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Michael Medved

Michael Medved

Michael Medved is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and bestselling author. His daily three hour show reaches 200 stations across the country and an audience of 4.7 million placing him, for ten years in a row, on the Talkers Magazine list of the top ten political talks shows in the United States. Michael’s columns on politics and media appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and USA Today, where he is a member of the Board of Contributors.

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Ryan’s Retirement Refocuses the Election

Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Paul Ryan, a leader of exceptional decency and diligence, is leaving the House of Representatives, but his departure may help his party by refocusing the election in November. With Ryan’s retirement, the vote in November won’t be about his record of triumphs—including tax reform and repeal of Obamacare’s mandate—or about his disappointments, such as...
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Striking a Blow for Decency

Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Carping criticism of the Trump administration’s capable handling of the targeted, allied air strikes against the Syrian dictator follows a long, sad tradition in debates on US foreign policy. The Nazis were profoundly evil in World War II, while Britain was noble in opposing them, but many Americans wanted our country to take no side in the struggle. A few...
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Would Civilians Be Safer if We Stripped Guns from Cops?

Tue, Apr 10, 2018

The Left seldom uses the same logic on gun control that it applies to incidents of police shootings of unarmed civilians. Not even the most doctrinaire progressive suggests we should make civilians safer from police gunfire by taking guns away from all cops. Most Americans recognize that guns are a necessary tool for the great majority of police officers, though...
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Underwhelming Numbers on Gay Marriage

Tue, Apr 10, 2018

A recent headline in the Seattle Times triumphantly announced: “Seattle Area Ranks Third for Same Sex Marriages, IRS Data Show.” This meant 1% of all married couples in the Seattle area were gay or Lesbian, double the 0.48% of all marriages nationwide. Contrary to predictions that millions of gay couples would rush to matrimony as soon as the law...
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Chappaquiddick: A Powerful Reminder of Arrogance and Corruption

Tue, Apr 10, 2018

The new film Chappaquiddick depicts a searing scandal that changed the course of political history. As the only surviving brother in a storied dynasty, 37-year-old Senator Ted Kennedy looked like a sure bet for the Presidency in the Summer of 1969. But after leaving a boozy party with a 28-year-old female passenger, he drove his car off a...
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PROVIDENCE AND THE PROPHET: The Meaning of Martin Luther King

Thu, Apr 5, 2018

Only four individuals in American history have ever been honored with federal holidays bearing their names: Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. Though separated by 500 years of history and dramatically divergent backgrounds, these four shared a common characteristic: an unshakable sense that their lives had been...
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Loving Israel Before Israel

Tue, Mar 27, 2018

In January, Vice President Mike Pence earned a rapturous response from Israel’s Knesset for an emphatic, emotional address that emphasized the unbreakable bond between America and the Jewish state. Meir Soloveichik (whose own article addressing the subject appears on page 12) witnessed the occasion and reported in the Wall Street Journal: “The speech...
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Over-Heated Gun Rhetoric Works Against Reform

Tue, Mar 27, 2018

If pro-life conservatives ever claimed that supporters of Planned Parenthood had “blood on their hands”, the mainstream media would howl in protest. Why, then, do anti-gun activists who make precisely such claims about supporters of the NRA, draw widespread acclaim for their courage and idealism? The connection between abortion and killing is obvious –...
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Passover Shows that Freedom is a Process

Tue, Mar 27, 2018

The festival of Passover, which begins this year at sundown of Good Friday, teaches that freedom is a process, not just the absence of slavery. At traditional Seder meals, participants drink four cups of wine, corresponding to the four stages of redemption described in Chapter 6 of Exodus. The Lord promises the Jewish people: “I will take you out from the...
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Using Food for More than Delicious Nourishment

Fri, Mar 23, 2018

By Diane Medved, Ph.D. — Elise had an article to write, and only a day to write it. That’s because, like many term-paper, book, work report and article authors whose livelihood depends on their output, she loves having written, though the process getting there is not so easy.   She knew what she wanted to say, and she knew where online to find the...
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Why Democrats Are Suddenly Unforgiving Moralists

Thu, Mar 22, 2018

An Economist/YouGov poll asks respondents if they’d back “a presidential candidate who has done immoral acts in private life.” Surprisingly, Democrats seemed less forgiving and flexible than Republicans: A full 48% of Republicans found it acceptable to back a candidate with moral failings, but only 19% of Democrats agreed.  After three decades...
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For Dems, Hunting is Worse than Abortion

Thu, Mar 22, 2018

A new poll by the Economist/YouGov organization shows glaring contradictions in the way Democrats define morality. On most moral issues, Democrats, take relaxed and tolerant attitudes, with big majorities saying they accept abortion, divorce, gambling, drinking alcohol, birth control, interracial marriage, gay sex, pre-marital sex and doctor-assisted...
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Partisanship Trumps Policy in Reacting to North Korea

Tue, Mar 13, 2018

Reactions to White House plans to meet with Kim Jong-Un highlight the damaging impact of partisan polarization and obsessive Trump hatred. Had Barack Obama arranged to negotiate with the brutal North Korean dictator, some of the same Democrats now deriding Trump would have hailed their hero as a bold visionary, deserving of a second Nobel prize. Some of the...
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“7 Days in Entebbe”: Hijacked by Political Correctness

Tue, Mar 13, 2018

The new film 7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE distorts history in a shameless effort to make brutal terrorists look sympathetic. In 1976, two German revolutionaries joined Palestinian fanatics to hijack a French airliner, threatening to murder its 258 passengers and crew. The demands involved release of 52 prisoners, but the movie never explains they’d been jailed for...
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“Lessons Learned” on Oscar Night?

Tue, Mar 6, 2018

The over-riding message from this year’s Academy Awards it was, “We’ve Learned Our Lesson!” Responding to the #MeToo movement and reports of erotic exploitation and sexism, presenters and Oscar winners frequently alluded to the scandal and made sanctimonious pledges to crack down on wrong-doers. After complaints in recent years about...
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Hollywood’s Glaring Hypocrisy

Tue, Mar 6, 2018

Hollywood hypocrisy has never looked more glaring. Leaders of the entertainment industry angrily condemn guns, even while their films and TV shows glorify gun violence and fetishize firearms. Meanwhile, producers and stars vehemently denounce exploitative sexuality, at the same time that acclaimed projects center on just this sort of eroticism. For instance,...
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Gary Varvel
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

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