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Oscars Get Political, Finish with Monumental Mistake

2017 Academy Awards End with Mistake

As the wrong film was announced as the winner for Best Picture (NY Post).  A quick look at how the event unfolded (USA Today).  Michael Medved called it the “most embarrassing conclusion, ever” (Twitter).  And it wasn’t the only big mistake (Variety). A moment-by-moment look at the Oscars and politics (The Hill).  From another story:  President Trump’s effort to ban immigrants from some Muslim countries took its first big hit at the Oscars Sunday when an Iranian filmmaker who stayed home in protest won the award for best foreign film, The Salesman (USA Today).  From the Onion:  …a large mirror wheeled onto the stage Sunday evening at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony reportedly received a resounding six-minute-long standing ovation (Onion).  Meanwhile, the Razzies took place (PJ Media).

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12 States Consider Bills Requiring People Use Bathroom of Biological Sex

correlating bathroom use to biological sex

And the Trump executive order is helping (Washington Times).  From Owen Strachan:  The decision of the Trump administration to correlate bathroom usage with one’s biological sex is not a victory for any political group. It is a victory for common sense. It is an affirmation of basic human sanity (Center for Public Theology).  The transgender formerly known as Bruce is not happy (CNN).  Meanwhile, from Michael Brown:  What do Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, George Takei, and Milo Yiannopoulos have in common? They are all out and proud gay men, and they were all sexually abused as underage minors. Sadly, this is an extremely common occurrence, as there is frequently a connection between childhood sexual abuse and adult homosexuality (Townhall).

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THR 2/25/17: H.R. McMaster: A Legendary General

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Hugh Hewitt interviews Richard Haass, who serves as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, about the importance of the National Security Adviser role. Hewitt asks Senator Tom Cotton why he is pleased with President Trump’s pick of General McMaster to be the next National Security Adviser. Michael Medved says that General McMaster is exactly who Trump and the nation need to fill the NSA role. Medved highlights the latest round of anti-Trump protests and explains why they are backfiring on the left. Medved reads excerpts from a column that is full of hysteria about how one has to parent a child during the Trump era. Mike Gallagher brings on National Review’s Rich Lowry to explain how Sweden is in deep trouble over their immigration problems. Hewitt chats with Archbishop Chaput about his new book, “Strangers in a Strange Land.” Dennis Prager looks at how California is more concerned with global warming rather than its crumbling infrastructure that needs to be fixed now.

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Hugh Hewitt Interviews Archbishop Charles Chaput About “Strangers In A Strange Land”

Hugh Hewitt Interviews Archbishop Charles Chaput

The Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, joins Hugh Hewitt to discuss his newly published book, “Strangers In A Strange Land” which counsels Christians about how to live in a post-Christian era. Join Hugh Hewitt’s premium content website at Hughniverse.com.

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Trump Rescinds Obama Demand that Schools Allow Transgenders in Preferred Bathrooms

President Trump rescinded Obama-era guidance transgender students

Or, as ABC News put it with their own spin, “rescinded Obama-era guidance directing schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity” (ABC News).  With a little more spin, CNN insists “The Trump administration on Wednesday night withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students” (CNN).  From another story:  It will now be up to states and school districts to interpret whether federal sex discrimination law applies to gender identity (CBS News).  Dr. Albert Mohler looks at the media framing of the issue (Albert Mohler). Related audio from the White House (SONNetwork).

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Michael Medved: Whatever Happened to “The Party of the Little Guy”?

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Democrats have always identified themselves as “the party of the little guy,” but in 2016 they lost tens-of-millions of aggrieved, out-of-luck voters to a boisterous billionaire named Donald Trump. Why? Because of the party’s self-destructive obsession with race and gender. The real dividing line between families that are forging ahead and those who are falling behind is based more on economics and education, rather than race and gender.

A white, male high school dropout in Appalachia is hardly privileged, while a black woman like Michelle Obama, with degrees from Princeton and Harvard, is hardly oppressed. Trump won white males without college degrees by a 3-1 margin and he even won non-college white women by nearly two-to one.

It’s dangerous to talk about “white male privilege” when the lived experience of so many white males hardly feels privileged. In fact, many working-class whites feel gypped and expect a better deal from President Trump.

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Michael Medved: A Lesson from Lincoln on President’s Day

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On the eve of Civil War, Abraham Lincoln concluded his First Inaugural Address with two sentences of incandescent eloquence: “Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

These words remind us that Lincoln—whose legacy we honor on President’s Day—became one of the greatest English prose writers in history, despite his background as an impoverished frontier boy with only a year of schooling. His rise constitutes one of the American miracles that should inspire anyone willing to look with open eyes at our uniquely blessed past.

Lincoln followed the approach later recommended by Bismarck: Listen for God’s footsteps marching through history, then grab his coattails and hang on.

May we see God’s design for America as we celebrate President’s Day.

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