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Hugh Hewitt: End The “Blue Slip” Tradition

U.S. Senate

The appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court was President Trump’s greatest achievement in his first 100 days in office.

Now there are 20 vacancies on the federal circuit courts of appeals and hundreds on the district and special courts, but a huge obstacle stands in the way of the Senate confirmation process: the so-called “blue slip.”

The blue slip is sent to the senators from the home state of every judicial nominee, allowing those senators to approve or veto the nominee.

The blue slip isn’t a law, and it would be anathema to our Constitutional framers. It’s a leftover of decades past, a means by which individual senators could control their region’s judicial future.

It will be up to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to seal his place in Senate history as a deeply committed constitutionalist.

If Grassley rids the Senate of the practice forever, his place in the chamber’s history will be secured as a leader who sought to rebalance the institution’s practices in alignment with the framer’s intentions.

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Max Boot: U.S. Shouldn’t Move Beyond Saber Rattling With North Korea

Max Boot

Max Boot joined Hugh Hewitt to discuss the looming potential of conflict between the United States and North Korea. Boot advises that the U.S. should not risk open conflict with North Korea, a nuclear armed state with tens of thousands of troops. Join Hugh Hewitt’s premium content website at Hughniverse.com.

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David Davenport: Why Hasn’t International Law Stopped Chemical Weapons in Syria?

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Where is international law when you need it? The Syrian government has again used chemical weapons on its own people, despite signing the international convention banning chemical weapons as well as a specific agreement to destroy them.

So why is this still happening? It’s one thing for countries to sign treaties but, if they turn out to be against their interest, they simply violate them later. Unfortunately there is very little enforcement of international law. The U.N. Security Council is usually blocked from acting by the veto of one or more of its permanent members.

So the U.S. is left to come to the rescue of international law and the Syrian people. One could question one nation taking it upon itself to enforce a treaty, but the soft nature of international law has never been strong on enforcement. It also doesn’t stop unilateral enforcement either if there’s a consensus that such action is appropriate.

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Trump’s Budget Director: Cut Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities

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Trump‘s Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is urging Trump to make budget cuts for sanctuary cities. He talks about it on the Mike Gallagher Show. Join Mike Gallagher’s premium content website at MikeOnlineGold.com.

 

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Michael Eric Dyson’s New Book, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.”

tears we cannot stop

Michael Eric Dyson joined the Michael Medved Show to discuss his latest book, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. Join Michael Medved’s premium content website at MedvedMedhead.com.

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Peter Kirsanow on the Effects of Illegal Immigration in the U.S.

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Peter Kirsanow of the United States Commission on Civil Rights talks with Larry Elder about the effects of illegal immigration on the United States. Visit Larry Elder’s website at LarryElder.com.

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Albert Mohler: Coptic Christians Embattled In The Middle East

Billy Graham

Two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt were attacked by ISIS affiliated suicide bombers on Palm Sunday.

The Associated Press reported that, “the Copts have long been a favored target of extremists—they were struck with a similar church bombing just weeks before the country’s 2011 Arab Spring uprising, and Islamic militants gave them a particular focus during a crackdown on them in the 1990s—but the past five months been particularly bloody. U.S.-based think tank the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy said the attacks brought the total number of sectarian incidents against Copts to 26 in 2017, with a total of 88 killed including those at a major church bombing in December.”

What we saw in Egypt was no accident. These were intentional attacks, carried out when these churches were filled for the Christian observation of Palm Sunday.

This most recent attack puts in sharp relief the increasingly embattled plight of Christian minorities throughout the Middle East.

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