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1.  Ghastly Groupishness  

2022-05-17


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Listen now | Yascha Mounk makes his second appearance on The Remnant, this time to discuss his new book, The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure. In a conversation tailor-made for holders of the Remnant bingo card, Yascha and Jonah discuss the dangers of tribalis...

2.  The Heritage Foundation Is Wrong on Ukraine  

2022-05-17


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Its emerging populism undermines American interests and its own achievements.

3.  Iran Is in Position for a Surprise Nuclear Breakout  

2022-05-17


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No wonder it’s in no rush to renegotiate a nuclear deal.

4.  Trump Tests His Influence in North Carolina  

2022-05-17


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Ted Budd looks to become the GOP’s Senate nominee, and scandal-plagued Rep. Madison Cawthorn faces his own crowded primary challenge.

5.  High-Profile Republicans Split on Pennsylvania Senate Primary  

2022-05-17


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The race to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Pat Toomey was already tight. Kathy Barnette’s late surge has made it even tighter.

6.  What Will Putin Do With Kherson?  

2022-05-17


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Russian forces captured the city early on, but keeping it requires resources they might prefer to use elsewhere.

7.  The Morning Dispatch: Grappling With the Buffalo Mass Shooting  

2022-05-17


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Plus: U.S. troops to return to Somalia after most left in late 2020.

8.  Congress to Consider Domestic Terrorism Bill Following Buffalo Shooting  

2022-05-17


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Plus: Some lawmakers push for creation of an active shooter alert system.

9.  Dispatch Live: State of the GOP  

2022-05-16


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Information on how to watch our weekly livestreamed conversation.

10.  A Conversation with Chief Judge Sutton  

2022-05-16


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Listen now | It’s a special edition of Advisory Opinions as David and Sarah talk to Chief Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The discussion ranges far and wide but includes a focus on a subject we don’t talk enough about: state constitutional law.

11.  What We Must Do to Help Ukraine Win  

2022-05-16


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The emphasis should be on a punishing counteroffensive to help Ukraine win quickly.

12.  Pennsylvania Primary Hints at What Trump ’24 Might Look Like  

2022-05-16


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He wouldn’t be the unpredictable insurgent like 2016.

13.  The Morning Dispatch: Sweden and Finland to Seek NATO Membership  

2022-05-16


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Finnish President Sauli Niinistö called Russia's Vladimir Putin Saturday to deliver the news.

14.  For Abortion Abolition, Against Abortion ‘Abolitionists’  

2022-05-15


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If Roe is overturned, the path to ending abortion doesn’t include prosecuting moms.

15.  Fact Check: The White House Corrects Itself After False Claim About Vaccine  

2022-05-15


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It was not the first time that the Biden administration made the claim.

16.  It’s No Game  

2022-05-14


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Listen now (67 min) | Haunted by the wailings of a local fox, Jonah brings an elevated degree of curmudgeonliness to today’s wide-ranging Ruminant. After offering some further thoughts on the hyper-politicization of American society and the erosion of institutions, Jonah turns to abortion, dispellin...

17.  More Like 'Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Badness'  

2022-05-14


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The latest Marvel movie promises a mind-bending trip through the multiverse and fails to deliver.

18.  Why Are Teens Growing More Anxious?  

2022-05-14


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Listen now | It is increasingly obvious that teenagers across the country are experiencing a spike in anxiety, often with serious and debilitating consequences. This week David and Curtis speak to one of the foremost experts on the subject, Kara Powell, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute...

19.  Our Best Stuff on Baby Formula, Primary Elections, and Iran  

2022-05-14


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Plus, Mitch McConnell leads a delegation of senators to meet with Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine.

20.  Texas Social Media Law Goes to Court  

2022-05-14


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Listen now | David and Sarah spend serious time talking about social media censorship, modern "public squares," and the ability of Texas and Florida to moderate Twitter and Facebook. They also dive into the legality of picketing at home, answer listener questions, and start a conversation about abortio...

21.  McCarthy, Other GOP Reps, Receive Historic Subpoenas From January 6 Panel  

2022-05-13


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Plus: Work to reconcile bills on China competition begins, and more Republicans may be tiring of supporting Ukraine’s war efforts

22.  The Inflation Game  

2022-05-13


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Listen now | The economic state of America, which technically may be improving according to the latest inflation numbers, is still not good. The gang (with deputy managing editor Michael Scott Reneau stepping in for Steve) discuss it and home in on why that’s bad news for Democrats. Plus, Tim Albert...

