Join Jim and Greg for two good martinis and some craziness. They welcome evidence that the spread of COVID-19 may be slowing in New York. They also salute private industries shifting their focus in big ways to meet the demand for ventilators, masks and more. And they roll their eyes as Nancy Pelosi begins eyeing the next big spending bill.

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I’ve been debating for a week now whether or not to write a post about the ongoing voter roll and election controversies that have been occurring in Wisconsin for at least the last six months, and have ramped up during the Corona Virus pandemic. It’s a long and complex story, with lawsuits, counter-suits, city clerks […]

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I’m sure you’ve seen the yard sign or bumper sticker. My neighbor has had one for months. It is meant to say that Trump is not a functioning adult. Clever! Whatever. I walked past it today and realized it had morphed into a Trump 2020 yard sign. Not literally, of course. Yet is undeniable that […]

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The coronavirus disruption continues and so the guys from Mag Men who were all home again, practicing social distancing, doing the show via Skype.

As the episode was recording, Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed in principle to a $2 trillion coronavirus relief/stimulus package. The guys discuss if it will do any good and if there will need to be another down the road.

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The President’s job approval rating took a hit with the COVID-19 outbreak, but has now recovered. His approval with respect to handling the epidemic has shifted strongly in his favor in the past week. First, on the epidemic. RCP compiles polls (here) on public approval of the President’s handling of the coronavirus. The figures may […]

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Today, Jim and Greg applaud the practical approach of Dr. Fauci on chloroquine. They also grumble as Nancy Pelosi and Andrew Cuomo are still not sold on the COVID-19 relief bill, and Jim unloads on Bernie for still focusing on the 2020 campaign.

 

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It always feels good to make it to Friday, but this week it’s especially welcome. Join Jim and Greg as they discuss reports that we may be days away from a national lockdown that closes airlines, the markets, and forbids millions from commuting to work. They also groan as a number of U.S. senators face lots of questions after selling off stocks before the market plummeted over coronavirus fears. And as three New Hampshire residents sue Gov. Chris Sununu over his allegedly unconstitutional order banning gatherings of more than 50 people,they discuss the tensions between freedom and safety.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. On the Ages of Politicians

 

The current crop of Democratic challengers tend to be pretty old people. Somehow they’ve even managed to beat Donald Trump in that regard, even though he’s no spring chicken himself. There’s a reason for that, but we’re not starting there. We’re starting back in the old Soviet Union, and not even as a Bernie Sanders joke. Let’s go down a quick list, shall we, of the various Soviets post Lenin.

  • Joseph Stalin: Born 1878, died 1953, 75 years old*. 28 years in office.
  • Nikita Khrushchev: Born 1894, died 1971, 77 years old. 11 years in office.
  • Leonid Brezhnev: Born 1906, died 1982, 76 years old. 18 years in office.
  • Yuri Andropov: Born 1914, died 1984, 70 years old. 2 years in office.
  • Konstantin Chernenko: Born 1911, died 1985, 74 years old. 1 year in office.
  • Gorbachev: Born 1931, still alive according to Wikipedia.

After ol’ Joe kicked the bucket (Thanks @amyschley!) you get a series of four commies with similar birth years (17 years difference between Khrushchev and Andropov). They collectively ran the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1985, a period of 32 years. Lenin and Stalin were born in the 1870s, these guys were born about 30 years after that**, then Gorbachev and Yeltsin were born in the 1930s. These Soviet leaders were all selected from the same age cohort until they got so decrepit that they were dying off after a few months in office.

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We have two good martinis for you today as America continues to go through the COVID-19 challenge. Join Jim and Greg as they welcome news of two different drugs that that seem to be effective in treating and even preventing coronavirus. They also wave goodbye to Republican William Weld and Democrat Tulsi Gabbard as they exit the 2020 presidential race with a whopping three delegates between them. And they have some choice words for the college kids on Spring Break showing little regard for their fellow citizens.

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What people hoped was something that might not get all that bad — got bad. The coronavirus has created a lot of disruption and that includes the guys from Mag Men who were all home, practicing social distancing, and recorded this episode via Skype.

The guys talk more about the steps getting take to combat the virus, the stimulus package that is under debate and the ramifications it will have for business and industry as well as what will work best for people in the form of direct payments to help keep the economy afloat.

