kudlow-pawlenty-14004This week, Larry and Tim take on the Rand Paul rollout, Marco Rubio’s tax plan, and the fact that Hillary will announce her presidential bid on Sunday — aren’t all good people in church?

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If it’s in depth political analysis and thinking you’re looking for, mazel tov, you’ve come to the right place. But before we get to that, we do a deep dive in to newly declared presidential candidate Rand Paul’s hair. Trust us folks, you’re not going to hear this on any MSM outlets, so buckle in. Then, Ricochet’s own Claire Berlinski checks in from France, aka The World’s Most Conservative Country®. Well, according to her, any how. Then, the great Norman Podhoretz (perhaps you’ve listened to one of his kids recently?) stops by to discuss his latest must read in Commentary,  Obama’s Right (yes, you read that right) and give a fascinating overview of the Middle East. It’s getting pretty hairy over there.

Music from this week’s episode:

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

  • The looming tax deadline and the odds that we got our returns correct.
  • The looming announcement of Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy and our attempt to play by the Hillary rules of appropriate discourse.
  • the Indiana religious freedom imbroglio and the rapidly changing, and quickening pace of societal change.
  • The return of This Week in Gate Keeping with the Rolling Stone correction and lack of contrition.

We also talked some baseball with Minnesota’s grand man of the game, former Twins co-owner Clark Griffith. He opines on the current state of the game and reminisces about the old days with the Washington Senators and stealing items from Harry Truman’s desk

Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 6.10.52 PMWelcome to our newest Ricochet/National Review podcast, Wonky Town, featuring up-to-date commentary on the intersection of Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 3.24.04 PMpolitics, policy, and economics from National Review’s Reihan Salam and Patrick Brennan. Can Ted Cruz really abolish the IRS? What are the Republican alternatives to Obamacare? Where is the economy headed—will it boost Republicans or Democrats next year? As the 2016 campaign takes off, Wonky Town will be conservatives’ home for analysis of these kinds of questions and more.

This week, with Rand Paul officially launching his presidential campaign this week, Reihan and PatrickScreen Shot 2015-04-08 at 3.24.15 PM discuss what he can bring to the table policy-wise: Paul has already set himself apart in the Senate by pushing some new policy initiatives for Republicans, like criminal-justice reform. Are his other ideas, like a balanced-budget amendment, feasible? Should his foreign-policy views scare off traditional Republicans?

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NR_Mic5At Jay’s prompting, Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) does a tour d’horizon: Iran, Iraq, Syria, UnknownRussia . . . Everywhere, there is danger. Everywhere, the United States has choices to make. The senator also talks about the Bergdahl swap: President Obama’s trade of five Taliban leaders for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, now charged with desertion.

Then there is the question of our defenses: Are they dangerously low, as many claim, or are they adequate to our needs? How about Edward Snowden, Russia’s American guest? Yesterday, some admirers put up a bust of him in a New York park.

Cotton also discusses the Obama presidency, the state of the GOP, and, at the end, a little basketball (for he was a hoopster, “a high-school hero and college zero,” he says). In his range, curiosity, and energy, Senator Tom Cotton is something rare on today’s scene.

glopizzaThis week, GLoPheads Jonah Goldberg, John Podhoretz, and Rob Long discuss the repercussions of the Indiana RFRA act, Rolling Stone’s refusal to take full responsibility after publishing a totally fabricated piece, and make the case as to why nascent Daily Show host Trevor Noah will probably survive his Tweets but may not last long in the host’s chair. Also, a nostalgic look back at New York nightlife in the 70s, and John details a college event that made an indelible impression.

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Baseball is back! Years ago, W.P. Kinsella wrote a short story about baseball called “Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa.” The Essential WP KinsellaIt became a novel called Shoeless JoeFinally, it turned into a movie called “Field of Dreams.” The original story, and many more, are collected in The Essential W.P. Kinsella.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Kinsella says what he thinks of “Field of Dreams” (he likes it). He also shares his opinion of hockey (he doesn’t like it). Finally, he names his favorite baseball team (you’ll just have to listen).

powerline-logo4@2xThe whole PL gang assembled this afternoon to tape Episode 13 of the Power Line Show.
They discuss Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the controversy that followed its passage. Law Professor John Yoo of Berkeley joined us for an extensive discussion of the legal issues relating to RFRA — and, trust me, the conversation is entertaining as well as informative. The crew then goes on to discuss the insanity surrounding Memories Pizza and the apparent demise of liberalism.

We talked about the announced deal (or outline of a deal) over Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and wrapped up with a little talk about the Final Four, including predictions from a couple of us, which we are posting just in time to be proved wrong.

