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Host Sarah Isgur is joined by Steve Hayes, Jonah Goldberg, and David French for a weekly thoughtful discussion on politics, policy, and culture.

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    Former Congressmen Burn Down the House

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 65:02

    Former Rep. Dan Lipinski, Democrat from the Chicago area, and Reid Ribble, Republican from Wisconsin, join Sarah and Steve about how Congress works or doesn't work, rather. The two former elected officials highlight the failures of the House of Representatives with troubling personal stories and insights. Fair warning, this conversation is as distressing as it is informative. Plus, stick around to hear what the Wisconsinite and Illinoisian think about this weekend's Packers vs. Bears game.  Show Notes:  “The House of Representatives Is Failing American Democracy” - Lipinski in The Atlantic  “Confessions of a pro-life Catholic Democrat in a divided nation” - Lipinski in America Magazine  Dan Lipinski's website “Daniel Lipinski on Common-Good Republicans” - First Things Podcast Reid Ribble's Twitter See for privacy information.

    Texas Governor Fights Vaccine Mandates

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 76:15

    To quote the great Ozzy Osbourne, “We're going off the rails on the crazy train.” In today's podcast, our hosts look at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's ban on vaccine mandates, the DOJ memo aimed at school boards, an update to the January 6 committee, and President Biden's slumping numbers among independents. And finally, what does all of this mean for 2022 and (even though it's way too early) 2024?   Show Notes: -Abbott says businesses control their merchandise -Abbott says businesses cannot control who is vaccinated in their store -Merrick Garland letter -National School Board Association letter -McAuliffe: "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach." -Tragic homicide story over vaccines in Maryland -Daily Wire Loudoun County story -“We Came So Close to Disaster” - French Press -Eastman Memo: “It's Real and It's Not Spectacular” - Advisory Opinions -Bill Kristol and William Baude -The Sweep on Biden's polling struggles -Ezra Klein and David Shor See for privacy information.

    Our Growing Pirate Skiff

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 74:20

    On today's episode, Jonah hijacks hosting duties from Sarah to have a conversation with Steve as The Dispatch celebrates its second anniversary. How did we get here? What is the state of the company? And where are we going?   Show Notes: -The Dispatch manifesto from 2019 See for privacy information.

    Rising Tensions in the Indo-Pacific

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 71:11

    On today's podcast, our hosts discuss China's recent incursions into Taiwan's air defense identification zone, and how seriously the United States should take the Chinese Communist Party's aggression in the Indo-Pacific. Plus: Democrats are in disarray on Capitol Hill, a State Department official resigns over the Biden administration's border policy, and Facebook is feeling the heat from all directions.   Show Notes: -Read TMD on China's deployment of aircraft near Taiwan -Subscribe to Uphill for the latest news from Capitol Hill -Facebook Files from WSJ See for privacy information.

    Infrastructure Stalemate

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 48:50

    On today's podcast, Steve is joined by Haley Byrd Wilt, who writes Uphill for The Dispatch, and John McCormack, Washington correspondent for National Review, to discuss what exactly has been happening on Capitol Hill this week. After House Democrats delayed a vote on the infrastructure bill, can both factions find a way to end the stalemate?    Show Notes: -Subscribe to Uphill for the latest news from Capitol Hill -Read McCormack at National Review See for privacy information.

    Democrats Split on Capitol Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 71:20

    All eyes are focused on Capitol Hill this week as the debt ceiling, government funding, and infrastructure talks continue to heat up in both houses of Congress. Also happening in both chambers is testimony on Afghanistan from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie. Sarah has the week off, so Steve, David, and Jonah discuss it all on this week's episode. And for dessert: the future of the Republican Party.    Show Notes: -TMD on Afghanistan testimony -Uphill on what the heck is going on in Congress -Jennifer Graham Afghanistan reporting -Robert Kagan on our constitutional crisis in the Washington Post -The Eastman memo See for privacy information.

    The Fight to Raise the Debt Ceiling

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 36:11

    On today's episode, Brian Riedl, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins Sarah and Steve as Congress debates lifting America's borrowing cap. Will Democrats and Republicans come to an agreement to lift the debt limit? Are we heading toward another government shutdown? Is anyone in Washington concerned about our ballooning national debt?    Show Notes: -The Morning Dispatch looks at Biden's make or break week -Riedl's piece from earlier this summer “Trillions and Trillions” See for privacy information.

