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Townhall Review is today’s top conservative weekend radio show. Townhall Review brings together political commentary and analysis from leading conservative talk-radio hosts. You’ll enjoy the fast-paced recap of the week’s political events Townhall Review provides. You can rely on the show to provide the “who said what” in U.S. politics, global news and breaking news. Townhall Review honors your conservative principles and enables you to participate in the conversation on issues shaping our nation.


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Townhall Review is today’s top conservative weekend radio show. Townhall Review brings together political commentary and analysis from leading conservative talk-radio hosts. You’ll enjoy the fast-paced recap of the week’s political events Townhall Review provides. You can rely on the show to provide the “who said what” in U.S. politics, global news and breaking news. Townhall Review honors your conservative principles and enables you to participate in the conversation on issues shaping our nation.





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Our Nation’s Drug Crisis

Townhall Review – September 23, 2023 Hugh Hewitt turns to Robert C. O’Brien, National Security Advisor under President Donald Trump, to analyze the implications of the Biden administration's recent hostage deal with Iran. Sebastian Gorka welcomes Walid Phares, advisor on foreign policy under President Trump, to discuss the ramifications of a controversial $6 billion deal with Iran, exploring its potential impact on international relations, internal policies, and the balance of power in the Middle East. Deborah Flora breaks down the crises of drugs with Miki Sedivy, a Denver mom whose daughter tragically lost her life to Xanax laced with fentanyl, shedding light on the pervasive impacts of border issues on American communities. Seth Leibsohn talks with Hugh Hallman and Jeff Taylor, all three of whom are part of, to discuss the prevalent drug crisis, reflecting on historical responses and emphasizing the need for comprehensive policies and preventative measures to combat escalating drug abuse and its repercussions. See for privacy information.


New Mexico Governor Ignores Constitution

Townhall Review – September 16, 2023 Todd Starnes invites New Mexico State Rep. John Block to discuss Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's divisive 30-day weapons ban, its unconstitutional undertones, and the rising calls within New Mexico for her potential impeachment. Hugh Hewitt talks to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about David Ignatius' Washington Post column titled "President Biden should not run again in 2024," examining political decisions, Ukraine involvement, and Hunter Biden controversies. Joe Piscopo shares a story from the night before 9/11, against the backdrop of Ground Zero on the eve of its 22nd anniversary. He embodies the nation's shared grief, resilience, and hope, drawing symbolism from Lady Liberty and the Freedom Tower. Seth Leibsohn and Historian Wilfred McClay discuss the fading collective memory of pivotal national events, emphasizing the importance of preserving the nation's sense of conviction. Michele Tafoya welcomes Liz Wheeler to unpack her upcoming book, "Hide Your Children: Exposing the Marxists Behind the Attack on America's Kids." Liz unpacks the profound Marxist influence within schools, corporations, and societal pillars. See for privacy information.


Trump Responds to Indictments

Townhall Review – September 9, 2023 Hugh Hewitt is joined by the 45th President Donald Trump to discuss his absence from the Milwaukee GOP debate, his commanding lead in polls, the ongoing legal battles, and thoughts on the Biden administration. Sebastian Gorka welcomes John Solomon, founder of Just The News, to dive into the origins of corruption starting from the Obama administration and the looming indictment of Hunter Biden. Todd Starnes talks with Coach Joe Kennedy about his return to the field after his 2015 dismissal, the landmark Supreme Court decision, and the significance of upholding religious freedoms in public spaces. Hugh Hewitt turns to Jonathan Haidt, author of his forthcoming book, "The Anxious Generation," to discuss the pervasive impact of screen addiction on youth cognition and interpersonal relationships, delving into the challenges of today's tech-driven society. See for privacy information.


Biden’s “Business” Dealings Get Closer Scrutiny

Townhall Review – September 2, 2023 Charlie Kirk is joined by John Solomon, founder of Just the News, to expose the email dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden. John unpacks the Biden cover-ups, unraveling the implications of Burisma and the urgent need for further investigations. Hugh Hewitt turns to Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher to assess the increasing challenges of AI regulation, the implications of Chinese advancements, and the strategic roadmap for U.S. security. Hugh Hewitt and California Congressman Ro Khanna discuss India's evolving global stance, its potential alignment in the upcoming decades, and the implications of China's actions while also touching upon Silicon Valley's significance in AI's future landscape. Deborah Flora and Pete Peterson, Dean of the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine, examine the challenges of homelessness in L.A., the efficacy of funding, and the significance of sound public policy. See for privacy information.


