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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Morale in the Administration

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Partial transcript:

HH: Let me close by asking you about President Trump. Obviously, he’s a builder. He’s a developer. He ought to be concerned about the housing shortage, and he probably has a skill set to advance that. How often do you talk to him, meet with him and talk about housing shortages in hyper-hot markets, if at all?
BC: Occasionally, but honestly, he’s got his hands full with a lot of international things right now. And you know, whenever I have an issue, I talk to him about it. He does have a lot of knowledge in this area. It’s pretty amazing, quite frankly. He knows all of these codes and all the things. It’s pretty amazing.

HH: And so what do you make of the state of the Trump administration, of which you are a part, given the scandals, the controversies, the back and forth, the Donald Trump Jr. meeting? How do you feel six month in, the administration overall, is doing?

BC: Well, you know, I think, you know, progress is being made. I can tell you that any administration that would come in with this kind of criticism and scrutiny would look bad. There’s no question about it. And I think that’s part of the goal of some who are out there. But it doesn’t matter, because in a way, the fact that all of this attention is being focused on the President, it gives the rest of us an opportunity to get things done without all the criticism. So that’s…

HH: Are you feeling energized? Do you have the same energy as when you arrived? Or has the Washington swamp slowed you down and left you, you know, knee deep in mud and muck?

BC: The more of the swamp, and the more of the swamp creatures I see, the more energized I become, because you recognize that we have a responsibility to the people. Would I rather be retired and enjoying life? Probably, but at the same time, when I look back at the fathers of our country and some of the people who have sacrificed so much so that we could have what we have today, there’s not too much that any of us can give.

HH: Dr. Ben Carson, always a pleasure. I hope I see you over on MSNBC some Saturday morning soon. We’ll talk about adults with developmental disabilities and their housing needs, and many other things. Have a great week ahead, Dr. I appreciate you taking time to talk to me.

BC: Thank you. Take care.

End of partial transcript.


The Six Senators On Whom Saving Health Care Depends

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There are six senators who have either declared they won’t vote to proceed to a vote or who proclaim themselves undecided or won’t answer the question:

Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, 202-224-6665, @LisaMurkowski – (907) 271-3735 – Anchorage office

Kentucky’s Rand Paul 202-224-4343@RandPaul – (270) 782-8303 – Bowling Green office

Maine’s Susan Collins 202-224-2523 @SenatorCollins – (207) 622-8414 – Augusta office

Nevada’s Dean Heller 202-224-6244 @SenDeanHeller – (702) 388-6605 – Las Vegas office

Ohio’s Rob Portman 202-224-3353 @SenRobPortman – (216) 522-7095 – Cleveland office

West Virginia’s Shelly Moore Capito 202-224-6472 @SenCapito – (304) 347-5372 – Charleston office

I suggest you call all six and, with courtesy and respect, urge them to vote to open debate and reserve judgment until they see the final bill before deciding how to vote next week.  Then stand and deliver and defend their vote.  The Senate switchboard is 202-224-3121.

Chairman Ron DeSantis on the Comey Memos

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From this morning’s Hugh Hewitt on MSNBC:


HH: All week, we have heard about Donald Trump, Jr.’s emails, and rightly so. It’s a big story. But lost in that volcano of breaking news was a very important statement by a key congressman from Florida’s 6th Congressional District. Before joining Congress, Ron DeSantis went to Yale, then Harvard Law School, and then he joined the Navy JAG corps. In 2007, DeSantis reported to the Naval Special Warfare Command Group in Coronado, California, where he was assigned to SEAL Team 1 and deployed to Iraq with the troop surge as the legal advisor to the SEAL commander of Special Operations Task Force West in Fallujah. He received the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq, and he remains a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserves. Congressman Ron DeSantis is now a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he chairs the subcommittee on National Security, which critically has oversight on all matters concerning national security and homeland defense, including the Justice Department’s role in those matters. And in that capacity, he made statements this week not about Donald Trump Jr.’s emails, but about former FBI Director Comey’s record of his conversations with President Trump, some of which the former FBI Director has admitted to leaking to the press. Welcome, Congressman DeSantis, good to have you this morning.

RD: Good morning, Hugh, thanks for having me.

HH: Well, that was an extraordinary interview you gave to Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon. And in it, you said a few things, that former FBI Director Comey has to be investigated by the Department of Justice, that they have to subpoena his memos of his conversations with President Trump, that former National Security Deputy Advisor Ben Rhodes needs to be investigated, and that every remaining holdover from the Obama years at the NSC should be fired. That’s a lot for one interview, Congressman. What triggered that?

RD: Well, the reports of Comey’s memos potentially containing classified information were very concerning to me. I don’t know if they did. I think we need to find that out. But Comey himself under oath, incredibly, he admitted he leaked these memos in order to trigger a special counsel against the President. So it was really weaponized leaking, and if he was willing to disclose, or was careless with classified information, I think that’s something that’s very, very important. But I thought it got to a broader issue not just with Comey, but with some of the other leaking we’ve seen since this president’s taking office. It’s not just people are leaking because they think something was wrong with the government and they want some sunlight. I still don’t agree with that, because I don’t think you’re a law unto yourself. But this is concerted leaks designed to attack the sitting president. So I think the character of the leaks are different, and I think Comey’s leaks are part of that bushel.

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A Prime Opportunity for the Ages

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Check out the latest edition of the Townhall Review program here and subscribe to the podcast here. On this week’s program:

I interview Politico’s Anna Palmer about the Donald Trump Jr. email exchange with a Russian lawyer.

Dennis Prager offers his insight into the alleged Russian collusion controversy.

Mike Gallagher invites Senator Ted Cruz to talk about the promise President Trump made to repeal and replace Obamacare and how this is a prime opportunity for the ages.

Michael Medved laments the Oregon push to legalize deadly drugs like heroin and ecstasy.

In response to a Cornell University study, Larry Elder shares a story about his father working in the food industry and how certain demographics leave better tips than others.



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