    Is Biden Just Bad at his Job?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 60:49

    After the latest surge of migrants in the border town of Del Rio, Texas, our hosts discuss how the Biden administration has handled the immigration issue since taking office. Plus, President Biden continues to have foreign policy problems. What happened with the botched drone strike in Afghanistan? Why is France mad at us? All of that leaves Jonah with one big question: Is Biden just bad at his job?   Show Notes: -Jonah on Biden's foreign policy -The Morning Dispatch breaks down the drone strike that killed civilians in Afghanistan -TMD catches you up on the deal between the U.S., U.K., and Australia -Tom Joscelyn on AUKUS in Vital Interests See for privacy information.

    S.E. Cupp on Moderation and Social Media

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 47:48

    On today's episode, CNN's S.E. Cupp joins Sarah and Steve to talk about the Biden administration, Congress, and why extremism is taking over the politics of today. Plus, the trio discusses the effects of social media on the news business and the challenges that come with being the target of internet trolls.  Show Notes:  “The Conservative Coma” by SE Cupp in Vanity Fair S.E. opens up about living with anxiety WSJ report on the effects of social media on teen girls “Why You're Wrong About the Right” by S.E. Cupp and Brett Joshpe “Losing our Religion” by S.E. Cupp See for privacy information.

    General Milley and Trump's Final Days

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 70:24

    Journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa have a new book coming out that is full of more scandals from the Trump era, most notably one involving Gen. Mark Milley possibly going around the chain of command in the final days of the Trump administration. Before that discussion, the gang discusses the legality and politics of the Biden administration's vaccine mandate. Plus, a potpourri of topics pertaining to the GOP and what to make of the California recall election.   Show Notes: -Excerpts from Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa -Reporting from Jennifer Griffin -More excerpts from Peril -Scott Lincicome's latest Capitolism newsletter See for privacy information.

    Ben Sasse on Afghanistan and Reflections on September 11

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 84:02

    In today's episode, Sarah and Steve talk with Sen. Ben Sasse about the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan and what to do next. For a longer summary of the interview, check out an article on The Dispatch website. Plus, Steve talks with Peter Wehner who was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001. They share reflections on that day at the White House and the last 20 years.   Show Notes: -“The Vanishing American Adult” by Ben Sasse -“Them” by Ben Sasse -Peter Wehner at The Atlantic -Peter Wehner at The New York Times -“The Death of Politics” by Peter Wehner See for privacy information.

    September 11: 20 Years Later

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 58:37

    President Biden is having a no good, horrible, very bad summer. The gang, with Chris Stirewalt subbing in for David, discuss whether Biden can recover from the last few weeks. Is the only thing that can save Biden a reemergence of former President Trump? Trump is slated to visit Iowa and the group discusses what that means for 2024. And finally, Afghanistan is still in shambles and we're coming up on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Listen to hear what Sarah, Jonah, Steve, and Chris were doing 20 years ago and how it impacted the rest of their lives.   Show Notes: -Amy Walter on Biden's approval rating -Jonah's 9/11 piece See for privacy information.

    Abortion in America

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 47:43

    This week, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, declined to block a Texas abortion law from going into effect. In Thursday's Advisory Opinions podcast, Sarah and David tackled the legal aspect of the law and the court's decision. Today, they turn to the politics--not just of the Texas law, but of the issue of abortion itself. Where does the pro-life movement stand today? Where does it go from here?    Show Notes: -David's piece breaking down the Supreme Court's decision -David and Sarah's legal analysis of the Supreme Court's ruling -Study: “How Americans Understand Abortion” See for privacy information.

    Disco Ball of Asininity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 67:33

    There are no more troops in Afghanistan, and President Biden is telling us we had no other option. The gang talks about all the problems with Biden's speech from the White House at the end of the war in Afghanistan. Plus, as political violence seems to be ticking up recently our hosts debate whether or not that is something to worry about. And finally, creeping a little bit into Advisory Opinions territory, what's going on with all of the big cases in the Supreme Court?   Show Notes: -Biden's speech on the end of the Afghan War -McConnell honors Joe Biden in 2016 -David's latest newsletter on political violence -Sen. Ron Johnson is a closet normal -Eviction moratorium ends -Texas abortion law See for privacy information.

