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Pre-Ordering”The Queen”, The Ex-Im Debate, and Chairman Paul Ryan On The Way Forward From The Congressional GOP’s Budget

Monday, May 4, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

First, do me the great honor of pre-ordering The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and The Coming Of The Second “Clinton Era.”   It wasn’t a pleasant, but indeed was a very useful exercise to imagine how she might best go about winning in 2016 and surveying the 2016 GOP field against her many and obvious strengths.  It has been 500 years since Machiavelli wrote The Prince.  Time for an update.

THE QUEEN by Hugh Hewitt

Then, prep for Monday’s debate on my show between Dan Renberg and Tim Carney over whether or not to reauthorize the Export Import Bank by reading Monday’s column in The Washington Examiner.
And House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan joins me Monday to talk about the path forward from the Congressional GOP budget as well as how the tax code can be enlisted in the battle against the economic blighted areas within the urban cores of most major American cities.

Audio of Chairman Ryan:



HH: I begin this hour with the chairman of the House Ways And Means Committee, an old friend of the show, Representative Paul Ryan. Chairman Ryan, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to have you.

PR: Hey, thanks for having me. How have you been, Hugh?

HH: I’ve been terrific.

PR: Good.

HH: And I’ve been talking to Wisconsin people left and right, but not you. I do want to begin, though, with the big headline of last night. A couple of homegrown jihadis show up at an event in Dallas…

PR: In Texas, yeah.

HH: …put on by Pam, in Texas, and they intended to wreak havoc. Luckily, they were brought down by police. How worried are you that there are not just two, but twenty or 200 or 2,000 such lone wolves, they weren’t lone last night, they were acting in tandem, around the country?

PR: Well, and I think you need to count Fort Hood in this category as well. I think that was a homegrown jihadist terrorist attack, even though the government doesn’t classify it that way. And so yeah, of course I’m concerned about these things, and yes, I do believe that ISIS has an international reach, and has the ability, and they’ve shown this, to try and inspire others to act on their own volition. And so yeah, this is a real issue. Continue Reading

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“Be The Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide To Raising Whole Children In A Broken Generation” By Marina Slayton and Gregory Slayton

Monday, May 4, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Mother’s Day is upon up Sunday, and here’s a great gift for the young or soon-to-be mom in your life, from Marina and Gregory Slayton, Be The Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide To Raising Whole Children In A Broken Generation:

Be the Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide to Raising Whole Children in a Broken Generation.


The Importance of History

Monday, May 4, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Last Thursday, Charles Krauthammer wrote of the historical fiction of “Wolf Hall.”  For the uninitiated, Krauthammer describes it this way:

“Wolf Hall,” the Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel about the court of Henry VIII — and most dramatically, the conflict between Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas More — is now a TV series (presented on PBS). It is maddeningly good.

I came to know the book several years ago when my wife and I were sharing a meal with friends.  The wife of the other couple said that her book group had given up on the book because it presumed too much knowledge of what happened in the court of Henry VIII.  (This is a very correct assessment of both the book and miniseries.)  Ungracious geek that I be, I immediately launched into the basic outlines of the time.  The net result was that my friend, far more gracious than I, gifted me with her copy on some appropriate occasion a few months later.   After reading the book, and watching the PBS series to date, I agree with this statement by Krauthammer, “Maddening because its history is tendentiously distorted, yet the drama is so brilliantly conceived and executed that you almost don’t care. Faced with an imaginative creation of such brooding, gripping, mordant intensity, you find yourself ready to pay for it in historical inaccuracy.” Continue Reading

Rep. Jeb Hensarling Hints At More Subpoenas And Hearings To Come For Secretary Clinton On Uranium One Deal.

Thursday, April 30, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

Jeb Hensarling is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, succeeding Hugh’s guest host today, John Campbell. Part of the oversight of this committee includes CFIUS review – the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Here is that that interview, and why Hillary Clinton may have to spend a little more time on the Hill under oath than previously thought.

The Audio:


The Transcript:

JC: This is former Congressman John Campbell who did escape the swamp, but still in that swamp is my guest this segment, Congressman Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the Financial Services Committee from the Lone Star State. Welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show, Jeb Hensarling.

JH: John, thanks for having me, but you were far too happy when you used the word former in front of Congressman.

JC: (laughing) Well, there is a little bit of joy there for me now. But I knew when I left that I was leaving things in capable hands, which include yours. So what I wanted to ask you about today was there’s more information just came out today about the Clinton foundation and another $55 million dollars of unreported gifts. This is not according to the right wing conspiracy. This is according to the Boston Globe and the New York Times. But some of this came out last week was about a Russian acquisition of U.S. uranium interests which has to go through a process called CFIUS, which stands for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. And it went through that process, that particular approval of Russians buying uranium in the United States back when Barney Frank had the gavel that you now hold as chairman of the Financial Services Committee. And the whole thing has a lot of clouds over it and doesn’t look very good. So Jeb Hensarling, what, you, the CFIUS process comes under the jurisdiction of your committee. What have you looked into this thing? What have you found out? What are you going to do, if anything, about it?

JH: Well, you yourself, John, know more about this than most others since it was within your subcommittee jurisdiction. But there is this agency that has to essentially approve the acquisition by foreign entities of U.S. strategic interest that could have national security concerns. And it just so happens again that the Department of State is a key member of this group called CFIUS, the Committee of Foreign Investment in the U.S. As you know, we’re famous for acronyms in the Capitol. At the time, as you well put it, Barney Frank, a Democrat, was chairman of the committee. But the House Republicans protested at the time. We urged CFIUS not to approve the transaction that has led to Russia to control the lion’s share of uranium product, and as you well know, to control a fifth of the United States, our own American uranium production. So we protested at the time. Now all of a sudden, we have this information from the New York Times. We have this information from the Boston Globe, as you well put it, not exactly part of the vast right wing conspiracy that the Clintons like to complain about. So on the surface, it does not pass the smell test. And so CFIUS comes within the jurisdiction of the House Financial Services Committee. Just today, in fact, an hour ago, we have sent to CFIUS a letter demanding a relevant documents as part of an official discovery process. Continue Reading

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