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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos joined me this morning:

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HH: Joined by United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Madame Secretary, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show. It’s great to have you.

BD: Thank you, Hugh. Good morning.

HH: It’s a grim morning, and the result is, of course, of a school shooting where 17 are dead and 10 others injured. Secretary DeVos, we have a no-fly list in this country. Ought we not to have a no buy list for students who are obviously troubled, have been expelled, are in mental health programs and who post YouTube videos of the sort that this kid did? Don’t we need a superintendent to be able to go to a police chief and say this kid can’t have a gun?

BD: Well, Hugh, let me first say that I am just heartbroken for all of the families that have been impacted by this. It is just a devastating moment and situation. And there have been far too many of these situations. And my heart just goes out to all of the teachers, the educators, the parents, especially the parents and the families impacted. And you know, there have, apparently were lots of signs. And I think it’s critically important that we have a much more robust conversation around tracking and tackling mental health issues, and really bringing this all together, because it’s clear that, it seems to be clear that this young man put up lots and lots of signals and warning signs.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

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I was joined this leader by the Majority Leader of the House, CA Rep. Kevin McCarthy:

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HH: I’m pleased to welcome back to the program House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy. Good morning, Leader, good to have you back.

KM: Good morning and Happy Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day to you.

HH: Let me begin after a string of legislative victories – the tax bill, the spending breakthrough, the breaking of the sequester, you are linked now with the short list of people to become the new White House Chief of Staff. Have you discussed that with the President?

KM: No, I have made no decis…I have not discussed anything like that with the President. There’s no opening, either, so…

HH: Would you be willing to do it if there was an opening and he asked you to do it?

KM: Look, I don’t do any hypotheticals. I think my role here as majority leader is get all the work done.

HH: One source, according to CNN, says McCarthy is telling people he doesn’t want the job. Another source says he could be more valuable to the White House in his current role in Congress. Are people making up stuff without talking to you, Kevin McCarthy?

KM: I think stuff gets made up every week. I had Bloomberg calling me saying I took some job with Google last weekend. So…

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In The Face Of Injustice

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We stand at the threshold of Lent – the season on the church calendar in which we prepare to celebrate the greatest injustice in human history.  Yes, you read that correctly – the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is the greatest injustice in human history.  It is the only truly innocent man history has ever seen being punished for the guilt of ever other person that has ever been or will ever be.  Really, seriously, can you think of anything more unjust?

We live in a world consumed with justice – with trying to figure out what it is and how to obtain it.  Secular definitions focus on equitable application of the law, reason and morality.  Biblical studies start there, but expand the definition to include caring for the poor and otherwise limited.  “Social justice warriors” of recent times warp the Biblical definition away from generosity and towards punishment of the successful and accomplished, failing to understand that justice is as much about character as it is about social structures.

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Bill Kristol on the Cascading Crises In The Middle East

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Weekly Standard editor emeritus Bill Kristol joined me this morning:

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HH: Joined by editor emeritus of the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol. Good morning, Bill.

BK: Hi, Hugh.

HH: You might expect that I will, I brought you on to talk about your Omarosa in depth knowledge, and to plumb that story. But in fact, I want to talk to you about a cascading series of crises in the Middle East, which is actually stunning. Right now, we have President Erdogan threatening an Ottoman slap at Lt. General Funk, who said American troops would defend themselves. We have a story from Bloomberg that U.S, the U.S. troops killed scores of Russian mercenaries in Syria this week. And we have Israel attacking Iranian drones, having an F-16 shot down, and a massive series of counterstrikes on Iranian positions in Syria. In other words, that is a tinderbox. It’s actually more than a tinderbox. It’s on fire, and we’re talking about Omarosa, Bill. What in the world?

BK: Well, I’m glad you’re calling attention to it. I’ve had the exact same thought the last few days. The Iran-Israel confrontation was a big deal. And hopefully, it doesn’t escalate into a full-scale war. But it certainly could. And then of course, Turkey and everything else, I think President Obama began a process very self-consciously and quite explicitly of withdrawal, basically, from the Middle East. He maybe didn’t quite use that word, but nation building must begin at home, and he took us out of, of course, Iraq, and didn’t commit in Syria both in 2011 when the civil war when we could, I think, have really made a difference in the nipping of the violence in the bud, or at least shaping it and controlling it. And then of course with the famous red line in 2013 and then the Iran deal in 2015, which seemed to signal that we were willing to let the, sort of, Iran have a kind of hegemony over the area, and certainly weren’t going to exert ourselves. And so whoever had become president would have inherited a very difficult situation. President Trump, despite his occasional bellicosity of rhetoric, is an America first guy, very averse to American troops on the ground, has done some good things, I think, in crushing ISIS, but no real strategy of dealing with Iran or stabilizing the area as much as possible, and so here we are. I think it’s really, it is a real live, you know, what’s the word I’m looking for, end time kind of, real time lesson in what happens when the U.S. withdraws, which is not regional stability, balance of power, it’s increasing chaos. The bad guys get stronger. People who are on the fence tend to become bad guys or work with bad guys, because who else are they going to work with? And so you have this insane situation in Syria where everyone’s looking to Russia as the kind of peacemaker and you know, the resolver of the issues as opposed to the U.S.

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