    Rep. Mike Gallagher on Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 29:16

    Rep. Mike Gallagher joins Sarah and Steve on the podcast and tries (with no luck)to understand the logic behind the Biden administration's withdrawal plan in Afghanistan. Gallagher puts it quite bluntly, “The whole thing is a mess, and there are very few options we have right now.” The Marine Corps veteran explains what he'd like to see from the Biden administration going forward and how the GOP should handle national security issues going forward. Plus, find out what brutal book the congressman just finished reading (hint: it's about Sarah's home state).  Show Notes: Office Space Michael Bolton scene  Rep. Gallagher's Small Wars Journal piece with plenty of Office Space references  Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Qwynne See for privacy information.

    Scramble to Evacuate Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 60:06

    Today, the gang leads the podcast with yet another conversation about the crisis in Afghanistan. As they tick through all the bad takes floating around the internet surrounding the situation one by one, it's clear the main takeaway is that it's still really bad and sad to watch. Plus, more infrastructure talk! Has Nancy Pelosi lost her political touch? The Dispatch Podcast team breaks down how the political maneuvering of infrastructure will affect 2022. And for dessert: the California gubernatorial recall election.    Show Notes: -Can the Taliban become a reliable partner to the U.S.? Only time will tell. - David Ignatius -History of the Dunkirk evacuation -David subs for Jonah on The Remnant -TMD tries to explain the House infrastructure rule -TMD on California recall See for privacy information.

    Failure in Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 80:02

    In this episode, Steve moderates a conversation with David French and Tom Joscelyn about the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan. They cover the Biden administration's decision not to begin evacuations before the Taliban captured Kabul, intelligence failures, the state of the Afghan military, and much, much more.   Show Notes: -Read Vital Interest for Tom's latest analysis on Afghanistan -Read The French Press for David's latest analysis on Afghanistan See for privacy information.

    American Defeat

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 72:46

    For the large majority of today's podcast, our hosts discuss the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan and how it will affect domestic politics in the United States. Perhaps David summed up the conversation around the Afghanistan situation as succinctly as possible, “There's no way to spin this as anything other than a direct American defeat.” Plus, short conversations about the state of COVID-19 and the new census data.    Show Notes: -The Remnant with Eli Lake -The Sweep on issue polling -All of Thomas Joscelyn's latest Vital Interests  -New census data -Americans Color Outside the Lines - Chris Stirewalt See for privacy information.

    Infrastructure Passes and Collapse in Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 82:49

    In his first interview after voting yes on the historic bipartisan infrastructure bill, Sen. Bill Cassidy joins Sarah and Steve to talk about how it feels to see that bill pass the Senate. Plus, Cassidy puts on his doctor hat to talk about COVID-19. Then Steve is joined by Tom Joscelyn to discuss the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. How much longer until the Taliban seizes full control of the country?    Show Notes: -Closer look at passing of the infrastructure bill from Uphill -David French's view on Afghanistan -Read Vital Interest for the latest analysis on Afghanistan See for privacy information.

    Senate Approves Infrastructure Bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 67:19

    At long last, infrastructure week is here! The gang contemplates what the bipartisan plan and Democratic reconciliation package mean for the country and the economy. Also, how would Sen. Goldberg vote on the bipartisan bill? Then the discussion turns to what should be done about the latest damning climate report. Plus, everyone's worst fears about Afghanistan from a few weeks ago seem to be coming true. And finally, for dessert, Andrew Cuomo.   Show Notes: -Uphill's latest update on infrastructure  -IPCC report -Pentagon press secretary John Kirby -State Department spokesman Ned Price -Cuomo resigns See for privacy information.

    Six Months Into Biden's Iran Strategy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 51:35

    How do you solve a problem like Iran? Richard Goldberg, a senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is here to talk with Sarah and Steve about the Biden administration's approach to Iran after six months in office. Was moving away from the Trump administration's maximum pressure campaign the right move?   Show Notes: -Goldberg's piece in The Dispatch See for privacy information.

    End of the Line for Cuomo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 77:33

    On today's podcast, our hosts kick things off with a discussion about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who refuses to resign despite a damning sexual harassment report and calls from national Democrats, including President Biden, to step aside. They then dive into the CDC's decision to extend the eviction moratorium again and debate the possibility of a federal vaccine mandate. Next, David talks about the right's new obsession with Hungary and Viktor Orbán and how it mirrors the left's fascination with Scandinavia. Finally, the gang discusses the recent dropoff in PAC contributions, and how the rise in small dollar donations may be contributing to American partisanship.   Show Notes: -The battle for 1042 Cutler Street -Web/fundraising email loop See for privacy information.

