Brian Ward and Paul Happe reconvene for a special simulcast episode from a recent appearance on KYCR Business Radio 1440, filling in for the King Banaian Radio Show.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the RNC for beefing up cyber security so the Russians could not hack it successfully.  They also groan as Facebook picks several liberal outlets to decide if users are posting “fake news.”  And we discuss Democratic donors demanding answers for Hillary Clinton’s defeat and some of them thinking about not donating in the future.

Steve Hayes, newly-appointed editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard, joins Jay and Mona to talk about foreign policy (he was a terrific Benghazi reporter), what is detectable about the Trump approach, and the polarization of news and information.

Jay and Mona then mull over the CIA. Can they be political? Are they being political right now?

This week, the cavalcade of guests hosts continues as we welcome our good pal David Limbaugh to the Long seat on the podcast. We talk Trump’s evolving cabinet, yesterday’s meeting with the tech-llegensia, and some insights into where Trump may lead the country on his first 100 days. Then, from The Federalist (and his indispensable daily news letter, The Transom), Ben Domenech stops by to discuss the view of the incoming administration in DC, Democrat’s incessant whining about the Russian hacking, and some thoughts (but no spoilers) on Rogue One. Also, a preview of David’s new book, and the the podcasters pick their favorite Christmas toys (thanks Ricochet member Chris Bogdon). Makes us want to tear up…

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On the second COMMENTARY podcast this week, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz wonder at the weak sourcing of the stories about the Russian effort to hijack the 2016 election, while Noah Rothman scoffs that we could question the effort. Which we don’t. As we explain. We also get a little testy at Obama’s UN ambassador Samantha Power giving a high-and-mighty moral speech about Syria when she stood by as the Obama administration did nothing to prevent the genocide. Give a listen.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching more Clinton campaign fingerpointing – this time at Huma Abedin.  They rip the intelligence community for being willing to offer anonymous stories to the press on Russian election hacking but being unwilling to brief members of Congress.  And they get a kick out of celebrities launching a new video begging GOP electors to reject Donald Trump.

Victor Davis Hanson looks at the controversies around Donald Trump’s relationship with the Russian government and analyzes the trajectory of Washington’s relationship with Moscow.

You may know Anita MonCrief as the ACORN whistleblower, but she’s also a free market warrior who does community organizing the right way. She stops by to talk to Teri about the continuing struggles in Flint, MI, and what she’s doing to bring some much-needed Christmas cheer to the community.

This week, the LadyBrains take on various aspects of Christmas cheer and the prospect of a Kanye presidency.

Richard Epstein responds to the controversy over Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, Donald Trump’s national security team, and the president-elect’s skepticism of the One China policy.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy reading the Politico story of how the Clinton campaign vigorously resisted efforts from allies to go to Michigan to help her win there.  They also sigh over the carnage in Syria and the latest toothless response from the Obama administration.  And they discuss the state of Keith Olbermann’s mental health as he offers an unhinged rant saying Donald Trump cannot be allowed to take office or else it will mean the end of our independence.

​City Journal associate editor Matthew Hennessey and contributing editor John Tierney discuss the politicization of science and how the Left’s dominance in universities and the scientific community actually threatens progress.

Read John Tierney’s article from the Autumn 2016 Issue of City Journal, The Real War on Science.

Charles Cooke, Editor of National Review, was the Fifth Estate’s first guest and is now the show’s first return guest. In this episode, Jay and Charles talk about media coverage of Donald Trump, his tweets and what things will look like in 2017. They also talk about Russia and how the media seems happy to forget that Barack Obama is still the President.

Finally, Charles gets to answer all of the questions usually posed to guests. We know he chose wisely by picking Frank Sinatra over Dean Martin in the first episode. But what about “Die Hard”? Does he think it’s a Christmas movie? And he is he a Star Trek or Star Wars person? Listen in and find out!

