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Ohio Senator Rob Portman Extends His Lead In The Buckeye State

Wednesday, August 17, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Rob Portman was my guest this morning.  He’s quietly built a commanding lead ofver a flailing, failing Ted Strickland, the defeated (and failed) former governor of Ohio, but Harry Reid is throwing tens of millions at Portman because the Senate simply doesn’t run blue if Portman wins re-election.  Send him a contribution via, and follow him on Twitter: @robportman.




HH: As all of you across the United States know, though, that the most important United States Senate race is in my home state of Ohio. It features incumbent Republican Senator Rob Portman, author, among other things, of the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, and just generally regarded as one of the workhorses in the United States Senate against the former failed governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland, referred by me as Retread Ted. The Real Clear average, Real Clear Politics average of polls in the state shows Rob Portman up 5.8. The most recent poll, Quinnipiac, shows Rob Portman extending his lead to 9 points. Senator Portman joins me this morning from Ohio. Senator, welcome, good to speak to you.

RP: Hugh, thanks for having me on.

HH: Is it true that Harry Reid is spending $25-40 million dollars against you? They want the Buckeye State so badly to go blue?

RP: Yeah, I think we’re the target, Hugh, and it makes sense, because probably the majority in Congress, in the United States Senate, will be determined by a couple of states, and one is Ohio. So yeah, the Democrats have spent more money in Ohio than any other state, and Harry Reid’s PAC in particular has been running negative attack ads which happen to be false as well non-stop. So you know, we’re being targeted, but we’re also responding. And we’ve got a great grassroots effort, as you know from having been in Ohio. We’ve got thousands of volunteers. We had 1,500 folks helping us as volunteers over the weekend contacting over 100,000 Ohioans with door knocks and phone calls. So we’re fighting back on the ground, and I’m really excited about the campaign, because we’re getting a lot of good response. Continue Reading


While We Are Combating Bias…

Tuesday, August 16, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

So back in June the Justice Department announced:

…that more than 33,000 federal agents and prosecutors will receive training aimed at preventing unconscious bias from influencing their law enforcement decisions.

The official term in use is “implicit bias:”

In a memo to Justice Department employees, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said the program targets “implicit biases” – subtle, unconscious stereotypes or characterizations nearly everyone makes about certain groups of people.

“But implicit bias also presents unique challenges to effective law enforcement, because it can alter where investigators and prosecutors look for evidence and how they analyze it without their awareness or ability to compensate,” Yates said in the memo.

I find this fascinating.  There might be bias in how we look for and analyze evidence!  I wonder if that works somewhere else, like I don’t know, climate science say. Continue Reading

Teaching, Instruction and Knowledge

Sunday, August 14, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

The internet has a way of fooling us into thinking we know things.  And perhaps it does give us more ready access to knowledge than we had prior to its existence.  But because it is self-guided research there tends to be a lot of confirmation bias involved.  Not to mention the incredible amount of misinformation available on the internet.  Finally, knowing something and using that knowledge are two very different things.

We live in an age where no one can know a lot about a lot of things, there is simply too much to know.  Even if we are the very best there is in our field, there are all those other fields where someone will know more.  We need instruction throughout our lives.

Seems like Solomon knew that when he wrote the Proverbs a few thousand years ago.

Prov 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Prov 4:13
Take hold of instruction; do not let go.
Guard her, for she is your life.

Prov 6:23
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light;
And reproofs for discipline are the way of life

Prov 8:10-11
“Take my instruction and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
“For wisdom is better than jewels;
And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

Prov 10:17
He is on the path of life who heeds instruction,
But he who ignores reproof goes astray.

Prov 13:14
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
To turn aside from the snares of death.

Prov 15:33
The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.

Prov 23:23
Buy truth, and do not sell it,
Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

This Sunday morning I ask God for good teachers and a willingness to learn.

CBS’ John Dickerson On Trump v Clinton

Friday, August 12, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

John Dickerson, host of CBS’Face the Nation, joined me Friday morning to look at the choice facing voters:




HH: Joined now by Face the Nation host John Dickerson, author of the brand new book, Whistlestops, which will be my beach reading if I ever get to a beach. John, welcome back. Here’s my meta question. On the one hand, we have an eccentric, erratic, irascible billionaire. On the other hand, a conspiratorial, compromised, sometimes sinister, access denying, no press conference giving, long time insider who’s connected with Gilbert Chagoury. What the hell are we going to do?

JD: (laughing) You think I have an answer to that question, Hugh? You know, I think we’re going to have to just keep trying to present the choices to people and hope that there is a wisdom in the collective American response to this election. I don’t know. It’s a pretty, it’s, we’re, you know, what you’ve described is what I hear all the time from voters, is the kind of sadness about the choices that are put before them, and that there is so much, that so much time has to be spent trying to, you know, follow the kind of, some of these flashpoint things down a rabbit hole, and people are disappointed with the level of the conversation. Continue Reading

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