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“The NFL, America’s Heroes in Uniform, and Traumatic Brain Injury” By Clark S. Judge

Thursday, March 26, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

The NFL, America’s Heroes in Uniform, and Traumatic Brain Injury
By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

I usually write about politics, economics, foreign relations and national security, law and the Constitution, and, occasionally, American history and culture. Today I am going to write about our armed services, professional sports and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  For the past month I have been immersed in understanding how TBI can be treated.

Last week, San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland quit the National Football League. He walked away from a career that promised millions in salary, bonuses and endorsements, crediting fear of injuring his brain in the course of bruising play for that all but unprecedented trip to the showers.

With suicides of several of its retirees – most notably Junior Seau in 2012 — attributed to TBI, the NFL has been under siege on concussion-related issues for some time now. Thousands of former players and their families have filed lawsuits. The league has established a three-quarters-of-a-billion-dollars restitution fund. More than 18,000 veterans of the game may be eligible for benefits. It has announced nearly $50 million in grants for brain research to the National Institutes of Health Foundation and other institutions. Continue Reading

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Governor Scott Walker Talks Foreign Policy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

After appearing at a Chamber of Commerce lunch with Hugh, the Wisconsin Governor dropped by the studios of KKNT 960 in Phoenix to continue the discussion.

The Audio:

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The Transcript:

HH: Sitting across from me, the Governor Wisconsin, who’s not in the very cold far north. Scott Walker and I had a little Q&A in front of the Chamber of Commerce [earlier today]. Governor Walker, thanks for coming over to KKNT and continuing the conversation.

SW: Thanks for having me on, and thanks for a great interview over there at the Chamber. It was outstanding.

HH: Well, it was pretty easy after about a thousand people gave you a standing ovation. You’re kind of getting used to that, I think. And we’ll come back to some of that. But I sat down here, and there’s breaking news everywhere.

SW: Yeah.

HH: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s been charged with desertion, the Saudis are massing troops on the Yemen border. This is what you’re going to have if you decide to run for president – headlines breaking. So how do you prepare for walking into an interview when Bowe Bergdahl all of a sudden is charged with desertion?

SW: Well, every day, I’ve started with Mike Gallagher, I was going to say a “former” Marine, but you’re never a “former” Marine.

HH: Captain, two tours, Anbar Province, right?

SW: Right, a great, great guy. He’s now our national security advisor, and used to work for Senator Corker on the Foreign Affairs Committee, really super guy. Every day, he gives us great information, great briefings, and I obviously reach out to a lot of others. But there’s things happening all over the place. And as we talked about at lunch, and we’ll talk about even more here, you’ve got to be ready on multiple fronts. When I think about this desertion charge, the thing that gets me the most frustrated is this administration gave up five Taliban, five Taliban for this guy, and I can’t, I mean, logic tells you all this information that they’re bringing against the sergeant now isn’t something that just happened since then. This is stuff they knew about when they put American soldiers’ lives at risk to try and rescue him. And they gave up five Taliban leaders in return for a guy who now is going to be charged. Continue Reading

Facing Evil

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Bret Stephens earlier this week:

There is an upside-down quality to this president’s world view. His administration is now on better terms with Iran—whose Houthi proxies, with the slogan “God is great, death to America, death to Israel, damn the Jews, power to Islam,” just deposed Yemen’s legitimate president—than it is with Israel. He claims we are winning the war against Islamic State even as the group continues to extend its reach into Libya, Yemen and Nigeria.

He treats Republicans in the Senate as an enemy when it comes to the Iranian nuclear negotiations, while treating the Russian foreign ministry as a diplomatic partner. He favors the moral legitimacy of the United Nations Security Council to that of the U.S. Congress. He is facilitating Bashar Assad’s war on his own people by targeting ISIS so the Syrian dictator can train his fire on our ostensible allies in the Free Syrian Army.

He was prepared to embrace a Muslim Brother as president of Egypt but maintains an arm’s-length relationship with his popular pro-American successor. He has no problem keeping company with Al Sharpton and tagging an American police department as comprehensively racist but is nothing if not adamant that the words “Islamic” and “terrorism” must on no account ever be conjoined. The deeper that Russian forces advance into Ukraine, the more they violate cease-fires, the weaker the Kiev government becomes, the more insistent he is that his response to Russia is working.

Stephens goes on to discuss Obama’s “moral inversions.”  In other words evil is good, at least in the Obama worldview.  And unfortunately, a good portion of America agrees with him.  How in the name of all that is holy did we get here?

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Senator Marco Rubio On The Iran Negotiations, 2016

Tuesday, March 24, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Florida Senator Marco Rubio joined me to begin today’s show:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: I begin today’s show with United States Senator Marco Rubio. Senator Rubio, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show, it’s great to have you.

MR: It’s great to be on, thank you.

HH: You know, my tradition, I always start with a couple of sports questions with you.

MR: Yeah.

HH: The Heat are at 33-37…

MR: Yeah.

HH: The Dolphins are drafting 14 after an 8-8 year. The Marlins only won 77 games last year. The Gators lost five games. I mean, are the sports gods auspicious for a presidential run for you this year?

MR: (laughing) It’s been a good year, I mean, a bad year, but I think that’s always the beginning of a good one. So the Marlins have actually put together a Major League roster. I mean, so they’re excited about that. The Heat is struggling, of course, because they’ve had a lot of injuries. But they’ve made some, you know, Dragic, the Dragon, who they’ve just added, is a real point guard and gives them, they hadn’t had a point guard on that team in ten years. So the combination of that and Bosh coming back next year hopefully from the blood clot, I think they’re one good scorer away from being a very legitimate contender. And the Gators just had a tough run, but they’ll be back.

HH: All right, then a second question, the MVP debate is hot. Westbrook-LeBron, you do remember LeBron, right?

MR: I remember LeBron. We beat him last week, actually.

HH: (laughing)

MR: We beat him for the second time this year. I do remember.

HH: Westbrook-LeBron-Curry-Harden, who’s the MVP, Senator Rubio?

MR: You know, I think Westbrook’s had a great year. LeBron can be the MVP any year, but you know, Kyrie Irving has really been more of, has kind of really stepped up and taken leadership on that team in ways that no one had anticipated. Now you could argue that that’s LeBron opening up the floor for him, but you know, it’s interesting. I just think Westbrook means more to his team right now. Continue Reading

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