    Will Hurd on Dysfunction in Congress

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 46:19

    Former U.S. Representative Will Hurd from Texas joins Sarah and Steve to talk about dysfunction in Congress, the January 6 committee, and the centralization of power in Washington. Hurd tells our hosts that there's no incentive to solve real issues in Congress and we're incapable of dealing with generation-defining issues because our political system is full of silly issues. Plus, why it's imperative to teach students how to code. And why, contrary to Republican talking points, January 6 was not an ordinary day. Finally, how the Republican Party can be more competitive with people of color, young people, and suburban women.   Show Notes: -Will Hurd's upcoming book See for privacy information.

    January 6 Committee Gets Started

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 76:07

    The select committee to investigate the January 6 attack held their first hearing on Tuesday, our hosts are here to discuss the substance and politics of what we heard. Plus, the CDC is out with new guidelines recommending vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors in certain parts of the county. Can Jonah contain his anger at the CDC's messaging? And why are opinions on Simone Biles' decision to withdraw from competition a race to the bottom?   Show Notes: -The Morning Dispatch recap's January 6 committee hearing -CDC updated its COVID-19 mask guidance -Simone Biles drops out of Tokyo Olympics team final See for privacy information.

    Finding the Ideological Center of Gravity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 41:33

    Patrick Ruffini, a co-founder of the predictive analytics and research firm Echelon Insights, joins Sarah and Chris to discuss his recent analysis of the American electorate. Ruffini tells our hosts where the ideological center of gravity seems to be and why cultural issues might be driving voter turnout. Chris asks whether a party can adopt a perfect policy position and if party bases tolerate ideological flexibility. Plus, why are moderate Democrats outperforming progressives? And why are educated voters drifting left, but non-educated voters are drifting right?    Show Notes: -Echelon Insights Four Quadrants of American Voters See for privacy information.

    White House Battles Social Media Over Misinformation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 55:08

    The White House has announced that it will be flagging misinformation on Facebook in an attempt to diminish vaccine skepticism. But could politicizing this issue even further actually embolden anti-vaxxers? Our hosts consider how we can sway the unvaccinated, and whether the world would be better off without online comment sections. Afterward, Steve introduces a potpourri of topics for Jonah and Sarah to dig into. How concerned should we be about inflation? Do Republicans have any interest in fully uncovering what happened on January 6? And can Biden convince the Democrats to accept a bipartisan infrastructure agreement after promising unity in his inaugural address? The gang concludes by discussing Jeff Bezos' voyage to outer space, and Jonah considers whether we should build nuclear reactors on the moon.    Show Notes: -The Morning Dispatch breaks down Biden's clash with Big Tech -Jonah's column: “Biden Shows How Not to Improve Vaccine Rates” -A Forbes article on the myth of vaccine-induced magnetism -TMD explores whether inflation is a threat -Alex Tabarrok discusses inflation on The Remnant See for privacy information.

    Chris Christie Talks Future of the GOP

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 43:11

    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joins Sarah and Chris Stirewalt to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the Republican Party. They discuss why Republicans should make education a priority issue, why inflation is a liability for Democrats, and why Republicans are doomed if they continue to relitigate the past. Plus, how do Republicans win back the suburbs? Christie argues that suburban voters didn't abandon Republicans because of issues; they just didn't like Donald Trump. Finally, are we going to see Chris Christie run for office again?  See for privacy information.

    Cries for Freedom in Cuba

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 70:29

    Cuban citizens have taken to the streets to protest the oppressive communist regime,  but what can the United States do to help? Should we do anything to help? The gang considers the moral and political implications of United States foreign policy toward Cuba. David notes that vaccine hesitancy is having severe consequences as positive covid cases continue to rise. How should we go about persuading the vaccine-hesitant to get the vaccine? Plus, Texas Democrats have left the state in protest over a new voting bill, and Sarah has some thoughts. Is this bill an example of voter suppression or just over-eagerness from Democrats to have a talking point? Finally, tech companies face legislative threats from the state level. Chris questions the unintended consequences of big-tech bills.    Show Notes: -Jonah's column: “Vaccines Save Lives. Anti-Vax Hysteria Kills.” -Chris's Article: “Anti-Vaccine Pandering Poses Risk for GOP” -Ramesh Ponnuru's column on Biden's response to voting bills: “Biden's Voting Rights Bluster Recycles Failed Strategy” -CPAC 2024 Straw Poll Results See for privacy information.

