Steve Hayes, now officially Jonah’s business partner, returns from a yearlong residence in Spain to discuss what he’s been up to, what he and Jonah are working on, and why, exactly, the Democratic presidential candidates have (mostly) gone so far to the left.


Steve Hayes of the Weekly Standard with his take on the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor

Etiquette author Amy Alkon on what Mork and Mindy can teach us about sexual harassment

Hey, media—what if you threw a Russiagate scandal, and nobody cared?

The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes on current state of the Trump presidency

Every weekend, I pick two of my favorite interviews from the week to give listeners something to tune into as they do their chores, head out into holiday shopping traffic, etc.  I hope you enjoy it!

This week:

Will the GOP trip over its own disfunction and blow the tax cut deal? We talk to Steve Hayes of Fox News and the Weekly Standard about it.

Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies on the horrific verdict in the Kate Steinle case as a San Francisco jury lets the killer walk.

It’s “Indictment Week” in Washington, and Paula Reid of CBS News updates the story.

Are conservatives surrendering the Grand Old Party to the populists without even a fight? The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes says “yes.”

According to Steve Bannon, it was the revenge of the “rubes” in Alabama as voters sent Trump the hero they wanted, not necessarily the one Trump needed.

Of course the GOP tax reforms are going to “cut taxes for the rich.” They’re the ones who PAY taxes.

Steve Hayes, newly-appointed editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard, joins Jay and Mona to talk about foreign policy (he was a terrific Benghazi reporter), what is detectable about the Trump approach, and the polarization of news and information.

Jay and Mona then mull over the CIA. Can they be political? Are they being political right now?

As we adapt to a world where Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for President, we figured we ought book some very grounded guests for this week’s show. So listen in as we welcome Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The Governor has a new book, Broken But Unbowed: The Fight to Fix a Broken AmericaWe also discuss bathrooms and his good friend Ted Cruz’s plans for the future. Then, The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes stops by to proclaim that he will never, ever, endorse Donald Trump, and goes deep into his reasoning. Sigh, it’s going to be a long summer.

Music from this week’s episode:

The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes joins Need to Know to talk about the critical Wisconsin primary (he’s a native), the state of the Republican race, conservative media, and the condition of the Republican Party.

Jay and Mona then consider Bernienomics, the pageant of the presidential primary season, George W. Bush, charity (pro and con), and a visit by a certain political figure to a matzah factory in New York, among other topics. There is the usual complement of stories, book recommendations, plus a bonus – a Bill Buckley quote Mona hadn’t heard before. It’s a good one.