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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.”

Music from this week’s episode:

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.

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!

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.

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?

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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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review love watching Hillary Clinton get trounced in New Hampshire but are a bit concerned at how eager many Democrats are to destroy the free market as Bernie Sanders would do.  They cringe as Donald Trump dominates the Republican primary by a yuuuge margin and vaults back into front-runner status.  And they sigh as the likes of John Kasich and Jeb Bush get a new lease on life.

samp021aa8a0b09303d7This is not a regular “Q&A.” As before, at Christmas, Jay is cheating a bit: doing a music program under the guise of “Q&A.” The question is, “Do you want to play some music related to love, in honor of Valentine’s Day?” And the answer is, “Sure, now that you ask.”

There are nine tracks here, from Handel to Berlioz to Brahms to Prokofiev and more. The program ends with what Jay calls, in a flight of hyperbole, “the greatest love song ever written.” It is a justifiable flight, however.

So, happy Valentine’s Day, musically.

It’s a special HWX episode, recorded LIVE during the New Hampshire primary, and heard LIVE in the Ricochet chat room.   Relive the excitement as the votes rolled in on Tuesday night and the shocking results were announced.

Topics also addressed include:

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review like that Michael Bloomberg is now publicly discussing a possible White House bid – a move that would seem to benefit Republicans.  They also slam Jeb Bush for wanting to overturn the Citizens United decision after his Super PAC blew through $120 million with nothing to show for it.  And they discuss some of their frustrations with the first in the nation primary.

Dr. Sherry Turkle is a renowned professor who has written extensively on how technology affects the way that humans communicate. You have no doubt experienced how communication has changed as you look around and see people not looking at each other, but rather at their phones. So just how has technology changed human interaction? Is it destroying it? Enhancing it? Or is it just making it different?

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in the Digital Age is Turkle’s latest in a thirty year career of studying how the digital age is changing the way we talk, work, live and love.

Philanthropy is a $360 billion business. It’s also an example of American exceptionalism, says Karl Zinsmeister, author of The Almanac of American Philanthropy, a big book (more than 1300 pages), just published by the Philanthropy Roundtable.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Zinsmeister explains why Americans give more than people in other countries, whether small donors can make big differences, and why private philanthropy is essential to freedom.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review discuss Hillary’s tanking polls among women and the insulting response from Clinton surrogates Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem.

They also slam ABC’s Martha Raddatz for pestering candidates to commit to preemptive strikes against North Korea without full intelligence briefings.  And they’re disgusted at Republicans for suddenly embracing the idea of making women register for Selective Service and be eligible for the military draft if the draft is reinstated.

Last Saturday night at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire, about 400 faithful GLoP fans gathered to hear Jonah Goldberg, Rob Long, and John Podhoretz riff on that night’s Republican debate, both before and after. Thanks to all who made the journey and to those who listened in live. P.S.for those more visually inclined, there is video of the event here, courtesy of the Granite Grok blog. 

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are glad to see conservative Mary Katherine Ham added to the panel for Saturday night’s GOP debate.  They also discuss just how bad Rick Santorum is as a surrogate for Marco Rubio.  And they get a good laugh out of Hillary Clinton claiming she can’t be part of the establishment because she’s a woman.  All that plus our Superbowl picks.

A liberal has stormed the ramparts of Need to Know! Well, not really. Wall Street Journal columnist and Brookings Fellow William Galston was galston_1x1invited. He’s Mona’s guest on this special podcast. The two discuss the rule of law, the role of evidence in politics, executive power, and Bernie Sanders. There is some disagreement and some major agreement, proving that civil conversation across the aisle is possible even in this most polarized era (and polarization comes up too).

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We’re into the meat of the primary season now, so the time for talk is over — it’s time for action! Unless you produce a podcast — then we need more talk. And this week, we bring you two of the best talkers in the biz: the great John O’Sullivan and Fox News analyst and columnist and editor for The Washington Times Monica Crowley.

We talk Ted, Trump, Bernie, Hillary, and yes, even some folk music. Break out your harmonicas and listen in. And we’ll see you in New Hampshire this weekend.