Hunter’s Legal Woes Haunt the President

Townhall Review - August 26, 2023 Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner, opts out of the first Republican debate to sit down with Tucker Carlson – tune in to hear his explanation. Hugh Hewitt turns to Byron York of the Washington Examiner to analyze the first Republican debate, highlighting pivotal moments and assessing candidates' performances. Bob Frantz and Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan discuss the recent developments surrounding Hunter Biden's legal troubles, potential implications for President Biden, and the broader political landscape. Dave Elswick talks with Kentucky Congressman James Comer about the Oversight Committee's efforts in exposing corruption surrounding Hunter Biden and its impact on the Biden administration. Hugh Hewitt invites Jerry Dunleavy and James Hasson to discuss their new book: "Kabul: The Untold Story of Biden's Fiasco and the American Warriors Who Fought to the End." Together, they dive deep into the Biden administration's Afghanistan withdrawal, Joe Biden's unfulfilled promise to evacuate all Americans, and the heroes left in its wake. See for privacy information.


The Perils of Politicized Prosecutions

Townhall Review – August 19, 2023 Hugh Hewitt turns to Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton to discuss the recent indictment of President Donald Trump in Georgia. They delve into the implications of using the RICO Act against a former U.S. President and questioning the perceived politicization of legal actions and its impact on future U.S. elections and democracy. Seth Leibsohn dives deep into the ongoing indictments against Donald Trump, revealing biases against conservative figures and their implications for the upcoming presidential race. Sebastian Gorka is joined by John Solomon, founder of JustTheNews, to unpack discrepancies surrounding the Bidens' business dealings. Solomon highlights contradictions, using insider evidence that challenges President Joe Biden’s previous statements. Trish Regan questions Attorney General Merrick Garland's decision to elevate David Weiss to Special Counsel, challenging the propriety of the move and highlighting the ongoing controversies surrounding the Hunter Biden investigations. Charlie Kirk sits down with Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy in Washington D.C. to talk about his transition from a liberal upbringing to leading Republican, his embodiment of grit, and the historical figures that inspire him. McCarthy shares insights on facing media scrutiny, navigating challenges on campus, and strategies for young conservatives to persevere. See for privacy information.


Political Power Shifts & Trump's Judicial Journey

Townhall Review – August 12, 2023 Hugh Hewitt turns to Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher to discuss the alarming Chinese-Russian naval provocation near Alaska, discussing implications, responses, and urgent steps needed to address the growing China threat. Joe Piscopo talks to General Jack Keane, with the Institute for the Study of War, about Russia's European aggression and China's escalating assertiveness, discussing urgent security challenges. Joe Piscopo teams up with John Solomon, founder of JustTheNews, to delve into President Trump's legal challenges, potential trial biases, and the complexities of justice in politics. Hugh Hewitt and Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, break down the U.S. political power shifts, election integrity, and concerns about potential interference with Trump's 2024 campaign amidst political motives. Hugh Hewitt and Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, talk about Israel's challenges and vision for the future. In Oren’s new book, "2048: The Rejuvenated State," Oren outlines his hopes for Israel's centennial, emphasizing unity and long-term strategies. See for privacy information.


A Dark Day for America

Townhall Review – August 5, 2023 Special Counsel Jack Smith unsealed another indictment of the 45th President of the United States – Donald J. Trump Hugh Hewitt turns to Jim Geraghty of the National Review to discuss the dangers of "state of mind" prosecutions, the risks of politicizing American politics, and the broader implications for justice and democracy. Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson talk with George Perry, former prosecutor, and writer for American Spectator, about the legal charges against President Trump, concerns over due process, and the dangerous precedent it sets for political discourse. Larry O'Connor is joined by Michael Caputo, former Trump aid, to discuss contrasting DOJ treatments of Trump and Biden, including allegations against Hunter Biden and predictions for the political future. Dennis Prager slams the indictment of Trump, likening it to free speech suppression, and expresses concerns over parallels with historical authoritarian regimes. Chris Stigall talks with Nic Anderson, head of Government Affairs for Salem Media Group, about automakers phasing out AM radio from vehicles, a move affecting millions of listeners, and the radio industry's united response, with help from Congress. Michele Tafoya and Dennis Prager discuss the suppression of free speech, the divide between left and right ideologies, the role of courage in modern society, and concerns over transgender medical procedures. Their conversation is framed within the context of aggressive left-leaning efforts and growing conservative pushback. See for privacy information.


