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Trump’s First Year

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Townhall Review – December 30, 2017

Hugh Hewitt invites Deputy National Security Director Nadia Schadlow, one of the principle architects of the recently released National Security Strategy document, to share some of the details surrounding this very important document. Dennis Prager identifies the opponents of the tax reform that was signed into law by President Trump. Hugh Hewitt turns to Senator Pat Toomey, who serves on the Senate Finance Committee, to share how this tax legislation will affect Americans.  Guy Benson shares with Mike Gallagher President Trump’s list of first-year accomplishments, including the “unheralded decimation of ISIS.” Dennis Prager shares from Ross Douthat’s New York Times article that exposes the media’s shameful lack of coverage of this victory over ISIS. Michael Medved unfurrels more of the Russian conspiracy and collusion, this time involving Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill SteinHillsdale President Larry Arnn shares with Hugh Hewitt the history behind “Darkest Hour,” a film about Sir Winston Churchill’s leadership and victory against Nazi Germany. Wrapping up the show, Michael Farris, CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, sits in with Hugh Hewitt to talk about the Masterpiece Cake Shop case, one of the key religious liberty cases in our generation.

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Lanhee Chen: The Long-Running Russia Disinformation Campaign

Tax Reform

This past week, executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google testified before Congress about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

For well over a decade, the Russians have spread disinformation and sought to influence the outcome of elections throughout Europe and elsewhere.

The obvious question is, “Why hasn’t more been done to respond to this threat?” Although multiple administrations bear the blame for this failure, it was the Obama administration that, for years, consistently underestimated the threat from Russia.

For example, Politico reported that, in 2014, President Obama’s national security team received reports warning about Russia’s capacity, history, and interest in disrupting political systems in Europe. It should have been clear that those capabilities could be used to attack the United States. But nothing was done.

Russian efforts to undermine American democracy did not end with the 2016 election. Put simply, this is one of the reasons why they continue to represent a serious threat to our national security. Now is the time to act quickly and decisively to ensure the integrity of our democratic system.

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Hugh Hewitt: The White House West Wing (Staff) Renovation

U.S. Senate

The exit of Stephen K. Bannon completes a restructuring of the West Wing that began almost as soon as the president took office and is now apparently complete. Like the physical renovation of the West Wing, it was noisy, not very attractive … but it was necessary.

What is needed now are successes in cooperation with Congress—beyond confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, the Veterans Affairs reform bill, and the 14 Congressional Review Act laws that were all enormously significant—but those were low-profile victories, and it seemed like Gorsuch was half a year ago.

What is needed above all is either a tax bill or resurrection of the health-care fix. Slashing the corporate tax rate is probably the easiest (and perhaps most economically significant) bit of legislation to accomplish—but so too must arrive the repeal of the Budget Control Act, which has devastated national security via the “sequester” and hamstrung a key Trump promise, that of a 355-ship Navy.

The staffing reset—along with a rhetorical reset from President Trump himself begun last week—can help get things moving.


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Greg Thornbury: A Dangerous Data Dump

Greg Thornbury on WikiLeaks

By now, news has spread to both the citizens and enemies of the United States from the WikiLeaks recent data dump on the covert monitoring practices of the CIA.

Nearly 9,000 pages of documents reveal how the agency can use smartphones, truck consoles, dashboards, and even Samsung TVs to listen in on conversations that might lead to the arrest or capture of terrorists or other criminals seeking to do harm in America.

When asked about the breach, political analyst Charles Krauthammer said something characteristically astute: if we’re spending so much time doing extreme vetting of visitors from, say, Yemen, why aren’t we doing extreme vetting of contractors who work for the NSA?

These contractors then (like Edward Snowden) turn around and provide access to Julian Assange to expose state secrets to everyone—which includes barbaric terrorists whose goal is to destroy the United States.

Maybe it’s time for America to start paying more attention to the threats from within.

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