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Good news is a bit scarce today but the Three Martini Lunch is discussing three big stories. Join Jim and Greg as they document the latest evidence that China covered up the COVID-19 outbreak and refused to admit person-to-person transmission until late January. They also bang their heads on their desks as Philadelphia police make it known they are not going to arrest people for a wide variety of crimes while New York City and other major metropolitan areas look to empty their jails to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. And they wonder why Bernie Sanders continues his presidential when he’s hopelessly behind in the delegate count after another major shellacking on Tuesday.

 

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The home version of the Three Martini Lunch is now up and running but there is always a stool for you! After Jim revels in the news that Tom Brady’s 20-year run with the New England Patriots is over, he and Greg tackle the good, bad, and crazy martinis of the day. First, they welcome the news from Dr. Anthony Fauci that a possible coronavirus vaccine is already in the first stages of testing. They also wonder just how restrictive government officials are going to get as they down society in an effort to confront coronavirus now that San Francisco is ordering residents to shelter in place, groups larger than 10 people are discouraged, and New Jersey is dabbling with curfews. Finally, they weight both sides of the furious political and legal fight in Ohio after Gov. Mike DeWine ordered Tuesday’s primary to be postponed.

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The physical bars and restaurants and being ordered to close in many places but the Three Martini Lunch remains open. Come in and join us! Today, Jim and Greg react to the CDC urging Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks and mayor and governors forcing bars and restaurants to close. They also discuss the awkwardness of the Biden-Sanders debate in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and highlight how Bernie Sanders and other Democrats have pushed Biden into extreme liberal positions on energy, immigration, guns, abortion and more. And they discuss the stunning political fall of Andrew Gillum, who came less than a percentage point from becoming Florida’s governor in 2018.

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Illinois holds its primary on Tuesday, come hell, high water or viral pestilence. All Republicans, conservatives and thoughtful voters are basically disenfranchised here. After all, it is The Chicago Way. As your neighbor in the 9th Congressional district, I ask for your assistance. My dilemma is that I can barely bring myself to look at […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Support for President Trump in the Blue State of Washington

 

The Washington State Primary Election was held Tuesday. Most everyone knows that WA is about as deep blue as it gets. The Secretary of State, a Republican, stated that she would not be voting in the primary, since it required her to declare a party affiliation on the outside of the ballot envelope for everyone to see (gimme a break! She’s a Republican, for crying out loud!).

Ray and I voted our ballots and checked the Republican box. I voted, so President Trump could get an idea of his support out here in the People’s Republic of Washington. I just checked the final election returns, and President Trump garnered 645,000 votes. That’s about the total population of the city of Seattle.

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It’s all-crazy and all coronavirus today on the Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they go through the three key points from President Trump’s Oval Office address that were not consistent with administration policy and needed later clarification. They also dive into the rapidly growing list of college and professional sports events being cancelled or radically altered, most prominently the NBA suspending its season after Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus. Finally, they comment on movie star Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson testing positive in Australia while feeling slightly under the weather and wonder how much patience Americans will have for a long-term quarantine when many patients don’t feel that crummy and a lot of economic livelihoods are on the line.

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After a brief discussion of the media and the markets and convenient coronavirus excuses, we dive into Wednesday’s Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they are gratified to see convicted rapist and former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison. They also discuss what this episode says about our justice system. They also have different reactions to South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn suggesting Joe Biden’s big wins on Tuesday suggest the Democratic National Committee should “shut this primary down” and “cancel the rest of these debates.” And they get a kick out of the writer for “The Atlantic” who feels betrayed because her husband voted for Bernie Sanders for strategic reasons in the California primary while she stuck with Elizabeth Warren.

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The guys talk about Super Tuesday II and what it means for Bernie Sanders’ campaign as well as the general election. We also get into a little of Biden’s showdown with a voter in Michigan.

The gang then goes on to discuss Coronavirus and how “the elites” at CPAC are fine with telling members of Congress and VIP’s who came into contact with an attendee diagnosed with coronavirus but are leaving the plebs in the dark. Also, the politics of coronavirus and what it means for Trump’s reelection bid and also the health of the economy overall.

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