Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America sip three good martinis for conservatives today. They begin by highlighting Cherokee Nation’s slamming of Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test as being any sort confirmation that she belongs in its ranks. They also discuss Project Veritas exposing the McCaskill campaign in Missouri for taking great pains to prevent voters there from knowing how liberal McCaskill really is. And they chronicle the litany of bad press for Arizona Democratic Senate hopeful Kyrsten Sinema, including not caring if an American fought for the Taliban in 2003 and bringing in witches for an anti-war vote that same year.
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President Trump visited the Florida communities devastated by Hurricane Michael on Monday, but while the needs are great, the head of the American Red Cross says relief workers are up to the challenge.
Hurricane Michael formed off the western coast of Cuba last week and then roared ashore in the Florida panhandle at nearly Category Five strength, effectively destroying some towns.
“This is one of the worst that I’ve seen because it was a hurricane that sort of behaved like a tornado,” said American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern.
The storm then behaved more like a hurricane as it moved into Georgia and Alabama and up to the Carolinas and Virginia.
“It’s just heartbreaking. I have to say our hearts go out to anyone who was impacted by Hurricane Michael. It was really devastating. Schools are gone, homes are gone, businesses are gone,” said McGovern.
The Red Cross prepositions supplies in preparation for disasters like this and tries to shuttle in relief workers as well. She says this storm is very personal for some of their volunteers.
“We have employees and volunteers who are in the impacted area year-round. We don’t pack up and go home. This is our home,” said McGovern.
While well-prepared, McGovern says there are pressing needs.
“The roads have debris on them, the power is out, communication is challenging because some of the cell towers are out. It’s been quite a challenge on the ground,” said McGovern.
To date, the Red Cross is operating 27 shelters in the Florida panhandle. At the peak, 10,000 people were staying in them. More than 125,000 meals and snacks have already been given out.
Listen to the full podcast to hear more about the challenges in Florida and other areas devastated by Hurricane Michael and find out the various ways you can help those in need.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cautiously welcome polls showing Nevada Sen. Dean Heller winning his race and House Republicans holding a one-point edge in the 66 most competitive districts. They cringe at allegations the Saudis may have killed journalist Jamal Kashoggi and what it may mean for U.S.-Saudi relations. And they roll their eyes as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claims victory in the debate over her heritage because a DNA test showed she was anywhere from 1/64 to 1/1,024 American Indian.
American pastor Andrew Brunson is headed home after two years of detention over what his family and the U.S. government say are trumped up charges of espionage and terrorism.
And a leading organization assisting persecuted Christians is applauding the Trump administration for its handling of the Brunson case while warning that religious freedom is eroding in Turkey.
Brunson was actually convicted in a Turkish court Friday and sentenced to three years and one and a half months of prison. However, the judge released him because the years in detention amounted to “time served.”
A tearful Brunson thanked the court. Earlier he made an emotional plea for release.
“I am an innocent man. I love Jesus. I love Turkey,” said Brunson.
Open Doors USA President and CEO Dr. David Curry says these were bogus charges from the start, trying to tie Brunson to the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Erdogan.
“(Brunson) has been a part of Turkey for over 20 years. He been a faithful pastor there, great part of the community, good citizen. This was a political issue. They tried to use him as a pawn in a larger political game that did not work. We’re grateful that the administration really held the line on this and was able to get him released,” said Curry.
Curry says the prosecution of Brunson was over politics and the pastor’s Christian faith, and the obvious mistreatment allowed for many different nations and groups to pressure Turkey for Brunson’s release.
He also says the Trump administration’s refusal to hand over another figure allegedly tied to the failed coup attempt is a major win.
“We can’t send a signal that hostage diplomacy is going to work. It was a very good move not to give into that,” said Curry.
Since the failed coup in 2016, Erdogan has shown far less tolerance for Christianity.
“The increased raids on churches and these kinds of things that are happening in Turkey are sending signals that the environment is changing there,” said Curry.
