The Trump-Kim meeting is off, and the question is this: If the announcement of thawing relations with North Korea helped Trump’s approval rating, will this hurt or harm it? And why won’t Trump trumpet the bipartisan legislative successes of the past few weeks? Give a listen.

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President Donald Trump has ordered his Department of Justice to investigate the claim advanced by his political allies that Barack Obama’s FBI introduced a “spy” into his campaign in 2016. The COMMENTARY Podcast explores this claim and lays out the timelines, which so often get confused. Who was talking to the Russians and why, and what do we know about how the FBI responded to those revelations? Give a listen and find out.

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We try, we really do try, to sort through the increasingly problematic “Russian collusion” narrative and establish a timeline of sorts—and figure out what’s real and what’s nonsense. Do we succeed? Give a listen.

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The reaction to the violence at the Israel-Gaza border was not a surprise, we say on this week’s first podcast, but the perpetual effort to deny Palestinians human agency and to absolve them of responsibility for the actions leading to the deaths and injuries on the Gazan side never ceases to amaze. And we take the measure of the life and work of Tom Wolfe, dead at 87. Give a listen.

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So much news we had to our second podcast a day early! There’s a little gloating, I admit, but also a lot of analysis about the decertification of the Iran deal. How Trump didn’t “vandalize” it because exiting from it is perfectly permissible under its provisions. How Obama’s misunderstanding of the regime and wishful thinking about the Middle East led him to a bad deal. And how the new realities of the Middle East make the deal a relic of a different time. Give a listen.

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Will tomorrow’s primary elections in the GOP signal another turn in the party toward candidates who mimic Donald Trump’s attitudes and affect? That’s the question we focus on today, as well as the question of whether Democrats and liberals are falling prey to a temptation that will harm their efforts to get Trump—which is to embrace figures like Stormy Daniels and thereby normalize the president. Give a listen.

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What was Rudy Giuliani doing, going on TV and saying Michael Cohen paid off a porn star at Donald Trump’s direction and that Trump fired James Comey for reasons entirely different from the one Trump gave at the time? I speculate we’re seeing a newly aggressive legal strategy that might lead to the firing of Robert Mueller and others at the Justice Department, while Noah Rothman thinks that would be insane if true, and Abe Greenwald referees. Also, the Iran deal advocates—are they kidding with the way they reacted to the Israeli seizure of Iranian nuclear documents, or what? Give a listen.

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So is that all she wrote for the Iran deal? That’s what we ask on the first of this week’s podcasts. Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprise speech revealing the Israeli intelligence acquisition of the century may be all Donald Trump needs to say he cannot sign the 6-month affirmation of the deal’s virtue. And we say let’s not get too hasty about Nobels and North Korea. Give a listen.

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Will Donald Trump pull us out of the Iran deal two days before a big celebration of the Israel embassy move to Jerusalem—and at a time when the big news will still be the North Korea negotiations? We wonder, and wonder what the plan would be if he would. Then we talk about how you never really want to know the name of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs because if you do, it means nothing good. Give a listen.

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On this podcast, we explain why, for the state of Israel, these are the very best of times, even though American Jews and those who hate Israel seem to believe otherwise to the exclusion of all available evidence. Then we talk about what Sohrab Ahmari dubs the North Korea “somewhat” and Mike Pompeo’s nomination. With a guest appearance by Skeletor. Give a listen.

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The full title of this podcast (which we almost never use) is GLoP Culture and this week, we bring it: a little Rank Punditry® on the Comey media blitz, some thoughts on the books business and how it relates to Jonah’s new book Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy  (yes, you should buy the book. Go ahead, we’ll wait….). Also Rob Long takes a trip, and finally, what are the four moves that define you? The GLoPsters weigh in with theirs. Leave yours in the comments. And buy the book!

 

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On our latest COMMENTARY podcast we wonder at the fact that Democrats are going to vote en masse against Mike Pompeo as secretary of state for no real reason other than that they don’t like Trump—and how this marks the fulfillment of a degradation in the advise-and-consent process that’s been accelerating for the past couple of decades. Also, we talk about Stormy Daniels, alas. Give a listen.

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James Comey is going to sell 2 million books or something, but it’s far from clear his inadvertently revealing interview with George Stephanopoulos did him any favors. On our podcast, we discuss the ways in which Comey injured his own case for himself by showing us his narcissism and the sheer number of bad decisions he has made. We also look at the raid on Syria and on the continuing dream on the part of liberals that Trump is done for. Give a listen.

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This week, the men of GLoP (that’s Jonah Goldberg, Rob Long, and John Podhoretz) perform a little Rank Punditry® on the Mueller investigation, Stormy, and the Roseanne phenomenon. Then a GLoP exclusive: Rob Long pitches his Cheers reboot to you, our faithful listeners. Are you buying it “in the room” as they say in showbiz, do you want want to sleep on it, or is it a hard pass? Tell us in comments. And call our agent.

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Has Syria’s monstrous chemical attack on its own citizens changed the trajectory of the Trump foreign policy—and was it occasioned by Trump’s announcement of an American pullout from Syria? That’s the question we ask on this podcast. Then we go into l’affaire Williamson, during which segment I curse repeatedly for the first time in public in a couple of years. Give a listen.

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Is Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe of the Trump campaign going to end without a satisfying conclusion to those hoping it will prove “collusion” and the president’s complicity? A new Washington Post report suggests it will. Also, amid the GOP’s 2018 woes, Donald Trump reverts to campaign promises on issues like border security, Syria, and trade. Meanwhile, his administration is singing a different tune.

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On this podcast, the COMMENTARY crew takes on Israel-Gaza border clashes and the effort to create a new border clash on the U.S.-Mexico border. And we talk about how Noah Rothman is the most dangerous person on earth. Give a listen.

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This week, Jonah Goldberg is on vacation, so we’ve enlisted Richard Rushfield, our good friend and proprietor of the indispensable Hollywood newsletter The Ankler to join and discuss the good, the bad, and yes the ugly of show business. That includes the lameness of most movie marketing, and the trouble at Nickelodeon. Also, Rob Long is on hiatus, and John Podhoretz is all in for Passover.

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