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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie On Rand Paul, Common Core And The Debates

Thursday, May 28, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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The Transcript:

HH: Right now, I’m pleased to welcome back the Governor of the Garden State, Chris Christie. Governor Christie, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

CC: Hugh, happy to be back.

HH: Good to have you. You made a major speech today on Common Core, and I want to go there. In fact, let’s go there first. It’s something of a change for you, is it not, to be in the position of saying to the country slow down, take a step back and let’s start over with Common Core?

CC: Yeah, listen, you know, Common Core started to be implemented in our state during my campaign for governor by my predecessor. And so it was well down the road when I got in. And so I said okay, we’ll give it a try. And what I’ve concluded after a time of watching our folks see the federal takeover of it and then struggling to try to implement it and get buy in from parents and educators. It simply doesn’t work. And I think when that happens, you have to admit that that’s the case. We have. And we’re saying now, here’s the deal. Let’s get students and teachers and parents in New Jersey to set high standards, higher standards, that are New Jersey-based standards. And so that’s the course that we’ve embarked on today. And you know, we gave it a try. The federal government intervened, and really put federal regulation and the federal purse in the middle of all this. And so when you realize that you can’t get, you know, people are not buying in and it’s not working, you need to move on. Continue Reading

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Former Congressman Phil English On TPA/TPP

Thursday, May 28, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My colleague Phil English explained TPA and TPP today on today’s show, as Hillary Clinton continues her astonishing silence on this crucial part of the president’s agenda –the only part that has attracted widespread GOP support:




HH: Rarely do I ever talk to any of my law partners on the air, but today, I’ve talked to two. Judge Larson began the show talking about the FIFA scandal, because he’s a former federal prosecutor. And Phil English ends the show, former Congressman from the great state of Pennsylvania. I say that rarely, but I say it to Phil, because he’s from Erie, Pennsylvania, home of Camp Notre Dame, where I went as a child. And he’s a former member of the Ways and Means Committee, and he knows about TPA. Phil English, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to have you.

PE: It’s a privilege to be on, Hugh.

HH: Well, let’s begin by making sure people understand that Erie is alive and kicking, and that you will represent Erie’s best interests on this radio show.

PE: Without question, and what that means is we need to have policies that encourage exports. Erie is a manufacturing town that produces manufactures that are export competitive. And if we’re going to rebuild the American economy, we need to have an export-oriented strategy. Continue Reading

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:




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

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

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