We’re a man down this week, as James Lileks is in Reno (no, he did not a shoot a man there just to watch him die), but we have lots to talk about and two great guests to discuss it all with. Our old pal David Limbaugh returns to give us insight into his new book The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in The GospelsIt’s a fascinating book in which David  combines the four Gospel stories into a unified account (though not, he humbly admits, a perfect harmony) and guides readers on a faith journey through the Four Evangelists’ testimonies of the life of Jesus Christ. And yes, we talk about Trump too. Then, if you really want to understand what’s going on in Europe, then you have to go to Europe. Or, at least call someone in Europe. So we rang up John O’Sullivan who knows more about the E.U., Brexit, and the French elections as anyone. Finally, courtesy of Ricochet member @robertmcreynolds, we delve in to the question of sanctuary cities, and while we’re at it, do a drive-by of Berkeley and of Cuba. Yes, Cuba. You’ll have to listen to find out why.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss President Trump’s executive orders that scrutinize the amount of land designated as national monuments and Obama-era restrictions on offshore drilling.  They also groan as it looks like the update health care bill is also struggling to find the votes to pass.  And they take aim at the ACLU for suing a Catholic hospital for refusing surgery for a transgender patient.

The French presidential election might be the last act in a three part play featuring Part I: the Brexit referendum and Part II: the US election. Forces acting against a globalized status quo seem to have played a big role in I and II. Regardless of the outcomes of Brexit and the US election, the French election held this past Sunday, and its final run off on May 7, will have major implications for the future of the Eurozone and world economy, and may add fuel to other fires across the Eurozone – Italy in particular. What do we need to know? What sorts of ripple effects will this economic and political uncertainty have in the US and for the Trump administration?

To answer these, I talked with Desmond Lachman, who joined AEI after serving as a managing director and chief emerging market economic strategist at Salomon Smith Barney. He previously served as deputy director in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Policy Development and Review Department and was active in staff formulation of IMF policies. He has a PhD in economics from Cambridge University.

Join Teri, Kira and April as they chat about the joys of Ebates, breaking free from the Kohl’s Cash loop, the real reason ESPN is failing, Bill Nye the Political Guy, and some made-up thing called “cissexism.” Also, find out why Teri identifies as a supermodel.

Does the media bubble exist? According to an investigation by Politico, it does and it’s worse than people thought. Jay and Neal invited journalist Erica Grieder, formerly of Texas Monthly, to discuss the issue in depth, to find out if the media can change, and what the news consumer can do to make things different.

How to bring up good kids in a world obsessed with social media.


Ian Tuttle of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are cautiously optimistic as an amendment to the GOP health care bill gives more power to the states and brings more conservatives on board.  They also discuss President Trump’s willingness to renegotiate NAFTA, and Ian explains why he’s concerned about Trump’s approach.  And they dive into the effort by Democrats in California to bar businesses from future state contracts if they help to build a border wall.

In the second of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, the crew (John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman) ask whether the president might be relaxing into his job—and whether this means he knows now that he doesn’t have to fulfill every agenda item at once but can take them on over the course of the next four years. And then the crew delves into the horror on college campuses and the grudging acknowledgment by the mainstream media that things are bad for free speech there—which, of course, they blame in part on bad conservatives. Give a listen.

Our own Dave Carter sat down with our own Pat Sajak for a relaxing conversation that covered everything from Pat’s experiences working on a truck dock as a young man, to the military experiences of Pat and Dave (along with the veterans in their families).  Before long, their chat veered into Wheel of Fortune territory and what the show has come to mean to so many people, along with the impact the many contestants have had on Pat personally.  Before the conversation concluded, both gentlemen sounded as if they were philosophizing while sitting on their rocking chairs on the front porch!  We think you’ll really enjoy the conversation.

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Richard Epstein reacts to the first round of balloting in the French presidential election and explains the implications for the broader state of politics in Europe.

Ian Tuttle of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads as Ann Coulter cancels her Berkeley speech after officials there make it clear they will not maintain order.  They also vent after a liberal judge rules that the federal government cannot withhold funds from localities that flagrantly refuse to obey federal immigration law.  And they throw up their hands as CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin is more worried about why senators have to go to the White House to discuss North Korea – than she is about the North Korea threat itself.

Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet’s Stephen Miller talk about Bill Nye’s embarrassing new Netflix show, the March for Science, Howard Dean’s attack on free speech, Trump’s trolling of the White House Correspondents Dinner … and more!