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ntk-logoMona and Jay talk about the issue of the hour, the issue before which all else pales: Iran’s imminent acquisition of the Bomb. They talk about other issues as well: such as the Arizona-ization of Indiana. How quickly Indiana has been made a pariah state. Another issue is Senator Menendez: who has been indicted while Lois Lerner has not. This smells like politics, and not of the upright kind.

The hosts engage in some wild speculation about Harry Reid, who has just announced his retirement from the Senate. Does his face look like the face of a man who has lost a bout with a piece of exercise equipment? In any case, the podcast goes out with some playing by a young Chinese piano sensation who comes up in the conversation – no, not Lang Lang, but Yuja Wang. (We have her playing the arrangement of Mozart’s Rondo alla turca by her brilliant Russian colleague Arcadi Volodos.)

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This week, we give you the straight pepperoni on the  Religious Freedom Restoration Act fight in Indiana and as expected, the podcast mirrors real life (or at least real life on Ricochet). Then, former HP CEO and current 90% decided Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina joins to discuss why she’s the best person to beat Hillary, why she won’t fall into the same CEO trap that Mitt Romney found himself in, and why printer ink is so darn expensive (Thanks, @Lileks!).

Then, our good pal Andrew Ferguson joins from The Weekly Standard to discuss his must read profile of Jeb Bush, and his impressions of the other candidates in the field (he’s met them all). Also, will a dog allergy kill Scott Walker’s chances to win the White House? A Ricochet Podcast Investigation ® settles the matter. Finally,  the curious case of new Daily Show host Trevor Noah — are his jokes off color or just not funny? We give our take — what’s yours?

We break from precedent this week and present a conversation recorded twenty years ago with a part-time lawyer and even more part-time academic who, at the time,  aspired to enter political life in the Illinois Legislature and, incidentally, to sell a book. A standard step on that route was, and remains, to do some “talk shows.” I had never met him before he showed up at the studio but had heard a little about him (though nothing about his “politics”) from Law School friends at the University of Chicago.

In Macbeth, King Duncan complains that “there is no art to read the mind’s construction in the face.” Is there such an art as regards talk-show performances? I found this moderately attractive young fellow quite interesting but otherwise rather unexceptional. My producer, a bright, perceptive and ordinarily somewhat cynical recent  graduate of Yale, had a very different reaction. As the guest left the studio the producer said, “I don’t know where he’s going but I want to go there with him.” What did he sense that I didn’t? What do you note as you listen with the presidency-to-come now in mind?

kudlow-pawlenty 1400This week: Governor Pence and religious freedom in Indiana, Obama Corporate Tax Reform Would Cut 35% Rate To 34% (guess what Larry thinks of that).  Why are we making any deal with Iran?  And finally, according the to Declaration of Independence, we get our rights from God, not the federal government as both Ted Cruz and Chris Christie said this last week. Larry and Tim kick that around in preparation for Easter.

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Mark Twain spent about 12 years of his life outside the United States, traveling the world and writing about it–and Roy Morris Jr. describes these adventures in American Vandal: Mark Twain Abroad.Bookmonger John Miller American Vandal Mark Twain Abroad

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Morris says that Twain was best known in his own time as a journalist and travel writer, not a novelist. He developed a low opinion of Europe and the Holy Land and enjoyed a good French joke as much as the rest of us.

UnknownNeed to Know welcomes the incomparable George F. Will to talk politics, history, baseball (ya think?), and more. The focus is on threats to free speech, which are multiplying in American life, and poisoning the universities. Despite it all, Will remains basically sunny about America’s prospects, and explains why.

Jay and Mona then consider, among other topics, the Obama administration’s increasingly naked ntk-logoattacks on Israel – at the UN human rights commission, at the Pentagon (which declassified a report about Israel’s nuclear program), and elsewhere. They analyze the Iran negotiations – a slow motion
nightmare — and consider that France is now more hardline than the US. Jay recounts a particularly ugly moment of mob hatred at the New York Philharmonic.

But there’s always Bach. The podcast closes with a snippet from his first cello suite played by a Canadian beauty named Denise Djokic.

constructive_criticism_wide_1024Yep, it’s a special Wednesday edition of the Ricochet Podcast featuring our good friend Pat Sajak (note to prospective guests: when you’re a beloved and iconic contributor to Ricochet and the culture at large, we’ll accommodate your schedule). This week,  Ted Cruz declares; can he win? Then, Pat joins to discuss his not happening Senate campaign, whether the weather is changing, and why we ought to move the capital of the country to the middle of the desert.  Also, lectern speeches vs. roaming around Oprah style, and Lileks gets outraged over…outrage. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one.

