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Jake Tapper For Host of “This Week”

Friday, January 8, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The competition to replace george Stephanopoulos as host of ABC’s Sunday show “This Week” is underway, with the front runner tipped asTed Koppel.

Too bad. Tapper has credibility across the political spectrum as a tough and pointed questioner, and ABC would find an instant surge in ratings if they gave the chair to Tapper. And he would also bring a much younger audience.

So expect Koppel to get the job.

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The American University In Iraq

Friday, January 8, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My old friend (and boss from the Reagan-era NEH) John Agresto has been spending the past few years getting the American University in iraq off the ground. John first went to Iraq with Paul Bremer et al, but unlike most Americans who have gone and come back, John has stayed and stayed, investing his extraordinary energy and intelligence in building some of necessary infrastructure of a modern, functioning Democratic state.

To learn more about –and perhaps support– the American University in Iraq, visit the web site, and listen to Dr. Agresto at the end of hour one today.

The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait and Concussions

Friday, January 8, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I discussed concussions with TNR’s Jonathan Chait on yesterday’s show after Jonathan posted about the subject. The piece was titled “The Pro-Concussion backlash” and included the memorable line that “Texas has turned into the epicenter for the backlash against efforts to protect players from brain injuries.”

One of my law partners, Gary Wolensky, is one of the best-informed defense lawyers in the country on the subject of head injuries, and sent me this note:

I have read Jonathan Chait’s trash. I have been a defense attorney for more than 30 years and have represented several industries in their highest profile head and neck injury cases and have counseled these companies and industries on issues involving their product development and the impact on the risk of serious head and neck injuries. These industries include the automobile industry, amusement parks, consumer products and sporting goods companies. I have worked with helmet manufacturers, sporting goods associations, doctors, biomechanical and biomedical experts, and other researchers who are doing complex testing and analysis of the concussion issue. I can tell you that I have never worked with a company, team, organization or school district that hasn’t taken the issue of concussions, it’s diagnosis, treatment, and long term effects, and the potential improvement of safety equipment including football helmets, very, very, seriously. Over the past few years nobody put their heads in the sand. Companies, associations, consultants, and schools are trying to figure out what are the long term effects of repeated concussions? Congressional hearings are interesting but the fact of the matter is that the last thing this controversy needs is Congressional oversight. Let them fix the mess they made by passing the abomination known as the Consumer Product Safety Imrpovement Act.

Gary knows head-injuries and concussion science, but he doesn’t know that you will never see Jonathan write anything that would suggest American business is proactively addressing the issue of head safety and that Congress is in fact grandstanding.

Mitt Romney on Scott Brown’s Race for the Senate

Friday, January 8, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney joined me on yesterday’s show to discuss how Republicans have won in the Bay State in the past. The transcript is here. Romney has been working hard for Brown, as every GOP leader ought to be. (We also discuss the vast differences between Obamacare and Mass Care –the state program Romney oversaw while governor.)

Of course getting and staying close enough to make a Massachusetts Miracle possible requires cash for at least bare-bones advertising. You can help with an online donation via Scott Brown’s website here.

Brown’s new web ad is below. The election is January 19, so start reminding your MA friends right now that they have it in their power to stop Obamacare.

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