Today’s sadly Abe-free podcast takes up the question of what the New Zealand massacre might mean for our civilization. How can we live in a world in which mass murderers literally broadcast their killings? And in which senior advisers to the president suggest people read the murderer’s manifesto for the crassest political reasons? We also talk about Beto O’Rourke. Give a listen.

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The college admissions scandal that captured the nation’s attention has sharpened the critiques of American institutions dedicated to social mobility. When do they succeed, and how have the failed? Also, Beto mania is sweeping… the press. Does the former congressman from Texas have a constituency outside center-left political media?

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The Democratic Party seems to believe that the country has had a revolutionary turn toward socialism, but there’s little evidence of that. Are Democrats making a bad bet on anti-market policies? More troublingly, what happens to the Democratic Party if that message carries the day in 2020?

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Democrats wrestle with themselves over how forcefully to condemn anti-Semitism in their ranks. The press publishes a variety of reports that are touted as bad news for Trump but seem only to redound to his benefit. And what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption scandal could mean for his government and his country.

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On today’s podcast we take up the 2-plus hours of the president’s speech before CPAC and whether it was a triumph or a cry for psychiatric help. Also: Is Bernie Sanders actually going to be the Democratic nominee? Give a listen.

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This week on GLoP, Jonah has a big announcement, some thoughts on the Cohen hearing and the mysterious Matthew Calamari, that Green Book Oscar controversy, and what is your mob name? Take the GLoP test and let us know in the comments.

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The podcast dissects Michael Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee and sees plenty of silver linings in his scathing indictments of Trump for Republicans. When it comes to the president’s aborted summit with North Korean despot Kim Jong-un, however, there is a little less to cheer about.

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The COMMENTARY podcast explores the prospects for success as Donald Trump heads to Vietnam for a second summit with North Korean despot Kim Jong-un. Also, the Democratic Party’s leftward drift and how that helps Trump ahead of 2020.

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Today’s podcast takes up the candidacy of Bernie Sanders and his problem with identity politics Democrats, and the case of Jussie Smollett, who told a cockamamie tale that we were ordered to believe. Also: Trump’s emergency. Give a listen.

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A Senate investigation concludes that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016. Will Trump’s opponents accept it? Also, Andrew McCabe claims the Justice Department tried to trigger the 25th Amendment, and the Green New Deal’s dream of national high-speed rail hits the rocks in California.

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This week on GLoP, we delve into the news cycle for some Rank Punditry® on the goings on in Virginia, the Green New Deal, and the curious case of Jeff Bezos. Also, are the Oscars over? Not until Rob wins one.

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On today’s episode, we look at how the Democrats failed to build on the political success they had holding Donald Trump to account for the government shutdown—instead of melting down in Virginia, with their Green New Deal, and with the continued inability of Elizabeth Warren to escape her own lies about her background. Then we talk about the party’s anti-Semitic breakout star, Ilhan Omar, and the plagiarism scandal affecting the highest-ranking woman in the history of the New York Times. So much pleasure! Give a listen.

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On today’s podcast, we ask whether Donald Trump’s specific attack on socialism in the State of the Union address—and the strange Democratic response to it—will prove a key issue in 2020. Did he hoist them on their own petard? And is that what is going on with the political meltdown among Democrats in Virginia? Give a listen.

We also discuss Eli Steele’s article “From White Supremacy to Identity Politics.” Give it a read.

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The Commentary podcast discusses Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal and his party’s calls for him to resign, the death of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, and dystopian futurism in Super Bowl ads.

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Today’s podcast takes up the question of the Howard Schultz candidacy and whether it’s frightening Democrats more or thrilling conservatives more. And then we bring up the brave new world of surrogacy, parenthood, and partial birth abortion and wonder whether what we need is an updating of the Oral Law. Give a listen.

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The government shutdown is over. Did Donald Trump “cave?” What does Roger Stone’s indictment by the Special Counsel’s Office indicate about Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign and the “collusion” narrative? And the United States and the Taliban come to terms on a post-conflict agreement. Has the war in Afghanistan been lost? All that and more on the Commentary podcast!

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This week on GLoP, we ramble though a grand tour of disparate topics: Charlton Heston (his turns in both Earthquake and Planet of The Apes), clown school, the Democrat’s double shot caffeinated response to Starbuck’s Howard Shultz pondering a Presidential run, the perils of being too forthcoming on social media and some pondering about the effect of social media on society at large, and a whole lot of other ephemera and giggles. In other words, have a hot, steaming cup of GLoP on us.

Music from this week’s show: Black Coffee in Bed by Squeeze

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So the data are in, and they show Donald Trump has hurt himself with the shutdown. Period. The question is, why have the Republicans who have withdrawn their support in recent polls done so? And we go into the Venezuelan political crisis and the deft leadership America has shown this week. Give a listen.

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