Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review review the three most intense exchanges from Thursday’s Republican presidential debate. They praise Ted Cruz for his defense of his eligibility to be president against accusations to the contrary by Donald Trump. They also conclude Trump got the better of Cruz on the squabble over New York values by invoking the spirit following 9/11. And they discuss the dueling flip-flop charges over immigration and more between Cruz and Marco Rubio.

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Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and KTAR-FM’s Jim Sharpe welcome author, commentator, and happy macro-aggressor Col. Kurt Schlichter (Ret.) to discuss his on-air imbroglio with CNN’s Don Lemon, a world in flames, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Axe Body Spray, and the worst colognes of the 1970s.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review discuss the implosion of Al Jazeera America. They also slam Secretary of State John Kerry for thanking Iran for its treatment of 10 U.S. sailors after our women and women were humiliated on video. They slam Chelsea Clinton for suggesting Bernie Sanders and Republicans have the same position on Obamacare. And they pay tribute to the late actor Alan Rickman, villain from “Die Hard,” the official movie of the Three Martini Lunch.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review cheer most of Nikki Haley’s Republican response to the State of the Union, especially her personal story and the contrast she paints between the visions of Republicans and Democrats. They also slam President Obama for telling everyone to calm down about ISIS since they can’t destroy our entire nation. And they shake their heads as Obama contends the arrest of one man for the Benghazi attacks shows he will do whatever it takes to bring terrorists to justice.

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John, Scott, and Steve got together for a new edition of Power Line. Paul was unable to join due to a dentist appointment, which raises the question: would you rather get a root canal, or watch tonight’s State of the Union speech? Topics include the epidemic of mass sexual assault in Europe, and the podcast winds up with a terrific interview with Senator Jeff Sessions, which covers tonight’s speech, the omnibus budget bill, the filibuster, and more. You won’t want to miss it!

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud Rand Paul for boycotting the undercard debate because it’s insulting and pointless. They also groan as Pres. Obama promises to give a State of the Union address that focuses on himself and that will pit the public against Congress. And they wonder why Jeb Bush is trying to score points against Marco Rubio on immigration, given his own support for a path to citizenship.

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Roger Scruton got in big trouble three decades ago for his bracing attack on left-wing intellectuals. Now he updates his classic book in a new edition, Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Scruton describes how a near riot broke out over his work in the 1980s and explains why discredited leftists are on the march again. Asked to define the proper role of an intellectual in society, he calls it a “jolly good question” (he’s British) and delivers an excellent answer.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review react to a Hillary Clinton email that seemingly tells an aide to strip the the secure markings off a report and send it non-securely. Jim explains why he believes a convention of the states to amend the Constitution needs to wait until the nation is more constitutionally literate. And they slam Sean Penn for meeting with El Chapo while the drug kingpin was on the run.

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Words, language, communication. It’s one of our favorite topics. Language can be beautiful, frightening, coarse, forceful, and arresting and, when under the employ of a master, it is like “wine upon the lips”, according to Virginia Woolf.

In the photograph that accompanies this entry is a rendering of the Tower of Babel. As the story goes, at some point in antiquity there was just one language, spoken and understood by all of mankind. Some academics say part of this story at least is true: there really was one language that gave birth to the rest of the tongues we have now. But from where did that language come? It’s a study that has fascinated linguists for years.

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Victoria Coates is a woman of parts. She is an art historian. And a national-security expert, currently an adviser to Senator Ted Cruz. Her new book is “David’s Sling: A History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art.”

victoria-coatesSo, she and Jay talk about David, and the Parthenon, and a certain Frenchman’s water lilies, and Picasso, and some other artistic matters. They then turn to an old boss of Victoria’s: Donald Rumsfeld. And to another, Rick Perry. They end with some remarks on two rogue nuclear powers: North Korea and Iran.

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Welcome to 2016, faithful podcast listeners. We start off the year strongly with two of our most popular guests: the great Victor Davis Hanson and the no less great Andrew Klavan.

There’s lots of talk about warriors ancient and modern, some Trump, some Europe. Even some talk about the current crop of movies. But seriously, no spoilers.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review applaud Taya Kyle for pointing out the Obama hypocrisy on guns and explaining why we need the right to keep and bear arms. They also shudder as terrorism arrests in the U.S. show more holes in our refugee screening. And they scold Mike Huckabee for claiming evangelicals aren’t with him this time because he will address abortion and marriage and they just want the issues to raise money.

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Jay and Mona are back together and conversation ranges far and wide: from rape in Sweden and Germany to immigration to the words “neocon” and “isolationist” and much more. Did Hillary just forget, in the moment, about Bill when she said all women who make accusations of rape are to be believed? Jay speaks of the use and abuse of symbols. There is praise of London — as Samuel Johnson said “If you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life.” There is discussion of populism and Trump and immigration pro and con, and some closing thoughts on the damage Obama can still do in the year remaining in his term.

