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Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Ryan Cooper)
Reviewing Obama's new memoir, A Promised Land ... Ryan excoriates Obama's response to the financial crisis ... Should Obama have gone much harder on the banks? ... Aryeh: Obama is an institutionalist to his core ... Was Obama just the wrong man for the job? ... Why the GOP gets away with radicalism but Democrats don't ... Is Biden's cabinet a team of nobodies? ... The mysterious nomination of Neera Tanden to OMB ... Aryeh: Maybe it's time to trust Biden's political instincts ...
It's All a Circle (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
A new, Jared-centric theory for why Trump kisses up to Putin ... Bob's weekly Steve Bannon update ... Who will Trump pardon next? ... Mickey says the Supreme Court ruling on churches is no big deal ... The (probably Israeli) assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist ... Have deficit hawks gone extinct? ... Bob: "I do think the Biden administration is kind of doomed" ... Mickey critiques Bob's blockbuster debate with Bill Kristol ... Evaluating Biden's initial cabinet picks ... Bob on the future of Bloggingheads ...
Calling Out Ibram X. Kendi (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)
Welcome to the Glenn Show 2.0 ... A path to forgiveness for the canceled ... John’s upcoming book and wokeism after Trump ... Why is it so easy to get away with junk sociology today? ... John speaks his mind on Ibram X. Kendi ... The mass delusion of the anti-racism movement ... What is required of public intellectuals? ...
WKRP in DMZ (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)
Bill explains how to properly watch WKRP in Cincinnati on Thanksgiving, Matt marvels at Biden’s cabinet picks, they discuss the meaning of appointing John Kerry as climate envoy, and both dare to look at 2024 GOP presidential polls.
Profiles in Courage (Robert Wright & Bill Kristol)
How Bill became a NeverTrumper ... Bob worries that neoconservatives have exploited the Resistance ... Bill has some regrets about supporting Tom Cotton ... Bob accuses Bill of countenancing guilt-by-association tactics ... Charges of anti-Semitism and dual loyalty in the Israel debate ... Bill: The cartoonish caricature of the GOP turned out to be correct ... The psychology of GOP elites who still support Trump ... Bill's hopes for the Biden administration ...
Harmonic Convergences (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Mickey denounces Rudy ... Is Trump damaging democracy? ... Hate speech vs. free speech ... Mickey says "the Left" doesn’t want a peaceful transfer of power ... Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias leave Vox ... When exactly did the New York Times abandon objectivity? ... Will Trumpian election truthers be a major force for years to come? ... The Nonzero Newsletter’s Progressive Realism report card ...
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