Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review welcome the possibility that Taliban leader Mullah Omar may be dead.  They also slam Secretary of State John Kerry for refusing to say the Obama administration would honor existing law if Congress rejects the Iran nuclear deal.  And they slam many media outlets for refusing to cover the Planned Parenthood videos because Planned Parenthood asked them not to.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review cheer a new CNN poll showing Americans opposed to the Iran nuclear deal but they wonder if it’s enough to pressure enough votes against the plan in Congress.  They also express disgust at the Senate leadership’s inability to advance any meaningful conservative goals in it’s first six months in control.  And they relish learning that Jon Stewart has been nothing more than a tool of the Obama White House public relations team.

“This is the most important book published on James Madison in my lifetime,” says Paul Rahe, a Ricochet contributor as well as a scholar who is qualified to say such a thing. Bookmonger Mind of James MadisonHe refers to The Mind of James Madison, a new book by Colleen A. Sheehan of Villanova University.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Sheehan argues that James Madison is America’s great political philosopher, describes how his involvement in practical politics shaped his ideas, and what he would think of our government today. She also says that some of his most important writings are poorly appreciated and rarely read.

The race for the White House in 2016 is fully underway. The GOP side is entertaining, to say the least. The Democrat side has not, so far, been as colorful, though questions still remain as to who will succeed President Obama in running for the presidency.

We thought it the right time to sit down with a brilliant young political scientist, Thomas Ogorzalek of Northwestern. Joining us on the phone were Genevieve Wood of the Heritage Foundation and Gabby Morrongielo of the Washington Examiner.

ntk-logoWhile Jay Nordlinger is dodging walruses in Alaska on the NR cruise, Mona welcomes the wise and wonderful Larry Kudlow as guest host. Radio host John Batchelor starts things off with insights about Iran – ancient and modern. He knows these things not just because he’s a polymath, but because his mother’s family hails from Persia. He shares that story.

Larry and Mona then consider Hillary Clinton’s proposal to increase the capital gains tax, which leads to a broader discussion about whether the Democratic Party believes in capitalism at all anymore. And what about the rest of the country? Is there an opening for a Republican who can talk knowledgeably about simplifying the tax code and making other common sense reforms to promote growth? At the national level, there are a number of candidates who might. At the local level, in the Connecticut senate race, the person to make that case just might be this week’s co-host!

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Long and Lileks are away, but that’s OK — we’re in extremely capable hands with guest hosts Troy Senik and Need To Know’s Mona Charen. This week, we’re joined by Senator Tom Cotton to discuss the Iran deal (or lack thereof). Then, the Weekly Standard’s Andrew Ferguson stops by to discuss Hillary, Trump, and Buster (his dog). Andy’s participation makes it an official quorum of White House speechwriters, so you can listen in and hear what an actual writer’s room sounds like. Also, yes, we talk about Trump, chat about Natural Cathedrals, and close with another installment of Who’s Dog Is Mas Macho? featuring Crusoe the French Poodle versus Beau the French Bulldog. Leave your vote below. Woof.

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Former Israeli Ambassador the the U.S., Michael Oren, has written a truly brilliant memoir of his time in that post at exactly the right time. While the streets of Tehran teem with those calling for Death to America and Death to the Jews, Oren’s insider’s account of the pressures faced by the Middle East’s lone democracy serves as a counterbalance to those that are championing the Iranian nuclear deal.

Joining in on this conversation with Milt and Oren is our friend Dr. Charles Lipson of the University of Chicago.

MPwKP_1400x1400This week, über-pundits Larry Kudlow and Tim Pawlenty discuss the proposed tax on multi-national corps and overseas profits, a bill supported by many Republicans. Also,  should the U.S. undertake a complete reform of highway trust fund, a hike in the capital requirement on banks, their views on Ohio Governor John Kasich (spoiler alert: he’s supply-sider), and the latest contretemps from the Trump/McCain/Lindsey Graham circus.

Buy low, sell high: Money and Politics with Kudlow & Pawlenty is now available on iTunes here and on Stitcher here. Get it!

