On this month’s episode of American Wonk, our topic is: What the heck is going on between Donald Trump, James Comey, and Russia? Is there fire underneath all that smoke? Is the President in any kind of legal jeopardy?

To answer these questions, we needed to go to someone who could wonk out with us on both foreign policy and constitutional questions, and so we’re very fortunate to have John Yoo join the program.

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On this week’s episode, Teri and Kira discuss the starring role Melania’s hand played in Trump’s first overseas trip and how her fashion choices always send a subtle message. Other topics include whether or not a Manchester-type terrorist attack could happen in the US, why people need to just leave Ariana Grande alone, and NYC’s Puerto Rican Day Parade honoring a convicted terrorist. Also, K-pop, Miley Cyrus, and why air-dropping blue jeans and Coca-Cola might save the world. 

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Editor-at-large William Kristol discusses the politics of Trump from the mountains of Montana to the sands of Saudi Arabia, all in one week.

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Bodyslamming, Trump in Europe, the great Mollie Hemingway (you are hereby ordered to buy her new Encounter Broadside Trump vs. The Media right now), the lies we tell ourselves about terrorism (thanks John Kluge), and Peter Robinson once hung out with Roger Moore. No, we didn’t know that either. Happy summer, everyone.

Music from this week’s podcast: Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me) by Carly Simon

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss Republican Greg Gianforte’s win in the special Montana congressional race a day after he roughed up a reporter and how Democrats are still looking for their first win at the ballot box in the Trump era . They also mourn the Islamist slaughter of dozens of Coptic Christians in Egypt and point out the West is still oblivious to the fact that we are at war. And they’re stunned that anyone actually fell for the fake letter to Bloom County cartoonist Berkeley Bloom that was supposedly sent to him by President Trump’s lawyer.

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Welcome to the Special Bonus Euro-edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 26, 2017, introducing our European correspondent William Campbell.

We’ve decided that we don’t sound sophisticated enough (why did it take so long to reach *that* conclusion??) and we have attempted to remedy that situation by finding a new HLC contributor who has an Irish accent (although he sounds British to me). Mr. William Campbell is an author, podcaster and entrepreneur. Although he has spent most of his life in Ireland, he was also educated in the UK and the US and has lived in Italy, Germany and Thailand. He is the host of his own podcast: Challenging Opinions on which Todd has appeared (although I haven’t been invited yet).

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Vladimir Kara-Murza is a Russian democracy leader, and one brave hombre. Twice, he has been poisoned. Twice, he recovered. And he is still at his work.

Jay wrote about him earlier this year in a three-part series: Part I, Part II, and Part III. And Kara-Murza is Jay’s guest on this “Q&A.”

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John McCormack handicaps today’s Montana special congressional election, which pits a bad-tempered tech millionaire against a cowboy folk singer.

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There’s been a lot of talk about anonymous sources in journalism in the first four months of the Trump administration. The problem is, not a lot of people know precisely how they’re used and why journalists use them. Reporter Glenn Thrush of the New York Times joined Jay and Neal to talk about the subject. They ask Glenn about anonymous sources, why they’re used, the process behind cultivating them and how to deal with the pressure to reveal them.

It’s a very informative episode and some of what Glenn says will surprise you!

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HWX returns with a Spring Spectacular episode, including discussion of:

* Graduation day at Notre Dame featuring VP Mike Pence and a snowflake student walk out protest. We go In the Bubble with the protestors to analyze the action, including exclusive audio of the speech that proves the students were wise to get out while they could!

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to reports – and audio – of Montana GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte getting physical with a reporter, who claims Gianforte body slammed him and broke his glasses. They also shake their heads as Manchester police stop sharing intelligence on Monday’s bombing with U.S. officials after several sensitive items were made public. And they groan as Washington Post columnist David Ignatius has already decided that the 2018 midterm elections will be all about whether to impeach Trump because he is just so very sure that Robert Mueller will recommend impeachment, Trump won’t resign and Republicans won’t pursue impeachment on their own.

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On the final podcast before Memorial Day, the COMMENTARY crew takes on the horror in Manchester and what it means about security, terrorism, and cultural integration. They move on to the assault perpetrated on a reporter by an out-of-control special-election candidate in Montana before concluding with the most important issue ever covered: Did Melania swat Donald’s hand away? Give a listen.

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Great Scott! In this week’s episode the Substandard discusses Alien: Covenant and the best (and not-so-best) of Ridley Scott. JVL admits he has “the sensibility of a 9-year-old girl.” Something hits Sonny in the head. You say ci-cay-da, Vic says ci-cah-da. Plus theme park terror and a word from our sponsor, all on this week’s Substandard!

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Zimbabwe gained its independence in 1980. Since then, it has been ruled by one man: Robert Mugabe, the dictator. Like most Zimbabweans, Evan Mawarire has never known any other leader. Today, he is Mugabe’s worst nightmare: a principled, moral, talented, brave critic.

Mawarire is a Christian pastor. Last year, he made a video, expressing love of country, and exasperation at the longstanding dictatorship. The video went viral in Zimbabwe. Mawarire was arrested, of course, and eventually had to flee the country with his family. He has since returned (and, of course, been arrested again).

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They were the indispensable men of the Cold War, says Paul Kengor in A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Kengor discusses the friendship of these two men, whether the Soviet Union would have collapsed without them, and what the three secrets of Fatima had to do with it.

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Ajit Pai. Net Neutrality. Spectrum. These and other buzzwords are now circulating not just in the mouths of policy wonks in Washington, but in viral videos, on major network evening talk shows, in Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets.

But seriously, what should tech policy look like for the next generation, or two, or three? Can we continue to have a system largely based on 1930s regulation? 

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In the latest installment of Radio Deplorable, Dave Carter invites Ricochet’s (and Whiskey Politics’) Dave Sussman onto the program to discuss his recent post (Blood on Their Hands), which generated a veritable avalanche of commentary. As Dave Carter noted, “I thought it might prove interesting to give Dave Sussman a chance to expand, clarify, reiterate, etc. He did all of that and more, and it was an intriguing discussion to say the least.” We think you’ll agree.

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This week, GLoP-sters Jonah Goldberg, Rob Long, and John Podhoretz take on the pluses and minuses of cigar smoking, the new trend of re-booting long cancelled TV shows (Twin Peaks, Will and Grace, and Roseanne to name a few), some thought on the Seth Rich media coverage, the meaning of The Orb, and yes, the need. For. Speed.

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Today on the Daily Standard podcast, senior writer Michael Warren breaks down President Trump’s budget proposal.

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