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In April, 1989 the Chinese Communist Party crushed the student uprising in Tiananmen Square. One of the most iconic pictures to come out of that revolt was the figure of a solitary man, briefcase in hand, standing in front of a military tank. If you would like to see that picture look up my friend […]

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Conventional wisdom in foreign policy circles these days says that constructive engagement with China in decades past has been an unmitigated disaster, but just because lots of people in Washington say the same thing does not make it true. We speak with Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, about what the United States got right about China, what lessons Washington still has not learned from  America’s post-9/11 military interventions overseas, and how best to shape the future of U.S.-China relations.

 

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Jeff Bezos recently touched off a mini firestorm when he suggested that free-speech enthusiast Elon Musk may be vulnerable to pressure from Beijing to put his own finger on the sacred algorithmic scales to protect Chinese Communist Party interests. Bezos later walked it back a bit, but he should have stood his ground. This is […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome new polls showing New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan deadlocked with her possible GOP rivals after her sudden interest in border security faces a major backlash. They also shudder at a Pentagon report showing the U.S. military is dangerously dependent upon China for critical components needed to fight effectively. And they shake their heads as Sen. Elizabeth Warren tries to argue that “forgiving” student loan debt by forcing taxpayers to foot the bill will not add to inflation.

 

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We have an early contender for the Democrat’s 2022 campaign slogan. As seen on Weibo: Shanghai residents go to their balconies to sing & protest lack of supplies. A drone appears: “Please comply w covid restrictions. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Do not open the window or sing.” https://t.co/0ZTc8fznaV pic.twitter.com/pAnEGOlBIh — Alice Su (@aliceysu) […]

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Join Greg and National Review’s Andy McCarthy as they react to the release of a critical new text message from the Durham probe that catches Michael Sussman in an important lie. They also scrutinize the White House’s China policy as a letter of recommendation by the president for the son of Hunter Biden’s Chinese business partner comes to light. And Andy explains how the Senate Republicans could have been far more effective in showing just how weak Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson really is on crime.

Back in January, more than a month before Russia invaded Ukraine, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman joined the 3 Martini Lunch to explain why he thought Russia and Iran were the most immediate threats to American national security in 2022.

In addition to expecting Putin to invade at that time, Lieberman details the Iran threat and explains why China is less of an immediate danger to national security but is probably our greatest long-term problem. And he takes us inside partisan groupthink that is on full display in Washington.

Join Jim and Chad as they analyze how China’s ‘zero-COVID’ strategy is having a tumultuous effect on it’s cities and economy. They also shake their heads at a new report that found as much as $80 billion was stolen from the Paycheck Protection Program. And in another press conference fumble, President Biden may have admitted that the U.S. is training Ukrainian troops in Poland.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer a poll showing a majority of Democrats supporting the Florida legislation keeping controversial sexual topics away from kids in kindergarten through third grade and Gov. Ron DeSantis sporting a healthy lead over the Dems running against him. They also sigh as President Biden says sanctions were never going to deter Russia despite top administration officials saying exactly the opposite for weeks. And Jim dissects China’s new COVID problem as cases are on the rise there.

 

Sam Brownback, a former senator and governor of Kansas, joined “Plugged In” host and former FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee to relate his experience wearing many different hats in government, including diplomacy, to the conflict in Eastern Europe and its impact on energy.

Brownback said as the war in Ukraine worsens and more sanctions are placed on Russian oil, President Vladimir Putin may look to China for a way out. 

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Returns are starting to come in. Korean presidents serve one five-year term, after which they either go into exile, commit suicide or go to prison. (Rimshot.) Why should we care? Current President Moon’s Democratic Party is shifting the country more into appeasement mode with North Korea and China, and away from a close relationship with […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy learning that the Russian convoy bogged down 20 miles from Kyiv because of lousy vehicle maintenance and cheap Chinese tires. They also shudder as Russia shelled dangerously close to Europe’s largest nuclear facility and seem to be deliberately targeting civilian populations. And they scratch their heads as the Biden administration wins its argument at the Supreme Court to put the surviving Boston Marathon bomber back on death row while also applying a moratorium on all federal executions.

Federalist culture editor Emily Jashinsky joins Jack for an extended disqusition on how bad TikTok is, and what to do about it. They also make fun of Zoomers (who deserve it).

Join Jim and Chad as they welcome the halting of certification for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. They also discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ability to ignore American sanctions and what it means for Ukraine. And American televisions have tuned out the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, handing NBC terrible ratings.

Join Jim and Greg as they hope the American right’s support for the Canadian Freedom Convoy will refocus the GOP on championing freedom in this year’s midterms and far beyond. They also shudder as Americans in major cities are seeing 30-40 percent increases in rent but also explain how short-sighted government policies are a major contributing factor. And they discuss the ratings bust of the Beijing Winter Olympics and how Russia and the International Olympic Committee have disgraced the games to a dangerous level.

On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Erich Schwartzel, a film industry reporter for The Wall Street Journal, joins Federalist Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss his book “Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy” and break down the cultural tension between the U.S. and China in the entertainment industry.

 

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Chris Fenton, author of “Feeding The Dragon: Inside the Trillion-Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business,” joins Federalist Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss the dangers of communist China’s grip on Hollywood and now the global stage by hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.

 

The Bizarre War on Drugs

 

The ridiculous and insincere efforts of the Biden Administration to have an impact on drug overdoses and distribution in this country is a joke. The policies aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, and in some cases are destructive to human beings and our country. One of the latest attacks on drugs is Biden’s opioid policy. The description suggests that they are taking a comprehensive approach to control drugs and saving us from ourselves. They promise to take the following steps in their plan:

  • Hold accountable big pharmaceutical companies, executives, and others.
  • Make effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services available to all, including through a $125 billion federal investment.
  • Stop overprescribing while improving access to effective and needed pain management.
  • Reform the criminal justice system so that no one is incarcerated for drug use alone.
  • Stem the flow of illicit drugs, like fentanyl and heroin, into the United States—especially from China and Mexico.

If the absurdity of this plan is not obvious, let me spell it out for you. To begin, why should I trust the government to “hold accountable” the pharmaceutical companies? We have already watched those companies rake in obscene profits as questions about their vaccines’ effectiveness are emerging. At this point, we have reason to believe those companies are complicit with the federal government in fraudulent acts and claims.

Then we have the usual focus on rehabilitative services to help people who are hooked on drugs. That’s assuming they don’t die in the process of taking them, especially those laced with fentanyl. At this point, I’m skeptical about the dangers of overprescribing. These drugs can be purchased through a guy on the street corner, your neighbor, or a friend. Who needs to go to doctors? Then we can talk about reforming the criminal justice system so that drug users don’t go to jail, unless they commit another crime like, say, shooting someone. Oh, wait. . .  And finally stemming the flow of illicit drugs from China and Mexico. Yes, that means we should ask China to cut back on their fentanyl sales; China, which incarcerates and tortures millions of people. And they’re talking now about dealing with the drugs coming through our southern border. Seriously?

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud their countrymen for their refusal to watch the Beijing Winter Olympics, handing NBC terrible ratings. They laugh at the sudden change in “The Science” as Democratic governors realize mask mandates in schools are unpopular. And President Biden’s tough talk on workplace bullying proves ineffective as it took a two month investigation to fire science advisor Eric Lander.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome a much better than expected jobs report when dismal numbers were expected. They also unload on President Biden and the Democrats for running out of COVID relief funds – because their $1.9 trillion legislation contained very little COVID relief. And they scrutinize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments that America’s Olympic athletes should just compete and not speak out against the repressive Chinese government.