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RWN’s Ann Coulter Interview #2
  19 Feb 2012     1:03 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: Why do you think USA Today hired you to write a column on the Democratic Convention and then killed your column?
Ann Coulter: I refused to include pie charts.
John Hawkins: What do you think of the claim made by people like Eric Alterman that the mainstream media is actually conservative?
Ann Coulter: Eric, they’re called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and they’re going to change your life. Ask your doctor if an S.S.R.I. is right for you.
John Hawkins: Has anyone approached you about doing a syndicated radio show or getting your own show on one of the Cable …

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An Interview With Daniel Pipes
  18 Feb 2012     3:10 am      John Hawkins

I recently had an opportunity to do a phone interview with Middle Eastern expert Daniel Pipes. He’s the author of 11 books, has lectured in twenty-five countries, and has appeared on shows like ABC World News, CBS Reports, Crossfire, Good Morning America, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, O’Reilly Factor, and The Today Show.
John Hawkins: Almost a year after 9/11, how popular is Osama Bin Laden in the Islamic World?
Daniel Pipes: Considerably less popular than in the immediate aftermath of September’s atrocities, but still a major figure to contend with.
John Hawkins: When you say, …

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An Interview With Jed Babbin
  18 Feb 2012     1:02 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: We’re now hearing that Saddam Hussein skimmed $21 billion off the top from the Oil For Food program, some of which was paid to Palestinian suicide bombers, and the UN doesn’t seem too anxious to get to the bottom of it. What should be the end result of all this in your opinion?
Jed Babbin: Well, the question is not what it should be but what it will be. Obviously what it should be is to find the money that was stolen from Iraq and return it to the Iraqi people, …

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The Wendy McElroy Interview
  17 Feb 2012     3:11 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: Why did you create ifeminists.com and what is the purpose of the page?
Wendy McElroy: Ifeminists.com fills a void for information on individualist feminism. It offers a database of over two thousand URLs that lead to news items, commentary, organizations, etc. It provides a nexus where a community can grow on the Bulletin Board and the email lists, as well as a place for people to “drop by” every morning for the daily news on the front page. Moreover, the “information” section gives the fundamentals of ifeminism. It fills a need.
John Hawkins: Why do …

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RWN’s 2nd Victor Davis Hanson Interview
  17 Feb 2012     1:01 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: What’s your opinion of how things are going in post-war Iraq? Compared to other similar operations throughout history, how do you think we’ve done so far overall?
Victor Davis Hanson: I think that if we look at it in the longer historical expanse from the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime and not concentrate on any two to three week period, then the idea that a year and a half after the regime was over with — we’d have elections pretty well under way and we would have over 2/3′s of …

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The Charles Johnson Interview
  16 Feb 2012     3:09 am      John Hawkins

Charles Johnson’s “Little Green Footballs” web page is one of the most popular political blogs on the net. Recently, I had a chance to interview him by email and we discussed several things including the content management system he’s creating, how the Israel/Palestine conflict can be solved, and Europe’s reasons for being so stridently anti-Israel. Read and enjoy…
John Hawkins: I understand that you used to be a programmer for Atari. You didn’t have anything to do with Space Invaders or Defender did you?
Charles Johnson: Actually I didn’t work for Atari the company; …

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A Mini-Interview With Dick Morris
  16 Feb 2012     1:01 am      Joe Dan Gorman

John Hawkins: Hillary Clinton, who looks likely to be the Democrats’ candidate in 2008, is staking out a strong anti-illegal immigration position. Do you think that could be a potent issue for her, especially if the GOP runs a candidate like John McCain who’s soft on illegal immigration?
Dick Morris: I think it is a risky position since she needs to regain the Hispanic vote that Kerry lost. Gore carried Hispanics by 30 pts but Kerry won them by only 10. That change accounts for half of Bush’s gain over 2000. But Hillary …

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The David Frum Interview
  15 Feb 2012     1:09 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: To begin with, I’m not sure there is any word in politics that has been more distorted or misused than the word neocon. So, since you’re generally thought to be a prominent neocon, I’m sure you can clear things up for us. In your opinion, what is a neocon?
David Frum: It beats the hell out of me. Until the last two years, I have not thought of myself or generally been described as a neocon. It used to mean somebody, typically a child or grandchild of the great immigration, who …

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An Interview With Walter Olson
  14 Feb 2012     3:10 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: Why did you decide to start “Overlawyered.com?”
Walter Olson: I launched it in July 1999, at a time when there were few if any policy weblogs. It had its origin as an overgrown bookmark file for clips I hoped to use in my future writing about the American legal system — noteworthy cases, op-ed columns, think tank studies and so on. Then it struck me: since I’m going to be collecting these pointers anyway, why not publish them? Others may find them interesting if I do. Since most news links go …

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The Peter Schweizer Interview
  14 Feb 2012     1:00 am      John Hawkins

Peter Schweizer is the author of several books including Reagan’s War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism & was the Executive Producer of “In The Face Of Evil: Reagan’s War In Word And Deed.” I was a huge fan of the book and the movie, would highly recommend both of them, and was very pleased to get an opportunity to do a phone interview with Peter last week. Here is the edited transcript of our conversation…
John Hawkins: Can you tell us a little bit about why …

