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2nd GOP Debates: Strategies and “What to Watch For” (HLN – “Morning Express with Robin Meade”)

In Video on September 16, 2015 at 4:51 pm
Former HP executive and US Senate candidate Carly Fiorina rises in the polls in time for the 2nd GOP Presidential Debate in California on September 16.

Former HP executive and US Senate candidate Carly Fiorina rises in the polls in time for the 2nd GOP Presidential Debate in California on September 16.

ATLANTA / PITTSBURGH (September 16, 2015) – (Courtesy HLN) Political analyst and Republican commentator Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on PCNC and “The Lenny McAllister Show” on Newsradio 1020 KDKA) talks with HLN’s Robin Meade about possible campaign strategies that the 2016 GOP presidential candidates will be weighing as they get ready for the September 16, 2015 GOP debate at the Ronald Reagan Library.

Please watch the segment that was broadcast throughout the US and Canada by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

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What’s the Right Number to Steady Unemployment? (PCNC)

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2015 at 7:31 pm
What is the number of jobs created that keeps the American unemployment rate steady? The GTTP Panel discusses on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

What is the number of jobs created that keeps the American unemployment rate steady? The GTTP Panel discusses on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

PITTSBURGH (September 4, 2015) – The Get To The Point Panel of award-winning financial adviser Lou Stanasolovich, Dr. Risa Kumazawa from Duquesne University (PA), and Dr. Nan Li from California University (PA) talk with Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point”) talks about the latest American economic numbers and the correct number of added jobs needed to steady unemployment during this segment of the popular PCNC program, “Get To The Point”. The show airs live Friday nights 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel with re-broadcasts on Sundays at 10pm and Mondays at 5pm.

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1st, the “New Normal”; Now, the “New Superb”? A Threat to the American Dream

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

“…(perhaps) we live in the time of the ‘New Superb’, where yesterday’s mediocrity is today’s excellence…”

PITTSBURGH (September 4, 2015) – In the shadows of the scare from China and with the scenery of the ‘New Normal’ around us, we stare at a reality that challenges our definition of the American Dream: that we live in the time of the ‘New Superb’, where yesterday’s mediocrity is today’s excellence…complete with lowered expectations for your children, extended timelines for your retirement, and economic limits on the middle class and aspiring Americans.”

Host and political commentator Lenny McAllister coins the term, the “New Superb”, as a perspective that is taking over the narrative concerning the state of the American economy and the American Dream during this “Starting Point” commentary.

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McAllister’s monologue started the September 4 episode of “NightTalk: Get To The Point.” McAllister asks if America has moved the goal-line in defining success, progress, and prosperity after years of Main Street troubles after The Great Recession.

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market as the sister station to WPXI, the NBC affiliate in the Pittsburgh market covering 4 states. The show airs live Friday nights 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel with re-broadcasts on Sundays at 10pm and Mondays at 5pm.

Why An “Aye” Vote is the Wrong Vote for the Iran Deal

In Articles on September 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm
Bi-partisan opposition to the Iranian Nuclear Deal will boil down to discussions once Congress re-convenes.

Bi-partisan opposition to the Iranian Nuclear Deal will boil down to discussions once Congress re-convenes.

There are options other than war and a bad deal in the fight to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon

by Lenny McAllister

When Mike Doyle, Keith Rothfus and others reconvene on Capitol Hill, America will face another historic moment, one that determines our role as a force for good and a protector of peace for our nation and our allies.

Right now, Iran has the resources and the know-how to produce several nuclear weapons. Setbacks originating from the Stuxnet virus 5 years ago and fairly recent assurances from the Obama Administration that Iran was not readily “breakout-capable” have not deterred Iran. Neither have strong international sanctions, as Iran has been capable of maintaining nuclear progress including covert operations at Fordow while enduring hits to its economy.

