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Hugh Hewitt: A Hard Lesson: Presidents Don’t Get Mulligans

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On Monday, the president gave a formal response to the alt-right, neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville in which he denounced the KKK, racism and neo-Nazi groups in no uncertain terms. He ought to be commended for his clear statement on Monday.

But—there’s no doubt about it—he ought to have made that statement on Saturday and he ought not to have given that press conference on Tuesday.

It’s a hard lesson but a lesson that’s worth stating: presidents don’t get mulligans.

When the Challenger exploded, President Reagan had Peggy Noonan to help him step up and meet his moment.

But, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, President George W. Bush chose not to go to New Orleans—and missed.

And, of course, President Obama called ISIS the jayvee team.

Unfortunately, as a president you never get back your mistakes. All you can do is make good the best you can.

Ronald Reagan had Peggy Noonan and Peter Robinson to help him—immediately—to rise to the occasion and not miss the moment.

George W. Bush had Michael Gerson and Marc Thiessen.

What President Trump needs is a similar set of talents that help him take the crisis moments and use his place of leadership to draw our fractured nation together.

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Albert Mohler: Why Is It Fine to Criticize Christianity but Not Islam?

Billy Graham

A public radio station in Berkeley, California, KPFA, recently dis-invited world-renowned scientist Richard Dawkins due to his alleged “abusive speech” about Islam.

Over the years, Richard Dawkins has basically insulted the intelligence of anyone and everyone who believes in God. He has made extremely caustic comments about Christianity and every other theistic worldview, including Islam.

Dawkins says the station’s accusation that he has engaged in abusive speech about Islam is libel. Moreover, he points out, “I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticize Christianity but not Islam?”

Now that’s a really good question. Why is Richard Dawkins not de-platformed for criticizing Christianity, but rather for Islam? It is because of the very twisted understanding of sensibilities, the redefinition of speech, and the protection of certain groups rather than others.

The story also sadly tells us how a radio station that’s supposed to serve the public in encouraging and allowing conversation, instead can and will simply shut it down.

 

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Hugh Hewitt: Supporting Our Troops in Dangerous Times

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Recently an Iranian drone came within 100 yards of an American F-18 in the Persian Gulf. After a U.S. Navy ship fired warning shot, an Iran Navy patrol boat charged our ship before veering away.

Recently I asked National Security Advisor General H. R. McMaster if the rules of engagement for U.S. forces operating in close proximity to the increasingly reckless Iranian forces were clear. General McMaster gave an emphatic “yes”—and also noted that President Trump would stand behind any American commander taking steps to protect his soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

This was a great message to hear from National Security Advisor McMaster—especially given the many dangers our forces are facing down around the planet.

He made it clear that he is—and the President is—backing up American troops in harm’s way. It’s been too many years since such a policy was explicitly stated and backed by the Commander in Chief.

Good for McMaster.

Good for President Trump.

And good for our military.

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Lanhee Chen: The Real-World Impact of Regulatory Reform

Tax Reform

On the campaign trail last year, Donald Trump vowed repeatedly to cut and limit federal regulations that threaten to kill jobs and restrict economic growth.

So far, he’s made good on that promise.

A study just out from the American Action Network found that in their first six months, the Trump administration has proposed regulations at a far slower rate than during a similar period of time during the Obama administration.

And for every new regulation the Trump administration has proposed, they have cut sixteen existing ones.

The impact of these changes is both dramatic and impressive. The report concludes that President Trump has imposed 1/20th of the lifetime costs, 1/11th of the annual costs, and 1/8th of the paperwork burden that President Obama did during his first 100 days in office.

Regulatory reform doesn’t grab headlines, and the mainstream media doesn’t often talk about its impact. But make no mistake. President Trump’s policy in this area will pay big dividends for America’s workers, its companies, and our nation’s economy.

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Hugh Hewitt: The Media’s Hyperbole Over Trump’s “Fire and Fury” Comments

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President Trump’s “fire and fury” comments about North Korea set off the predictable hyperbole among his blindly furious foes on the cable shows, few of whom seem to grasp that the North Korea crisis has been growing since almost the Armistice was signed and accelerating since Bill Clinton’s much-celebrated then and understood as disastrous today deal of 1994.

Neither George W. Bush’s nor Barack Obama’s various diplomatic overtures yielded much besides more tests, more time, and now more nukes and missiles. Blunt—indeed provocative—talk may or may not work but it can’t be said that Trump was upsetting a successful strategy put in motion by his predecessors.

The villain on the Korean peninsula is Kim Jung Un. American media in love with hating Donald Trump can continue in their patterns, but suggesting Trump is somehow the source of the problem in Pyongyang is a poker tell of incredible ignorance about the region, and perhaps a fundamental inability to report the news.

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It’s Time to Focus on the North Korean Madman

White House, Obamacare, shooting, Paris Climate Agreement

Townhall Review–August 12, 2017.

Hugh Hewitt speaks with Congressman Mike Gallagher, a former Marine and a member of the House and Armed Services Committee about the direct threat N Korea posses against the U.S air base in Guam. Hewitt also interviews Robert Costa, reporter for the Washington Post, about President’s Trump’s recent heated rhetoric towards N Korea. Sam Malone, from AM1070 The Answer in Houston, turned to Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis on how this N Korean threat is viewed from the Pentagon. Hewitt interviews David Drucker, senior political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, on Google Engineer James Damore being fired for a memo questioning the company’s overt and aggressive political correctness. Michael Medved discusses with Dr. Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and author of “Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth,” about the political correctness taking over many college campuses. Hugh Hewitt speaks with Angel Aloma, executive director of Food for the Poor, on how to help the conditions of the Haitian people. Dennis Prager interviews Andrew Apter, a professor at UCLA, on why he called Prager a hateful bigot. Michael Medved talks about the cuddling industry, yes, the cuddling industry.

 

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Albert Mohler: Oregon to Compel Its Citizens to Pay for Abortion

Billy Graham

Oregon legislators earlier in the summer adopted legislation that will now make Oregon not only the state with the most liberal abortion laws in the nation, but also the only state that will now compel all of its citizens to pay for abortion.

As the editors of the National Review commented, “Once upon a time, Democrats wanted abortion to be ‘safe, legal, and rare.’ Today, that mantra is ‘unregulated, on demand, and’—in the state of Oregon—‘free.’”

ABC News indicated just how radical this law is saying, “The Oregon bill is unique . . . in that patients would have access to the procedure for virtually any reason, at any time, including sex-selective and late-term abortions.”

Now, that’s not a conservative website or a conservative politician or theological figure making this remark. It’s ABC News noting that the radical nature of this law comes down to the fact that taxpayers in Oregon are now going to be by this legislative decree not only complicit in abortion, but complicit in abortion for any reason.

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