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10 Questions With Heather Mac Donald
  13 Feb 2012     1:07 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: You’ve called racial profiling a myth. Why do you believe that’s the case?
Heather Mac Donald: The studies that purport to prove the existence of racial profiling are junk science that wouldn’t earn their authors an F in a freshman statistics course. Their biggest flaw? They ignore the most important factor in policing: crime. You can’t determine whether the police are stopping or arresting “too many” members of any given racial group unless you take into account the crime rates among different groups. No profiling study to date does that.
An example: …

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RWN’s Michelle Malkin Interview #2
  13 Feb 2012     12:59 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: Do you think it’s time to consider actually walling off the border, manning it with armed guards, etc., between the US and Mexico?
Michelle Malkin: At the very least, we should close the three-and-a-half mile hole in the fence at Otay Mesa between Mexico and California, which has been a playground for drug runners and human smugglers. The incomplete fence there is a triple steel, 15-foot-tall barrier that runs into the Pacific Ocean. Finishing the fence would free up Border Patrol agents who have had to man the gap.
As an aside, …

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A Mini-Interview With Henry Copeland From Blogads
  12 Feb 2012     12:58 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: How much of a drop off in advertising, if any, has there been from the election until today?
Henry Copeland: After dropping 40-50% for the first couple of months after the election, it looks like we’ll be at new highs in March and April. I won’t call it a tipping point, because you can only see those in retrospect, but we’re definitely at a tottering point.
John Hawkins: Can you give us an estimate of how many blogs cracked $25,000 in revenue earned last year & how much the top 5 blogads bloggers …

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Twelve Questions With Michelle Malkin
  11 Feb 2012     3:00 am      John Hawkins

I was pleased to have an opportunity to interview FOX News commentator Michelle Malkin via email. Michelle has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, The McLaughlin Group, The Lehrer Report, and 20/20. Furthermore, her syndicated column is carried by 100 papers nationwide and her new book, Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores is currently ranked 9th on the bestseller list at Amazon.
John Hawkins: Do you believe that police departments should be involved in rounding up illegal aliens?
Michelle Malkin: They should cooperate with the INS. …

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The Byron York Interview
  11 Feb 2012     12:58 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: Would you think it’s fair to say that Air America Radio is failing as a business venture?
Byron York: So far it looks like they are. One of the problems with Air America is that it’s on in so few places around the country. It’s still only on about 50 stations so it’s hard to measure its nation-wide impact. We know that it’s doing extremely well in Portland, Oregon. We also know that it’s not doing that well most everywhere else. In New York where it had a pretty decent start …

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An Interview With Linda Chavez
  10 Feb 2012     1:05 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: You know, I realized unions had a lot of power and influence in the Democratic party, but while reading an excerpt of your book, I ran across a statement that I found to be amazing. Let me read it, then I’d like to get your comment on it. “As the FEC’s final report put it, the unions had ‘authority to approve or disapprove plans, projects, and needs of the DNC and its state parties.’” So the unions essentially have veto power over DNC decisions?
Linda Chavez: That is exactly right. That …

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An Interview With Marc Danziger, One Of The Pajamas Media Partners
  10 Feb 2012     12:57 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: You, Charles Johnson, and Roger L. Simon run Pajamas Media, correct? How did you decide to get this started and was what you’re doing now the original concept?
Marc Danziger: Yes – we’re the general partners; there are some other folks who have interests we’ve swapped for help in various ways, but it’s the three of us. Charles and Roger had been thinking about how to take the attention the blogs had been getting and make a business of it and I’ve been working on “long tail” business models for a long time. They …

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The Tim Blair Interview
  9 Feb 2012     3:12 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: What convinced you to start your political website?
Tim Blair: Ken Layne and Matt Welch were having too much fun running theirs. It seemed wrong somehow. And then all these Norwegians and bellicose women and law professors began appearing online ‘ I was the last person on earth without a website.
Anyway, Layne helped set the site up for me last December, and then he taught me the secret HTML wisdom. Welch pimped me to several sites early on, which quickly built a profile, inasmuch as a weblog run out of a Sydney suburb can …

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An Interview With Victor Davis Hanson
  9 Feb 2012     2:59 am      John Hawkins

I’m a huge fan of Victor Davis Hanson’s work. Not only do I consistently link his columns, I’ve recently read his brilliant book “Carnage and Culture.” That’s why I was thrilled that he agreed to do an interview via email with RWN. Read and enjoy…
John Hawkins: Hypothetically, let’s say that we go to Iraq and replace Saddam with a minimal number of losses. What do you think our next big move in the war on terrorism should be? Should we consider using military force in Iran, Syria, or perhaps in other …

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The G. Gordon Liddy Interview
  9 Feb 2012     1:11 am      John Hawkins

John Hawkins: In your opinion, what would it take to solve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict within let’s say a decade or so, if it’s solvable?
G. Gordon Liddy: I don’t think that it’s solvable peacefully because the other side has absolutely no intention of allowing an Israeli state in that part of the world. They are dead set against it. They were offered, I think, 97% of what they wanted and they turned that down because they wanted 100%.
So what I think is going to ultimately happen is going to be another war. At …

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