    Capitol Riot Investigation Pushes Forward

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 39:35

    Earlier this week marked the six-month anniversary of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, but the criminal investigations are only beginning to hit full stride. Scott MacFarlane, a local investigative reporter at NBC4 Washington, who has reported extensively on the aftermath of January 6, joins Sarah and Steve to discuss the status of the ongoing criminal trials. MacFarlane also talks about the increase in threats against members of Congress.   Show Notes: -Scott MacFarlane's twitter account -New York Times' video investigation into January 6 See for privacy information.

    Six Months Later

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 67:27

    In this podcast, our hosts indulge in a wide-ranging airing of grievances, starting with a reflection on the political salience of the January 6 Capitol insurrection, six months after the fact. The gang then discusses whether Republicans have lost the right to be called the party of ideas and what might be behind the GOP's current allergy to nuance. Sarah also explores the tension between Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump that cropped up over Trump's recent Florida rally. Looking ahead to the 2024 elections, Chris argues that most pundits are missing who will be the biggest player, by far, in the contest: President Joe Biden. Lastly, Chris asks whether the abysmal state of election administration in some cases—as revealed by the recent New York City mayoral race—is proof that Democrats' are not taking threats to the American democracy seriously, and whether the failure to do so will make it easier for bad actors to steal elections.   Show Notes: -New York Times:  Inside the Capitol Riot: An Exclusive Video Investigation -Straw poll showing Ron DeSantis edging out Donald Trump in 2024 -Chris' column on NYC mayoral race: “Nobody Will Ever Know Who Really Won” -Ezra Klein:  California Is Making Liberals Squirm -Associated Press: Trump announces suits against Facebook, Twitter and Google See for privacy information.

    From Ohio with Love

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 41:25

    Rep. Anthony Gonzalez returns to the podcast this week to discuss his re-election campaign against a Trump-endorsed challenger, the House's new January 6 commission, how Democrats' narrow majorities in Congress shape their behavior, what's really on his constituents' minds, and why embracing Trump's election lies should be a non-starter for potential GOP candidates in 2024.   Show Notes: -Declan's article on Trump's recent rally with Gonzalez's primary opponent -Gonzalez's previous Dispatch podcast appearance (Jan. 29) See for privacy information.

    Welcome to New York City

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 66:58

    Incompetence strikes again in New York's mayoral race, a blow to American's faith in government but not, our hosts argue, fuel for 2020 election fraud claims or a ding on ranked choice voting. The gang then discusses Vice President Kamala Harris' belated visit to the U.S.-Mexico border. Steve points out that Harris' clumsy handling of immigration is more than just a messaging failure, and says just as much about the Biden administration's policy failures. David dives into why governors don't call up the National Guard more (as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem did recently for a border mission.) They also tackle an underreported aspect of infrastructure negotiations on the Hill and discuss what divides that drama reveals about the Democratic Party. Lastly, our hosts discuss Bill Barr's defiance of former President Donald Trump on 2020 election fraud claims and whether the most hardcore Trump supporters qualify as a religion or a cult.   Show Notes: -New York Times article about the chaos of the New York mayoral race -Texas Tribune article about Kamala Harris' visit to the border -A Washington Post article about Kristi Noem's deploying national guards to the border -Yuval Levin's article in National Review about how what the media missed in the infrastructure reporting -Jonathan Karl's story in The Atlantic about Bill Barr's final days in Trump-era Department of Justice See for privacy information.

    Infrastructure Deal's Uncertain Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 49:19

    Sarah and Chris Stirewalt welcome RealClearPolitics associate editor and columnist A.B. Stoddard to the show today to run the gamut of the week's political news. They discuss whether the bipartisan infrastructure deal is actually a compromise (and whether it can pass), why Kamala Harris is finally traveling to the border, and what needs to happen in Congress to preclude a nightmare scenario for the Republic in January 2025.   Show Notes: -The Morning Dispatch breaks down infrastructure negotiations -Dems Botched Voting Rights; They Need a New Bill (A.B. Stoddard, RealClearPolitics) -The Sweep: Election Day in Gotham See for privacy information.

