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Former Federal Judge Stephen Larson On The FIFA Investigation And Charges

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

One of my law partners if former federal district court judge and federal prosecutor Stephen Larson.  He joined me to open Wednesday’s show and discuss the sweeping nature of the charges unveiled today:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: The biggest story in the world, actually, is about FIFA, which is the international federation of association football, of course, the soccer people. And this morning, the United States Department of Justice announced that nine current and former FIFA officials, as well as five others related to FIFA with, are charged with various corruption allegations, 47 different counts spanning multiple decades of alleged corruption, probably the biggest international corruption case that I can remember. I asked one of my law partners, Judge Stephen Larson, to join me. Judge Larson spent ten years as a Untied States district court judge in the central district of California. Before that, he was a ten years as a federal prosecutor flying around the world going after organized crime. And I thought, my first question is how in the world did we get jurisdiction over these people? And my second was, I wonder if I can find Larson. Judge Larson, welcome, great to have you on the show.

SL: Well, it’s great to be here. Thanks so much, Hugh.

HH: Now I know that you’ve represented a lot of international defendants from mining companies to various businessmen charged with various things. But you don’t have a conflict on this. How does the United States Department of Justice go to Switzerland and get FIFA people arrested in a hotel?

SL: Well, our statutes have a very long arm. They have a very long reach. And it’s not so much, of course, the Justice Department going there, but it’s the Swiss authorities themselves that made the arrest. And they’re in the process of extraditing back, or trying to extradite back these individuals to the United States. That of course will be up to Swiss courts, and I wouldn’t want to presume that that’ll happen. But of course, the Swiss authorities are acting pursuant to our request for extradition. Continue Reading

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Understanding Problems and Solutions

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Dennis Prager begins a series on understanding the differences between Left and Right in National Review:

Material poverty doesn’t cause murder, rape, or terror. Moral poverty does. That’s one of the great divides between Left and Right. And it largely emanates from their differing views about whether human nature is innately good.

I read that and I was stunned because the viewpoint not only affects how we understand the problem, but also how we try to solve it.  My thoughts were steered in part by this article from London:

But it’s hard not to notice that recent Second World War anniversaries have been rather low-key affairs, with an emphasis on grief and remembrance.

Maybe nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. The 50th anniversary of V-E Day, when I was 13 years old, was an unashamed celebration of the triumph of good over evil. There was a street party, Union Jack bunting, jelly and ice cream. We sang war songs full of blue birds, white cliffs and Lucifer matches. Of course, many people did similar things to mark the occasion in 2015. But 1995 was bigger and more loudly patriotic.

The author discusses how moral relativism has affected the modern view of the war, and he is right – but it goes even deeper.  We do not want to face the evil that was Nazi Germany, an evil that it is worth celebrating victory over, because it will force us to acknowledge the bad in ourselves and once we do that so much around us will come crashing in. Continue Reading

GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy On USA Freedom Act

Tuesday, May 26, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy joined me to open the show to discuss whether the Patriot Act would lapse:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: We begin today’s program with a special shout-out to our special friends listening on AM1070, KNTH in Houston, and to our friends at KLUP, AM930 in San Antonio, basically underwater in both places, 11 inches of rain in Houston, 30 people are missing. I’ll keep you posted on that disaster. Governor Greg Abbott all over Twitter bringing us updates, but it’s really horrific. I begin today’s show with the Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, the Honorable Kevin McCarthy. Mr. Leader, welcome, it’s always a pleasure to have you on.

KM: Hugh, thanks for having me, and I do want to put our prayers out to those being flooded throughout Oklahoma and Texas. It’s devastating, the stories you’re hearing out there.

HH: Yeah, 11 inches of rain. We could use it in your Central Valley…

KM: Yeah.

HH: But it’s just too much at one time in Texas. Kevin McCarthy, that’s a natural, manmade disaster. I’m worried about terrorist-made disasters and whether or not this country’s going to be covered come next week. And where are we on the Patriot Act? What is the option open to Congress, because I can’t believe we’re going to go back to a 9/10 world and leave ourselves vulnerable.

KM: I do not believe we’re going to get there. And just so your listeners know, now the House has passed what is the USA Freedom Act, because it’s updated it. It made some changes and corrections to it. And that passed with 338 votes, early, sending it over to the Senate. But unfortunately, they went to cloture, and they were three votes short. It was 57-42. You know, in the Senate, it takes 60 to pass anything. Now they come back on May 31st. I’m pretty confident that they’re going to find three votes and pass that USA Freedom Act. Continue Reading

How We Think About Things

Monday, May 25, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Hugh interviewed the author, and I have mentioned the book several times, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.” Then, just this morning, this headline appeared in the Telegraph, “Social mobility has come to a halt.”  The book discusses class differentiation in America and the article discusses how Cameron will govern Britain with his new majority.  Both are from the left and when mulling them in my mind something extraordinary struck me.

Being from the left, both offer typical lefty solutions that have failed, but both are very correct that the middle class is disappearing and social mobility is on the decline.  When I first encountered the Putnam book, I wrote about moral relativism and its effects.  But the starkness of the Telegraph headline brought something else into focus.  When you focus almost exclusively, as the left does, on demographics and presume, as the left does, that demographics are destiny then in fact you end up pretty much right where we are. Continue Reading

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