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Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt

Professor Hugh Hewitt is a lawyer, law professor and broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States every weekday afternoon. Professor Hewitt has been a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Network, and MSNBC, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. Hewitt writes daily for his blog,, which is among the most visited political blogs in the U.S. He is also a weekly columnist for The Washington Examiner and

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If Senate Republicans don’t want the majority, they are doing everything exactly right

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The United States courts, the third branch of government laid out in the Constitution, maintains a website that tracks vacancies among its 890 authorized judgeships. That site is continually updated, but for conservative supporters of President Trump most concerned with the judiciary — and they are legion — its scorecard doesn’t change often...
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Reshuffle? Reset? Restart? Call it what you want — Trump and the GOP need it.

Fri, Aug 25, 2017

British politicians are familiar with the term “reshuffle,” when senior figures in the government switch portfolios or get tossed out or brought into the government. And they’re also very familiar with “coalition governments,” when ruling governments divide jobs and authorities between two or more parties. American politicians could find study of both...
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Combative, but not cruel, Mr. President

Thu, Jul 6, 2017

What does it mean to “win” in Washington, or anywhere else in the country? I’ve long described “progress” as the ongoing, incremental expansion of liberty and literacy in stable regimes in or aligned with the West. By that definition, much of President Trump’s administration is “winning.” Still, I worry that Trump’s escalating battle with the...
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Trump’s budget betrays two critical campaign promises

Thu, May 25, 2017

On Sept. 7, 2016, Donald Trump made a specific promise to an audience at the Philadelphia shipyards: “to build a Navy of 350 surface ships and submarines.” On March 2, Trump, now president, added to the specificity of that pledge by promising to increase the number of aircraft carriers to 12. The White House budget unveiled Monday breaks both of these...
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Comey’s firing isn’t like the ‘Saturday Night Massacre.’ It’s pretty straightforward.

Thu, May 11, 2017

Long ago and far away, when I was a young special assistant first to Attorney General William French Smith and then to Attorney General Edwin Meese, the young staff would automatically stand up whenever William Webster, then head of the FBI, walked into a room. At Friday morning roundtable briefings in the attorney general’s massive conference room, when...
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‘The Fourth Way’

Mon, Jan 9, 2017

Hearings on President-elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees open this week and all should be concluded after a day or two with positive committee votes and rapid floor votes of confirmation. Not a single nominee appears yet to be in any way endangered, and while interest groups on the left are furiously fundraising off of cries of alarm and doom, the “Reid...
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Memo to the young DC job seeker

Tue, Jan 3, 2017

So you want to join the Trump Administration? Be a special assistant to a Cabinet secretary? Carry a briefcase in the White House? I get it. I did too, out of law school and fresh from a clerkship in 1984. And I was lucky — very lucky — to work for two great attorneys general, William French Smith and Edwin Meese, and then White House Counsel Fred Fielding...
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Memo To PEOTUS @realDonaldTrump: #FasterPlease and #TheFourthWay

Thu, Dec 22, 2016

There’s been a lull in the pace of the stand up of the Trump Administration and the left is using it to try and define the new president and his team.  The response should be #FasterPlease and #TheFourthWay: More appointments at every level and a bigger, broader agenda that surprises and delivers —#TheFourthWay. The incessant mentions of the popular...
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Winter isn’t coming

Mon, Dec 19, 2016

One more week of Beltway Christmas parties, followed by a week of faith, and football, and then the nation’s capital reconvenes in a still-stunned state. No less an American icon than Henry Winker — from “Happy Days” to “Arrested Development” to a sleigh full of fine films — tweeted a question last week: “Why does our...
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Pruitt and Puzder: A pair of brilliant nominees

Mon, Dec 12, 2016

With two nominations late last week, President-elect Trump has telegraphed seriousness about a frontal assault on the out-of-control regulatory state. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is a brilliant, principled, amiable and effective chief legal officer of a state and former state legislator (as well as minor league baseball team owner). He’s also on...
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Does Gen. Mattis have a strategy for shaping the ‘media battle space’?

Mon, Dec 5, 2016

Donald Rumsfeld served his second tour of duty as Secretary of Defense from Jan. 20, 2001, to Dec. 18, 2006. He is one of America’s most accomplished public servants. And he was arguably the best prepared secretary of defense, having not only served in that job before, from Nov. 20, 1975 to Jan. 20, 1977, but having also been White House chief of staff,...
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Deep breaths, everyone. All will be well.

Mon, Nov 28, 2016

It stood to reason that 2016 has a few more surprises up its very large sleeves, and that The Ohio State University’s double-overtime 30-27 win over Michigan’s Wolverines would be among them. Not that the Bucks’ winning The Game is a jolt. Ohio State has won 12 of the schools’ last 13 meetings. But there had never been an overtime in the...
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The ‘Constitution Spring’

Mon, Nov 14, 2016

Long-time residents of California know what the aftermath of a major quake is like. Even those completely uninjured and complete strangers to personal or property loss are jittery for weeks or even months. They hate to be stuck under overpasses. They loathe being in Los Angeles’ very tall buildings when the inevitable aftershocks roll through. It’s...
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The choice

Mon, Nov 7, 2016

Former Missouri Senator Jim Talent made a comprehensive five part closing argument for Donald Trump for president here. Larry Arnn, the president of Hillsdale College — speaking for himself and not his community of teachers, students and staff at Hillsdale — made an argument about both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump which ought to be read or listened to in...
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Francona’s example for GOP: Stick with what has worked in the past

Mon, Oct 24, 2016

If 2016 trends stay true, the “Sweet Meteor of Death” (#SMOD on Twitter) will hit the earth — specifically, at Progressive Field in Cleveland — in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 with the score tied and the Cleveland Indians’ Mike Napoli at bat. The Cubs’ Jon Lester will have dueled with the Tribe’s Corey Kluber through...
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The GOP’s crisis

Mon, Oct 10, 2016

Political parties have been around since politics emerged from the stranglehold of the strongest and extended out to even the most limited of franchises. “Parties” existed even within the courts of absolute kings. “Factions” are how Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay referred to them in “The Federalist Papers,” and...
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Steve Breen
Fri, May 11, 2018