Obamacare expert Phil Klein–who literally wrote the book on Obamacare repeal–says there’s plenty in the House-passed replacement bill for conservatives to love…and hate.
Economics Reporter Joe Lawyer on a key financial reform victory by Republicans that you may have missed.More
The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol talks about the political impact of the GOP’s house-vote victory today, and concerns about the policy impact for Republicans in the future. Kristol, who is on the road this week, also shares the mood among reluctant Trump voters he’s encountered in the Midwest. And he confesses his favorite airport eatery. Baby-back ribs for everyone!More
After 100 some days of the Trump presidency, the Republican Party and the conservative coalition, broadly understood, are still in flux. Was this election a Pyrrhic victory? Is that even the right question to ask?
Yuval Levin writes in a new essay, “Conservatism in an Age of Alienation”, that “… the problems exposed by this election year call out for a modernized, self-critical, twenty-first-century conservatism—a conservatism that is uncertain if this election has marked a victory or a defeat, and is therefore both aggressive in pursuit of opportunities and alert to dangers.” We discussed this, the future of the movement, and much more in this wide-ranging episode of the podcast.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America devote their martinis to House passage of the updated American Health Care Act. They explain how the bill is not as good as it could be but is far better than the original version for conservatives. They also explain the uncertain future the legislation faces in the U.S. Senate and the GOP’s narrow margin for error. And they scratch their heads as Republicans hold a victory rally for a bill that is not yet law.More
In this latest episode, the Substandard discusses box-office bomb The Circle and the techno-thriller genre. Vic loves WarGames, Sonny goes on an Andy Rooney rant against elitist foodies, and Jonathan shares an L.A. story. All on this week’s “inchoate” episode of the Substandard!More
Kira, April, and Teri are back with more real talk from conservative women. Topics this week include Teri and Kira’s shared loved of the British royal family, the right’s messaging problem when it comes to dealing with Jimmy Kimmel’s healthcare comments, and the awful YouTube parents who’ve lost custody of two of their children.More
The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes on why the GOP House vote repealing Obamacare isn’t the win that they want, but it’s the win that they need,More
I don’t think these journalists are doing it right. Plus Heather Mac Donald joins me to talk about free speech and Black Lives Matter.More
The Washington Examiner’s Senior Health Reporter Kimberly Leonard on big story of the day—the GOP House passes an Obamacare repeal and replace bill. So now what?
White House Correspondent Sarah Westwood has President Trump’s reaction to the win, and she also reports on the details of a new executive order protecting religious liberty.More
Never let it be said that the Ricochet Podcast does not scour the world looking for the best guests and conversation to elucidate the issues of the day and make you muy contento. This week, we’ve got Senator Ben Sasse direct from the backroads of Nebraska talking about his new must-read book The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis–and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance. We talk parenting and yes, some politics. And then, live on a scratchy phone line from Havana, it’s TV’s Rob Long with a sickles loafers-on-the-ground report from the Worker’s Paradise.
Music from this week’s podcast: Chan Chan by The Buena Vista Social ClubMore
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Richard Epstein explains what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s missing in the recent tax reform proposals issued by the Trump Administration.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America groan as Aetna announces it will pull out of Virginia and Iowa’s last insurer is leaving most of the state for the individual marketplace. They’re stunned as more Republicans tell pollsters they trust the government to do the right thing more than Democrats do. And they react as an MSNBC contributor declares that anyone who doesn’t rely on government is elitist.More
On the last of this week’s podcasts, Noah Rothman and John Podhoretz (Abe Greenwald is out) try to explain what on earth happened to make it possible for the House to pass a health-care bill and whether this is good news for Republicans or terrible news. (Answer: Both! Neither! Who knows!) Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton reemerges to take full responsibility for losing the election and then turns around and blames James Comey, misogyny, the media Russia, and blue cheese (John made up that last one). Give a listen.More
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You’ve probably read stories by embedded reporters and have a general understanding of what they do. But what about their stories? What is like to be an embedded reporter? How do they get treated by Marines? What are the locals like? How does it feel to be in life and death situations?
Dan Lamothe of the Washington Post is the guest to answer those questions. He’s been embedded with troops in Afghanistan on more than one occasion and has some interesting stories to tell.More
Okay, stinky budget, but what about the big picture? Plus — whoo-hoo! — the mailbag! All your troubles are belong to us!More
From the newsroom of the Washington Examiner:
“Huma Abedin Did What?” Investigative Reporter Todd Shepherd on today’s Senate testimony from FBI Director James Comey, who made lots of news and offered no apologies.More
The Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway on how the Left’s ongoing angst over Bret Stephens and climate change reveals an utter lack of nuance among the new Puritans of American politics.More
DJ Jaffe joins Stephen Eide and Howard Husock to discuss severe mental illness and the deficiencies in mental-health services in New York City and across the country.
DJ Jaffe is the author of an important new book, Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill. He is executive director of Mental Illness Policy Org., a nonpartisan think tank that creates detailed policy analysis for legislators, the media, and advocates.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching Hillary Clinton remain immersed in her state of denial, as Hillary takes responsibility for losing to Donald Trump but seems to blame everyone else. They also react to Pres. Trump tweeting about nuking the legislative filibuster and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying it’s not going to happen. And they’re almost speechless as the Democrat running for Congress in Montana invites skeptics of the liberal line on climate change to go into their garages and start their cars.More
Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet’s Stephen Miller welcome former Green Beret Terry Schappert, host of “Hollywood Weapons.” You’ve seen him as a regular on Fox News’s “Red Eye” and “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” History Channel’s “Warriors,” and Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
The new budget stinks. Is it GOP strategery or simply capitulation? Also, Factual Feminist Cristina Hoff Sommers joins me to discuss whether women should fear Trump.More
Byron York talks about the power of positive chaos, or at least that’s the thinking, inside the Trump White House.
Jim Antle on why conservatives are cranky with the new budget deal. But could it lead to a GOP win in the long term?More
One of our pregnant Ladybrains had her baby! …. In her car. Hear Bethany’s crazy birth story on this week’s episode.
Thank you to my best midwife yet – Seth – for delivering our 9lb son in his car earlier this morning off of Route 1 in a gravel parking lot outside an auto body shop. Thank you to the South Brunswick PD and EMTs for getting us to the hospital after he was born. Thanks to God we are happy and healthy, and just a tiny bit shell shocked by a 45 minute birth.