Obama Sets Regulatory Record

A recent report concluded that the federal government added 43 major new regulations last year, increasing regulatory costs by more than $22 billion.  This brings the Obama regulatory record to a stunning 299 major new regulations at a cost greater than $100 billion per year. And expect another surge in President Obama’s final year in office.

If you wonder why the economy is not growing, this is one primary culprit. If it takes several years and thousands of dollars to get permits to start new projects or hire new people, growth is killed. The tax code, environmental regulations, labor protections—these are mostly there to protect things as they are, or used to be. What we need is a dramatic cleaning out of the clogged up tax code and regulatory system in Washington, not adding more.

Our economy is growing at almost precisely half the rate it grew from 1950-2000. We need regulatory reform, not more regulatory growth.

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Hewitt: May Freedom Long Endure

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This year’s Fourth of July comes amidst tumultuous times for our nation and for the world. The terrorist attack in Istanbul was—of course—only the most recent atrocity: Before Istanbul, there was Orlando, and Brussels, and San Bernardino and Paris, and the list could go on and on. And there are more threats to our freedom than radical Islam alone…

We have internal threats to our freedom—things that whittle away at our rights—like the Supreme Court that that (increasingly) takes core decisions out of the hands of the American people and their elected representatives.

It all this points to the fact that freedom is no longer the norm.

It is the exception to the rule. Freedom—as Reagan said—“is never more than one generation from extinction.”

As you take time with friends and family this 4th, savor the still beautiful fact that we are indeed free … and then join me as we redouble our individual commitments to fight to do all we can in order that freedom—unfettered freedom—and that it may long endure.

From all of your friends at the Salem Media Group, Happy Independence Day!

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Clinton Meeting with Lynch Pays Off

The media is late covering this enormously suspicious meeting (CBS News). Lynch insisted “Our conversation was a great deal about his grandchildren. It was primarily social and about our travels” (USA Today).  CNN wrote it off as “incredibly bad judgment “ (CNN).  Then comes this:  Department of Justice officials filed a motion in federal court late Wednesday seeking a 27-month delay in producing correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s four top aides and officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a closely allied public relations firm that Bill Clinton helped launch. If the court permits the delay, the public won’t be able to read the communications until October 2018, about 22 months into her prospective first term as President (Red State).  Is it fair Hillary has such a bad reputation?  In a word, yes (National Review).

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Medved: Cinematic Enchantment, for a Change

Occasionally, Hollywood releases diverting fare for kids but only rarely do family films qualify as dazzling works of art.  But Steven Spielberg’s The BFG—“The Big Friendly Giant”—is a gorgeous, touching enchantment, destined to become a classic. Based on Roald Dahl’s 1982 best-seller, the movie follows an orphan girl into Giant Country where a huge new friend protects her from his scary, ravenous neighbors.

Every image glows with warmth and affection, the computer animation is breathtaking, and John Williams, as always, contributes a heart-tugging, glorious musical score.

Spielberg turns 70 this year, but he’s working at the top of his game: 2012’s Lincoln is probably the best film ever made about a president, last year’s Bridge of Spies was a masterful Cold War thriller, and now The BFG is a work of genius, with a dreamy, childlike quality that will delight both kids and parents.

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THR 7/2/16: “Hillary Clinton Put Politics Ahead of the Americans of Benghazi”

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Dennis Prager honors Independence Day by sharing his thoughts on the inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Mike Gallagher talks with New York senatorial candidate Wendy Long about the SCOTUS decision on abortion rights. Prager weighs in on the terrorist attack at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo tells Hugh Hewitt how the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton, and Democrats all combined forces to hinder the Republicans’ investigation into the Benghazi attack. He told Hewitt that “Secretary Hillary Clinton put politics ahead of the Americans of Benghazi.” Marco Rubio is running for the U.S. Senate and sits down with Michael Medved to talk about it. Hewitt speaks with former New York Times London Bureau Chief John Fisher Burns about Brexit. The WSJ’s Kimberly Strassel joins the Mike Gallagher Show to talk about her latest book, “Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech.”

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Dreher: Christians Can No Longer Be Pharmacists

From the story:  The US Supreme Court today denied to hear a case involving pharmacists in Washington state who, for religious reasons, declined to dispense RU-486Plan B, the “morning-after pill,” which causes abortion. Effectively this means that Christian pharmacists who refuse to sell drugs that intend to exterminate life in the womb cannot work in the new society (American Conservative).  From Dr. Albert Mohler:  In one of the most ominous and important sentences written by any Supreme Court justice in recent years, in yesterday’s statement Justice Alito wrote, and I quote, “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern” (Albert Mohler).  A troubling look at other areas where Christians are under attack (Time).  Meanwhile, the NBA continues to pressure North Carolina to allow men in women’s restrooms, with a clear assist from the media (CNN).

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Mohler: A Stunning Decision

The Supreme Court recently struck down a Texas abortion law intended to protect women’s health.

The liberal majority on the Court insisted, in the words of the Washington Post, that “Texas’s arguments that the restrictions were meant to protect women’s health were merely cover for making abortions harder to obtain.”

Conservative Justice Samuel Alito counters this in his important dissenting opinion when he points out, “The law was one of many enacted by states in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell scandal in which a physician who ran an abortion clinic in Philadelphia was convicted for the first degree murder of three infants who were born alive and for the manslaughter of a patient.”

Justice Alito is absolutely right. It was in the wake of the tragedy of the Gosnell case that many states did rush to enact restrictions that would prevent similar atrocities from happening in their own states.

The Court struck down laws saying that they had nothing to do with women’s health, when there was a very clear case to be made that women’s health was exactly the issue, if not the only issue.

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