A rare in person Need to Know this week as Jay and Mona participated in the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit. One of the sharpest writers on Earth, Kevin Williamson, drops in to talk about the changing complexions of the Democratic and Republican parties, what it’s like to write for an Indian newspaper, and other things. There is even a dose of pop culture. Good cheer all around.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America flies solo with Jim Geraghty off at the National Review Institute Ideas Summit.  Today, Greg applauds Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for challenging conventional liberal and media wisdom on spending and climate change.  He also cringes as Venezuela’s socialist government cracks down on bakeries for making unapproved goods for a starving population.  And he reacts to the report in the Cal State Long Beach student newspaper that milk is racist.

It’s that time of the year again, folks: tax season.  That’s why this week on Oppcast, we reached out to Grover Norquist, president and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, to come onto the show for an episode jam-packed with everything tax-related.

From tax reform in the age of Trump, to the recent COB report on the American Health Care Act, we break down the numbers to get to the meat of the issues. Spoiler alert: get ready for some wonky nerd talk!

How have ’80s-born millennial conservatives changed from the 2008 election to the 2016 election? We talked to Meghan McCain to find out. We also asked about her father, Sen. John McCain, and her friendship with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. She talked about Obamacare with Neal and Jay as well as her departure from her radio show and her full-time gig with Fox News on the show “Outnumbered.”

The last of the week’s COMMENTARY podcasts tackles the logic and philosophy in Donald Trump’s proposed budget; what it cuts and where it spends. What does a “hard power,” “America first” budget look like and how much of it will end up in the final legislation? Also, Trump’s revised immigration order hits a snag in the courts… again. Is the courts’ logic sound and could this have been avoided? Give a listen.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see conservative priorities in Pres. Trump’s budget, even though they concede the final appropriations will look nothing like this.  They also shake their heads as John McCain accuses anyone opposing NATO membership for Montenegro of doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding.  And they react to a tweet from the McDonald’s account that slams Pres. Trump.

Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet’s Stephen Miller chat about Rachel Maddow’s oversold tax scoop on Trump, the languishing Obamacare replacement, and the hateful lefties at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Our intro and outro music is “Bulldozer” by Beverly. Stephen’s song of the week is “Heartworms” by The Shins, and Jon’s is “A Minha Menina” by Os Mutantes. 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!

After a long day on the road, Dave Carter sat down with Ricochet’s very own @DocJay for a free wheeling discussion on everything from Rocky Mountain Oysters to concierge medical practices and the future of American medical care generally (hint: It isn’t exactly peachy).  Regardless of the prognosis, we think you’ll enjoy the conversation.

Jim Geraghty of Radio America and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow turning a supposedly big scoop on Pres. Trump’s tax history into a dud of a story.  They also discuss why some in the media are determined to make Chelsea Clinton into some sort of political power player.  And they shake their heads as former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley starts testing the waters for a presidential run in 2020.

Have you seen that video that’s going around Facebook of a tiny house village that’s being built for homeless veterans in Kansas City, MO? Well, host Teri Christoph gets the full scoop on the village from one of its creators, Kevin Jamison of Veterans Community Project. It’s a nice break from politics!

Jonah checks in from North Pole, Alaska, opining on the health care debate, the adventures of Jonah’s father-in-law, the Middlebury College riot and what it portends for our culture. a slew of Helen Keller jokes, inconsistencies with King Kong, and some thoughts on that BBC interview that was interrupted by kids. 

Richard Epstein warns of the dangers of Donald Trump’s position on international trade, and considers controversies about trade deficits, the border adjustment tax, and job losses due to automation.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to hear Senate Democrats have found no good reason to oppose Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.  They also react to the Congressional Budget Office scoring of the GOP health care bill.  And they shake their heads as the Middlebury College professor assaulted by students says she understands their anger and blames Trump for it.


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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for March 14, 2017, it’s the Nobody Will Ever Have Healthcare edition of the show.

In the first of the week’s Commentary podcasts–assuming the hosts can dig out of the snow cataclysm barreling down on the Northeast–Donald Trump’s detractors suffer from acute memory loss. The president’s “unprecedented” dismissal of Obama-appointed prosecutors was anything but. Also, the hosts dig into racially controversial comments from Representative Steve King and how they reflect on his supporters. Give a listen.

How can orthodox Christians flourish in a hostile modern world? Rod Dreher proposes a way in The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Dreher pitches his idea, explains its inspiration, and insists that he doesn’t mean conservatives should flock to monasteries. He also tells us whether he still considers himself a “crunchy con”–the subject of his first book.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss Pres. Trump’s removal of 46 Obama-era U.S. attorneys and how many critics fail to mention this happens with every modern administration.  They also shake their heads as scores of high-level government appointments have yet to be filled and no nominations have been made.  And they wince as Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King says, “We can’t restore our civilization with someone else’s babies.”

Another week of interchangeable hosts as Law Talk co-host John Yoo sits in for Rob Long and Ricochet Editor-In-Chief Jon Gabriel subs for the ailing Peter Robinson. Nonetheless, it’s full show with Avik Roy on the Republican’s take on affordable health care and National Review’s Andrew McCarthy on FISA courts, wiretapping, and those pesky Russians. Also, what makes a truly great Philly cheese steak? Our wiz on topic, Professor Yoo, spreads it on thick.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America offer three good martinis.  CENTCOM declares no major mistakes were made in the Yemen raid.  Rebels are preparing to lay siege to the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.  The February jobs report looks strong.  And we have fun with the kids who stole the show in the BBC interview.

In the last podcast of the week, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald and John Podhoretz try to make the case for the new Republican health care bill as best they can, before going into the deeper question of what the bill’s particulars say about the Right’s commitment to making the case for a self-governing citizenry. They conclude that the elected officials of the Right no longer want to make that case, with parlous consequences for the future.

But then they make some jokes! Give a listen.

Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet’s Stephen Miller chat about the non-impact of A Day Without a Woman, and bat around the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act.

Our intro and outro music is “Everlasting Light” by the Black Keys. Stephen’s song of the week is “This Ole King” by WHY?, and Jon’s is “Verstarker” by Blumfeld. 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!

Vice President Mike Pence wasted no time in rallying a group of Latino small business owners gathered in the nation’s capital on Thursday.

“Understand one thing,” Pence began by saying, “this administration is in the promise-keeping business.”

Richard Epstein looks at recent on-campus controversies involving Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopoulos and examines what can be done about the increasingly hostile environment in American higher education.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the latest revelations surrounding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and breathe a sigh of relief that he’s already gone.  They also lament FBI Director James Comey’s admission that there is no longer any such thing as “absolute privacy” anymore.  And they discuss Pres. Trump’s decision to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be U.S. Ambassador to Russia.

Health care is kind of the ball game in American politics. Screw this up, and voters will punish you. Jay and Mona chew over the American Health Care Act and spit out the pieces. Conversation then ranges to a special rapper, Silicon Valley parents, the thug/students at Middlebury College, and more.