    Taliban Makes Gains in Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 85:30

    As the Biden administration seeks to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September, the Taliban is already on the offensive. How should the United States respond? And how should the United States take care of the thousands of Afghans who have aided the United States against the Taliban? The gang discusses. Then, David brings up interesting statistics regarding how often each Supreme Court justice is part of the majority. Does this undermine the traditional categorization of justices along the ideological spectrum? Plus, they talk about the preliminary results in the New York Democratic primary, in which crime was the top voter issue according to opinion polls. What does this mean for the 2022 elections and beyond? Lastly, our hosts discuss the recent backlash from the left against musical actor Lin-Manuel Miranda.   Show Notes: -FDD's Long War Journal on the Taliban offensive -Thomas Joscelyn on Al-Qaeda's presence in Afghanistan -Thomas Joscelyn on the Taliban gains -Adam Liptak on Supreme Court justices' proportions in majority See for privacy information.

    Bipartisan Food Truck Conversation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 53:43

    Mo Elleithee, a longtime Democratic operative and executive director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, joins Sarah and Chris Stirewalt to break down the results of the latest GU Battleground Poll. They talk about the implications of voters' concerns about division, the nuanced differences between attitudinal and issue polling, and how the parties' messaging on issues they respectively “own” are shaping political dynamics heading into the midterms.   Show Notes: -GU Battleground Poll -Chris' column on junk poling -This week's Sweep on polling and primaries See for privacy information.

    The Fight Over Critical Race Theory

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 68:55

    The critical race theory battle has quickly invaded school boards all across the country - but is everyone arguing in bad faith? The gang considers the politics of CRT and the role of legislators in regulating public school curriculum. Plus, Sarah points out the flaws in issue polling and why we should be skeptical of the results. Finally, foreign policy galore. What should Biden say to Putin? Is this summit practice for an eventual showdown with China? Should Ukraine join NATO?   Show Notes: -Poll: 29% of Republicans think Trump will be reinstated -For the People (Data for Progress) poll  -Charles C.W. Cooke on critical race theory -The Sweep -Jonah's column See for privacy information.

    Mitch Daniels Talks Higher Ed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 43:34

    Purdue University President and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels joins Sarah and Steve to talk about the state of higher education in America, wokeness on college campuses, and the national debt. Daniels explains Purdue's new civics literacy test for all new students at the university, discusses his 2021 commencement speech and bringing back America's “spirit of adventure,” and chats about riding into the ceremony on a motorized couch.   Show Notes: -Purdue civics literacy test -Mitch Daniels' 2021 commencement speech -FIRE study on college free speech -Mitch Daniels rides Couch to Commencement -Daniels op-ed regarding the national debt See for privacy information.

    Biden's Agenda Meets Reality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 62:44

    With President Biden's domestic agenda breaking down as he heads off on his first foreign trip, the gang talks about what it will take to get anything done in Washington. One person responsible for a great deal of stress for President Biden is Sen. Joe Manchin. Is he helping or hurting the Democrats? Plus, as U.S. forces begin to withdraw from Afghanistan, Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David worry what will take its place. Finally: doom porn. Need we say more?    Show Notes: -ProPublica tax story -Politico's story on Biden and Manchin's ‘Joemance' -Cicadas vs. the presidential press plane -Joe Manchin: Why I'm voting against the For the People Act -Are We Destined for a Trump Coup in 2024? - Ross Douthat -Americans Are Dangerously Divided on the Insurrection - William Saletan  See for privacy information.

    The Origin of Coronavirus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 48:33

    The politicization of the China lab-leak theory has only gotten worse as more and more information surrounding it comes out. To talk about why that is, and the merits of the theory itself, is Josh Rogin of the Washington Post. Rogin has been doggedly reporting on this very subject and even wrote a book about it.   Show Notes: -Chaos Under Heaven by Josh Rogin -Josh’s Twitter page -Josh’s Washington Post page -Josh’s story on unsafe Wuhan lab See for privacy information.

