Today's Newsletter January 11 Edition

January 11, 2020 |

It’s been a busy news week, to put it mildly, and we’ll recap that plus help you forget it with a new “Huckabee” tonight on TBN. The always outspoken Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy and Dr. Sebastian Gorka will fill us in on Iran and impeachment. You’ll meet an inspiring Huck’s Hero, and see how Pastor Brian Tome is helping men rediscover their Biblical purpose through wilderness adventures.  We’ll have some crazy news “In Case You Missed It,” a visit with country superstar John Rich, and soul legend Sam Cooke’s vocalist daughter Carla Cooke will talk about her dad’s musical legacy and perform one of his immortal hit songs with Tre Corley and the Nashville Connection. 

All that and much more is ahead tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday, on TBN. To find where you can watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit and click on the “WATCH” menu at the top. You can also stream previous episodes, highlights and Internet-only “Digital Exclusives,” like extended interviews and extra performances by our musical and comedy guests.  It’s all at



Must-See Video!  I have a video you absolutely have to see, but before I get to it, I have to set the stage with a recap of the past week’s events, both inspiring and infamous...

It used to be said that the prospect of war separated the men from the boys.  Now it might be said that it separates politicians from Americans.

When President Trump gave the order to take out Iran’s terrorist-in-chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Soleimani had been behind attacks that killed over 600 US soldiers, seriously injured thousands more, killed and injured hundreds of thousands of other people worldwide, and most recently was behind a rocket attack on a US base that injured four soldiers and killed a US citizen, translator Nawres Hamid, and an attack on our sovereign soil, the Baghdad Embassy.  Many people cheered Soleimani’s well-deserved death, including those across the Middle East who’ve lived in fear because of him for years. Military members and veterans cheered Trump’s decisive action, as did many Americans of both parties. 

But in Washington and the media, a combination of terror at the idea of war and kneejerk opposition to everything Trump does resulted in a week of shameful behavior that I sincerely hope costs them dearly at the ballot box this November – not because I want to politicize military actions, but because by their behavior since, they’ve proved that they cannot be trusted with any power over national security.

From trying to whitewash Soleimani into some kind of folk hero to attacking Trump for a decision that both parties cheered when Obama made it for Osama bin-Laden, many Democrats and their minions in the media made it abundantly clear that they would rather side with people who chant “Death to America” and kill our soldiers than with the duly-elected President they despise (Iran's leader hilariously claimed those chants were aimed at Trump, not the American people, even thought they've been chanting it daily for 40 years.)

And just when you think it can’t get any more embarrassing, they dig the hole deeper: claiming Trump had started World War III, comparing Suleimani to Elvis and Princess Di, rushing to pass a toothless and unconstitutional House resolution to tie the President’s hands so he can’t respond to future attacks by Iran without their consent (I thought my daughter Sarah described that perfectly)…

…and of course, blaming Trump because Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner.  I was disappointed to see Tulsi Gabbard, a war veteran whom I respect, seeming to join with Pete Buttigieg in making this scurrilous accusation.

(Incidentally, Iran has now admitted that they shot down that airliner accidentally, although I’m still not 100% convinced about the “accidental” part.  Note how they also try to blame their reckless killing of 176 people on Trump and “U.S. adventurism.”  It’s remarkable how much the Mullahs of Iran sound like the mayor of South Bend.  Maybe they’re getting tips on how to blame Trump for their own atrocities by watching CNN.)

Finally (and let’s hope this represents the Democrats’ final scraping of the bottom of the barrel with their fingernails), Senate Republicans introduced a resolution praising the efforts of the military and intelligence people involved in the successful mission to take out Soleimani, and not a single Democrat would support it. Bear in mind: this wasn’t a resolution praising Trump or supporting the decision to kill Soleimani (which should have been a no-brainer), but just praising the skill and courage of the American service people who accomplished it.  And no Democrats would support it.  FYI: when a nearly identical resolution to praise the people who accomplished the Osama bin Laden raid under Obama went up for a vote, it passed unanimously.

And now, as promised, the Must-See Video: 

Florida Republican Rep. Brian Mast rose and took to the podium Thursday during debate over the Democrats’ “war powers” resolution.  Just doing that was a miraculous and heroic act because Mast walks on two prosthetic legs, having lost his two real legs in Afghanistan while trying to clear one of those roadside bombs planted under the direction and support of beloved Elvis-like folk hero, Gen. Qassem Suleimani. 