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review cheer Carly Fiorina for her strong denunciation of Hillary Clinton’s extreme position on abortion and the practices of Planned Parenthood.  They also slam the Obama administration for trying to hide at least two aspects of the Iran nuclear deal from Congress.  And we rip the network news for airing frivolous stories while ignoring the testimony of Kate Steinle’s father on the issue of sanctuary cities.

drstrangeloveIt’s a summer school session in the faculty lounge and things are … unruly. Yes, Professors Epstein and Yoo hit the big topics: the Iran deal and the conclusion of the “John Doe” investigations in Wisconsin. Along the way, however, they touch on everything from whether Antonin Scalia is a bad influence on law students, how to stay safe at an Oakland A’s game, whether New York City or Chicago produces the better pizza (Richard is troublingly agnostic), and how David Brooks is exploiting the tax code. So, yes: we were out of decaf in the faculty lounge today.It’s a Law Talk tour de force. Listen in!

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There’s no fighting in the war room, EJHill.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review welcome the latest video from the Center for Medical Progress that exposes the callous nature of the abortion industry, this time featuring a haggling session over aborted baby parts and an admission that Planned Parenthood sometimes violates its promises to women to harvest intact baby organs.  They also slam the Obama administration’s plan to target the second amendment rights of Social Security recipients if they are unable to manage their own affairs.  And they shake their heads as Martin O’Malley is forced to apologize for telling liberal activists that “all lives matter”.

Robert E. Lee is back in the news, and not for the best of reasons. He’s certainly not a target for Union snipers, but rather a target for political correctness, for those that want to erase history. And a car named after him won’t be outrunning any tv sheriffs again.

For years, this brilliant American mind–tactician, patriot, warrior, and Virginian–has occupied a place of honor among revered historical figures for the grace and dignity with which he represented a defeated nation. There is no denying that the Confederate army he headed was on the wrong end of history and fought to continue the wicked institution of slavery, what Lee himself called “a moral and political evil.” There is also no doubt that Lee himself–a slave owner–was an embodiment of that evil: a man who owned other men. Can we separate those paradoxes within our historical figures–the great men and those faults they harbored? Maybe that’s another show altogether, one for the philosophers.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review applaud Scott Walker for signing a 20-week abortion ban in Wisconsin and for his deft handling of the illegal immigration question in Iowa.  They also groan as two of President Obama’s most disastrous policies come front and center today, as the UN Security Council approves the Iran deal and the U.S. restores full diplomatic relations with Cuba.  And they react with disgust as the GOP is temporarily stuck choosing sides between the POW-insulting Donald Trump and conservative-bashing John McCain.

For his first job in politics, Barton Swaim worked for the former governor best known as “the guy with the Argentinian mistress” and less well known as Mark Sanford of South Carolina (who is now, astonishingly, a congressman). Bookmonger Barton Swain SpeechwriterSwaim writes what it was like to live through the scandal in The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics — but his book is really about much more.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Swaim discusses what speechwriters do, the art and often artlessness of political speech, and whether George Orwell was correct when he claimed that “political writing is bad writing.”

MPwKP_1400x1400After a week off, Larry Kudlow and Tim Pawlenty return with renewed vigor to tackle even more on Donald Trump (including Rupert Murdoch’s swipe), Hillary’s economic speech, the Iran deal, the Chattanooga tragedy and a possible run for New York’s Senate seat by someone we know well. Who? Tune in to find out!

Buy low, sell high: Money and Politics with Kudlow & Pawlenty is now available on iTunes here and on Stitcher here. Get it!

 

With National Review personnel cleared out for the Alaskan cruise, Greg Corombos of Radio America holds down the fort by himself today.  He details Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward challenging Sen. John McCain in next year’s GOP primary.  He also expresses conservative frustration over Pres. Obama referring to the Chattanooga terrorist attacks as a “heartbreaking circumstance”.  And he assesses Planned Parenthood’s lame apology over the “tone” of the doctor who casually described crushing unborn babies to harvest their organs.

