Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud CIA Director John Brennan for telling the truth about the magnitude of the ISIS threat.  They also shudder as more red flags are discovered that should have led authorities to the Orlando terrorist.  And we react to a Vox writer urging Pres. Obama to ban all Americans from buying guns unilaterally.

That’s the question former CIA officer Herb Meyer answers on this podcast. Meyer was one of the only people, maybe the only person, to predict the fall of the Soviet Union, and he offers insights on Orlando and the terror threat generally. They also discuss his brand new booklet, Why Is the World So Dangerous?

HerbMeyer1Jay and Mona then consider the left’s unwillingness to confront homophobia if it comes wearing a hijab, what killed JFK, the “see something/say something” fraud, Muslim allies in the fight against extremism, boots on the ground, and, naturally, some Clinton/Trump.

The Conservatarians, aka Jon Gabriel and Stephen Miller, discuss the best way to annoy ISIS, the aftermath of Orlando, and how Mickey Mouse is better at intelligence gathering than the Obama administration. Glitter is discussed.

Intro and outro music is “Gay Bar” by Electric Six. Stephen’s music pick this week is “I’ve Never Seen a Cyclone” by Mantaraybryn. Jon’s music pick is Les Bains Douches by Joy Division. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review groan as a new Wisconsin poll shows Trump dragging down Sen. Ron Johnson’s re-election hopes.  They also slam Sen. Joe Manchin for suggesting that due process is the problem in stopping mass shootings.  And they get whiplash as Hugh Hewitt insists Republicans stick with Donald Trump, just one week after declaring him a Stage IV cancer that must be removed.

Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist and Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard give us a weekly update on the November elections. Among other issues, the Hemingways discuss President Obama and Donald Trump’s respective reactions to the terrorist attack in Orlando, and Mollie defends Hillary Clinton, but maybe not in the way you’d imagine.

On this week’s COMMENTARY Podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman review the impact of the worst terrorist event to occur on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001. Donald Trump’s long-awaited implosion seems to have begun, and his image is not being buoyed as a result of the fear that follows a terrorist event.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review celebrate the dismissal of one charge against the man who exposed Planned Parenthood for its sales of baby body parts.  We rip the FBI for not doing more after Disney warned them Omar Fateen was casing the park in April and we suggest setting up Mickey Mouse Clubhouse CTU in the spirit of “24.”  Ane we rip Donald Trump for trying to convince the NRA to support banning gun sales to anyone on the No Fly List.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are not impressed as FBI Director James Comey says the bureau cleared Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen because he insisted all his radical rants were just out of anger and not because he was lined with terrorist groups.  They also hammer Hillary Clinton for only now being worried about Middle East countries allowing their people to fund terrorism.  And they react to the revelation that Mateen was gay.

The story starts with an attack on Americans near the Syrian border–and then Foreign Agent, the latest thriller from Brad Thor, embarks on a new globetrotting, ripped-from-the-headlines adventure with series hero Scot Harvath.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Thor talks about how he incorporates world events into his tales, whether suspending visas from Muslim countries is a good idea, and what he thinks of the 2016 presidential election.

It is one thing to talk about how robots will change economics, or how they might take our jobs. But how will they change our human society? What will it be like to live with robots, who may be vastly superior to us intellectually if not also in other ways? What can we predict?

Robin Hanson has a new book out just to this effect, called The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth, available on Amazon.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review slam President Obama for refusing to identity the Orlando terrorist’s motivation which was already clear and for suggesting Americans currently identify with the terrorist more than the victims.  They also shake their heads as the federal government had another terrorist under investigation only to let them go and eventually attack.  And they rip both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for their pathetic responses to the terrorist attack.

James Rosebush was chief of staff to Nancy Reagan. And senior advisor to President Reagan. He was now written a book: True Reagan: What Made Ronald Reagan Great and Why It Matters. And he discusses it with Jay. (They’re old friends.)

3b01b3dAmong the questions: Was Nancy a tough boss? How about her clash with Donald Regan? What about astrology? What about political differences with her husband?

What does monophonic sound have to do with the moral turpitude of electric shavers? Let’s find out.

