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Beg to Differ is a weekly roundtable podcast brought to you by TheBulwark.com. Host Mona Charen is joined by Linda Chavez of the Niskanen Center, Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, and Damon Linker of The Week to discuss the news of the week in a respectful, rational forum.

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Beg to Differ is a weekly roundtable podcast brought to you by TheBulwark.com. Host Mona Charen is joined by Linda Chavez of the Niskanen Center, Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, and Damon Linker of The Week to discuss the news of the week in a respectful, rational forum.

    Trump and Putin Both Had a Bad Week (with Benjamin Wittes)

    Trump and Putin Both Had a Bad Week (with Benjamin Wittes)

    Benjamin Wittes joins the panel (including Will Saletan) to discuss Trump's triple legal woes, Putin's nuclear saber rattling, and Electoral Count Act reform finally happening.
    Highlights & Lowlights:
    Benjamin Wittes: Show of support for Ukraine takes ugly turn outside Russian Consulate in Montreal - CBC (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/russian-consulate-montreal-ukraine-1.6588382)
    Mona: The U.S. and the Holocaust - PBS (https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/us-and-the-holocaust/)
    Will: North Korea denies supplying weapons to Russia - BBC News (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-62873987)
    Linda: Carnegie Politika - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (https://carnegieendowment.org/politika)
    Damon: ‘A Crisis Coming’: The Twin Threats to American Democracy - The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/17/us/american-democracy-threats.html)
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Imagining Victory (with Noah Smith)

    Imagining Victory (with Noah Smith)

    Noah Smith joins the group to consider Ukraine’s stunning counterattack, as well as inflation and DeSantis' stunt with asylum seekers.
    Highlights & Lowlights:
    Mona: The Demagogue's Playbook (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250303042/thedemagoguesplaybook)
    Linda: How Trump lost one of his biggest fights — and nobody noticed - Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/09/14/trump-confederacy-military-bases/)
    Damon: Prepare for Russia itself to disintegrate - The Telegraph (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/09/13/prepare-collapse-russian-empire/)
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Reading Midterm Tea Leaves (with Josh Barro)

    Reading Midterm Tea Leaves (with Josh Barro)

    Josh Barro joins the group to reflect on Queen Elizabeth, analyze President Biden's democracy speech, interpret the midterm tea leaves, and evaluate what lessons we must learn from the poor US response to COVID-19.
    Highlights & Lowlights
    Mona: How Not To Write A Constitution - Persuasion (https://www.persuasion.community/p/how-not-to-write-a-constitution)
    Bill: How reactionary is MAGA? Try the first century B.C. - The Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/09/07/jd-vance-fascist-roman-imperialist-caesar/)
    Linda: The Man Who Won the Republican Party Before Trump Did - The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/08/opinion/pat-buchanan-donald-trump.html)
    Damon: Mark Lilla: Yearning for Questions - Meditations with Zohar (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mark-lilla-yearning-for-questions/id1608391571?i=1000578690878)
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    He Is a Sucking Black Hole of Disaster (with Megan McArdle)

    He Is a Sucking Black Hole of Disaster (with Megan McArdle)

    Republicans know the 'Trump magic' isn't working, so when is the party going to get rid of him? Plus, ground zero in the midterms meme warfare, the politics of student loan relief, and special segment "What Are You Watching?" Megan McArdle and guest host Sonny Bunch join the panel.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    How to Defeat Putin . . . and Trump (with Eric Edelman)

    How to Defeat Putin . . . and Trump (with Eric Edelman)

    Eric Edelman joins the panel to discuss how to help Ukraine win. The panel also addresses Biden's student loan forgiveness and yea or nay on prosecuting Trump.
    Highlights & Lowlights
    Mona: What Biden could gain from pardoning Trump - The Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/08/18/trump-pardon-biden-benefit/)
    Linda: The Trump Warrant Had No Legal Basis - The Wall Street Journal (https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-trump-warrant-had-no-legal-basis-mar-a-lago-affidavit-presidential-records-act-archivist-custody-classified-fbi-garland-11661170684)
    Damon: Prosecuting Trump: A Reply to Josh Marshall - Lawfare (https://www.lawfareblog.com/prosecuting-trump-reply-josh-marshall)
    Bill: Yes, Special Elections Really Are Signaling A Better-Than-Expected Midterm For Democrats - FiveThirtyEight (https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/yes-special-elections-really-are-signaling-a-better-than-expected-midterm-for-democrats/)
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    I'm Sorry, That's Classified

    I'm Sorry, That's Classified

    Former CIA officer David Priess joins the group to consider Trump's secrets squirreled away in Mar-a-Lago, the "woke" FBI, the Democrats' prospects in the midterms, and much more. And Cathy Young sits in for Linda Chavez.

    Highlights/Lowlights:

    Mona's:
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-american-academy-of-pediatrics-dubious-transgender-science-jack-turban-research-social-contagion-gender-dysphoria-puberty-blockers-uk-11660732791 
    David's :
    https://twitter.com/ErinSikorsky/status/1547551734465286148?s=20&t=5bYpYiqMffg2JsL7lVQpkw
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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
840 Ratings

840 Ratings

David L. Blair ,

A weekly glimpse of what we could be

… if all of us were as rational, civil, and patriotic as Ms. Charen and her regulars and guests.

As a lifelong liberal Democrat, I never thought I would be grateful to and for Mona Charen. I am happy to have been wrong about that. I still disagree with her - often - but now count her as someone who’s opinions I respect and to whom I should listen.

I don’t know if she changed or I did, but I’m sure glad it happened. I look forward to this podcast every week.

Thank you to all involved.

THF Seattle ,

Noah Smith

Noah Smith is a great guest and he offered good arguments from the center left perspective.

The discussion on Ukraine was excellent and Zelensky is one remarkable leader, one thought someone like him would only be in movies, not real life.

Harry Follower ,

All Content

Excellent topics, history and commentary, as always. Though at times rankled by opposing views, I continue to appreciate the educational value and digestion of differing POV.

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