    Our Afghan Interpreters Need More From Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 69:06

    Last week this podcast talked about Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko scrambling a military jet to force down a Ryanair flight carrying a dissident journalist. Now, as more reporting reveals how involved Russian President Vladimir Putin was, Steve asks whether President Biden should be holding a summit with Putin in a few weeks. Also in the foreign policy vein, Jonah laments the fact that translators who have been helping the U.S. military in the Middle East aren’t able to get the help they need to remain safe. Plus, check out the discussion on the merits of ranked-choice voting and Ezra Klein’s interview with President Barack Obama.    Show Notes: -Putin summit announcement -Biden floats sending Iran money after 9/11 -Interpreters may be left behind -How does ranked-choice voting work? -TMD on New York City mayor’s race -Ezra Klien interviews Barack Obama -Obama’s ‘guns, religion’ line -Then She Asked Me About Benghazi - Ben Rhodes See for privacy information.

    Guns in America

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 61:01

    King of the gun beat and founder of The Reload Stephen Gutowski joins Sarah and Steve to talk about all things gun related on today’s episode. The topic of guns induces plenty of passion, and comes with plenty of stereotypes and myths. Stephen, Sarah, and Steve talk about all of that, plus gun culture in America, the politics of guns, the NRA, and more. Stick around to the end to hear what Stephen thinks action movies are getting things wrong about guns.   Show Notes: -Subscribe to The Reload -Gun ownership rising -Gallup historical polling on guns -We’re out of ammo -Stephen’s piece for The Dispatch See for privacy information.

    The Politics of Stank

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 76:18

    With Biden’s legislative agenda coming up against many roadblocks in Congress, Sarah, Steve, David, and Jonah debate which one of Biden’s main objectives will actually be made into law. Then, the gang explains even though Florida’s new “anti-Big Tech” law is likely to be unconstitutional, it could be a political win for DeSantis and anyone else who hitches their wagon to taking on Big Tech. Also in an extended, well-informed discussion about the violent crime spike, The Dispatch Podcast-ers talk about how we got in this situation, how to get out of it, and the politics of crime. Finally, Putin and leaders in Belarus have taken drastic measures to muzzle a journalist critical of the Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, and the group discusses whether the threat of nuclear war is warranted to get the journalist back.  Show Notes:  The French Press on Florida’s anti-Big Tech law Could you beat a grizzly bear in unarmed combat? Violent crime spike No one wants to be a cop David’s French Press on the Columbus police shooting The Morning Dispatch on Belarus’ plane hijacking Taiwan is a country  See for privacy information.

    GOP Turns on January 6 Commission

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 56:58

    After being the only candidate to run against Rep. Elise Stefanik in a bid to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as the No. 3 House GOP leader, Rep. Chip Roy joins Sarah and Steve in this week’s episode. This wide-ranging interview touches on the January 6 commission, how Republican voters perceive the party, the Cheney ousting, and potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates. See for privacy information.

    The Politics of Israel and Palestine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 72:20

    The Israel/Palestine conflict has yet to cool down, but the rhetoric around the ongoing skirmish is heating up in the U.S. The gang talks about the pressure on Biden to help with the situation abroad. Plus, it seems as though a commission to look at the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 might not be getting much GOP support, if any at all. Sarah, Steve, David, and Jonah try to figure out who is to blame for that. David educates everyone on the abortion case the Supreme Court will be hearing, and the gang discusses the debate over the origins of COVID-19.    Show Notes: -DNC boos Israel language -January 6 was just a “normal tourist day” -Pictures of Rep. Clyde blocking the doors into the Capitol -Advisory Opinions on SCOTUS abortion case -Historic polling on abortion - Gallup -How Abortion Views Are Different - David Leonhardt -Origins of Covid - Following the Clues -Josh Rogin’s Twitter -Don McNeil’s Lab Leak Story See for privacy information.

    Liz Cheney Makes Her Case

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 37:35

    Minutes after New York Rep. Elise Stefanik was elected the House GOP’s new conference chairwoman, her predecessor, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney joined Sarah and Steve on today’s show to chat about the 2022 midterms, the future of the Republican Party, and the factors that precipitated her ousting from GOP leadership. Tune in to hear Cheney talk to our hosts about her relationships with her colleagues and why she won’t stop pushing back against the former president’s claims that the election was stolen: “Fundamentally for me, at the end of the day, if being on House leadership on the Republican side requires the embrace of that lie, that’s not something I’m willing to participate in.” See for privacy information.

