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Congressman Ron DeSantis On Hillary’s “Homebrew” And Running For Senator Rubio’s Seat

Monday, March 9, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Congressman Ron DeSantis joined me to strat today’s show.  Congressman DeSantis is chair of the National Security Subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.   Most of our time is spent on the national security implications of Hillary’s “homebrew” server, but at the end of our conversation, Congressman DeSantis indicates a strong likelihood of running for the Senate if Senator Rubio seeks the GOP presidential nomination:




HH: The big story of the day is what Josh Earnest had to say earlier today. And to talk about that with me is Congressman Ron DeSantis from the great state of Florida. He’s a member of the House Government Affairs and Oversight Committee. Congressman DeSantis, welcome back, it’s always a pleasure to speak with you.

RD: Hey, Hugh, how are you?

HH: I’m great. I’ve got a little bit of a cold. I don’t know if you’ve escaped it. I’ve got a lot of a cold, actually. But let me play for you, Congressman, an exchange at the White House earlier today about Hillary Clinton’s Homebrew email system and the President communicating with her.

Reporter. We heard it from the President in his interview with CBS about this, and he said that he first became aware of it in news reports last week. So I’m wondering if implicit in that is that the President and Secretary Clinton never emailed one another when Secretary Clinton was serving at the State Department.

JE: That may be one conclusion to draw from the President’s remarks, but it would not be an accurate one. The President, as I think many people expected, did over the course of his first several years in office trade emails with his Secretary of State. I would not describe the number of emails as large. But they did have the occasion to email one another. And the point that the President was making is not that he didn’t know Secretary Clinton’s email address. He did. Bu the was not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up, or how Secretary Clinton and her team were planning to comply with the Federal Records Act.

HH: Now Congressman DeSantis, you’re on Oversight. Do you find that response credible at any level?

RD: Absolutely not. I mean, just for, one is you have the transparency issue. The reason you have a Federal Records Act is so that the American people know what goes on in the Executive Branch. Hillary clearly wanted to avoid that scrutiny, so she sets up her own email system. But I’ll tell you, for the President, if he’s trading emails with her, the first thing I would think of is okay, if this is the email you’re using, are you using classified information. Are you discussing affairs of State if this is your only email address? And that, anybody who’s been in the executive branch or the military knows, that is a huge, huge no-no, and it appears that this is the only email address she was using, or its only domain. That would absolutely have not been acceptable to discuss sensitive matters on. Continue Reading

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Robert Putnam’s “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis”

Monday, March 9, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Harvard’s Robert Putnam has been called the by the Sunday Times the world’s “most influential academic.” His last best-seller, Bowling Alone, remains among the most influential books of the new millennium, and his latest, Our Kids: The American Dream In Crisis, promises to be just as impactful.  Putnam joins me in hour three of today’s show.


The Transcript:

HH: Now you’ll want to play very close attention to the next few segments. My guest is Professor Robert Putnam. He is the Malcolm professor of public policy at Harvard. You probably know him as the author of Bowling Alone. He has been called by the Sunday Times of London the most influential academic in the world. He is the author of a brand new book which drops tomorrow, Our Kids: The American Dream In Crisis, which I was just talking about with Rick Santorum in the last segment. I’m pleased to talk to him now. Professor Putnam, welcome. It’s great to have you on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

RP: Thank you, Hugh. I’m delighted to be with you.

HH: I have to begin by telling you there are some very odd things about this book that resonates with me. First of all, I’m from Buckeye land like you are.

RP: Yes, sir.

HH: Secondly, last year I was in Port Clinton for the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie.

RP: No kidding? Great.

HH: Yeah, and I also live in Orange County and spend one day a month on the Orange County Children and Families Commission in the heart of Santa Ana.

RP: No kidding?

HH: So all of your observations just kind of ring with me. But I would to start with the grand one, which is this is a very distressing book. Our kids are not in good shape right now.

RP: Yeah, that’s right, Hugh. And in some respects, it was a tough book to write. You know from having glanced at the section on Orange County, for example, or for that matter, the section on Port Clinton, or any of the other sections, on Philadelphia or… Continue Reading


C.J. Box Talks About His Latest Joe Pickett Novel, Endangered

Monday, March 9, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

C.J. is a good friend of the program, and for a treat, Hugh spent time on the show talking about Endangered, and continued the conversation on the Aftershow, which is normally heard exclusively by subscribers of the Hughniverse. But C.J. to be shared with the public, certainly more than Hillary Clinton’s emails. You should definitely pick up the book, but here also is the audio and transcript of Hugh’s extended conversation with C.J. Box.

The Book:

The Audio:


The Transcript:

HH: That’s Garth Brooks. Garth Brooks appears in C.J. Box’ brand new book, Endangered. It’s going to be another number one New York Times bestseller. Everyone out there is a big Joe Pickett fan. Joe is back, and so is C.J. Box. C.J., how are you?

CJB: I’m doing great. I’m sorry about your voice, Hugh.

HH: Well, I’m doing better than the birds in Lek 64. And so I want to start with a headline. Last week, the Washington Post, you always manage to do this, C.J. You always manage to write a book that’s right out of the headlines. Last week in the Washington Post was a story that maybe the sage grouse isn’t endangered anyway. Tell people about that debate that finds its way into the brand new book, Endangered.

CJB: Right, sage grouse are like a chicken-sized bird, wild bird that’s in primarily the Mountain West and the Plains. And half of all the sage grouse in the world are located in Wyoming. And they live in what are called leks, which are just kind of concentric circles of birds. And it’s usually out in the flatlands, in the sage brush, and the old ones are at the outside, so if predators come, they get it first. And then once a year when they’re mating, they do like a strutting dance that people actually go out and try to see it, because it’s pretty spectacular. And sage grouse have always been all over the place in Wyoming, and although there are some questions about the science, it appeared that the population was starting to drop. And of course, the drop in that population was blamed on energy development. Whether or not, you know, that’s definitive is up to different views. But the fact is that the number seemed to be going down to the point where there’s a legitimate threat that the EPA may declare them endangered. And if they did that in states like Wyoming where energy is basically the driver of the economy, it would affect tens of thousands of acres. Continue Reading

Reopen The Judiciary Committee Hearings On AG Nominee Lynch And Get Commitments on Hillary’s Homebrew

Sunday, March 8, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My Monday Washington Examiner column argues that the Senate should return the Lynch nomination to the Judiciary Committee for additional hearings centered on Hillary’s private email server.  It would not be inappropriate or unprecedented to ask her to commit to a special prosecutor for the matter, and to take her response into account in deciding to vote for her.



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