Today’s podcast brings up good economic numbers and asks whether we’re just now measuring everything badly—and how the political system is uniquely incompetent when it comes to resolving future economic crises before they happen. Also, some news about our show’s future. Give a listen.

Frederick Kagan joins the podcast to help us understand the breakthrough in NATO thinking that has led Germany and the United States to commit high-tech tanks to the war in Ukraine, how the war is going, and what America’s understanding of the war should be as we approach the end of the first year of fighting. Give a listen.

Eli Lake joins us to talk about the indictment of the former head of the counterintelligence unit of the FBI in New York and what it might tell us about the FBI, the Justice Department, and the ongoing obsession with the 2016 elections. Give a listen.

Joe Biden says he has “no regrets” about his handling of classified information. Really? Why not? Seems like a big deal to us on the podcast. Also a big deal: Ukraine. And the Supreme Court’s inability to find the leaker of its most important decision in decades. Give a listen.

Today’s podcast takes up the successful war by New York leftists against their own Democratic governor, Kathy Hochul, and her choice for chief judge of the state’s court of appeals. Why are they attacking her? And why is the left ganging up on a hockey player who didn’t want to wear a warmup jacket of their choosing? Give a listen.

Editor, author, and columnist at the Jewish News Service and the Jerusalem Post, Ruthie Blum, joins the podcast today to explain why so many American Jews, in particular, are in a panic over the alleged threat to democracy in Israel posed by the country’s new government.

Today’s podcast asks whether it’s just a January funk or are we in an extended period of American social depression—from quiet quitting to mass shoplifting. Also, China’s in a funk too! Give a listen.

Today’s podcast takes up Noah Rothman’s lead February article, “The Worldwide COVID Revolts,” and what it says about the political fallout from the restrictions on human activity over the past three years. And we begin with the pickle the Biden people find themselves in if the special counsel pursues criminal charges against Donald Trump relating to classified documents. Give a listen.

Eli Lake joins the podcast to discuss the Biden-documents revelations that caused Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the matter. And we pay tribute to the late Paul Johnson. Give a listen.

The allegation that Joe Biden also mishandled classified documents expands to include a second tranche discovered at an undisclosed location, which raises questions about the legal exposure of the president and his team. Or does it? And if it doesn’t, what does that suggest about the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s alleged misconduct?

Today’s podcast considers a startling quote from Fed chairman Jay Powell, the nature of liberal vs. conservative beliefs about government power and regulation, and why classified documents in Joe Biden’s post-veep office were in a manila envelope marked “personal.” Give a listen.

Today’s podcast takes up the bizarre accusations against the GOP that it is somehow acting in an illegitimate way by fulfilling a campaign promise to stand against the growth in the size and aggressiveness of the IRS. And what’s this—Joe Biden took classified documents out of the Obama White House? Give a listen.

The podcast today asks what exactly the future holds for Kevin McCarthy and the House Republicans in the wake of McCarthy’s 15th-ballot election as House Speaker. Nothing good, it seems. Give a listen.

Today’s podcast considers the argument made by the House rebels that they are merely practicing “democracy” as it was meant to be practiced—when, in fact, they are a tiny minority using the powers of obstruction, not majority opinion, to try and get their way. Give a listen.

We’re joined today by the journalist Nancy Rommelmann, whose shocking article, “A Murder in Portland,” exposes the nature of the existential threat posed to ordinary people by progressives committed to freeing criminals. Give a listen.

Matt Continetti joins the podcast to talk about Kevin McCarthy’s horrible day and what that day portends for the Republican party over the next days, weeks, and years. Give a listen.

As the new year begins, the podcast looks with wonder and horror at the really insane start of the new Congress, in the hands of a tiny Republican majority—and controlled, it seems, by a tiny minority within the majority that wants to see the world burn. Give a listen.

It turns out 2022 wasn’t entirely irredeemable. We reflect on some of the year’s silver linings and positive developments.

Noah: The revitalization of NATO.