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Michael Medved: Hanukkah Affirms History Over Fantasy

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During the eight-day festival of Hanukkah, it’s worthwhile to connect the holiday to recent controversies surrounding Jerusalem. The joyous holiday celebrates the purification and re-dedication of Jerusalem’s Second Temple in 164 BC, but today the official Palestinian position denies that this Temple ever even existed. That absurd notion not only contradicts hundreds of references in both Old and New Testaments, but also goes against incontrovertible historical and archaeological evidence.

This unbending extremism under-girds Palestinian insistence that Jewish people have no valid claims to any portion of Jerusalem—and their furious reaction to President Trump’s recognition of the Holy City as Israel’s capital. Neither the Trump administration nor the Israeli government rules out the idea that peace negotiations might one day establish a Palestinian capital in some section of Jerusalem.

But until Islamic extremists recognize the region’s actual history and drop the ridiculous fantasy of “Temple Denial,” there can be no progress—and no peace.

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Albert Mohler: A Political Earthquake In Alabama

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A political earthquake recently occurred in the state of Alabama.

For the first time since 1992, the voters of Alabama elected a Democrat to the United States Senate. That Democrat, Doug Jones, bested Republican Roy Moore who was embroiled in accusations of sexual misconduct with women who were minors at the time.

Ever since the 2016 presidential election, many people in America have been asking how voters will resolve the conflict between political convictions and the character of a candidate. 2016 clearly tested Republicans and, in particular, conservative Christians on this question, but it was a deeper test in Alabama.

What we find is that an incredible number of Republican voters in Alabama simply did not vote. They could not vote for a pro-abortion candidate like Doug Jones but they also would not vote for a Republican like Roy Moore.

The voters of Alabama demonstrated that there are limits to conservative tolerance when it comes to questions of character.

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Why Those FBI Emails Matter

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Townhall Review — December 16, 2017

Hugh Hewitt invites Congressman Jim Jordan to share the latest about the growing FBI scandal and conspiracy surrounding the unreleased FBI emails. Kimberly Strassel, of the Wall Street Journal, who has been tracking every twist and turn of this story, shares more on this story with Dennis Prager. Following the Alabama Senate election, Hugh Hewitt speaks with Congressman Mike Gallagher about what the election implications will be in Congress. Tom Von Essen, former commissioner of the New York Fire Department, shares how difficult it is to stop people who are on a mission to do harm. Larry Elder examines some of the racial accusations directed toward President Trump after his attending a civil rights museum opening in Mississippi. Michael Medved turns to his brother Jonathan Medved, a prominent business leader in Israel, to share about the announcement of the President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Mike Gallagher turns to Mollie Hemmingway, senior editor at the Federalist, to explain the “fake news” surrounding the Trump Russia story.

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Jerry Bowyer: A Necessary Fix On Tax Reform

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The Senate version of tax reform has a hidden problem which needs to be addressed. It would greatly increase the tax burden on companies which are in debt. When a company expands operations, by say, building a factory, they usually borrow money to do it.

The tax code has always allowed business to take the cost of that borrowing into account when they calculate their profit for the sensible reason that it is a cost of doing business. Tax reform is cutting that back, and the Senate version is cutting it back severely, especially for companies that own a lot of heavy equipment such as miners and manufacturers, exactly the type of companies that we’re trying to revive as part of the Trump growth agenda.

If we get this wrong, during the next downturn, we may well see an epidemic of high growth and heavy equipment companies driven into bankruptcy by their inability to pay their old debt and their new taxes on it at the same time.

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Michael Medved: A Great Movie’s Misleading Message

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The magnificent new Churchill movie, “Darkest Hour,” easily counts among the year’s best, but a crucial scene sends a message the real Sir Winston would have hated.

In the movie, the Prime Minister wavers over starting peace talks with Hitler, and on the way to a cabinet meeting, he wanders into the Underground—London’s subway. He asks the opinions of ordinary Englishmen in his car, and—only when they tell him to keep fighting at all costs—does he convey that message to Parliament in the famous, “we shall fight on the beaches” speech.

It’s a touching sequence, but totally misleading: Churchill never rode the Underground, and never shared the comforting, populist notion that leaders should take direction and inspiration from the common man. Like Reagan, Thatcher or Lincoln, Churchill knew that great leaders must provide inspiration and direction to the masses, not the other way around.

That’s a role today’s leading figures must learn, and embrace.

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Lanhee Chen: Confirm Azar as New Secretary for Health and Human Services

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President Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

It’s an important job, as the future of Obamacare hangs in the balance and Republicans continue to express their desire to repeal and replace the law.

Azar is highly qualified for the post: He served as the number two official at the department—and its chief counsel—during the George W. Bush Administration. He was a law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia. And he’s been a senior executive at one of America’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

Some Democrats have suggested that this private sector experience makes Azar the wrong person to help conquer the opioid crisis and to lower drug costs. But they’re wrong. It’s precisely his experience inside the industry that helps him to better understand how we can address these pressing concerns. It’s no exaggeration to say that few people understand the health care policy environment better than Azar.

The Senate is now considering his nomination. Here’s to hoping that they move quickly to confirm Azar, so he can get to work as soon as possible.

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Albert Mohler: The Truth About The American Bar Association

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The American Bar Association has recently tipped its hand, showing how very partisan it has become.
Joe Palazzolo, writing at the Wall Street Journal, reports that “tensions between Senate Republicans and the bar association, the largest organization of lawyers in the nation, have escalated in recent weeks after the ABA pronounced a Nebraska lawyer unfit to serve on the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.”

Why? Because of his, “‘deeply-held social agenda.’’

The nominee, Mr. Steven Grasz, said that a member of the ABA evaluation committee who interviewed him repeatedly referred to Republicans and conservatives as “you guys” or “you people” and also asked for Mr. Grasz’s personal views on abortion, the death penalty and adoption by same-sex couples.

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska got it exactly right when he said, “We should completely dispel with the fiction that the American Bar Association is a fair and impartial arbiter of facts.”

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