Rich, Charlie, and Ian discuss Donald Trump’s ongoing fight with Attorney General Sessions, the rise of Anthony Scaramucci, the state of Obamacare repeal, and the ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

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Six months into the Trump presidency the GOP Congress struggles with the promise of swift and dramatic reforms. Kevin Kosar, the R Street Institute’s vice president of policy and a ten-year veteran of Capitol Hill, discusses how the legislative branch became the weakest of government’s limbs.

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Our old friend DC McAllister recently wrote a fascinating article at The Federalist titled, “Why Demanding Equality in All Things Makes Us Narcissists.” Which prompted Dave Carter to sit down with DC and explore the issue in-depth. We think you’ll find their exchange interesting, to say the least.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Republicans for backing Attorney General Jeff Session even in the midst of President’s Trumps invective against him, including the warning from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley that there is no time left in 2017 to consider another person as attorney general. They express their continuing disgust as six Senate Republicans who voted to repeal Obamacare in 2015 refused to do so now. And they fume as former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor admits Republicans never believed they could repeal Obamacare if they took back control of Congress but used voter anger and expectations to win elections. Finally, rumors are swirling that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer might join the cast of the ABC reality show, Dancing With the Stars.

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On this week’s episode, the Substandard reviews Dunkirk and ranks the Christopher Nolan oeuvre. Sonny hates the beach, JVL hates Tesla even more, and Vic discovers Game of Thrones. Plus Justice League woes and Gene Shalit goes to the IMAX, all on this week’s Substandard!

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Salena is joined by guest Paul Sracic, Chair of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University. Being a political professor in Youngstown, Paul Sracic is the perfect guest to talk about President Trump’s rally in Youngstown, Ohio. “I think that with few exceptions, no president has done anywhere near what we’ve done in his first six months. Not even close,” Trump said at the rally. Paul and Salena dive right into the event and explain it all only on Examining Politics.

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This week on Banter, Myron Ebell and George Frampton debate the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a carbon tax. Ebell is director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment and chair of the Cooler Heads Coalition. Frampton is a cofounder of The Partnership for Responsible Growth and was previously senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP in the firm’s climate and clean energy practice. Both participated in a panel discussion at AEI to discuss the implications of the carbon tax proposal Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced at the event. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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HWX is back this week by popular demand, with a special broadcast of Brian Ward and Paul Happe breaking down the critical issues of our time. Topics addressed include:

It’s the Summer of Fake News, we look back on how we got here, including a fond reminiscence of the father of Fake News, This Week in Gatekeeping. Also, since we don’t watch CNN anymore, we review exclusive audio of a recent Anderson Cooper 360 promo and ascertain its veracity.

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In his new book, False Black Power?, Jason L. Riley says that the civil-rights movement made a mistake when it choose political advancement over economic opportunity.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Riley explains why the political success of African Americans hasn’t translated into gains in human capital, what black politics should aim to accomplish in the 21st century, and why he put a question mark in his book’s title.

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Today on the Daily Standard podcast, deputy online editor Chris Deaton talks with host Eric Felten about the Obamacare repeal debate going on in the Senate Wednesday.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud a federal appeals court for striking down the District of Columbia’s policy of requiring a “good reason” for allowing resident to conceal carry their guns. They also welcome back John McCain and the start of the health care debate but lament how tough it will be to pass a good bill and McCain’s castigation of everyone for the Senate gridlock. And they marvel at the lack of media coverage as a top IT expert for former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and several other Democratic lawmakers is arrested for bank fraud while trying to leave the country and the FBI looks into hard drives demolished by hammers.

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Tevi Troy joins the Manhattan Institute’s Paul Howard to discuss a dreaded scenario: a bioterror attack in New York City.

Gotham’s status as a cultural and financial center makes it a more desirable target than any other city in the world. Of all the threats the city faces, a biological attack may be the most terrifying.

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Toby Young and James Delingpole return to dissect the second episode of Game of Thrones. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? Take a sword to them in the comments.

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What happens if President Trump successfully shames Attorney General Jeff Sessions into resigning?

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Jamie McIntyre gives analysis on the latest strategies for North Korea and Afghanistan.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome Arizona Sen. John McCain back to Capitol Hill despite the grim diagnosis he received last week, and are happy that Republicans now have a full roster as the health care debate continues. They also bemoan President Trump’s continued use of Twitter to attack Attorney General Jeff Sessions for being “weak” in failing to investigate Hillary Clinton over her emails and alleged collusion with Ukraine during the 2016 campaign. And they analyze a surprising new Michigan poll showing rock star Kid Rock leading incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for July 25, 2017 it’s the Smart Girl Goes to Harvard edition of the podcast with our special (smart) guest CO-HOST (first time ever!) Teri Christoph of Smart Girl Politics Podcast fame.

It’s kind of like a podcast version of a junior high school dance. We’re all a little bit clumsy and awkward, but the (political) hormones are thick in the air! We had a great time. As for Teri maybe she didn’t, like, listen to our show before agreeing to join us. But it all turns out for the best in the end.

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Today on the Daily Standard podcast, RealClearPolitics Washington editor Carl Cannon comes by to talk about his new book On This Date, a calendar of significant events in American history.

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The US economy appears to be stuck at around 2% GDP growth, much less than the 3.5% it has averaged between World War II and the Great Recession. One reason is that productivity growth – that is, output per worker — is barely rising. Why is the American economy apparently not as productive as it used to be? Are we, despite tech giants such as Apple and Google, somehow less innovative than in the past? If so, why are we so worried about robots taking our jobs?

To help us answer those questions and others, I’m delighted to have as my guest today Bret Swanson, an AEI visiting fellow and president of Entropy Economics, a strategic research firm specializing in technology, innovation, and the global economy. Bret is the co-author of the recent report, “The Coming Productivity Boom,” and he joins us today to discuss why he thinks much higher productivity growth is just around the corner.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Claude Barfield and Michael Strain host the Right Honorable Liam Fox MP, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, to discuss international trade policy in the wake of Brexit. Dr. Strain welcomes Dr. Fox back to AEI and delivers introductory remarks.

Following Dr. Strain’s introduction, Dr. Barfield sits down with Dr. Fox to discuss the steps the UK is taking domestically to form a sovereign trade policy and the future of UK-US trade relations. Dr. Fox is leading the effort to redesign the UK’s trade policy after the departure from the European Union. He believes the UK undoubtedly will leave the EU by March 2019 — the question that remains is the process by which it will leave.

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Politics editor Jim Antle and White House correspondent Sarah Westwood are on Examining Politics to give you a preview of the week ahead for the Trump administration. The White House will work to get the healthcare bill over the finish line while President Trump hits the road to promote his legislative agenda in friendly states. We will also see the White House press office shakeup continue to play out this week. Will it result in a more confrontational approach, especially related to the Russia investigation? Sarah Westwood breaks it down for Examining Politics.

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