    Republicans Make Their Choice

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 58:31

    With so much going on in the news this week, it’s hard to pick one headline. Is it Liz Cheney being ousted from her leadership role for telling the truth? Or the fact that a major oil pipeline was attacked by ransomware? Or maybe the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine heating up and heating up fast? The gang discuss all of those topics and why a rise in independent voters may not actually be a good thing.   Show Notes: -Cheney speech on the House floor -Cheney after her removal -Why more independents is actually bad -Latest version of “The Sweep” -“Doom” by Niall Ferguson -The Remnant with Klon Kitchen See for privacy information.

    House GOP Set to Oust Cheney

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 48:31

    With Rep. Liz Cheney’s days as the No. 3 ranking House GOP official numbered, Sarah and Steve are joined by The Dispatch’s own Haley Bird Wilt and Audrey Fahlberg to talk about what that means for the party. Next Wednesday, the Republican caucus will meet and a vote to oust Cheney is expected to take place. The four lay out what they see happening on Wednesday and what they expect the aftermath may be.   Show Notes: -Haley’s latest Uphill -Audrey’s piece from the GOP Orlando retreat -Elise Stefanik on Steve Bannon’s show -Ruthless Podcast -Steve’s piece on the GOP leadership issues -Liz Cheney’s op-ed in the Washington Post See for privacy information.

    All By Herself

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 66:50

    The fight over who is in and who is out within the GOP leadership has reached a boiling point. Rep. Liz Cheney, who survived a vote in February to oust her from her leadership position, may not be there much longer. Sarah and the guys break down what’s happening and how much of a chance Cheney has to survive another attempt to replace her. Also, the special election in Texas shows a weak spot for Democrats, Jonah asks the group if competitiveness even matters in the global economy, and the gang discusses what happens next in the fight against COVID-19 now that the U.S. seems to be hitting a vaccine hesitancy wall.   Show Notes: -Steve’s piece on GOP leadership fight -Former President Trump’s statement on Liz Cheney -Audrey’s piece from the GOP retreat in Orlando -Texas 6th District special election results -The Sweep on the Texas 6th special election -Declan’s piece on cancel culture -Jonah’s column on the “New New Deal” -“The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown” - The Atlantic -Mali woman gives birth to not seven, but nine babies See for privacy information.

    George W. Bush Paints E Pluribus Unum

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 42:02

    Former President George W. Bush has done a number of interviews recently to promote his new book, “Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants,” but none have covered as many topics as Sarah Isgur and Steve Hayes covered with him on The Dispatch Podcast. President Bush touches on everything from his strategy going into painting a portrait, the impact immigrants have on the United States, the future of the Republican Party, and even President Biden’s massive spending spree in his first 100 days in office.   Show Notes: -Full rough transcript -“Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants” by George W. Bush See for privacy information.

    The First 100 Days

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 74:13

    Today’s episode starts off talking about every political junkie’s favorite arbitrary threshold, a presidential administration’s first 100 days. Hear what everyone thinks are the Biden administration’s greatest strengths and weaknesses. The gang debates what’s the most important aspect of the John Kerry leaking info to Iran story and how the U.S. Census will affect our politics and our country going forward. Then, stick around to hear if everything has gone to [BLEEP].   Show Notes: -Vice President Joe “put y’all back in chains” Biden -President Joe “worse than Jim Crow” Biden -Biden likes the FDR comparisons -Iran’s Foreign Minister, in Leaked Tape, Says Revolutionary Guards Set Policies - New York Times -U.S. Census Report -TMD on the census -Advisory Opinions podcast page -The Remnant podcast page -Stirewalt’s latest from The Dispatch -The G.O.P. Is Getting Even Worse - David Brooks -Latest French Press -New York Post reporter claims she was forced to write fake story, resigns See for privacy information.

    Sentencing Derek Chauvin

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 45:02

    Now that Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murder, what happens next? Sarah flies solo on today’s podcast in an interview with former United States Attorney in the Office for the Eastern District of Virginia Zach Terwilliger to talk about just that. Sarah and Zach break down all of the legal jargon you may hear about this case and explain what to watch out for next in Derek Chauvin’s sentencing. Plus, Zach offers some advice to all of the wannabe federal prosecutors out there.   Show Notes: -Zach Terwilliger Bio Page -Judge in Chauvin case talking about Maxine Waters -Definitions of manslaughter and degrees of murder -Minnesota Supreme Court/Chauvin case explainer -Women’s hockey coach assault case -Advisory Opinions podcast -DOJ announcement on Minneapolis PD -5 Minutes with Michele Roberts See for privacy information.

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