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Michael Medved: Appropriate Praise For The Trump – McConnell Team

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Some conservatives expressed dismay, and even a sense of betrayal, over the President’s recent press conference with Mitch McConnell, in which Trump praised the Senate Majority Leader for his loyalty and effectiveness. What did Trump have in mind, McConnell’s many right-wing critics seemed to wonder?

Very likely, he appreciated the Kentucky Senator’s stellar record on Judicial nominations. It’s not just that McConnell blocked Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, enabling the superb appointment of Neil Gorsuch. He also delayed scores of liberal lower court nominees, so that Trump took office with 107 key vacancies to fill—more than four of the last five presidents going back to Reagan.

Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal praised both McConnell and Trump for nearly 60 consistently conservative judicial appointments so far. She wrote: “McConnell just happens to have a steely passion for remaking the judiciary and deserves credit for the extraordinary class of judicial nominees now coming through.”

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Hugh Hewitt: With Honor To Our Troops Upon The Defeat Of Isis

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The defeat of ISIS in its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa—and its self-proclaimed caliphate—is a huge victory for the West and for the U.S.-backed forces that cleared that Syrian city of its remaining ISIS killers. Those self-proclaimed martyrs surrendered, by the way, refusing to fight to the death as ISIS propaganda had always proclaimed they would.

The Syrian civil war continues and its ghastly toll continues to rise, of course—as does the war against ISIS. And not just in Syria and Iraq, but around the world as the death of five members of American Special Forces in Niger in October show—the sacrifice of the American military of the highest sort. Honor must be paid to their heroism and to the families of the fallen.

Part of that honor is pausing to note that they and their brothers and sisters in arms are winning – that they are actually driving back radical Islamist terror.

Congressman Mike Gallagher noted earlier this week, “that was unthinkable even a year ago under the tactics employed by the Obama administration.” We salute the liberators of Raqqa and the American Special Forces who assisted them.

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Salem Media at the White House As Tax Reform Effort Begins

White House, Obamacare, shooting, Paris Climate Agreement

Townhall Review – September 21, 2017
Mike Gallagher and Hugh Hewitt are invited to the White House to interview President Trump and Vice President Pence. President Trump discusses healthcare and media bias, while VP Pence discusses the administration’s focus on tax cuts and foreign relations. Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute, joins Larry Elder to talk about Trump’s executive order on healthcare. Grover Norquist, founder and President of Americans for Tax Reform, sits in with Dan Proft to share insights on President Trump’s tax reform. Hugh Hewitt invites Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S, Ron Dermer, on to discuss the conflict between the Kurdish and Iraqi forces in Kirkuk. Dennis Prager looks at a piece from author and playwright Andrew Klavan in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Lanhee Chen, of the Hoover Institute, and Cory Garner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, discuss the future of healthcare.

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David Davenport: Not All Free Speech Is Constitutionally Protected

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NFL players kneeling to protest the national anthem isn’t going away. Two owners say their players must stand; now the Commissioner wants a rule requiring all NFL players to stand. Vice President Pence famously walked out on the protest.

But here’s one thing you should know that many don’t: Even though the phrase free speech is thrown around, the players have no constitutionally protected right to protest the anthem.

The First Amendment prohibits the government from limiting free speech, not a football team. In fact, sports teams are businesses and their leagues may regulate all kinds of things, from tucking in your shirt to what patches you wear. If there is any legal angle here, it is a matter of labor negotiations between the players’ union and management or the League. But it’s not a matter of constitutional law under the First Amendment.

Sadly our society knows so little about the Constitution, but this teachable moment is about free speech.

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Albert Mohler: The Real Controversy In The Alabama Senate Race

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In Alabama’s special election Senatorial race, the big news has been voters’ decision to make the controversial figure, Justice Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the Senate seat.

But I would suggest that the mainstream media are doing their best to stay away from the really big story here. And that is that the Democrats’ nominee, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, is not only avowedly pro-abortion, he actually opposes the Hyde amendment that would protect American taxpayers being forced to pay for abortion.

On “Meet the Press Daily” Chuck Todd pressed the question of abortion to Jones, asking, “So you wouldn’t be in favor of legislation that said, ban abortion after 20 weeks or something like that?”

Jones said he would not support such legislation. In fact, he said once the child is born, he would “be there for that child.” In the astounding statement Jones said, “That’s where I become a right to lifer.”

That means that there is no point before the birth of the child when Doug Jones running for the United States Senate in Alabama would consider himself pro-life.

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Lanhee Chen: A Step In The Right Direction On Health Care

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So far this year, Republicans in Washington have been unable to fulfill their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s been a source of great frustration to those around the country who have suffered under the weight of higher health insurance premiums, and fewer health care choices.

To help address these problems, President Trump signed an executive order that will, hopefully, increase access to lower-cost plans and expand choices for consumers across America. It would make it easier for employers—particularly small businesses—to band together to offer cheaper insurance. The order would also expand access to so-called “short-term” plans that offer fewer benefits for a limited duration of time, but at much lower cost.

Is the executive order the same as repealing and replacing Obamacare? Of course not. But could it have an impact for some Americans who have struggled under conditions created by Obamacare? Absolutely. Congress should continue to work with President Trump to deal with the challenges and problems created by Obamacare. The future health of our health care system depends on it.

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Michael Medved: The Nobel Prize Encourages A Dangerous Fantasy

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In another inane choice for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee selected an organization known as ICAN—the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The idea of “abolishing” nuclear weapons is absurd, of course: if the world enacted the restrictive treaties proposed by the campaign, then decent, law-abiding nations would be disarmed while rogue states like North Korea and Iran would continue developing the nuclear weapons they might use with impunity.

Similar flawed logic underlies the current gun debate: just as they wish nukes had never been invented, so too many liberals passionately wish that firearms had never been designed or manufactured. But that’s a childish fantasy, since you can’t magically “abolish” a familiar, well-established technology, or prevent destructive forces from accessing it. As with dreams of “abolishing” nuclear weapons, attempts to regulate guns out of existence will leave the bad guys much stronger while the good guys became vastly more vulnerable.

 

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