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Host Sarah Isgur is joined by Steve Hayes, Jonah Goldberg, and David French for a weekly thoughtful discussion on politics, policy, and culture.

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Host Sarah Isgur is joined by Steve Hayes, Jonah Goldberg, and David French for a weekly thoughtful discussion on politics, policy, and culture.

    Is Biden Just Bad at his Job?

    Is Biden Just Bad at his Job?

    After the latest surge of migrants in the border town of Del Rio, Texas, our hosts discuss how the Biden administration has handled the immigration issue since taking office. Plus, President Biden continues to have foreign policy problems. What happened with the botched drone strike in Afghanistan? Why is France mad at us? All of that leaves Jonah with one big question: Is Biden just bad at his job?

     

    Show Notes:

    -Jonah on Biden’s foreign policy

    -The Morning Dispatch breaks down the drone strike that killed civilians in Afghanistan

    -TMD catches you up on the deal between the U.S., U.K., and Australia

    -Tom Joscelyn on AUKUS in Vital Interests

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    S.E. Cupp on Moderation and Social Media

    S.E. Cupp on Moderation and Social Media

    On today’s episode, CNN’s S.E. Cupp joins Sarah and Steve to talk about the Biden administration, Congress, and why extremism is taking over the politics of today. Plus, the trio discusses the effects of social media on the news business and the challenges that come with being the target of internet trolls. 

    Show Notes: 
    “The Conservative Coma” by SE Cupp in Vanity Fair
    S.E. opens up about living with anxiety
    WSJ report on the effects of social media on teen girls
    “Why You're Wrong About the Right” by S.E. Cupp and Brett Joshpe
    “Losing our Religion” by S.E. Cupp

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    • 47 min
    General Milley and Trump's Final Days

    General Milley and Trump's Final Days

    Journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa have a new book coming out that is full of more scandals from the Trump era, most notably one involving Gen. Mark Milley possibly going around the chain of command in the final days of the Trump administration. Before that discussion, the gang discusses the legality and politics of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate. Plus, a potpourri of topics pertaining to the GOP and what to make of the California recall election.

     

    Show Notes:

    -Excerpts from Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

    -Reporting from Jennifer Griffin

    -More excerpts from Peril

    -Scott Lincicome’s latest Capitolism newsletter

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ben Sasse on Afghanistan and Reflections on September 11

    Ben Sasse on Afghanistan and Reflections on September 11

    In today's episode, Sarah and Steve talk with Sen. Ben Sasse about the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan and what to do next. For a longer summary of the interview, check out an article on The Dispatch website. Plus, Steve talks with Peter Wehner who was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001. They share reflections on that day at the White House and the last 20 years.

     

    Show Notes:

    -“The Vanishing American Adult” by Ben Sasse

    -“Them” by Ben Sasse

    -Peter Wehner at The Atlantic

    -Peter Wehner at The New York Times

    -“The Death of Politics” by Peter Wehner

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    September 11: 20 Years Later

    September 11: 20 Years Later

    President Biden is having a no good, horrible, very bad summer. The gang, with Chris Stirewalt subbing in for David, discuss whether Biden can recover from the last few weeks. Is the only thing that can save Biden a reemergence of former President Trump? Trump is slated to visit Iowa and the group discusses what that means for 2024. And finally, Afghanistan is still in shambles and we’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Listen to hear what Sarah, Jonah, Steve, and Chris were doing 20 years ago and how it impacted the rest of their lives.

     

    Show Notes:

    -Amy Walter on Biden’s approval rating

    -Jonah’s 9/11 piece

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    • 58 min
    Abortion in America

    Abortion in America

    This week, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, declined to block a Texas abortion law from going into effect. In Thursday’s Advisory Opinions podcast, Sarah and David tackled the legal aspect of the law and the court’s decision. Today, they turn to the politics--not just of the Texas law, but of the issue of abortion itself. Where does the pro-life movement stand today? Where does it go from here? 

     

    Show Notes:

    -David’s piece breaking down the Supreme Court’s decision

    -David and Sarah’s legal analysis of the Supreme Court’s ruling

    -Study: “How Americans Understand Abortion”

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