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Media Attacks Sessions with Past Allegations

CNN warns us “old allegations of racism against the Alabama Republican are sure to haunt him.”  Funny to see them fulfilling their own prophesy (CNN).  Byron York says of Democrats: “…as they oppose Trump at nearly every turn, they’ve turned to race again” (Washington Examiner).   From the Weekly Standard:  … between the nature of the accusations and Sessions’s actual record of desegregating schools and taking on the Klan in Alabama, it strains credulity to believe that he is a racist (Weekly Standard). Sanctuary Cities could be in the crosshairs (Washington Times).

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Davenport: Trump’s Forgotten Man

In his first tweet as president-elect, Donald Trump echoed a theme from his campaign, promising that “the forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again.”

Funny, but in one of his first radio addresses to the nation in 1932, President Franklin Roosevelt introduced us to “the forgotten man.”  His forgotten man became the focal point for the New Deal, growing the government, expanding the welfare state and rejecting American rugged individualism.

But Trump’s forgotten man and woman seem to be different.  They are people who have jobs, pay taxes but for whom the government just does not work.  Trump’s forgotten man does not want more government and welfare, but instead a growing economy and a fair shake.

Let’s hope Trump can actually do something for his forgotten man and woman.

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THR 11/19/16: The Unflappable Trump and His Cabinet Picks

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After Donald Trump’s win, he sat down with Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes for a wide-ranging interview covering his reaction to Election night, his Twitter account, and the call that he received from Bill Clinton. Michael Medved plays clips from the interview and provides analysis. Trump is in the process of selecting his cabinet members. Hugh Hewitt turned to the Washington Post’s Robert Costa for insight. Should the Electoral College be thrown out? Dennis Prager chats with author Tara Ross about the benefits of the electoral system. Guy Benson, sitting in for Hugh Hewitt, interviewed the former Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Tevi Troy about how Republicans can repeal Obamacare. Senator Tom Cotton talks to Hugh Hewitt about increasing military spending and why it’s important. Dennis Prager speaks with Astrophysicist Hugh Ross about his latest book, “Improbable Planet.” Larry Elder talks with Dorothy Woods, a widow of one of the men killed at Benghazi.

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Chen: A Repudiation Election

Last week’s elections can be viewed as many things: The victory of the outsider over the establishment; an expression of continued economic anxiety; or a statement of frustration about “business as usual” in Washington, D.C.

Above all, we should see the election results as a repudiation of the Obama policy legacy.  Exit polling tells the story—Trump voters believed Obamacare has gone too far, the economy’s in bad shape, and the country’s on the wrong track.

And it’s not just about Trump. Voters returned GOP majorities to both houses of Congress.

Down the stretch, Trump and Republican candidates for Congress argued for limited government, policies to promote economic growth, and the importance of keeping our country safe at home and strong around the world.

… and the voters endorsed that message.

Change is coming to America, indeed.

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Hewitt: The Prospect of a “Constitution Spring”

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Long-time residents of California know what the aftermath of a major quake is like. Even those completely uninjured are jittery for weeks.

So it is with political earthquakes too and the election of Donald Trump was a 7.0 and everyone is twitchy.

Lots of Americans are worried now that the Constitution is up for grabs.

In reality, under a Trump administration, the country can indeed spring into a new era of “energy in the executive,” but balanced by a renewed Article 1 power in Congress and a maintained, reasonable and originalist overwatch from the Article III courts, especially the Supreme Court.

With 99 additional vacancies below the Supreme Court on the federal bench waiting to be filled, the courts can recover quickly from the Obama era.

Many “springs” have come and gone in recent years, but the prospect of a “Constitution spring” is very, very real.

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Medved: The Priebus Pick

Donald Trump’s selection of a new chief of staff seems to follow recommendations from the only book that tells the full story of all presidents and their top aides.  I’m partial to “The Shadow Presidents” because I wrote it, and urged:

Number one, that a successful chief of staff must display a passion for anonymity, not seeking the spotlight.

  • Number two, he should have built a successful independent career.
  • Third, president and aide should enjoy compatible chemistry, but avoid mutual dependence, so the assistant never becomes indispensable.
  • And, finally, the chief of staff should enjoy clear primacy in the White House hierarchy.

The choice of Reince Priebus is excellent in all four dimensions, preparing the former RNC chair to lead an effective, reformist White House operation.

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Hugh Ross: “Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity’s Home”

Hugh Ross, astrophysicist and president of Reasons to Believe, joined the Dennis Prager to discuss his latest book “Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity’s Home.”

The Amazon description of Ross’s book: “Most of us remember the basics from science classes about how Earth came to be the only known planet that sustains complex life. But what most people don’t know is that the more thoroughly researchers investigate the history of our planet, the more astonishing the story of our existence becomes. The number and complexity of the astronomical, geological, chemical, and biological features recognized as essential to human existence have expanded explosively within the past decade. An understanding of what is required to make possible a large human population and advanced civilizations has raised profound questions about life, our purpose, and our destiny. Are we really just the result of innumerable coincidences? Or is there a more reasonable explanation?”

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