Commentary Editor John Podhoretz and Assistant Online Editor Noah Rothman lament the failure of the Republican party to take on a certain orange-haired frontrunner, seek to explain the reasons the party has yet to challenge him, discuss the application of Occam’s Razor to 2016, wonder why the media are so determined to end the Bernie Sanders campaign, and argue that Barack Obama’s new plan to close Gitmo is an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign and a middle finger to his fellow Democrats. Listen in!

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review relish watching Joe Biden’s 1992 Senate speech in which he tells President George H.W. Bush not to nominate anyone for the Supreme Court in an election year or it would do lasting damage to the Senate. They also slam President Obama for pushing forward with his demand to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. And they wonder why John Kasich is still running for president.

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The two debaters in this program are Daniel Dennett, famous philosopher from Tufts University (and one of the main advocates of the “new atheism”) and David Cook, professor of philosophy at Wheaton College. Of some seven or eight times that we did discussions on the atheism/religion conflict, this one was most frequently requested for rebroadcast.

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Thomas C. Leonard of Princeton University says that 20th-century Progressives weren’t the people you may have thought they were, in his new book Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Leonard talks 41zMhIbMYKLabout how the Progressives of yesteryear differ from the Progressives of today, whether eugenics really was central to their politics, and what lessons their experience holds for us now, at a time when we possess unprecedented powers to alter the human genome.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review clap for Jeb Bush for realizing he needed to get out of the GOP race. They also groan as the Republican race appears to be shaping up to be a Trump win or a giant mess. And they marvel at the media declaring Hillary’s win in Nevada as proof she is now the inevitable nominee.

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President Obama has announced that he will travel to Cuba next month. Jay discusses this, and related matters, with Otto Reich, late of the Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43 administrations.

150px-Otto_ReichReich was born in Cuba. What’s he doing with a name like “Otto Reich”? Jay explains, and Reich explains further. Obama’s trip to Cuba is very important – not in a positive way. Otto Reich knows exactly what it means.

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Well, maybe not this year, but someday, it could well happen. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, is, after all, one of the new stars in the conservative firmament.

D7idMyaSHe joins Need to Know this week to talk about the coming battle over Justice Scalia’s replacement, the state of the Republican Party (and the party system in general), and across-the-aisle comity, among other topics.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review cross their fingers and hope that the South Carolina primary will lead to fewer GOP candidates going forward. They also slam two major school districts in Northern Virginia that are cancelling school on Super Tuesday to avoid congestion at polling places, but we explain why it’s good for kids to be there on Election Day. And we wade into the Pope vs. Trump debate.

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We’re all over the galaxy this week with our guests The Federalist’s Ben Domenech and Ricochet’s own Saturday Night Science guy himself, the always awesome John Walker. Ben stops by to discuss the unpredictable election cycle and throw some shade The Donald (you comment, we listen). Then, we get our wonk on with John Walker who explains gravitation waves (we were told there’d be no math on this podcast) as well as Apple’s tussle with the FBI. Finally, our in-house Catholic Peter Robinson has some word for the Pope, who has found himself sparring with a certain Presidential candidate (hint: he has a wicked comb-over).

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review welcome two national polls showing the public evenly divided on whether the Senate should confirm a Supreme Court justice this year. They also rip Obama for traveling to Cuba next month to celebrate ties with the Castro regime, which still brutalizes political opponents. And they discuss President Obama’s decision to pay respects to Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court on Friday but not attend Scalia’s funeral on Saturday.

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John, Paul, and Steve got together for Episode 33 of the Power Line Show. They were joined by Jason Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed. It is a terrific book, and Riley was an excellent guest. Among other things, they talked about the fact that blacks made more economic and educational progress prior to the civil rights era and the dawn of affirmative action than they did subsequently. It is truly unfortunate that this history, which can fairly be described as heroic, has been obscured for reasons of political opportunism.

John, Paul and Steve went on to discuss the two hottest issues in the news: the Supreme Court vacancy resulting from the death of Antonin Scalia, and the GOP presidential race. Will Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley find the right strategy to prevent the Court from lurching decisively to the left? Will Donald Trump’s supporters ever wise up to the fact that he is a Republican In Name Only, and an ugly one at that? No doubt these will still be burning questions when we get to Episode 34.

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We’ve been waiting for and dreading this day for months: Kudlow and Pawlenty’s Money & Politics co-host Larry Kudlow explains his reasons for not running for Senate in Connecticut. While we’re thrilled that Larry will be doing the show through the election, we’re sad that there won’t be a Kudlow in Congress. Also, Apple versus the FBI, Larry and Tim #FeelTheBern, SCOTUS, and some thoughts about Trump and South Carolina.