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Donald Trump’s selection of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be secretary of energy.  They wince as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell taps the brakes on the Trump tax plan and offers no ideas on how to reduce spending fight future deficits or replace Obamacare.  And they discuss the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the FBI disputing the CIA’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 campaign explicitly to help Trump win.

This week, The Conservatarians — aka, Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet contributor Stephen Miller — are proud to welcome the host of “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” er, Greg Gutfeld! As the year draws to a close, we set aside the news of the day and focused on what really matters: the best albums of 2016. You can listen to a song from each on our special Best of 2016 Spotify playlist and can read Greg’s top ten over at Fox News.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for December 13, 2016 it’s the Bikini Burger Babes edition of the podcast brought to you by SimpliSafe, DonorsTrust and Patriot Mobile.

Today we will talk about Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants and the mind behind the Hardees advertising campaign that puts fat, juicy hamburgers in the hands and mouths of scantily-clad, blue-hot, All American girls (see image). Why does the left view gorgeous women in bikinis as outrageous but Lena Dunham in a bikini as “empowering?” And who, by the way, really believes that raising the minimum wage is a smart idea that will help, for example, unemployed people? Andy Puzder doesn’t!

Entrepreneurs are under attack, says Dick M. Carpenter II, co-author of Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Carpenter explains that “bottleneckers” are creating cartels to keep people from becoming everything from hairbraiders to taxi drivers. He discusses how conservatives and liberals might come together to oppose these crony capitalists, also also describes how the new technologies of the sharing economy are helping Uber and Airbnb redefine the rules of modern business.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America not enjoy watching the quixotic Jill Stein recount come to a whimpering end but applaud Michigan for using the episode to push for stronger voter ID laws.  They also groan as Donald Trump says he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefings.  And they wade into the growing furor over what role Russia played in hacking the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta – and what to do about it if it’s true.

In this week’s first podcast, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz say many different things about the Russian hacking and the election, and about hacking in general, and try to keep it interesting even though they kept having to interrupt themselves because of sirens going on outside their window.

Also, why shouldn’t prospective cabinet appointments be like Miss Americas? Give a listen.

This week, a look at the heartland: We sent our producer Evan Smith to the Rust Belt of Ohio to investigate counties that voted for Obama in ’08 and ’12 but then flipped for Trump this past November.  What caused this reversal of outcome?  The answer may not be as simple as you think.

In this episode, Elisha and Kelly girlsplain hunting and Christmas with their New York Jewish friend Bethany and Bethany gabs about her favorite topic of late: Scientology and Leah Remini. Also, are guns and spears OK to give as a wedding gift? A LadyBrains investigation.

The LadyBrains are:

It’s a special episode dedicated to the election that divides the nation this November, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fans are eligible to vote for inductees up to December 15. We’re here to present all the critical information necessary to inform your decision.

* Qualifications – Who gets in the RR HOF and why? Also a review of potential Rock and Roll analytics.

This week, our good pal and fellow podcaster Andrew Klavan sits in for the making-TV-great-again Rob Long (of course you should buy and read Andrew’s book The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ). First up, Trump’s cabinet is becoming sentient and we have plenty to say about that. And, a few words about the Left’s FREAKOUT every time Trump Tweets. Then, the great and crushingly urbane John O’Sullivan joins to discuss Europe’s reaction to Trumpism and what the future holds for the continent. His piece Europe Agonistes in this month’s National Review is a must read. And we wind up with a tribute to John Glenn, of the the greatest Americans who ever lived. Godspeed, sir.

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With the election over, we can get back to important things. Like the Beach Boys. Except, like everything else, the left has politicized the Beach Boys too. In this episode of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward talks with writer and native Californian Michael Anton about the Beach Boys, the decline of California into a center-left state, and even Machiavelli.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America offer a champagne toast to the military and space heroism of John Glenn.  They are surprised to see a massive jump in economic optimism since Trump’s election.  They shudder as free speech is trampled in the Netherlands.  And they unload on Hillary Clinton after she claims fake news is having a major impact on the nation.