So most of the week the media has been focusing on the political implications of the Iranian nuclear agreement and, while we will discuss that pertinent aspect of the deal, we thought we should look into the science behind their capabilities. What do we know? What is speculative?

We brought in Rachel Bronson of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Karim Pakravan, an Iranian who immigrated to the states who teaches finance at DePaul, Jeff Terry, Nuclear Physics expert and professor at IIT, and Lee Smith of the Weekly Standard.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review cheer a new AP poll showing voters are souring big time on Hillary Clinton.  They also discuss President Obama bristling at CBS reporter Major Garrett for asking why there wasn’t a bigger push to bring home Americans held in Iran.  And they celebrate the Wisconsin Supreme Court forcefully putting an end to the baseless liberal accusations alleging collusion against Scott Walker and outside groups.

N2K_001bMona and Jay begin this episode with Arthur Brooks, the scholar who heads the American Enterprise Institute. He has just written “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America.” Every word he says sings to Mona and Jay, and other listeners will feel the same way.

The hosts then talk about ghastly news out of Planned Parenthood, and the issue of abortion generally. This is both a fascinating and a frustrating topic. They also discuss something a little lighter and less momentous – the entry of Governor Scott Walker into the presidential race.

They then welcome another guest, Omri Ceren, a very timely guest indeed in that he is an expert on the nuclear negotiations that have just been concluded in Vienna. He tells us what went down and what the consequences will be. They are not good.

elliott-abrams1Elliott Abrams was a State Department official under Reagan and a key White House staffer under George W. Bush. He is now with the Council on Foreign Relations (no doubt improving the place considerably).

As Jay says in this podcast, presidents and other powerful people have wanted the benefit of this man’s thinking, and so does he – so does Jay. The two talk chiefly about Iran, and also about Cuba, Russia, China, and the U.S. presidency.

After the taping, Jay remarked, “You know, I want to listen to this podcast myself – to hear it again, in order to absorb Elliott’s analysis and words.” This is a highly valuable half-hour with one of the clearest foreign-policy thinkers in America.

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This week, a discussion of the many wonders of the universe, from Donald Trump’s candidacy, to AEI president Arthur Brook’s vision for the conservative heart (buy his book, The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America), and of course, Pluto. On that topic, let’s just say that Rob and James have a more romantic outlook than Peter.

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WonkyTownPatrick and Reihan welcome Hillary Clinton and her ideas, or lack thereof, to Wonkytown this week. Her major economic policy speech on Monday, Reihan points out, did tackle a crucial, politically important issue — stagnant wages. But her prescriptions for the problem — new protections for the ailing organized-labor movement, for instance — seem to be especially tailored for her political purposes. Is Hillary ever going to come up with serious center-left policy, or is she going to keep feeding the Left with tough talk? Tune in to find out.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review blast the Obama administration for failing to include anytime/anywhere inspections in the Iran deal.  They also shudder at the undercover video showing a Planned Parenthood official enjoying lunch while explaining how she aborts babies carefully so the organs can be sold.  And they’re disgusted as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson suggests he doesn’t know who the Steinle family is or whether the administration has contacted them.

Interpretations of the long-term consequences of the nuclear agreement between the U.S., Iran and a host of other nations at the negotiating table are a disparate as American and Iranian ideas of freedom. Many herald it, but seemingly more are wondering how we could have given an inch to a nation so preoccupied with chanting death upon America and Israel.

We assembled a panel to discuss the breaking news, namely Chris Robling, Joseph Morris, Fred Kagan and Charles Hoskinson. This is the biggest story in the world at the moment, and we owe it to you to discuss.

The Power Line crew joins the Coalition of the Unwilling in finding nothing to cheer in the Iran nuclear arms deal that was announced today.  But the first half of the show features a conversation with Stanley Kurtz, author of several important books including, most recently, Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.  Stanley has been all over the unfolding stealth regulations to extend the culture of Alinskyite “community organizing” to the suburbs through federal power.  This ought to be a big issue in the next election campaign on all levels, but will only happen if people find out about it.  There’s a reason Obama is being very quiet on this initiative.