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Michael Medved: Commitment Over Feeling Can Save And Enhance Marriage

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Profound changes in the institution of matrimony go far beyond the push for same-sex marriage. After many years as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Diane Medved notes a shift in marital priorities from commitment to feelings. “Do your duty” has been replaced with “follow your heart.”

In response, my wife has written an explosive new book: “Don’t Divorce: Powerful Arguments for Saving and Revitalizing Your Marriage.” She argues that traditional pressure to maintain marriage for the sake of children and community has given way to a new cultural norm to jettison relationships at the first hint of trouble.

Saving a family doesn’t mean accepting unhappiness, but it does require determined effort to improve spousal connections. Diane urges every couple to act as if they were a happy, loving pair, enabling behavior to change feelings rather than waiting for feelings to change behavior.

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Special Election Delivers a Close Victory to Republicans

A tad worrisome for Republicans (Townhall).   Final numbers (Decision Desk). From Hugh Hewitt: Reasonable minds can differ but a 5.7% win 4 R when turnout drops from 275K to about 113K doesn’t send much of a signal other than fatigue (Twitter).  From Michael Barone: In special elections, candidates of the president’s party tend to do worse than the president had; the opposition candidate is better positioned to adapt to local terrain and to rally enthusiasm of those critical of the president who may not want the opposition party to have a majority (which it can’t gain in a single special election) but want it to give it a bit of a jolt. The narrowness of Estes’s victory is in line with this tendency. But the fact that Estes ran only very marginally behind the controversially unpopular Brownback in Sedgwick County, and far ahead of him in the smaller counties where Trump also ran far ahead of traditional Republicans, suggests to me that the Trump strength in rural America remains strong (Washington Examiner).

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Lanhee Chen: When America Leads

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Last week, the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad likely launched a chemical weapons attack that killed over seventy of his own people and injured many others. Assad is guilty of many heinous acts against the Syrian people, which together have triggered one of the great refugee and humanitarian crises in modern history. Assad’s latest attack included the use of advanced nerve agents—its victims included numerous babies and children.

In 2012, President Obama announced that the use of chemical weapons by Assad would breach a “red line” that would trigger a U.S. military response. A year later, Assad used those weapons, and nothing happened. This was but one of the many foreign policy failures of the previous administration.

President Trump should be applauded for taking decisive action to attack the air base from which Assad launched his vicious attack. There are no easy answers in Syria, though, and it may not be the last time that America needs to exercise her military might.

But we know for sure is that the world is a better place when America leads.

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Obama Administration Failed to Remove all Chemical Weapons from Syria

Remember when Secretary John Kerry and President Barack Obama allowed Syria’s Assad to get away with killing his own people with chemical weapons because he supposedly gave them all up? The latest attack proves otherwise. Larry Elder weighs in.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/317266455″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

 

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What Are Your Rights as an Airplane Passenger?

In light of the recent United Airlines episode that saw a bloodied man dragged from a plane, Former Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Transportation Mary Schiavo joined the Mike Gallagher Show to detail the rights you have as an airline passenger. Join Mike Gallagher’s premium content website at MikeOnlineGold.com.

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Democrats Call for Hearings over Man Taking Off United Flight

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It goes from PR nightmare to political event (The Hill).  I don’t recall Democrats’ concern when TSA went overboard patting down a young boy (Washington Post). More on what occurred (CNN). Apparently this happened to writer David Freddoso in the past (Washington Examiner). From just over a year ago, a look United’s troubles (Bloomberg). In October, United Airlines moved a woman because “Pakistani Monks” didn’t want to sit by a female (CBS Los Angeles). From Mollie Hemingway: United should have simply started offering more money. If $800 wasn’t enough, what about $1,000? If $1,000 wasn’t enough, how about $1,200? (Federalist).

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Michael Medved: “The Choosing People” of Passover

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As Jewish people around the world celebrate Passover, it’s worth recalling an often-ignored aspect of the Exodus story. The Midrash, a nearly-2,000-year-old collection of elucidations of the Biblical text, suggests most of the Hebrew slaves, despite the miracles around them, felt too fearful to follow Moses out of Egypt. In this sense, “the people of choice” described in the Bible were as much a choosing people as a chosen people. Even at the Red Sea, Midrashic sources say that God only split the sea once the Jewish people took the first courageous steps into the water. In this sense, and in this season, God can still perform miracles but we must partner with Him in the process.

This is also true for the Easter message of salvation and redemption, isn’t it? Liberation and salvation are gifts from God. But it’s up to human beings to take the first steps.

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