Albert Mohler: Don’t Be Fooled by Planned Parenthood’s New President

Planned Parented has a new leader—Dr. Leana Wen—and she’s spent her first days on the job, as Alexandra Desanctis of National Review Online tells us, to convince Americans that Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with abortion.

Planned Parenthood is actually the most prolific provider of abortions in the U.S. It is thus the most murderous organization for the unborn in our nation.

But elite media outlets are going along with Planned Parenthood’s public relations effort.

The New York Times Magazine offered fawning coverage of Dr. Wen and quoted the new leader arguing that she is, essentially, of all things, pro-life.

“What I do is promote life” she said “I’m a physician. Everything I’ve ever done is to save lives.”

Now just remember: last year alone Planned Parenthood clinics performed 321,384 abortions. Those abortions tell a very different story.

And We shouldn’t be fooled.

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The 2018 Election — with Florida in Overtime and 2020 Now Looming

Townhall Review –  November 17, 2018

Hugh Hewitt turns to David Drucker, Washington Examiner’s Senior Political Correspondent, for another look at the 2018 election aftermath. Dennis Prager speaks with Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institute about a stronger Republican Senate. Mike Gallagher asks Craig Patrick, political editor for Fox 13 in Tampa, about the disputed vote count in Florida. Larry Elder examines forest mismanagement after the devastating fires in California with former California State Assemblyman Chuck Devore. Michael Medved analyses Ben Shapiro’s article in Newsweek looking at why conventional political wisdom is not going to get it done in 2020. Dennis Prager talks with videographer Ami Horowitz about his on-the-scene coverage of the caravan from Central America to the U.S. Hugh Hewitt examines the ‘War to End All Wars,’ WWI, with Churchill expert Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College. Larry Elder talks with Eric Metaxas about his funny children’s book, Donald Drains the Swamp.

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Hugh Hewitt: An Open Invitation to a Civil Discussion

A year ago, Hillary Clinton joined me on my radio show for a long discussion about her memoir of the 2016 presidential race, “What Happened?” And in September, John Kerry came on the show to discuss his memoir, “Every Day Is Extra.”

For both former Democratic presidential nominees and Secretaries of State, it was their first appearance on this program – a program that has run three hours every weekday for more than 18 years.

As we look forward to 2020, would-be Democratic presidential candidates ought to seek out frequent interviews with interlocutors from across the political spectrum in settings – like talk radio – that allow for more than a minute’s response.

Our political conversation has entered a zone of toxicity I haven’t seen since I began my broadcast career in 1990. Long-form interviews, marked with civility and honest debate, is one part of the renewal in public discourse that we need.

So, hey: Democrats running for president, go in harm’s way. Find someone to talk to at length today.

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The Demographic Division that Matters the Most

The demographic division that counts most in presidential elections has nothing to do with race, gender or income: it involves state boundaries that determine votes in the Electoral College.

By that standard, warning signs from the midterm elections should alarm Republicans looking ahead to 2020. Three states crucial to Trump’s victory in 2016 shifted decisively toward Democrats two years later and Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin combine for 46 electoral votes. Those three states each went GOP by paper-thin margins two years ago, but this time Democratic Senate candidates won easily and Republican gubernatorial nominees also crashed and burned.

Even if Trump holds all the other states he carried last time, he’d fall short without Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. Instead of a focus on rallying loyal followers, Trump needs to win independent, suburban votes in these key swing states whose recent desertions could doom GOP prospects.

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Hugh Hewitt: President Trump and the 2020 Election

President Trump will win reelection. Anyone who watched his presser after the midterms knows in his or her bones that it’s gonna happen, because he’s getting better and better at the job.

He’s spent two years learning the job to which he brought a communications skill set unmatched by any other commander in chief, except Ronald Reagan.

Nobody is better at “combative” than Trump, and we live in an age addicted to combativeness. Cable news has adopted sports-like coverage and monetized combativeness. The culture is built on combativeness.

The president is also getting better and better at the policy and performance aspects of the presidency, getting better on the details even as he sharpens his jousting skills.

If Trump repopulates his front bench with a talented supporting cast of people who would amplify rather than muffle his message, he’ll be unstoppable in 2020.

Of course that could change, but right now you just have to say: he is the prohibitive favorite.

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