Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Check out Jennifer Wishon's story on Senator Rand Paul down in Guatemala. Jenny was on The Brody File show this week.
The Brody File is proud to present a new feature on the show. Check out Matthew Keedy's, "Random Acts Of History."
Some potential GOP presidential candidates are showing their support for a piece of controversial abortion legislation. The Brody File has obtained letters from many of them backing a bill that would ban abortions in America after twenty weeks.
Watch the television story below. The rest of the online story is below the video.
Pro-lifers say the bill is one of the most important to come along in quite some time. It’s a federal attempt to ban all abortions after twenty weeks, the halfway point of pregnancy. It’s commonly referred to as the fetal pain bill, because of the prevailing medical opinion that an unborn baby can feel pain by then. Senator Lindsey Graham is the main sponsor of the bill. “If you’re telling parents to sing to the baby because they understand your voice, should we really be aborting a child at the stage of the pregnancy?” Graham tells The Brody File. “I don’t want anybody carrying the republican banner that doesn’t get this. If you don’t get this, then you’re the extremist.”
That’s why Graham, along with pro-life groups like the Susan B Anthony List (SBA-List) and National Right to Life are pressuring possible republican presidential contenders to get behind the bill, even though many democrats and pundits will consider it toxic. And the response so far? “Great response,” Graham says. “All the major candidates, I think will be with us. I couldn’t be more pleased.”
In those letters of support, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush calls the bill “humane” and “compassionate.” Mike Huckabee says the effort is “pro-life and pro-woman.” And Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal considers it “common sense.” All told, letters and support came in from Bush, Jindal, Huckabee, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. As for other potential republican candidates, Texas Governor Rick Perry did sign a similar version of the bill in his state. And Wisconsin congressman and former vice- presidential candidate Paul Ryan supported the version in the House of Representatives. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have both yet to provide letters.
Supporters say a law banning abortion after twenty weeks is long overdue. Currently, the United States is one of only seven countries that allow elective abortions after twenty weeks. The others are North Korea, Canada, China, The Netherlands, Singapore and Vietnam. Polling does seem to be on the side of the pro-lifers too. 55 percent of Americans think abortion should be banned after twenty weeks. And the number is even higher among women: it’s at 60 percent. SBA-List President Marjorie Dannenfelser tells The Brody File that this bill has momentum. “This one has caught fire, Dannenfelser says. “This is wildly popular and its wildly popular certainly with pro-life people, of course we want to protect those children but it’s also very popular with democratic women. It’s also popular with young people. It’s very popular with women. That’s called consensus.”
But critics beg to differ, thinking that because Roe v Wade is the law of the land, this bill won’t hold up constitutionally, arguing that the baby isn’t viable outside the womb until twenty-two weeks, not twenty. “Roe v Wade says that the government has a compelling interest in protecting the unborn at medical viability, Graham tells The Brody File. “That’s 1973. A lot has changed since 1973.”
But what about the concern that pushing this will give democrats more ammunition to peddle their campaign theme that the republicans are carrying out a war on women? Graham clearly welcomes the challenge. “Bring it on. I want this debate.”
He could get it if republicans take back the senate in the upcoming midterm elections. Right now, the senate democratic leadership won’t bring the bill up for a vote, even though it’s already passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. But if republicans do win the senate, the debate about what happens to an unborn baby in an abortion could be front and center once again.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Not good...if you are a fan of President Obama that is... He's losing women (sounds like my dating days in years gone by!). Just kidding.
See below from The Washington Post.
Kimberly Cole was part of the coalition that voted in 2008 to make Barack Obama the 44th president and gave him another four years in 2012 to deliver on his promises of hope and change.
Now, the 36-year-old mother of three young children in Valencia, Calif., is among the majority of Americans who have lost confidence in Obama’s leadership and the job he is doing as president.
“He’s been faced with a lot of challenges, and he’s lost his way,” Cole said in an interview. She worries that Obama lacks the resolve needed at a time when things at home and abroad are looking scarier.
On the other side of the country, Karlene Richardson, 44, once counted herself a “very strong supporter” of the president. But now she feels much the same as Cole does.
