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Join Jim and Greg as they credit Republicans for keeping a treasure trove of opposition research on Raphael Warnock quiet until the Georgia Senate runoff. Now they are highlighting Warnock’s radical statements on many different issues. They also walk through a number of burdensome new COVID restrictions, including Pennsylvania’s requirement to wear masks in your own home if you have guests, and contrast that with politicians like California Gov. Gavin Newsom who don’t think the rules apply to them. And they get a kick out of watching Bernie Sanders supporters become deeply disappointed with Joe Biden as he names corporate figures to most positions in his inner circle.

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!

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Profiting in Cuba

 

The Profit is a series on CNBC that promotes capitalism. For the last several years, deep-pocketed, serial investor Marcus Lemonis has responded to the calls of many American small business owners who have found themselves struggling. On any given episode, Lemonis meets the owners, gets a feel for the business, their vision, their products or service, and the morale and various skill sets of the employees. He determines how much to invest in the business – typically an infusion of money to pay off debts or loans, or to fund the purchase of inventory or to revamp retail locations — and on what terms. He gets a percentage of ownership stake, but no matter the percentage amount, he stipulates that he is 100% in charge, so he can help turn the business around.

Some of the business owners have been grossly incompetent or quite dishonest, but most are sincere and want the best for the businesses and their employees. They have just lost focus of their original vision, adopted bad business practices, or weren’t prepared for the next level of growth. Lemonis typically shows them that their process or products need a reset or sometimes that a domineering employee needs to be let go.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 28, 2016 it’s the Trump Killed Fidel edition of the show! Trump stuns the world winning the big election and just like that Fidel exits stage left to his eternal reward. Coincidence? We think not. We discuss how finally Fidel’s place in history is well-urned. Yuk, yuk. Should the Cuban government have kept their glorious leader in corporum eternus in the manner of Castro’s inspiration and guide V.I. Lenin (who continues to greet tourists to this day in his subterranean mausoleum)? Might an embalmed Fidel have come in handy as the greeting face at the future Havana Disney World’s Yesterday Exhibit? We’ll discuss.

And, why do liberals continue to whine and moan in utter hysteria over Trump and what can we do to get them to keep it up forever? Todd tells the story of a colleague who forwards all manner of diatribe to him – including a hilarious piece by Milo Yiannopoulos entitled Here’s Why There Ought to Be a Cap on Women Studying Science and Maths, the humor of which appears to have eluded said colleague. We’ll talk about Milo’s argument and the perspective of Nobel Prize Winner Tim Hunt regarding which Mike giving his informed scientific opinion.

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I am an anti-communist. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, America was in the midst of the Cold War. It seemed like everyone was anti-communist back then. Even at my public school, all of my teachers opposed communism (my college professors . . . not so much). Most Americans agreed that freedom was something […]

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Dear Canadians My wife, Cate, and I attended a hippie wedding last Saturday up on Hornby Island in Supernatural British Columbia. It was fun and well attended. An old friend of ours got married to a man who looks to be a wonderful man and we hope they live out their days in wedded bliss. Preview Open

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Asked about Obama’s foreign policy achievements, his defenders always trot out Cuba as a historic diplomatic success. In their minds, the re-establishment of relations with that small, impoverished, long-suffering dictatorship falls somewhere between Commodore Perry’s breaking down the door to Japan in 1853 and Nixon’s China gambit on the Richter scale of statesmanship.

The mantra of our Cuba policy objectives is “a rapid, peaceful transition to democracy.” According to our State Department:

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Cuba has been in the news recently. Perhaps coincidentally, work sent me to Havana last month to do my bit for “normalization”. If you are concerned about our political trajectory and are curious about what our future may possibly look like, you will soon be able to visit Cuba and see for yourself. For a […]

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Like all of you, I ask myself betimes, what would I do if I were Mr. Trump, that is, the next president of your United States! I know some of you would go see a priest; I suspect some of you would go see Vegas. & at least one member would invest heavily in bringing […]

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030413-sports-dennis-rodman-visits-north-korea-Kim-Jong-Un-powerIn response to Ricochet member Mark’s post about the failure of President Obama’s Cuba policyTitus Techera, who is Romanian, left a comment that too few people born and raised in Western democracies will fully understand:

I was a bouncing baby boy when the communist tyrant was assassinated. I’m not sure it would have happened without Reagan and his foreign policy. Maybe the USSR was bound to collapse. But when? I am assured by the free-market devotees that it was born dead. What an attitude … So many people were cursed to live that death. My young miss told me the other day about how Americans go as tourists to Cuba, then go online and complain about the amenities. … We had a strange moment, again. Will no one understand what fate awaited us? Into what fate our parents were born? I’m not expecting world peace, but ridding Cuba of its communist tyrants is long overdue, and a permanent sign of American shame, of the cowardice of Kennedy and his followers.

Now, I myself understand a bit about communists, although not from first-hand experience; the first four years of my life don’t count. What I know was passed down through my own family. My family endured two consecutive communist regimes. The first was Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge, followed by the Vietnamese-installed regime in Cambodia. The second was a paradise compared to the first, but it was nothing cheery to talk about, either. My grandfather did his undergraduate studies in China in the 1950s, slightly before the Great Leap Forward. He used to tell stories about his time there. He had next to nothing good to say about China under Mao. My family said the same about the Soviet Union: My uncle and a distant relative did their studies in Tashkent in the 1980s. They pretty much confirmed to me that communism only produces misery, suffering, and death. This is why it’s so infuriating for me to see people who were born into a freedom they take for granted gallivanting around with dictators and old commies.

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Yesterday I posted my thoughts on President Obama’s plan for normalization of relations with Cuba. As of this writing, there have been several dozen thoughtful replies. The trend in running in strong opposition to normalization, combined with complaining about President Obama’s handling. I take no issue with complaints about President Obama’s handling of the issue, I’m […]

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President Obama’s announcement on Wednesday that he would seek to normalize relations with Cuba reminded me of an aphorism: even a broken clock is right twice a day.

And so it is that Barack Obama — a man who is objectively terrible at his job — is right about Cuba. He is right because he is reversing (or trying to, anyway) a policy that has been an utter failure for half a century. Obama’s plan is (1) to normalize relations, (2) lift the travel and financial restrictions, (3) build an embassy, (4) seek to lift the embargo.

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What does it say about as authentic a totalitarian as Raul Castro (yes, that Raul Castro) to be found as the money behind a popular local sandwich shop? Here’s the story: For over ten years Paseos turned out over 1000 sandwiches a day at their Fremont location. The thriving cash-only business with a cult-like following […]

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