In the last podcast of the week, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald and John Podhoretz try to make the case for the new Republican health care bill as best they can, before going into the deeper question of what the bill’s particulars say about the Right’s commitment to making the case for a self-governing citizenry. They conclude that the elected officials of the Right no longer want to make that case, with parlous consequences for the future.

But then they make some jokes! Give a listen.

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On this week’s podcast, the COMMENTARY crew addresses the elephant in the room. That’s all I’m going to say. It’s an elephant. It’s in a room. Give a listen

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On this week’s final podcast, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz discuss how the positive reception of the president’s big speech was not undermined by him (for once) but rather by a series of leak-riddled articles trashing the Yemen raid, trashing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and suggesting Obamans scattered bits of intelligence trouble through the executive branch to leave a breadcrumb trail like Hansel and Gretel. Give a listen.

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On this week’s first podcast, Abe and Noah and John discuss the crisis of competence suggested by the failure to hand a movie star the right envelope. Might seem silly, but it’s never happened before, and it’s happened at a time when nobody seems to be able to do anything properly. Give a listen.

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On the last of this week’s podcast, the COMMENTARY crew discusses the problems with the new deportation policies, ventilates on the Democratic National Committee’s race for chair, and wonders whether Trump is wooing the conservative movement or whether the conservative movement has already surrendered its purity to his seductions.

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On the first of the week’s podcast, the COMMENTARY gang (Noah, Abe, and John) discuss the appointment of H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, the rise in anti-Semitic threats and Donald Trump’s eventual response to them, and the question of who actually makes policy in the new administration.

It’s hectic. It’s passionate. It’s a little incoherent. Give a listen.

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On the second Commentary podcast of the week, Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and John Podhoretz dilate upon Donald Trump’s seeming revolution in the U.S. posture toward the Israelis and the Palestinians while asking this question: Does the president actually know what the “one-state” or “two-state” solution is?

They also point out that just as paranoids have enemies, Trump has reason to believe he is under attack from inside his own executive branch—but that his response may hurt him and not help. Also, like Jack Benny and Fred Allen’s radio shows of old, we have a sponsor! Give a listen.

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In this week’s first podcast, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz discuss the attempted defenestration of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn—and whether we should all be scared by the clear line-crossing leaks of the intelligence community.

Then they go on to discuss whether immigration hardliners have reason to be angry with the Trump White House for botching the executive order, and other fun stuff. Give a listen.

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On today’s podcast, the COMMENTARY team—Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz —point out that an uncommonly Trumpian audience watching the Super Bowl was subjected to ads attacking its views. Will that matter? Are these companies shooting themselves in the foot by virtue-signaling? And speaking of signaling, what signal was Donald Trump sending with his moral equivalence between the United States and Russia? How much of this can conservatives take because they know they’re going to get some good policies out of it? Give a listen.

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On this podcast, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz discuss the tumultuous three days since (remember this?) Neil Gorsuch was nominated to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court. We’re fighting with Australia, we’re putting Iran on notice, Russia is poisoning critics and fooling around in Ukraine, and people are throwing firebombs at a flamethrower in Berkeley. Give a listen. Really.

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Our latest podcast features John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman wondering at the trifecta of Trump’s second weekend — an executive order that created a mass protest at airports for pity’s sake, the horrifying deletion of the Jewish people from a Holocaust remembrance, and Steve Bannon’s power grab at the National Security Council.

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Many of Donald Trump’s opponents have given up reason and circumspection and are indulging in hysteria, assured that standard operating procedure for a new administration is creeping fascism.

Also, the hosts dig into Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees and wonder if Team Trump is recognizing the infeasibility of the president’s campaign trail pledges.

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On the first podcast of the week, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman discuss the opening days of the Trump administration and why they were not so good, really, in their opinion—and they also argue over the meaning of the Women’s March and its possible ramifications for 2018. Give a listen.

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Our final podcast of the week features our tear-bathed tribute to the departing Barack Obama and his commutation of the sentences of traitors and the pardon of terrorists. Also, a look ahead to liberal hypocrisy in the Trump era and a near-total meltdown by me on the subject of the supposedly “anti-intellectual” David Gelernter, the most intellectual person I’ve basically ever known. Give a listen.

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In the new COMMENTARY podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman examine how President-elect Donald Trump has managed to drive his allies—both Republican and European—over a cliff with anxiety. Will having an American president who is skeptical toward institutions like the European Union and NATO shatter the Atlanticist consensus? Finally, the shuttering of the Barnum and Bailey Circus and what that says about American culture.

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On the last podcast of the week, we argue over the meaning of the shock announcement about the investigation at the Justice Department into the propriety of FBI Director James Comey’s behavior this year, and whether Donald Trump solved anything for himself by his semi-divestment of his business. Give a listen.

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On the first of this week’s podcasts, we dilate upon Meryl Streep attacking Donald Trump and Donald Trump attacking Meryl Streep and how Trump represents a different kind of combative conservative—one who has his own form of pop-culture reach that is beyond the capacity of the Streeps to silence or control. We also talk about why it is that the declassified Russia report is not the document it could have or should have been. And some other stuff. Give a listen.

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On the last of this week’s podcast, we try to make sense of the weeklong battle between the incoming president and the intelligence community—and whether his view that the IC is basically working against him personally has some merit. We also talk about the vote to condemn the UN resolution on Israel and what it means for the Democratic party. Give a listen.

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On the first podcast of 2017, we discuss the first near-scandal of 2017—the quickly reversed effort to overhaul the Congressional ethics process in a manner highly injurious to the public image of the Republicans who agreed to it and then soon after agreed to dump it.

The lesson: Trump can challenge norms but other Republicans don’t have his Teflon. We also discuss the waning days of the Obama administration and its singularly graceless exit. Give a listen.

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On the final Commentary podcast of the year, we discuss the threat posed to Germany’s Angela Merkel by the mishandling of the suspect in the Berlin Christmas market massacre and what it portends about Europe’s political situation. And we wonder at the record of John Kerry and the historical treatment of Barack Obama, whose drone policy has proved so unattractive to his own side that its definitive defense took place in…COMMENTARY, in this piece by Kenneth Anderson. Give a listen, and happy holidays and a happy new year from the podcasters.

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