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    The Comeback

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 57:38

    The Biden administration tries to convince you that inflation came in at “0%,” and Donald Trump's persecution narrative sets the stage for his political comeback.

    The Mar-A-Lago Goat Rodeo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 57:17

    A fiery podcast today in which we take up the FBI search at Mar-A-Lago and the very real questions it raises about overreach and public distrust in our institutions. Give a listen.

    Mark His Words, the GOP Candidates Are Bad

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 66:23

    Mark Halperin joins the podcast to talk about the Democratic triumph with its big spending and climate change bill and how it looks like Republican candidates for the Senate (and for gubernatorial mansions) may not be able to capitalize on big liberal spending initiatives and other aspects of the supposed progressive surge this month. Give a listen.

    Is the GOP Going to Blow It?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 71:25

    Matt Continetti joins the podcast today to discuss his piece, "The GOP Summer Swoon." Republican nominees for Senate are running behind, Kansas delivered a stunning blow to pro-lifers, and the Democrats are getting legislation through. Has everything changed? Give a listen.

    Meghan McCain's True View

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 64:30

    This is one for the ages. Meghan McCain joins us to talk about her home state of Arizona and its Republican primary results and then gives us the backstage skinny on why she left "The View," and it's a stunning story. Give a listen.

    What's the Matter with Kansas?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 62:41

    In John and Christine's absence, Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Eliana Johnson and COMMENTARY contributing editor and “The Reeducation” podcast host Eli Lake join the show to talk about Tuesday's Republican primary elections and Kansas's decisive rejection of a ballot initiative that would ban abortion. Also, we discuss the strangely apoplectic response to Nancy Pelosi's stop in Taiwan, al-Qaeda's new state, and taxpayer-funded crack pipes.

    Rest in Hell, Ayman al-Zawahiri

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 29:04

    The podcast celebrates the neutralization of al-Qaeda operative Ayman al-Zawahiri, and wonders where the right is on the global war on terrorism these days. Also, the MAGA movement on the march in today's primaries.

    How Conspiracy Theories Are Born

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 68:59

    Tech commentary columnist James B. Meigs is back on the show today to talk about how the scientific community's conduct creates environments where anti-scientific conspiracy theories thrive. Also, the hosts discuss the Democrats' climate change/inflation bill and the attack on Republicans who voted against the PACT Act.

    The Media's Biden Wishcasting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 59:18

    Matthew Continetti joins the podcast today to discuss the strange surge of stories about how Joe Biden is on the verge of triumph just as inflation is getting worse and we're in a recession (probably). Is any of this rational? Give a listen.

    None Dare Call It a Recession

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 44:06

    Today's podcast takes up the mainstream media carry water for the Biden White House after the sobering news of a second straight quarter of negative economic growth. And what's this? Two gargantuan spending bills just at a time when the Fed is laboring to deal with inflation? Are we taking crazy pills? Give a listen.

    Mayor Pete Beats Biden? Huh?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 58:00

    Today's podcast takes up the absolutely horrible polling for the president this week, showing him at an all-time low for post-war presidents at this stage of their tenures and Democrats openly saying nationally and in New Hampshire that they do not want him to run again. Give a listen.

    The Return of the COVID Psychos

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 63:33

    Today's podcast takes up the startling new media tour undertaken by Anthony Fauci and a gobsmacking article in the New York Times that essentially tells everybody to go back to living as though it were Summer 2020. Give a listen.

    You Can't Handle the Truth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 59:41

    Eli Lake joins the show today to discuss a crisis of legitimacy among elite institutions that don't believe you can handle the truth. From the economy, to Covid, to climate change, you must be gently guided to their preferred conclusions.

    Two Sick Presidents

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 73:21

    Today's podcast takes up Joe Biden's COVID diagnosis and some of the most appalling moments from the January 6 hearings. Give a listen.

    Is the Wave of Madness Cresting?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 49:21

    The various manias that have overtaken popular political culture, which we itemize, are beginning to incur backlashes the likes of which we would not have seen two years ago. Is that a response to commercial incentives, or are Americans fed up?

    Where Did It All Go Wrong?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 47:06

    Partisans on both sides of the spectrum are increasingly disinclined to recognize the legitimacy of political outcomes they don't like. How did this happen? And can it be reversed before it's too late?

    We're Back and It's Hot

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 59:01

    After a three-show break, the COMMENTARY crew is back to talk about the crisis engulfing the world of progressives, which is to say, the crisis that crises are not causing ordinary people to become crisis-mongers. Call it "crisis fatigue." Give a listen.

