George F. Will, for many people, has long been a conservative’s conservative. The very model of a conservative. Today, however, many people don’t think of him as a conservative at all. Sean Hannity, Steve Bannon, or Donald Trump, yes. George Will, no.

Jay takes up this strange question with his guest. In addition to “conservative,” Jay asks Will about some other words and phrases, including “America First” and “deep state.” They further talk about the Confederacy and its monuments. And North Korea. And Afghanistan. And, to close, baseball.

On this AEI Events Podcast, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Ohio Gov. John Kasich discuss their proposal to stabilize the individual insurance market and to make a series of other health reforms with Vox’s Sarah Kliff. The two governors stressed the importance of stabilizing the individual insurance market in the near term and maintaining a bipartisan approach. They spoke of the need for compromise as the health care debate moves forward.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) changed how the health insurance market works, making coverage available to everyone regardless of their health status. This year’s premium increase and the departure of insurers from some local markets have raised concerns that those markets are unstable. Uncertainty about the federal government’s commitment to promoting this market and paying insurers for new cost-sharing reductions required by the ACA has created new concerns for 2018.

As Jay says at the outset, Kevin D. Williamson is one of his favorite writers and favorite people. In this hour, they explore a range of subjects either timely or timeless (and in some cases both). They talk about Kevin’s upbringing in West Texas. And about controversies he’s been involved in. (“White genocide”?) And about Trump, and economics, and immigration. They end on such topics as writers and composers. All in all, they explore the Williamsonian point of view, or the Williamsonian persuasion. Meet a man and a mind.

Whenever immigration rises to the top of the national agenda, we like to call on the best guys we know on the  topic, Mickey Kaus and Mark Krikorian. We do a deep dive into the Dreamers, DACA, and The Wall. Also, that deal with Chuck and Nancy, Rob defends Betsy DeVos, and James remembers a dog named Scout.

Music from this week’s podcast: Bodhisattva by Steely Dan

Our own Dave Carter sits down this week with Dr. Rob Tibbitts, who is a local pastor and disaster relief coordinator in Vinton, Louisiana, a town which has been devastated by two major floods within the last 18 months.  Dr. Tibbitts is also Dave’s brother in-law, and Dave describes the conversation as being, “in equal parts, heartbreaking and uplifting,” adding, “It’s a story about people of meager means who were dealt a harsh blow 18 months ago; who received loans from the federal government to rebuild their homes in the aftermath of a ‘500 year flood,’ and who’v seen their houses destroyed yet again leaving them with a mortgage, a home loan, and no apparent means of rebuilding.” Along the way, Rob explains the herculean relief efforts currently underway, the charities and organizations making an importance difference for the better, and why the Red Cross is persona non grata.

Mona and Jay had not talked to each other in a while — she had been moving, he had been traveling — so they have some catching up to do. They talk about “dreamers” and immigration. They talk about Trump and “Chuck ‘n’ Nancy.” They talk about the Koreas. They talk about Joe Biden (!). About New Jersey (Mona’s native state). About the Confederacy and the ongoing war over monuments. About many things.

They even talk about Taylor Swift, if briefly (swiftly). The music they go out on is not Taylor but Bach – as jazzed up by the Swingle Singers, back in a swinging era.

Two moms plot to take over the world by procreating.

Michael Mukasey is one of the most distinguished lawyers in the country: a former federal judge, a former attorney general. With Jay, he talks about becoming a lawyer. And studying with Bork. Then he discusses some names now in the news: Jeff Sessions, Joe Arpaio, James Comey, Robert Mueller, Donald Trump … An interesting and stimulating Q&A about our law, our politics, and our fate.

It’s a very special episode of HWX, with Brian Ward and Paul Happe reconvening to discuss the critical issues of our time.   Topics addressed include:

* The NFL season is about to kick off, but it wouldn’t be 2017 without a side dish of politics.  The meaning of the Colin Kaepernick saga is investigated.

Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) and Stephen Miller (aka @RedSteeze) welcome Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson. Kristen is author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up) and co-founder of Echelon Insights, a research and analytics firm. She was one of TIME’s “30 Under 30 Changing the World,” one of ELLE’s 2016 “Most Compelling Women in Washington,” and co-hosts the podcast The Pollsters.

The intro song is “Real Maths/Too Much” by The Gotobeds. Stephen’s song of the week is “Knocked Down” by The War on Drugs and Jon’s is “Drained Lake” by Metz. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist. You also should subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes!

