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Prager: Prime Minister Trudeau’s “Moronic” Castro Tribute Reduces Him to “a Nothing”

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau’s tribute hailing Fidel Castro as “remarkable” and a “larger than life leader who served his people” drew criticism from many quarters, including Dennis Prager. Prager started off his show on Monday with a bang, saying that Trudeau’s warm comments regarding Fidel Castro’s death reduce him to a “nothing.” Clearly Trudeau knows nothing about Castro, argues Prager, otherwise he would not have made such a statement. Trudeau has doubled down on his comments. Watch the video here: CNN.

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Mohler: Fidel Castro: 1926-2016

Fidel Castro, one of the 20th century’s most brutal tyrants, is dead at age 90. In 1959, Castro, joined by the guerrilla leader and Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, lead one of the most successful revolutionary movements, toppling a corrupt dictator with only a small band of guerrilla fighters. He was hailed as a liberator, and he came to the United States, telling an audience at Harvard University that he was neither a Marxist nor a Communist. Very soon, he revealed himself to be both. He aligned Cuba with the Soviet Union and established a murderous Communist regime.

He brought the world to the brink of nuclear destruction. He died, leaving his country still oppressed, still unfree, still impoverished. But he, like all mortals, has died, even as the communist regime survives. Now, we can only pray that Cuba will soon be free.

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Strikingly Different Reactions Upon Death of Castro

A look at Castro and his evil regime (WSJ).  Brit Hume provided a simple list of Castro crimes against humanity (Twitter).  John Podhoretz looks at how Castro became “one of the most important, most destructive, and most evil leaders in the world for more than half a century” (Commentary Magazine). More from George Will (Salt Lake Tribune). Jimmy Carter joined those who are willing to overlook the evil (Daily Caller).  As did the America-hating Colin Kaepernick (Miami Herald) who got an extra round of boos in Miami (CNN).  From Democrat Barbara Lee:  My deepest condolences to Fidel Castro’s family and the Cuban people during this time. While there are many disagreements between our countries, President Castro was a recognized world leader who was dedicated to the Cuban people (San Francisco Chronicle).  Jill Stein called him  “a symbol for struggle for justice” (Washington Examiner).  A look at the celebs who “normalized” Castro (Breitbart).  From Marco Rubio: “Each of these people have to account for their own level of hypocrisy and how they ignore the fact that he jailed and executed and murdered people” (CBS News). More (National Review).  From Donald Trump:  “The world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights” (Front Page Magazine).  From Ted Cruz:  There is more than enough evidence to judge the Castros’ legacy for what it is: the systematic exploitation and oppression of the Cuban people (National Review).  The mild statement from Obama (White House).

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Davenport: Cracking the Blue Wall

This is David Davenport of the Hoover Institution for Townhall.com.

The surprise of the 2016 election was Donald Trump’s ability to crack the Democrats’ blue wall of industrial states in the upper Midwest and East. He accomplished this by beating Hillary Clinton by a 40% margin among white working-class voters.

Now we are learning that most of these Trump voters were not poor or unemployed themselves, but worried about the American dream for their children. They want a more robust economy with good jobs, not more welfare. American dream. Jobs. Trump. That was the winning formula.

Obama’s big accomplishment, adding health care to the welfare safety net, remains unpopular, with exit polls showing voters felt it went too far. Obamacare. Welfare state. Clinton. A losing formula.

Maybe there’s still some rugged individualism left in America.

I’m David Davenport.

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Medved: Hillary’s Dubious Popular Vote Victory

This is Michael Medved for Townhall.com.

Defeated, desperate Democrats try to console themselves by emphasizing that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 1.5 million, but this fact hardly suggests a national preference for liberal policies or personalities. Hillary’s advantage was based entirely on a single state, which is why she lost the Electoral College so decisively.

Without California—where she won overwhelmingly—she lost the other 49 states and the District of Columbia by more than a million votes!

If you leave out both California and New York, Trump swept the rest of the country by 3 million votes, carrying 30 of the 50 states. Winning New York City by an overwhelming margin won’t help if you lose Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

I’m Michael Medved.

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THR 11/26/16: The True Story of the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving

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This special edition of the Townhall Review features Michael Medved telling the compelling story of the Pilgrims: why they left Europe, how they made their way across the ocean, and how they fought to survive in the New World while preserving their religious devotion to God.

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Nikki Haley Chosen as Ambassador to UN

Once again, Trump shows he is willing to reach out to someone who formerly blistered him.  The current South Carolina governor said “I was moved to accept this new assignment for two reasons. The first is a sense of duty. When the President believes you have a major contribution to make to the welfare of our nation, and to our nation’s standing in the world, that is a calling that is important to heed. The second is a satisfaction with all that we have achieved in our state in the last six years and the knowledge that we are on a very strong footing.”  UPI  Another story notes “Last year, Haley signed into law a bill to stop efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel in a first for the nation on a state-wide level.” Jerusalem Post

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