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Scott Walker On His National Security Speech At The Citadel, 2016 And VP Biden, Speaker Boehner And Hillary Clinton

Friday, August 28, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined me today for a wide ranging interview on national security and the 2016 race generally:




HH: I begin today’s program with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Governor Walker, welcome back, it’s always a pleasure to have you.

SW: Hey, Hugh, thank you for having me on. Love it.

HH: Well, today’s a big day for you. You’ve got this hard-hitting speech at the Citadel on national security and Islamist radicalism, but you also started a party debate on China this week, and it’s excellent, because it’s going to be a national security election. Before I go to those two issues, though, I have three political questions for you.

SW: Sure. Go…

HH: The first has to do with House Speaker John Boehner, who Wednesday at a fundraiser here in Colorado, I’m here in Colorado at Colorado Christian University, he called Senator Ted Cruz a jackass. Now I know you are competing against the Senator, but he’s a friend of mine, and he’s one of the great Constitutional litigators of our times. What do you think of the Speaker’s slam on the Senator?

SW: Well, I think it’s just wrong. I was, I’m in South Carolina today, and I was here at the beginning of the week. Senator Cruz and I and Ben Carson spoke to Congressman Duncan’s event, and even though I don’t know Senator Cruz as well as I know some of the governors, I’ve grown to like him and admire him quite a bit on the campaign trail.

HH: Does this rhetoric help at all in the party when people are slamming each other left and right like this?

SW: No, it doesn’t at all, particularly at a time when so many Americans, rightfully so, are frustrated that we can’t get things done in Washington, that people, I’m frustrated, although I think the one thing that’s interesting, some people in the national media think it’s anger. They talk about it with some of the candidates that it’s anger. I don’t. I think it’s a sense of urgency that Americans are urgent. There’s an urgent sense that they want leaders in Washington to actually follow through on the campaign promises they made on the campaign trail. It’s why there’s a growing frustration, for example, that they haven’t put a bill on the President’s desk to repeal Obamacare once and for all. And people can say yeah, sure, in Washington, the President’s going to veto it, but put it on his table, show the American people we have what it takes to get it through the House and the Senate. It’s why I put out a week ago our day one patient freedom plan to show we would introduce a bill on day one, and then lift, get rid of the special carve out that President Obama gave to members of the House, their staff and their families, and now have to live under the provisions of Obamacare. You may them live under that, I believe they’re going to move on it rather quickly. We need people who are going to support people who do just that. Continue Reading

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Apparently, We Do Not Know What We Think We Know…

Friday, August 28, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

…so says an article in the New York Times and a similar piece from AP.  Both articles cover the efforts of a group of psychologists to study the reproduciblity of psychological studies.  Quoting the NYT piece:

Now, a painstaking yearslong effort to reproduce 100 studies published in three leading psychology journals has found that more than half of the findings did not hold up when retested.

That is a big OOPS!  Astute readers will recall my recollections, written in early July, of the debate that occurred during my collegiate days on the place of psychology amongst the sciences.  Well, this study certainly sides with those that do not think psychology is a science.  Reproducibility of results is pretty much definitional to science.  No certain conclusions can be drawn from irreproducible results.

Which has massive political and policy implications. Continue Reading

Senator Marco Rubio On Hillary’s Attack On Him And The GOP, And On The PRC

Thursday, August 27, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Marco Rubio joined me in the first hour of today’s program:




HH: Joined now by United States Senator Marco Rubio. Senator Rubio, great to have you, thank you for joining me.

MR: Thanks for having me back on.

HH: I want to begin, you were attacked by name this morning by Secretary of State Clinton. Let me play just the opening of her remark.

HRC: Marco Rubio brags about wanting to deny victims of rape and incest access to health care, to an abortion.

HH: Now she went on to attack Jeb Bush and John Kasich, and then compare you three to terrorist groups in the war on women. How do you respond to that kind of vitriol, Senator Rubio?

MR: Yeah, it’s par for the course for her. Look, she’s a failing candidate, has no credibility, being exposed for being deceitful on the whole issue of her server, compromised the national security of the United States. And quite frankly, she’s been chasing Bernie Sanders and others in her party to the extreme left. So obviously, she’s going to go around saying outrageous things, and I expect more of it in the months to come. We’re going to continue to focus on the future of this country, which is what these elections need to be about, on the fact that we have a chance to build a 21st Century that will be greater than even the 20th Century was, if we do the things we need to be doing. And obviously, that does not include following the policies that she wants, which are a continuation and an expansion of the Obama agenda. Continue Reading

Congressman Mike Pompeo On The Next Phase Of Benghazi Select Committee Proceedings

Wednesday, August 26, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Congressman Mike Pompeo, a member of both the House Intelligence Committee and the Select Committee on Benghazi, joined me in the second hour of today’s show, and gave a pretty detailed roadmap of what is ahead, and all of it is bad news for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:




HH: Welcome back America. It’s Hugh Hewitt. Joined now by Congressman Mike Pompeo, a member of the House Intelligence Committee. He represent great district in Kansas – Kansas 4th. Congressman, welcome back. It’s great to have you back.

MP: Hugh, it’s great to be on the show.

HH: I am alarmed by the number of people with sensitive compartmented information outside of skiffs – special facilities for the use of compartmented information. Are you scratching your head at how it managed to get into – I mean, David Kendall is a lawyer, but that doesn’t mean you get to give him his SCI stuff.

MP: It’s absurd Hugh. We still don’t frankly have a handle on exactly the chain of custody of how exactly this material moved around, and your point is well taken. We give some level of clearance to attorneys for particular matters, but still have handling requirements attached to the information transfer and top-secret SAF information goes only to a very few. It appears Mr. Kendall didn’t have that.

HH: Has the FBI approached the committe as sometimes happened the Benghazi Special Investigation Committee of which you were a member and asked you not to proceed because you’ll interfere with their investigation or compromise the indictability of some people?

MP: Our committee continues to move forward, Hugh. We’re still working. We still got a number of interviews. We have Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan – senior State Department employees that will testify next week, and so I intend to move forward October 22nd with former Secretary Clinton and lots of folks in between. Continue Reading

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