Join Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America as they serve up some strong martinis to start the week. First, they find an odd appreciation for Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign admitting it needs to raise $1.7 million by the end of the month to have any chance at being competitive for the Democratic nomination – and it makes Jim wonder why several other weak candidates haven’t already closed up shop. They also shake their heads as a lot of House Republicans don’t want to be there anymore. Many of them understandably hate being in the minority but Jim offers another, more serious reason for why a lot of conservatives want out of Washington. And they have no patience for the Shut Down DC climate protesters who snarled traffic in Washington this morning by demonstrating on several critical roads and intersections.

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Join Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America as they serve up the final martinis of the week. First, they welcome the whimpering conclusion of the pointless presidential campaign of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. They also pop the popcorn as as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says no senators support Beto O’Rourke’s mandatory buyback program for AR-15’s and other weapons and O’Rourke fires back by saying that Schumer has accomplished nothing on guns. And as the whistleblower story offers a few more details and now seems to feature Joe Biden, Jim expertly peels back the layers to discuss what Trump did, what Biden did and what it all means.

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It’s all crazy martinis today! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau found to have used blackface on at least three occasions but the maddening part is how the left is urging everyone to calm down with respect to Trudeau when they would have cast a non-leftist to the wolves and even Trudeau himself says these sorts of stories ought to be judges on a case by case basis. They also wait for more information after reports say an intelligence whistleblower is accusing Trump of making a shocking promise to a world leader. Is this a major scandal in the making or just more media hyperventilation? And let’s just say they’re severely underwhelmed as House Republicans make repealing Obamacare and reducing the national debt their priorities if voters return to the majority – particularly when they did neither when they had the chance in the first two years of the Trump administration.

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The laughs are even more abundant than usual today on the Three Martini Lunch! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America begin by applauding CBS for reporting the real headline from the new books on the Kavanuagh fight – that one of Christine Blasey Ford’s supposed witnesses was pressured to lie to support Ford’s story. They also enjoy seeing poll after poll showing Sen. Kamala Harris is slipping badly from her position as a top tier candidate. And as liberal critics wring their hands over Andrew Yang joking that he knows a lot of doctors because he’s Asian, Jim and Greg suggest everyone lighten up and have some fun with their own ethnicities.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome word that a federal investigation will be opened into how a prominent Indiana abortion provider allied with Pete Buttigieg ended up with more than 2,000 fetal remains in his home. They also shake their heads as Kamala Harris not only calls for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to be impeached but also contends that Christine Blasey Ford was “treated like a criminal” and that the Kavanaugh confirmation created a “crisis of confidence” in the Supreme Court. And Jim has plenty to say as the two New York Times reporters behind the latest Kavanaugh allegation insist their original article included the fact the supposed victim has no memory of the incident but their editors took it out of the story.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching some Democrats fret that Beto O’Rourke’s vow to take everyone’s AR-15 and AK-47 might convince voters that Democrats are after our guns. They also shudder as Iranian-funded and armed rebels in Yemen attack Saudi oil production facilities, leading to much higher tensions in the region. And they hammer the New York Times for publishing a new, salacious allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh while omitting the fact the alleged victim has no memory of the incident.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see a high-ranking government official actually moving closer to facing the same type of prosecution most Americans would face for allegedly divulging sensitive information and then lying about it. Jim also hilariously shreds CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin for acting like the allegations in the case are incredibly complicated. They also size up the third Democratic presidential debate and hammer Julian Castro for his obvious suggestion that Joe Biden is too mentally fuzzy to be president. And they roll their eyes as Andrew Yang vows to give ten Americans a thousand dollars a month over the next year.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for utterly rejecting the suggestion from NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that Russian meddling may have tipped the 2016 election to President Trump – and explaining what really did happen. They also welcome the U.S. Supreme Court siding with the Trump administration in requiring asylum seekers to apply for asylum in any country they enter on the way to the U.S. And they pop the popcorn as the Biden campaign takes a swing at Elizabeth Warren and Marianne Williamson complains that the Democrats are meaner to her than conservatives. Finally, they figure out ways to tolerate a three-hour Democratic presidential debate tonight.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Republicans hold on to a pair of North Carolina congressional seats, including one that Democrats were hoping would be a harbinger of 2020. They also shudder as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cheers the exit of National Security Adviser John Bolton and now urges President Trump to end the maximum pressure campaign. And they groan as Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale openly forecasts a Trump political dynasty.