“Honestly, I just feel that what I bought into is not what I’m getting,” said Richardson, an author and motivational speaker who teaches health-care administration at a community college in Queens. “I’m starting to wonder whether the world takes us seriously.”
Both Cole and Richardson were surveyed in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll and represent one of its most striking findings: the degree to which the president’s approval has slipped among key parts of the Obama coalition — the women, youth and Latino voters most responsible for putting him into office.
Women surveyed said they disapprove of Obama by a 50 percent to 44 percent margin — nearing an all-time low in the poll. It’s almost the reverse of the 55 percent to 44 percent breakdown for Obama among female voters in 2012, according to exit polls.
Looks like this Mid-term Election is shaping up to be a great one for Democrats! #sarcasm
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Well, Sen. Ted Cruz had an interesting night in Washington D.C. Wednesday and our Brody File camera crew was there to capture it all.
Middle Eastern Christians booed Cruz off the stage during his speech at a summit in Washington D.C. It was sponsored by a group called In Defense of Christians.
Cruz came to speak about Christian solidarity with Israel but some in the crowd were Palestinian Christian supporters of the Syrian government and even the terrorist group Hezbollah. Things got rowdy.
Watch the video below to see how it unfolded. Partial transcript below as well.
Sen. Ted Cruz: Those who hate Israel hate America. Those who hate Jews hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.
Senator Ted Cruz: My heart weeps that the men and women here will not stand in solidarity with Jews and Christians alike who are persecuted by radicals.
Sen. Ted Cruz: If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Thank you and God bless you.
The event was billed as a gathering of Middle Eastern Christian leaders that were trying to raise awareness about the threat to Arab minorities by the terrorist group ISIS.
Look folks, a couple things here. Some, not all Christians in the Middle East, see Israel in a far different light than evangelical Christians. Clearly, Ted Cruz understood that last night.
But also, let’s remember here: born-again evangelical Christians LOVE Israel. It’s just that simple. Trust me. I know.
Why? Well, I’m Jewish. I gave my life to Jesus (who was JEWISH) in 1988 and I walked into evangelical Christianity with some initial skepticism. But guess what? I found that evangelical Christians embrace the Jewish people (and Israel) more than any other faith. There’s no disputing that. More on all of this in a separate blog.
Oh, one more thing. Ted Cruz getting booed off stage is not a bad scenario at all for the senator. Standing with Israel and willing to walk off stage because of it will endear him to evangelical Christians around America, especially in (wink, wink) Iowa and South Carolina if he runs for president.
Friday, August 29, 2014
This week on The Brody File we give you a closer look at Kevin McCarthy, the new House majority leader.
Our crew heads to Bakersfield, California, where we go one-on-one with McCarthy to discuss public policy, his faith and his upbringing.
Plus, we hear from his wife Judy who talks about her faith and being a Christian in today's culture. Join us for a show you won't see anywhere else!
Friday, August 15, 2014
This week's Brody File Show looks at the critical problem of evangelical voting patterns.
Born-Again believers are just not showing up at the polls. What is the impact on our American culture? What is the impact on the GOP?
Also, we go one-on-one with Chad Connelly, the man the Republican Party is bringing in to help get out the faith-based vote.
Here’s a question for you: Where have all the evangelical voters gone? Have they been raptured? No, actually millions are sitting on the couch simply not voting (Maybe they’re watching Fireproof!). This week on The Brody File Show we look at the critical problem of evangelical voting patterns. Born-Again Believers are just not showing up at the polls. What is the impact on our American culture? What is the impact on the GOP? We go one-on-one with Chad Connelly, the man the Republican Party is bringing in to help get out the faith-based vote. Watch below and see a very small partial transcript below. Watch the whole interview for much more along with a Brody File commentary.
