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Theatre Fundraiser for Ukraine


Ricochet community – excited to be posting for the first time. Writing to tell you all about a project I’ve been working on recently. I’m putting on a staged reading of my first play, Lev of Leningrad, to raise funds for Ukrainian relief. If you’re in the Philadelphia area and want to see the show you can find tickets here.

Lev is a comedy-drama about (my close friends) Lev and Marina Furman, prominent Jewish refusniks in Leningrad in the 1980s. The Furmans were denied the right to emigrate from the former Soviet Union, which at the time included Kyiv where Marina was born. Last year, the play received a staged reading at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA, as a part of The Fulton’s inaugural ‘Stories of Diversity’ festival.

Join Jim and Greg as they breathe a tad easier after Vladimir Putin does not announce any escalation of the Ukraine war in his Victory Day speech. They also fume as the Biden administration still can’t find the courage to tell protesters to stay away from the homes of Supreme Court justices. And recently uncovered voting records add to their unease about the idea of Sen. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania.


Jim Geraghty is back! Today, he and Greg get a kick out of the sleazy Lincoln Project vowing to help Democrat Tim Ryan win the Ohio Senate race and Ryan’s team makes it clear they don’t want the group anywhere near the campaign. Jim sounds off as the Biden administration publicly confirms even more intelligence work directly connected to Ukrainian military operations, including the sinking of the Moskva. And outgoing Press Secretary Jen Psaki refuses to tell abortion protesters to stay away from the private residences of Supreme Court justices.

Join Greg and Emily Jashinsky of The Federalist as they welcome signs from Sen. Susan Collins that she has no intention of ending the filibuster to pass abortion legislation but they also note how abortion could cause tension inside a GOP coalition that now includes a lot of people who don’t consider themselves social conservatives. They also wonder why U.S. officials would publicly confirm that American intelligence has been directly involved in tracking and targeting Russian generals killed by Ukraine. And they fire back as Biden climate adviser Gina McCarthy vows an aggressive green agenda – including more than a hundred regulations on appliances and severe demands for “sustainable airlines.”


Timothy Puko, an energy policy reporter at the Wall Street Journal, joined “Plugged In” host Neil Chatterjee and energy reporter Breanne Deppisch to explain the industry’s true role in the Biden administration’s efforts to combat climate change and how the importance of energy security may have put clean energy policies on pause.

Puko also dives deeper into the Democrats’ race to push bills that support decarbonization before the midterm elections in November. But, as our guest points out, there is still a divide on the Left between centrists who favor energy security, like Sen. Joe Manchin, and progressives, who want more aggressive climate change action to be taken.

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So here’s a story I missed: Ukraine issued a stamp to honor the Snake Island soldiers and to flip off Russia. Ukrainian people queued up (that’s “waited in line” in American) for this stamp. A hostile foreign army having invaded the country, not only is the postal service operating, they held a design contest for […]

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Kevin Book, Managing Director at ClearView Energy Partners, joined “Plugged In” host Neil Chatterjee to help explain how sanctions on Russian oil — and potentially gas — amid the Ukraine war affect the United States’ efforts to transition to cleaner energy and domestic production.

Book, who is a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council, shared his insight on energy security and what it will take for renewable resources and LNGs to really take off on American soil. While he said it is possible somewhere down the line to diverge from fossil fuels, industry and government need more pragmatism in their goals.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome even more data showing that criminals steer clear from people they suspect may have guns. They also discuss whether the increasing chatter about Russia being willing to use tactical nukes against Ukraine is based in reality. And they wonder why one of the shooters arrested as part of the probe into Saturday’s mass shooting in South Carolina was allowed to go home and might be permitted to go back to work with an ankle monitor.

The well-known oil expert Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of S&P Global, joins to talk about the state of affairs and where the future will drag us, expanding on what he predicted in his recent book, The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that the Moskva – the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet – was sunk by missile strikes, even though the Russians won’t admit that part of the story. They’re also glad to see border agents vindicated over the false accusations from President Biden, DHS Sec. Mayorkas and others that they whipped Haitian migrants. And they discover another congressman who won’t go back to Washington – this one for at least a year-and-a-half.



A new report and podcast from the Center for Immigration Studies provides an overview of the Ukrainian refugee crisis, which has seen more than four million people flee Ukraine for neighboring countries. The report describes the European Union’s response to those seeking protection in various countries in the region and also highlights the U.S. response, which has been primarily aimed at providing economic and humanitarian assistance to enable Ukrainians to remain in their own region. However, President Biden, under pressure from refugee advocates, eventually committed to resettling 100,000 Ukrainians. The report provides a snapshot of the Ukrainian population already resettled in the U.S. which these individuals would be joining.