23.  Not Everything Is a Morality Tale  

2022-05-13


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Inflation, ‘greed,’ and moral panics.

24.  Stirewaltisms: Rejection of Extremes on Roe May Determine Midterm Costs  

2022-05-12


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Plus, Kathy Barnette blows up the Pennsylvania Senate primary.

25.  Liberty, American Style  

2022-05-13


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Listen now | Yuval Levin returns to the Remnant to provide his signature brand of edifying eggheadery. Institutions, the culture war, and the necessity of staying in your lane are all covered in this high minded conversation. Jonah and Yuval also discuss America’s unique fusion of liberalism and republicanis...

26.  Protest Block Parties  

2022-05-13


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Inside the groups picketing outside Supreme Court justices’ homes in the wake of the abortion draft opinion leak.

27.  Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control: Old Myths and New Realities  

2022-05-13


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While we have been on a ‘modernization holiday’ our geopolitical foes have been building and deploying new nuclear forces.

28.  Shapes in the Fog  

2022-05-13


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Even amid the uncertainty of war, we can see the progress Ukraine has made in securing independence from Russia.

29.  The Morning Dispatch: New Leaders Elected in Philippines, Hong Kong  

2022-05-13


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Plus: A report from pro-Roe protests outside SCOTUS homes.

30.  What Putin’s Talking About When He Talks About ‘American Exceptionalism’  

2022-05-12


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In his eyes, everything is about power and the will to use it, and Americans merely camouflage their moves a bit better.

31.  What Is Behind the Uptick in Terror Attacks In Israel?  

2022-05-12


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The causes are numerous. One solution is to re-engage on the basis of reality.

32.  History Shows Why We Need an Independent Judiciary  

2022-05-12


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What we can learn from William Howard Taft's rejection of Arizona's first state constitution.

34.  Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns on ‘This Will Not Pass’  

2022-05-11


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Listen now | There is no shortage of stuff to talk about in This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America's Future, the new book by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, and Steve does his best to discuss all of it in this week’s

35.  Hypocrisy All the Way Down  

2022-05-11


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If hypocrisy were helium, everyone would have a funny voice and some people would just float away.

36.  Get Ready for a Bumpy Ride if Roe Is Overturned  

2022-05-11


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It would return to the matter to the democratic process, but it will take a while to unwind our polarization over abortion.

37.  The Legacy of Soviet Anti-Jewish Propaganda Rears Its Ugly Head  

2022-05-11


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After Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov smeared Volodymyr Zelensky, his agency doubled down.

38.  The Morning Dispatch: Congress Poised to Send Ukraine Another $40 Billion in Aid  

2022-05-11


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Is the United States’ weapons stockpile large enough to keep pace?

39.  Paying Up  

2022-05-11


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Listen now | Beth Akers, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins The Remnant for extreme wonkery on student debt and the economics of higher education. Why have the Democrats become so fixated on the issue of forgiving student loan debt, and can a moral argument be made for forgiveness...

40.  America’s Infant Formula Crisis and the ‘Resiliency’ Mirage  

2022-05-11


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U.S. policy has exacerbated the problem by depressing potential supply.

41.  The Sweep: Can the GOP Make Inroads With Non-White Democratic Voters?  

2022-05-10


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Low Democratic approval ratings plus wedge issues could finally be a recipe for some small success.

42.  Video: More on Roe v. Wade  

2022-05-11


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Watch the video of our weekly livestreamed conversation.

43.  A New President Faces Familiar Challenges in Seoul  

2022-05-10


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Yoon Suk-yeol wants to remake South Korea as a global player, but first he must contend with challenges from Japan and North Korea.

44.  German Leaders Are Out of Touch on Ukraine. One Politician Is Forcing Their Hand.  

2022-05-10


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Friedrich Merz is capitalizing on the ambiguity of the German government over Russia’s aggression.

45.  Pennsylvania Gets a Trump Shot in the Arm  

2022-05-10


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Dr. Oz Mehmet inches ahead of David McCormick in the state’s GOP Senate primary.

