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In this AEI Events Podcast, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and AEI’s Leon Aron discuss the threat Vladimir Putin’s regime poses to Western countries and institutions, particularly the United States. Rep. Smith argues that the US must deter Russia by providing Ukraine with more military assistance and forward-deploying troops in the Baltic States.

Dr. Aron and Rep. Smith agree that Putin prolongs his regime by using a false historical narrative based on resentment toward perceived Western affronts to maintain a besieged “us versus them” mentality; it is crucial to deter Putin and turn his foreign policy into a source of embarrassment and defeat, rather than pride.

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Welcome to another special European edition – this is getting to be habit-forming, isn’t it? – of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast. It’s the “Plot to Scapegoat Trump” edition of the show with our European Co-host (complete with Irish accent) William Campbell.

On William’s forthcoming “Challenging Opinions” podcast he interviews writer Daniel Kovalik whose recent book “The Plot to Scapegoat Putin” is gathering notice (and whose title we ignominiously purloined for this podcast). Kovalik’s thesis is that American’s are fixating on Putin as an all-powerful demon when in fact he is just an oligarchic dictator of a broken country with the GDP of Spain. Mike (that’s me) argues that the American left’s obsession with Russia has, in fact, little or nothing to do with Russia. That obsession has of course uncovered actual facts about Putin and Russia and cybercrime, etc. But the whole motive to start that investigation is based in an effort to salve the wounds of electoral defeat to Donald Trump.

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The writings of a Ricochet contributor potentially have wide applications. Gary Kasparov has had close ties to World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen. He had extensive training sessions with Kasparov in 2009 and they have talked extensively since then. Magnus met with Russian leader Putin after he defended his title in Moscow in 2014. He held press conferences […]

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With the news breaking of the execution of several Chinese nationals who worked for the CIA, I wanted to find out a bit more. Just how badly compromised was our intelligence network? Yes, it has been a few years since the executions that occurred between 2010 and 2012, but a roll up of a spy network like that can hurt intelligence gathering and operations for decades. It can lead to some very bad surprises for a country like the United States.

I made contact with some of my sources in the intelligence community. Most agreed that it was both bad and embarrassing. The predictions and damage assessments I was hearing had a very wide range, and I decided that it was worth the risk of contacting a source who is a bit higher up and in the know on these things.

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Next on Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner:  I invited a writer and thinker who is influencing me more and more after I heard him on the Eric Metaxas Show. Dr. John Zmirak is a writer for The Stream and he was a great guest to talk to about President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. https://jeromedanner.net/2017/04/15/episode-32-jzmirak-of-streamdotorg-on-trumps-first-100-days-john-zmirak-of-the-stream/ More

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Briefly stated, the Russians have the right to attempt to influence our elections, our political systems, our leaders, etc. It is incumbent on us to avoid being influenced if we wish to not be influenced. Yes, it is illegal to “hack” an election as there are laws against that for anybody in America. However, I […]

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“When Putin took power in the winter of 1999-2000, his country was defenseless. It was bankrupt. It was being carved up by its new kleptocratic elites, in collusion with its old imperial rivals, the Americans. Putin changed that. In the first decade of this century, he did what Kemal Atatürk had done in Turkey in […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see conservative priorities in Pres. Trump’s budget, even though they concede the final appropriations will look nothing like this. They also shake their heads as John McCain accuses anyone opposing NATO membership for Montenegro of doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding. And they react to a tweet from the McDonald’s account that slams Pres. Trump.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for March 7, 2017, it’s the Trump Gets Tapped edition of the show. This week, we are brought to you by Casper mattresses: with over twenty thousand reviews and over 4.8 out of 5 stars, it is quickly becoming the internet’s favorite mattress. Go to casper.com/Harvard for your special offer. And we are brought to you by SimpliSafe. Protect your home the smart, wireless way with no long term contract using SimpliSafe’s home security system.

Our first topic this week is – mon dieu! – a tweet from Trump! Will it ever end?! Trump attacks Obama (wait! Isn’t he gone already?). Trump says that Obama ordered during the campaign that Trump’s phone be tapped. With one or two shades of nuance, this is what the BBC and the New York Times already reported, viz., that requests were made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Courts for an electronic surveillance order of the Trump campaign. The left went ballistic. Mika Brzezinski broke into tears. Chuck Schumer said “aha!” The President did the two-step non-denial denial.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have all bad news, starting with a federal judge putting a hold on Pres. Trump’s immigration order without citing any law or constitutional provision and Trump’s subsequent tweets attacking the judicial system. We also blast Trump for his moral equivalence in dismissing Vladimir Putin as a killer by saying America’s done a lot of bad things too. And we discuss and debate whether the slower GOP strategy on Obamacare and tax reform is responsible leadership or letting a golden opportunity slip away.

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Donald Trump has said that he believes that we should have better relations with Russia. This has created angst among both the left and the right. But why not have better relations? I look at Cuba. Many on the right were upset when President Obama began the opening of relations with Cuba. They are upset […]

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President-Elect Donald Trump likes to be forced into a leather cat-suit, have a blow-up gag inserted into his mouth, be bound from head to toe, and get stuffed into a sleeping bag, which is then filled with strawberry jam and zipped closed. Still in the bag, he is rolled down a rocky hill into a pool of medium-rare Trump steaks. Extricated from the bag, he then likes to have Meryl Streep throw Trump Grill Taco Bowls at him while Rosie O’Donnell reads aloud select excerpts from 50 Shades of Grey and Mein Kampf.

Or not.

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I was in the hospital this past week recovering from surgery to convert my large intestine into a semi-colon. My personal phrenologist, Hans “Bumpy” O’Cranium, who has staff privileges, looked in on me to examine new knots I acquired last week when I appeared on THE VIEW disguised as James “Serpent Head” Carville and asked Joy Behar Aspirin who weighed the most, Whoopi or Rosie.

As Bumpy probed and palpated my skull, I saw a taped interview with Chuck “Corn Rows” Schumer on the wall-mounted television. Corn Rows declared, with a straight face, that “Make America Sick Again” should be the slogan for the Obamacare repeal and replace bill.

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Is it just me, or did the Ricochet Member Feed start being flooded with ridiculously pro-Russian pro-Putin propaganda sometime after November 8, 2016? I mean, I have only been reading sporadically lately thanks to Christmas and New Years, but it feels like I keep tripping over threads that could have come straight from Putin’s desk. […]

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Exhausted from breaking up fights all over the Trump Hotel Washington gym, I watched gratefully as lobbyists, cheerleaders, and fans finally filtered out.

There was only one serious injury. D’s Head Coach HRC had retrieved the ashtray she threw at William Rodham Clinton, and on her second try, beaned him good. The wound in his hairline bled profusely, causing the former president to schedule a cosmetic surgery haircut at Washington National.

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Ricochet member benwood91 asked “why wouldn’t Russia want Hillary to be president?” I think it is more productive to turn the question into a positive construction: “Why did Putin favor Trump?” More

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I was chillin’ with old prep school pal Vladimir Putin at his new dacha on the beach at the Black Sea coastal resort of Sochi when the news broke this week about the entire 2014 Russian Winter Olympic team doping. The story claimed the Russian government and Olympic committee orchestrated and helped cover up the […]

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The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America would like everyone to know that Vladimir Putin is to thank for giving America exactly the leader it needs to bring about the greatest American revival the world has ever seen. So… Thank you, Mr. Putin. Thank you for listening to the American electorate and […]

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