First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to sophomore class at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. and addresses the importance of higher education and her hopes for them as college graduates in 2020.
President awards William Swenson, a former active duty Army Captain, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Captain Swenson received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Embedded Trainer and Mentor of the Afghan National Security Forces with Afghan Border Police Mentor Team, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on September 8, 2009.
Laura Ingraham was guest host on "The O'Reilly Factor" on August 16th. Her Talking Points Memo addressed the improbable success of the reality show "Duck Dynasty". Ingraham pointed to the strong faith and family values couplred with great ironic humor that draws audiences - in contrast to shows that go for shock and salacious fare to capture ratings.
Biggs said the US has a big labor market, but that not every group competes equally. Lower educated workers tend to get hurt the worst as a flood of immigrants take jobs from this group, even as it helps the wealthier. He and Ingraham also stated that immigrants take more benefits than they add to the economy. Ingraham noted the irony that President Obama is decrying income inequality while looking to contribute to it by flooding the market with more workers which will depress wages and job prospects.
Taylor's new CD "Block Out The Sirens of This Lonely World" was recently released. He said that children and adults need to have the passion to play music and it can't be forced. He said music is in a better place now, but agrees that there is a cookie cutter element even as there is more diversity and accessibility thanks to the web.
Taylor spoke of his brothers Jon and Barry Voight, the actor and the volcanologist. His parents encouraged each of them to follow their dream.
Laura Ingraham hosted Chester Finn of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.
Finn said textbooks are boring, bulky and banal. He stated that bias most often appears in social studies texts. He cited the Zinn texts as liberally biased and not factual. He compared state text adoptions versus local choices for texts. He recommended Bill Bennett's social studies textbook.
Finn said the Common Core standards isn't a federal program and that his foundation has rated most curriculum poorly and claimed they vary widely from state to state. This led to the Common Core Standards in English and math that are superior to those in most states. This has gotten complicated as Education Secretary Duncan promised dollars for adopting the standards. Finn said Common Core isn't a curriculum, but standards. He said there should be choice within common standards.
Innis said there was a meeting with the Senate caucus with the Tea Party. Senator Rubio said the first words out of his mouth were on his immigration stance which he stands by. Ingraham asked why no one pressed him further on a controversial issue and said the Tea Party is livid about this. Innis said there was a lot of back and forth with Senator McCain at the meeting. Ingraham replied that Senator Rubio was elected due to hers and the Tea Party's efforts and that he's let them down. Innis said his group spoke to the Senate caucus before the "Gang of 8" to let their views be known.
Innis said the prosecution blew the Trayvon Martin case.
Laura Ingraham hosted Mario Rafael Diaz-Balart, 26th District of Florida.
Diaz-Balart said the House is coming up with legislation that protects the border, to know the people who are here and who have left, to help our economy and to deal with the people that are still here. He said basic principles must be addressed.
Ingraham pointed out that there are so many other issues that need to be addressed and that immigration reform isn't a priority. Diaz-Balart said that every legislation isn't perfect and that we should determine as a nation who should be here. Ingraham responded that Obama can and will use executive orders to sabotage any border security enforcement.
Diaz-Balart said the challenge is to come up with a way to force President Obama's hand to enforce immigration legislation.
Diaz-Balart said it is ironic that Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z will boycott Florida over the Zimmerman verdict and "Stand your ground" laws, but will travel to Cuba, a total dictatorship.
Bozell found for his new book Collusion that the media would not report any negative information on President Obama and hammered all his opponents. He said it continues with the IRS scandal.
Bozell said the GOP needs to realize their biggest enemies are the American media. He said the GOP should go after the press which hs said even Reagan did. He said Republican candidates should avoid liberal outlets and go to outlets such as Fox News. Ingraham said candidates have to be able defend themselves and be strong on facts and principles.
The survey showed that since 2011, China’s approval rating in the United States has dropped 14 percentage points to 37 percent, the lowest rating for China in any region in the world. Negative attitudes toward the United States among the Chinese rose to 53 percent, a nine-point increase.
Laura Ingraham hosted Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of the House-Senate Joint Economic Committee,
Brady said Speaker Boehner is not looking to the Senate immigration bill for guidance and that the results will depend on how strong and united the House is whether the two bodies go to conference or not. Ingraham asked what purpose there would be in going to conference. Brady replied that there isn't a lot of good faith between the House and Senate and that the House will stand up on principle. Ingraham pointed out that immigration isn't a top issue among Americans and that the immigration bill will depress wages and jobs. Brady said his constituents are concerned about border security and that immigrants should come through the front door. He feels we will need more people to fill jobs and Ingrhaam countered that we have millions of Americans without jobs or who are underemployed.
Brady is working on defunding Obamacare and agrees with Ingraham that this is a winning issue.
Laura Ingraham hosted Leah Durant, Executive Director of Progressives for Immigration Reform.
Durant said her group sent a letter to the Congressional Black Caucus, the "Gang of Eight", etc. pointing out how the immigration bill will negatively impact African-Americans and other minorities. Her group's message is that we are Americans first and that this bill will have be harmful to all. Her group is having a rally at Freedom Plaza on Monday at 9:30 to protest the bill. Ingraham cited how the arguments being presented by Durant's group are fact based versus emotional bromides from the immigration bill supporters.
Durant reeled off statistics buttressing her argument that this bill will depress wages, jobs. Ingraham said the bill is to the benefit of big business and politicians.