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Editor John Podhoretz and Assistant Online Editor Noah Rothman try yet again to decipher the Donald Trump strategy—this time his decision to relitigate the War on Terror and the War in Iraq as a means of winning Republican support for his candidacy. What sense does this make for someone attempting to seize control of the very party that embraced both a decade ago, and still views itself as the better of the two parties when it comes to national security? Also on tap: Is Hillary Charlie Brown? Is the Democratic nomination the football? Is Bernie Sanders Lucy? And a tribute to Nino Scalia.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review enjoy watching President Obama squirm as he demands Senate consideration for his eventual Supreme Court nominee but tried to filibuster Samuel Alito back in 2006. They also like a new poll showing Nevada to be a dead heat between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. And they discuss the new book from liberal commentator Bill Press that calls President Obama a disappointment and says Obamacare and the stimulus were not successes.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review enjoy watching Hillary Clinton lower expectations in Nevada and feud with Harry Reid. They also laugh as Sen. Chuck Schumer claims this Supreme Court vacancy is a totally different situation than when he urged Democrats to block any nominees from George W. Bush in the final 18 months of his presidency. And they discuss the latest sordid tale involving former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and are relieved that Spitzer is not running for president right now – which he likely would be if not caught up in his original sex scandal.

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It’s rare for the discussion in the faculty lounge to stay on one topic for an entire hour, but how could it not when the subject is the late, great Antonin Scalia? In this episode, Professors Epstein and Yoo recall their personal memories of the departed Supreme Court justice, explain his place in the history of the judicial branch, hash out whether or not Republicans should attempt to block President Obama’s nomination of a replacement, and explain how the president could put the GOP on its heels. Finally, the boys give their answer to this query: what’s the single most important question a president can pose to a potential Supreme Court nominee?

All that and more in this hour of Law Talk.

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Abraham Lincoln is one of America’s best-loved presidents. Does he really need redemption? Allen C. Guelzo says yes, in his new book called, appropriately, Redeeming the Great Emancipator.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Guelzo explains why Lincoln suffers a barrage of attacks today, what motivated him to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, and whether he was a racist and an atheist.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review mourn the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and remember him as faithful to the Constitution, a towering intellect and a larger than life personality. They also shake our heads as the Republican front-runner uses the latest debate to say Planned Parenthood does wonderful things for women – except for the abortions – and that 9/11 was George W. Bush’s fault and that he lied to get us into the Iraq War. And they express disgust at the left’s horrific reaction to Scalia’s death and the instinct by some on the right to conclude that Scalia’s death was the result of foul play.

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Mona welcomes the Daily Caller’s Matt K. Lewis to Need to Know this week. They discuss the Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders and socialism, and Matt’s new book Too Dumb to Fail. Matt’s book, a critique of some aspects of the right (“con$ervative” media, for example) couldn’t have been better timed.

MattLewisHeadshotTalk of the right and its woes leads naturally to theRepublican race. Could “con$ervative” media have given us Donald Trump? Is Ted Cruz the only man who can stop him? What is Jeb Bush’s legacy? Can Rubio still come back?

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Let’s get right to the point: we’ve got Larry Kudlow (shameless plug: listen to Kudlow and Pawlenty’s Money & Politics podcast) who may or may not be the next Senator from Connecticut to school on why Donald Trump ought to be taken seriously and other matters both political and economic, followed by the great Michael Barone, who joins us from the side of the road in South Carolina. He breaks down the primary scene and gives us a look ahead as well. Finally, Bernie and Al break bread — as one wag on Twitter put it, “guy who wants to raise taxes has breakfast with guy who doesn’t pay them.”

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review like the “Office Space” inspired Ted Cruz ad criticizing Hillary Clinton. They also slam Donald Trump for saying conservatives are a big part of the problem in Washington. And they elaborate on Hillary’s list of unappealing options to derail Bernie Sanders.

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Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and KTAR-FM’s Jim Sharpe welcome comedian and commentator Stephen Kruiser to discuss superdelegates, frat humor, IRS layoffs, and, of course, Mexican food. Articles discussed:

Be sure to buy several copies of Kruiser’s latest book, Don’t Let The Hippies Shower!

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review discuss the exit of Carly Fiorina from the GOP race and how she made the race better. They also discuss the revelation that a State Department aide to Hillary Clinton told a reporter how he needed to write a story previewing a major Clinton speech – and the reporter dutifully complied. And they discuss the undemocratic super delegates that dominate the Democrats’ nominating process.

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Recorded about 18 hours after the polls closed in New Hampshire, Commentary Magazine Editor John Podhoretz and Assistant Online Editor Noah Rothman reflect on history being made before our eyes. A Socialist who wasn’t even a Democrat a year ago wins 61 percent. A billionaire reality-TV star who has never voted Republican is the clear frontrunner in the GOP. Can Hillary Clinton survive her own party’s doubts about her trustworthiness? Can the Republican Party survive its own cravenness in the face of Trumpism? Is America going the way of vaudeville and the Betamax?

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This week, Larry Kudlow and Tim Pawlenty analyze the results from the New Hampshire primary and do some future-izing on what it means for the race at large. Is Kasich viable? Is Rubio wounded? Is Christie New Jersey bound? (update: yes) Also, Bernie Sanders supporters have an unusual drinking game.

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