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David Davenport: Free Speech On The Decline

11/27/2017
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One reason to be concerned about the future of America is the reduced commitment of its young people to freedom, starting with free speech. A recent survey from the Brookings Institution indicates that 44 percent of millennials do not believe hate speech is protected by the Constitution. Moreover, 51 percent believe it is appropriate to shout down a controversial speaker, with 19 percent saying it is ok to use violence for that purpose. Mistakenly, 62 percent say the First Amendment...

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Albert Mohler: The Growing Willingness To Sacrifice Religious Liberty

11/22/2017
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The nation of Australia recently voted by a wide margin to legalize same-sex marriage. The question turns swiftly now to the issue of religious liberty. Already, the major bill is inadequate when it comes to protecting religious freedom. The Attorney General of Australia, noting this fact, has suggested that the bill must “make it clear that nothing in the bill makes it unlawful for people to hold and to express the views of their own religion on the subject of marriage.” The sad fact is...

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Michael Medved: Wonder Sets A Wonderful Example

11/22/2017
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Among holiday season releases, the splendid new film “Wonder” has earned spectacular success—finishing second in pre-Thanksgiving box office, with enthusiastic reviews and an impressive $27 million in ticket sales. The story follows a 10-year-old with facial birth defects, braving his first year of school with support of his loving parents, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. Behind the scenes, “Wonder” involved surprising collaboration between conservatives and progressives in Hollywood....

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Murder at the Border

11/22/2017
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Townhall Review – November 25, 2017 Violence strikes again on the U.S southern border, this time it is the murder of a Border Patrol Officer. U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses the issue with Sam Malone, sitting in for Mike Gallagher. Fred Flietz, former CIA Analyst, now with the Center for Security Policy gives Rose Tennent, in for Dennis Prager, an update on the Mueller investigation. Robert Costa of the Washington Post shares the latest with the tax bill. Selena Zito of the...

Duration:00:39:47

Albert Mohler: A Thankful People

11/22/2017
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In the year 1620, the brave souls known to us as the Pilgrims reached the shores of North America. They were fleeing persecution and seeking a land where they could worship God freely. In the words of their chronicler, “they had now no friends to welcome them, no inns to entertain or refresh them, no houses, or much less towns… and they that know the winters of the country know them to be sharp and violent….” For far too many Americans, the Pilgrims are something akin to cartoon...

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Albert Mohler: The True History Of The Holiday

11/21/2017
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As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, it’s a good time to be reminded about the true history of the holiday. Perhaps we should not be surprised that in an increasingly secular America, there’s confusion about the origins of Thanksgiving. Some kids are now taught that the Pilgrims held a feast to thank the Indians. Afraid of appearing too religious, some are now calling it “Turkey Day,” as if it all comes down to poultry. The facts speak for themselves: In 1621, the Pilgrims...

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Albert Mohler: SCOTUS Takes Up California’s Abortion Law

11/20/2017
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The Supreme Court recently announced that it will take a very important case. A California law requires crisis pregnancy centers to inform women who come to the centers of the availability of abortion, even requiring the use of specific language. Several of these centers have challenged the constitutionality of this California legislation, arguing that the bill violates their religious liberty, and their free speech, requiring them to state speech to the women who come into those clinics...

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Jerry Bowyer: ‘Trump Trade’ Will Be Over Without Tax Cuts

11/17/2017
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The stock market had a great run after the election of Donald J. Trump as president. This put egg on the face of many elite commentators who predicted that a Trump victory would be disastrous for the economy. Indicators of economic optimism also improved, and some business activity indicators improved in response. But lately plans for tax reform have been splintering into competing versions. Some GOP leaders seem willing to cave on key issues such as whether to cut rates for the highest...

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The True Story of the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving

11/16/2017
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This special edition of the Townhall Review features Michael Medved telling the compelling story of the Pilgrims: why they left Europe, how they made their way across the ocean, and how they fought to survive in the New World while preserving their religious devotion to God.

Duration:00:39:49

Albert Mohler: Thoughts And Prayers

11/16/2017
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In the wake of tragedy, we are accustomed to hearing calls for “thoughts and prayers.” We have heard them from prominent political figures, both Democrats and Republicans. But more recently, such calls have drawn harsh criticism from the Left. What does it mean when a political leader says that the nation’s “thoughts and prayers” are with those who are in sorrow and grief? It could mean nothing. It could be a quick way of moving on without meaning to do anything. Or it could be an...

