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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are back! Today, they enjoy watching Democrats wasting time and money in pushing Rep. Joseph Kennedy III to launch a primary challenge against incumbent Democratic Sen. Ed Markey, but Jim also explains why it’s long past time to stop fawning over the Kennedys. Jim […]

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ACF #28: Scarface

 

The podcast’s going back to the great De Palma–our fifth, after The Untouchables, Blow Out, Body Double, and Carlito’s Way. You’ve got Al Pacino, cocaine, Miami, an Oliver Stone script, and the ’80s: So naturally everything goes crazy and turns into a tragedy. Scarface is both a rebuke to liberals who look at criminals as mere victims and to conservatives who look at them as failures. American liberalism–Jimmy Carter–invites immigrants on moral grounds; conservatism–capitalism–invites workers on economic grounds. But Scarface escapes both morality and business, revealing the weaknesses of an American society that cannot deal with the poor or with narco-capitalism.

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It’s a go-to website for political junkies and non-junkies alike. The most famous feature of RealClearPolitics is its average of polls, and in this discussion with RCP founder Tom Bevan, we go through how it all started. Plus, a look at what’s happening in the 2020 race through the lens of what went right and […]

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome reports that members of the Illinois congressional delegation have at temporarily convinced President Trump not to commute the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. They’re also frustrated that President Trump is not speaking out more forcefully in favor of the pro-democracy […]

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America kick off the week with three crazy martinis. They begin with the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the protocols that officials admit weren’t followed, and the blizzard of conspiracy theories that immediately erupted. They also roll their eyes as media and political figures on the […]

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ACF #27: Oldboy

 

Here’s another Eastern classic–after Kurosawa, a modern Korean movie by Park Chan-wook. George Dunn and Peter Paik and I discuss Oldboy, the centerpiece of the Vengeance trilogy, which won Park the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Korea’s transformation into a prosperous democracy and Oh Dae Su’s transformation into a superman go together to first conceal and then reveal the dark secret at the foundation of civil society: The sacred law on which politics is based is the family, which must obey public laws. This is tragedy in a modern setting, moving between the epitome of wealth and the underworld of crime, incredibly violent, but also strangely hopeful about the possibility of reestablishing civilization.

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Daniel Foster of National Review Online and Greg Corombos of Radio America are still searching for those elusive good martinis. Today, they wonder why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is suddenly insisting the Senate “can’t fail to pass” gun-related legislation in an effort to stop mass shootings. They also see the news former Colorado Gov. […]

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A look at the dynamics inside the Democratic presidential race — in these post-Great Awokening times, can the party accept Joe Biden’s back-to-Obama appeal, or will voters choose a left winger? Also: Do we need to pay attention to NeverTrumpers? And finally: Should anyone care about anything that happens in Canada? That and more with […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America marvel at the civic illiteracy in the gun debate, as Fox Business Network host Trish Regan asserts that President Trump could simply issue an executive order to ban assault weapons. They also discuss Trump’s bizarre fascination with possibly commuting the prison sentence of disgraced […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the exit of Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel, revealing he was never really running in the first place. They also push back strongly against Joe Biden’s assertion that white supremacists are winning the culture war. And they have plenty to say after Pete […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America wade through a very somber day on the Three Martini Lunch. They recoil at two horrific weekend mass shootings – one in Texas and another in Ohio – and where we stand as nation. They also evaluate how President Trump is responding and not […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and guest host Greg Knapp discuss the recent jobs report and the impact on Trump’s reelection chances. They debate the David Brooks’ op-ed in The New York Times arguing Marianne Williamson has the best chance of defeating Trump. And they react to Michael Moore’s plea for Michelle Obama to enter […]

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Jim DeMint–Remember Him?–Talks Biden, Pelosi, Trump

 
In this episode, former Republican Sen. Jim DeMint discusses his old colleague Joe Biden (“He clearly has lost a step”), his old colleague Nancy Pelosi (“A very tough person…she will eventually bring the little rabble-rousers around”), and the current president’s personality (“Perfect…because nice doesn’t work.”) Plus: What is Mitch McConnell doing in the Senate? And can we just go on spending and spending forever and ever?

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and guest host Greg Knapp react to Wednesday night’s debate and Tulsi Gabbard’s blistering attack on Kamala Harris. They discuss Cory Booker’s “Kool-Aid” response to Joe Biden’s criticism of his mayoral tenure. And they weigh in on Kirsten Gillibrand bringing up an op-ed from 1981 to attack Joe Biden. (Gregory […]

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ACF #26: Kurosawa, Rashomon

 

Here’s our first Kurosawa podcast–Rashomon, one of the master’s early Oscar nominations, a sign of the openness of Hollywood to great moviemaking elsewhere. The movie is still near the top 100 on IMDb, which I take as a sign that American film lovers nowadays also sense its greatness–in the beautiful cinematography and acting, and above all in the poetic device. This podcast also gives me an opportunity to introduce a new contributor, Molly McGrath, who teaches philosophy at Assumption College and now and then writes on movies, always with force and insight.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Rich McFadden of Radio America react to the first night of CNN Democratic presidential debates. They discuss the moderate candidates challenging Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on the feasibility of their left-wing agendas. They lament the structure of presidential debates and the time constraints placed on candidates. And they […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and guest host Greg Knapp break down the next round of Democratic debates beginning tonight. They shake their heads at the FBI and other agencies being implicated in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. And they discuss Beto O’Rourke’s mother publicly offering campaign advice for her son. (Gregory Knapp is […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and guest host Gregory Knapp discuss growing concerns in the Democratic Party over Joe Biden’s age with the second round of debates incoming. They analyze Rahm Emanuel’s editorial piece warning Democratic presidential candidates to unite the party in the primary or risk losing the general election. And they share a […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s surprising praise of conservative justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. They debate the news of Wall Street donors backing Biden, Buttigieg, and Kamala in the Democratic primary. And they cover the growing controversy of the doctored presidential seal displayed behind […]

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In recent years an arcane term from political science—the “administrative state”—has become a prominent part of everyday discussion. The administrative state refers to the trend, decades in the making, of transferring lawmaking power away from the legislative branch of government to permanent, unelected bureaucrats and executive agencies. The administrative state undermines a central principle of […]

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