Judge Presses Back on Biden Plea Deal

Townhall Review – July 29, 2023 Sebastian Gorka and John Solomon, founder of JustTheNews, scrutinize Hunter Biden's contentious financial affairs, raising questions about Joe Biden's involvement and the latest revelations from a whistleblower entrenched in the investigation. Texas Congressman Chip Roy confronts Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over the border crisis. Mark Davis closely examines the border, focusing on Texas Governor Greg Abbott's border control measures and the current lack of U.S. immigration enforcement by the federal government. Hugh Hewitt turns to an old friend Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, to discuss the contentious reform of the Israeli Supreme Court and its profound societal implications in the fabric of Israeli society. Charlie Kirk welcomes Chris Rufo, author of the new book, “America’s Cultural Revolution,” to talk about how conservatives can reclaim public institutions, build new ones reflecting conservative values, and engage in active governance to counter left-wing ideologies shaping today's culture. See for privacy information.


Trump Targeted, Biden Fading, DeSantis Positioning

Townhall Review – July 22, 2023 Joe Piscopo talks with Andrew McCarthy, contributing editor at National Review, to discuss Donald Trump's recent "target letter" and the implications of the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Jack Smith. Hugh Hewitt and Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, discuss their concerns about President Biden's age, perceived mental capacity, and potential implications on his 2024 candidacy. Hugh Hewitt welcomes Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to talk about media narratives, key domestic and international issues, and his 2024 Presidential run. Dennis Prager testifies before the Arizona legislature, refuting white nationalist accusations. Seth Leibsohn also testifies before the Arizona legislature, tackling the issue of free speech suppression at public universities like Arizona State University. Kevin McCullough pays tribute to Salem Media co-founder Stuart Epperson, reflecting on his influential life and legacy in faith-based media and his passionate mentorship of young men in inner cities. A heartfelt homage to an industry giant. See for privacy information.


The Supreme Court and Constitutional Challenges

Townhall Review – July 15, 2023 Hugh Hewitt turns to Matthew Spalding, Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government at Hillsdale College, to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court's recent term. They examine the "Roe Era," affirmative action, and systemic racism, exploring the future trajectory of constitutional law and governance. Charlie Kirk chats with Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt about his lawsuit challenging federal government coercion of social media companies to suppress free speech and the significant First Amendment implications of the case's recent injunction. Seth Leibsohn and Pete Peterson, Dean of Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Public Policy, talk about the classic work by Alexis De Tocqueville, “Democracy in America.” See for privacy information.


Historic Wins at the Supreme Court

Townhall Review – July 8, 2023 Hugh Hewitt turns to Kristen Waggoner, CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, to discuss the pivotal 303 Creative v. Elenis case involving Lori Smith. They examine the court's decision, its wide-ranging impact on free speech rights, and Lori Smith's personal journey, emphasizing the case's profound significance for individual freedom of expression in America. Seth Leibsohn welcomes Carol Platt Liebau, President of the Yankee Institute, to talk about the Supreme Court's landmark decision in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard case, marking a significant step towards true individual merit-based consideration over race-based affirmative action. Charlie Kirk talks with Kelly Shackleford, CEO of First Liberty, about the monumental 9-0 victory in the Groff v. DeJoy, Postmaster General case, reinstating religious freedom in the workplace and setting a new precedent for future religious discrimination cases. Dan Proft and Randy Barnett, Professor of Law at Georgetown, dive into the critical shift in Supreme Court dynamics with six conservative justices, underlining its significance in key policy decisions. Hugh Hewitt is joined by Judge Amul Thapar, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, for an in-depth exploration of Justice Thomas's originalist approach to the Constitution. They examine his significant opinions and dissents as presented in Thapar's new book, 'The People's Justice: Clarence Thomas and the Constitutional Stories that Define Him.' See for privacy information.


Biden Family Corruption Exposed

Townhall Review – July 1, 2023 Hugh Hewitt talks to Nikki Haley about the mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims in China and the Chinese ambassador's justifications, highlighting the need for action. Larry O'Connor and Peter Schweizer discuss the corruption within the Biden family, focusing on Hunter Biden's business ties in China and Ukraine. Charlie Kirk talks with Sean Davis of the Federalist to reveal startling details about Hunter Biden's suspicious burner phone, deep-seated corruption in the Biden administration, and calling for impeachment in a scandal that eclipses Watergate. Hugh Hewitt and Florida Congressman Mike Waltz discuss the Wagner Group's recent attempted coup in Russia, its impact on Russian security, the strain from the Ukraine conflict, and the major blow to Putin's grip on power. Sebastian Gorka and media mogul Conrad Black dive deep into the Wagner Group's mutiny, unveiling a monumental shift in Putin's control over the Ukrainian invasion - a grave blow to his leadership. Hugh Hewitt and Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, discuss the Declaration of Independence's historical significance and contemporary relevance in the United States' deepening political polarization. Then, as the 250th anniversary of our nation's founding rapidly approaches, we reach deep into the archives. Dennis Prager and the late British historian Paul Johnson explore George Washington's instrumental role in American history, revealing his conservative stance during the Revolution and his strategic, patient leadership — a fitting and insightful tribute to this Founding Father for the Fourth of July. See for privacy information.


