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John Boehner: Obama Sowed The Seeds We’re Seeing Around The World Now

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The Speaker of the House, John Boehner, appeared on the show with Congressman John Campbell filling in, covering ISIS, both in Iraq and Syria, Libya, the economy, immigration and leadership.

The audio:


The transcript:

JC: And now on the phone with us, we have the gentleman from Ohio, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Mr. John Boehner. Mr. Speaker, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

JB: John, it’s good to be with you.

JC: Well, the news today obviously is the release of the video beheading Steve Sotloff. And so I want to get right into issues having to do with this. The House will come back, Congress will come back into session next week after August recess. There’s been a lot of developments on the international front while we’ve been in recess. First of all, does the President, do you believe the President has the authority under existing law to order air strikes against ISIS in Syria? Or does he only have authority to do so in Iraq under existing law?

JB: I think under existing authorizations from the Congress, he has the ability to do this in Iraq. It’s, I think it’s questionable whether he has the authority to do this in Syria. You know, the threat from ISIS goes back well over a year. And the crisis in Syria’s been going on now for over two years. And we’ve asked the President, asked the President what is your strategy to deal with Syria. And clearly, there’s no strategy that’s developed there. But when ISIS came across the Iraqi border in January, you know, I asked the question. Mr. President, where is the strategy to deal with the growing Islamic threat, because it’s not just Syria, and it’s not just Iraq. This goes from Libya to Gaza to Lebanon to Syria and Iraq. All of these countries are basically under control of Islamic terrorists who are hellbent on killing Americans, as we saw once again today.

JC: What then, and it’s clearly, I think everyone, even Democrats, people on the left understand the President said he had no strategy. What will the House do then? What is, what will the House’s strategy be? What will the House’s actions be? What will your actions be when we come back into session next week relative to this clear and present danger?

JB: Listen, the President is the commander-in-chief. He’s also the president of the United States. And it’s his responsibility as the chief executive to outline a plan that will protect American interest, protect American lives both at home and abroad. And until the President is willing to lay out a plan, the Congress has very few options ahead of it. Continue Reading

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How To Spend $150 on The Senate and Statehouses In The Homestretch –15 Key Races at $10 Each

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Republicans are all but guaranteed pick-ups in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia Senate races where Democrats have retired and the GOP has sent out three great candidates in Congressman Steve Daines, Governor Mike Rounds and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito.

They are in danger of losing a seat nowhere, though noise about closing on David Perdue in Georgia and Mitch McConnell in Kentucky will continue until the end to try and keep at least some o f the GOP money off of the half dozen races which will decide the all-important  issue of control.  If you have cash to give to candidates in the next few weeks, and I hope you will dig deep to save the Supreme Court and especially the Department of Defense from more of Team Obama’s ruin than is unavoidable with him in the White House, then support:

Dan Sullivan in Alaska

Tom Cotton in Arkansas

Corey Gardner in Colorado

Joni Ernst in Iowa

Bill Cassidy in Louisiana

Terri Lynn Land in Michigan

Mike McFadden in Minnesota

Scott Brown in New Hampshire

Thom Tillis in North Carolina

Ed Gllespise in Virginia

Five  statehouse races need closing help from the grassroots as four are red and Democrats want to turn one blue for talking points purposes heading into 2016, and one –ion Colorado– is a keystone statehouse to taking back the White House.

Bob Beauprez in Colorado

Doug Ducey in Arizona

Sam Brownback in Kansas

John Kasich in Ohio

Scott Walker in Wisconsin

By spreading small contribution –$10 to each campaign or $25 or even $50 or $100– you are helping keep the Democrats stretched far too thin across both maps and the president headed to a thundering repudiation, the last referendum on him in office.  If for no other reason than to send a message of deep disgust with his policies and his fecklessness these past two years and especially the almost unbelievable disdain he has shown for protecting America’s interests in the world, dig deep and do so today as the campaigns head into the final four weeks of campaigning before absentees begin to flow out in most of these states.

Congressman John Campbell will be sitting in for me this week, but I will return from D.C. next week with an update on all these races.


Two Labor Day Specials: The Ideology Of Labor, East and West, And Where It Has Brought Us

Sunday, August 31, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

First, my not-so-cheery Washington Examiner column on the meltdown all around us.

Second, a three hour Hillsdale Dialogue on tomorrow’s show with Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn, and ProfessorsThomas West and Paul Moreno.  We will cover the nightmare ideology of Marx, its brutal application by Lenin and Stalin, and the history of American trade unionism and why it developed immunities to the virus that swept so much of the world to such deadly effect and which rages still in places like China, Cuba, North Korea and various venues in Central and South Ameerica under different guises and re-branding efforts, as well as in the work of some best-selling fabulists.

All of the Hillsdale Dialogues, now 85 and counting, are available here. Spend you next 85 workouts listening to those and you will be much better prepared for what is coming next.



What One Romney Interview Wrought

Friday, August 29, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

GOP 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney joined me on air Tuesday –the complete audio and transcript of the interview are here– and our brief conversation unleashed an avalanche of commentary.  Here’s a sample:




CNN State of the Union:


Commentary Magazine:


New Yorker: Continue Reading

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