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Commentary is America's premier monthly magazine of opinion: General, yet Jewish. Highly variegated, with a unifying perspective.
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James B. Meigs joins us to talk about Anthony Fauci's shockingly disingenuous, and possibly perjurious, testimony before the House on the origins of COVID—as we recall and recollect the series of disastrous policies he and others enacted without consequence to themselves. And here today, from New York to D.C. to Los Angeles, it's Charlottesville 2017 every day, and the Biden people are fiddling while anti-Semitism catches fire. Give a listen.
The contrast could not have been starker: Israel rescues hostages while demonstrators defile the park across from the White House and chant "death to America"—in Washington, D.C. Hello, Joe Robinette McFly? Anybody home? Give a listen.
Stopping the Presses

Stopping the Presses

2024-06-0701:16:14

The Washington Post's new publisher tells the staff the truth—they stink, the product stinks, it's lost half its audience and $77 million in the past year, and there will be massive change. A watershed moment moment 40 years in the making? Eli Lake joins us to discuss, and we play his weekly AI song to boot. Give a listen.
The polling is coming in and...sorry, but the Trump verdict isn't changing anything, it appears. Nonetheless, liberal journalists and politicians keep believing their take that "the rule of law is on the ballot" applies to the aftermath of a Trump victory rather than describing what's happening right now in the wake of the New York case. Also: Veepstakes! Veepstakes! Give a listen.
Today we discuss both the remarkably confusing interview Joe Biden gave to Time and the Wall Street Journal's not-so-deep dive into the state of the president's cognitive abilities. Just how bad is it? And is the administration's disordered policy simply a result of Biden's disordered thinking? Give a listen.
Jonathan Schanzer joins us today to consider whether Benjamin Netanyahu has lost his capacity to affect events in the way he wants to, how the Biden administration's policies are getting Israeli soldiers killed, and why America seems allergic to military victory. Give a listen.
Biden Confuses Israel

Biden Confuses Israel

2024-06-0301:04:54

What the heck happened on Friday with Joe Biden's speech apparently saying Israel had agreed to some plan to end the war in Gaza with Hamas still in power—or maybe not still in power—or maybe kind of still in power? What did Israel do to give Biden the opening to move the goalpoasts in this way? And what will the Hunter Biden trial mean for the president? Give a listen.
The Verdict Earthquake

The Verdict Earthquake

2024-05-3101:33:122

Settle in for a rollercoaster ride as the entire COMMENTARY crew considers the legal questions of the Trump verdict, its political implications for 2024, and the question of how America will view this matter in the context of (yes, we mean it) the legitimacy of the United States and its institutions. Plus, an Eli Lake song! Give a listen.
Trump Expands the Map

Trump Expands the Map

2024-05-3057:32

Today Josh Kraushaar joins the podcast to discuss how Donald Trump is now gaining on or leading Joe Biden in states that Biden won in 2020. And what do Democrats misunderstand about minority voters? Also, what's the state of the Jewish vote now? Give a listen.
Why on earth would the Biden campaign haul out 80 year-old Robert De Niro to tussle with protesters outside the New York courthouse? Could it be that, for Biden, De Niro is a strapping young fellow with the vim and vigor to speak to today's youth? More seriously, Jonathan Schanzer joins us with some actual good news coming out of the Israeli effort in Rafah. Give a listen.
Freak-Out Time

Freak-Out Time

2024-05-2801:06:231

Today we discuss the massive Democratic meltdown over Joe Biden's reelection chances, the left's bottomless desire for salacious but politically useless stories about Donald Trump, Rashida Tlaib's cheerleading for a terrorist organization, and Israel's campaign in Rafah. Give a listen.
The House grilled a new round of university presidents who seemed to have benefited from a kind of human machine learning. They avoided some previous mistakes but continued to bring shame on their institutions all the same. And Donald Trump was up to something very interesting in the Bronx. Plus a new AI song from Eli Lake. Give a listen.
The Psalm of Rafah

The Psalm of Rafah

2024-05-2301:19:15

Today's podcast takes up the text of Psalm 94, which is a stunning evocation of the moment facing Israel right now and the threat to its enemies—not from Israel itself but from the God of Israel. Give a listen.
The Defense Rests

The Defense Rests

2024-05-2259:312

Has Donald Trump's hush-money trial hurt him yet? While in court, he expanded his lead across the electoral map. But why aren't Trump's imitators enjoying the same good fortune? Meanwhile, the Biden bloopers pile up daily. And why hasn't any aid dropped at the American-built pier reached Gazans? Give a listen.
Condolences for Evil

Condolences for Evil

2024-05-2101:19:57

Why did American institutions express sorrow at the passing of Iran's monstrous president? Why does anyone pay attention to the International Criminal Court? Why is an awful academic named Dov Waxman running a Jewish studies program at UCLA? Why did Biden say he was vice president during COVID? Why did the judge in the Trump case get all hysterical about a case of "side eye"? Give a listen.
The Iran Helicopter Crash

