We try, we really do try, to sort through the increasingly problematic “Russian collusion” narrative and establish a timeline of sorts—and figure out what’s real and what’s nonsense. Do we succeed? Give a listen.

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The reaction to the violence at the Israel-Gaza border was not a surprise, we say on this week’s first podcast, but the perpetual effort to deny Palestinians human agency and to absolve them of responsibility for the actions leading to the deaths and injuries on the Gazan side never ceases to amaze. And we take the measure of the life and work of Tom Wolfe, dead at 87. Give a listen.

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So much news we had to our second podcast a day early! There’s a little gloating, I admit, but also a lot of analysis about the decertification of the Iran deal. How Trump didn’t “vandalize” it because exiting from it is perfectly permissible under its provisions. How Obama’s misunderstanding of the regime and wishful thinking about the Middle East led him to a bad deal. And how the new realities of the Middle East make the deal a relic of a different time. Give a listen.

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Will tomorrow’s primary elections in the GOP signal another turn in the party toward candidates who mimic Donald Trump’s attitudes and affect? That’s the question we focus on today, as well as the question of whether Democrats and liberals are falling prey to a temptation that will harm their efforts to get Trump—which is to embrace figures like Stormy Daniels and thereby normalize the president. Give a listen.

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What was Rudy Giuliani doing, going on TV and saying Michael Cohen paid off a porn star at Donald Trump’s direction and that Trump fired James Comey for reasons entirely different from the one Trump gave at the time? I speculate we’re seeing a newly aggressive legal strategy that might lead to the firing of Robert Mueller and others at the Justice Department, while Noah Rothman thinks that would be insane if true, and Abe Greenwald referees. Also, the Iran deal advocates—are they kidding with the way they reacted to the Israeli seizure of Iranian nuclear documents, or what? Give a listen.

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So is that all she wrote for the Iran deal? That’s what we ask on the first of this week’s podcasts. Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprise speech revealing the Israeli intelligence acquisition of the century may be all Donald Trump needs to say he cannot sign the 6-month affirmation of the deal’s virtue. And we say let’s not get too hasty about Nobels and North Korea. Give a listen.

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Will Donald Trump pull us out of the Iran deal two days before a big celebration of the Israel embassy move to Jerusalem—and at a time when the big news will still be the North Korea negotiations? We wonder, and wonder what the plan would be if he would. Then we talk about how you never really want to know the name of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs because if you do, it means nothing good. Give a listen.

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On this podcast, we explain why, for the state of Israel, these are the very best of times, even though American Jews and those who hate Israel seem to believe otherwise to the exclusion of all available evidence. Then we talk about what Sohrab Ahmari dubs the North Korea “somewhat” and Mike Pompeo’s nomination. With a guest appearance by Skeletor. Give a listen.

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On our latest COMMENTARY podcast we wonder at the fact that Democrats are going to vote en masse against Mike Pompeo as secretary of state for no real reason other than that they don’t like Trump—and how this marks the fulfillment of a degradation in the advise-and-consent process that’s been accelerating for the past couple of decades. Also, we talk about Stormy Daniels, alas. Give a listen.

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James Comey is going to sell 2 million books or something, but it’s far from clear his inadvertently revealing interview with George Stephanopoulos did him any favors. On our podcast, we discuss the ways in which Comey injured his own case for himself by showing us his narcissism and the sheer number of bad decisions he has made. We also look at the raid on Syria and on the continuing dream on the part of liberals that Trump is done for. Give a listen.

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Has Syria’s monstrous chemical attack on its own citizens changed the trajectory of the Trump foreign policy—and was it occasioned by Trump’s announcement of an American pullout from Syria? That’s the question we ask on this podcast. Then we go into l’affaire Williamson, during which segment I curse repeatedly for the first time in public in a couple of years. Give a listen.

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Is Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe of the Trump campaign going to end without a satisfying conclusion to those hoping it will prove “collusion” and the president’s complicity? A new Washington Post report suggests it will. Also, amid the GOP’s 2018 woes, Donald Trump reverts to campaign promises on issues like border security, Syria, and trade. Meanwhile, his administration is singing a different tune.

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On this podcast, the COMMENTARY crew takes on Israel-Gaza border clashes and the effort to create a new border clash on the U.S.-Mexico border. And we talk about how Noah Rothman is the most dangerous person on earth. Give a listen.

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John Podhoretz is out today. In his absence, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and Sohrab Ahmari discuss the White House’s ongoing personnel churn with the ouster of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. They also dig into what the Mueller Probe’s revelation about Rick Gates’ Russian military intelligence contacts means or does not mean with regard to the elusive charge of “collusion.” The gun control debate makes an appearance, and, finally, the gang discusses the socio-politico-cultural implications of the revival of ABC’s “Roseanne.”

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Liberals are freaking out over John Bolton, who represents a conventional body of opinion in American foreign policy dating back more than half a century. Conservatives are freaking out over the March for Our Lives and what it means. And many people are, surprisingly, yawning over the adult film star and Donald Trump. It’s our first podcast of the week. Give a listen.

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So what’s in the big spending bill? On today’s podcast, we break it down from defense to opioids to Palestinian support for murderers and the cutoff thereof. And then we do not congratulate. Give a listen.

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There appear to have been good reasons to fire FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, and good reasons for both Republicans and Democrats to believe he was a malign force in the 2016 elections. So why did Donald Trump and his lawyer decide to make it seem as though he had only been fired for crass political reasons? And why is everybody going insane over the clearly preposterous idea that a political marketing firm used Facebook to control the 2016 election? Why is everybody going bananas? It’s a podcast. Give a listen.

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On the last COMMENTARY Podcast of the week, the gang (minus Noah Rothman) delve into the ramifications of Vladimir Putin’s increasingly reckless campaign of terror and assess the Trump administration’s response. We also reflect on Conor Lamb’s special-election victory and what it means for the GOP. Check it out.

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A possible summit with North Korea and a possible bellwether election in Pennsylvania take up our time on the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week. Give a listen.

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