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Michael Medved: Political Comeback of the Year


Major League Baseball offers an award for Comeback Player of the Year, and if major league politics handed out a similar prize, Texas Senator Ted Cruz would deserve it.

After the embarrassment of a failed presidential campaign and his hostile relationship with the victorious Donald Trump, he’s emerged as a key supporter of the president’s policy agenda. Once strongly disliked by his fellow senators, due to his shutdown strategy and love for the limelight, he’s recently developed solid, respectful working relationships with colleagues of both parties.

More recently, he introduced strong timely, legislation to maintain tough border security while halting separation of kids and parents. Cruz deserves landslide re-election in November for one of Washington’s most encouraging comebacks.

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First Amendment Victories and the High Court After Kennedy


Townhall Review – July 7, 2018

Hugh Hewitt and Tom McCabe, CEO of the Freedom Foundation, discuss the U. S. Supreme Court decision about unions in the public sector. Hugh Hewitt and Politico’s Jake Sherman look at how the Senate vote might decide on the next U. S. Supreme Court justice to fill Justice Kennedy’s seat. Michael Medved examines the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision to vacate the lower court’s decision on Arlene’s Flowers. Michael Medved talks about the New York primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Larry Elder talks with Professor John Eastman about congressional filibustering. Michael Medved and Arthur Brooks explain what happens when we listen to each other across political divides. Listen to find out what Larry Elder’s epiphany concerning Nancy Pelosi is all about.

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Lanhee Chen: Senator McConnell Deserves a Very Nice Thank You Note


President Trump will tell us next week who his pick will be to serve as the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. When he does so, he ought to send a thank you note to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

After all, he’s the reason the President now has a second nominee to the High Court, after he led the GOP effort to oppose the nominee that President Obama put forward during his last year in office. And it’s McConnell who has insisted that the Senate vote on Trump’s forthcoming nominee before the midterm elections—making it extremely difficult for Democratic Senators up for reelection from states that Trump won in 2016, like North Dakota, Missouri, and Indiana—to vote against the president’s nominee.

McConnell doesn’t often get credit for the hard work he does, but he should. Conservatives are on the precipice of another major victory because of the Senate Majority Leader.

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America: The Best Hope of Mankind


This is Hugh Hewitt for Townhall.com.

As we continue the long days of summer and of celebrations like the Fourth of July or family vacations, it is important to keep in mind that across large parts of the world the idea of either freedom or leisure much less both is so far off as to be the stuff of legend. For us, it’s a “taken for granted” annual ritual.

We are so blessed that we often simply forget to count those blessings and marvel at their largely uninterrupted enjoyment for 200-plus years. No, we are not a perfect nation, not even close, but we are the best hope of mankind, exceptional for all of our history and ever more so as the world collapses in so many places into abject barbarianism.

Our political leaders and our courts may disappoint. Our common culture may disparage our uniqueness, but the facts of history do not lie.

In the face of our many imperfections, we should all give thanks for living in this time and in this country.

I’m Hugh Hewitt.

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Jerry Bowyer: A Banner Session for the First Amendment


SCOTUS 2018 is shaping up as the “free speech” session of the court.

Masterpiece Cake ruling upheld the free speech rights of a cake decorator who did not want to decorate a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage.

The court sent a case back to a lower court involving a florist who did not want to create a floral display doing the same thing. Then there was the NIFLA decision—regarding the pro-life crisis pregnancy centers—where the court overturned a California law which compelled them to essentially advertise for abortion.

In Justice Kennedy’s opinion, the law forced them to “convey a message contrary to their deepest convictions.”

Each one of these cases was litigated by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has emerged as the most important First Amendment group in the nation.

It’s a banner session for the First Amendment.

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