    The Inflation Crisis Grows As Biden Lands in Israel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 68:23

    Dan Senor joins the podcast today to talk about the horrible inflation numbers and the meaning of Biden's Mideast trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia. Then the podcast crew talks about the January 6 hearings. Give a listen. NOTE: We are off Thursday, July 14, Friday, July 15, and Monday, July 18. We'll be back on Tuesday the 19th with more fun blather.

    Jill Biden's Taco Tuesday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 62:35

    Today's podcast features Matt Continetti and Jim Meigs talking about Jill Biden's jaw-dropping gaffe in addressing a "LatinX IncluXion Luncheon" in Texas, Elon Musk's strange Twitter behavior, and the astounding images of the universe being generated by the Webb Telescope. Give a listen.

    The Democrats Shout 'Run Away!' from Joe Biden

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 50:20

    The podcast takes up a shocking New York Times poll that finds the president's approval rating at a catastrophic 33 percent, with nearly two-thirds of Democrats wanting another candidate in 2024. And what's this about the January 6 committee not bothering to ask Trump's White House counsel what he might have said on that day? Give a listen.

    Did the AP Just Trash a Man Who Was Assassinated?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 52:46

    Today's podcast concerns the killing of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe—and takes particular note of a shocking Associated Press piece about him and his death. Is there no decency left anywhere? Also, why the good jobs number is also bad. Give a listen.

    The Ouster of Boris Johnson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 43:18

    Peerless historian and political analyst Andrew Roberts joins the podcast today to give us the skinny on Boris Johnson's resignation as prime minister of Great Britain—what occasioned it, what Johnson might do now, and who will succeed him. Give a listen.

    They're Turning on Biden

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 50:12

    For the first time, we have two guests on the podcast—Eli Lake and Eliana Johnson—to talk about the strange emergence all at once of anti-Biden stories in the mainstream media and what they portend. Give a listen.

    A Tragic Fourth of July

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 59:27

    On the publication day of Noah Rothman's The Rise of the New Puritans, Matthew Continetti joins the podcast to discuss Noah's book, the horrible massacre in Highland Park at the July 4th parade, and the troubling news out of Ukraine. Give a listen.

    Deferential No More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 53:55

    The Supreme Court's final day of a consequential term ended no less consequentially. Legal scholar Adam White joins the podcast once again to break down the Court's ruling in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency and its sweeping implications for the administrative state.

    'Stranger Things' in Ukraine and America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 63:30

    Today's podcast ranges unusually from the coming release of the last hours of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things—and its welcome embrace of anti-Communism—to the expansion of NATO in the wake of the war in Ukraine and why Joe Biden can't figure out how to take political advantage of the one thing he's actually done well. Give a listen.

    Allegations Left Unanswered

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 51:41

    Cassidy Hutchinson's bombshell testimony before the January 6 committee contained many new details about Donald Trump's conduct during the riots. Some of her claims have been disputed. Many others have not yet been even contested. But if the president's allies don't want her testimony to stand, someone close to him is going to have to testify.

    What Clarence Thomas Is Up To

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 66:32

    Adam White, legal scholar extraordinaire, joins us to discuss the impact of the Dobbs abortion decision and why we should credit and take seriously the concurrences by Justices Roberts and Thomas—and what Clarence Thomas's program as the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court actually is. Give a listen.

    Christine Is Back!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 66:53

    Today's podcast features the return of Christine Rosen, who was set to be gone all summer but who has returned early due to popular demand—and helps the rest of us continue to come to grips with the Dobbs decision and how it might affect American society and our elections. Give a listen.

    Into the Post-Roe Unknown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 50:58

    The Supreme Court has overturned the precedents in Roe and Casey and sent the issue of abortion back to the states to decide. What comes next? We haven't the slightest idea.

    The Second Amendment Is Not a Second-Class Amendment

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 61:18

    Today's podcast takes up the historic Supreme Court decision on guns today and asks what it might portend for the American political system in its wake. And we discuss Biden's latest stupidity. Give a listen.

    Will the Gun Deal Go Through? Will the Jan. 6 Hearings Break Through?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 47:25

    Today's podcast explores the political ramifications of the gun legislation that seems to have had a bipartisan breakthrough in the Senate, and also considers the horrifying details laid out in yesterday's hearing on the January 6 riot. Give a listen.

    Bibi's Audacious Gambit—and Food, Inglorious Food!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 61:32

    We welcome Dan Senor to today's podcast to explain the collapse of Israel's government and how it represents a brilliant new political play by Bibi Netanyahu. Then we talk about our own Noah Rothman's lead essay in the July-August COMMENTARY, "You Are What You Don't Eat." Give a listen.

