Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see the Libertarian candidate drop out of the Montana U.S. Senate race and endorse GOP nominee Matt Rosendale against Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. They also roll their eyes as “former Republican” Max Boot urges Americans to vote for Democrats in every single race as the the only way to send a message to President Trump and rescue the Republican Party. And they greatly enjoy Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren asserting she had no idea she was the subject of an ethics complaint for how she conducted fundraising off the Kavanaugh hearings.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America get a kick out of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill suddenly claiming she’s not like those “crazy Democrats” as she tried to convince a red state to give her six more years in office. After years of blasting Barack Obama for trying to change immigration law unilaterally, they now shake their heads as President Trump claims he can end birthright citizenship with an executive order. However, they do agree that a debate on birthright citizenship is worth having. And they blast Florida Sen. Bill Nelson for suggesting the intense political divide in the United States has us on the path to repeating the Rwandan genocide over our differences.More
On the latest episode of the Free Beacon podcast, sponsored by Zip Recruiter, the gang goes long on Kavanaugh, Aaron Harison suggests there’s a new -lash coming, and men’s footwear comes in for some long overdue discussion.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America savor four pieces of good news Thursday. First, they are encouraged by a new poll showing the the Kavanaugh fight has Republican voters fired up, erasing a big enthusiasm edge for Democrats just a month before the midterm elections. They also welcome statements from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and other senators that there is nothing in the new FBI report to corroborate the eleventh hour accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and they also get a kick out of Democrats suddenly denouncing the FBI because of it. They applaud Sen. Chris Coons for explaining that Democrats have nothing new on Kavanaugh despite suggesting otherwise on Wednesday. And they applaud the Capitol Police for arresting the person apparently responsible for publicizing the personal information of three Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react as Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick fails even to grasp the timeline of events this summer and then radically walks back her allegations that Brett Kavanaugh drugged and raped girls while in high school. They also wince as the National Republican Congressional Committee pulls back major support for four embattled House incumbents. And they roll their eyes as CNN asks Sen. Mazie Hirono if allegations that Kavanaugh threw ice at someone in a car 33 years ago is disqualifying for his bid to be a Supreme Court justice and Hirono gives another ludicrous response.More
On the latest episode of the Free Beacon podcast, presented by Zip Recruiter, the gang wonders how much ice you have to throw at someone to disqualified from the Supreme Court, celebrates another trade war won, and wonders why Lindsay Lohan is trying to snatch children from refugee families.More
On the latest episode of the Free Beacon podcast, sponsored by Zip Recruiter, the gang discusses the Kavanaugh saga, Harrison wonders when the libs will stop being a drain on the economy, and the group takes credit for knowing months ago that Beyonce is a witch, as one former employee claims.More
On this week’s episode of the Free Beacon podcast, presented by Zip Recruiter, the gang talks about the Kavanaugh kerfuffle, what the declassification of certain materials might mean, and how long you should wait before throwing away your kids’ paintings.More
On the latest episode of the Free Beacon podcast, presented by Zip Recruiter, a hyped-up Harison loves the presidential pep rallies, the gang discusses Kavanaugh’s good week, and Natalie memorializes Burt Reynolds by discussing her favorite of his films, Cannonball.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer up as they see new Senate polls showing Rick Scott with a healthy lead in Florida and Republicans within striking distance in Wisconsin. They also shake their heads as Sen. Elizabeth Warren issues perfunctory condolences to the family of Mollie Tibbetts but says we need to focus on our real immigration problems. And they marvel at Senate Democrats, who now insist that the consideration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh must wait because Michael Cohen has accused President Trump of a campaign finance violation.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate the booming economy that hit second quarter growth of 4.1 percent. They also notice the Democrats want to institute five years of jail time for spreading false information about elections dates and locations. And they see that Michael Avenatti was invited to speak to Iowa Democrats and they hope the party won’t take him seriously simply because he hates President Donald Trump.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are more than happy to center another good martini around avowed democratic socialist and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this time for sowing dissension among Democrats for her public criticism of Rep. Joe Crowley, whom she defeated in the primary. They also shudder as a state official in Austria wants all observant Jews to register with the government if they want kosher meats. And they shake their heads as President Trump’s clarification of his comments in Finland is less than credible.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for inflicting punishing sanctions on Iran, making it clear the Trump administration does not think the Iranian regime can be partners on anything. They also sigh as the gun control movement tries to advance its agenda again after the Santa Fe High School shooting, even though their proposed legislation would have done nothing to prevent this horrific shooting. Jim also asks why so few are interested in finding out why teenage boys are now lashing out and killing people when they are bullied or rejected by girls. And they discuss Don Blankenship’s pathetic attempt to keep running for U.S. Senate in West Virginia despite getting thrashed in the GOP primary and a West Virginia law that prevents losers in primaries from running again in the general election.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleasantly stunned to hear Saudi Arabia’s crown prince publicly state that Israel has a right to live in peace on its own land and wonder if things are truly changing in the Middle East or whether this is a temporary thaw in order to confront Iran. In the wake of the very public feud between Fox News host Laura Ingraham and gun control activist David Hogg, they also discuss how the rise of populism leads to political debates becoming a referendum on the people in the debate rather than the ideas involved in the debate. And they wonder why President Trump is spending so much time blasting Amazon and the rate it pays to mail packages, suspecting it might have something to do with another business venture headed by Jeff Bezos.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see the inspector general at the Justice Department taking his job seriously as reports surface that his forthcoming report will be highly critical of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. While they sympathize with President Trump’s desire to fix trade imbalances, they fear new steel and aluminum tariffs will have a negative impact on American consumers and the economy. And they slam Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for announcing his opposition to a judicial nominee because the nominee is white and President Obama’s previous nominees were black.More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss new polling showing public perception dropping for businesses that are publicly breaking ties with the NRA, due entirely to a massive plunge in favorability among Republicans. They also breathe a sigh of relief as Republicans in Arizona’s eighth congressional district reject the frontrunner in the primary after the married minister was caught exchanging inappropriate texts with a female staffer. And they wish the best of luck to 20 state attorneys general who argue that all of Obamacare should be declared unconstitutional now that the tax provision that saved it at the Supreme Court in 2012 has been scrapped in the new tax law.More
Have poverty levels and inequality in the US soared in the past quarter century, or are we just looking at them through the wrong lens? Economist Bruce Meyer joins the podcast to discuss his research on income inequality, the earned income tax credit, and the best methods for reducing poverty.
Bruce D. Meyer is a visiting scholar here at AEI, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, and a fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.More
The Wall Street Journal has described Hal Varian as the Adam Smith of Googlenomics. As the tech giant’s chief economist, he revolutionized Google’s business strategy, and is known now as perhaps the most prominent skeptic of America’s official, sluggish productivity numbers. He joined the podcast to discuss the tech industry, the future of the economy, and much more.
In addition to serving as Google’s chief economist, Hal Varian is a professor emeritus at the University of Berkeley and a fellow at the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He’s also the author of two economics textbooks, and the co-author of the bestselling business strategy book, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy.More
Hendrik “Hank” Meijer writes about a forgotten giant of the Senate in Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century.
In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Meijer tells the story of this Michigan Republican and how he moved from being an anti-New Deal isolationist in the 1930s to a world statesmen in the 1940s–all the while regarding himself as a true conservative.More
A 21st-century Manhattan Project lies at the heart of The Quantum Spy, the new espionage novel by David Ignatius.
In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Ignatius explains the potential of quantum computing, the rivalry between the CIA and the intelligence services of China, and why spies enclose the truth in”a carapace of deceit.”More