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Monday, September 22, 2014

The GOP Kansas Problem

Here's what I know about Kansas: It's the heartland of the country, it's conservative and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz is from there. Oh, and one more thing. The state could really decide who controls the U.S. Senate. Read below from The New York Times: The Senate race in Kansas may suddenly be the most crucial contest in the country. Republicans are scrambling to protect a longtime incumbent. Bob Dole is back on the campaign trail. The state’s Democrats have no candidate and are trying to say as little about that as possible. And a 45-year-old investor from suburban Kansas City may hold the key to control of the Senate in January. At the beginning of the year, no one thought that Kansas — which has sent only Republicans to the Senate since 1938 — would be critical in determining the balance of the Senate. But a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that allowed the Democratic nominee to withdraw his name from the ballot made that prospect real. Democrats are celebrating the ruling. Their candidate may be off the ballot, but his departure benefits the investor, Greg Orman, who is running as an independent, and hurts the longtime Republican incumbent, Senator Pat Roberts, who had already been tripped up in his expected waltz to re-election. The Brody File hits the road in Kansas soon. Stay tuned.

posted @ Monday, September 22, 2014 9:01 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Brody File Show: Abortion Toxicity

This week on The Brody File Show, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes a serious push to get possible GOP presidential contenders to support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

Also, best-selling author David Limbaugh is here. We take a look at his story of redemption after finding Jesus.

posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 11:16 AM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rand Paul In Guatemala

Check out Jennifer Wishon's story on Sen. Rand Paul  down in Guatemala. Jenny was on The Brody File show this week.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10:39 AM | Feedback (0)

Random Acts Of History

The Brody File is proud to present a new feature on the show. Check out Matthew Keedy's, "Random Acts Of History."

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10:37 AM | Feedback (0)

Brody File Exclusive: Exclusive: Potential GOP Presidential Contenders Show Support for 20-Week Abortion Ban

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 20 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 20 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. Sen. 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 Gov. Jeb Bush calls the bill “humane” and “compassionate.” Mike Huckabee says the effort is “pro-life and pro-woman.” And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal considers it “common sense.”

All told, letters and support came in from Bush, Jindal, Huckabee, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

As for other potential republican candidates, Texas Gov. 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 Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have both yet to provide letters.

Supporters say a law banning abortion after 20 weeks is long overdue. Currently, the United States is one of only seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 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 20 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 22 weeks, not 20.

“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.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 7:03 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Women Turn on Obama

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.

More here.

Looks like this Mid-term Election is shaping up to be a great one for Democrats! #sarcasm

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 2:38 PM | Feedback (2)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Video: Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage By Middle Eastern Christians!

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.

posted @ Thursday, September 11, 2014 9:37 AM | Feedback (15)

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Brody File Show: The Happy Conservative

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!

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 11:47 AM | Feedback (1)

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Brody File Show: Where Have All the Evangelical Voters Gone?

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.

posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 12:29 PM | Feedback (2)

Only On Brody File: GOP Faith Outreach Director on Republican Party: "This is the place where God’s got a home"

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.”

posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 9:04 AM | Feedback (3)