    What Do Republicans Really Want?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 54:01

    What the 2024 Republican presidential primary with Donald Trump in the race could look like, and what the Texas GOP tells us about the mood among party activists.

    Open Secrets

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 63:58

    James Kirchick, author of Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington, joins the podcast today to discuss his book as well as the January 6 Committee's ongoing hearings and the revolt of the “woke” in the workplace.

    We're Just Wild About Harry

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 46:13

    CNN data guru Harry Enten joins the podcast to talk about polls, numbers, and the history of midterms and parties. Give a listen.

    Elections, Hispanics, and the Coming Wave

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 42:09

    Today's podcast takes up the results of last night's primaries and elections and wonders at the Democratic head-in-the-sand reaction to the way Hispanic voters are moving to the Republican party. Give a listen.

    The Case for Economic Pessimism

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 63:46

    The Bahnsen Group's David Bahnsen joins the podcast today to talk about the bear market, inflation, energy geopolitics, and why we may be overly optimistic about our long-term economic fortunes.

    The Inflationary Shame Spiral

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 70:19

    Democrats are attempting to convince voters that inflation is A) everyone else's fault and B) something that Republicans could do something about if they had a plan. Will it work? Also, Ron DeSantis' impressive showing at the Jewish Leadership Conference and the January 6 Committee's unwise decision to set high expectations for their performance.

    Do the January 6 Hearings Matter?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 63:15

    American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Matthew Continetti joins the program today to break down the January 6 Committee's first hearing. What did we learn? What did the Committee prove? And what does it matter? Also, what the firing of Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez says about the future of “wokeness.”

    Heated Rhetoric and High Expectations

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 40:44

    The January 6 Committee holds a primetime hearing tonight to make the case for conspiracy. What can we expect to see from the proceedings? Also, the assassination attempt targeting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the need to take the temperature down.

    The California Political Earthquake

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 62:23

    Eli Lake joins the podcast to talk about the staggering results in the California primary last night, in which a progressive prosecutor was recalled and an all-but-in-name Republican came in first in the Los Angeles mayoral race. Give a listen.

    That's Not Funny, It's a Firing Offense

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 52:16

    Today's podcast takes up the punishment of a Washington Post reporter for the crime of retweeting a provocative joke—and what it says about journalism, the Post, and America. Plus: what Georgetown Law School hath wrought in its treatment of a conservative scholar. And we talk January 6. Give a listen.

    The Biden Excuse Machine Grinds On

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 69:00

    Today's podcast examines exculpatory articles about Joe Biden's troubles and the Democratic Party's "messaging"  and asks the following question: Are you kidding me? Give a listen.

    Is Emotion Enough?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 61:33

    Joe Biden's speech lobbying for new gun laws was emotional and affecting, but is that enough to convince the Senate to enact his policy preferences? Plus, good jobs numbers and student loan debt relief as evidence of the White House's ideological capture. COMMENTARY tech columnist James B. Meigs joins the show today to talk about all this and more.

    So Now Biden Wants to Make Nice With the Saudis?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 67:01

    Matthew Continetti joins the podcast today to talk about OPEC's move to release more oil just as Joe Biden is "considering" a visit to Saudi Arabia. Gee, we thought Saudi Arabia was beyond the pale! And we talk baby formula, abortion, and guns, so you know nothing controversial will be said. Give a listen.

    We Can't Stop Talking About How Weird Biden Is

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 61:23

    Eliana Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon joins the podcast today to talk about Joe Biden's walk-back of his firm statement—on Monday!—that the U.S. wouldn't supply Ukraine with certain weapons. Why does he keep doing this? What on earth is going on? Plus, what happened with the John Durham investigation? Give a listen.

    Poor Joe Biden, Nobody Gives Him Credit

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 38:42

    Today's podcast takes up an NBC News story about how Joe Biden isn't getting enough credit. Credit for what, you may ask? Give a listen.

    What Are We Doing to Ourselves?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 49:07

    The new timeline of events in Uvalde, Texas has upended the debate over what can be done to prevent another massacre like it. Also, New York City's surrender to the opioid/opiate crisis.

    Is America a Sick Society?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 55:38

    Yuval Levin joins us to discuss what larger meaning may or may not attach to the horrific mass murders afflicting the United States. Give a listen.

    Moral Crisis or Moral Panic?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 62:38

    Today's podcast discusses how we should view the Texas school massacre and to what extent the actions of its perpetrator serve as an indictment of American society and American policy. Then, what did Tuesday's primary results say about Donald Trump's hold on the GOP? Give a listen.

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