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Lanhee Chen: “Dysfunctional” Doesn’t Adequately Describe the Golden State

Want to know how dysfunctional things have gotten in California?

Senator Dianne Feinstein applied for unemployment insurance.

Well, not exactly. It was a fraudster—a former employee at California’s Employment Development Department, which administers the state’s unemployment insurance program posing as Feinstein—who bilked taxpayers for over $200,000 in benefits that were targeted at gig workers, independent contractors, and others who’ve been out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And this isn’t an isolated incident. Additional examples of fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in California are plentiful. And, unfortunately, it’s those who most need the aid during the recent economic slowdown who have been hurt the worst because Governor Gavin Newsom and his cronies have been asleep at the switch.

Sometime, California voters will say, “enough is enough” with the incompetence, arrogance, and hypocrisy that has marked one-party rule in the state.

Let’s hope that “sometime” is soon.

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Hugh Hewitt: The Case for a Second Trump Term

The 2020 election is now just days away.

Here’s my short case for backing the Trump-Pence ticket and voting for Republican senators and representatives in your state.

On the coronavirus pandemic, Trump has done as well as any president could have done—and certainly better than Joe Biden.

You’re safer and more secure because of the Trump military buildup.

The president has made the necessary pivot with China—and he’s brokered the first major breakthrough peace deal in the Middle East in 25 years.

On the economy, Trump and the GOP succeeded in bringing unemployment to all-time lows early this year. Now, even amidst the pandemic, the economy is bouncing back.

Your First and Second Amendment freedoms are much stronger as well, because Trump has bolstered the Supreme Court and federal courts with strong judges who honor the Constitution.

Whatever you think of Trump personally, there’s no question: His policies have been good for the country.

Join me in voting for a second Trump term.

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Hugh Hewitt: The Prospects for President Trump on Election Day

President Trump has a record of accomplishments that’s pretty easy to compile.

Most significantly, he has brought the existential threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party into the sunlight.

Trump has buttressed the constitution—with two justices on the Supreme Court, 53 judges on the federal courts of appeal and over 140 district court judges.

President Trump’s tax cuts—along with his massive deregulation—led to 3.5 percent unemployment until the regime in Beijing acted with criminal recklessness towards a virus that has devastated the world.

Trump’s brawling, slugging, tempestuous approach has worn down many, but his road is marked by these accomplishments.

The elites are convinced he must be beaten. But Americans want their jobs and security back. They like the police. They like civil order.

Yes: Polling shows him behind 50-year D.C. insider Joe Biden.

We’ll see.

I feel pretty good about President Trump’s chances.

I’m Hugh Hewitt.

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Hewitt: An Impressive Record of Accomplishments


President Trump has record of accomplishments that’s pretty easy to compile.

Most significantly, he has brought the existential threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party into the sunlight.

Trump has buttressed the constitution—with two justices on the Supreme Court, 53 judges on the federal courts of appeal and over 140 district court judges.

President Trump’s tax cuts—along with his massive deregulation—led to 3.5 percent unemployment until the regime in Beijing acted with criminal recklessness towards a virus that has devastated the world.

Trump’s brawling, slugging, tempestuous approach has worn down many, but his road is marked by these accomplishments.

The elites are convinced he must be beaten. But Americans want their jobs and security back. They like the police. They like civil order.

Yes: Polling shows him behind 50-year D.C. insider Joe Biden.

We’ll see.

I feel pretty good about President Trump’s chances.

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Jerry Bowyer: Look for America to Beat Expectations Yet Again

In the first quarter of this year, GDP declined at an annualized rate of -5 percent. While that drop might set off alarm bells and panic for some, the truth is that this is a testament to the resilience of the American economy.

Despite the widespread closures and spiking unemployment, we’re still producing 95 percent as much wealth as we were last year.

While some sectors have been devastated by the crisis, many of them are not massive drivers of growth. Don’t get me wrong, this painful national quarantine is hitting many people hard.

But this crisis has shown that at its core, our economy is resilient. And we can look forward to a strong finish once the shutdowns are ended and all the suppressed economic power is unbound.

All in all, look for America to beat expectations—yet again.

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Economic Aid Rolls Out While China’s Guilt Looks Clear


Townhall Review – April 18, 2020

Hugh Hewitt and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley talk about the dramatic rise in unemployment caused by the reaction to the Coronavirus.

Chris Stigall turns to former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy about how some jurisdictions are enforcing the “stay at home” orders.

Sebastian Gorka talks with Josh Phillip, investigative reporter for the Epoch Times, about his recent film project that examines China’s culpability in letting the Coronavirus spread around the world.

Hugh Hewitt and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton talk about a two-year-old Washington Post article about safety concerns in Wuhan’s research labs.

Dennis Prager talks with ER Doctor Simone Gold about her experiences in using Hydroxychloroquine to treat Coronavirus patients.

Hugh Hewitt and Navy Seal veteran and freshmen Congressman Dan Crenshaw talk about his new book, “Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of American Outrage.”

Dennis Prager talks with Eric Metaxas about his new book, “Seven More Men.”

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Proft: The Question the Incomplete Data Demands


36 states have COVID-19 death rates of 1 or less than 1 per 100,000.

According to the CDC, the overall death rate in America in 2018 was 724 per 100,000.

For influenza and pneumonia it was 15 per 100,000. Projecting COVID-19’s lethality rate is tricky because of the lack of a denominator on the infected. However, CDC guesstimates 25 to 50 percent of infected are asymptomatic. There’s a good chance lethality rates could be much lower than current reporting indicates.

Bristol University risk management professor Philip Thomas projects once mitigation efforts result in a GDP contraction of more than 6.84%– more lives will be lost than saved. Studies of previous recessions suggest that for every 1 percent point increase in unemployment, the suicide rate increases by 1 per 100,000.

Given what we know about COVID-19 and about the lives economic ruin takes, is a prolonged shutdown the right call?

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