Dangerous Appeasement: Biden Administration Kowtows to China

Townhall Review – July 24, 2023 Larry O'Connor and cultural commentator Andrew Klavan discuss fairness and corruption in society, with Klaven expressing concerns about the DOJ's special treatment of Hunter Biden and the lack of consequences for his actions. Sebastian Gorka and China expert Gordon Chang express concern over Tony Blinken's statement on Taiwan, questioning its pro-China implications and the military response it may elicit from China. Sebastian Gorka and James Carafano, of the Heritage Foundation, strongly criticize Biden's appeasement approach to China. They express concerns over his groveling attitude towards China and highlight the importance of American companies distancing themselves from China's influence. Andrew Wilkow and author Brandon Weichert criticize Biden's approach to Taiwan and China, expressing concerns about his lack of control and appeasement. They highlight the risks and strategic implications of China's actions, including their plans for Cuba. Hugh Hewitt and Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher talk about an article in the Atlantic by Jerry Hendrix, “The Age of American Naval Dominance is Over.” And Hugh talks with Retired Navy Captain Jerry Hendrix, about his article “The Age of American Naval Dominance is Over.” See for privacy information.


Crossing a Rubicon: Federal Charges Against the Nation’s 45th President

This week on Townhall Review – June 17, 2023 Hugh Hewitt and Mollie Hemingway, Editor in Chief of “The Federalist” discuss the timing and challenges of a potential trial for Donald Trump, expressing concerns about the politicization of the Department of Justice and the need for media coverage to address the context and erosion of trust in the justice system. Charlie Kirk and Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo discussed the indictment of former President Trump, expressing concerns about its potential impact on the country and the rule of law. Hugh Hewitt asks Florida Governor Ron DeSantis about his promise to reconstitute the government, to which DeSantis responds by emphasizing the need to address the unaccountable administrative state, reduce its power, assert Article 2 authority, and refocus federal law enforcement. Sebastian Gorka asks historian Victor Davis Hanson about his concerns about lost moral credibility, the hobbled opposition leader, erosion of faith in the rule of law, and dangerous precedents set by indicting an ex-president. They discuss the potential long-term damage to America's reputation and the need for strategic action without resorting to illegal tactics. See for privacy information.


A Look Ahead to the Presidential Debates

This week on Townhall Review – June 10, 2023 Kentucky Congressman James Comer presses FBI Director Christopher Wray for access to an unclassified document over bribery allegations against President Biden. Andrew Wilkow welcomes Virginia Congressman Ben Cline to discuss the partisanship within the Department of Justice and the FBI. Joe Piscopo talks with former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy about the potential influence of the Justice Department. Bob Frantz and Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan tackle the urgent need for FBI reform, focusing on issues like improper data queries and a lack of transparency in the agency's investigations. Former Vice President Mike Pence and ex-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie both make official announcements of their intentions to run for the presidency in the 2024 elections. Hugh Hewitt invites RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to talk about the various promising Republican candidates competing and the established criteria for their participation in the forthcoming debates. Hugh Hewitt turns to former Navy Captain Henry Hendrix to discuss the rising tensions with China, examining unsafe naval encounters and their potential global security implications. Larry O’Connor and Charles “Cully” Stimson of the Heritage Foundation delve into the troubling and damaging trends unfolding within the American criminal justice system. Cully provides insights from his new book, “Rogue Prosecutors: How Radical Soros Lawyers Are Destroying America's Communities.” And finally, Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson of AM560 the Answer in Chicago talks with Stephen Moore, a former economist at the Trump White House, to underscore the importance of the 2024 election, and its impact on all levels, from local to the presidential ticket. See for privacy information.


