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Michael Smerconish is a SiriusXM Radio Host. The Michael Smerconish Program is heard exclusively on SiriusXM - POTUS Channel 124 from 9a–12p ET - re–airing again 6-9p ET. Michael is also an MSNBC contributor and a weekly Sunday columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Smerconish is the author of five books, two of them New York Times’ best sellers. He donated all author proceeds from three of those manuscripts to charity. His published books are: Flying Blind: How Political Correctness Continues to Compromise Airline Safety Post 9/11 (for which he donated his proceeds to the Garden of Reflection, a 9/11 tribute garden in his native Bucks County, Pennsylvania); Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism, True Stories that Should Be Fiction (a Times best seller); Murdered By Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain and Injustice (a Times best seller which he co-authored with Maureen Faulkner and for which he donated his proceeds to the Daniel Faulkner Educational Grant Fund); Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking; and Instinct: The Man Who Stopped the 20th Hijacker (the story of Jose Melendez-Perez, for which he donated his proceeds to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania). Additionally, through a promotional partnership with jeweler Steven Singer, Smerconish has raised in excess of $300,000.00 for the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Michael Smerconish graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Lehigh University and then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Thereafter, at the age of 29, he became the youngest sub-cabinet level appointee to the Administration of George Herbert Walker Bush when he was named Regional Administrator of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He maintains an of-counsel relationship with The Law Firm of Kline & Specter in Philadelphia.
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Fighting Westboro Hate and a Secret

(55) Comments | Posted March 9, 2014 | 8:09 AM

'My case made the national spotlight. There are almost a million articles on the Internet and I have done interviews across the world, but they won't tell you the real story. Up until this point, I have kept the truth to myself, my legal team, some family and close friends."

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What Do Socialists Think of Obamacare?

(1072) Comments | Posted October 6, 2013 | 7:06 PM

You know who should be angry about Obamacare? Real socialists. The tea party opponents of the Affordable Care Act promised them a government incursion that the new law does not deliver.

Think back to the rallies of 2009 and 2010. All those signs mocking President Obama with the word socialist...

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Zimmerman: Gender Not Race

(452) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 10:48 AM

The O.J. Simpson criminal prosecution was doomed from the moment the trial was moved from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles, ensuring that the jury looked nothing like the two victims, legal pundits agree. Might the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial have been similarly predetermined -- not because of...

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Spitzer and the Future of the Sex Scandal as We Know It

(81) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 8:59 AM

There might be more at stake in the race for comptroller of New York City than the future of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. This could be a final referendum on the sex scandal as we know it, and a reboot on the level of intrusion into the private lives of...

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Polarization in 4 Steps

(43) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 6:51 AM

Why was it so difficult to avoid the fiscal cliff? Especially when, in the end, Congress couldn't salvage a grand bargain à la Simpson-Bowles, but instead settled for a quick fix?

In a word, it's polarization -- the complete inability of our elected officials to work together for our general...

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Obama: Substance Not Smears

(1711) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 6:02 AM

This election has always been a referendum on Barack Obama. For some, not on matters of substance. They can't have it both ways. It's hypocritical to distribute a vicious, false narrative about him while fancying yourself a patriot and a great American. Vilify a sitting president of the United States...

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Obama Talks Second Term Plans

(137) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Here's an excerpt from my seventh interview with President Obama, this one Friday in the Oval Office. Read the entire interview or listen to it here.

Michael Smerconish: Let's talk polarization ... You've been unsuccessful in getting Republicans to work with you. Today, I noted that the Washington...

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Specter's Biggest Speech

(49) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 8:02 AM

When I heard on Sunday that Arlen Specter had died, I sought solace in rummaging through personal remnants of our 30-year friendship.

My memories span campaigns, Senate hearings, radio broadcasts, martinis, dinners, birthdays, and bat mitzvahs. They include a night in Havana when I watched him debate Fidel Castro at...

