LIVE BLOG: Todd Starnes Show – Nov 15

THE THIRD HOUR OF THE TODD STARNES SHOW

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2:05pm – Pentagon To Pay! An active-duty service member has undergone gender reassignment surgery, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Defense Department spokesman Dana White said in a statement that the military’s health coverage paid for the surgery because the doctor who performed the operation deemed it to be medically necessary. “Military hospitals do not have the surgical expertise to perform this type of surgery, therefore it was conducted in a private hospital,” said White, who added that that because the service member “had already begun a sex-reassignment course of treatment … a waiver was approved by the director of the Defense Health Agency.” Army Maj. Dave Eastburn said that waivers are required and routinely approved for medical procedures that military facilities don’t have the expertise to perform. The surgery was first reported by NBC News. The Obama administration last year eliminated the longstanding ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. But President Donald Trump tweeted in July that the federal government “will not accept or allow” transgender troops to serve “in any capacity” in the military. He followed that a month later with a formal order telling the Pentagon to extend the ban. He gave the department six months to determine what to do about those currently serving.

2:20pm – Plus: The Army’s decision to allow people with a history of self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse to seek waivers to enlist in the service drew a sharp, bipartisan rebuke on Tuesday when Sen. John McCain said he was prepared to put a hold on nominations to Pentagon posts until the Army explained the policy. McCain, the Arizona Republican who chairs the Armed Services Committee, upbraided the nominee for Army general counsel, James McPherson, saying he and the committee members learned about the change in policy in a report by USA TODAY on Monday. “If you took a poll of this committee right now I doubt if you’d find a single one who would be approving of this practice, which we now find out about reading the daily newspaper,” McCain said.

2:50pm- Woman kicked off flight after emotional support PIG became rowdy

THE SECOND HOUR OF THE TODD STARNES SHOW

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1:05pm- Hammered? The House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, at which Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced more than five hours of questions, was supposed to be about oversight of the Justice Department. The committee’s Republicans appeared to have missed that memo. Instead, they toggled between sweet-talking Mr. Sessions — “This is so great to have you here today,” “I sure appreciate your service” — and demanding that he appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a raft of allegations, most half-baked if not entirely raw, against Hillary Clinton, her campaign for president and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. From the supposedly crooked deal that Mrs. Clinton engineered to sell off America’s uranium to the Russians, to the Clinton-Democratic National Committee-F.B.I. conspiracy behind the dossier on Donald Trump, to the tarmac meeting in 2016 between Mr. Clinton and President Barack Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch — no Republican talking point was left unspoken.

1:10pm Guest: Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) chairman of the National Security subcommittee and as a member of the foreign affairs committee

1:30pm– Guest: Monica Crowley, conservative commentator.

1:50pm– Cards Against Humanity plans to stop Trump’s border wall

THE FIRST HOUR OF THE TODD STARNES SHOW

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12:05pm- Does He Have To Go? President Donald Trump is returning from Asia to a political maelstrom in the United States — one that could force him to decide whether to push out Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a Hail Mary attempt to save the Alabama Senate seat Sessions once held. Trump spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from Asia last week, and the Senate leader made an urgent plea: Please help push Moore out of the contest. On Monday, as a new female accuser emerged, the Republican leader discussed the Alabama situation with White House chief of staff John Kelly and Vice President Mike Pence. The conversation centered on tax reform, but the Senate Republican leader also proposed a dramatic idea: that Sessions run as a write-in candidate or be appointed to the seat he held for two decades. White House officials plan to convene a meeting to talk through their options soon, and Trump is widely expected to address the predicament publicly when he returns from abroad. In order for the president to get involved, some aides to the president say, he would need an airtight plan that limits his political exposure to any fallout. Question: Do you STILL stand by Judge Moore? 888-788-9910

12:30pm- Up on The Hill!  Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday denied, again, lying to Congress about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. He said he had forgotten about a campaign round-table in which an aide played up his Russian connections and suggested arranging a meeting for Donald J. Trump in Moscow. But even as Mr. Sessions remained hazy on the details, he was adamant that he had swiftly rejected the aide’s suggestion.Guest: Congressman Mike Johnson, ( R-LA) currently serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He sits on the House Judiciary Committee as well as the Committee on Natural Resources. He was elected in December 2016 to serve Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District by the largest margin of victory in his region in more than 50 years.

12:50pm- Atheists Sue Taxpayer-Funded Animal Shelter Over Religious “Blessing” Ceremony

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