Another wild day in a very busy week! So grab a stool and join Jim and Greg as they break down the latest headlines. First, they get a kick out of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately following up the impeachment trial by filing cloture on five more judicial nominees. They also feel like wretching as mainstream media figures who savaged Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign suddenly extol him as a man of faith and principle because he voted the way they wanted him to. But they also spend time highlighting figures on the right who were way over the top in their condemnation of Romney. And they try to make sense out of the latest scraps of conflicting information coming from Democrats in Iowa while also looking ahead to New Hampshire.
Tuesday night President Trump touted historically low unemployment rates in a litany of categories. He also says his tax cuts are creating economic opportunities in struggling communities and that he wants to give parents the option of moving their kids out of failing schools.
Near the beginning of his speech, Trump noted the unemployment rate is the lowest in 50 years. He also stated the unemployment rates for blacks, Hispanics, Asians, veterans and the disabled are at all-time lows. Unemployment for women stands at the lowest rate since the early 1950’s.
So how much credit does President Trump deserve? National Review Online Contributing Editor Deroy Murdock says Trump’s tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks are a big reason that employers are growing and expanding. And he also explains why Democrats refused to applaud good jobless data.
In addition, Trump says his tax cuts are spurring wealthy Americans to invest in previously neglected communities through “opportunity zones” and that is giving residents of those areas the chance to find good jobs and bring stability to their neighborhoods.
Finally, Trump made a strong push for school choice, highlighting the story of Janiyah Davis, who is trapped in a bad public school in Philadelphia. Trump awarded Davis an opportunity scholarship during his speech and challenged Congress to pass legislation that would give one million other kids the same access to better schools.
But what is the real story on opportunity zones? How do they work and what impact do they really have? And how big of an issue is school choice to parents who can’t afford to move their kids out of failing schools?
In this podcast, Murdock discusses all these questions and more with Radio America’s Greg Corombos.
State of the Union, Pelosi ripping up the speech, the Senate impeachment vote, and the ongoing incompetence of Iowa Democrats. We’ve got it all for you today on Wednesday’s Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they applaud the amazing number of record-low unemployment statistics cited by President Trump in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. They’re also big fans of conservative policy ideas espoused in the speech and note the impressive guests Trump invited and highlighted in his address. In contrast, they also assess House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping up her copy of the speech right after Trump finished and what is says about Democrats nine months before Election Day. Finally, they have plenty more to say as Iowa Democrats release more than two-thirds of the caucus results but aren’t sure when or if the rest of the votes will be announced.
The 2020 presidential campaign comes at a time when Americans appear more politically divided than ever. Many analysts contend very few minds are capable of changing. Either you like President Trump or fear what one of the Democrats would do in office or you want virtually anyone but Trump and you’ll side with whoever the Democrats nominate.
But authors Bruce Eberle and Vernon Robinson believe Trump has the chance to make surprisingly large inroads with black voters, who have backed Republican nominees less than 10 percent of the time in recent election cycles. Their new book is entitled “Coming Home: How Black Americans Will Re-Elect Trump.”
So why is Trump in position to make significant gains after intense criticism of his handling of the deadly demonstrations in Charlottesville and other accusations of racism? What about the Trump record in his first term might cause black voters to take a closer look? Why might polls of black voters prior to the election distort reality? And how might the Democrats try to prevent Trump from making any significant gains?
Bruce Eberle addresses all of these questions in his conversation with Greg Corombos.
Good luck finding a cable news outlet, newspaper, or online news site that doesn’t have a fairly obvious bias on issues ranging from impeachment to the strike that killed Gen. Soleimani to the state of our economy.
Bias has been an issue for decades but now objectivity seems to be an endangered species. How did we get this way?
In this interview with Greg Corombos, Accuracy in Media Pres. Adam Guillette describes the drastic change in media over the past several years and how media fragmentation plays a major role in that.
Guillette also discusses what media accuracy ought to look like and whether it is fair for President Trump to call some journalists purveyors of “fake news.” Finally, Guillette discusses how to fight back against false stories and which journalists he thinks get it right most of the time.
We’re talking impeachment, criminalizing speech, and fake groundhogs on Thursday’s Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they roll their eyes at most questions being asked by senators in the impeachment trial and then discuss how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suddenly seems to have the votes needed to end the push for more witnesses and end the trial soon. Even though it’ll never happen, they also cringe as Elizabeth Warren panders for more votes by promising to impose civil and criminal penalties for online platforms that publish what she considers to be disinformation. And they have a lot of fun with PETA’s absurd demands that famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil be freed from the cruelty of his annual duties and be replaced with an animatronic groundhog equipped with artificial intelligence. But despite the lunacy, Jim sees some room for common ground!
On Wednesday, the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump shifted to a new phase, with senators asking questions of the lawyers on both sides of the case. But did we get some insightful and pertinent questions or was it mostly political grandstanding? And did we learn anything new?
In this podcast, former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy tackles those questions and also dives into the controversy over former National Security Adviser John Bolton allegedly confirming Trump demanded Ukraine launch investigations in exchange for military aid from the U.S. And McCarthy offers a way to give both sides what they want with respect to Bolton without extending the trial any longer than necessary.
Jim is back and shares the highly entertaining albeit frustrating tale of the high-maintenance passenger on his return trip from California. After detailing that saga, Jim and Greg are immensely entertained by national Democrats realizing only now what a train wreck of a nominee Bernie Sanders would be and scrambling to make sure he’s not the nominee. They also weigh in on the latest political and media reaction to John Bolton allegedly confirming a quid pro quo with Ukraine, and while they admit there are grounds for debating Bolton’s tactics in recent months, the accusations he was never a conservative are ludicrous. And they unload on CNN, Don Lemon, and former Republican strategist Rick Wilson for their sneering mockery of Trump voters.
Washington is abuzz with the news that former National Security Adviser John Bolton plans to state in his upcoming book that President Trump ordered him not to release military aid to Ukraine until it agreed to conduct the investigations he requested into the 2016 campaign.
But while some in the nation’s capital say this amounts to a smoking gun of a quid pro quo, former Justice Department official and former federal prosecutor Victoria Toensing says the revelations doesn’t matter at all.
“It matters NOT AT ALL what @realDonaldTrump told John Bolton. We do not prosecute people for thoughts or words. Only for conduct. Ukraine got aid but did not announce investigation. Nothing wrong there. #maga2020,” tweeted Toensing.
In this podcast, Toensing explains why she believes threatening to withhold foreign aid is standard practice in dealing with foreign nations and she does not believe President Trump did anything out of the ordinary.
Toensing also shares why she believes this saga had nothing to do with 2020 and everything to do with 2016.
Chad Benson, host of “The Chad Benson Show,” fills in for Jim, who will be back on Tuesday. Today, Chad explains what the loss of Kobe Bryant means to the people of southern California before he and Greg dive into three crazy martinis. First, they react to the news that former National Security Adviser John Bolton apparently wrote in his forthcoming book that President Trump ordered him to hold off on releasing military aid to Ukraine until Ukraine launched the investigations he wanted. Is this a major wrinkle in the impeachment saga, a book-selling gimmick, or something in between? They also discuss the Des Moines Register endorsing Elizabeth Warren and the Union Leader in New Hampshire backing Amy Klobuchar and ask whether endorsements really matter anymore. While on the topic they also explore whether Warren still has a chance or whether her campaign is out of gas but media insist on propping her up. Finally, they get a kick out of a Fox 5 poll in Washington, showing the nation’s capital is either bored by the impeachment trial or just not interested in it.