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Michael Medved: Trump Turns

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For most Americans, Presidents Day counts as a trivial holiday but this year it looks as if Donald Trump made the most of the occasion. Perhaps he saw results of new historian polls and noted that the five all-time greats shared common characteristics. Lincoln, Washington, FDR, Theodore Roosevelt and Eisenhower all made a priority of finding allies in the pursuit of their governing agenda. They displayed determination and optimism rather than erratic plunges into apocalyptic gloom.

President Trump channeled that positive spirit in his speech before a joint session of Congress, emphasizing aspiration over anger, cooperation over confrontation.

Yes: it’s just one speech, but an enormous television audience helped President Trump refocus the administration on a coherent program of common sense, conservative reform. His GOP colleagues should feel relieved, while Democrats struggle to cope with a new Trump who’d rather make deals than wage twitter-wars.

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Greg Thornbury: Just Saying No Is not Enough

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When President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress this week, pundits—both on the left and right—agreed: this was a very fine moment for the new Commander-in-Chief.

The speech was filled was highlights for President Trump, but the best ones came when he said things any proud American should love, and the response of Democrats? Revealingly, they sat silent, hands folded, like an old Saharan Sphinx.

One laugh-out-loud funny moment came when the President announced a new partnership with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to help jumpstart the businesses of female entrepreneurs.

When the camera panned to Elizabeth Warren, she looked confused, and muttered, “What?!?” She looked like she wanted to applaud opportunities in new capital markets for women, but just couldn’t bring herself to do it.

That awkward response shows the dilemma of the Democratic Party. Just saying “no” to Trump is not enough.

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THR 3/4/17: Trump’s Powerful, Stirring Speech

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Michael Medved reflects on President Trump’s powerful and emotional address to Congress and the American people. Sheriff David Clarke examines Trump’s position and policies on immigration on the Mike Gallagher Show. Hugh Hewitt catches up with Andy Puzder—the man who should have been Secretary of Labor until the left mobilized to harass and intimidate him and his family. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, joins Michael Medved to discuss how the Republican Party can govern effectively. John Lott, author of “The War on Guns”, disputes a recent study aimed at misinforming the public about the relationship between crime and guns. Michael Medved discusses the infamous snafu at the Academy Awards when La La Land was mistakenly named Best Picture. Sean Hannity converses with Hugh Hewitt about the Democrats’ failed policies.

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Mark Davis: Presidential Trump

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It was something to behold.  We’ve seen many Donald Trump speeches, but never anything quite like his address to a Joint Session of Congress.

It had a State of the Union feel, but with more people paying attention.  There was suspense—would this be campaign-rally Trump filled with self-praise? Inaugural Trump with daunting assessments of the crises we face?  What we got was an uplifting, unifying Trump.

From his very first words—a rebuke against hate—through themes of American jobs, borders and restoration of our global stature, it was definitely Trump’s agenda, but presented in a welcoming way that left skeptics and even critics asking, “Where has this guy been?”

When he paid tribute to the widow of fallen SEAL Ryan Owens, he brought a nation together. We all knew the address to Congress would come from President Trump; what we know now is how effective “Presidential Trump” can be.

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Michael Medved: Trump’s Habit: Turning Obstacles Into Advantages

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Even his harshest critics recognize President Trump’s habit of turning obstacles into advantages. In the primary campaign, the fact that 17 well-qualified Republicans ran against him was supposed to make his victory impossible. But it served to divide more cautious, mainstream voters while giving Trump an unbeatable edge among all those who hoped a non-politician might deliver dramatic change.

Similarly, the fact that pre-inaugural polls showed only a minority with high expectations for Trump’s White House could easily work to the new president’s advantage as he confounds dire predictions by opponents and the press.

Barack Obama had an approval rating of 81 percent when he took over the presidency so there was nowhere to go but down—and he lost Congress in a landslide two years later. For Trump, media skepticism about his abilities leaves him nowhere to go but up—and even modest success in achieving some of his initial goals should allow him to exceed expectations and build critical momentum.

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Oscars Get Political, Finish with Monumental Mistake

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As the wrong film was announced as the winner for Best Picture (NY Post).  A quick look at how the event unfolded (USA Today).  Michael Medved called it the “most embarrassing conclusion, ever” (Twitter).  And it wasn’t the only big mistake (Variety). A moment-by-moment look at the Oscars and politics (The Hill).  From another story:  President Trump’s effort to ban immigrants from some Muslim countries took its first big hit at the Oscars Sunday when an Iranian filmmaker who stayed home in protest won the award for best foreign film, The Salesman (USA Today).  From the Onion:  …a large mirror wheeled onto the stage Sunday evening at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony reportedly received a resounding six-minute-long standing ovation (Onion).  Meanwhile, the Razzies took place (PJ Media).

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12 States Consider Bills Requiring People Use Bathroom of Biological Sex

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And the Trump executive order is helping (Washington Times).  From Owen Strachan:  The decision of the Trump administration to correlate bathroom usage with one’s biological sex is not a victory for any political group. It is a victory for common sense. It is an affirmation of basic human sanity (Center for Public Theology).  The transgender formerly known as Bruce is not happy (CNN).  Meanwhile, from Michael Brown:  What do Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, George Takei, and Milo Yiannopoulos have in common? They are all out and proud gay men, and they were all sexually abused as underage minors. Sadly, this is an extremely common occurrence, as there is frequently a connection between childhood sexual abuse and adult homosexuality (Townhall).

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