Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are pleased to see Donald Trump is not a drag on Kelly Ayotte thus far in New Hampshire. They also slam Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans for wanting to require women to register with Selective Service. And as Trump says he would speak with Kim Jong-Un, we preview what that meeting might look like.

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James Delingpole and Toby Young return for another ThroneCast to recap this week’s episode, and after last’s weeks comments, this week they’ve brought an actual expert to help them parse the Snows from the Starks: Ricochet’s own resident ThroneHead, Tom Meyer. Then, a fascinating and detailed discussion on the upcoming Brexit vote (for some background, Toby and James suggest you watch Brexit: The Movie). Both of our podcasters are fervently on the “exit” side of the issue, by the way. Where do you come down on the Brexit? Let us know in the comments.

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kristol-190aBill Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, is interested in an alternative to Hillary-Trump – a third option on the ballot, preferably a conservative one, and definitely an honorable one. Jay is interested in the same thing. They discuss it in this half-hour – with a mixture of wonder, anxiety, and hope.

 

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review discuss the financial collapse of Burlington College thanks to Bernie Sanders’ wife. They also react to Marco Rubio’s Twitter mockery of Washington Post stories quoting sources supposedly close to Rubio. And they enjoy watching Democrats worry that the chaos in Nevada over the weekend could spill over to the national convention.

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John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman essay the near future of the Democratic Party contest and wonder whether Bernie Sanders’s victories are a sign of Hillary Clinton’s weakness or rather represent a free vote due to her strength. The Facebook suppression of conservative media raises the question of whether in a populist age, Facebook itself may look like a trust in need of a trust-busting.

And — what to watch and not watch on TV and at the movies!

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Jay and Mona are actually in the same place for this edition of Need to Know — on a boat on the Danube courtesy of National Review. With the river (which is not blue) as backdrop, they discuss travel, and the state of things in the post-Trump inevitability world. NR senior editor Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 5.33.57 PMRamesh Ponnuru joins to discuss whether the people are to blame, how and whether to reform the primary system, and whether conservatism was rejected. Jay announces that he has left the Republican Party. Mona is unusually indecisive. Even Ramesh (unlike the river) is a bit blue.

 

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What Millennials don’t know about the Cold War can hurt them–and us, says Elizabeth Edwards Spalding, co-author (with Lee Edwards) of A Brief History of the Cold War.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Spalding describes what was at stake between the United States and the Soviet Union, the achievement of Ronald Reagan, and why statesmanship matters. She also tells what it was like to write a book with her dad.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review grab some popcorn to watch Democrats booing Barbara Boxer and throwing chairs at the Nevada Democratic Convention. They also react to what seems more and more like a desperate search for another candidate by Bill Kristol and Mitt Romney. And they laugh as Hillary Clinton plans to hand over economic policy to her husband if elected president.

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As we adapt to a world where Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for President, we figured we ought book some very grounded guests for this week’s show. So listen in as we welcome Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The Governor has a new book, Broken But Unbowed: The Fight to Fix a Broken AmericaWe also discuss bathrooms and his good friend Ted Cruz’s plans for the future. Then, The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes stops by to proclaim that he will never, ever, endorse Donald Trump, and goes deep into his reasoning. Sigh, it’s going to be a long summer.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review cheer a federal court ruling that the Obama administration acted unconstitutionally in funding additional assistance for people enrolling in Obamacare. They also rip the Obama administration for its unconstitutional decree that all public schools must let students use bathrooms and locker rooms according to gender identity rather than biology. And they shake their heads as Chelsea Clinton’s husband has to close a hedge fund in which he convinced investors to bet on a big Greek economic recovery.

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Kaufman copyJohn Hinderaker, Steve Hayward, and Scott Johnson got together in person for this episode, which features Steve’s interview with Robert Kaufman, author of Dangerous Doctrine: How Obama’s Grand Strategy Weakened America, and Scott’s reporting direct from the courtroom of the trial of the three “Minnesota Men.”

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Almost 200 years after Mary Shelley made AI an object of fear and awe in Frankenstein, humanity is looking at a proliferation of super-smart creations: robots. As tech and publishing guru Kevin Kelly writes in his brand new book The Inevitable, out in June, automated technology of all sorts – from industrial to humanoid to seemingly harmless conveyors of “artificial smartness” – will soon transform our lives. (Some already have, like your calculator, the automatic braking in your cars, or Siri). But need we fear it? Will AI take our jobs away? Or will robots, by handling all the mechanics and rote work necessary for economic productivity, liberate us to be more creative, caring and “humanly intelligent”? What, in the end, can humans do that machines cannot?