However, Curry is most gratified that Brunson remains firm in his faith after this difficult ordeal.
“I think we take encouragement in that. I think it is also a signal to us to really take the lessons of people who go through harder things than we do when we face discouragement or opposition or even some sort of resistance or persecution. Stand in Jesus. It is the solution. It’s the medicine we need for a broken heart. I think Pastor Brunson is an example of that quite well.
Listen to the full podcast to hear more of Dr. Curry’s analysis of the Brunson case, the reality for believers in Turkey and more.
Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney says Nikki Haley is cut from the same mold as the most successful American ambassadors to the United Nations and says President Trump must find a successor who truly believes in his foreign policy.
Haley announced this week that she will step down at the end of 2018. Trump says he hopes to nominate a successor within the next few weeks.
Haley says the great accomplishment of the past two years is winning back respect, noting that other nations may not like our policies but they know we will keep our word.
Gaffney says Haley’s tenure at the UN reflected the Trump agenda very well.
“She has been a tireless defender of America against all attacks. She has been a catalyst for really tough love for the United Nations and its various corrupt and malfeasant entities,” said Gaffney.
“She’s very much in the mold of some of the truly great UN ambassadors from the United States: Jeane Kirkpatrick, Daniel Patrick Moynihan (and) John Bolton come to mind,” added Gaffney.
“I would hope very much that the president will replace her with someone with both a similar capability and in terms of clarity of their admiration and, indeed, love for our country and vigor in willing to defend her,” said Gaffney.
Gaffney says it is imperative for Trump to find a successor who shares his vision for the world. He says hiring someone who clashes with Trump on policy will be counterproductive.
Former Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell was widely touted for the job until removing her name from consideration on Thursday. Gaffney is relieved Powell is off the short list given her performance at her previous job.
You don’t want somebody as an ambassador representing out government, representing this administration, representing this president who is at odds with the policies of the president.
“That was certainly true of Dina Powell during the time she served under H.R. McMaster, the National Security Adviser. I called them the insubordinate subordinates,” said Gaffney.
Listen to the full podcast to hear Gaffney’s assessment of how important the UN ambassador is and the three names he hopes are being considered to replace Haley.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America relish the Senate confirming 15 more judges and 21 more executive branch nominees in another major tactical win for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They also marvel at the reaction to the Oval Office meeting involving President Trump and Kanye West, as conservatives suddenly think Kanye is profound and Democrats suddenly trash him and declare him mentally ill because he likes President Trump. And they discuss newly discovered video of Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema declaring her state “the meth lab of democracy.”
Conservative Virginia Rep. Dave Brat is facing his toughest Democratic challenge since coming to Congress but says clarity on the issues and a reinvigorated GOP base have him peaking at the right time.
Brat shot to stardom in June 2014, when he stunned sitting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the seventh district’s Republican congressional primary. But after two smooth general election victories, Democrats see Brat as vulnerable in a district that stretches from near Fredericksburg south of Richmond.
Former CIA operative Abigail Spanberger won the Democratic nomination earlier this year and a recent New York Times poll showed Brat ahead 47-43 percent but the margin of error was as big as his lead.
Nonetheless, Brat says momentum is on his side after the intense confirmation fight that concluded last week.
“After the Kavanaugh hearings, I think it’s four (points) plus a big upward bump. The American people are finally zooming in. They’re noticing that my opponent doesn’t have a platform. She’s not running on any issues whatsoever,” said Brat.
Brat says the strong economy is better than any ad he could run.
“My district is booming. The jobs are doing great. There’s more job openings than people searching,” said Brat.
Spanberger is attacking Brat for trying to end mandates that insurance providers extend coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions. Brat says the charge is ludicrous.
“The mainstream media doesn’t do news anymore. If everybody missed the memo, that was the biggest debate of the year. We had the health care vote and we all voted for pre-existing conditions. That shows you how the Democrats are hurting. We’re ahead. They’re losing, so they have to spread total pants-on-fire falsehoods,” said Brat.
