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Townhall Review – August 4, 2018

Hugh Hewitt and Senator Chuck Grassley talk about the push to complete confirmation of judicial nominations.  Hugh Hewitt talks with Congressman Jim Renacci about his re-election race. Michael Medved comments on 3-D printable guns. Dennis Prager asks comedian Owen Benjamin about liberal pressure on stand-up comedians. Larry Elder examines the Atlantic Magazine’s article, “What Putin Really Wants.” Michael Medved and Jay Richards, author of The Human Advantage – The Future of Work in an Age of Smart Machines, look to the future of Artificial Intelligence. Dennis Prager talks with Gregg Jarrett about his book, The Russia Hoax – The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump. Mike Gallagher and Dinesh D’Souza discuss his latest project, the film “Death of a Nation.”

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Hugh Hewitt: High Stakes in 2018 Election

We are just under 100 days from the November 6 midterms, and Republicans are in much better shape than most prognosticators imagined.

The president’s brand of political hardball upsets many in the GOP, even unbalancing more than a few.

But his commitment to originalist judges and a sizable military rebuild are the two most consequential aspects of his tenure. The economy is cooking, with a promise of a long stretch of economic growth above 3 percent ahead.

Electing Democrats to a majority in the House or the Senate at the height of that party’s lurch left would be a disaster: Impeachment, demands for massive income tax hikes, while also throwing the military rebuild into reverse.

It’s critical for Republicans to unite solidly behind Republican candidates, yes: even if you loathe the president, vote Republican.

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Michael Medved: “Corruption” in Context

News media portray today’s politics as incomparably corrupt, focusing on endless scandals to tarnish politicians in general and the Trump administration in particular.

But in historical perspective, corruption is far less rampant than in the past: prominent officials in the Johnson, Nixon and Reagan administrations faced criminal prosecution.

Around the world, top leaders in Brazil, France, Israel, South Africa and many other countries faced criminal charges for abusing public office; in lists of “most corrupt governments,” the US never scores among the worst. But media here love to dwell on scandal because it’s lurid and dramatic, and they also mislead the public with acclaimed entertainment series like “House of Cards,” “Scandal” and “Veep.”

The reality of our politics today is less exciting, but it’s also far less sordid.

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Lanhee Chen: Good News for All Americans

The state of the U.S. economy is strong, and getting stronger.  On Friday last week, government data showed that the gross domestic product, a measure of the goods and services produced in America, grew by over 4 percent last quarter.  It’s the fastest rate of economic growth we’ve seen since 2014.  The American economy is growing at a rate that few thought possible and there is good reason to believe that our economy is headed for continued growth ahead.

President Trump has been the American economy’s biggest cheerleader, and that’s an important thing.  Part of our country’s economic success is tied to a belief that we can and will do better.  But we’ve also seen good economic policy coming out of the Trump Administration, like tax reform and efforts to overhaul our regulatory system.

Economic growth is good news for all Americans—left, right and center.

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Hugh Hewitt: Investing in Defense

Somewhat lost amidst the all the noise in our news cycle and our hyper-partisan political moment is a major development that we should not overlook:

The very significant investment in our military that has been needed for years. Both the House and the Senate have been moving aggressively to  pass the 2019 N.D.A.A.—the National Defense Authorization Act.

Amidst the details in this over-$700 billion bill are a fresh round of purchases of:

F-35 lightning fighters—our stealthy fighter jet
Blackhawk Helicopters, and a
Re-investment of in our severely-depleted naval fleet
I want to highlight that we’ll be seeing a green light given for the creation of not one but two new aircraft carriers.

We’ve still got more work to do to get where we need to be—but we’re moving in the right direction finally.

That is good news indeed.

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