As promised, here’s the GLoP Game of Thrones season 7 recap podcast with special guests New York Times columnist (and National Review movie critic) Ross Douthat and The Washington Free Beacon’s Sonny Bunch sitting in for the Game-less Rob Long. Need less to say, this show contains wall-to-Northern Wall spoilers as well as arcana and details that only people who actually live in Westeros or die hard Thrones fans will appreciate. That said, if you watch the show and want to hear some smart guys geek out about it, then this podcast is for you. Winter is here.

On this AEI Events Podcast, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley outlined some of the Trump administration’s key considerations in assessing Iranian compliance – an important matter given that next month, President Trump will need to announce whether he finds Iran complying with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran deal.

US law requires the president to certify every 90 days not only that Iran has not materially breached the deal but also that suspending sanctions against Tehran is appropriate and proportionate to Tehran’s behavior and is vital to US national security interests. Therefore, even if Iran has not surpassed the nuclear deal’s limit on uranium enrichment, the Trump administration could decide not to certify the deal if it violates one of the latter requirements. In such a scenario, Ambassador Haley emphasized that Congress would then have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for Septembr 5, 2017, it’s the You May Say I’m a Dreamer edition of the podcast with your hosts, Todd Feinburg, radio talk show host and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist. This week we are inclined, nay, veritably forced into the two topics of the week – (1) the end (or not the end) of DACA and (2) the end (no, no not the end!) of Western Civilization as brought to you by Kim Jong Un.

Mike makes a prediction that Trump will – as planned – announce the end of DACA in six months and that Congress – in Congressional best form – will do nothing during that six months and that (maybe) DACA will end uneventfully. Of course, the only time I predict continued Congressional gridlock may turn out to be the only case where Congress actually gets something done.

Instead of taking Labor Day off, we’re bringing you up to speed on the very latest from the Korean Peninsula, with help from former assistant secretary of state Elliott Abrams and “One Free Korea” blog’s Joshua Stanton.

Stanton, who has worked with Congress to craft North Korea policy,  believes there are realistic actions the US and the West can take to oust Kim regime that DON’T involve the annihilation of Seoul. Read his “Contain, Constrict, Collapse” plan here.

Ricochet Founders® Peter Robinson and Rob Long take your questions (after they chat about current events for a few minutes).

Thanks to everyone who chimed in with the great queries. We’ll do this again in a few months. Happy end of summer!

Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) and Stephen Miller (aka @RedSteeze) chat about the future Senator Kid Rock, media coverage of Hurricane Harvey, and the left’s rapid about-face on Antifa.

The intro song is “Motor Away” by Guided by Voices. Stephen’s song of the week is “call the police” by LCD Soundsystem and Jon’s is “Keys to the Kingdom” by UNKLE and Gavin Clark. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist. You also should subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes!

It’s time to admit criticism of FLOTUS has gone too far. Bethany and Lyndsey  discuss.

Today, our topic is the Republican plan—or plans plural—to overhaul the Internal Revenue Code. Some people think tax reform is easier than health care reform, but I’m not so sure. Congress hasn’t passed meaningful tax reform in more than 30 years.

So how should we reform the tax code? Are Congressional Republicans on the right track? And how likely are they to get it done?

LBJ’s New Golden Triangle: Taxes to Welfare to Slaves


We Chauvinists have welcomed a foreign exchange student for the school year who is attending our daughters’ charter high school — classical curriculum provided by Hillsdale. All exchange students are required to take US History and American Literature. To help our exchange student warm up to the topic of US History, we showed her the movie musical, 1776, so this scene (from which the title of this post) is fresh in my mind:

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 29, 2017, it’s the Loving Trump’s Hate edition of the show, with your hosts Todd Feinburg, radio talk show host; and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist extraordinaire. This week, our special guest is Washington Examiner writer Emily Jashinsky who will tell us about all the slimy things you ever wanted to knowabout the Southern Poverty Law Center, that lovely group of self-absorbed, utterly humorless social justice fanatics. Please drop us a comment on Ricochet if only to welcome Emily to her first time on the show.

Next, we will talk about the things that Donald Trump hates. What really makes him angry (as opposed to the things where he thinks he is supposed to be angry)??? Yes, the media! Yes, CNN! Anything else? What makes him so engaging when he is out there punching away at the bad guys? Or do you think he is engaging? We will analyze.

This week, don’t talk to Rob Long about the final episode of Game of Thrones. Seriously, don’t do it. Also, Jonah reviews the Universal Studios theme park, GLoP’s definitive 5 best movie comedies, the banning of Gone With The Wind, the trouble with Breakfast atTiffany’s and Birth of A Nation, and more general end-of-the-summer observations and hilarity.

Jame Delingpole and Toby Young discuss their thoughts on the last episode of the season and wonder what’s in store for the last season of the show coming in two years?!