Donald Trump heads to Singapore for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fresh off a pretty contentious summit with the G-7 nations in which conflicts over trade policy blew up into a full-scale war of insults between the American and Canadian governments. What does this mean for the Atlantic alliance and the North Korean summit? Also, the attacks on Trump at the Tony Awards over the weekend leads to a discussion of the value of civility.

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The revelations of backchannel Iranian-Obaman efforts to skirt sanctions and worries about what might happen at the summit with North Korea next week begin our podcast. Then we enter the virtual dorm room with a long conversation about the Enlightenment and its enemies. Give a philosophical listen.

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What on earth does it mean that Donald Trump tweeted he had the absolute right to pardon himself, and what will its political effect be? That’s the question we take up today, along with Democratic political woes and the Supreme Court’s finding in the gay-wedding-cake case. Give a listen.

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The Roseanne Barr career meltdown says a lot about her and says something about the Twitter culture that allowed her to torpedo her top-rated show with a few disgusting words. We talk about that and try to answer questions about the Mueller probe, which only leads to more questions. Give a listen.

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The first COMMENTARY Podcast of the week examines the firestorm that erupted over the weekend involving the treatment of unaccompanied minors at the Southern Border, and who is to blame for their condition. We examine the rediscovery of 2014’s border crisis among pro-Obama partisans, and the extent to which Donald Trump’s supporters have internalized the wrong lessons from that episode.

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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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On a special edition of the COMMENTARY podcast, we discuss the life and legacy of Philip Roth, whose work we both admire and find wanting. 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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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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Our podcast takes up the Paul Ryan retirement and what it means for the GOP (not good). Then we discuss Syria (not good) and the question of American military intervention (good). Give a listen.

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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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