The Iran Helicopter Crash

2024-05-2001:01:36

Has history been altered by the helicopter crash that has apparently killed the president and foreign minister of Iran? Will Israel be blamed? Did Israel do it? Won't Israel be blamed even if it didn't do it? And what blame attaches to American policy for Israel's increasingly parlous political and military confusion? Give a listen.
When the Fixer Breaks

When the Fixer Breaks

2024-05-1754:43

Today Eli Lake joins the podcast to discuss Michael Cohen's terrible day in court and the liberal panic over the direction of Donald Trump's criminal trial. And how much power, if any, do school administrators have to meet the demands of pro-Hamas protesters. Plus the debut of a weekly musical feature! Give a listen.
Debate: Advantage Who?

Debate: Advantage Who?

2024-05-1601:06:19

We split on who has the upper hand in the coming debates, but all agree there are risks and rewards and that the race could use a little shaking up. Less shook up, it appears, is American public opinion when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians, which remains firmly in the latter's camp. And the COVID reckoning is speeding up. Give a listen.
The offer this morning from Joe Biden to debate Donald Trump twice, in June and September, was semi-accepted by Trump a few minutes after it was proposed, so the game might be afoot. Why does Biden want this? What could it mean? And what do the very interesting primary results last night suggest about the state of the Republican party in particular? Give a listen.
Is the Trump trial about crimes he supposedly committed or just simply a litany of ways in which the former and maybe future president just seems to be a rotten guy? And what are we to make of the new connections between American wokesters and actual Middle East jihadists who want the mass murder of the Jews? Give a listen.
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Janis Kelly

The term you're looking for to describe the activity is "LARPing" -- live-action role playing. These Gaza Glampers are pretending to be righteous champions of the oppressed.

May 1st
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Mistie Winter Stout

Our Senate and Representatives are elected by WE THE PEOPLE! They work for US! Of course they should be afraid of who voted them in, that's the whole point. It isn't suppose to be a bunch of elites doing whatever they want. We the people are tired of all of this crap. Codifying 1.4 millions illegals coming in every single year and more unelected officials appointed by Biden being given more power is INSANE. The people who don't live in the DC or NY bubble are DONE with this.

Feb 6th
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fritz hills

You have it wrong: In 1973, Arik Sharon fought in the Sinai. His accomplishment was encircling the 3rd Egyptian army, crossing the Suez Canal, and marching on Cairo.

Oct 18th
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Robert James Somerville

isw is pure propaganda

May 25th
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Chance Fey

Heads need to roll, fuck them

May 16th
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Michael McGrath

Sigh ..the old anti-atheist trope of 'if you cease believing in God, you'll believe in anything' again. When will this tired -intellually lazy- cliché be set aside by religious people for proper consideration of what it might really like to live without belief in a God?

Apr 18th
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Robert James Somerville

you're the ones crying

Apr 3rd
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Robert James Somerville

Kevin McCarthy needs a certain number of votes to become speaker he is not owed any vote from any individual Congressman So he should either convince the hold outs to vote for him or step the f*** down and all of the establishment republicans who walk in lock step with the democrats on more and more spending and more foreign wars can go f*** themselves

Jan 6th
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Robert James Somerville

Cock sucking continued...

Dec 22nd
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Robert James Somerville

"Zelensky comes to town and sees who can suck his dick hardest" Spoilers... Noah

Dec 21st
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Dollerhide

Ugh... skip!

Nov 11th
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Michael McGrath

Not my politics ..but dammit I like these folks: they're honest -and this episode (mid-term aftermath) is compelling stuff.

Nov 9th
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Robert James Somerville

today on Americans imperialistic Network we have a justification for targeting and killing civilians because they say things.

Oct 6th
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Robert James Somerville

Noah is such a neo con piece of shit. "Russia blew up the pipeline because NATO suggests though doesn't say explicitly that they did?" well I guess that's justification for World War 3 because Russia blew up their own f****** pipeline, that cost billions of by the way, for some silly false flag narrative? well maybe but an intelligent person would think huh is there any other country that might have motive to do this, like the country they're currently at war with maybe, and perhaps we shouldn't jump to conclusions? but again the truth doesn't matter to a neocon piece of s***

Sep 30th
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Robert James Somerville

what a bunch of brain dead djangoistic nonsense.

Sep 29th
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Dollerhide

Noah and J-Pod were on the opposite sides of how I would have predicted.

Aug 10th
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Robert James Somerville

it wasn't a raid because they had a warrant? how do you think police raids work you f****** Muppet?

Aug 9th
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Robert James Somerville

it's all Trumps fault apparently...

Jan 24th
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Robert James Somerville

prime cuck

Nov 11th
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Brad Sinn

Whatever became of Bill Ayers? Jail or a tenured professorship?

Sep 18th
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