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Israel and Hamas, And A Visit From Daniel Silva

Wednesday, July 9, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

“[N]o government of any country can tolerate the kind of attacks on its civilians that Hamas is undertaking with its missile barrage,” writes Jonathan Tobin in Commentary Magazine.  He is of course correct and that is the crucial understanding of what will happen today and in the3 days ahead in Israel and in Gaza.

Yesterday was a fun day, with the talk of Cleveland, the convention and LeBron –but not in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa where missiles rained down, even with Iron Dome operating with its remarkable accuracy.  Israel is acting to stop the barrage, and the scope of its military response is growing.

“From our standpoint, this is a campaign that will not end anytime soon, and we must continue to maintain stamina and patience,” Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon declared. “We will continue to hit Hamas and other terrorist organizations hard from the air, at sea, and on the ground in order to ensure the security of the citizens of Israel.”

“Obama has not yet publicly embraced Hamas. He simply ignores it. Hamas doesn’t rate a mention,” Powerline’s Scott Johnson notes. “Obama’s silence regarding Hamas is the midpoint on his journey toward the post-presidential phase of Jimmy Carter’s career as a Middle East peacemaker.”

Whatever the president and his team of bumblers discuss or don’t discuss, the focus of today’s show will be on events in Israel and will include a conversation with best-selling novelist Daniel Silva on his new Gabriel Allon thriller, The Heist, sure to be a #1 best-seller across the world.  It is actually tragic that Silva writes about events so timely they could come from this morning’s newspapers, but it is a great talent to take the snarl of headlines and heated rhetoric and produce a coherent narrative that teaches as it entertains.  Don’t miss our conversation about The Heist in the second hour of today’s show.

Yesterday’s program featured interviews with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Ohio Senator Rob Portman and the Washington Post’s Robert Costa –all on the choice of Cleveland as the host of the GOP’s 2016 convention.  For details on the selection process, run through those transcripts over at the transcript page –and along the way you’ll find some clues to Senator Portman’s intentions vis-a-vis 2016.
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Ohio Senator Rob Portman On 2016 –The GOP Convention In Cleveland And His Political Plans

Wednesday, July 9, 2014  |  posted by Duane Patterson

HH: I’m now joined by United States Senator Rob Portman to talk a little bit about this Cleveland decision. Senator, what a great day for Ohio, congratulations.

RP: Hugh, thank you. I give you full credit, because you’ve been bragging on Ohio on this program forever.

HH: Well, that’s a hometown, they could have put it in Warren, and it would be slightly better.

RP: Yeah.

HH: But I don’t think they’ve got the hotel capacity. Robert Costa is crediting you with working this behind the scenes quite hard. How much truth in that, Senator?

RP: Well, I did work it quite hard, but the people who deserve the credit are the folks in Cleveland. You would have been very impressed to have seen this, Hugh, but the mayor, who as you know is a Democrat, Frank Jackson, came together with the Republicans, including the chairman of the local party, former chairman, Bob Bennett of the state party. And they said let’s go for this thing, and they put the business community together, they found a guy who’s an executive director who’s a retired CEO who’s done a great job, Terry Egger whom you may know, former publisher of the CPD, actually. And they really put together quite a proposal. And then when the host committee came, or the select committee from the RNC, they put Cleveland’s best foot forward. You know, they took them to all the great places and showed them the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and the lake in all of its beauty, and you know, the arena fits perfectly for what they need. So I give the local community the credit. Continue Reading

ISIS and Jordan

Tuesday, July 8, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Most eyes are watching Israel’s escalating battle with Hamas.  The same or more attention should be paid on the ISIS assault on Jordan. The New York Times has it figured it, as does John Ford writing in The Daily Caller.

The president seems committed to ignoring the growing threat from al Qaeda which is anything but decimated.  Mitchell Silber writes in today’s Wall Street Journal about the threat posed by jihadis returning from the expanding frontlines, and again the Obama Administration seems not to connect its passivity in Iraq and throughout the region with this growing threat.

I admit to being interested in whether the GOP picks Cleveland and if LeBron comes home, and to wondering if Jason Chaffetz knows something very people know, but behind it all is the looming threat   These days, every other story is just a distraction from the main one, just as the debates and controversies of the summer of 2001 are long forgotten.


Alliance Defending Freedom’s David Cortman, Lead Counsel For Conestoga Wood, On The SOTUS Decision and Subsequent Orders

Tuesday, July 8, 2014  |  posted by Duane Patterson

HH: I’m also in league with my friends from Alliance Defending Freedom this week. I teach each year a week with media people where David Cortman is the senior counsel and the vice president of litigation for Alliance Defending Freedom. And he is the lead counsel for Conestoga Woods, one of the two victorious parties last week in Hobby Lobby. He sits across the table from me. David, thanks for taking time away from your enjoyable activities tonight to spend a half hour explaining this all for us.

DC: Always great to be here. It’s my pleasure.

HH: Can we start as thought the decision’s not in front of us? Will you explain what the Affordable Care Act did, the bind into which it put religious groups and religious corporations, and all the different people, and then what has happened since? Continue Reading

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