Most Ukrainians already resettled in the U.S. arrived under the “Lautenberg Amendment”, a Cold War-era program that gives priority to Ukrainians and others from the former Soviet Union who claim to be persecuted because of membership in a religious minority group. The program is on automatic pilot, being renewed yearly despite the fact that the Soviet Union no longer exists. It will undoubtedly be used to fast-track the resettlement of Ukrainians in the coming months despite the lack of religious persecution in the EU, where the Ukrainians are located.

Oil and gas industry executives met with lawmakers recently to talk about more production and gas prices, which resulted in somewhat of a blame game.

On this week’s episode of “Plugged In,” co-hosts Neil Chatterjee, former FERC chairman, and energy reporter Breanne Deppisch discuss the top energy stories from the last week — including recent policies by the Biden administration that oil and gas companies say have tied their hands as the war in Ukraine continues and more sanctions are put on Russian energy.

Quote of the Day: Is Europe Finished?


Let’s cut through the diplo-speak: If Mr. Biden and the Europeans don’t get Ukraine right, Europe’s future is finished.

Putin is Hitler. He is attempting the extermination of a people and the obliteration of their cities. World War II wasn’t fought in Europe to prevent a future nuclear exchange between Russia and the U.S. It was fought because Europe was experiencing the indiscriminate murder of civilians under Nazi military doctrine, now revived by Mr. Putin and the Russian general staff.— Daniel Henninger

In an ambitious flurry of activity, Europe is speaking out and taking action against Vladimir Putin, canceling some of their commitments to him and stepping in to help Ukraine. Most of the Ukrainian refugees are landing in Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia. The EU has established an emergency protection system, offering jobs, shelter, and medical treatment. They have also worked at streamlining their entry procedures. The invasion of Putin has been criticized harshly, and Europe has stepped up.

Russia’s Plan for Ukraine? Genocide


Russia has dropped the maskirovka about its goals in the “Special Operation” in Ukraine.  RIA Novosty, a Russian Federation state-owned domestic news agency recently published an article that outlines the real goals of their invasion. It’s as if Goebbels had published a synopsis of the Wannsee Conference in the Völkischer Beobachter.

From Putin’s initial lie that the “special Operation” was aimed at liberating the Ukrainian population from its evil Nazi government, the article expands the aim of exterminating Ukrainian nationhood. Forever. What follows are some of the highlights of the article.

You can read the entire article, rescued by the Wayback Machine, here.

Finnish Intelligence Officer Explains the Russian Mindset


Former Finnish intelligence colonel Martti J. Kari.

Russia has always befuddled Western analysts, a fact best summed up by Winston Churchill who said the multicontinental colossus is “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” More recently, “experts” wondered why Putin was pushing forces to Ukraine’s border, then why he launched such a massive attack, and now why on earth he’s reducing cities to rubble and pushing civilians into mass graves.

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.

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Ukraine must be rebuilt.  And Russia should pay for it.  Under crippling sanctions, western countries have seized Russian sovereign assets.  Instead of “War Reparations” as occurred after the First World War, there is an easier source of money.  During the sanctions, Russian sovereign assets were [Edit.] frozen seized.  I propose that they should be used […]

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Join Jim and Chad as they celebrate the U.K. lifting its fracking ban. They also react to reports that Senator Susan Collins will support Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, essentially ensuring Jackson a spot on the high court. And despite assurances they are pulling back from Kiev, the Russian military continues its campaign.

This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-host Cara Candal talks with John Lewis Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of George F. Kennan: An American Life. He shares some of the wider background knowledge, major historical themes, and key events that today’s students should know about the Cold War and its impact. He discusses the life and legacy of George F. Kennan, the subject of his Pulitzer-winning biography, who was the architect of America’s Containment policy toward Soviet communism and understood the true character of the Russian people and why communism would fail. They survey some of the outstanding political, military, literary, and religious leaders, as well as the murderous dictators, of the Cold War era. Prof. Gaddis explains why the West has often seemed less resolute towards Communist China and Putin’s Russia since the Cold War, and explores what teachers, students, and the public should know regarding Russia’s long-standing goal of dominating Ukraine. The episode concludes with a reading from Prof. Gaddis’s book, The Cold War: A New History.

Stories of the Week: In Massachusetts, education policymakers are moving ahead with a second review of the Boston Public Schools (BPS), which may lead to state receivership, after reports found that 16,000 BPS students attend schools performing in the bottom 10 percent statewide. Pioneer Institute’s Senior Fellow Charles Chieppo, most recently co-author of a RealClearPolicy op-ed on this topic, joins Cara for an in-depth discussion.