46.  The Clock Keeps Ticking on a New Iran Nuclear Deal  

2022-05-10


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Likelihood diminishes for a new nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran as the Biden administration faces new bipartisan pressure.

47.  The Morning Dispatch: Hungary Resists EU Push to Ban Russian Oil  

2022-05-10


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Budapest officials want a total exemption from the ban, or five years minimum to phase out usage.

48.  House and Senate Set to Hash Out China Competition Bill  

2022-05-10


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Plus: A Uyghur advocate, born in a Chinese prison, shares insights from his new book.

49.  Fact Checking a Bill Gates Coronavirus Soundbite  

2022-05-09


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The billionaire made the comment while promoting his book on the pandemic.

50.  Fact Check: Was the Secretary of Agriculture Arrested?  

2022-05-09


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No, nor was he part of a plot to sabotage America’s food supplies.

51.  Dobbs Fallout with a First Amendment Twist  

2022-05-09


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Listen now | Sarah and David talk more about the leaked draft opinion in Dobbs, but this time with a First Amendment twist. Activists have encouraged protesters to demonstrate outside the homes of the conservative Supreme Court justices. Does it violate the First Amendment to ban protests outside a justice’...

52.  Dispatch Live: More on Roe v. Wade  

2022-05-09


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53.  Trump Did Not Invent Awful Republican Primaries  

2022-05-09


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A reminder that the former president is a product of the party’s dysfunction.

54.  In Defense of Norms and Institutions  

2022-05-09


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When we act like we are living through an apocalypse, we risk denigrating the very institutions that can guide us through crises.

55.  The Morning Dispatch: Post-Roe Plans Come Into Focus  

2022-05-09


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Groups on both sides of the abortion issue plan next steps if the Supreme Court upends abortion law.

56.  Fact Check: Overturning Roe v. Wade Will Not Ban Abortion  

2022-05-09


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It returns the matter to elected branches of government.

57.  Fact Checking Kentucky Derby Quotes  

2022-05-09


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The fabricated statements, attributed to the winning jockey, have circulated on social media in recent years.

58.  Fact Check: Is There a Major Shortage of Baby Formula?  

2022-05-09


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Viral claims are based on accurate reporting.

60.  Our Best Stuff From the Week of a Bombshell Leak  

2022-05-07


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Roe v. Wade, GOP primaries, and the debate over student loan forgiveness.

61.  A Critique of Tim Keller Reveals the Moral Devolution of the New Christian Right  

2022-05-08


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The time for a 'winsome, missional, and gospel-centered' approach has not passed.

62.  Supreme Court, Abortion, and the Political Fallout  

2022-05-06


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Listen now | What are we to make the Justice Samual Alito’s leaked draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health? Our hosts are here to discuss as the politics of abortion take shape. Sarah, Jonah, and David then pivot to what they learned from Tuesday’s primary elections. And finally, what does al...

63.  One-Armed Shadowboxing  

2022-05-06


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In making everything about race, the left is fighting only the enemies it wants to fight. And it’s losing.

64.  Drive-Time Ruminant 13: Big, if True  

2022-05-07


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Listen now | The drive-time Remnant format returns for another eclectic broadcast that, initially at least, comes dangerously close to providing actual substance. In predictably freewheeling fashion, Jonah, Guy, and Ryan explore the abortion debate and how the culture war manifests in various cultures...

65.  Integrity & the Abortion Debate  

2022-05-07


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Listen now | What does the surprise leak of Justice Alito’s opinion in the highly anticipated case Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization reveal about the intellectual integrity of his legal argument? What does it perhaps reveal about the integrity of the institution of the Supreme Court itself...

66.  From Buckskin to Spandex  

2022-05-07


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Our superhero craze had its origins on the American frontier.

67.  Canceling Student Loan Debt Is a Terrible Idea  

2022-05-06


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It’s expensive, regressive, and unjust. And it might well be illegal.

68.  David Perdue’s Campaign Hustle  

2022-05-06


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A Trump endorsement and a mad-dash across Georgia haven’t kept the Republican afloat in the race for governor.

69.  The Morning Dispatch: Could a Roe Reversal Affect More than Just Abortion?  

2022-05-06


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Plus: David Perdue struggles to find a rationale for his gubernatorial candidacy in Georgia.

70.  Space Contractors Face Heat  

2022-05-06


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Plus: Schumer vows vote on abortion, the White House may act on surveillance company implicated in Uyghur genocide, and House staffers will get a pay raise.

71.  Fact Checking Claims About Masks and Microplastics in Lung Tissue  

2022-05-05


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An article cites a study that never mentions masks.

72.  Making Sense of the Supreme Court Leak Part II  

2022-05-05


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Listen now | David and Sarah spend more time on the leaked draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito on Dobbs and ask the question: If Alito's opinion holds, what does that mean for gay marriage? They also discuss last week's Supreme Court ruling that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment by refusin...

73.  Young at Heart  

2022-05-05


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74.  Arizona: the Epicenter of 2020 Election Misinformation  

2022-05-05


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State and federal officials have continually pushed debunked stolen election theories.

75.  The Morning Dispatch: Fed Moves on Inflation  

2022-05-05


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Plus: An excerpt from the Dispatch Podcast interview with Sen. Mitt Romney.

76.  Surveillance Systems and Internet Rules: Blunting China’s Techno-Totalitarianism  

2022-05-05


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American policy must address the very real security concerns that China presents.

77.  Stirewaltisms: Relax, Have a Julep  

2022-05-05


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Just like with the Run for the Roses, this month’s primaries are producing lots of rank speculation.

78.  The Sweep: What Does J.D. Vance’s Victory Tell Us About the Midterms?  

2022-05-04


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Plus: Elon Musk and shifts in the political spectrum.

79.  Mitt Romney Talks Inflation and the Economy  

2022-05-04


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Listen now | Utah Sen. Mitt Romney joins Steve for a discussion on the state of the economy and how to rein in inflation. Plus, the senator answers questions about canceling student debt, the Supreme Court abortion leak, J.D. Vance’s victory in Ohio, and the latest from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

80.  Why Joe Biden Hates Saying the A-Word  

2022-05-04


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Abortion is not a great issue for Democrats, so he is trying to warn that the leaked Alito opinion threatens other rights.

81.  The Morning Dispatch: Washington Gears Up for a Post-Roe Future  

2022-05-04


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Plus: J.D. Vance prevails in Ohio.

83.  Fact Check: Is Elon Musk’s Tax Rate Only 3 Percent?  

2022-05-04


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A congresswoman cites a misleading figure.

84.  During Run for Governor, Tom Suozzi Has Voted in Person Just Three Days in 2022  

2022-05-04


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Experts worry abuses of proxy voting will make it more difficult for the House to consider health and family accommodations.

85.  Is President Biden Trying to Boost Inflation?  

2022-05-04


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He’s done little to reverse Trump-era tariffs, and now he wants to forgive student loan debt.

86.  Capitol Hill Reacts to the Leaked SCOTUS Draft  

2022-05-03


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Amid long-shot calls to nuke the filibuster and codify Roe, Democrats focus on this year’s midterms.

87.  The Supreme Court Abortion Leak—Your Questions, Answered  

2022-05-03


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How serious is the leak? Will it cause a political earthquake? And more.

88.  Making Sense of the Supreme Court Leak  

2022-05-03


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Listen now | In an emergency podcast, David and Sarah discuss the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s abortion opinion. Why did someone leak it? What are the ramifications for the Supreme Court? What should we make of Alito's opinion? What are the political consequences? All that and more in an unprecedente...

89.  Video: Overturning Roe and Ohio Primary Check-In  

2022-05-04


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Watch the video of our weekly livestreamed conversation.

90.  Master and Commander  

2022-05-04


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Listen now | Retired Gen. H.R. McMaster—Hoover Institution senior fellow, former national security adviser, and foreign policy expert—makes his first appearance on the Remnant to discuss China, Russia, and Afghanistan. He and Jonah examine what led to the war in Ukraine, the likelihood of Xi Jinpin...

91.  Leave Twitter to the Dogs  

2022-05-04


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Twitter once offered a correction to the mainstream media’s control over the narrative. Now Twitter is the narrative.

92.  Seyed Hossein Mousavian: Regime Exile or Tehran’s Man in America?  

2022-05-04


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Mousavian came to the U.S. in 2009 and advised Obama on the nuclear deal. He claims to be a moderate but his musings contain subtle threats of violence

93.  Non-Interventionist Republicans: A Small, Vocal Minority  

2022-05-04


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J.D. Vance won a Senate primary with an isolationist foreign policy, but similarly minded lawmakers in Congress remain isolated.

94.  Dispatch Live: Primary Check-In  

2022-05-02


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Information on how to watch our weekly livestreamed conversation.

95.  Supreme Court Hears Migrant Protection Protocols Case  

2022-05-03


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Listen now | David and Sarah talk about the Supreme Court as they discuss the fate of Trump's Migrant Protection Protocols, talk about yet another win for the First Amendment, and revisit Coach Kennedy's prayers. Then they move on to analyze one of the wildest and strangest qualified immunity cases ye...

96.  NATO’S Nordic Moment  

2022-05-03


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Sweden and Finland joining NATO would create huge opportunities—not only for their own security and peace of mind but NATO itself, especially in the Arctic

97.  The Ukraine War’s Nuclear Fallout  

2022-05-03


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Putin’s nuclear blackmail has deterred America from direct intervention. Would-be aggressors around the world are watching.

98.  Ohio’s Wild Primary Comes to a Close  

2022-05-03


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Donald Trump’s endorsement and late bumps in the polls turned the race upside down in its final weeks.

99.  The Morning Dispatch: Supreme Court Reportedly Poised to Overturn Roe v. Wade  

2022-05-03


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Plus: Explaining the Biden administration’s ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ and previewing Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senate primary.

100.  Republicans Take Aim at ESG Investing  

2022-05-02


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Fund managers are using their leverage to pressure oil companies to go green. But some lawmakers say it’s hurting the economy.

101.  Canceling Student Debt Won’t Fix the Real Injustice in Higher Education  

2022-05-02


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The runaway inflation in the cost of higher education is disproportionate to the benefits it provides.

102.  The War in Ukraine Shows the Need for Foreign Aid Reform  

2022-05-02


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Developing countries will suffer as the war leads to spikes in food prices, and that will leave them open to aid from adversaries like China.

103.  Little Kaisers, Left and Right  

2022-05-02


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Both nationalists and populists are interested in ‘gold-plated news only.’

104.  The Morning Dispatch: How Russia's War on Ukraine Could Escalate  

2022-05-02


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'If I were Vladimir Putin, it would be less humiliating to lose a war to the United States or NATO than it would be humiliating to lose a war to Ukraine.'

105.  Why Compassion Is Divisive  

2022-05-01


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In the age of cancel culture, mercy makes enemies.

106.  Breaking the Veil  

2022-04-30


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Listen now (66 min) | On the mend from his sudden bout of illness, Jonah approaches today’s Ruminant with his standard level of nerdy panache. After offering a few thoughts on how The Tyranny of Clichés holds up today, he commences a lengthy rant on why canceling student debt would be a serious mora...

107.  Our Best Stuff From the Week Elon Musk Made a Deal to Buy Twitter  

2022-04-30


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Plus: Joe Kent’s campaign drama, social and emotional learning, and Disney vs. DeSantis.

108.  The Partisan Mind vs the Mind of Christ  

2022-04-30


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Listen now | In this week’s episode David and Curtis explore the concept of the “partisan mind”; what it is, where it comes from, and why it is in conflict with the “mind of Christ”. They look at the social science behind partisan polarization and offer some practical tips on how we can tell when w...

109.  ‘The Northman’ Takes History, Spirituality, and Young Men Seriously  

2022-04-30


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A review of ‘The Northman’ with some mild spoilers.

110.  Kevin McCarthy Does Damage Control  

2022-04-29


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Plus: All eyes on immigration.

112.  Is This The ‘70s All Over Again?  

2022-04-29


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Listen now (50 min) | Most economic numbers paint a dire picture for Democrats in the upcoming midterms. Steve, Jonah, and David discuss who is exactly to blame for that. Then the trio wade into the debate over forgiving student loans. (Spoiler alert: They aren’t fans.) Will the woes in the Democrati...

113.  Mixed Nuts  

2022-04-29


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The GOP has the lion’s share of macadamias, pistachios, and cashews, while the Democrats have mostly peanuts.

114.  Supreme Court Hears Football Coach Prayer Case  

2022-04-29


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Listen now | It's a glorious podcast today as David and Sarah talk about a praying football coach, Miranda rights, and the hottest Supreme Court justices. They answer a key constitutional question: how undead is the Lemon Test? Show Notes: -SCOTUSblog: “Can you sue the police for Miranda violations?”

115.  Russia and China Team Up to Accuse America of ’Imperialism’  

2022-04-29


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China has been quiet on Russia’s war effort, but draws parallels between our assistance to Ukraine and our support of Taiwan

116.  Biden Adopts a Tougher Line on Russia  

2022-04-29


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Will the show of strength last?

117.  The Morning Dispatch: Shrinking GDP Sparks Recession Fears  

2022-04-29


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Plus: A new book highlights tensions within the Democratic Party.

118.  Tech Potpourri  

2022-04-28


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A mix of a few tech stories that have grabbed my attention this week.

119.  Stirewaltisms: Fears of Downturn Point Dems to Midterm Oblivion  

2022-04-28


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Democrats are in trouble even with a growing economy. A stagnant economy or recession would multiply the political pain enormously.

121.  Making History  

2022-04-28


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Listen now | On today’s Remnant, Francis Fukuyama finally stops by to discuss his new book, Liberalism and its Discontents, and Jonah can barely contain his enthusiasm. The resulting conversation is a feast of philosophical nerdery, which explores the origins of the liberal tradition, the state of liberalis...

122.  Could Putin Do the Unthinkable?  

2022-04-28


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Use of weapons of mass destruction would create America’s greatest national security crisis in living memory.

123.  How Social and Emotional Learning Became a New Front in the Culture Wars  

2022-04-28


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It can be both can be both a sensible, innocuous attempt to tackle a real challenge and an excuse to promote faddish nonsense and ideological agendas.

127.  The Enduring Cognitive Dissonance of the American Left  

2022-04-27


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How Democrats use of the term ‘middle class’ to win elections while categorizing people in terms that negate the very idea of a middle class.

128.  Fact Checking Claims That the Bidens Faked Celebrating Easter at the White House  

2022-04-26


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Biden did not deliver an Easter address this year, and the White House Easter egg roll was documented live.

130.  Crist, Running for Governor, Skips D.C. Work Weeks  

2022-04-26


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His absence adds to complaints about members abusing the House’s pandemic-era remote options.

133.  Man Bites Mouse  

2022-04-26


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Listen now | Sick with a nasty fever, Jonah approaches today’s Remnant not as an emergency podcast, but a podcast imbued with a sense of emergency. His guest is David French, who returns for a lengthy discussion of Ron DeSantis’ feud with Disney and what it reveals about American polarization. Also o...

134.  Stoics Needed  

2022-04-26


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Can’t we repress our emotions just a tiny bit?

135.  Video: Dispatch Live: More of ‘The Right’ with Matthew Continetti  

2022-04-27


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Watch the video of our weekly livestreamed conversation.

136.  DeSantis Beat Disney—Then the Mob Wanted More  

2022-04-27


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What happens when corporations pick sides in the culture wars.

138.  Attacks in Israel Continue, but for How Long?  

2022-04-27


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With backing from Iran, Hamas and other terror groups vow more violence.

141.  Staff Disputes, Fiery Allegations Mire Joe Kent's Congressional Campaign  

2022-04-26


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The campaign denies that text messages indicating plans to commit election fraud—provided by a fired former campaign manager—are real.

142.  Understanding America’s Fragility Problem  

2022-04-26


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A society is only as strong as its social connectedness, something COVID-19 vividly revealed.

143.  How Ukraine’s Neighbors Will Shape Its War Effort  

2022-04-26


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Poland, Romania, and Slovakia have been especially helpful. And then there are Belarus and Hungary.

144.  The Morning Dispatch: Annexing Disney World  

2022-04-26


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Florida moves ahead with its plan to dismantle the special district that permits Disney to run its park like a county government.

145.  Dispatch Live: More of ‘The Right’ with Matthew Continetti  

2022-04-26


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Information on how to watch our weekly live-streamed conversation.

146.  Our Best Stuff on COVID, Kevin McCarthy, and Ukraine  

2022-04-24


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Plus, David French asks, ‘Can anything be normal for five minutes?’

147.  McCarthy’s Problems Long Predate Trump  

2022-04-25


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He’s also in hock to the Freedom Caucus.

148.  Ohio’s Map-Making Merry-Go-Round  

2022-04-25


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The Buckeye State is stuck in a Sisyphean cycle of court fights over gerrymandered maps, despite past reform.

149.  Does Russia Have Designs on Southern Ukraine?  

2022-04-25


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While the action heats up in the east, statements from two retired generals point to an attempt on Odesa.

150.  The Morning Dispatch: Racing to Arm Ukraine  

2022-04-25


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More heavy military equipment is heading to Ukraine as the battle shifts to the more difficult Eastern territory of the Donbas.

151.  Informatized Wars: How China Thinks About Cyber  

2022-04-21


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And national security leaders ask Congress to review tech legislation (again).

154.  Stirewaltisms: Joe Biden, Man in the Iron Mask  

2022-04-21


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Biden keeps denying himself an advantage with persuadable voters while simultaneously showing Democrats that he is ineffectual.

155.  Quelle Surprise Agréable  

2022-04-21


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Listen now | Thomas Chatterton Williams, nonresident AEI fellow and writer at The Atlantic, joins the Remnant for the first time to discuss race and ethnicity in America. Thomas, who describes himself as “ex-black,” believes we need to “unlearn race” to fulfill the promise of the Declaration of Independence...

156.  Federal Judge Strikes Down Mask Mandate  

2022-04-22


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Listen now | David and Sarah dive into the nationwide injunction ending the Biden administration's travel mask mandate, with Sarah adopting a "nope, yep, yep" approach to the decision and David countering with a "nope, yep, nope." They also discuss Gov. Ron DeSantis and the First Amendment and conclud...

157.  Our Failed COVID Response  

2022-04-22


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If, God forbid, we face another pandemic, we cannot use our COVID strategy as the baseline.

159.  It’s Past Time for Conservatives to Reject Conspiracy Theories  

2022-04-22


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Believing that the election was stolen, that vaccines are dangerous, and that the U.S. is lying about developing bioweapons in Ukraine have damaged the movement.

160.  The Morning Dispatch: France Has a Decision to Make  

2022-04-22


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Emmanuel Macron is expected to win reelection, but his support has slipped since his first faceoff with Marine Le Pen.

161.  Kevin McCarthy’s January 6 Lie  

2022-04-22


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Plus: Congress is set to return from recess with a new request for Ukraine aid.

162.  Kevin McCarthy and the Eternal Now  

2022-04-22


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The House minority leader said the right thing after January 6—and then lied about having done so.

163.  Mask Mandates and McCarthy's Lie  

2022-04-22


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Listen now | It was a busy week. The Justice Department is appealing a federal judge’s decision to strike down the CDC’s travel mask mandate. The Biden administration is standing by its plan to end Title 42, a pandemic-era border policy, despite pushback from Democrats. Texas and Florida have governor...

164.  Technology as Mammon, with special guest Andy Crouch  

2022-04-23


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Listen now | How is it possible that the people who have harnessed technological progress to become the wealthiest nation in history are still so remarkably unhappy? Is it possible that we have asked technology to do too much? Is it perhaps impacting our ability to be fully formed humans? Join this fascinatin...

165.  Major-Duma  

2022-04-23


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Listen now (68 min) | On today’s Ruminant, Jonah serves up a typically eclectic potpourri of rank punditry and historical nerdery. After exploring how, in almost literary fashion, Kevin McCarthy’s hidden normalcy has proved to be his undoing, Jonah turns to the origins of socialism, and what the Sovie...

166.  Give Me a Break  

2022-04-23


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Why Hollywood needs to bring back the intermission.

167.  What We Lose When We Stop Telling Stories  

2022-04-23


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Sharing religious stories and engaging with scripture promotes continuity of values and traditions.

168.  John Adams' Fear Has Come to Pass  

2022-04-24


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Two sentences explain our broken nation and our broken culture.

169.  The Donbas and Beyond  

2022-04-21


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What is about to transpire may devolve into a campaign of attrition.

170.  The Morning Dispatch: Conflict Flares in Jerusalem  

2022-04-21


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But there are reasons to hope things won't get as bad as they did during last year's 11-day war.

172.  The Sound of One Hand Clapping  

2022-04-20


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The right’s problems have a long history, but they aren’t unique. They’re American problems.

173.  Immigration and the Problem at the Border  

2022-04-20


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Listen now | The Biden administration plans to end use of Title 42, the pandemic-era border policy, next month. The governor of Texas is bussing migrants to the nation’s capital. Meanwhile, illegal border crossings are on the rise. Does anyone have a plan? Ali Noorani, president of National Immigratio...

174.  Lenin Returns to Ukraine  

2022-04-20


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It’s part of Russia’s attempt to ‘put things back the way they were.’

175.  Ukraine Needs More Weapons—Now  

2022-04-20


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Putin is about to double down on his war crimes.

176.  The Morning Dispatch: States Prepare for a Possible Post-Roe Future  

2022-04-20


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Plus: Sri Lanka struggles to stop its economic spiral.

177.  The Morning Dispatch: Biden Splits the Baby on New Oil and Gas Leases  

2022-04-19


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Plus: Can Trump’s endorsement get J.D. Vance over the hump in Ohio?

178.  The Sweep: What the Youth Vote Might Look Like in 2022  

2022-04-19


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Turnout spiked among young voters in 2018 and 2020. But they are lukewarm on Democrats right now.

180.  Can’t Anything Be Normal for Five Minutes?  

2022-04-19


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How Joe Biden missed the moment.

181.  Video: All Things Ukraine  

2022-04-20


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Watch the video of our weekly livestreamed conversation.

182.  Dispatch Live: All Things Ukraine  

2022-04-18


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Information on how to watch our weekly livestreamed conversation.

183.  How and Why We Change  

2022-04-18


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Listen now | In a glorious pod about which songs will be sung and tales will be told, Sarah and David talk about our puzzling and arbitrary death penalty, briefly discuss a pronoun case, and then talk about change. Why aren't we the people we were 10 years ago? Finally, they ask and answer the question...

184.  The Right Side: Part 2  

2022-04-19


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Listen now (61 min) | Jonah and Matt Continetti continue their tremendously nerdy adventure through the history of American conservatism today, taking us from the 1970s to the present. In a conversation tailor-made for holders of the Remnant bingo card, they discuss the Reagan Revolution, the Clinto...

185.  Russia’s Dark History—and Bleak Future  

2022-04-19


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Its tragic history is filled with regrettable decisions.

186.  Russia Decides to Blame NATO for Sinking the Moskva  

2022-04-19


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This kind of messaging could be used to pre-justify any activities Russia might take against NATO countries.

187.  J.D. Vance Hopes for a Boost After Trump Endorsement  

2022-04-19


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Ohio’s Republican candidates for Senate scramble to the May 3 finish line now that the former president has made his pick.

188.  Will Our Actions Ever Match Our Words on Human Rights?  

2022-04-18


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Whether in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, or Xinjiang, there have been too few consequences for atrocities.

189.  At 30, ‘Unforgiven’ Is Aging Very Gracefully  

2022-04-18


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Eastwood succeeded in making a morally complex movie that people enjoy watching.

190.  The Morning Dispatch: Biden Kicks the Can Down the Road on Student Loans  

2022-04-18


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Large-scale student debt forgiveness would represent a massive cash infusion to America’s wealthiest households.

193.  Easter is Everything  

2022-04-17


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A day of hope in a season of grief.

194.  Our Best Stuff From a Week of Ups and Downs  

2022-04-17


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Russia loses the flagship of its Black Sea fleet, but is on the verge of taking control of Mariupol.

195.  The FBI Hacks U.S. Networks (Again)  

2022-04-14


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And, what we can learn from the struggles of Trump’s social media company.

196.  Fact Checking Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines and Myocarditis  

2022-04-14


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A doctor claims the vaccines have caused an uptick in the heart condition.

197.  The Right Side: Part 1  

2022-04-14


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Listen now (67 min) | The Remnant ascends to a higher plane of nerdom today, as Matthew Continetti returns to discuss his new book, The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism. This episode presents the first half of a two-hour conversation between Jonah and Matt, which takes us on a freewheelin...

198.  Stirewaltisms: Trump’s Faction of One  

2022-04-14


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The former president doesn’t care what happens to the Republican Party in Pennsylvania, Georgia, or anywhere else.

200.  Vladimir Kara-Murza, Imprisoned but Undaunted  

2022-04-15


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The Russian pro-democracy leader was sentenced to 15 days in prison after criticizing Putin in a CNN interview on Monday.