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Hugh Hewitt: Winning In Washington

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What does it mean to “win” in Washington? I’ve long described “progress” as the ongoing, incremental expansion of liberty and literacy in a growing number stable regimes in or aligned with the West. And by that definition, much of the agenda of President Trump’s administration could well be described as “winning.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have become the domestic policy stars of the Trump administration, joining Defense Secretary Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary Kelly and CIA Director Pompeo as foreign policy counterparts off to successful starts. Each of the five brought to the task discipline and passion to lead their agencies.

The key, however, is that all five have sought and received buy-ins from the president and Vice President Pence on their policy directions and priorities—and, even more, that they pursue and defend their missions with little or no reference to the raging battle between the West Wing and the media elites.

Any assessment of the Trump administration ought to include a clear-eyed evaluation of where they are in fact wining.

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Hugh Hewitt: Americans And Contact Sports

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The United States of America isn’t defined by Beltway or Manhattan elites, nor by those in Los Angeles or Silicon Valley. The mainstream media gets its cues from the collective consciousness of these four isolated reserves of great power, wealth and fame.

Donald Trump’s sparring with elites, though, is deeply satisfying to much of the rest of the country that doesn’t live in those four sectors… at least that sparring is satisfactory most of the time. There’s a limit, however, to how much good the president does by dominating media. The president met and exceeded that limit with the escalation of his war with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski via tweets. These tweets were wrong because they were cruel. They don’t energize the base, except at its far fringes. They shrink it.

Americans do love contact sports. We swoon for heated rhetoric. If Trump can resolve to stay combative but back off cruel, it won’t matter whether he tweets once or 100 times a day.

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Hugh Hewitt: Happy Fourth Of July

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As we continue the long days of summer and of celebrations like the Fourth of July or family vacations, it is important to keep in mind that across large parts of the world the idea of either freedom or leisure much less both is so far off as to be the stuff of legend. For us, it’s a “taken for granted” annual ritual.

We are so blessed that we often simply forget to count those blessings and marvel at their largely uninterrupted enjoyment for 200-plus years. No, we are not a perfect nation, not even close, but we are the best hope of mankind, exceptional for all of our history and ever more so as the world collapses in so many places into abject barbarianism.

Our political leaders and our courts may disappoint. Our common culture may disparage our uniqueness, but the facts of history do not lie.

In the face of our many imperfections, we should all give thanks for living in this time and in this country.

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THR 6/17/17: VA Shooting and Prager’s Response to the Anti-Gun Crowd

White House, Obamacare, shooting, Paris Climate Agreement

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich joined the Mike Gallagher Show shortly after the shooting in Virginia. Dennis Prager’s response to the anti-gun crowd: “the only effective answer is for good people to be armed.” Guy Benson, sitting in for Hugh Hewitt, interviewed columnist Byron York about fringe Democrats who would like to see Trump impeached. Prager lays out the consequences of the recent British election. Benson spoke with columnist Josh Kraushaar about the special election being held in Georgia next Tuesday. Michael Medved reports on how religion is still a major part of the social fabric in America. Law Professor John Eastman tells Larry Elder why he believes Trump is not guilty of obstruction of justice. California Democrat Chris Wiggins didn’t know what he was getting into when he joined the Larry Elder Show.

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Hugh Hewitt: Wait Upon The Facts

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Former FBI director Robert Mueller enjoys deep and wide respect inside and outside of the Beltway, among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

Of course: Now he’s Special Counsel with unique independence in addition to his formal authority that comes from the Department of Justice’s regulations.

For purposes of the investigation into Russia’s attack on our elections in 2016, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is the Acting Attorney General and technically Mueller’s supervisor. But it’s almost impossible to imagine circumstances in which Mr. Rosenstein would attempt to guide or influence Mr. Mueller.

Both men are long serving public servants and career prosecutors. Both deserve the respect they have earned and Mueller especially needs time to get his investigation staffed and grounded.

When it’s all over Mueller will have an overwhelming presumption of integrity on his side whether his findings hurt Republicans or Democrats.

Pundits especially should be very leery of rushing to judgment about anything connected to the Russia investigation.  Wait upon the facts and Mr Mueller.

Wait upon the facts.

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THR 6/10/17: Comey Testifies on His Tense Interactions with Trump

White House, Obamacare, shooting, Paris Climate Agreement

Michael Medved looks in depth at the recent terror attacks in London. Walid Phares, advisor on terrorism to both the Romney and Trump presidential campaigns, joined the Mike Gallagher show. Also, Medved analyzes former FBI Director James Comey’s written testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on his interactions with President Trump. Mike Gallagher speaks with HotAir.com’s Ed Morrissey on the credibility problem for James Comey. Gallagher then turns to Marc Morano, founder of TheClimateDepot.com to discuss America pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. Hugh Hewitt talks with Senator Mike Lee about his new book, “Written out of History.” Dennis Prager and Michael Oren, author and former Israel Ambassador to the U.S, honor the 50th anniversary of Israel’s miraculous victory in the Six Day War.

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THR 6/3/17: Trump Withdraws America from Paris Climate Agreement

White House, Obamacare, shooting, Paris Climate Agreement

Townhall.com political editor Guy Benson covers the repeal and replace effort of Obamacare with Mike Gallagher. Michael Medved looks at the outcome of the high profile congressional race won by Greg Gianforte in Montana. The Heritage Foundation’s Brett Schaefer tells Mike Gallager about the major mess known as the Paris Climate Agreement. Rep. Ken Buck talks about his new book, “Drain the Swamp” on the Hugh Hewitt Show. Senator Tom Cotton discusses the state of the economy on the Gallagher Show. Larry Elder interviews Opal Singleton, author of “Seduced, the Grooming of America’s Teenagers.” Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld joins the Hewitt Show. Michael Medved examines a new poll evaluating Americans’ view of American values.

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