Rep. Mast knows better than anyone in that chamber – indeed, as well as anyone in the world – precisely the kind of horror, death and destruction that those IEDs, engineered for maximum pain and carnage, can unleash.  And in his speech, he not only gave a terrifyingly accurate description of what Soleimani had inflicted on thousands of his comrades, he also gave his craven House colleagues a lesson in war, and a moral beatdown to those who lack “the courage to endure danger” -- both things that they desperately needed and richly deserved. 

I’m not going to excerpt or paraphrase it because I want you to see it exactly as he delivered it.  Note to Democrats and media members lauding Soleimani: this is what a real hero looks like.




Excellent article by former Navy SEAL sniper Jack Carr on how Trump got Iran to stand down while his critics were running around like their hair was on fire.

I’ve also read someone else describe what Trump has done as imposing a reality-based policy on Iran to replace the delusion-based policy all the "foreign policy experts" have been espousing for decades.  But maybe it was best described 125 years ago in the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling:

“If you can keep your head when all about you   

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you…

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools…”

Wow, it sounds like Kipling had a crystal ball!


Across America, “progressives” are instituting “criminal justice reform” that could more accurately be described as “not enforcing laws.”  And how is that working out?  As well as you’d expect.

From L.A. to New York, law-abiding residents and business owners are fed up, furious and fleeing, as they complain that they’re being robbed blind or having homeless people camp and defecate in their yards and doorways, and officials say there’s nothing that can be done about it.  You see, as one leftist commentator explained, the homeless people are exercising their primary right to live wherever they want, and your right to have a decent quality of life is only secondary.  Meanwhile, by refusing to prosecute theft of up to a certain level (say $700) per day, they’ve effectively legalized shoplifting and are driving business owners into bankruptcy. 

In some cities, the police will no longer even chase a crook if he flees…

And in New York, where it’s now routine to see people openly attacking police officers, an outrageous new “bail reform policy” is letting criminals free without bail to go out and commit the same crimes over and over.  This was bad enough with regular crimes like petty theft.  But lately, there’s been a rash of anti-Semitic assaults on Jews.  Mayor Bill DeBlasio had to personally intervene to make sure one repeat offender wasn’t released for a third time in two weeks.

In fact, New York’s new “catch and release” no-bail policy has the public so up in arms that it may be the rare example of a "progressive" policy that’s so blatantly, obviously, disastrously stupid, even "progressives" realize it’s bad.  Well, that might be overstating it.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted the law needs to be fine-tuned by the legislature, saying, “There’s no doubt this is still a work in progress, and there are other changes that have to be made.”

New Yorkers, I would strongly suggest starting by changing your Governor, Mayor and legislature.


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  • james peace

    01/11/2020 03:06 PM

    Three things to know about constitutional American patriots (Conservatives);
    1. They are not cowards as are more than a few Congressional Democrats led by Pelosi and Shumer. President Trump is fed up with losing compromise, and took action that was long in coming. The "BEWARE" sign just went up in terrorist countries.
    2. They don't trust the murderous regime of Iran. They take time to consider possibilities other than what the press has to offer like the possibility that the destroyed airliner could have been a subtle warning from Iran. It is difficult to discern since they lie just like the party of deception.
    3. Social justice is a mask that allows theft from those citizens who have applied themselves to improvement of their lot in life. The new face of criminal justice is the twin of social justice granting advantage over those who have been responsible in society.

  • Linda Gibson

    01/11/2020 02:50 PM

    Do you think the incident at the Pensacola air base has a connection to the Iranian Gen? Possibly having orchestrating the shootings???

  • David J Rheaume

    01/11/2020 02:49 PM

    I f the democrats think Soleimani was such a sweet wonderful huggy sort of guy, why don't they go and drive the roads in Afghanistan that IED's are, then go out on patrols with our Warriors to see what it is like to get shot at, then they might know what it is like to be under fire!

  • cathy cornforth

    01/11/2020 02:49 PM

    Hi Mike, Thanks for what you do!
    FYI...I clicked on a link from your newsletter recently, now I'm getting Federalist emails.
    Thought you might like to know.
    Please tell Sarah she is most appreciated and loved!

  • Gary L. Heckman

    01/11/2020 02:23 PM

    I understand that Pelosi is worth over $200 million dollars. Why don't she take some of that money and build a shelter for the homeless? It would stop a lot of problems in San Francisco. It is getting closer to her home and maybe if the problem starts on her premises, maybe she will do something about the problem. She sure dose not need the money and it would help her city get back to normal. She should retire as I understand she would still get millions of dollars from us taxpayers. She is a very greedy person.