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Why to Reinstate the Draft

(1364) Comments | Posted September 23, 2012 | 9:16 AM

Maybe Charlie Rangel is right in saying that America should bring back the draft, although we get to the same conclusion for different reasons.

Rangel believes that reinstatement of the draft is most equitable toward all. He thinks it's unfair that privileged kids like mine don't equally share the burden...

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If Romney Loses

(119) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 6:48 AM

What a donnybrook this is going to be.

The next 52 days until the election? Nope. What will follow if Mitt Romney loses.

Rush Limbaugh raised the issue Monday. He was responding to comments made on what he called "PMSNBC" by Chris Matthews suggesting that an Obama victory would be...

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Never Forget

(40) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Today is the 11th anniversary of 9/11. And in three months, we will mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The two worst attacks on American soil each resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths and led the nation to war, respectively. Still, given the passage of time,...

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I Want a Platform Fight

(56) Comments | Posted August 26, 2012 | 11:46 AM

A fine? Six months behind bars? Longer?

I'd like to ask those who will ratify the GOP platform in Tampa this week what punishment they think is appropriate for a woman who is raped and decides not to carry the pregnancy to term.

Or would her physician be the one...

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'You Didn't Build That!' in Context

(1736) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 9:22 PM

Elizabeth Warren said it better than Barack Obama. And the president's presentation wasn't helped when supporters of Mitt Romney edited his words. Sadly, lost in a squabble over "you didn't build that" was the opportunity for a more serious conversation about social contracts.

Last August, while contemplating a run for...

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Mission Accomplished

(244) Comments | Posted May 6, 2012 | 6:43 PM

Thank you, Navy SEALs, for killing Osama bin Laden. And thank you, President Obama, for turning them loose to do their job, just as you said you would.

This past week, an Obama campaign Web commercial featuring Bill Clinton, quotes Mitt Romney, in 2007, downplaying the significance of...

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Mort tragique de Trayvon Martin: des appels au 911 qui en disent long

(5) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 11:01 AM

Les bandes audio du 911, publiées à tout vent dans Internet, pourraient suffire à inculper George Zimmerman en relation avec la mort tragique de l'adolescent Trayvon Martin, survenue le 26 février dernier dans une rue de Sanford, en Floride. Des analyses vocales détermineront si Zimmerman a proféré une insulte raciale...

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Tale of the Trayvon Martin Case 911 Calls

(2544) Comments | Posted March 25, 2012 | 6:32 PM

Pending the outcome of some voice analysis, there is arguably enough evidence in the 911 tapes to warrant the arrest of George Zimmerman in connection with the Feb. 26 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The voice testing is needed to determine if Zimmerman uttered a racial slur while in...

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Boycott Won't Rush Him Out

(640) Comments | Posted March 18, 2012 | 8:52 AM

Though the advertising boycott of Rush Limbaugh is significant for its size and scope, it will ultimately prove ineffectual in dislodging him from his commanding perch above the talk-radio world. That kind of movement would require a different type of acquiescence, namely on the part of program directors, not advertisers....

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The Unfaithful Candidate

(557) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 7:55 AM

Mitt Romney has missed several golden opportunities to turn this campaign's religious fixation to his advantage.

Given that polls show he faces prejudice among a sizable share of primary voters because of his Mormon faith, you would think Romney would be eager to try to redefine the role of faith...

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A Response to Sean Hannity

(1998) Comments | Posted February 12, 2012 | 11:21 AM

Sean Hannity has implied that if President Obama had his way, Osama bin Laden would be alive. Earlier this week he had this exchange with Frank Luntz:

HANNITY: I know the president will say, 'Well, we got bin Laden.' Putting that aside...

LUNTZ: And the public gives him...

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What Phil Knight Did NOT Say

(192) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 5:36 AM

Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight delivered quite a broadside to the Penn State board of trustees on Jan. 26 during the memorial service for Joe Paterno.

As evidenced by the thunderous reaction, his comments provided a salve to mourners, but when viewed unemotionally, his words were misleading at best....

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