KK4Aug15I sat down with Kevin Kelly to get some answers, as he lays them out in his new book.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are happy to see a corrupt leftist president get the boot – even if it is only in Brazil. They also practice their shocked faces as the Washington Post says it will dig into every detail of Donald Trump’s life. And they get a kick out of the frothing media coverage of the Trump-Ryan meeting.

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It’s a very special episode of HWX, with Brian Ward and Paul Happe reconvening to

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They’re remodeling the Ricochet School of Law faculty lounge this month, so this edition of Law Talk was recorded next door in the men’s room. That’s fitting as our esteemed professors (that’s John Yoo and Richard Epstein) take a look at North Carolina’s new transgendered bathroom law, some thoughts on Trump, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Texas Plan with nine constitutional amendments (and the reality of getting even one them passed).

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In the latest COMMENTARY podcast, Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman do their best to cover for John Podhoretz’s well-earned absence. House Speaker Paul Ryan appears to be one of the few remaining holdouts in the House GOP Conference still resisting assimilation into the Trumpian Borg. How long can he hold out? Plus, Hillary Clinton’s floundering general election campaign, and polls showing a Trump bounce.

Maybe the GOP won’t be in for such a drubbing in November after all?

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review enjoy watching Hillary Clinton continue to lose states to Bernie Sanders. They also groan as Ted Cruz tells Glen Beck he’d jump back in the race if a path to victory re-emerged. And they shake their heads as Donald Trump decides that he doesn’t need a data operation to turn out his voters in November and will rely on rallies instead.

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LondonCalling_AlbumCover_02Toby Young and James Delingpole are back with another deep dive into this week’s episode of “Game of Thrones.” As usual, MAJOR SPOILERS in this podcast, so if you have not watched episode three, you probably don’t want to listen to this podcast — yet.

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This week, it’s pretty much wall-to-wall Trump on Kudlow and Pawlenty’s Money & Politics podcast as Tim Pawlenty and Larry Kudlow discuss Trump and taxes (for the rich), Trump and interest rates, Trump and US Government bonds (restructure or refinance), Trump and Paul Ryan, and that Quinnipiac Poll showing a dead heat in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Uh oh.

 

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are pleased to see a Quinnipiac University poll showing Donald Trump very competitive with Hillary Clinton in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania because a tight race means Democrats have fewer resources to attack conservatives elsewhere on the ballot. They also discuss the complete economic collapse of Venezuela under socialism as people are killing and eating stray animals and trash off the streets. And they react to a campaign in Seattle to replace human burial and cremation with human composting.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are tentatively encouraged to see that down ballot races may not be as bad as thought. They also slam Facebook for manipulating the trending stories to hide news good for conservatives and promote liberal news and causes that aren’t getting much traffic. And they rip Ben Rhodes and the Obama administration for feeding bogus information to a clueless press corps about the Iran deal and setting up “experts” to validate their talking points to those reporters.

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Democrats claim that demography is destiny–and that it’s just a matter of time before they dominate American political life at almost every level. Historian Donald Critchlow says they’re wrong in his new book, Future Right: Forging a New Republican Majority.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Critchlow describes the GOP’s path to victory in the 21st century, whether Republicans have any chance of competing for the votes of millennials, and why Donald Trump isn’t the answer.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review give House Speaker Paul Ryan credit for resisting the GOP rush to back Trump but believe Ryan will eventually do it. They also shake their heads as Rick Perry, who called Trump toxic and a cancer to conservatism, endorses Trump and even says he’s consider being Trump’s running mate. And they sigh as Trump not only won’t back away from accusing Rafael Cruz from being linked to Lee Harvey Oswald but defends the National Enquirer as a legitimate news source.

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John Podhoretz and Abe Greenwald discuss The Victory of the Man Who Came Down the Escalator, and what it signals about the state of conservatism — which is to say, did the “he’s not a conservative” attack against him launched by Ted Cruz and others fail so completely because conservatism no longer has any coherent meaning to Republican voters? We say probably yes. We also suggest hugging your children and finding good shows to watch on Amazon Prime.

Hey, if Rome is burning, better get your bread and circuses in early.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud Ben Sasse for refusing to accept two terrible candidates for president. They also shudder as the hacker known as Guccifer tells Fox News he easily hacked into Hillary Clinton’s private server and many others did too. And they throw up their hands at the push for “meternity” and “pawternity” leave – as advocates contend getting getting some me time or a new pet is equivalent to having a baby.

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