The wry and witty Andrew Ferguson joins NTK to report on The Post, which he had just seen, and on the Washington world, which he’s seen through the years.

Jay and Mona then speak of Rob Porter, bias, Riccardo Muti, and much more.

Music from this week’s episode: Serenade For Strings by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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There are 9 comments.

  1. Member

    This was a winner, Guys!

    However….. And I feel like I am about to commit treason against my friend Mona….. I do come down on the side of “What’s the matter with Mona?”, regarding partisanship. Even in today’s world, where Populism seems to abide among too many conservatives, I would say that in 99% of the cases we need to vote for the Republican. The only time, in a recent election, that I believe the national Democrat was better than the national Republican was in Alabama. Third parties never work. There have been elections where we would have had a Republican in that seat, were it not for some Libertarian, who never got higher than single digits. (Forgive me, Mona?)

    Regarding the budget deal: Ben Shapiro, among others, didn’t like it. While I almost always agree with Ben, I think he is wrong, because we got needed defense funds. And the Democrats, being Democrats, would never allow those needed funds to pass without a concomitant increase in domestic spending. However, this time they didn’t get an equal increase. I think McConnell did the best he could. And maybe – just maybe – we will get almost enough growth in revenues to offset the increases, which many are one-time deals.

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    • February 10, 2018 at 6:24 am
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  2. Coolidge

    This was much more of what I expect and enjoy from NTK. I agree with @georgetownsend though that even in the age of Trump, we are better off with Republicans. However I am not such a partisan that I will only criticize the other side. I will not take that other side though.

    George Townsend (View Comment):
    Regarding the budget deal: Ben Shapiro, among others, didn’t like it. While I almost always agree with Ben, I think he is wrong, because we got needed defense funds. And the Democrats, being Democrats, would never allow those needed funds to pass without a concomitant increase in domestic spending.

    This is a good example of why I won’t take that other side.

    • #2
    • February 10, 2018 at 9:37 am
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  3. Member

    Mona, consider a cockapoo.

    • #3
    • February 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm
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  4. Inactive

    “Boy child”? Really? Mona, like it or not, he’s your President and, as such, deserves if not respect at least politeness. For shame.

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    • February 10, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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    Geoffrey Leach (View Comment):
    “Boy child”? Really? Monica, like it or not, he’s your President and, as such, deserves if not respect at least politeness. For shame.

    Who in the world is Monica? As for saying that our President is a “Boy child”: If he doesn’t wanna be called that, don’t act the part. If Donald Trump ever were caught calling someone a Boy child, I think I would make a toast! Probably the politetest thing he’s ever said about anyone!

    • #5
    • February 10, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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  6. Coolidge

    https://twitter.com/gmbutts/status/961595361725952001

    I really thought we had taken a step toward making #climate a non-partisan issue in Canada. Mulroney’s announcement today is a sad step backward.

    • Gerald Butt, Feb 8 2018

    For those of you who dont know – Gerry Butt is the butt that is Principle Secretary to Justin Truedeu.

    If you agree with my partisan political agenda, its an act of non-partisanship.

    • #6
    • February 11, 2018 at 6:34 am
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    EEM

    Just a quick comment having to do with the opening “Siskel & Ebert” exchange about The Post.

    I haven’t seen the movie, though I plan to, even though I’m a little weary of America’s love affair with Meryl Streep. As far as I’m concerned, she’ll never find a role more suited to her than Miranda Priestly. Ditto with Tom Hanks’ 12-year-old Josh Baskin trapped in a 30-year old body.

    But . . . I am interested in seeing how Katharine Graham is portrayed. I’ve been a fan of hers for a couple of decades after I read her autobiography, Personal History. Siskel’s (or was it Ebert’s?) critique having to do with the film being a “feminist fairy tale” struck me as somewhat odd and maybe a bit unfair. Though it’s been awhile since I read the book, my recollection is indeed that of a sheltered, naive woman being thrust into a man’s world after the suicide of her husband–ignorant of the business yet doing what she had to do, learning on the job, and growing stronger and more competent as she did.

    If that’s a fairy tale, then so be it, but unless I’m being naive, I think it’s an honest one, and probably a familiar one to us aging boomers who watched our own mothers navigate the unfriendly waters of public life in the 1960’s and 70’s, my own mom among them, who served on the city council and later as mayor in Huntington Beach, California. She did put up with a lot of what was called chauvinism back then, but it was mostly just obnoxious, good old boy stuff, not the harassment you hear about today. She died a well-respected figure in our community.

    Anyway, just a thumbs up for the early feminists, so unlike the nasty feminists of today. Women like my mom, like Katharine Graham, who did what they had to do or felt compelled to do, even if it wasn’t easy.

    Here’s Graham’s book jacket blurb, if anyone’s interested.

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    • February 11, 2018 at 6:17 pm
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    Geoffrey Leach (View Comment):
    “Boy child”? Really? Mona, like it or not, he’s your President and, as such, deserves if not respect at least politeness. For shame.

    Nah. Once you start bloviating about grabbing women’s *#%!#*s, and how George W. Bush lied us into the Iraq war, and how there were good and bad people “on both sides” at Charlottesville … and countless other vile and reprehensible comments … you have forfeited your right to politesse.

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    • February 11, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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    filmklassik (View Comment):

    Geoffrey Leach (View Comment):
    “Boy child”? Really? Mona, like it or not, he’s your President and, as such, deserves if not respect at least politeness. For shame.

    Nah. Once you start bloviating about grabbing women’s *#%!#*s, and how George W. Bush lied us into the Iraq war, and how there were good and bad people “on both sides” at Charlottesville … and countless other vile and reprehensible comments … you have forfeited your right to politesse.

    Amen!

    • #9
    • February 12, 2018 at 1:57 am
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