Charles Murray speaks, Fox News’ James Rosen tweaks, and Ted Cruz tweets. Plus, Beyonce and Stevie Wonder remind us that pompous, liberal celebrities can ruin anything. And is it a coincidence that progressive-Left communities have the least regard for the value of citizenship?

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We’re down two men this week (Rob Long is still making TV great again and Peter Robinson is on sick leave), but the show must go on with our extremely capable guests hosts Larry Kudlow and Jon Gabriel. We talk media freakout, trade wars, walls, and with our guest Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen, covering the Trump Administration, Tweeting Presidents, and his fantastic book, A Torch Kept Lit by William F. Buckley, JrAlso, we remember Mary Tyler Moore and Mike Connors.

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James Rosen of Fox News got his start at National Review after a chance meeting with the founder of the magazine, William F. Buckley. When he was doing research for another project, he came upon on idea somebody suggested of editing a book made up of the eulogies Buckley had either delivered or written. The result is the magnificent book, A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century.

James was kind enough to stop by and talk about the book with Jay Caruso and Neal Dewing. He discussed how the project came about, how the book was put together, and imparts a great personal story about his meeting with Buckley. The book is a NY Times bestseller. Go to the website for more information. Be on the lookout! James will be sending along an autographed copy of the book that Jay and Neal will be giving away in a future episode!

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“I do not exaggerate to propose that this may prove to be William F. Buckley’s finest book ever,” says Christopher Buckley, about a brand-new volume of his late father’s work, A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century, a collection of eulogies edited by James Rosen of Fox News.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Rosen explains how he came up with the idea for this book, what made WFB such an excellent stylist, and how WFB managed to range in these brief compositions from the likes of Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan to John Lennon and Jerry Garcia.

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In a recent post, Ricochet member John Walker posits that the U.S. has become “an unserious country.” Today, we do our best to dispel that notion just a bit (despite the disturbing image above from EJHill) with our guests economist Russ Roberts from the Hoover Institution as well as his legendary EconTalk podcast and Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen (read his new book Cheney One on One)In our attempt to be serious, we cover inequality, Ben Carson’s many controversies, Kentucky’s new governor, the Bush-Cheney squabble, and the upcoming debate. Also, don’t miss James Rosen’s spot on impersonation of Barack Obama. Seriously.

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What if Dick Cheney were to participate in the modern-day equivalent of the Frost-Nixon interviews? Now he has, in Cheney One on One: A Candid Conversation with America’s Most Controversial Statesman, by James Rosen of Fox News.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Rosen describes how he sat with Cheney for 10 hours as they talked about everything from the events of 9-11 to the former veep’s views of the Tea Party. Rosen also offers a unique theory on why Cheney is so disliked by so many liberals.

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Our first 2.0 Ricochet Podcast! This week, 2.0 is here (lots of talk about that), where’s MH370, Fox News’ James Rosen on Ukraine and his impressions of Obama and Hillary, the mysterious power and influence of the Dalai Lama, Rob does his downward dog, and the White House gets its just desserts.

Music from this week’s episode: Chill Out (Things Gonna Change) by John Lee Hooker

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