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John Podhoretz: the United States Is in a Time of Great Danger

Columnist John Podhoretz joined the Michael Medved Show to discuss his column, “It feels like America is descending into chaos.” In it, he argues that the chaos of 2017 is like that of 1968. Join Michael Medved’s premium content website at MedvedMedhead.com.

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Albert Mohler: Senator Sanders vs. Religious Liberty

Billy Graham

Bernie Sanders recently announced that he will oppose President Trump’s nominee for assistant budget director, Russell Vought, because Vought penned a blog in which he said that Muslims “stand condemned” because they have rejected Jesus Christ.

Vought’s post was a defense of his alma mater, Wheaton College, a Christian institution, and what he articulated was nothing other than historic orthodox biblical Christianity.

Senator Sanders made his position quite clear: “I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who is what this country is supposed to be about.”

Here you have a sitting United States senator rejecting a presidentially appointed candidate simply on the basis of the fact that he had the temerity to write an article defending historic Christian doctrine.

Senator Sanders would no doubt say that he’s a staunch defender of the separation of church and state, and yet what he did here was nothing less than an absolute violation of religious liberty.

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Dems Thump Republicans 11-2 in Baseball, Send Trophy to Scalise’s Office.

The Democrats, for the first time in a long time, beat the Republicans at something (The Hill). An update on Scalise: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remained in critical condition Thursday evening after undergoing a second surgery to deal with internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg following the shootout at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field, the hospital said. “The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time.” the Medstar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement, adding that Scalise has “improved in the last 24 hours” (USA Today). CNN found a way to continue partisan politics (Twitter). Unfortunately, “Dozens of congressional staffers erupted into boos, jeers and even vulgar gesticulations Thursday when President Trump appeared in a video at the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park” (Washington Times). From Peggy Noonan: What we are living through in America is not only a division but a great estrangement. It is between those who support Donald Trump and those who despise him, between left and right, between the two parties, and even to some degree between the bases of those parties and their leaders in Washington. It is between the religious and those who laugh at Your Make Believe Friend, between cultural progressives and those who wish not to have progressive ways imposed upon them. It is between the coasts and the center, between those in flyover country and those who decide what flyover will watch on television next season. It is between “I accept the court’s decision” and “Bake my cake.” We look down on each other, fear each other, increasingly hate each other. Oh, to have a unifying figure, program or party (WSJ). Meanwhile, as the shooting brings back the gun debate, a Tennessee homeowner captures and holds two escaped inmates who killed two security guards. We are all thankful that Tennessee homeowner had a gun (Fox News).

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THR 6/17/17: VA Shooting and Prager’s Response to the Anti-Gun Crowd

White House, Obamacare, shooting, Paris Climate Agreement

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich joined the Mike Gallagher Show shortly after the shooting in Virginia. Dennis Prager’s response to the anti-gun crowd: “the only effective answer is for good people to be armed.” Guy Benson, sitting in for Hugh Hewitt, interviewed columnist Byron York about fringe Democrats who would like to see Trump impeached. Prager lays out the consequences of the recent British election. Benson spoke with columnist Josh Kraushaar about the special election being held in Georgia next Tuesday. Michael Medved reports on how religion is still a major part of the social fabric in America. Law Professor John Eastman tells Larry Elder why he believes Trump is not guilty of obstruction of justice. California Democrat Chris Wiggins didn’t know what he was getting into when he joined the Larry Elder Show.

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Michael Medved: Demonizing, Dehumanizing the Opposition

Opioid

The context of the brutal assault in Alexandria, Virginia that wounded Congressman Steve Scalise sends an important public message: our elected representatives may wield enormous power but they’re still ordinary Americans who enjoy getting up early on a bright Spring morning to practice for things like a charity baseball game.

The crazed shooter had been so warped by hateful leftist propaganda that he couldn’t recognize the obvious humanity of his victims: he asked about party affiliation, and when told they were Republicans he was ready to kill. This time the targets were conservatives and the assailant was a self-styled “progressive,” but both sides have indulged the recent toxic tendency to demonize and dehumanize opponents.

The idea that disagreements over health care, taxes, and foreign policy are enough to justify violent assault is repugnant and profoundly un-American. President Trump sounded the right note when he asked the nation to respond to such hatred by coming together for the common good.

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New York Times Blames Palin for Giffords Shooting

The New York Times editorial board shocked respectable writers everywhere, insisting “when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs” (NY Times).  From the Washington Examiner: There is no proof that the Tucson shooting was inspired by the crosshairs map. There’s no evidence Loughner ever saw the map or even followed Palin. The shooter reportedly didn’t watch television, he didn’t read the news and he didn’t listen to talk radio. “He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the Left. He wasn’t on the Right,” said Loughner’s high school friend Zach Osle (Washington Examiner). From Ross Douthat, written right after the Gabby Giffords shooting (NY Times). A look at how the left reacted to the Giffords shooting in 2011 and is reacting quite differently today (Hot Air).

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Lanhee Chen: Americans

Tax Reform

As Americans, we are drawn together by so much more than what divides us. We have a common sense of purpose and destiny. And we wake up each day knowing how blessed we are to live in this remarkable country.

Even as we are saddened by news of the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others, including two Capitol Police officers who were wounded while doing their jobs, we recognize that we, as Americans, must be about so much more than what separates us.

We come together to celebrate the bravery of our first responders and marvel at those who place their lives on the line each day to protect the things we hold dear. And we come together, in spite of the pettiness and politics, to honor those who serve the public each day, selflessly and courageously.

Now is a time for us to rise above our differences. Now is a time to elevate the tone of our public discussions—and to remember that our fates are tied together, as Americans.

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