Another oil tanker attacked in the Persian Gulf most likely by Iran. Can the Trump administration maintain its current posture of restraint? And Donald Trump entertains the notion that he might accept foreign political aid in 2020. Is it a blunder or a disaster? The COMMENTARY podcast weighs in.

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  1. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    If you want to be taken seriously as a conservative podcast, quit falling for the talking points of lifelong Democrat Party hack and dirty-trickster George Stephanopoulos.

    And what about George Stephanopoulos’ theory that Mitt Romney wanted to outlaw birth control pills?

    You guys just make yourselves look silly.

    I like the idea that some foreign leader and diplomat is going to pause and say, “Do you want to hear about some bad stuff?” They are just going to blurt that information out. Trump or any president is supposed to have a perfect memory about every conversation? The president is still the chief executive.

    The FBI is rather corrupt, anti-Republican Party, anti-Trump voter, and anti-democracy right now. Maybe turn anything alarming over to the National Security Council. At least most of those members (Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense/War) go back to the founding of the country.

    Obama had the FBI spy on the Trump campaign, and no one is outraged? What if the Trump campaign used the FBI to spy on his two dozen opponents?

    This is all quite ridiculous.

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    • June 14, 2019, at 1:53 AM PDT
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  2. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    After 8 years of Obama’s appalling foreign policy bad things are certain to happen with Iran. Now we have Trump to deal with it. I hope he can deal with it without all out war but Iran has been waging war on us for a very long time. Killing our soldiers, capturing our sailors and causing havoc with shipping. I have very little faith in Trump. I do like Pompeo and Bolton though. I hope he listens to them and also Lindsay Graham. Ms. Sly and the Washington Post are remarkably stupid. She obviously casts a red veil of Trump hatred over her opinions with regards to reporting on foreign policy. This was blatant. One must really wonder if she is on Iran’s payroll. 

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    • June 14, 2019, at 6:28 AM PDT
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  3. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):

    This is all quite ridiculous.

    the Hatch Act discussion was what made me laugh. Every administration HAS been dinged by this. Julian Castro and Kathleen Sebelius were both scolded for this. They even brought up Castro’s on his town hall on Fox and his response was “this was different so she has to resign”

    Again, John calling for Conway to resign whilst being ignorant that every administration has this issue is up there with “Obama was worried Trump was a foreign asset so he had to start an investigation”

    They use our love of rules and process against us, in addition to moral high ground. If they find an inconsistency, you can’t apologize, you have to resign. Meanwhile, they just make “mistakes”

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    • June 14, 2019, at 8:41 AM PDT
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  4. bernai Member

    I really like JPOD on the glop podcast (he makes a great straight man for Rob and Jonah) but I have a hard time listening to the commentary podcast. This last one was a lot of what my Grandparents would have termed kvetching. We get it Trump is bad but make the point and move on to something else.

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    • June 14, 2019, at 5:27 PM PDT
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  5. Roosevelt Guck Member

    Does a president ask the FBI if he is allowed to listen to information given to him by foreign powers? I can foresee circumstances where listening to information from foreign sources that is relevant and useful to further his economic agenda, foreign policy, domestic policy, trade, immigration policy, and that, yes, has bearing on a political campaign. When you get down to it, the unitary executive role makes it hard to neatly separate the ways in which information can be used into separate boxes. Are we laying down a principle that any information from foreign sources which could affect the outcome of an election cannot be given to the president? If so, this is just another way to criminalize the presidency and it makes all of us far less safe.

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    • June 15, 2019, at 9:07 PM PDT
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  6. Daniel Sterman Listener

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Does a president ask the FBI if he is allowed to listen to information given to him by foreign powers? I can foresee circumstances where listening to information from foreign sources that is relevant and useful to further his economic agenda, foreign policy, domestic policy, trade, immigration policy, and that, yes, has bearing on a political campaign. When you get down to it, the unitary executive role makes it hard to neatly separate the ways in which information can be used into separate boxes. Are we laying down a principle that any information from foreign sources which could affect the outcome of an election cannot be given to the president? If so, this is just another way to criminalize the presidency and it makes all of us far less safe.

    Which is exactly why we should be more careful to only vote honorable people into the presidency who can be trusted not to abuse the office for personal political gain.

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    • June 15, 2019, at 11:33 PM PDT
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