Poll shows optimism on economy (Fox News). The clashes have begun (Fox News) as people protest in Washington and New York (USA Today), some led by celebrities (CBS News). Trump starts with a divided country (Washington Post) and a hostile media (see this CNN story as just one example). From Hugh Hewitt: Those alarmed by Trump should recognize that those personality characteristics do not define the entire man or his agenda for the next four years — and that, in fact, there are good reasons to welcome the brashness. The vast, suffocating bureaucratic state has grown so powerful and utterly muffling of genuine ideological diversity that we need to break the ice forming over the national conversation. Trump is Thor’s hammer in that regard. It could get loud, but we could also end up hashing some hard things out (Washington Post). Some hope (WSJ). Today’s events (WSJ). Some schools refuse to show the inauguration (Fox News).Read More »
Hugh Hewitt talks with Senator John McCain about Barack Obama’s decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence for leaking classified information. John Malcolm, Director of the Heritage Foundation’s Meese Center for Legal & Judicial Studies, also joins Hewitt to discuss the state of the federal courts and how Trump will transform them. Arkansas Senator Tom cotton on the Hewitt Show discusses how Trump will need to rebuild the military after 8 years of Obama. While Democrats like to blame the GOP for being the racist party, Larry Elder notes that Democrats are really the ones with racial issues. Michael Medved looks at Representative John Lewis’s assertion that Donald Trump is an illegitimate president. Larry Arnn of Hillsdale College speaks with Mike Gallagher about Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for Education Secretary. Michael Medved reviews President Obama’s farewell address. Dennis Prager blasts BuzzFeed’s decision to publish a dossier on Trump that everyone knew was false.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/303580051″ 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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Today marks one of the miracles of American democracy. A new President of the United States will be inaugurated. On the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president. Do not miss the majesty of this moment. All Americans should celebrate the great gift of America’s democratic traditions and the pageantry that solemnizes this occasion.
We will witness a peaceful transition, with President Donald Trump entering the occasion and President Barack Obama leaving it. The only gunfire will be a celebratory 21-gun salute. Too many other nations mark a transition of power with a military coup or overthrow. Not here. Not in America. Since President George Washington yielded office to President John Adams there has been a peaceful transition of power in the American presidency. This is something for all Americans to celebrate.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/303529220″ 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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She held her own (Weekly Standard). From Rich Lowry: The controversy over the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education has been, if nothing else, clarifying. We now know that working to give poor kids more educational opportunities is considered a disqualifying offense for the Left (RCP). Media outlets misrepresented DeVos on guns and grizzlies (Washington Examiner). One story notes “Betsy DeVos is being criticized for her charitable giving because it happens to be motivated by faith in God” (National Review). David French explains “moms and dads want choices for their kids. Many states and cities have the resources to provide those choices without raising taxes or straining the present school financing system. But the liberal elite says no — no to moving children who fail to thrive, no to moving children who are being bullied, no to moving kids who seek a chance at better scores, no to moving kids for the sake of the very “fit” they crave for their own children” (National Review). From a USA Today op-ed: It’s about time we had a secretary of Education who truly maximized the educational opportunities of all children — including those living in poverty who are frequently forced to attend their all-too-often failing local school. While President Obama’s secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, challenged the entrenched interests in education, he didn’t go far enough. DeVos will disrupt business-as-usual — with an intensified focus on the rights of parents to choose the right school for their children, no longer being subservient to their neighborhood zip code-mandated school or some anonymous education bureaucrat assigning kids to a school based on arbitrary laws irrespective if that school is failing (USA Today).Read More »
The fact that abortion is the central article if not the only article of the feminist creed was made very clear this week in a controversy that erupted about the soon-to-take-place Women’s March on Washington.
Alexandra DeSanctis reports in National Review, “The Women’s March on Washington has removed the pro-life group New Wave Feminists from its list of official event sponsors after backlash from feminists arguing that pro-life women are not welcome in the feminist movement.”
Jessica Valenti of The Guardian insisted, “We need to stop the myth that feminism is simply ‘anything a woman does.’ Feminism is a movement for justice—abortion access is central.”
Well, central indeed. By the afternoon, the organizers of the Washington March had fallen on their sword, offering a public apology and asking all pro-abortion friends to join them in the March and to please, please, please forget the controversy yesterday had ever taken place.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/303324410″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Read More »
This is Hugh Hewitt for Townhall.com.
In a recent interchange on my radio show, Speaker Paul Ryan declined to debate with me the merits of eliminating or capping the tax deduction on home-mortgage interest. He did it with a chuckle, noting that he and I had crossed verbal swords on this subject many times.
I point it out because some key GOP voices don’t seem to hear what defenders of that deduction are saying. Nor do they seem aware of why other deductions—like those charitable contributions—mean so much.
In Trump country there is a great attachment to these deductions, and there will be great hostility to any move to eliminate or even cap any of them.
Capping the mortgage interest deduction would hurt every homeowner—even those whose interest payments fall below the cap—because housing is one market, and by reducing the value of the most expensive homes, you reduce the value of every home.
I don’t want to see Republicans squander another chance to realign politics.
To that end: They should not touch the deductions on mortgage interest and on charitable giving.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/303184023″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Read More »
Larry Elder exposes media outlets, including CNN, for reporting an unvetted claim from Buzzfeed, that Russia has old video of Donald Trump with prostitutes in a hotel Russian room. Visit Larry Elder’s website at LarryElder.com.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/303164110″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Read More »