President Trump batted his lashes at Vladimir Putin and then faced a backlash. Charen and Nordlinger consider NATO, useful idiots, Bill Browder, our “foe” the EU, and more.

Need to Know listeners have been hearing Mona talk about Wine Access for some weeks now.

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Great judges are made not born. Jay and Mona praise the Federalist Society for giving the nation a pool of highly qualified, conservative judges, and President Trump for appointing them. Yale Law students can’t handle it. Is Jim Jordan a victim of the deep state? Should we abolish ICE (er, no), and more.

The podcast is strummed out, over the Blue Yeti’s objections, to John Denver.

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This week, Mona’s book, “Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense,” is published. Jay wants to question her about it. So he does. A conversation on crucially important subjects, ending with a song: “Love and Marriage,” by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, sung (impeccably) by Dinah Shore.

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The world is bursting with issues, and, in a quick-paced ’cast, Mona and Jay discuss a few of them: family separation at the border; Trump and North Korea; and the doings of Emmanuel Macron in France. As you know, “Need to Know” begins with the Sabre Dance, which is from a Khachaturian ballet called “Gayane.” This particular episode goes out with another beloved Khachaturian piece, the Waltz from “Masquerade” (a play). Haunting and stirring bugger.

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Two cropped up in the discussion — one unmentionable, the other not. Jay and Mona covered North Korea, Roseanne Barr, Samantha Bee, sarcasm on Twitter, the economy, Trey Gowdy and much more. A meaty meal!

Music from this week’s show: From Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Op. 130

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Two Megans are featured this week: the great Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle, and the newest member of the Windsor clan, Meghan Markle. The trio of McArdle, Nordlinger, and Charen tackle the welfare state, the NFL, the abortive Korea Summit, and graduation season.

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Jay and Mona catch up on the Gaza attempted invasion, the latest awful school shooting, Mattis and McCain, and the death of 3 giants.

Music from this week’s episode:  Largo from Xerxes. George Frideric Handel.

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Though neither mountain climbers nor heads of state, Mona and Jay got a chance to do a summit – the Ricochet Podcast Summit in Washington, D.C. Before an audience, they ran through a slew of issues, including the Koreas, the Nobel Peace Prize, Rudy Giuliani, movies, and books. And music. Both of them had the temerity to suggest what was the greatest pop song ever written. This podcast ends with one of the selections (a Jackson 5 number).

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There being no shortage of news to discuss, Mona and Jay wade in: the Korean Peninsula, Trump, Macron, Mulvaney, Pruitt, Cohen, Cosby, etc. There is also talk about books and movies and TV shows. And music – the podcast goes out with a snippet from one of the mightiest works ever written, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9.

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Eli Lake of Bloomberg View evaluates the Syria situation. Why not just “leave it others”? Jay and Mona then talk Comey, Cohen, Haley, Bush (Barbara), Stone, and Hannity. Plus: a special invitation to a live event.

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Mona and Jay welcome Kristen Soltis Anderson, a top pollster and analyst with a beautiful name. She talks about Trump’s standing, the GOP’s standing, and related important issues. Then Mona and Jay discuss tweeting, Amazon, Kevin Williamson, abortion, etc. They are takin’ care of business, and so is America, and so is the song the podcast goes out on.

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There’s lots to debate about guns, but not the way America is currently doing it. Jay and Mona look at David Hogg, Marco Rubio, and the tone of contempt. They pay tribute to Kevin Williamson, and the late Pete Peterson and Zell Miller. Happy Passover and Happy Easter.

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Powerline’s Steve Hayward joins Mona for the first half of this week’s special NTK. They talk about the conservative crack-up and Mona’s book (coming June 26!). Jay later joins Mona for a look at “Rexit,” boobish campaigning, Putin’s “election,” and the McCabe exit.

Music: Henry Litolff, Scherzo Concerto Symphonique #4

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It’s the eternal cry of children, but does it apply to international trade? Scott Lincicome joins to explain why not. Jay and Mona then consider the Trump/Kim summit, the nationalists vs. globalists theme that’s making the rounds, and the pace of news in the Trump era.

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Mona reports the behind the scenes details of her appearance at CPAC last weekend and the fallout since. The conservative movement is up for grabs — no telling how this story will turn out. 

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When it comes to guns, it seems doubtful. Mona and Jay talk discourse, extremism, and the seeming elusiveness of serious policy discussion.

The podcast begins with the redoubtable Richard Brookhiser, historian and NR senior editor, who reflects on Trump’s influence on conservatism, dirty tricks in politics, and much more.

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Prof. Gabriel Rossman of UCLA joins NTK to offer reflections on being a conservative in academia – and also on invitations to provocateurs like Milo. 

Jay and Mona then analyze the Mueller indictments, Russian interference, domestic divisions, crime, and the origin of a famous expression.

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The wry and witty Andrew Ferguson joins NTK to report on The Post, which he had just seen, and on the Washington world, which he’s seen through the years.

Jay and Mona then speak of Rob Porter, bias, Riccardo Muti, and much more.

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Benjamin Wittes of Lawfareblog joins a special NTK that includes David French to analyze the release of the Nunes memo and the state of our intelligence community in the Trump era.

David, Jay, and Mona then opine on the State of the Union speech, the state of conservatism, and the unpredictable nature of courage.

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