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Jerry Bowyer: America Is Indebted To Martin Luther

11/15/2017
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This is Jerry Bowyer for Townhall.com. 500 years ago Martin Luther's started a debate by nailing a document with 95 theological assertions to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral, triggering the Reformation. No matter which side of that theological debate you're on, you should be grateful for the ultimate effects of this action on Western liberty and prosperity. Luther took existing strands of thought and weaved them together into a powerfully influential Biblical argument for freedom of...

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David Davenport: We’re Number 45

11/14/2017
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For nearly 50 years now, Freedom House has published its annual survey of the freest countries in the world. This year’s report contains some troubling news. First, with an increase in authoritarian regimes and populism, overall freedom in the world declined in the past year. Second, the United States, after dropping a point in freedom last year, lost another point this year. Where would you rank the U.S. among the freest countries? Number one or two, certainly in the top 10? No, the U.S....

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Michael Medved: Why Millennials Prefer Marxism To Capitalism

11/13/2017
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This is Michael Medved for Townhall.com. Recent articles have marveled at the fascination of today's "millennials" with socialism, but a new survey shows even more alarming disregard for the capitalist system behind America's prosperity and power. Polling data from YouGov showed 51% of Americans in their twenties would prefer to live in a country that was "Socialist" or "Communist"; only 42% chose to live under "Capitalism." In other words, a majority of young people reject the land of...

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David Davenport: Balancing Religious Rights With Health Care

11/10/2017
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Public policy is full of difficult dilemmas, tough cases where there are strong interests on both sides. Such dilemmas are not usually solved as much as they are managed. That’s why two federal departments recently expanded the rights of religious employers. During the Obama years, the federal government had required religious employers to provide birth control coverage in their health insurance plans even when contrary to their religious beliefs. And the government had limited the rights...

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Texas Shooting Leaves America Stunned Once Again

11/9/2017
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Hugh Hewitt speaks with Congressman Mike Walker to discuss the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Mike Gallagher speaks with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who believes that “thoughts and prayers” actually do matter. Suzanna Hupp, author of “From Luby’s to the Legislature: One Woman’s Fight Against Gun Control”, speaks with Mike Gallagher on the gun control debate surrounding this latest crisis. Michael Medved interviews his brother, Jonathan Medved, a prominent business...

Duration:00:39:47

Hugh Hewitt: No GOP Civil War

11/9/2017
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There’s been a lot of chatter about it, but: there is no GOP civil war. The meme of such a conflict is currently off the front pages, but it will return. When it does, recall that it just isn’t true. Yes, there’s a loud, persistent group of Never Trump critics who apparently never learned the concept of “sunk costs.” And, yes there’s Steve Bannon, who knows that there’s power and profit to be found in exploiting the anger. But this doesn’t amount to a civil war, only a series of skirmishes...

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Michael Medved: Instinctive Reactions To Mass Shootings Destructive And Disappointing

11/8/2017
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Whenever we experience a hideous slaughter like the recent assault of a Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the left indulges in annoying and irrational instinct: calling urgently and self-righteously for minor tweaks in gun laws that would have done nothing to actually avert the horror. Meanwhile, the right displays its own quirks: refusing to discuss any alterations in firearms regulation-as if our current rules were perfect and immutable. We'd do much better if our national...

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Lanhee Chen: Congress Should Give Opportunity To The Laboratories Of Democracy

11/7/2017
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A consensus is emerging on Capitol Hill about the need to fund Obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidies, which help working-class Americans buy health insurance. The question is what fundamental reforms conservatives should get in return. In my view, they should focus on giving states greater flexibility to design their own health reforms. There’s actually a part of Obamacare that allows states to receive federal money in a lump sum and to waive or revise many of Obamacare’s most noteworthy...

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Albert Mohler: How Can We Explain Such An Act Of Evil?

11/6/2017
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The little Texas town of Sutherland Springs is experiencing unfathomable grief and mourning. On Sunday, a gunman dressed in black entered the First Baptist Church during worship and killed at least 26 people in cold blood – targeting men, women, and children – including the 14 year-old daughter of the church’s pastor. Another 20 victims are injured. How can we explain such an act of evil? What possible motivation could explain it? This was an attack upon a church gathered for worship, in a...

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Lanhee Chen: The Long-Running Russia Disinformation Campaign

11/3/2017
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This past week, executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google testified before Congress about Russian meddling in the 2016 election. For well over a decade, the Russians have spread disinformation and sought to influence the outcome of elections throughout Europe and elsewhere. The obvious question is, “Why hasn’t more been done to respond to this threat?” Although multiple administrations bear the blame for this failure, it was the Obama administration that, for years, consistently...

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