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Michael Medved: An Outrage Should Inspire Bi-Partisan Action


In Central California, a gang-connected illegal immigrant shot and killed a local cop who, with his wife, had just celebrated a newborn son. The 32-year-old shooter already had two drunk driving arrests and bragged on social media about his street gang membership. The Sheriff’s office that arrested him complained about California’s “sanctuary policies”—not because they deliberately protect criminals, but because they block cooperation between local authorities and federal immigration officials to apprehend the bad guys.

This tragic loss ought to persuade Americans—left, right and center—to rethink an obnoxious obstacle to law enforcement. It should also inspire bi-partisan efforts to draft new laws to keep firearms out of the hands of illegals; even the strongest defenders of the Second Amendment must recognize it was never meant to protect gun rights for those who live in the country illegally.

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Medved: “Fake History” Worse than “Fake News” on Immigration


A recent article in The American Spectator badly mischaracterized our history when the author claimed that after 1965’s immigration reform—and I quote—“the quality of America’s immigrant intake has declined … Immigrants are less educated than they were in the past…. That burdens the country, but it’s very Heaven for an American aristocracy, which can hire cheap labor.”[end quote]

Now, this screed not only ignores engineers and entrepreneurs who’ve led recent waves from India, China and elsewhere, but romanticizes our past. Millions arrived from Ireland, Poland, Italy and Greece but they weren’t well-educated or highly skilled; most were destitute laborers, like my Russian-Jewish, barrel-maker grandfather.

The problem for immigrants today isn’t their “low quality”; it’s the efforts by multi-culturalists on the left and restrictionists on the right to block their healthy progress toward assimilation and Americanization.

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The Good and Bad from the Helsinki Summit


Townhall Review – July 21, 2018

Hugh Hewitt is joined by Dr. Kori Schake, Deputy Director for the International Institute of Strategic Studies, for a discussion on President Trump’s Helsinki press conference comments and the reaction to Trump’s retraction. Mike Gallagher talks about Michael Goodwin’s article on President Trump and the Russian meddling investigation. Michael Medved disputes the allegations that President Trump’s comments rise to the level of treason. Hugh Hewitt invites Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on to talk about the July 24-26 State Department event focused on international religious freedom. Hugh Hewitt and ADF counsel Jeremy Tedesco,  discuss another critical case winding its way through the court system. Larry Elder talks about the double standard between celebrity racial comments and Papa John’s. Dennis Prager tells us why the Left gets bored so they seek out causes to take on without care of the consequences.

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Trump Shifts on Border Issue: Uses Executive Order to Keep Families Together


Townhall Review – June 23, 2018

Hugh Hewitt shares his reaction to the IG report saying the FBI has let us down. Michael Medved and Andrew McCarthy, former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, and long-time friend of James Comey, also discuss the report. Hugh Hewitt and Senator Tom Cotton talk about illegal immigration and the separation of children from their parents. Mike Gallagher and Rich Lowry of the National Review attempt to explain the illegal immigration family separation issue. Larry Elder put together a string of tough talk on immigration from both the Left and the Right that include President Clinton, Senator Harry Reid and President Obama. Dennis Prager and Gina Pastore discuss her book, Picking Up My Shattered PiecesMike Gallagher highlights why certain news stories are deemed “more worthy” of media attention.

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An Early Look at the 2018 Election


Townhall Review — June 02, 2018

Hugh Hewitt turns to Tim Alberta of Politico for clarity on the upcoming November midterm elections. Mike Gallagher discusses the recent Florida Publix “die-in” initiated by David Hogg has caused Publix to capitulate to Hogg’s demands. Hugh Hewitt speaks with Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargon, who signed and a press release explaining a what is really happening to the children at the U.S Mexico Border. Michael Medved discusses the NFL’s new less than acceptable policy on the National Anthem. Larry Elder speaks with Tom Harris, Executive Director of the International Climate-Science Coalition on his recent article on global warming. Michael Medved invites Christiana Holcomb of Alliance Defending Freedom to share about her case involving a High School student’s right to privacy related to opposite-sex bathroom usage. Hugh Hewitt speaks with author and columnist Selina Zito on her latest project called “The Mainstreet Project,” in which she invites kids to be immersed in Western PA culture, much of which has been lost.

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Hugh Hewitt: Trump the Builder

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President Trump’s opening words of his State of the Union Address were his entire message, “A clear vision, a righteous mission.” The speech was 100 percent pure Trump, because he was first, and remains primarily, a builder: first of towers, then of a television show, then of the most unorthodox campaign in American history, now of a presidency of concrete achievement. Like any builder, he touches up the obvious cracks, the unnecessary and off-putting cruelty in the harsh attacks, and then he sells the best features. He’s building his record, and he’s patching it up as he goes.

So, in this very big, very crucial speech, the big things were immigrants and building: integration of new communities, the “Dreamers,” intervention in the lives of the addicted, and the infrastructure everywhere.

For everyone: upbeat stuff, big picture stories, wonderful inspiring narratives, good stuff. Keep it up, Mr. President! Put away the division. Keep that building going.

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Michael Medved: Not as Fragmented as the Pessimists Presume

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A major study from the Pew Research Center should reassure those of us who worry about the fragmentation of America based on race and ethnicity. Among the 43 million U.S. adults with Hispanic ancestry, a full 5 million don’t identify themselves as “Hispanic” or “Latino” at all.

Moreover, among families who’ve lived in the United States four generations or more—in other words, those with parents and grand-grandparents who are American born—Hispanic identification is only fifty-fifty. This means Latinos follow the familiar pattern of other immigrant groups, like the Irish or Italians, who de-emphasize ethnic identity after several generations in the U.S.

This contrasts with patterns of racial identity, where the great majority of African-Americans still describe themselves as black, even after several centuries in the U.S. Heavy intermarriage plays a big part in the increasingly rapid assimilation of Hispanics: among married third generation Latinos, the big majority—nearly two-thirds, in fact—have a non-Latino spouse.

Perhaps we’re not as fragmented as the pessimists presume.

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