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Hugh Hewitt: Gina Haspel Ought to Be Confirmed


While CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as the next secretary of state looks to be a done deal, whether his deputy, Gina Haspel, will be confirmed as the first female director of “the Agency” is less certain.

Haspel has dedicated her adult life to protecting the country, often in far-off, dangerous places, with great distinction. Nevertheless, it seems some on the left want to re-litigate the early years of the post-9/11 world. They want to debate “enhanced interrogation techniques” again, like waterboarding.

Serious people understand that all young intelligence operators will be watching this proceeding, deciding whether the hard choices they are being asked to make right now are going to be subject to show trials years or even decades down the road.

Gina Haspel ought to be confirmed.

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Hugh Hewitt: Pompeo Nomination is Good News for State Department


On my first show for MSNBC last June, I sat down with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, now President Trump’s nominee for secretary of state. A quick read of the transcript will reassure any fair-minded person that a much-needed infusion of talent and presidential trust is on the way.

First in his class at West Point and an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Pompeo got key experience in the ways of the Washington swamp at the law firm Williams & Connolly before going as far as possible from it to Wichita to launch a successful career in business and then Congress.

Most importantly, Pompeo agrees with Trump’s priorities and understands that his job is to serve Trump’s agenda, not create one of his own. Like George Shultz with President Reagan and Henry Kissinger with President Nixon, the boss needs a trusted right arm, not a distant figure of uncertain commitment to core presidential goals.

Good news Pompeo at State!

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Murder at the Border

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Townhall Review – November 25, 2017

Violence strikes again on the U.S southern border, this time it is the murder of a Border Patrol Officer. U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses the issue with Sam Malone, sitting in for Mike Gallagher. Fred Flietz, former CIA Analyst, now with the Center for Security Policy gives Rose Tennent, in for Dennis Prager, an update on the Mueller investigation. Robert Costa of the Washington Post shares the latest with the tax bill. Selena Zito of the Washington Examiner speaks with Hugh Hewitt about the harassment accusations against U.S Senator Al Franken. Michael Medved speaks with Arthur Brooks, President and CEO of the American Enterprise Institute on how to make the current tax system better. Hugh Hewitt invites writer-director Stephen Chbosky to share about his latest movie, “Wonder,” which has seen a roar of approval at the theaters. Lawrence O’Donnell, host of MNSBC’s The Last Word shares about his fascinating book: Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and Transformation of American Politics. Wrapping up the show, Michael Medved sarcastically reveals who his prestigious Golden Turkey Award goes to. Tune in to find out who it is!

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America Responds to Attack in Las Vegas

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Townhall Review – October 7, 2017

In the wake of the Vegas Massacre, President Trump issued an address to the nation. Hugh Hewitt invites David Drucker of the Washington Examiner to share on how crises like Vegas give Democrats far and wide opportunity to call for gun control. Dennis Prager shows how the problem isn’t with guns but with the moral unraveling of the country’s Judeo-Christian values. Mike Baker, a former covert operations officer with the CIA joins Kevin McCullough to discuss what measures can be taken to ensure the safety of our citizens from attacks like the one in Las Vegas. Dennis Prager takes a look at the incident involving a now fired CBS News employee whose words went a step too far. Finally, Michael Medved looks at the faith and unity that continues to be a big part of our great country.

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THR 3/11/17: The Nightmare of Obamacare Is About to End

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On the Hugh Hewitt Show, Senator Ron Johnson calls the unknown person who leaked confidential CIA materials a traitor. Vice President Mike Pence joins the Mike Gallagher Show to explain what is in the health care bill that will replace Obamacare. Conversation about the new bill continues with Hugh Hewitt who interviews Texas Congressman Kevin Brady. Mike Gallagher speaks with National Review’s Andrew McCarthy about President Trump’s claims that Obama wiretapped him during the presidential campaign. Senator Tom Cotton weighs in on North Korea’s latest provocations and shares what President Trump has done to help protect allies in the region. Michael Medved reports on Middlebury College—the latest example of “tolerant” liberals who verbally attacked a speaker because of his conservative views. Ronna Romney McDaniel, the former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, brings Mike Gallagher up to date on the strength of the Republican Party. Larry Elder exposes the hypocrisy of those who attacked Dr. Ben Carson for calling slaves who were brought to America immigrants.

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Greg Thornbury: A Dangerous Data Dump

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By now, news has spread to both the citizens and enemies of the United States from the WikiLeaks recent data dump on the covert monitoring practices of the CIA.

Nearly 9,000 pages of documents reveal how the agency can use smartphones, truck consoles, dashboards, and even Samsung TVs to listen in on conversations that might lead to the arrest or capture of terrorists or other criminals seeking to do harm in America.

When asked about the breach, political analyst Charles Krauthammer said something characteristically astute: if we’re spending so much time doing extreme vetting of visitors from, say, Yemen, why aren’t we doing extreme vetting of contractors who work for the NSA?

These contractors then (like Edward Snowden) turn around and provide access to Julian Assange to expose state secrets to everyone—which includes barbaric terrorists whose goal is to destroy the United States.

Maybe it’s time for America to start paying more attention to the threats from within.

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