Music from this week’s episode:

Watching The Wheels by John Lennon

kudlow-pawlenty-14004This week: Ted Cruz gets into the race, Starbucks talks about race, Donald Trump races to the bottom, can Martin O’Malley become a credible threat to Hillary, and Larry and Tim endorse Lincoln for 2016.

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Why are werewolves such great monsters?Andrew Klavan Werewolf Cop Edgar Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Andrew Klavan explains it in a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger about his new novel, Werewolf Cop.

We also discuss the cultural and political mess of Europe, how Klavan became a conservative (or a “patriot,” as he likes to say), and why vampires are boring. Moreover, movie buffs will want to take notes when Klavan names the only two werewolf movies worth seeing. One thing’s for sure: This is a werewolf podcast worth hearing.

Official PortraitNR_Mic5Jay’s guest today is Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), the majority leader. The first question borrows phrasing from Hillary Clinton: What difference does it make? What difference does having a majority in the Senate make, given that the other party has the presidency?

Another question is: Are you a right-wing extremist, as the Left charges, or an Establishment marshmallow, as the Right charges? (McConnell says the Left is right.)

Also on the agenda are Iran, immigration, majority leaders past, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Rand Paul, Ronald Reagan, and basketball in the state of Kentucky.

ntk-logoMona and Jay welcome Shannen Coffin, the crack lawyer, who explains what Hillary and her team 1774have been up to. (Coffin has nothing to do with cocaine, or the funeral business. He is merely a top-notch lawyer.) Then the hosts talk about the Israeli election, which the Obama administration is less than thrilled about. The discussion turns to the Iranian dictatorship, which the hosts aren’t so thrilled about.

They further discuss President Obama’s rhetoric: wherein Gov. Scott Walker is a foe of “working Americans.” Sometimes Obama sounds like a street-corner Marxist. How come? Additional topics include the musical-plagiarism case pitting Marvin Gaye’s family against Robin Thicke and his co-composer, Pharrell Williams. In Jay’s view, the Gaye family’s new riches are ill-gotten.

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kudlow-pawlenty 1400This week Kudlow and Pawlenty opine on the Netanyahu win and the Obama loss, why won’t Jeb Bush take Grover Norquist’s no tax pledge, when the Fed should raise interest rates, ponder why doesn’t Obama just pardon Hillary and should John Kasich run for president? Also, Larry waxes philosophic on the monetary value of amore. Not to be missed.

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This week on the Ricochet Podcast, it’s early in the cycle, but regardless, we call on The Washington Examiner’s Michael Barone and Ricochet’s own Paul Rahe, two of the most experienced voices on the political scene to help us parse 2016, some Congressional races, and the mayoral contest in the Second City. Also, the President tips one for Likud, the best cup of Joe on the planet, and which podcast host is buying an Apple Watch? The answer may surprise you.

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netanyahu victoryJohn, Paul, and Steve talk about Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning win and the American Left’s reaction to it. Iran was also front and center, along with the latest on the budget front.

Then they’re joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for a short but enlightening interview; Rubio explained his thinking behind the famous open letter to the mullahs, and elaborated on his interview with the Associated Press last night, in which he made headlines by saying that as president, he would feel free to walk away from a bad deal with Iran, even if our European partners want to stick with it. After all, as John Kerry keeps telling us, the proposed deal is non-binding.

The show concludes with a little talk about the 2016 presidential race: Who are the frontrunners on the GOP side, and whom does the current anxiety about international events favor?

NR_Mic5mh-portrait-2Jay’s guest is Mark Helprin, who is not to be confused with Mark Halperin. This Mark is the novelist, foreign-affairs analyst, and political writer – the author of “Winter’s Tale,” “A Soldier of the Great War,” and many other acclaimed books. He and Jay have known each other for a long time, and discussed the issues with each other for an equally long time. Today’s topics include Iran, Israel, Obama, ISIS, and the state of our culture. As you can see, there’s nothing small on the table, but there are a few nice asides, regardless.

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One of the best analysts I know makes a point of never voting! That’s Robert Schmuhl, Chairman of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Why does he stay out of the booth? And why does he view the coming national election as in the hands of the public artists (their art being the one on which Aristotle wrote in “The Rhetoric”) and the billionaire-backed groups that win nominations and then go on to victory or to falter in the final presidential race?  Schmuhl laid out his overview of modern politics as a form of show biz in his classic work, “Statecraft and Stagecraft” and, in his and his interviewer’s opinion the situation now is far more so than when that book first appeared some years ago.

Insights about the current and rather disheartening political scene abound in any extended conversation with this clear-eyed fellow who keeps his distance (the better to see behind their masks) from the pols and their acolytes. And here is just such a conversation in which a good time was had by two old friends, the one still learning from the other.