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Breaking news makes this a four martini lunch! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start by noting the Democrats have lost every bit of the approval advantage they enjoyed over the GOP a year ago and Jim offers an analysis that both parties would be wise to heed but never will. They also slam Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for reportedly threatening to fire high-ranking officials at NOAA if there was not a statement released defending President Trump’s outdated forecast for Hurricane Dorian. Jim says if the reports are true, Ross should lose his job. They brace them themselves for the media to fall in love with Democrat Jon Ossoff all over again as the special election golden boy from 2017 (who lost) is now running for U.S. Senate in Georgia. And they react to the breaking news that John Bolton is out as National Security Adviser in the Trump administration.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see billionaire impeachment activist Tom Steyer lock in a spot in the October Democratic presidential debate – both to watch him push impeachment when the party wants none of it and to see better debates. They also react to President Trump planning a meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David before abruptly cancelling at the last minute. Find out why Jim sees the Camp David invite as the “most morally abhorrent” mistake made by the Trump administration. And they scold Republican Party leaders in four states for planning to skip primaries and caucuses in 2020.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shed no tears at the death of former Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe, who repressed and sometimes killed his people and ruthlessly clung to power for decades. They also react to the new that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz will not be mounting a 2020 independent presidential bid and also remember the unrelenting venom that Democrats and the media allies directed at Schultz for even thinking about an independent campaign. And they slam both President Trump and the media for being unable to admit mistakes and turning literally anything – including a Sharpie sketch on a hurricane map – into grist for yet another controversy.

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It’s a big day on the Three Martini Lunch! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start by welcoming the news that Leif Olson has been re-hired at the Labor Department just one day after he was falsely accused of anti-Semitism by Bloomberg Law. Then they are encouraged that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also quite leery of any peace deal with the Taliban. And they unload on politicians in San Francisco for labeling the National Rifle Association.

Then, as the NFL begins it’s 100th season, Jim and Greg put a political twist on the occasion and have a lot of fun by holding a fantasy football draft involving the Democratic presidential candidates!

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that Hong Kong – at the direction of Communist China – has withdrawn the extradition bill that sparked massive protests, but they’re still not sure this story will have a happy ending. They also pummel Bloomberg News and reporter Ben Penn for forcing the resignation of a Department of Labor appointee over an “anti-Semitic” social media post that wasn’t anti-Semitic at all. And Jim is not at all impressed with the apparent peace plan in Afghanistan, which seems to amount to little more than trusting the Taliban not to commit terrorism or harbor terrorist groups.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have mixed reactions to the news that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is not going to run for governor of his state in 2020 and will remain in the Senate until 2024. They also shudder at the obvious warning signs surrounding the latest mass shooter in Texas and wonder why so few people did anything about them. And they roll their eyes as Beto O’Rourke insists he would ban AR-15’s and similar weapons and force gun owners to sell them to the government.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Fox News host Neil Cavuto for rebutting President Trump’s claim that “Fox News is no longer working for us” and for reminding politicians and media outlets what the job of the press should be. They also cringe as new Pew poll numbers show 82 percent of Democrats believe abortion should be legal in most or all circumstances – a huge jump from last decade. And Jim has a lot of say after former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell states that she hopes Hurricane Dorian hits Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand exit the 2020 Democratic presidential race, both because she had no chance and because she may have been the most obvious at pandering in the entire field – which is saying something since she was running against Beto. They also welcome the scathing report from the Justice Department’s inspector general which hammer former FBI Director James Comey for his mishandling of evidence and leaking private information to achieve a political outcome. Even more, Comey responds to the verbal beatdown by claiming he is somehow exonerated. And they’re glad to hear an apology from MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell a day after O’Donnell made allegations against President Trump on air without anyone at NBC News or O’Donnell’s source ever seeing the evidence in question.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis making an urgent plea to end political tribalism because a unified America is a stronger America. They’re also sad to learn that health problems are forcing the retirement of Georgia GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson and they’re also not thrilled that there’s another Republican-held seat headed to the ballot in 2020. And they discuss why the allegations of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar may raise legal issues and possibly complicate her political future.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s own staffers begging her to get out of the Democratic presidential race and blast her debate performances as “obnoxious.” They also roll their eyes as Joe Walsh presents himself as the mature, high character alternative to Trump because he stopped acting like Trump a year ago. And they dissect New York Times columnist Bret Stephens taking umbrage at being called a “bedbug” by a university professor and bringing the comment to the provost of the school. Jim caps off that final martini with a plea for everyone to stop bugging each other.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a decision from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that strongly boosts the freedom of conscience in a culture that often wants to crush any departure from liberal groupthink. They also take a wait and see approach as media outlets fret about Trump allies compiling dossiers to confront journalists in the 2020 cycle. They unload on CNN’s Brian Stelter for failing to confront a “Reliable Sources” guest who claims President Trump is responsible for more deaths than Hitler, Stalin, or Mao. And Jim has some strong opinions about those Indianapolis Colts fans who booed quarterback Andrew Luck for retiring on Saturday night.

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