Target and Bud Light: Paying a Price for Woke Capitalism

This week on Townhall Review – June 3, 2023 Joe Piscopo is joined by Mike Davis to discuss the Supreme Court's ruling against EPA overreach, potential regulatory implications, and the effect of Biden's judicial appointments on court balance. They highlight the need to protect citizens' rights and judicial integrity. Dennis Prager chats with Lorie Smith, owner of 303 Creative, and Kellie Fiedorek, government affairs director for Alliance Defending Freedom, to dig into Colorado's controversial law that could crack down on artistic freedom. As Smith's Supreme Court case looms, they highlight its potential impact on free speech, personal liberties, and government control. Hugh Hewitt and Mollie Hemingway, editor-in-chief at The Federalist, talk about the fallout from Bud Light's controversial actions. They explore the risks corporations face when adopting political stances in their marketing and the need for accountability in advertising strategies. Trish Regan reviews the big drops in Target's and Anheuser-Busch's stock prices, seeing consumer backlash against their radical strategies. Regan outlines how controversial socio-political stances can impact a company's financial performance and public image. Dennis Prager welcomes George Glider, author of the new book "Life After Capitalism: The Meaning of Wealth, the Future of the Economy, and the Time Theory of Money," to dive into American capitalism's transformation, the promise of an information economy, and the societal effects of secularism, reminding that innovation is one of our strong traditional values. See for privacy information.


DeSantis Makes It Official

This week on Townhall Review – May 27, 2023 Joe Piscopo and veteran economist Stephen Moore analyze the upcoming U.S. debt ceiling negotiations. They cover the artificial 'June 1st deadline' and the likelihood of a default. Charlie Kirk welcomes Florida Congressman Byron Donald to discuss the debt ceiling negotiations. They discuss potential strategic moves, advocate for significant budget cuts, and critique President Biden's handling of the situation. Governor Ron DeSantis launches his 2024 presidential campaign on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk, pledging to revive America, end the culture of losing, and bring sanity back to the nation, promising victory and effective governance if nominated. Jenna Ellis chats with 2024 Republican Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis about his defense of religious freedoms in Florida and his commitment to pro-life legislation, including the Heartbeat Protection Act. Bob Frantz talks with Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, chair of the Weaponization Committee, about the retaliation against FBI whistleblowers who exposed governmental overreach. Sebastian Gorka and historian Niall Ferguson discuss Ferguson's article in The Spectator titled "Trump's second act: he can still win, in spite of everything." They discuss Trump's resilience, the burgeoning administrative state, education politicization, and the waning scientific method, offering insights into Trump's potential political future and the societal issues at play. See for privacy information.


The Durham Report

This week on Townhall Review – May 20, 2023 Hugh Hewitt turns to Mollie Hemingway, Editor-in-Chief at The Federalist, to discuss the Durham Report, the FBI's bias, and the urgent need for change within the agency. Andrew Wilkow is joined by Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, to pick apart the Durham Report's findings on the FBI's actions in the 2016 election. They scrutinize the misuse of the flawed dossier and shed light on the Judiciary Committee's key role in safeguarding against future government abuses. Todd Starnes and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz slam U.S. immigration under President Biden, discuss policy missteps and humanitarian crises, and present strategies for regaining control at the border. Hugh Hewitt chats with Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher, chair of the House Select Committee on China, to examine China's potential aggression toward Taiwan, the West's underestimated risks, and the implications of economic engagement without addressing China's hostility. Dennis Prager talks with Peachy Keenan, a pseudonym for a writer and mother living deep behind enemy lines. Peachy has a new book coming out next month: "Domestic Extremist: A Practical Guide to Winning the Culture War." See for privacy information.


Biden’s Border Crisis and Budget Crisis

This week on Townhall Review – May 13, 2023 Hugh Hewitt is joined by Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, House Majority Leader, to discuss the urgent need for bipartisan action on the U.S. debt ceiling. Scalise criticizes the current administration's approach, calling for severe proposals and lamenting missed opportunities for negotiation. Larry O’Connor and Ken Cuccinelli, former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security under President Trump, delve into the escalating crisis of illegal immigration under the Biden administration, examining its consequences on national security, economic integrity, and the rule of law. Andrew Wilkow and David Harsanyi, of the Federalist, discuss ethical violations against Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, the Democrats' politicization of the Supreme Court, its use as a 'super-legislature,' and concerns over Democrats prioritizing Roe v. Wade over constitutional amendments. Hugh Hewitt chats with Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, also a 2024 Republican Presidential candidate. They discuss pressing international issues: the new Chinese foreign secretary's threats, the looming China-Taiwan conflict, the effectiveness of U.S. foreign policy, and the recent violence in Israel. Hugh Hewitt speaks with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on the "Red State 100 Days," highlighting the transformative actions that are reshaping Florida's legislative agenda. See for privacy information.