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Obama’s Feeble Responses on Russia at His Final Press Conference

Michael Medved plays clips from President Obama’s last press conference where he covers the topic of Russian interference in the presidential election. Join Michael Medved’s premium content website at MedvedMedhead.com.

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Thornbury: A Pragmatic Pick

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The nomination former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State by President Elect Donald Trump caught most political observers off-guard. Some expressed “serious concerns” about the pick, citing Tillerson’s past business ties to Vladimir Putin. Others severely criticized the ex-CEO’s record on abortion and LGBT advocacy issues. There’s so much controversy that he might not be confirmed.

So what should we make of this choice? Call it the Trump mindset. Look at his cabinet choices: not many lawyers, bureaucrats, or politicians. The President Elect is less concerned by what people think than what they’ve built.

He’s profoundly anti-ideological. He’s interested in America getting the best “deal” abroad. He thinks that’s what the American people voted for.

Despite all of the criticisms — Trump thinks people voted for him to find “doers” and the political class has failed to convince him they’re up to the job.

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Mohler: Scott Pruitt Ought to Be Confirmed

President-elect Donald Trump continues to make news with his announcements for positions within his administration. One confirmation battle to watch is that of current Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt selected by Trump as the new administrator for the EPA—the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Washington Post made the case against Pruitt in their editorial titled: “A man who rejects settled science on climate change should not lead the EPA.”

They cite a statement in an article made by Pruitt in National Review back in May when he wrote that debate on climate change is “far from settled.” He also said that “debate should be encouraged.”

It was a carefully-worded statement. Pruitt does not deny that there is a human impact on the climate. He doesn’t deny what’s called now the reality of climate change. He says that the debate is not settled and the degree and the extent of global warming is not yet fully known.

Scott Pruitt ought to be confirmed … and yes: the debate over climate ought to be encouraged.

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House Republicans Plot Quick Obamacare Repeal

The story also notes “Aides … said Republicans are committed to using what is known as “regular order,” in which legislation is passed through committees instead of being crafted at the last minute behind closed doors” (Washington Examiner).  From Ed Morrissey on Democrats:  Facing perhaps the most daunting election in decades, at least a few of them have finally figured out that ObamaCare kicked off their long trek into the wilderness. Now that many of them will have to answer for it in 2018, they’re suddenly a lot more open about working with Republicans on an alternative — after the GOP kills ObamaCare for them first (Hot Air).  From another story on the subject:  Twenty-five Democrats are on the ballot in 2018, including 10 in states that Donald Trump just won. The GOP is betting that many or most in the latter group will be under irresistible pressure to back an Obamacare replacement, if the alternative is leaving millions of people in the lurch without insurance (Politico).  They must hurry, costs continue to skyrocket (Washington Times).

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THR 12/17/16: Hillary Blames Fake News for Her Loss … What’s Next?

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Mike Gallagher talks with former CIA agent Gary Berntsen about the Democrats’ claims that the Russians interfered with the presidential election. Dennis Prager looks at the left’s hysteria over fake news. Hugh Hewitt talks interviews Trump’s soon to be Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about the president-elect’s top priorities once taking office. Hewitt also chats with columnist Bret Stephens about Russia’s role in destabilizing the world and thwarting U.S. interests. Michael Medved examines video game addiction in the U.S. Mike Gallagher learns more about Michael Medved’s latest book on divine providence in the U.S. Larry Elder wraps up the program with another look at fake news and a Hillary supporter.

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Chen: Repeal And Deliver

Republicans in Washington are committed to repealing Obamacare right away.  What they’ve been less enthusiastic about is putting the same timetable on passing policies that would replace Obamacare with market-oriented reforms.

An idea called “repeal and delay” has become quite popular with Republicans.  This would allow them to take a quick vote to get rid of Obamacare, but delay the actual repeal of the law for a few years while they come up with policies to replace it.

Such a strategy is wrongheaded.

Repeal of Obamacare should be accompanied by reforms that will lower costs, ensure the continuation of coverage, and reduce federal regulation of our health care system.  Republicans have been debating and discussing these ideas for years.  By kicking the can down the road, and promising that they’ll come up with a replacement for Obamacare in the future, Republicans only place their own political fortunes—and the health care system—at risk.

They need to not just repeal Obamacare, but be prepared to put good ideas in its place, right away.

 

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Mohler: “We Don’t Get Religion”

The Executive Editor for the New York Times has made a most amazing revelation.

Dean Baquet said: “We don’t get religion.”

It was in an interview with Terry Gross on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” program.

Listen carefully as he explains how they want to change in wake of the 2016 election:

I want to make sure that we are much more creative about beats out in the country so that we understand that anger and disconnectedness that people feel. … I think that the New York-based and Washington-based too probably, media powerhouses don’t quite get religion. We have a fabulous religion writer, but she’s all alone. We don’t get religion. We don’t get the role of religion in people’s lives.

The executive editor of the New York Times admits that they, “do not get religion.”

It is rare candor and much-appreciated clarity.

Mr. Baquet admits that they really don’t understand how so many of their neighbors think and why they think as they think.

Let’s hope he can work to change that.

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