Mark Davis: Why We Need ‘Guarded Optimism’ on North Korea Summit

If the smiles and handshakes give way to the usual North Korean lies and delays, it could all amount to nothing. But there’s a sense this time that things are different. The American President is certainly of a different type. 

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Summit in Singapore and the North Korean Future

Townhall Review – June 16, 2018

Hugh Hewitt and Phillip Rucker, White House Bureau Chief at the Washington Post, talk about President Trump’s press conference following the U.S. – North Korea summit. Hugh Hewitt joins with South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham for the senator’s take on the summit. Dennis Prager discusses the possibility of fear playing a role in bringing North Korea to the table. Mike Gallagher talks with South Carolina GOP nominee Katie Arrington about her primary victory. Dennis Prager is joined by California State Senator John Moorlach for a discussion about California AB2943 and where it is headed. Michael Medved explains why women outnumber men in college graduations and then closes out the show by explaining why he thinks the so-called “blue wave” may be wearing out its welcome.

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Jerry Bowyer: Media Hypocrisy on North Korea

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The hypocrisy on the left was on full display during the Trump-Kim summit. Many on the left outright attacked Trump for trying diplomacy and giving Kim “legitimacy.” On MSNBC, guests said—on a number of occasions—that this meeting showed how much Trump loves his “fellow” dictators.

This is clearly absurd, but even more so given the absence of that rhetoric in 1994, when President Carter—during the Clinton administration—persuaded Kim Jong-il to agree to stop making nukes. We all know how that worked out.

But now it’s Trump  and the media can’t stop throwing cold water on it.

If anyone other than Trump was up there shaking Kim’s hand, elite media would be fawning.


I’m Jerry Bowyer.

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Lanhee Chen: North Korean Summit A Significant Step on a Long Road

President Trump’s historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un was a very significant step as the two leaders seek to bridge the wide chasm that has separated the two nations since the cessation of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula almost 65 years ago.

While the world made much of the handshake and the photo op between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un, our focus should really be on the hard work that comes now … in the wake of their meeting.

North Korea agreed to engage in complete denuclearization, but will we be able to both verify their actions and ensure they cannot restart their nuclear weapons program?

These are important questions that remain to be answered.

We should all hope and pray for success.  And the recent summit was a huge step forward.  But we should also recognize that a difficult and long road lies ahead.


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Michael Medved: Misleading Headline Displays Bias

A front-page headline in The New York Times distorted a bold new initiative of the Trump administration and displayed that paper’s long-standing grudge.

Beneath a dramatic photo of a suspect being led away in handcuffs, the headline proclaimed: TRUMP TARGETS FEDERAL WORKERS IN ORDERS CURBING PROTECTIONS. First of all, the photo had nothing to do with persecution of federal workers: it showed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein at his recent arrest. Second, the story didn’t describe “targeting” of government workers: it focused instead on admirable efforts to make it easier to cut unnecessary federal jobs and to terminate incompetent workers.

Recognizing the obvious bias in their original headline, the Times itself changed it in later editions to the far more accurate: TRUMP MOVES TO EASE THE FIRING OF FEDERAL WORKERS.

It was a revealing episode in media bias.

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Hugh Hewitt: It’s the Judges

Someday, conservative critics of President Trump will have to reconcile their vehement opposition to him with their love of the Constitution. The latter is most definitely benefiting from the president’s massive impact on the federal bench.

The Supreme Court, though by far the most important court, still reviews only 80 or so appeals court decisions per year, compared to the tens of thousands of case participations completed by the Federal Appeals Court judges.

The president and the GOP-controlled Senate have already put one-eighth of the federal appeals bench in their seats. Each of those new appointees— all principled “originalists” in the mold of the late Justice Scalia—will have more than 400 participations in 2018 alone. Critics from the #NeverTrump crowd need to balance their criticism with this remarkable record of repair of the bench.

Looking forward, I’ll bend that famous Carville phrase a bit: “It’s the judges, brilliant people.”

It’s the judges.

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