Beg to Differ is a weekly roundtable podcast brought to you by http://TheBulwark.com. Host Mona Charen is joined by Linda Chavez of the Niskanen Center, Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, and Damon Linker, who writes "Notes from the Middleground," to discuss the news of the week in a respectful, rational forum.
"Thank you for Speaking While I'm Interrupting."
Former GOP Congresswoman Barbara Comstock drops in to discuss the debate, the shutdown, the impeachment, and the general dysfunction.
A New Cohort of Transgender Kids by Lisa Selin Davis at Persuasion.
The re-release of Stop Making Sense.
The recent testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson.
Inside the Unfounded Claim That DeSantis Abused Guantánamo Detainees by Matthew Rosenberg and Carol Rosenberg (NYT).
No Justice, No Jeeps
Francis Fukuyama joins Damon Linker, Ben Wittes, and A.B. Stoddard to analyze the UAW strike, the attacks on the "Deep State," and whether Kristen Welker blew it with Trump. Plus, in our Highlights and Lowlights segment, A.B. really doesn’t like the new Senate dress code, but loves that Henry Winkler and Dolly Parton have forthcoming books.
No Party for Honest Men
David Frum joins the group for a wide ranging discussion including the impeachment investigation, Biden's trip to the G20, Hunter Biden's indictment, and Mitt Romney's lonely stand. Plus, in our Highlights and Lowlights segment, Mona calls out Mike Pence for midwifing our Trumpian politics.
McKay Coppins' piece:
Must Biden Go? Pro and Con
Kori Schake, head of defense and foreign policy studies at AEI, shares her views on China, Ukraine, and Tuberville's stunt. The panel then debates whether Biden should, even now, step aside. Plus, in our Highlights and Lowlights segment, Bill sings the praises of Antony Blinken’s performance as secretary of state, and Linda sees hopeful signs of sanity among local GOP officials in very red Wyoming.
Column that Kori referenced:
Substack post Damon mentioned:
Look Who's Claiming to Care about Norms Now
Law professor and AEI scholar Adam White joins the show to answer legal questions about Trump's trials. The panel then discusses whether prosecuting a former (future?) president is wise or necessary. And in our Highlights and Lowlights segment, Adam celebrates the arrival of a new monograph about director Whit Stillman, whose films include ‘Metropolitan’ and ‘The Last Days of Disco.’
Springtime for Demagogues
Walter Olson of CATO joins the panel for debate analysis, including the rise of “RamaSMARMY.” Plus, a discussion of the 14th Amendment argument for disqualifying Trump, and disentangling the Hunter Biden story threads. And in our Highlights and Lowlights segment, Linda celebrates the election of Bernardo Arévalo, an anti-corruption crusader, as president of Guatemala.
University of Pennsylvania Law Review article on the 14th Amendment
Truly “civil conversation.”
This podcast and its cousin, the Bulwark, keep me from falling off a cliff into despondency.
I sometimes disagree with all four panelists but, even more often, I learn from them.
Great discussion and wow great to hear ideas being planned!
Challenges me to think differently
While I often find myself disagreeing with the opinions they express, the host and guest always present their points concisely and smartly. Mega respect to Ms. Charente and the top-caliber guests she invites onto her show