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At Yale, English majors have called for the abolition of the core curriculum:  the Major English Poets, who include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, et al.  Heather Mac Donald and Jay agree Heather-McDonald-Manhattan-Institute-e1437937997277-620x433that this is a tragedy – and an outrage.  Ms. Mac Donald is particularly well placed to speak about this, because she was an English major at Yale:  and got the good stuff.  Students today ought not to be deprived of it – by themselves or others.

This is the topic of an impassioned, Englishy, musicky “Q&A.”

Another momentous week calls for a momentous podcast with Ricochet Editor-In-Chief Jon Gabriel sitting in for Rob Long. We’ve got Washington Post political correspondent Bob Costa on Trump and Bezos, and almost independent Presidential candidate David French, who clues us in on what might have been. Finally, some thoughts about The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. RIP.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are pleasantly surprised that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest referred to the FBI probe of Hillary Clinton as a “criminal investigation.”  They also blast the Ninth Circuit for ruling that there is not constitutional right to carry a gun in public.  And they scoff as the Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY report Donald Trump is a deadbeat in paying many employees and contractors.

The Conservatarians, aka Jon Gabriel and Stephen Miller, welcome movie director Ted Balaker to talk about his new documentary, Can We Take a Joke? The film interviews top comedians about the chilling effect of the outrage brigades on comedy, from Lenny Bruce to today’s university safe spaces.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review hope Rep. David Jolly follows through on dropping out of the Florida U.S. Senate race and tries to stop Charlie Crist from getting elected to Congress.  They also blast the new Republicans for Hillary PAC for actively backing a candidate who will do nothing Republicans will like.  And they shake their heads as Hugh Hewitt now comes out and says Donald Trump is a disaster and the Republicans need to stop him.

Mona and Jay are joined by Tom Nichols – known on Twitter as RadioFreeTom – professor at the Naval War College, NeverTrumper extraordinaire, Jeopardy champion (though that didn’t come up), and author of the forthcoming book The Death of Expertise. If you think there might be a connection between the KXgUhEzsdeclining respect for expertise and authority in America and the rise of Trump, you’d be right. Can he pivot for the general election? Why do people even ask that?

Jay and Mona then mull why Trump’s attack on Judge Curiel had purchase when so many of this other offenses slipped by, and ask what will become of the Republican Party. They close with some praise: Jay lauds Bernard Lewis on his 100th birthday, and Mona raves about Jung Chang’s book, The Wild Swans, that she’s having trouble putting down.

The Republican Party’s primary race has been over for a month, but they are far from united around Donald Trump. In fact, the GOP disunion is only growing worse. Meanwhile, the Democratic Primary functionally ended last night, and already the party of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is more united than Republicans.

This week, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman take a look at paths forward for both candidates in November, and why only one party is already nervously looking toward the panic button.

Summer is coming for James Delingpole and Toby Young is they contemplate with lust and glee the possibility that Britain may actually leave the European Union. Gove for Prime Minister! Also: Thrones – how did Arya survive that stabbing and who exactly is Blackfish?

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review love seeing that Bernie Sanders plans to make life miserable for Hillary Clinton until the Democratic convention.  They also cheer the defeat of Rep. Renee Ellmers in a Republican primary.  And they wonder how long Republican leaders can denounce comments from Donald Trump while still urging people to vote for him.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review relish Bernie Sanders saying he isn’t conceding anything until after the delegates and super-delegates vote at the convention.  They also shake their heads at news that a Trump operative left an intimidating message with David French’s family as he considered an independent presidential bid.  And they groan as Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord calls House Speaker Paul Ryan a racist for saying Trump’s comment about Judge Curiel was racist.

Conservatives on the state level are rethinking imprisonment, says Steven Teles, co-author (with David Dagan) of Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Teles explains why our polarized politics have created an opportunity for reform, whether new policies will cause crime rates to rise, and how liberal views about crime and prisons also have changed over the last generation.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud David French for his patriotism and are relieved he is not jumping into the ugliest presidential race in a long time.  They also slam Bernie Sanders for only now discussing allegations of Hillary Clinton doing favors at the State Department for foreign governments that donated to the Clinton Foundation.  And we discuss Donald Trump ripping the judge in the Trump University case as a Mexican, Newt Gingrich rebuking Trump and Trump being upset with Gingrich.