Today’s podcast takes up two important articles in the new issue of Commentary—Christine Rosen’s “Criminals and Their Apologists” and Matthew Continetti’s “The Left of the Right.” Plus: Listener mail! Give a listen.

Today’s podcast assesses Merrick Garland’s appearance on Capitol Hill, the continuing Democratic conviction that someone somewhere needs to shut Donald Trump up, and what’s going on between Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Give a listen.

Today’s podcast takes up three speeches at the UN this week: there’s the one by President Biden, there’s the one by Iranian thug Ebrahim Raisi, and the one by Wolodymr Zelensky of Ukraine. Give a listen.

Today’s podcast points out that while all the talk of a government shutdown centers on Republican infighting in the House of Representatives, the idea that the government must shut down if Republicans are not unanimous is based in the idea that no Democrat will vote to keep the government open. If that’s true, won’t they get some of the blame? And with the debt topping $33 trillion, can spending remain a secondary issue in our politics? Give a listen.

Today’s podcast finds commonalities in a congresswoman’s disruptive conduct at a Denver theater, a would-be Virginia politician’s selling sex acts on a website, and a new Senate code of conduct ending dress requirements for members of the world’s oldest deliberative body. Give a listen.

The podcast takes up the Hunter Biden indictment and how it’s just the latest bad news for a presidency that seems awash in bad news and increasing fears among Democrats that Joe Biden cannot carry the banner to victory next year. Plus: What’s going on with the strikes, and with gambling? Give a listen.

Dan Senor joins the podcast today to give his view of both the domestic and foreign-policy challenges and opportunities facing the state of Israel over the next few months. We also talk about the U.S. courts and the executive branch’s overreach and more Trump-friendly polling. Give a listen.

Today’s podcast tries to suss out the political motivations behind House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s “authorization” of an impeachment inquiry and what they say about his power and the upcoming budget battle. Also, did Biden really have a good trip to India and Vietnam? Give a listen.

The podcast takes up the president’s latest whopper, about being in New York on September 12, 2001 and seeing the wreckage of the Twin Towers. We all know Trump lies like he breathes, but Biden’s lies have a different quality—they’re not denials of things he did but efforts to aggrandize and mythologize himself. Give a listen.

Today’s podcast notes the remarkable confluence of two events. First, an appeals court finding that the Biden administration staged what a lower court judge called the worst assault by our government on First Amendment rights in this nation’s history. And second, the decision by a Democratic governor to declare an emergency power suspending the Second Amendment in her state for 30 days. This is not good. Give a listen.

Mark Halperin joins us to figure out why Democrats are scared to step up and challenge Joe Biden even as Democratic voters beg for an alternative. And why are Republican candidates, except for Donald Trump, scared of traditional media? Plus the second installment of the Commentary Magazine Podcast Mailbag. Give a listen.

Eli Lake joins the podcast to discuss the news that Hunter Biden will be indicted…on a gun charge, and not on anything that has to do with influence-peddling and his father the then-Vice President. Give a listen.

Yuval Levin joins the podcast to discuss an extraordinary piece in the New York Times alleging that the cost of Medicare has fallen radically to such an extent that it is no longer the budgetary monster looming on the horizon. Is that true? Or is it just a way of denying a danger and pushing it forward? Give a listen.

Today’s podcast takes up the stunning WSJ poll that has Trump up 46 points over DeSantis and asks whether, five months before the first electoral contest in the GOP and 14 months before the 2024 election, the Republican race is all over but the shouting. Give a listen.

Today’s podcast considers the weak job numbers and the persistence both of inflation and higher interest rates and asks whether Joe Biden is making a mistake touting “Bidenomics.” And…oh boy, the NYT story about the DeSantis consultant and the $50 million ask from donors. Plus the first installment of the Commentary Magazine Podcast Mailbag! Give a listen.

Today’s podcast asks what political benefits or liabilities a politician can accrue from their behavior in the wake of a natural disaster, with specific reference to Ron DeSantis, Joe Biden…and Chris Christie. And Mitch McConnell’s second moment freezing before a camera in five weeks raises the question of how much longer our gerontocracy can go on. Give a listen.

James Kirchick joins today’s podcast to discuss the overdue outrage about our botched withdrawal from Afghanistan and a new book that’s surprisingly critical of Joe Biden. We also get into the border crisis, its connection to terrorism, the pressure it’s putting on blue and red states, and what it portends for our politics. Give a listen.

The podcast today worries over the fact that the judge in the January 6 case set Donald Trump’s trial date for the day before Super Tuesday next year, and what this portends about the politics of 2024 and the very real possibility that we are going to face a constitutional, or a political, or even a revolutionary crisis. Give a listen.

Today Eli Lake joins the gang to consider what some of us got wrong about last week’s Republican primary debate. According to polls, Ron DeSantis did himself a bit of good. What did we miss? And why did DeSantis’s performance work as well as it did? Then we talk about Eli’s new COMMENTARY article “Profiles in Malarkey” and why Democrats are unable to face the significance of the Hunter Biden scandal. Give a listen.

On the last day of listener-questions week, we take up the war on drugs. Was it doomed? Have we surrendered? What are the consequences? Then we respond to a listener who challenges Tip O’Neill’s famous observation about all politics being local. Give a listen.