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It’s possible to be too square. Never taking a sip of alcohol? Never taking a puff of a cigarette? Never putting a dollar in a nickel slot? Therefore it shouldn’t be surprising that although a principled conservative, I don’t have much patience for the Never-Trump movement. The American Founders set an excellent example by rarely invoking absolutes […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi feeling the heat from members of her own party after Tuesday’s loss in Georgia, but they are excited to see her determined to keep her job despite being a drag on the party. They also express concern over the new Senate Republican health care bill, which Democrats were already protesting and has some Republicans on edge as well. And they speculate on President Trump admitting he knows of no tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for June 13, 2017 – it’s the Those Damned Old People edition of the show. We set out clearly and distinctly, at the top of the show, to delineate clearly our topics. and then we just talk about James Comey and the failing battle against the deep state.

We do, after all, talk about TrumpCare. Question number one in that context is: does the folderol of the Russian collusion theater actually make a difference on the progress — or lack thereof — of Trump’s legislative agenda? Seems like Paul Ryan thinks that even if the White House burns down the folks on Capitol Hill, they will continue moving forward (though no doubt at their glacial pace). To wit, it looks like, all of a sudden, certain liberal outlets (e.g., Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo) are getting frantic that Obamacare is actually about to be repealed and replaced. I have no idea if this is the good repeal and replace, the dreaded Obamacare-lite repeal and replace, or something in between. But I am not particular. Any repeal and replace will make me happy — just a question of degree.

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America point out former FBI director James Comey’s evaluation of how untrustworthy much of the media was when reporting on Russia and the 2016 elections. They also discuss the major political disaster that befell British conservatives in the snap election Thursday, badly weakening the party and strengthening the position of the Labour Party’s far-left leader. And they decry Bernie Sanders’ blatant disregard for Article VI of the Constitution (“no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States”) when questioning President Trump’s nominee for deputy budget director about his Christian beliefs.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America dive into all things Comey as the former FBI Director gives his much awaited testimony. They point out that Comey confirmed President Trump’s contention that he was told three times that he was not under FBI investigation. They also highlight Trump’s inappropriate demands for Comey’s loyalty and the inconsistent reasons given for Comey’s firing. And they have some fun as Washington loses its mind with excitement over a congressional hearing.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start the day reacting to reports that former FBI director James Comey will not accuse President Trump of trying to obstruct justice. They also sigh as tensions mount between President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions after Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. And they are a bit surprised to see ISIS attacking Iran, but also see some benefit in two detestable entities focused on each other rather than targets in the West.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have a field day as government contractor Reality Winner is arrested for leaking classified information to the media. They also unload on Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who tries to leave the impression that Russia manipulated the actual vote tallies in 2016 while also admitting that there is no evidence for it. And they discuss the Trump administration’s failed attempts to assemble a war room to push back against former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming testimony.

Heather Mac Donald joins Brian Anderson to discuss the state of policing today, the “Ferguson Effect,” former FBI director James Comey’s defense of proactive policing, and the recent protests against conservative speakers on college campuses.

Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014, public discussion about police and the criminal justice system has reached a fever pitch: activists claim that policing is inherently racist and discriminatory, while supporters say that public pressure has caused officers to disengage from proactive policing.

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Prometheus Americus Watching Trump, a political neophyte, exhorting the forgotten with stolen memories from a golden age, unschooled in the Machiavellian DC art of dissembling, tweeting all night while the failing world sleeps, taking on all comers foreign and domestic with no hesitation, an angry reptile now caged by the God of establishment, tail swirling […]

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A Glaring Conflict Mueller – a long legacy as an FBI man. Friendly and popular with everyone in the Bureau and DOJ. Colleague, friend, cheerleader, and mentor to his protege, James Comey. Is now in charge of investigating matters that directly involve decisions and conceivably illegal behavior by DOJ, FBI, and James Comey – institutions […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to reports that President Trump wants to create a NATO-like group in the Middle East, involving Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE.  They also dissect what we know of the memo former FBI Director James Comey reportedly wrote about Trump asking him to back off the investigation of Michael Flynn.  And they discuss the speculation swirling around the future of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and explain how Trump is making the work of the communications team much more difficult.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 17, 2017 it’s “The Hate Party” edition of the podcast, brought to you by ZipRecruiter and the Great Courses Plus.

Comey Memo Claims Trump Tried to Shut Down Flynn Probe

 

Another day, another bombshell Trump story dropped at 5 pm ET, this time from the New York Times:

President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the conviction of former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown on 18 counts of fleecing her own charity to fund her own activities and how she is the second Democrat convicted of fraud in the past year.  They also wince as Kellyanne Conway tells Fox News that Trump expects the FBI director to be loyal to the administration.  And they sigh as Trump tweets out the suggestion that he may have secretly recorded his earlier conversations with James Comey.

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President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey is the latest in a long line of unorthodox moves that has sent people on both the left and right into a frenzy.  Time after time, Trump makes a move that can be legitimately questioned or criticized (the Executive Order on travel, the initial Healthcare reform non-vote), but […]

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How realistic is it to hope that Ms. Pantsuit’s email “problem” will be reopened? Prez Trump has previously stated that he’s not terribly interested in pursuing her, but can the DOJ go ahead and press charges anyway? What about the rest of them – Huma, Weiner, Brazile, Podesta, Mook, Lerner, Clapper, etc.? Lastly, what exactly does this mean, […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America go over the Trump administration’s case for firing FBI Director James Comey, especially his handling of the Hillary Clinton case.  They also discuss Comey learning about his firing from television reports, many White House staffers also being caught off guard, and concerns over the timing of the announcement.  And they get a kick out of Democrats being outraged at Trump’s firing of Comey after many of them had been calling for Comey’s ouster since October.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching Hillary Clinton remain immersed in her state of denial, as Hillary takes responsibility for losing to Donald Trump but seems to blame everyone else.  They also react to Pres. Trump tweeting about nuking the legislative filibuster and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying it’s not going to happen.  And they’re almost speechless as the Democrat running for Congress in Montana invites skeptics of the liberal line on climate change to go into their garages and start their cars.