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Lanhee Chen: The $1.9 Trillion Spending Bonanza

During his presidential campaign last year, and as recently as in his Inaugural Address, President Biden promised to work together with Republicans to solve our country’s biggest problems.

He’s already broken that promise.

President Biden is relying on party-line support to pass a $1.9 trillion spending bonanza that includes hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out liberal states like New York, Illinois, and California. This despite the fact that ten Republican Senators presented him with an alternative approach that would have addressed the health and economic challenges created by COVID-19. It was a good faith offer that could have been the start of negotiations over a compromise bill. But Biden rejected the GOP offer out of hand and chose to work only with Democrats.

Now, “Biden World” is reportedly planning to run negative ads against Republicans who don’t vote for Biden’s spending package. It’s a long way from the bipartisanship the president promised.

What a shame.

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Democrats Cling to Pandemic Paranoia

Townhall Review for February 20, 2021

Hugh Hewitt talks with Florida Congressman Michael Waltz about his efforts boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in China.

Hugh Hewitt and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton talk about politics involved in reopening schools.

Mike Gallagher takes a closer look at an New York Post column by Karol Markowicz on why the new Biden Administration is treating the COVID-19 pandemic as a long-term problem even as vaccines are being distributed.

Larry Elder looks at teachers unions continued fight to keep educators our of the classrooms even when current science says our children should be back in school.

Hugh Hewitt talks with former Bush Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, about the current feud between former President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell.

Amy Jacobson and guest host Paul Vallas talk with screenwriter Andrew Klavan about the increasing attacks on conservative opinion from the right.

Dennis Prager pays tribute to Rush Limbaugh, a pioneer of conservative talk radio.

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Hugh Hewitt: Our Children: Key Victims of Pandemic Politics

If you’re a parent or a grandparent of school-aged children, I am sure you’ve been tracking with the fact that:

One: School-aged children are safe if they return to school.

And two:

President Biden was elected with a promise to get our kids back into school.

The Associated Press came out with a story this week that amounts to little more than fake news—the real sort of fake news.

The headline was simple: “Union approves deal with Chicago schools to return to class.”

That sounds great, but it’s five paragraphs in when we learn—and I quote—“No plans have been set for high school students, who will continue with online learning.”

The headline ought to have been: Union approves deal with Chicago schools not to return to class.

Chicago is like L.A., which is like New York City—cities with enormously powerful public employee unions—unions that virtually run their Democratic parties, which do indeed run their cities. The teacher unions are operating with a concern for their pensions and with an effort to keep their members at home.

Our young ones are paying the price.

Reopen the schools and reopen them now.

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Ed Morrissey: Biden Administration Plan A: Overreach

The first moves of President Biden’s unity administration show he is taking a page from his former boss’ playbook. Biden’s demands on immigration and COVID-19 relief provide an eerie echo to President Barack Obama’s pretensions of bipartisanship. Twelve years ago almost to the day, Obama told Republicans “I won” rather than allow the GOP meaningful input on his $900 billion stimulus plan for the 2009 economic crisis. He later did the same on Obamacare, using parliamentary tricks rather than working with Republicans on the massive overhaul.

The national media allowed Obama to define himself as the center and therefore cast all of his critics as driven purely by partisanship rather than legitimate policy concerns.
Both President Biden and the media should recall how that worked out for Democrats in the midterms. Their overreach produced a massive rebuke in 2010 from which they have yet to recover. Engagement is the wiser course not just for Democrats but also for the health of the nation.

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Kristen Waggoner: In Defense of Women and Women’s Athletics

On day one, President Biden signed an executive order that guts federal legal protections for women by allowing males into female athletics—effectively sidelining women in their own sports and forcing girls and women to share intimate spaces with males who identify as female.

ADF is currently challenging a Connecticut policy where males have taken 15 women’s state championship titles, depriving females of medals, opportunities and fair competition.

Men and women are equal, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t legitimate differences between us. We all lose when the law fails to recognize those differences—and women and girls lose the most.

Pushing back through the courts on this far left administration has never been more critical.

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Lanhee Chen: Rejoining the WHO

The Biden Administration announced in their first week that the US is rejoining the World Health Organization. But the WHO is a flawed group—one that has performed poorly while the world has struggled with COVID-19. Early on, the group was far too deferential to China, even parroting Beijing’s early claim that the virus could not be transmitted between humans. Since then, an independent panel concluded that the WHO dithered in its response, waiting too long to declare an international emergency. All the while, the WHO has continued to block Taiwan’s participation because of political objections from the Chinese government, despite the fact that the world has much to learn from Taiwan’s exceptional response to the virus.

Before rejoining the WHO, we should have demanded some accountability and reform from the group for the $400 million in taxpayer dollars we send to it each year. It looks like we’ll keep on writing blank checks to the WHO—which they are more than happy to keep cashing.

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Hugh Hewitt: GOP Leaders: Looking Forward

When President Biden completes his oath of office on Wednesday, Senator Mitch McConnell goes from being the most effective Senate Majority Leader the Republicans have had in my lifetime to being the equal of the most influential Senate Minority Leader in history—given the 50/50 split in the Senate.

The GOP’s de facto leader is now McConnell. He’s certainly its most powerful figure and his vast abilities are going to be necessary as a check on the Biden Administration. To guard against a return to the appeasement that defined the Obama years, he’ll be assisted by soon-to-be former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and key leaders in the Senate like Tom Cotton of Arkansas. On the domestic front, McConnell will counsel will successful governors like Ron DeSantis of Florida and Doug Ducey of Arizona. His colleague in the House, Kevin McCarthy will remain his key partner.

But it is to McConnell that Republicans should look now—and Republicans are blessed to have him.

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