Byron York is a columnist for the Washington Examiner and a Fox News contributor.
A special edition from Iowa, where Democrats are struggling with a number of unpalatable options in their presidential caucuses. The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway got her first chance to observe the 2020 version of Joe Biden in action, and her reaction is…not entirely optimistic for the former vice president’s chances. Meanwhile, President Trump is making an all-out effort in Iowa not to win the caucuses — he’s guaranteed to do that — but to put a key swing state in the Trump column for the general election before Democrats even choose a candidate.
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On Friday a new movie, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words,” will open in theaters across the country. The most striking thing about it is obvious from the beginning: The famously publicity-shy Supreme Court justice is talking. A lot. Thomas spoke to filmmaker Michael Pack for 30 hours — yes, 30 hours — of interviews. What emerges is a deeply personal look at a consequential historical figure who has shunned personal revelations for nearly all of his life. In this podcast, Pack talks about Thomas’ life and how 30 hours of interviews turned into an extraordinary film. For more, see justicethomasmovie.comMore
Democrats and their allies in the press have been saying President Trump simply has no defense against articles of impeachment. Hill Republicans made the case for the president, but the fact is, the White House had not produced any comprehensive defense in the nearly four months since impeachment began. Until now. In a 110-page memo, White House lawyers make the process arguments that have been widely discussed. But they also go deeply into the substance of the Trump-Ukraine matter — more deeply than Democrats ever predicted they would. In this solo podcast, Byron takes a look at the arguments Republicans will be making in the contentious days and weeks ahead.More
The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump begins in earnest Tuesday. Nobody knows the charges better than Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who was there for every step of impeachment’s way in the House. The articles of impeachment are actually quite brief, and we go line-by-line through the accusations against the president. Jordan answers them all — he appears to be able to recite key documents by heart — and argues that the Senate should simply dismiss the case before the trial even begins. A preview from a key player in the House.More
Impeachment, the Horowitz report, FISA, battling the FBI, suing CNN, trolling Adam Schiff for getting so much of it wrong — Devin Nunes has a lot to talk about. He goes into detail about how he discovered the FBI’s abuses during the Trump-Russia investigation, and how he faced obstacle after obstacle in his work to make them public. Then, after the Mueller report came out, did he foresee Democrats turning on a dime to impeach President Trump over Ukraine? (Spoiler alert: No.) All that and more in a wide-ranging discussion with the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.More
Republican Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, sat through all the impeachment depositions, and then all the hearings. He talks about dealing with the witnesses–Vindman, Sondland, Hill, and others–and sees some waning in impeachment enthusiasm. Polls seem to show that, too. So are Democrats irreversibly committed? Are they on board with what Chairman Schiff is telling them? And on an insanely unrelated note: Did you know that Rep. Stewart has flown around the world faster than any other person?More
The inspector general’s report on fired FBI director James Comey changed the way students of the Trump-Russia affair view one of the key moments in the investigation. The players: Comey, President-elect Donald Trump, an FBI laptop, a secure video tele-conference, and the Crossfire Hurricane team. Remember when Comey told Trump the FBI wasn’t investigating him? It wasn’t true.
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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 the Heritage Foundation’s David Azerrad.More
The world waited for Robert Mueller to testify about his Trump-Russia report. And then, when the moment came, the story quickly turned into the state of Mueller himself. Slow, confused, not up on his own investigation, Mueller’s performance denied Democrats their desire to turn his report into a “movie” that would capture the imagination of millions of Americans. We talk with Eric Felten, who has written some of the most perceptive pieces around on the Mueller report and the politics behind it.More