For all the speculation that goes on around former President Donald Trump and the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race, it’s possible, even likely, that the more intense battle will be among Democrats. A new poll from Mark Penn, the former Clinton strategist who runs the Harvard-Harris poll, suggests President Joe Biden’s support among Democrats is significantly weaker than Trump’s support among Republicans. And that could lead to chaos on the Democratic side.

The political argument over gun control has erupted again after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead. It’s the same argument that erupts after every mass shooting. But this time, on Capitol Hill at least, it seems more muted, and the measures under consideration are more limited than in the past.

Former President George W. Bush has been known for making mistakes while giving speeches and he has always taken criticism lightly. But after a recent speech at the George W. Bush Institue where he said Iraq in place of Ukraine, his words are under far more scrutiny.

In the days after Russia attacked Ukraine, there was a lot of talk among Republicans that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have invaded had Donald Trump still been president. Trump was so difficult to predict, so impulsive, so impetuous, the thinking went, that Putin would not have risked a massive U.S. response under Trump.

With midterm elections about 6 months away, things are not looking good for President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. Numerous polls gauging American’s feelings on the direction of the country show that things will likely not go well for the Democrats come midterm elections.

Late Wednesday afternoon, President Joe Biden tweeted his frustration over the Senate’s failure to pass a Democratic bill, the “Women’s Health Protection Act,” which would codify Roe v. Wade and forbid states from passing future laws limiting abortion. Here is the president’s tweet:

“As fundamental rights are at risk at the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans have blocked passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act. They have chosen to stand in the way of Americans’ rights to make the most personal decisions about their own bodies, families and lives.”

The reason President Joe Biden delivered a speech on inflation on Tuesday was that he knew the government would release the latest statistics on inflation Wednesday morning and he knew the news would be bad. Might as well try to get ahead of things. And now that the numbers are out, the news is indeed bad.

One of the mysteries of the Hunter Biden matter is how the president’s son, with no obvious sources of income, manages to maintain a grand lifestyle. For the last year or so, he has been living in a $20,000 a month rental house in Malibu, California. (The taxpayers are footing the bill for the Secret Service to pay even more, $30,000 a month, to rent the house next door while protecting him).

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, angry and seeking political advantage after the leak of a draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, is vowing to hold a vote Wednesday on a bill to legalize abortion nationwide. “Every American is going to see which side every senator stands,” Schumer said last week. “A vote on this legislation is not an abstract exercise. This is as urgent and real as it gets.”

Some Republicans want a special counsel appointed to investigate presidential son Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings in Ukraine, China, and elsewhere. The calls started in the last months of the Trump administration, when revelations about his activities, and suspicion that his father, President Joe Biden, might have been involved, began to emerge.

There’s a lot of speculation that a Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, if that indeed happens, would be a boost for Democrats in this November’s midterm elections. There seems no doubt the decision will motivate some part of the Democratic base. But the question is: Who? How many? And how important would they be to the election results?

It was recently leaked to Politico that the Supreme Court had drafted a decision to overturn Roe V. Wade. Aside from the leak itself shocking the nation, people are eagerly waiting to see what the actual decision will be and the long-term political effect it will have on the courts. In today’s episode, Byron discusses the issue and the anger it has caused for both political parties.

One way to shut down debate on a contentious subject is to declare that there is no debate on the subject. Everyone, absolutely everyone, agrees with one side, so why are you even trying to argue? It’s settled.

The specter of recession and war settled over Washington on Thursday, on top of inflation that has already cut into the public’s standard of living and increased its worries about the future. It was, in short, a very bad day — one of the most concerning so far in the presidency of Joe Biden.

In today’s podcast, Bryon is joined by the CEO of The Babylon Bee, Seth Dillon. They discuss everything from how The Bee had a small part in Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover to what viewpoint discrimination actually is. Dillon also gives us insight into why his company decided to take a stand against censorship. And he reminds us that when you have to justify a joke, the joke is dead.

New Twitter owner Elon Musk is vowing to reform the social media platform. “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a statement after his $44 billion bid to buy the company was accepted.

You may have noticed that Democrats on Capitol Hill are trying their best to keep the Jan. 6 investigation in the news. Making the spring and then the summer and then the fall about former President Donald Trump would be a huge win for them, given the calamitous state of Democratic midterm election prospects these days. But even though the Jan. 6 committee will get a lot of coverage when it finally unveils its report, the fact is, the Democratic Party cannot divert voters’ attention from losing issues such as inflation, crime, and the border crisis.

A big fad in Democratic circles is to hold events devoted to discussing the threat of “disinformation” in America. Former top Obama adviser David Axelrod, who now runs the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, recently held a conference on “disinformation and the erosion of democracy.” His old boss, former President Barack Obama, stopped by. But now Obama has taken center stage for himself on the disinformation issue with a speech Thursday at Stanford University, in the heart of the nation’s tech industry.

There is word that President Joe Biden is looking for a way out of his decision to end Title 42, the Trump-era regulation that allows U.S. authorities to turn back illegal crossers at the U.S.-Mexico border on the grounds of protecting the country from COVID. Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced that Title 42 will be repealed on May 23.

For years Democrats have used student debt relief as a selling point in elections and it looks like the upcoming midterms will be no different. Recent polls suggest that young people won’t turn out in November and that’s exactly what the Democrats need to happen. Even if Biden does not cancel student debt, he can extend the payment moratorium as long as he wants and attempt to grab young people’s attention that way.