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The Crazy Reactions to Manafort Conviction and Cohen Confession


Townhall Review — August 25, 2018

Michael Medved looks at the foolish and embarrassing excuses of what are clearly crimes by Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. Hugh Hewitt and Congressman Mike Gallagher also help make sense of the madness. Salem host Mike Gallagher explains why you should not believe all the gloom and doom surrounding the “blue wave.” Dennis Prager and Craig Strazzeri, Chief Marketing Officer for Prager University, explain the latest on Facebook and Google restricting or outright banning many of PragerU’s videos. Michael Medved and economist Stephen Moore discuss the latest in economic news, and how the longest bull market in history may not last much longer. Dennis Prager shares how our society is losing the idea of what is expected of a lady and what is expected of a man.

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Michael Medved: The Evidence for Faith


I recently received an e-mail from a thoughtful listener who challenged my commitment to faith and God. “You’re a smart person,” she wrote, “who emphasizes evidence and logic. How then, can you give such importance in your life to something illogical for which there is no evidence.”

My answer described my experience getting involved in traditional observance of my Jewish faith when I was in my early twenties. When I began praying every day, and then observing the sabbath, my life dramatically improved.

That’s the best evidence available, and it’s been demonstrated also by most of the committed Christians that I know who can also testify to the way faith enriches and improves their lives. As CS Lewis famously observed: “I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.”

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David Davenport: The Wars on our Domestic Woes


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

Perhaps you missed the memo from the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. The War on Poverty, declared by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, is largely over, they say, and we won. Amazing, since a lot of people obviously still live in poverty.

As is often the case in government, the difference is in the definition of the problem. Historically we have defined poverty by income and the CEA defined it by a consumption test instead. Neither test is truly accurate.

No, the War on Poverty isn’t over, but presidential wars on domestic problems should be. We have lived for decades with wars on poverty, crime, drugs, terror and energy consumption, all declared by a lot of presidential speeches but with very little policy on dealing with these big problems.

It’s one more failure of big government in Washington, not a huge success.

 

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Hugh Hewitt: An Existential Crisis for the Catholic Church


The scathing report of decades of disgusting crimes and cover-up from the Catholic Church hierarchy has come to light because of the Pennsylvania Attorney General. The shocking report—coming as it does after at least two previous efforts at coming clean and reform that neither came clean nor reformed—has left tens of millions of Americans Catholics shell shocked.

They simply don’t know who or what to believe.

Pope Francis made a terrible situation even worse by issuing what could only be labeled the “same old same old” by a pope who has proven stubbornly deaf and often appeared indifferent to the sexual abuse of minors across all continents and going as high as the College of Cardinals.

It’s a moment of what intellectuals call “existential crisis” for the Church. It will never vanish, but church membership and finances could well collapse. Pope Francis seems wholly unaware of this urgent threat.

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Jerry Bowyer: Looking at the New Age of Tech


George Gilder is the economist and author who holds the distinction of being quoted by Ronald Reagan more than any other living author.

Gilder is out with a new book, and it’s a blockbuster. And what’s being “busted” is the Obama-era business model of centralized control of social media.

“Life After Google” makes the case that the old model is doomed. And it comes at just the right time. Conservatives are fed up with Google delisting conservative voices like Dennis Prager’s, Facebook labeling the Declaration of Independence hate speech and Twitter shadow-banning Republican officials.

According to Gilder, block chain technology, the tech behind the cyber currency Bitcoin, is the stone which will shatter these dominating hierarchies of wealth and power.

That will put the internet back into the hands of the people.

And that is a good thing.

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