Chad Connelly/RNC Director of Faith Engagement (4:40 into the clip): “The Republican Party is the natural home for people of faith. One of my most proud moments of chairman was getting to put in the most pro-faith, pro-family best platform ever put in Republican Party or political party history down in Tampa in 2012. We have nothing to be ashamed of. This is the place where God’s got a home. We watched the other party boo God out of their convention pretty much. You’re never going to make everybody agree. I got a wife and four kids. I can’t get them to agree on a whopper and a big mac.”
Chad Connelly/RNC Director of Faith Engagement (3:00 minutes into the clip): “I really think the left and particularly the media has been really good at saying, ‘you Christians, boy y’all do evangelizing and missions and my kids love that vacation bible school but you shouldn’t be involved in politics or education. That would be a violation of separation of church and state.’ and we give our meek turn the other cheek Jesus and we’re good at it.”
Thursday, August 14, 2014
In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy jokes about how actor Kevin Spacey is using a line of his in the popular Netflix drama, “House of Cards.” McCarthy tells members to, “vote your conscience, vote your district, just don’t surprise me.” Well, Spacey know uses that line on the political television drama. We talked about that during a visit with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California. McCarthy wants royalties (well, maybe not)!
Watch the video below and see a transcript below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “What I’ve always told the members when being a whip is you vote your conscience, you vote your district, just don’t surprise me. I just want to know what’s going to happen. Just tell me what position you’re at but vote your district, vote your conscience because that’s what we all say and what is our bond when we run. This is our philosophy, this is our principle, you are the individuals that I represent and you’re the voice I want to have heard.”
David Brody: “And how dare Kevin Spacey steal that line!”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “And I got no royalties!”
David Brody: “That’s right. Are you going to take him to court or something? You’ve got to do something but what has that relationship with Kevin Spacey been like. I know you’re not Kevin Spacey. I know. He’s ruthless.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “He does that show on Netflix and I don’t agree with everything on the show but he wanted to see me and I didn’t think it would be smart to see him. You know it’s not going to play well but then I heard he played a democrat so that was ok. The thing I enjoy about Kevin Spacey is he does what he loves. I think if Kevin Spacey only made $100 dollars a week acting he’d still act. I respect anyone who has passion for what they believe in and he came in and asked me about being whip. Everybody has this belief that you really twist arms and others and I said well, I always tell members vote your conscience, vote your district, don’t surprise me. I never knew later, six months later it would end up in a show but it has.”
The Brody File is working on a national profile of the Majority Leader that will air on The 700 Club in early September. What you saw above was just a sneak peak. Besides the interview with McCarthy, we also speak to his wife Judy about her faith and today’s culture. Hope you’ll tune in.
In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Kevin McCarthy tells CBN News that he doesn’t plan to shut out the Tea Party or any other GOP faction in his new role as House Majority Leader.
“I like the philosophy that you can have a difference of opinion but we’re not going to shut you out because the individual matters and I want to hear your opinion," McCarthy tells The Brody File during a visit we had with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California.
Watch the video below and see a transcript below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE
David Brody: I know relationships are extremely important and human interaction but at the same time people have certain views and they have to represent their districts in certain areas.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: The great thing about what drives me in being a Republican, and my family are all Democrats but I was a Republican, I like the philosophy that you can have a difference of opinion but we’re not going to shut you out because the individual matters and I want to hear your opinion.
Now, when it comes to being the majority leader, I have this little saying I keep on my desk in my drawer: 'you have to have the courage to lead but you have to have the wisdom to listen.' So the key thing is I like to go out and listen. But at the end of the day you have to lead so you listen to everybody’s opinion but when you hear everyone lots of times everybody has the same desire to end up in the same place they just have a different route they want to get to.
So how can you help everybody get to the same route to get us eventually to the same location? And sometimes it’s not fast enough. It’s definitely not fast enough at times for me but as long as that compass is pointed in the right direction and its moving forward, I mean, you look at Ronald Reagan, that’s the goal of what we would have but you don’t give up. You come back the next day for what you couldn’t get the day before.
The Brody File is working on a national profile of the Majority Leader that will air on The 700 Club in early September. What you saw above was just a sneak peak.
Besides the interview with McCarthy, we also speak to his wife Judy about her faith and today’s culture. Hope you’ll tune in.