Townhall Review – August 17, 2019
Larry Elder talks with Mercedes Schlapp, former White House Director of Strategic Communications, about how she finds herself in the frustrating role of defending the President against the absurd racism claims.
Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson talk with Mike Rogers, former House Intelligence Chairman and FBI agent about the unusual details surrounding the alleged suicide of Jeffrey Epstein.
Hugh Hewitt discusses the volatile Hong Kong situation with House member Liz Cheney.
Hugh Hewitt talks with Josh Kraushaar, political editor for National Journal about efforts by Democrats to increase gun control.
Dennis Prager talks about how textbooks, once intended as teaching tools, have become weapons for propaganda.Read More »
Townhall Review – August 3, 2019
Mike Gallagher with Eric Trump and Bob Frantz with Michael Johns, former speechwriter for President Bush ’41, all share their impressions on the recent 2nd round of Democrat debates.
Dennis Prager speaks with USA Today columnist Jim Robbins about his devastating column on Baltimore.
Hugh Hewitt turns to Harry Kazianis, Director of Korean Studies at the Center for the National Interest, for the latest on North Korea in light of the missiles fired earlier this week.
Hugh Hewitt invites Kasey Pipes, the former advisor to President George W. Bush, to share about his new book: “After the Fall: The Remarkable Comeback of Richard Nixon.”
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In a move with national implications, the California legislature halted a bill to force local governments to increase housing density. Think multiple homes on single lots and apartment buildings near transit centers.
It was a battle between Governor Gavin Newsom and Democrats on one side addressing a housing crisis, and California residents who had bought into their California dream communities on the other. Above all, it was a question of local control.
Liberals said there was no time to debate or compromise, this was a crisis. Everything in government is now wars and emergencies: Wars on poverty, crime, drugs, terror and 31 states of national emergency. We need action now.
Finally, a few Democrats who represented suburban districts said let’s take more time with this, seek something less extreme, find a compromise.
Good for them. Localism is still alive, even in California.Read More »
Few Americans realize that they currently live under some 30 states of national emergency, the oldest declared by President Jimmy Carter during the Iran hostage crisis 40 years ago. Actual emergencies come and go but emergency declarations live on.
The primary effect of a national emergency is to shift power from Congress to the president, as President Trump wanted to build his wall. Along with executive orders and domestic policy wars on poverty, crime, drugs and terror, presidents since Lyndon Johnson have been moving power from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other.
But politically, it’s a two-edged sword. When presidents seek to do things unilaterally, these actions are easily canceled and replaced by the next president. Perhaps you recall how quickly President Trump undid President Obama’s executive orders.
One day Congress will wake up and notice its primary powers are lost.Read More »