Yuval Levin joins Mona and Jay to talk about health care: What to do? More specifically, what to do NOW, at this impasse? Then, Mona and Jay talk about Trump and Mika and Joe. Later, they talk about Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan – and tell some interesting stories.

The show ends with Marilyn Horne, singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag” (including the verses – rare!).

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On the second of this week’s podcasts, the COMMENTARY crew is scattered far afield—I’m in Vegas, baby; Noah Rothman is at home in Jersey; and Abe Greenwald is in our offices in New York. Perhaps our distance accounts for a greater degree of disagreement and even disgruntlement as we consider the meaning of the Trump war on the media and its convenient crescendo during a moment in which it looks like the GOP hopes of scoring a health-care reform are in the process of crashing and burning. Give a listen.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, a group of experts convene to discuss the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) excessive regulation of e-cigarettes and what might be done to further encourage their use as an alternative to smoking. AEI’s Sally Satel begins by surveying the epidemiology of smoking and the potential of e-cigarettes to function as a cessation tool. In the following conversation, panelists discuss the history of e-cigarette regulation, potential legislative fixes to current regulations, and the role of pending litigation in scaling back the FDA’s regulations.

Panelists include Azim Chowdhury (Keller and Heckman LLP), Greg Conley (American Vaping Association), Sally Satel (AEI), Saul Shiffman (University of Pittsburgh), and Alan D. Viard (AEI). The discussion is moderated by Stan Veuger (AEI).

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Kevin and Charlie discuss a couple of recent minimum wage studies, and Trump’s social media antics.

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Bill discusses Pres. Trump’s big win before the Supreme Court after it upholds most of his travel ban. Bill also weighs in on the latest news regarding Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Then, foreign policy expert Michael Del Rosso joins Bill to discuss the war against ISIS abroad in Mosul and Syria as well as at home in the fight against the spread of radical Islam. Finally, he talks with David French about the legal and political implications of the Supreme Court upholding the travel ban and what comes next for Trump’s immigration plan.

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It’s a special new episode of HWX, with Brian Ward and Paul Happe reconvening to discuss the critical issues of our times. Topics addressed include:

* With Kathy Griffin and Shakespeare in the Park’s Juliuis Caesar, lots of new Trump bashing in the news. Are these new levels of depravity or just the same old vitriol? Also, exclusive preview audio of this summer’s next Broadway smash, Shakespeare in the Trump.

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This week, Al Felzenberg joined Banter to discuss his new book, A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. Felzenberg, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, served in two presidential administrations and was principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission. On this podcast, he shares little-known aspects of Buckley’s career and details about his close relationships with some of our greatest presidents.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, the members of the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Paid Family Leave discuss their report and their perspectives on paid family and medical leave. This is part 1 of the event, which includes the presentation of the report and further reflections on the report.

First, AEI’s Aparna Mathur, joined by the Brookings Institution’s Isabel V. Sawhill, explains the reasons for paid leave and the incomplete existing patchwork of state and private policies. Further reflections are provided by Abby M. McCloskey (McCloskey Policy LLC) and Jane Waldfogel (Columbia University).

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud new developments in the Middle East as ISIS loses its grip on Mosul and its defeat appears increasingly likely. They condemn the appalling Charlie Gard decision in which a London court decided that a terminally ill child will be removed from life support — against the wishes of his parents — and reflect on the implications of single-payer healthcare. They criticize President Trump’s latest Twitter barrage against Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, claiming Trump’s language debases the culture. Plus, a follow-up revelation in the McEnroe-Williams tennis controversy.

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Salena is back on examining politics with a special guest: partner at Strother Nuckels Strategies, Dane Strother. Strother Nuckels Strategies is a firm that produces media, digital communication and strategy for Democratic candidates, ballot measures and corporations. Dane joins Salena for a discussion how to rebuild the democratic party after their loss in 2016.

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What does Ronald Reagan’s brand of conservatism mean for the GOP today? In this AEI Events Podcast, Henry Olsen, author of “The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism,” joins AEI’s Karlyn Bowman and Jonah Goldberg to discuss his understanding of Reagan’s political odyssey.

Henry Olsen’s presentation is followed by two panel discussions, in which experts discuss the “true Reagan” and the future of the Republican Party. The first discussion features Mr. Olsen and Craig Shirley (author of “Regan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980). The second panel includes Mr. Olsen, Mr. Shirley, Jonah Goldberg (AEI), and Ruy Teixeira (Center for American Progress), and is moderated by William Galston (Brookings Institution).

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The president you thought you knew was someone else, writes Henry Olsen in The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Olsen argues that conservatives fundamentally have misunderstood their favorite president–and now they must come to grips with the fact that he was in his heart a New Dealer as well as the fact that President Trump is more an inheritor of Reagan’s legacy than they previously have recognized.

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This AEI Events Podcast features the release of AEI’s new report, “Kingpins and Corruption: Targeting Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers opening remarks and discusses with AEI’s Roger F. Noriega how Congress and the executive branch can proactively address the threats posed by transnational organized crime.

Following Sen. Rubio’s remarks, a panel of experts discuss some of the case studies featured in the report, including the Venezuelan regime’s widespread involvement in criminal activity, Hezbollah’s growing involvement in illicit networks regionally, and the role of FARC dissident in continued criminal activity in Colombia. Panelists include Douglas Farah (IBI Consultants), Joseph Humire (Center for a Free Society), Roger F. Noriega (AEI), and Celina Realuyo (National Defense University). The discussion is moderated by AEI’s Kirsten D. Madison.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the “tough guy” stance that President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis are taking in deterring further chemical attacks in Syria. They dive into the complications surrounding the healthcare debate, as Mitch McConnell scraps the vote on the most recent GOP bill and many of the Republicans opposed believe the government should be doing more. Finally, they discuss the PC complaints that the new Dunkirk film — a historical World War II drama — is “too white,” even though the vast majority of soldiers involved were white.

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Edward L. Glaeser joins Brian Anderson to discuss the great American domestic crisis of the twenty-first century: persistent joblessness, particularly among “prime-age” men. This 10 Blocks edition is the first based on City Journal’s special issue, The Shape of Work to Come.

In 1967, 95 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 54 worked. During the Great Recession, the share of jobless prime-age males rose above 20 percent. Today, even after years of economic recovery, more than 15 percent of prime-age men still aren’t working. Technological changes, globalization, the educational system, and government policy have all contributed to the problem. “To solve this crisis, we must educate, reform social services, empower entrepreneurs, and even subsidize employment,” argues Glaeser in his article, “The War on Work—and How to End It,” in the special issue of City Journal.

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We celebrate the SCOTUS ruling that, to no sane person’s surprise, the suspension of President Trump’s ban on travel from “six predominantly Muslim countries” was an absurd invasion by judicial activists into the blatantly Executive functions of the government. This is, as you have guessed, the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast, episode 128, with our guest Jessica Vaughan from the Center for Immigration Studies.

(Apologies that this episode has some serious unbalance to the audio – we will be improving the technology in the coming weeks. Thanks for your patience).

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David Satter is an American authority on Russia – a man who cares so much about Russia and the Russian people that he bothers to understand them. And to tell the truth about them, as he knows it. Speaking of knowing: His latest book is “The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep.”

With Jay, he talks about Putin, the diaspora, democracy, Trump, Stalin, literature, and a lot more. An experienced, learned, and bold scholar and journalist. He says that Westerners have misunderstood Russia for years – they think the rest of the world is like them. Satter, for one, avoids that mistake.

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Elisha, Amelia, and Lyndsey talk tourism, travel, how to be a great house guest… and that time Lyndsey broke the law.

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