Jay saw and loved Star Wars. Mona confesses to having been a Trekkie. We close with — who else? — John Williams.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud the Republican Congress for getting an Obamacare repeal and a bill to defund Planned Parenthood to the president’s desk. They also react to the Saudis starting to seek stronger ties with the Russians. And they discuss John McCain’s suggestion that the eligibility of Ted Cruz deserves further scrutiny.

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No, not Leo DiCaprio’s co-star in The Revenant, rather the current state of markets around the world. Also, the oil plunge, Should people sell, sell, sell? The answer is no, no, no. A look ahead to tomorrow’s job report, hat’s off to Ted Cruz for opposing ethanol in Iowa, Ben Carson’s great lunch with the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, and finally, Republicans killing (figuratively, not literally) each other in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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How much Fargo was in the TV show “Fargo”? Let’s listen to a true Fargoan explain. Don’t worry – it’s not a recap of a show you didn’t see. It’s something quite different. How did eminent domain affect the Mary Tyler Moore show? Why did a one-hit-wonder rocker end up dead in his car smelling of gasoline? Why do I think of the seven hills of Rome when someone mentions Wild Bill Hickok? The Ramble explains all.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud the choice of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to give the Republican response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address, but they also look at the charred wreckage of previous GOP rebuttals. They also sigh as North Korea alleges it conducted a hydrogen bomb test. And they react to Donald Trump suggesting Ted Cruz could have eligibility issues because he was born in Canada.

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It’s a special Tuesday night edition of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe, the Nihilist in Golf Pants, reconvening to discuss the critical issues of our times. Topics addressed include:

* Reviews of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The perils of watching your heroes age, having your myths demystified, and being seduced by the dark side.

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Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and KTAR-FM’s Jim Sharpe welcome National Review’s Stephen L. Miller (aka @RedSteeze) to discuss Obama’s 94th attempt at gun control, Hillary’s heckler, and not feeling the Bern. Finally, inspired by Vladimir Putin’s new cologne, Jon and Jim rank presidential candidates based on scent!

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review welcome the retirement of Rep. “Baghdad” Jim McDermott. They groan as the government uses a heavy hand against Oregon ranchers but a small number of armed protesters seem to have the response all wrong. And they have fun with Hillary Clinton’s promise to get to the bottom of whether we’ve been visited by aliens if she is elected president.

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SG_5840Is America smart enough? In his new book, Hive Mind: How Your Nation’s IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own, economist Garett Jones explores the important role of national IQ in creating national prosperity. I recently sat down with him to discuss how exactly a country’s cognitive firepower translates into a better economy — and what we can do about, if anything.

Jones is the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at The Mercatus Center, and associate professor at George Mason University. He has worked on Capitol Hill, and has contributed to C-Span’s Washington Journal, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, Fox Business, and the New York Times. He holds a BA from Brigham Young University, a MPA in Public Affairs from Cornell University, a MA in Political Science from UC-Berkeley, and a PhD in Economics from UC-San Diego.

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The ordinary pro-life activist was once a middle-aged Catholic woman who voted for Democrats, says Daniel K. Williams, author of Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Williams explains that the original pro-lifers were liberal rather than conservative. He also explains why the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling changed everything and what today’s pro-lifers can learn from their intellectual ancestors.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud Saudi Arabia for standing up to Iran’s attack on it’s embassy by cutting off ties with the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. They also groan as President Obama readies more executive orders on gun control. And they discuss the exodus of more than 20 Ben Carson staffers at the end of 2015.

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If Chicago’s the Third City, New York is the first to be sure. So where does that leave Washington, D.C.? Without it, what would we be? But we’re not so concerned with prestige on this particular program as we are with what events, characters, considerations and compromises gave birth to these two superpowers of influence and, being based in Chicago as we are, naturally our own city is the measuring stick for comparing them both.

In hour one we are joined by Tom Lewis, professor emeritus, English at Skidmore College. He’s written extensively on the mid-Atlantic states and, for an aside, an absolutely superb history of our business of radio. In Washington: A History of Our National City, we learn of just what Washington the man had to overcome to give us a seat of government.

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Bill Bennett is one of America’s great teachers. He taught, really, when he was secretary of education. He teaches daily on his radio show. And he teaches through his books, the latest of which is America the Strong: Conservative Ideas to Spark the Next Generation.

bennett-FB-icon3In this “Q&A,” Jay asks him to talk about drug legalization. And Common Core. And the terms “neocon” and “establishment.” He also asks him to identify big problems with 1) liberals, 2) conservatives, and 3) libertarians. There is also a little talk concerning the upcoming presidential election.

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