America and our allies share a primary goal that must not be overlooked in the quest to secure any deal in lieu of a good deal. We must prevent Iran from destabilizing the Middle East and beyond with its support of terrorism throughout the region and its long-standing, hate-filled opposition to Israel and America.

Any agreement that focuses on checking off one box of an agenda without securing the overall mission fails us and our friends around the world.

Feedback on this proposed agreement has united “strange bedfellows” in a manner that few issues have. Israeli leaders – fresh off of a competitive and turbulent election – have come together in opposition to this deal. Saudi leaders have denounced it, leading to concerns that nuclear proliferation in the region may emerge. Democratic leaders in the US Senate, including former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez and potential minority leader Chuck Schumer, both oppose the deal along with their Republican colleagues, leaving President Obama scrambling to find the votes to finalize the agreement.

Looking at assumptions made in the deal, it is not hard to see why it is a tough sell. Terms include a commitment from Iran to not develop nor acquire a nuclear weapon. On its face, this sounds good, but the term comes with the caveat that Iran does not need to disclose its past nuclear activities, including those that occurred at facilities discovered through Western surveillance, not Iranian open disclosure. Another condition supposedly imposes a permanent ban on Iranian development of weapons capabilities. Yet, without knowing the scope of Iranian progress to date, we are left in the dark about where Iran truly is with weaponization and, thus, left in the shadows of uncertainty. With roughly $140 billion – over 20 times the annual budget of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard – available immediately if the agreement is confirmed, more uncertainty for America and our allies in the region is not a position we should advance.

Mr. Doyle and other supporters state that the agreement will block paths to enrichment for weapons use. However, the deal does not keep the Iranians from procuring the necessary know-how to produce advanced centrifuges, thus allowing for future enrichment. This allows Iran to be able to move forward in developing technology required to eventually reach breakout status.

Supporters of the deal lean on Iran’s pledge to aid monitoring and inspection of its facilities. It was often repeated that we would have “24/7 access” to ensure compliance. Yet, we now know that access can be delayed for weeks under this deal, allowing Iran to continue to keep key components of their nuclear advancement off-radar, just as they did with Fordow. Former IAEA Deputy Director-General Olli Heinonen stated that this loophole is a “recipe for cheating … (considering so) … much of this equipment is very easy to move.”

This, coupled with technical know-how, creates a recipe for disaster.

Further, both sides of the deal are at odds over how “openness” and “access” are defined by the deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan have said that Iran has the right to deny access to military sites for nuclear inspection as part of the agreement. Delayed access to nuclear facilities coupled with lack of access to military sites yield a problematic duo for upholding the tenets of this proposed deal.

Even the promise of “snapback sanctions” are interpreted vastly differently by the two sides. Zarif has already stated that the flood of foreign companies into Iran after this deal is finalized will nullify the impact of any future sanctions. Countries such as China and Russia – nations that have been aggressive militarily in their own regions recently – have already lined up deals with the Iranians, including projects related to nuclear energy. “Snapback sanctions” would likely yield sagging results.

Senator Menendez noted that the deal is based on hope, not verification. Both Mr. Rothfus and he are right to oppose this deal . Mr. Doyle is wrong to support it. Iran has escalated tensions with us since 1979. They remain hostile to our nation and our allies. Congressional failure to enact further sanctions earlier and the promotion of this unsettling deal currently put us in a compromised position. We have seen this repeatedly with the Obama Administration, with foreign policy missteps with ISIS, Libya, and Yemen. Obama’s implicit belief that the only alternative to this deal is war lacks nuanced negotiating or foreign affairs foresight, as we experienced in 2011 with Iraq. Just recently, the Administration incorrectly calculated the amount of Iranian centrifuges at hundreds, not thousands. Continuing down this path would be wrong for our allies, wrong in the fight against global terrorism, and wrong for the prospect of long-term peace. Bad deals do not keep bad men from committing bad acts. We are not in a position to allow bad agreements with bad men a chance to work some good. We ended that costly lesson 70 years ago in 1945. We must not re-learn that lesson now.