  • Walter A. Kac

    01/11/2020 02:16 PM

    Hopefully, by the Grace of God, Americans’ minds will be clear from Fake Facts, when voting In November

  • Thala J Susag

    01/11/2020 02:14 PM

    Do we still have a country? It appears socialists (so-called progressives)
    are taking down our government, piece by piece. It's hard to believe, but
    the American citizens who elected President Donald J. Trump in 2016
    have lost the right to vote. The U.S. House Dem socialists decided to
    cancel our votes by falsely accusing our President of wrongdoing
    (but they are not sure what that was), and then impeaching him.
    The impeachment trial of President Trump to take place in the
    Senate should be a trial of the accusers in a courtroom after they
    have been convicted of lying/spying, etc. They would lose.
    There's not enough liberal lawyers in the world who could prove
    their innocence. Do you think we will get our country back?

  • Joseph Arena

    01/11/2020 02:13 PM

    Re: catch and release. The NY Post ran a story of a man arrested for robbing 4 banks. As he was collecting his possessions to leave police custody he himself commented “I can’t believe they are letting me out” and then added “what were they thinking”. He has again been arrested for robbing another bank.

    This story was posted on the ‘Apple News Feed’

  • Steven Swanson

    01/11/2020 02:10 PM

    I clearly remember reading Rudyard Kipling's "If" in grade school many years ago! I have always kept its precepts at heart! It's a tragedy that Kipling is no longer a part of English curriculum! Very un PC! A colonialist, you know and an old white guy, to boot!

  • Bruce Deming

    01/11/2020 01:58 PM


    You say that we should change our Governor, Mayor and legislature in New York, and I agree. I don't know how that would work with the way that our legislature and past and present Governor's have stacked the deck to ensure that it can't be done. It's cost's $50,000 just to get on the ballot, and then you can start raising money for your campaign. Most of the cities in NY are Democrat, while all the rural areas are red. Manufacturing and small business has been lost here to bad policy, over regulation, over taxation, and most have left the state or moved to China. We haven't seen the boom that the rest of the country has with Trump's economy, Trump was here during his campaign and said the area looks like Detroit. There's no money in these small cities and rural areas, no way to even support a campaign for the legislature or Governor. Most who are elected her in NY have big Pharma support. You can't get support from Pharma running as Republican or Conservative. The system is rigged, it will take a great awakening before anything can be done. Trump has bailed on NY and moved to Florida. It's hard to hope for our future, when it's nearly impossible to make a living here. When you leave, rest assured that you will still be voting in NY for Democrats after your long gone.

  • Rene Lopez-Duprey

    01/11/2020 01:46 PM

    Although I look forward to your daily newsletter, it is becoming quite perilous to read due to all the advertisement around it. Yesterday, I mistakenly clicked on a question regarding the impeachment of President Trump, and have consequently been bombarded with never ending spam e-mails on different subjects. I am still in the process of trying to unsubscribe from these. The experience has been, to say the least, harrowing.

    Is there anything you can do to eliminate these traps. If I un-subscribe from your newsletter you now know the reason.

  • JC Holland

    01/11/2020 01:41 PM

    Mike why are you surprised by Tulsi. My surprise is you and many Fox News pundits keep talking to her. She is a two faced socialist liberal democrat just like the others.

  • Michael

    01/11/2020 01:37 PM

    Once again the dispicable Democrats can't even show respect for our military. Not one of them sign the resolution. Now if it wasn't for your newsletter I would not have known of the Dems shameful response. We know none of the MSM is going to tell the American public that. I hope all conservative news will tell us, We the People. It would be beyond my understanding how any, not even one military personnel, former or present would vote for a Democrat. Not any patriotic citizen. I will continue to hope that the red wave in November is so strong it will wipe out the Dems to such minimal numbers that they will be inefffective. And you are right Governor Huckabee, the video of Rep Matz is a must see. And that didn't didn't even impact the evil dispicable Democrats! The RNC should use this in their upcoming campaign ads, right along with so much more,including the Dems disrespectful behavior during last year's SOTU address. The Dems need to hear from the American people in November -YOU'RE FIRED !

  • joseph orsini PhD

    01/11/2020 01:30 PM

    Now the CA Governor is proposing many millions $ to provide housing for the "homeless" who cannot find "affordable" housing. NO MENTION of the impact illegal immigrants are having on housing affordability.

  • Mary Rice

    01/11/2020 01:27 PM

    Your column should be required reading for every high school in America.

  • Abraham S Carnow

    01/11/2020 01:26 PM

    Thank you for keeping me informed and for your good spirits, also. From one of your many, many Jewish friends, May the Lord bless you and keep you.
    Abe Carnow, CPA