were 18,000 arrests at the border. Imagine how many were not arrested—made it past.

I’m not certain how many people were swept away by Hurricane Harvey while trying to come into this country illegally, but it had to be a significant number, drawn here by the promise of easy access across that border.

If we do not secure the barrier, we will continue to attract people to make the arduous and sometimes deadly trip that ends for too many in a Walmart parking lot, dead in the back of a truck from asphyxiation, or swept away in a flood.

We have a moral imperative to remove the incentive.

The policy that German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a couple of years ago was essentially if you can survive the journey to Europe, you can stay here. What kind of policy is that? America can and must do better. We must be better than that.

It’s time to build that barrier.

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