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Lanhee Chen On The Disaster For GOP (And Individual GOP Senators) On Failure To Proceed To Debate

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The Hoover Institution’s Lanhee Chen joined me this morning to discuss failure to move forward on debate on health care bill next week:

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Transcript:

HH: I’m joined by Lanhee Chen. He is the David and Diane Steffy research scholar at the Hoover Institution, along with Avik Roy, one of the two great policy authorities here. But I want to talk politics for a bit this morning, Lanhee. Good morning, thank you for getting up early to talk to me.

LC: Hey, Hugh, good to be with you.

HH: What are the consequences of senators, four senators who vote no on the motion to proceed to debate next week?

LC: Well, the consequence is we are stuck with Obamacare. I mean, that’s really what this comes down to. There’s really no more obfuscating the point, Hugh, and that is that if we can’t get to debate on this bill, if senators don’t vote to proceed to debate on the bill, we are basically acknowledging that Obamacare is going to remain the law of the land, and all we are going to be able to do is tweak it around the edges. That’s really what this is. And you can primp and you can preen, and you can pretend like it’s about principle, but really, this is about a basic function of why a Republican Congress got elected, and that is to repeal and replace the law. And you can’t do that if you don’t even vote on the basic motion to go to debate.

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When Hate Becomes Love and Love Becomes Hate

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In eight grade a friend of mine picked up a prescription drug habit.  Every morning he would use on the bus on the way to school and by first period he was flying high.  He was taking uppers and our first period teacher was as dense as lead so she thought he was just “acting out.”  I was watching my friend destroy his life and the supposed adult was too stupid to see it happening right before her eyes.  After months of watching this dance and weeks of going home in tears afraid for my friend and the harm he was causing himself I went to the vice principal and told him what was going on.  I became a hated thing – I became “a narc.”  I expected it was the last I would ever see of my friend, but at least I knew I had done what I can to halt his downward spiral.

Needless to say, long term suspension from school followed soon after I “narced” my friend out.  A few weeks after that I heard he was hospitalized and sober.  At my parents urging, and assistance getting me there, I dared to visit.  As I arrived his mother was leaving and while I had met her a few times, I barely knew her, yet she kissed my cheek as she greeted me.  I entered the room and the first words from my friend’s mouth were “Thank you.” He knew I acted out of concern for him.  Instead of being hated for “narcing,” he understood that my act was an act of brotherly love.  We remained friends for some time, until in high school his addictions claimed him completely.  He never managed to finish school and some years after, his addictions claimed him finally.

There are lots of ways of “narcing someone out,” most of which do not involve narcotics or drugs of any sort.  Rather it is simply confronting someone either directly or indirectly with their actions and the consequences thereof.  We used to understand that such is an act of love – born of the desire for the best for the person being confronted.  But nowadays such is considered an act of hate because it implies disapproval of the  actions of person being confronted and in the modern age we equate love with unconditional approval and unconditional acceptance.  Apparently love no longer means desiring the best for someone, but simply granting them what their desire.  Somehow, love now means allowing someone to continue to wallow in behavior that harms their soul, themselves and others.  Somehow hate now means asking them to stop harming themselves and others while love means acceptance of that harm.  Does that not strike you as completely backwards?

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Which Trump Administration Scandal Stories Are Blockbusters, Which Are Box Office Flops? Talking Scandals As Movie Openings With Chuck Todd

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Chuck Todd joined me Thursday morning to discuss the dizzying array of scandal story lines connected to Team Trump, a couple of which have legs, many of which should never have opened:

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Transcript:

HH: Joined by Chuck Todd of NBC News. He is, of course, the host of Meet the Press and Meet the Press Daily, every single day at 5pm on MSNBC. Good morning, Chuck, how are you?

CT: Hugh, hearing the Game of Thrones music this week just makes me a little bit happier.

HH: (laughing)

CT: Right? It just feels, it feels more real. It’s coming. Winter is coming.

HH: It’s coming. It’s coming Friday. Let me ask you first to agree with me on, or disagree with me on a definitional issue. We keep using the word collusion, and I think we would all be better served if we used the word espionage, because as my friend, Dennis Prager, likes to say, clarity before agreement. Collusion really means espionage. What do you think of that?

CT: Look, I think, I’m not comfortable with any word, yet. I mean, you have collusion, you have coordination. I agree on the espionage. I think, look, at the heart and soul of this, this is an espionage case, right?

HH: Yup.

CT: That’s what we’re trying to figure out. So that is a, I agree with your, at least your goal here, which is to have a, can we agree upon the same set of facts? And I think everybody will agree this is an espionage case. The question is did someone in America get compromised? And who in America did?

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Talking National Security Issues With Former NSC Spokesman and POTUS 44 Aide Ned Price

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Former NSC spokesman Ned Price joined me this morning for an across-the-aisle look-back at President Obama’s national security legacy as well as commentary on Donald Trump Jr.’s meetings and new CIA Director Pompeo’s prospects:

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Transcript:

HH: Joined now by Ned Price. Ned was a special assistant to President Obama, the spokesperson for the National Security Council, and senior director of the NSC. Before that, he was with the CIA. He and I both work for NBC now, and so he’s a colleague. And I hope this is the first of many conversations, because I like having smart people from the other side of the aisle join me. Ned, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to have you on.

NP: Great to be here, Hugh. Thanks so much for having me.

HH: And I believe we share in common a friend in Dan Poneman, and probably a few other people around Washington, D.C. So, but there are two obligatory questions I ask every first time guest on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

NP: I’m ready.

HH: Have you read The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright?

NP: I absolutely have. I, you know, Hugh, I started my career in government as a CIA analyst. I worked in the Counterterrorism Center, and I focused for a number of years on al Qaeda. And so that book was really one I looked forward to reading, and really one that was quite illuminating.

HH: Plus one for you. Now second one, was Alger Hiss a Soviet spy?

NP: I believe he was.

HH: Oh, plus two.

NP: I believe he was.

HH: Gosh, you’re already…

NP: I believe he was.

HH: You’re already off to a great start. All right…

NP: The Pumpkin Papers don’t lie.

HH: They don’t lie.

NP: Yeah.

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