Listen here for the full interview as Brat reacts to House Republicans promising to vote on legislation to fund the border wall after the midterms and he discusses a controversial element of Spanberger’s past.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see Ted Cruz opening up a nine point lead over Beto O’Rourke in the Texas U.S. Senate race and it looks like very few voters are likely to change their minds. They also react to former Attorney General Eric Holder telling activists that when Republicans go low, Democrats should kick them. And Democrat Phil Bredesen’s Tennessee campaign staffers are caught on camera admitting Bredesen really hates Trump and only said he would have voted for Brett Kavanaugh to pander to moderate Republicans.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America actually find amusement in Hillary Clinton’s craven pronouncement that Democrats will return to civility if they take back one or both chambers of Congress. They also shudder as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who survived the congressional baseball shooting and a violent attack from his neighbor, predicts the intense confrontations will ultimately lead to a political assassination. And they get a kick out of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg becoming a Democrat again in anticipation of a 2020 presidential bid.
Earlier this week, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, issued a dire warning, arguing that unless world leaders take sweeping action to drastically reduce carbon emissions, our planet could be irreparably changed within a dozen years.
The IPCC report says the planet is on pace to warm by 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030. That figure chronicles warming of the Earth since the pre-industrial era. The solution, according to the IPCC, is for the world to spend $2.5 trillion in capturing and reducing carbon emissions and eliminating them worldwide by 2050.
Dr. Roy Spencer is a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama-Huntsville and says the new report is basically alarmism wrapped in bad science.
“There’s just so many things that are wrong with this report,” said Spencer. “It’s basically fear-mongering.”
“The less people listen to the IPCC, it seems like the louder they have to scream, because this report is even more alarmist than previous reports,” added Spencer. “The science doesn’t support the idea that we are even going to warm by that much, let alone that we could prevent that warming from occuring.”
Spencer believes the planet is getting warmer and that human activity contributes to it, but he says the IPCC greatly exaggerates how much warmer the Earth is getting, arbitrarily declares critical benchmarks like a 1.5 degree increase to be hugely significant, and, most significantly, assumes that any warming is due entirely to human activity.
He estimates that the warming is about half of what the IPCC says it is and that even if the planet were 1.5 or two degrees warmer than a century ago, we should not have much problem adapting. Spencer says higher carbon dioxide levels have brought about good things like a greening of the Earth, and that so far he doesn’t see any downsides.
The IPCC counters by saying natural disasters like flooding, hurricanes, droughts, and forest fires, are all getting worse because of the warming. Spencer says the facts don’t back that up at all.
“I hate to say it, but I think they are just making things up. Just because something bad happened, like wildfires in Northern California, that doesn’t prove anything. Globally, wildfires are down substantially. Wildfires in the western U.S. are down substantially,” said Spencer, noting that there’s no discernible change in hurricane activity either.
But Spencer is most concerned by the impact of the “solution” pushed by the IPCC and others to prevent the warming from going 1.5 degrees Celsius to two degrees.
“The cost of preventing half a degree C of warming…would require such a huge cutback in fossil fuel use that it would greatly exacerbate poverty around the world. Already, tens of thousands of people are dying from energy poverty during the winter and that’s going to get massively worse.
“What the IPCC wants to do and what the United Nations wants to do is tax carbon-based fuels – coal, natural gas, petroleum – at such a large extent that we will only have access to very expensive fuel sources, wind and solar, which are still quite a bit more expensive than carbon based fuels.
“Every single thing humans do requires energy. It’s going to make all of humanity poorer and poverty kills,” said Spencer.
Listen to the full podcast to hear more of Dr. Spencer’s scientific rebuttal to the IPCC, his contention that what the UN wants to do is not even possible and how he responds to those who say the human impact in climate change is settled science.