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Michael Medved: Trump’s Surprising Coalition: Not Just “Deplorables”

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James T. Hogkinson, the crazed gunman who fired at Republican congressmen in early June, hardly fits the common image of a militant Bernie Sanders Democrat. He was 66, married for 30 years, a proud gun-owner, working in construction and living in a small Midwestern town. In fact, he came close to stereotypes of one of Trump’s blue-collar “deplorables,” which only highlights the dishonest nature of common media narratives.

Actually, Trump’s core support wasn’t the downtrodden working class: he did better among the third of voters who earned more than $100,000 a year than among the two-thirds who earned less than that. Among the one-third of voters who earned below $50,000, Trump lost to Clinton by 12 points. Nor were his supporters overwhelmingly uneducated: he actually won white voters with college degrees, 37 percent of the overall electorate. The Trump coalition was far more varied and complex than simplistic analysis and conventional wisdom suggest.

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THR 6/24/17 GA 6th District Race and Otto Warmbier’s Murder

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Following the Georgia 6th district elections, in which Democrats pulled out all the stops from their massively funded campaign, Mike Gallagher spoke with William McGurn of the Wall Street Journal about the outcome of the wild election and the broader state of affairs. Robert Costa of the Washington Post was interviewed by Mark Davis about the referendum the Democrats initiated with Jon Ossoff. Gallagher interviews Gordon Chang, an expert on North Korea, on 22 year old Otto Warmbier who passed away after likely being tortured for months by the North Koreans. Dennis Prager offers his thoughts on the tragedy before interviewing David French of the National Review about California’s Prop 8, and the “transparency” the left increasingly demands at the cost of our individual liberties. Michael Medved asks John Podhoretz, writer for Commentary Magazine, about the NY Times and the stunt they pulled by associating last week’s attempted assassination of members of Congress with the Tucson shooting in 2011, where Representative Gabby Giffords and seventeen others were shot, and six were killed. Charles Krauthammer offers a very sensible approach to immigration in a contribution he made to a Prager University Video.

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Lanhee Chen: Karen Handel’s Victory

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Republican Karen Handel’s victory in the special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District will generate a lot of punditry and spin.

Democrats will argue that they got a lot closer than they should have in a district that Republican Tom Price, now the Secretary of Health and Human Services, won by 23 points less than a year ago.

Republicans will respond by noting that their opponents poured $30 million into the race and yet the Democrat wasn’t able to do any better than Hillary Clinton did in losing the district to Donald Trump last year.

Both sides are right, to some degree. That’s why it’s hard to draw too many conclusions about what this means for the midterms next year. There are many political lifetimes to be led between now and then. And intervening events will impact voters’ opinions over the next 17 months.

We’d all be well served to take a deep breath and let it all unfold. Predicting the future never has been a very good business to be in, anyway.

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Michael Medved: Public Opinion and Obamacare

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In 2010, the health insurance legislation known as “Obamacare” was overwhelmingly unpopular. But Democrats in the White House and Congress pushed it through anyway, and then paid a severe price in the next elections. Today, the health care package known as “Trumpcare” is similarly unpopular, but the Republicans seem determined to pass legislation this summer, even at the risk of serious losses of their own in 2018 Congressional elections.

Does this mean the electorate is confused?—hating Obamacare, and then hating the most serious attempt to repeal and replace it? Actually, public reactions are sensible and consistent—what Americans hate is the whole idea of the federal government making sweeping, bureaucratic decisions, on something as personal and important as medical insurance.

If the GOP made clear that their proposals provide individuals with more choices, and give the states more discretion to shape their own policies, their reforms would win much broader popular support.

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Gordon Chang on North Korea and the Death of the Released Prisoner

Columnist and author Gordon Chang joined the Mike Gallagher Show to discuss the North Korea regime, the release of the college student Otto Warmbier who is now deceased due to the brutality of his treatment in the hermit kingdom, and what America should do to isolate and punish the regime. Join Mike Gallagher’s premium content website at MikeOnlineGold.com.

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Michael Medved: Lingering Faith in Faith

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For sixty years, Gallup has asked about public attitudes toward faith, giving respondents a clear choice: “Do you believe that religion can answer all or most of today’s problems, or that religion is largely old-fashioned and out of date?” In 1957, 82 percent expressed confidence in religious solutions, while only 11 percent considered faith old fashioned. Today, the margin is much closer, but Americans still think religion has the answers—55 percent to 34 percent.

Among those who say they “seldom” or “never” go to church, a full third still think religion can solve contemporary problems. And among Democrats, a plurality agrees that faith has the answers all people seek.

Even among those who consider themselves political liberals, and those who never participate in public worship, there’s still a lingering suspicion that faith-based solutions benefit individuals and society. Believers should never write off America as a secularized, Godless, lost cause.

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John Podhoretz: the United States Is in a Time of Great Danger

Columnist John Podhoretz joined the Michael Medved Show to discuss his column, “It feels like America is descending into chaos.” In it, he argues that the chaos of 2017 is like that of 1968. Join Michael Medved’s premium content website at MedvedMedhead.com.

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