It’s been a while since the men of GLoP did a mostly politics-centric podcast, and with the primaries looming, now seems like the time to do it. So, strap yourself in for an audio romp through the state of the race, both on the right and on the left. Also, what happens if Hillary is indicted? A GLoP investigation. And why hasn’t the press been tougher on Trump? Another GLoP investigation. Also, Star Wars reviews and Rob gets a Yiddish lesson. Oy vey.

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… or Nordlinger-Kristol? Tongue in cheek, Bill Kristol suggests such a ticket if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee – because Reagan conservatives will need someone to vote for. “Neither Trump Nor Hillary,” in a slogan that Kristol is spreading.

He is Jay’s guest on “Q&A.” They talk politics, of course: Hillary, Bernie, Donald, and others. They also talk about the media. Does media bias matter as much as it used to? Is it still the advantage for the Democrats, and disadvantage for the Republicans, it once was?

amelia-hamiltonRicochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and KTAR-FM’s Jim Sharpe welcome writer Amelia Hamilton to explain the impact of school choice on Big Education and liberals’ unhinged reaction to her updating of “Little Red Riding Hood” for the NRA. Jon and Jim also discuss Planet 9, polonium-210, and the delicious Pollo Asado combo platter at El Chapo’s Mexican Hideout.

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Music is “Step On” by Happy Mondays, Photoshop by Jon, and thanks to KTAR for the kind use of their studio.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review love watching the Democrats quickly abandon their insistence on no more debates and hastily add one on Monday to help a stumbling Hillary Clinton.  They also roll their eyes as Bob Dole says he’d prefer Trump over Cruz.  And they separate fact from fiction and spread the blame over the Flint water crisis.

Mona and Jay welcome a guest, Fred Barnes, the veteran political journalist. Jay remarks that, year after year, Barnes is a source of good sense. Indeed, a model. So it proves on this podcast. He discusses the presidential campaign, especially Hillary Clinton.

UnknownThen Mona and Jay discuss the campaign, especially the agonizing GOP primaries. Bob Novak wrote a book, after 1964: “The Agony of the G.O.P.” Mona and Jay concert on Trump, basically. They differ sharply on Cruz. They both like Marco (though Jay’s for his friend Ted). Other candidates get honorable mentions.

This week, Larry Kudlow and Tim Pawlenty debate New York values, discuss the doomsday scenario Trump verus Sanders in the general election (no problem– Trump beats Sanders 49 out of 50 states). Meanwhile, John Kasich is polling 2nd is New Hampshire and stocks are sinking. Is it a bear market? Is it a recession? Finally, with both Putin and Trump selling their own perfumes, it’s high time that consumers got the chance to smell like Tim and Larry. Tune in for a very special offer.

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After a week off, we’re back and putting our best foot forward with guests Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and our good friend and podcaster Professor Richard Epstein. The Senator talks to us about Iran, Guantanamo, and his controversial “endorsement” of Bernie Sanders. Speaking of Sanders, our hosts explain why they admire him and wish Republicans would emulate him. Yes, you read that right. Later, Richard Epstein stops by to explain why Ted Cruz can run for President despite being born in Canada and the surprising chances the gives that a certain Democratic Presidential candidate gets indicted. Finally, a long time ago in a far away place (Switzerland), Peter Robinson had dinner with David Bowie. Yes, you read that right too.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are amused to see the Clinton campaign accusing Republicans and the intelligence community inspector general of conspiring to accuse Hillary Clinton of having beyond top secret emails on her server.  They also blast Republicans for attacking Ted Cruz for his opposition to crony capitalism in ethanol and they discuss why tea party darling Sarah Palin would endorse Donald Trump.  They react to news that a Fast and Furious gun capable of downing helicopters was found with El Chapo.  And they mourn the death of Ben Carson staffer Braden Joplin.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review react to the Defense Department considering demoting David Petraeus for his mishandling of classified information and the message this sends to those investigating Hillary Clinton.  

They also slam Marco Rubio for continuing to say he thinks all illegal immigrants who are not felons should be able to stay in the U.S. once they’ve been here a certain time.  And they discuss the uproar over an alleged lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations.

Bernard Cornwell says he’s writing “the tale of England’s making” through his series of historical novels known as the Saxon Tales. The latest one has just published, Warriors of the Storm.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Cornwell discusses the challenges of writing about England before the Norman Conquest of 1066, why he’s happy to let other writers control the BBC America television series based on his books, and how he wound up living in the United States as an American citizen.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review appreciate Hillary Clinton providing material for many fall campaign ads by closely tying herself to President Obama on issues ranging from Obamacare to Iran to Syria.  They eagerly welcome the release of the American hostages from Iran but conclude the Iranians rolled the Obama administration again.  And they marvel that Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist with poor debating skills, actually has a shot at the nomination.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.