On this week’s mid-Passover podcast, the COMMENTARY boys delineate the manifold ways in which the president has reversed himself on his campaign promises and expressed views on: Syria. China. Russia. His tax plan. NATO. The Export-Import Bank. And so much else. Are we seeing him grow in office or is this just more ideological incoherence? Give a listen.

[Editor’s note this podcast episode was recorded April 13 but not published on Ricochet until April 17 due to technical difficulties.]

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John Podhoretz is out for the Passover holiday, so, in his absence, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald try to make sense of the Trump administration’s new policy toward Assad (and, incidentally, Putin). Has the Trump administration done an 180-degree pivot on Assad? Can the nationalist wing of Trump’s fan base survive Trump’s embrace of internationalism? Finally, as Trump’s 100th day in office approaches, what has he got to show for it?

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Wow! It’s the first anniversary of the COMMENTARY Magazine Podcast! So it’s long and wordy and a little hysterical! Three subjects consume Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz. 1) The cascading foreign-policy programs that are forcing Donald Trump to consider his role as leader of the free world. 2) The war inside the White House. 3) The condition of the Republicans on Capitol Hill. It’s good. It’s passionate. It’s the beginning of Year Two. Give a listen.

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Someone needs to sort this out, and we’re just the guys to do it—Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and John Podhoretz, on the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week. What’s Trump’s line? What’s the anti-Trump line? What is unmasking? Why did Trump waste a month of his presidency on a stupid tweet? Give a listen.

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On this second podcast of the week Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and John Podhoretz try to suss out what it is the president is trying to do by tweeting threats at conservative Republican House members who opposed him on health-care reform. Can he punish them? Should he want to? Will he actually try to? And what about Russia? Is he failing to respond publicly to Putin’s many provocations for inappropriate reasons or because he just doesn’t care? Give a listen.

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On this first podcast of the week, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz try to make sense of who is to blame and basically decide that … but why would I tell you here? You need to download or stream the podcast to find out! This is a cliffhanger! Give a listen.

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On a special week-ending podcast, the COMMENTARY crew considers the collapse of the American Health Care Act and the fallout therefrom. Our conclusion: A lot of fallout. A lot of it on Donald Trump’s head. And some on Paul Ryan. And some on House Republicans.

And oy. Give a listen.

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John Podhoretz rejoins the COMMENTARY Podcast after a brief absence, albeit from on location in California. Please excuse the audio disruptions resulting from everyone recording from a different state. In this podcast, the gang takes the temperature of the GOP’s ObamaCare replacement bill ahead of Thursday’s vote, the ongoing confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice-designate Neil Gorsuch, and Representative Devin Nunes’ somewhat confusing bombshell revelation.

It’s a packed podcast. Give a listen!

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The matter of the Donald Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia have dogged this administration since its very first days. For the first time in public hearings, Congress is digging into the matter. Today, FBI Director Comey revealed that the Trump campaign is under investigation for its Russia ties. Will Democrats “overplay their hand?” Further, President Trump’s chilly meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and some awful job approval polls for the president suggest the White House is having a bad week.

John Podhoretz is out today, so Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman dissect the day’s developments. Give a listen.

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The last of the week’s COMMENTARY podcasts tackles the logic and philosophy in Donald Trump’s proposed budget; what it cuts and where it spends. What does a “hard power,” “America first” budget look like and how much of it will end up in the final legislation? Also, Trump’s revised immigration order hits a snag in the courts… again. Is the courts’ logic sound and could this have been avoided? Give a listen.

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In the first of the week’s Commentary podcasts–assuming the hosts can dig out of the snow cataclysm barreling down on the Northeast–Donald Trump’s detractors suffer from acute memory loss. The president’s “unprecedented” dismissal of Obama-appointed prosecutors was anything but. Also, the hosts dig into racially controversial comments from Representative Steve King and how they reflect on his supporters. Give a listen.

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In the last podcast of the week, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald and John Podhoretz try to make the case for the new Republican health care bill as best they can, before going into the deeper question of what the bill’s particulars say about the Right’s commitment to making the case for a self-governing citizenry. They conclude that the elected officials of the Right no longer want to make that case, with parlous consequences for the future.

But then they make some jokes! Give a listen.

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On this week’s final podcast, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz discuss how the positive reception of the president’s big speech was not undermined by him (for once) but rather by a series of leak-riddled articles trashing the Yemen raid, trashing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and suggesting Obamans scattered bits of intelligence trouble through the executive branch to leave a breadcrumb trail like Hansel and Gretel. Give a listen.

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On this week’s first podcast, Abe and Noah and John discuss the crisis of competence suggested by the failure to hand a movie star the right envelope. Might seem silly, but it’s never happened before, and it’s happened at a time when nobody seems to be able to do anything properly. Give a listen.

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On the last of this week’s podcast, the COMMENTARY crew discusses the problems with the new deportation policies, ventilates on the Democratic National Committee’s race for chair, and wonders whether Trump is wooing the conservative movement or whether the conservative movement has already surrendered its purity to his seductions.

Give a listen.

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On the first of the week’s podcast, the COMMENTARY gang (Noah, Abe, and John) discuss the appointment of H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, the rise in anti-Semitic threats and Donald Trump’s eventual response to them, and the question of who actually makes policy in the new administration.

It’s hectic. It’s passionate. It’s a little incoherent. Give a listen.

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On the second Commentary podcast of the week, Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and John Podhoretz dilate upon Donald Trump’s seeming revolution in the U.S. posture toward the Israelis and the Palestinians while asking this question: Does the president actually know what the “one-state” or “two-state” solution is?

They also point out that just as paranoids have enemies, Trump has reason to believe he is under attack from inside his own executive branch—but that his response may hurt him and not help. Also, like Jack Benny and Fred Allen’s radio shows of old, we have a sponsor! Give a listen.

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In this week’s first podcast, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz discuss the attempted defenestration of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn—and whether we should all be scared by the clear line-crossing leaks of the intelligence community.

Then they go on to discuss whether immigration hardliners have reason to be angry with the Trump White House for botching the executive order, and other fun stuff. Give a listen.

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On the last podcast of the week, Abe Greenwald and John Podhoretz (Noah Rothman is away) attempt to steady themselves despite the tsunami of news that threatens to drown us all. From executive orders to Ivanka’s Nordstrom problem, America is in danger of drowning in the Trumpnami.

We try to throw you a lifeline. Give a listen.

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