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The Good and Bad from the Helsinki Summit


Townhall Review – July 21, 2018

Hugh Hewitt is joined by Dr. Kori Schake, Deputy Director for the International Institute of Strategic Studies, for a discussion on President Trump’s Helsinki press conference comments and the reaction to Trump’s retraction. Mike Gallagher talks about Michael Goodwin’s article on President Trump and the Russian meddling investigation. Michael Medved disputes the allegations that President Trump’s comments rise to the level of treason. Hugh Hewitt invites Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on to talk about the July 24-26 State Department event focused on international religious freedom. Hugh Hewitt and ADF counsel Jeremy Tedesco,  discuss another critical case winding its way through the court system. Larry Elder talks about the double standard between celebrity racial comments and Papa John’s. Dennis Prager tells us why the Left gets bored so they seek out causes to take on without care of the consequences.

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Lanhee Chen: A Superb Choice for the Supreme Court


Some Democrats are hysterical over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, but they couldn’t have picked a more reasonable and thoughtful jurist to get worked up about.  Even a liberal law professor at Yale recently opined in the New York Times that Judge Kavanaugh is a “superb” nominee and his legal chops are rivaled only by some of our country’s most notable jurists.  

Indeed, those who support the rule of law have much to look forward to in a Justice Kavanaugh. He shows a reverence for the Constitution and a healthy skepticism of unbridled powers for the federal bureaucracy.  

Which brings us back to politics: Democrats have pledged to oppose him simply because he was nominated by a Republican. Let’s hope they reconsider—and give this good man the support he deserves.

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Hugh Hewitt with Tedesco on the Businessman Who Refused to Print Gay T-Shirts


Jeremy Tedesco of ADF are defending Blaine Adams’ Kentucky Supreme Court case. Blaine Adams refused to print T-shirts with gay messages on this.
Jeremy Tedesco of ADF are defending Blaine Adams’ Kentucky Supreme Court case. Blaine Adams refused to print T-shirts with gay messages on this.

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Owen Strachan: A Cultural Battle for the Restroom


If you were to ask—just a few short years ago—the site of our hottest cultural disagreement, who’d have guessed it would be the restroom?

It’s true. In recent years, Western society has faced a major push to overhaul our understanding of the sexes. We’re told our categories of “man” and “woman” are unfair … too binary. In deference to those struggling with gender identity, we’re urged to re-envision society from the ground up—or should I say, the bathroom floor up.

But this new secular orthodoxy is getting some serious pushback. Recently, The Economist ran an editorial by a “transsexual” person who said this: “Biological sex is real and is the very foundation of our species.” Author Kristina Harrison argues that denying this reality will set women and children up for exploitation.

The author is right.

There’s a better way forward that is compassionate but recognizes that we really have been created male and female.

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David Davenport: Judges Should Respect The Constitution More Than Precedent


Below the surface of Senate hearings on whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court is a tug of war that should be brought to light.  It is a battle between a judge’s commitment to follow judicial precedents versus faithfulness to the Constitution itself.

Federal courts tack right and left, as Republican and Democratic presidents appoint their judges.  More liberal judges increase federal power and conservative judges restrain it.  But when liberal courts take the law to the left, they set precedents that conservative judges feel obligated to follow, even when the decisions were not constitutionally sound.

There is value in precedent—without it the legal system would become unpredictable and unstable. But more important is following the Constitution itself. We need judges who will do both. But we don’t want slaves to precedent—whether or not that precedent is faithful to the Constitution.

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Lanhee Chen: An Alliance Worth Defending


There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether NATO—an alliance started after World War II—is still relevant in today’s world.  The answer is a simple and unequivocal “yes.” It is.

The alliance is on the front lines of our efforts to counteract Russia’s growing ambitions in Europe and beyond.  But NATO does need to evolve, to meet the growing threats of the 21st century. It should be oriented, for example, toward efforts to counter the growing threats of cyber-terrorism and Russian efforts to meddle in democratic elections in member nations.

And: NATO members must contribute their fair share. President Trump is right to press our European allies to invest more in their own defensive capacities.

But NATO has been, and continues to be, an integral part of our national  security strategy.

It’s an alliance worth defending.

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