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“Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small”

Friday, December 18, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The perfect gift for the hip people in your life who think you are clueless about popular culture, “Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small,” by John Cook. Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance:
Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small

One of the authors, John Cook of Gawker, joins me on today’s show.

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“For The Troops III”

Friday, December 18, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik is on today’s show to alert members of the military and their families that “For the Troops III” is out and available for them at www.CDfortheTroops.com. This is the comedy edition, featuring cuts by Chris Rock, Dennis Miller, Adam Sandler, Ray Romano, Jeff Foxworthy, Dana Carvey, Matt Iseman, Kevin Nelson, Kevin James, and John himself. Thanks to all these performers and their teams for working to say thanks to the troops.

Does Harry Have 60?

Friday, December 18, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Examiner argues that the Democrats’ confidence is manufactured.

The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel agrees.

Opponents and proponents are blitzing Senate offices with phone calls and e-mails, and the “Take Further Action” button in the “Free Our Health Care” box to your right will send you directly to your senators and Congressmen.

You can also encourage Nebraska’s Ben Nelson to continue to stand strong on his demands that abortion funding be deleted from the Reid bill and that the states not be bankrupted by the bill’s many new burdens by using the Hill’s switchboard –202-224-3121. A second call to Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln pledging financial support for her opponent in 2010 if she votes for cloture will help as well.

And speaking of 2010, Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio was a guest yesterday, and he hit it out of the park. I will try and get the audi posted here later today. The transcript is already posted.

I will also invite Governor Charlie Crist, Rubio’s opponent for the GOP nomination, on the show as often as I do Rubio –my rule for all contested GOP primaries for any candidate with more than 20% in any public poll– but every candidate should study Rubio’s message. It ignited my audience, and for a very good reason.

Finally, the transcript of my conversation with the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof has triggered a lot of e-mails. (See the post below.) If you are a Hughniverse subscriber, the blog there is carrying on a conversation about it this weekend.

Ben Nelson and Nicholas Kirstof

Thursday, December 17, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Nebraska’s Ben Nelson has rejected the latest “compromise” offered him by his Democratic colleagues, so Harry Reid still doesn’t have his 60 votes, though this Washington Post report continues to relay Reid’s confidence in a yes vote on Christmas eve.

I wonder if Al Franken’s rudeness to Joe Lieberman earlier today might result in the Connecticut senator’s refusal to help push the bill through by Christmas eve.

Time to make those Congressional phones ring. The “Take Further Action” button in the “Free Our Health Care” box in the right hand column will connect you to your two senators and your specific congressman.

But please also call the Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 and urge Nelson and Lieberman (and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas) to vote no on cloture.

The transcript of my conversation with New York Times’ columnist Nicholas Kirstof –much of which is a discussion of the Senate bill– is posted here. The column he wrote about John Brodniak which we discussed is here. I came away from it convinced, as I am after most conversations with Obamacare supporters, that the specifics of the bill just don’t matter to those pressing for its passage. Give it a read and send me your thoughts via hugh@hughhewitt.com. The Hughniverse’s weekend discussion will be pegged to this interview.

And here is the link to the site of the young Sudanese refugee about whom Kristof wrote today, who has returned to his country to build a high school in southern Sudan.

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