Lenny McAllister, a former RNC operative under Chairman Michael Steele, is a Republican strategist and talk show host on PCNC and Newsradio 1020 KDKA.

Mr. Doyle’s position for the Iran Nuclear Deal can be found HERE

Mr. Rothfus’ position against the Iran Nuclear Deal can be found HERE

Looking Back on Hurricane Katrina on PCNC (August 28, 2015)

In Audio, Video on September 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm
The Get To The Point Panel looks back on lessons learned from 2005's historic storm, Hurricane Katrina.

The Get To The Point Panel looks back on lessons learned from 2005’s historic storm, Hurricane Katrina.

PITTSBURGH (August 28, 2015) – Lenny McAllister (PCNC’s “NightTalk: Get To The Point”) talks with the “Get To The Point Panel” this week about the issues facing America after Hurricane Katrina, reflecting upon what we have improved upon since the historic storm and what we must address immediately.

The Panel this week includes former Millvale (PA) mayor Jim Burn, Jr. UPMC’s Mario Curtis Browne, and Dr. Valire Carr-Copeland of Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems.

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market as the sister station to WPXI, the NBC affiliate in the Pittsburgh market covering 4 states.

To view the segment, click on the picture above or click HERE

Starting Point: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later

In Audio, Video on September 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm
10 years later, what are the lessons learned for our nation after Hurricane Katrina? (Photo courtesy Damian Catanza)

10 years later, what are the lessons learned for our nation after Hurricane Katrina? (Photo courtesy Damian Catanza)

PITTSBURGH (August 28, 2015) – Host and commentator Lenny McAllister takes the beginning of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” to reflect upon the much-needed “lessons learned” that America should heed to 10 years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coat. McAllister uses this version of this “Starting Point” commentary to address how the nation can focus on the issues of political efficiency, addressing poverty, and civic accountability so that communities are prepared during times of crisis. The show airs live Friday nights 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market as the sister station to WPXI, the NBC affiliate in the Pittsburgh market covering 4 states.

To view the segment, click on the picture above or click HERE

Lenny McAllister Talks Donald Trump and Immigration (AJAM: Aug 26 2015)

In Audio, Video on September 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media before heading over the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 15, 2015.  (REUTERS/Jim Young)

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media before heading over the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 15, 2015. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

NEW YORK CITY / PITTSBURGH (August 26, 2015) – Republican strategist Lenny McAllister talks with Al Jazeera America’s John Seigenthaler about the latest with Donald Trump, the immigration debate, and the 2016 GOP White House race during this segment.

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Who Won the GOP’s First Presidential Debate in Cleveland? (August 7 2015)

In Audio, Video on September 1, 2015 at 3:54 pm
Donald Trump shrugs as he maintains a lead in the polls after the August 6 debate in Cleveland.

Donald Trump shrugs as he maintains a lead in the polls after the August 6 debate in Cleveland.

PITTSBURGH (August 7, 2015) – Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To the Point”) talks with the Get To The Point Panel (Brad Tupi, Richard Fair, and Katie Jones Goldman) about the first RNC debate in Cleveland on August 6 on this version of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market as the sister station to WPXI, the NBC affiliate in the Pittsburgh market covering 4 states.

Catch this from the August 7 edition of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

Presidential or Running for the Presidency? (Post-Debate #1 Aug 7 2015)

In Audio, Video on September 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm
Republican presidential candidates arrive on stage for the Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo credit:Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidates arrive on stage for the Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo credit:Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH (August 7, 2015) –  Republican commentator Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To the Point”) discusses the need and opportunity to “elevate the position of the Presidency of the United States” through the Republican and Democratic primary debates throughout the 2016 White House campaign. McAllister uses this version of this “Starting Point” commentary to address how the candidates must restore “inspiration” by “running for the presidency, not for popularity” as he starts the popular show which airs live Friday nights 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

Catch this from the August 7 edition of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE