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Episode 21: California’s Bag Ban Takes New York

David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group) and Will Swaim (Cal Policy Center) discuss Jeff Sessions’ announcement that he’s taking California to court over illegal immigration. Will New York state will adopt ...

Episode 19: Goodbye, Columbus

David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group) and Will Swaim (Cal Policy Center) discuss whether recent stock-market volatility means anything for California’s precarious finances. Also: Columbus statue sails out of San Jose ...

Episode 18: Back to the 1940s

David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group) and Will Swaim (Cal Policy Center) take a trip with gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa – back to a time when America’s anxiety about urban blight ...

Episode 17: A Podcast Rich in Irony

David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group) and Will Swaim (Cal Policy Center) examine the latest headlines from the California Resistance, the move to put coffee on the state’s list of things ...

Episode 16: Exit, Stage Right

David and Will discuss the meaning of the just-announced retirement of two longtime California Republican members of Congress. Also: The anthropological problem behind Sacramento’s sex harassment scandal that unions can’t ...

Episode 15: The Nonbinary But Highly Taxed Edition

Fluid genders, higher taxes, and First Amendment violations: David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group) and Will Swaim (Cal Policy Center) discuss the bumper crop of new curious and/or dangerous state laws ...

Episode 14: A Jackson Pollock of Podcasts

David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group) and Will Swaim (Cal Policy Center) shout at each other in this messy discussion of the GOP tax plan; Southern Cal football; carbon-emitting wildfires; San ...

Episode 13: Jerry Brown, Free at Last

David and Will discuss Gov. Jerry Brown’s surprise state supreme court filing last week in re government unions. They also measure the threat to California of a North Korean nuclear ...

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Two Truth-Tellers, Brave as Hell

Yesterday, the Human Rights Foundation hosted an event they called “PutinCon” -- a conference devoted to the Russian “president,” Vladimir Putin: his rise and his deeds, both at home and abroad. Participating were both Russians and well-wishing foreigners. It was, above all, a day of truth-telling -- a ... Read More
Economy & Business

The Swamp: Navarro Nucor Edition

The Wall Street Journal has a story today about the ties between President Trump's trade adviser, Peter Navarro, and the biggest steel company in the U.S. -- Nucor Corp. It is particularly interesting in light of the stiff steel tariffs successfully pushed by Navarro, which he championed ever since he joined the ... Read More


EMPIRICAL   As I can fathom neither endlessness nor the miracle work of deities, I hypothesize, assume, and guess.   The fact that I love you and you love me is all I can prove and proves me. — This poem appears in the April 2 print issue of National Review. Read More
Politics & Policy

Rolling Back Dodd-Frank

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would roll back parts of Dodd-Frank. The vote was 67–31, with 17 members of the Democratic caucus breaking party lines. If the legislation passes the House and is signed, it will be the largest change to the controversial financial-reform package since it became law in ... Read More

Dictators and Their Jitters

Today, the Human Rights Foundation is holding its “PutinCon” in New York. This is a one-day conference devoted to the Russian “president”: his origins, his rise, his deeds (both at home and abroad). Serving as chairman of PutinCon is Garry Kasparov, once the world’s chess champion, now a ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Samantha Power Regrets

‘I’ve had a lot of bad ideas in my life,” former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power tells Politico. “Though none as immortalized as that one.” Wow. It’s a major concession. And what might “that one” be? Not standing idly by in the White House while Iranians protested a fixed election in 2009, then ... Read More