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‘The Fourth Way’

Monday, January 9, 2017  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Hearings on President-elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees open this week and all should be concluded after a day or two with positive committee votes and rapid floor votes of confirmation. Not a single nominee appears yet to be in any way endangered, and while interest groups on the left are furiously fundraising off of cries of alarm and doom, the “Reid Rule” adopted by Senate...

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Memo to the young DC job seeker

Tuesday, January 3, 2017  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

So you want to join the Trump Administration? Be a special assistant to a Cabinet secretary? Carry a briefcase in the White House? I get it. I did too, out of law school and fresh from a clerkship in 1984. And I was lucky — very lucky — to work for two great attorneys general, William French Smith and Edwin Meese, and then White House Counsel Fred Fielding and his deputy Dick Hauser as they...

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Memo To PEOTUS @realDonaldTrump: #FasterPlease and #TheFourthWay

Thursday, December 22, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

There’s been a lull in the pace of the stand up of the Trump Administration and the left is using it to try and define the new president and his team.  The response should be #FasterPlease and #TheFourthWay: More appointments at every level and a bigger, broader agenda that surprises and delivers —#TheFourthWay. The incessant mentions of the popular vote, the factually wrong attacks...

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Winter isn’t coming

Monday, December 19, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

One more week of Beltway Christmas parties, followed by a week of faith, and football, and then the nation’s capital reconvenes in a still-stunned state. No less an American icon than Henry Winker — from “Happy Days” to “Arrested Development” to a sleigh full of fine films — tweeted a question last week: “Why does our political underpinning seem so...

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Pruitt and Puzder: A pair of brilliant nominees

Monday, December 12, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

With two nominations late last week, President-elect Trump has telegraphed seriousness about a frontal assault on the out-of-control regulatory state. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is a brilliant, principled, amiable and effective chief legal officer of a state and former state legislator (as well as minor league baseball team owner). He’s also on the board of the Southern Baptist...

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Does Gen. Mattis have a strategy for shaping the ‘media battle space’?

Monday, December 5, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Donald Rumsfeld served his second tour of duty as Secretary of Defense from Jan. 20, 2001, to Dec. 18, 2006. He is one of America’s most accomplished public servants. And he was arguably the best prepared secretary of defense, having not only served in that job before, from Nov. 20, 1975 to Jan. 20, 1977, but having also been White House chief of staff, America’s ambassador to NATO...

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Deep breaths, everyone. All will be well.

Monday, November 28, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

It stood to reason that 2016 has a few more surprises up its very large sleeves, and that The Ohio State University’s double-overtime 30-27 win over Michigan’s Wolverines would be among them. Not that the Bucks’ winning The Game is a jolt. Ohio State has won 12 of the schools’ last 13 meetings. But there had never been an overtime in the history of The Game. Now that there...

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The ‘Constitution Spring’

Monday, November 14, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Long-time residents of California know what the aftermath of a major quake is like. Even those completely uninjured and complete strangers to personal or property loss are jittery for weeks or even months. They hate to be stuck under overpasses. They loathe being in Los Angeles’ very tall buildings when the inevitable aftershocks roll through. It’s very, very disconcerting, even for...

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The choice

Monday, November 7, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Missouri Senator Jim Talent made a comprehensive five part closing argument for Donald Trump for president here. Larry Arnn, the president of Hillsdale College — speaking for himself and not his community of teachers, students and staff at Hillsdale — made an argument about both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump which ought to be read or listened to in its entirety but which can be...

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Francona’s example for GOP: Stick with what has worked in the past

Monday, October 24, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

If 2016 trends stay true, the “Sweet Meteor of Death” (#SMOD on Twitter) will hit the earth — specifically, at Progressive Field in Cleveland — in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 with the score tied and the Cleveland Indians’ Mike Napoli at bat. The Cubs’ Jon Lester will have dueled with the Tribe’s Corey Kluber through 6 scoreless innings, with Bryan...

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The GOP’s crisis

Monday, October 10, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Political parties have been around since politics emerged from the stranglehold of the strongest and extended out to even the most limited of franchises. “Parties” existed even within the courts of absolute kings. “Factions” are how Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay referred to them in “The Federalist Papers,” and they appeared on American soil in...

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Hillary’s contempt for Bernie’s folk

Monday, October 3, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Basement-dwelling baristas of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your “I’m With Her” signs. “Bernie Sanders is the real deal,” you thought, but Clinton just thought you hopelessly naive, underemployed at best with few prospects, and oppressed by Obamacare premiums that no one expected to have to pay. You, said Clinton, wanted free stuff. You, said Clinton...

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Welcome to the new Sunday morning

Monday, September 19, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

An IED — or two or three — in New Jersey intended to blow up runners in a race to support Marines wounded in the wars. An IED — or two or three — in New York City intended to kill or maim civilians. A suspected “home-grown, self radicalized” jihadist dresses as a security guard and slashes a half dozen or more innocents in St. Cloud, Minn. Welcome to the new Sunday...

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How New Media Undermines Old Hillary & Old Media

Friday, September 16, 2016  |  posted by Garrett Fahy

By Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy A seismic shift is underway in how Americans, especially younger Americans, consume news. The changes may radically increase political accountability and undermine the old media’s role as protector-in-chief of dishonest Democrats. ...

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When Hillary’s Supreme Court decides redistricting cases

Monday, September 12, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Voting has begun in the 2016 election as North Carolina opened its (very) early balloting by absentee on Friday. Voting is said to be heavy among the half of Donald Trump supporters who Hillary Clinton has categorized as being in a “basket of deplorables.” It seems irrational to vote this early in an election cycle in which jarring slanders on millions of Americans arrive suddenly, as...

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How to Lose Allies & Alienate Supporters, by Barack & Hillary

Friday, September 2, 2016  |  posted by Garrett Fahy

How to Lose Allies & Alienate Supporters, by Barack & Hillary By Garrett Fahy The political world is focused on Trump’s Immigration Plan, Hillary’s ongoing email saga (prediction alert: we’ll be discovering emails she tried to wipe off her server for months), and her interview with the FBI. But in the background, the newest installment of the White House’s ongoing...

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The resentment election

Monday, August 29, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Some presidential elections are fueled by fear. Ronald Reagan won in 1980 because the country was afraid of developments at home and abroad. Some contests run on gratitude and hope, including Reagan’s re-election and President Obama’s first win. Some, as with the election of George H.W. Bush and President Clinton’s re-election, are simply safe bets. And throughout American...

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Once more into the Supreme Court breach

Monday, August 15, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Third time’s a charm. Or not. Over the last two weeks I have tried to use this space to persuade #NeverTrumpers that their opposition to Donald Trump, no matter how deeply principled on their part, should yield to the manifest damage that would be done to the rule of law in the United States by even one, much less two or more, appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court by Secretary of State...

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Counting the cost of a Supreme Court lost to the Left

Monday, August 8, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

A week ago in this space I wrote in support of Donald Trump. I gave three reasons for voting for Trump, beginning with the most important: the fate of the United States Supreme Court. The fact is that the confirmation of even one Hillary Clinton nominee to the Supreme Court will turn the court in a hard left, almost certainly irreversible direction. This isn’t really debatable. But my...

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It’s the Supreme Court, stupid

Monday, August 1, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Of course I am voting for Donald Trump. You should be too if you are a conservative. Let me break this down into three arguments, the first of which is Trump’s trump card on the #NeverTrumpers. If Hillary Clinton wins, the Left gavels in a solid, lasting, almost certainly permanent majority on the Supreme Court. Every political issue has a theoretical path to SCOTUS, and only self-imposed...

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