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The Law Talk podcast is back, as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo open up the faculty lounge for a post-spring break session. This time: Unrest on Yoo’s home turf at UC-Berkeley; a federal judge knocks down the Trump Administration’s attempt to punish sanctuary cities; the professors debate the constitutionality of Trump’s missile strikes on Syria (along with a history lesson on the War Powers Resolution); and the Supreme Court considers a potentially groundbreaking case on public funds for religious institutions.

All that plus a meditation on the depth of Howard Dean’s constitutional illiteracy, the professors’ annual World Series picks, and a lengthy digression about 19th century presidential campaign slogans.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for April 26, 2017 it’s the One Hundred Days Don’t Matter edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by Casper mattresses: with over twenty thousand reviews with over 4.8 out of 5 stars, it is quickly becoming the internet’s favorite mattress.

This week our special guest is the inimitable, lovely and perspicacious Mollie Hemingway. Mollie takes time out of her very busy schedule as the latest and greatest Fox News contributor to join us to talk about Susan rice and underpants gnomes and why Hillary Clinton’s team didn’t see disaster coming from a long way out.

This is Tara Ross’s moment – an extended moment. She is one of the country’s foremost experts on the Electoral College. This institution was put in the spotlight in 2000. And again in 2016. Tara Ross is the author of “Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College”; a children’s book, “We Elect a President: The Story of Our Electoral College”; and the forthcoming “The Indispensable Electoral College: How the Founders’ Plan Saves Our Country from Mob Rule.”

Jay asks her a series of questions: Why do we have it? Is it fair? What should be changed about it? And so on.

This week, the men of GLoP address an issue that should not be controversial, yet somehow it is: freedom of speech on college campuses and in the culture at large. Howard Dean said on Twitter that hate speech “is not protected by the Constitution” (yes, it is). In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, a vice provost at New York University wrote that “We should thank the student protestors, the activists in Black Lives Matter and other “overly sensitive” souls for keeping watch over the soul of our republic.” Hmm. Also, did late night comedy fuel the rise of Trump? A sad farewell the the great Kate O’Beirne (read Jonah’s tribute here), Rob’s going to Cuba, and yes, the now apparently required corn hole joke (by the way, the now classic corn hole episode of GLoP which John references in the show is here).

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Victor Davis Hanson looks at how American warfare has changed since Vietnam and explains the implications for today’s policymakers.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are encouraged to see President Trump taking steps to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire bad employees.  They’re also furious, but not surprised, to learn that President Obama actually did release prisoners connected to terrorism against U.S. forces despite insisting he hadn’t done so.  And they react to the breaking news that former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn accepted money from Russia in 2015 but allegedly failed to report it.

What’s so special about the Special Forces? Mark Moyar tells all in Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Moyar describes how Navy SEALS, Delta Force, and others differ from the conventional military, why presidents and the public are prone to romanticizing them, how President Trump ought to use them.

The first round of voting in the French presidential election has concluded, and one thing that we can say for sure about it is that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump—contrary to popular opinion in the United States. Trump, however, must reckon with the close of his first 100 days in office and how they reflect on his presidency. Finally, the gang (John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman) talk about FBI Director James Comey and his role in deciding the 2016 presidential election.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America get a kick out of the disunity on full display during the Democrats’ “Unity Tour,” as Bernie Sanders focuses on big government economic policies and the party leadership is still about identity politics.  They also hammer Howard Dean for incorrectly citing three Supreme Court cases in arguing Ann Coulter’s speeches are not protected by the Constitution.  And Jim pays tribute to his late National Review colleague, Kate O’Beirne.

Bethany, Amelia, and Lyndsey talk Bill O’Reilly, Unicorn Frapps, and Giraffe babies

The Atlantic’s David Frum joins NTK to evaluate Trump’s first nearly 100 days. Mona plays Devil’s advocate with Frum, a Trump critic – at least for a while. Jay engages David about the French elections, and then conversation turns to the March for Science, O’Reilly, FoxNews, the Detroit Tigers, and David Selznick.

We’ve got Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance here to talk about investing in startups in the midwest. We’ve got The Factor on permanent hiatus. We’ve got terrorists in France trying their best to influence an election. And we’ve got some unlikely dinner guests in the White House. What have you got?

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump for aggressively rolling back burdensome federal regulations.  They also wince at new Census Bureau data showing more Americans aged 18-34 live with their parents than with a spouse, a major shift from 40 years ago.  And they brace themselves for Barack Obama’s first public appearance since Inauguration Day and discuss how active Obama is likely to be in policy debates.