Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching Hillary Clinton scramble as her support among millennials remains low.  They also marvel as Donald Trump renounces birtherism in just a few seconds but gets the media to cover his whole event in which military veterans heap praise upon him.  And we laugh as former MSNBC bomb-thrower Ed Schultz is now speaking highly of Trump as part of the Kremlin-funded Russia Today television channel.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss a new Gallup survey showing only 32 percent of Americans trust the mainstream media.  They also sigh as Rush Limbaugh asks whether the fight for small government really exists anymore.  And they react to the more surprising Colin Powell emails.

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Donald Trump has really handled the “Basket of Deplorables” attack beautifully. The Democrat-Media Collaboration on this line of attack was supposed to work like this: Hillary denounces Trump supporters as “a basket of deplorables.” Media runs with the phrase “Basket of Deplorables” and challenges Republicans to denounce their deplorable “racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic” followers. Republicans […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to know that Hillary Clinton really thinks tens of millions of Americans are ‘deplorable.’  They also rip the Clinton campaign for its ever-changing story about Hillary’s health episode on Sunday.  And we react to North Korea banning sarcasm.

Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard and Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist discuss the 2016 November elections. This week they discuss NBC’s Commander in Chief Forum, and the polls showing Clinton and Trump trading places.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad some of the worst names in media won’t be moderating debates this fall and they are pleased to see Chris Wallace on the list.  They also sigh as more evidence emerges showing the entanglement of the Clinton Foundation and the State Department while Hillary was secretary.  And they shudder as the speech police invade the Univ. of Nebraska but cheer as the Univ. of Missouri suffers in big ways after surrendering to campus radicals last semester.

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Gone are the days of mellifluous tones emanating from my tv during the “news” hour.   You may remember in Kurt Vonnegut’s short story, news broadcasters were chosen for their “grackly” voices so viewers wouldn’t feel bad.  It’s painful to listen to most of the news shows today. Not only are the voices nasal and […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome new polls in Pennsylvania and Ohio showing the GOP looking better in both Senate races.  They also slam Sec. of State John Kerry for saying he wishes the media wouldn’t cover terrorist attacks so much because then people might not know about them.  And they react to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry signing on to do “Dancing with the Stars.”

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I must admit that I find a liberal journalist getting a taste of what it is like to be a conservative journalist, a bit amusing. He had his article pulled and has been banned from the Huffington Post for mentioning Hillary’s health issues. Mr. Seaman expects the IRS to be calling soon, or worse! He […]

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The Night Shift: One Reporter’s Life Covering Chicago’s Violent Crime

 

shutterstock_309339200I felt dirty, short of breath, and my chest was tight. I could taste the stink of cigarette and weed smoke and liquor and had the smell of blood stuck on my tongue.

In our continuing quest to find ways to Make Ricochet Great Again, I’ve brought you another long-from article that I encourage you to read in its entirety. This one, “Three Years of Nights,” is from Chicago Magazine. Its author, Peter Nickeas, spent three years working the overnight violent crime beat for the Chicago Tribune and the time obviously marked him. By the end of the article, I think a little of what he saw will mark you too.

I couldn’t help but think about the failures that have allowed things to deteriorate to the point that I can read about the death of a three-year-old and just nod my head sadly while I read. Is there an answer to this violence? I don’t know. Maybe it’s more cops, better schools, more enforcement. Maybe it’s more legalization, greater leeway, greater choice.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America dissect Donald Trump’s massive shift on immigration policy towards allowing the “terrific” illegal immigrants to stay if they go through a process – the very policy he blasted during the primaries – and they marvel that many of his strongest supporters are perfectly fine with it.  They also hammer Hillary Clinton for saying there is a lot of smoke but no fire behind evidence a majority of her private meetings while at the State Department were with big Clinton Foundation donors.  And we unload on the Republican Louisiana lawmaker who wants to force people to be certified and pay a permit fee to rescue their neighbors during natural disasters.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the Associated Press for discovering that more than half of Hillary Clinton’s nongovernmental meetings as secretary of state were with Clinton Foundation donors.  They also unload on Venezuela’s socialist government for trying to end bread lines – by fining bakeries if the lines go outside.  And they discuss Dr. Ben Carson getting involved in the debate over Hillary’s health.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a new Gallup poll showing 80 percent of Americans think voters should be required to present a photo ID in order to vote.  They also laugh as Donald Trump now says that after deporting hardcore criminal illegal immigrants, most of his immigration enforcement policy would look like what we saw from George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  And we discuss the USA Today story blowing major holes in the story offered by Brazilian police in the saga of the U.S. swimmers.

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I started using the Internet in the early 90s, before Mosaic (father of Netscape, grandfather of Mozilla, great grandfather of Firefox) was widely available, when one used tools like TELNET, FTP, and GOPER and email clients like Pine and Mutt (still used today on UNIX and BSD command lines the world over). At one point, […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America get a kick out of New Hampshire Democratis Senate hopeful Maggie Hassan repeatedly dodging CNN’s question of whether she thinks Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy.  They also sigh as Hillary now sports a nine point lead in Florida in a new Monmouth University poll.  They react to the news that Breitbart News boss Stephen Bannon now running the Trump campaign.  And they bid farewell to the legendary John McLaughlin.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss only bad news, starting with the violent and destructive protests in Milwaukee following the police shooting of a young black man in what seems to be fairly simple case.  They also rip Sen. Claire McCaskill for suggesting Trump is actually responsible in part for the rise of ISIS.  And we discuss the brutal robbery of four U.S. Olympians in Rio as more proof the city was a terrible choice to host the games.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review welcome news that the FBI and a well-respected federal prosecutor in New York are actively investigating the Clinton Foundation.  They also groan as fears grow that Donald Trump will hurt Republicans in Senate, House and state races.  And they sigh as Trump blows another chance to score points against the Obama-Clinton legacy and makes himself look ridiculous in the process.  Finally, they close on a high note by celebrating the achievement of the American athletes at the Olympic Games.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review welcome House Speaker Paul Ryan’s crushing primary win over Trump clone Paul Nehlen.  They also enjoy seeing more emails emerge confirming Hillary Clinton’s pay-to-play scheme between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.  And while they don’t believe Donald Trump was inciting violence against Hillary Clinton, they do note several other disturbing things the episode confirms about him.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review give credit to Donald Trump for articulating some economic principles that are far more conservative than what Hillary Clinton is offering.  They’re also disturbed and bewildered that the father of the Orlando terrorist got a prime seat to cheer on Hillary Clinton Monday in Florida.  And they verbally smack John Kasich for suggesting that John McCain is so great he shouldn’t have to run for re-election.