HLC-131 The Obvious Topics podcast...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for July 18, it’s the abbreviated “Obvious Topics” edition of the show with your humble hosts (well, one of them is humble anyway) Todd Feinburg and Mike Stopa. This week things seem to have calmed down just a little. The media has their “smoking gun” of Russian collusion and Nancy Pelosi has her dreams of eternal Obamacare come true. Our only problem is that we brrrxxxxt ssss hav… mmmzzzsss tr—bl  with the bukabukabuka transmission fro vvvvvvzzz the Land of the Rising Sun. So it’s a shorter show than usual this week. We will be back next week with special guest host (three’s company!) Teri Christoph of Smart Girls fame! Looking forward to that! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-130 The Long Never Trump edition...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for July 11, 2017 it’s the Long Never Trump edition of the podcast with our special guest Rob Long (or as we call him at Ricochet, The Big Cheese)! As the followers of this podcast know, we are (often enthusiastic) supporters of the President and have been since before the Republican primaries began. We recognize the strange aspects of his personality and the absurdity of some of his PR, but we don’t think that particularly undermines the policies of the administration. So obviously we stick out a little in these conservative meadows. From our point of view the NeverTrump movement has therefore been misguided at best and pathological at worst. So Rob, who is in a unique, obsessively pondering position, is the perfect guest to help us get to the bottom of what is going on here. Hope you love the interview as much as we enjoyed doing it! We will have our shower thoughts as usual, and our hidden gem for the week is a song by Red River Dave McEnery from 1939: Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight, performed by Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-129 The Podcast of Record...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for July 5, 2017 it’s the “Podcast of Record” edition of the podcast with your hosts Mike Stopa and Todd Feinburg. On this celebratory weekend of America’s birthday we bring you two stories from the Grey Lady herself, the New York Times, (who says it’s all fake news???) describing (1) how liberals are segregating America and (2) how they are attempting to invoke sympathy for Central Americans who are forced to cancel their well laid plans for trekking with human smugglers across the desert, children in tow, to enter America illegally. First, the august NYT describes the current state of the “Fair Housing Act” (from 1968) and how these days what it is doing is offering tax exempt funding for low income housing that builders can only find already impoverished communities to build in (Program to Spur Low-Income Housing is Keeping Cities Segregated). The result: more segregation. Who could have imagined such a well-intentioned government program having consequences that, well, nobody thought of??? Then, in Grey Lady part deux, after months of sob stories trying to gin up sympathy for illegal alien communities that were feeling frightened, pressured, and stressed over the new, radical plan for enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, the Times goes south of the border – to Guatemala and Honduras to be exact – to examine how Trump has been disrupting the plans of would-be illegal aliens: Central Americans, ‘Scared of What’s Happening’ in U.S., Stay Put.  We will have, as always, our shower thoughts and our hidden gem this week is from the Mamas and the Papas: Twelve Thirty (Young Girls that Come into the Canyon). Find us online at harvardlunchclub.com (where you drop us a nice tip pleeeez) and...

HLC-128 The Unbanned Podcast...

We celebrate the SCOTUS ruling that, to no sane person’s surprise, the suspension of President Trump’s ban on travel from “six predominantly Muslim countries” was an absurd invasion by judicial activists into the blatantly Executive functions of the government. This is, as you have guessed, the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast, episode 128, with our guest Jessica Vaughan from the Center for Immigration Studies. So, it is always preposterous to predict the future in the age of Trump. But does it not feel – and I am talking visceral response here – but does it not feel that the Trump Administration has turned the corner? What do I mean? I mean that, the Russia collusion thing is exhausted (even Glenn Greenwald thinks so), the obstruction of justice story has turned toward Loretta Lynch and Obama more than Trump, the travel ban-ban of the 4th and 9th Circuit Courts have been slapped, slapped down. Obamacare repeal is chugging along. But most of all, the self-fulfilling prophecy of impeachment is simply not fulfilling itself the was it was supposed to. Enter: Trump Admin policy! The travel ban and, most importantly the rumbling freight train that ICE and Border Patrol and Red Cross Knight himself Jeff Sessions have become: what euphoria! Jessica tells us what has changed since a year ago; what hope – where there was no hope for enforcement of the law before – is now blooming across America. Let the Never Trumpers guffaw and the liberals moan. America is getting some of that greatness back in the tank again! We, your HLC podcasters, will have our shower thoughts, as usual. And our hidden gem this week is a *real gem.* Please listen to the end. Peggy Lee”: “Is That All There...

HLC-127 Redskins and White Vans...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for June 20, 2017, it’s the Redskins and White Vans edition of the show with your hosts Todd Feinburg and Mike Stopa. Our topics this week include the breaking news of today’s “terrorist attack” (note the scare quotes) in London at the Finsbury Park mosque. A white dude – quickly identified as such – in a white van ran onto the sidewalk and over some not very white Muslims as they were leaving their Ramadan prayer service. Does this qualify as a terrorist attack? Do ISIS-inspired attacks qualify as terrorist attacks? Mike thinks that they do not! Todd disagrees. Our second topic (which we do first) involves the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the rock and roll band “The Slants” (they’re Asian) and, simultaneously, the Washington Redskins, who can now trademark anything they dern well please regardless of what the gommint thinks about it. Mike has had a long and not too appreciatory history with the Redskins. He will babble on about that for a while. We will, as always, have our shower thoughts. And our hidden gem this week is, appropriately “Hail to the Redskins!” the Redskins fight song.   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-126 The Plot to Scapegoat Trump...

Welcome to another special European edition – this is getting to be habit-forming, isn’t it? – of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast. It’s the “Plot to Scapegoat Trump” edition of the show with our European Co-host (complete with Irish accent) William Campbell. On William’s forthcoming “Challenging Opinions” podcast he interviews writer Daniel Kovalik whose recent book “The Plot to Scapegoat Putin” is gathering notice (and whose title we ignominiously purloined for this podcast). Kovalik’s thesis is that American’s are fixating on Putin as an all-powerful demon when in fact he is just an oligarchic dictator of a broken country with the GDP of Spain.  Mike (that’s me) argues that the American left’s obsession with Russia has, in fact, little or nothing to do with Russia. That obsession has of course uncovered actual facts about Putin and Russia and cybercrime, etc. But the whole motive to start that investigation is based in an effort to salve the wounds of electoral defeat to Donald Trump. Check it out! And while you’re checking things out, please give us a review on iTunes or drop a comment over on Ricochet! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-125 Those Damned Old People...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for June 13, 2017 – it’s the Those Damned Old People edition of the show. We set out clearly and distinctly, at the top of the show, to delineate clearly our topics. and then we just talk about James Comey and the failing battle against the deep state. We do, after all, talk about TrumpCare. Question number one in that context is: does the folderol of the Russian collusion theater actually make a difference on the progress – or lack thereof – of Trump’s legislative agenda? Seems like Paul Ryan thinks that even if the White House burns down the folks on Capitol Hill will continue moving forward (though no doubt at their glacial pace). To wit, it looks like, all of a sudden, certain liberal outlets (e.g. Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo) are getting frantic that Obamacare is actually about to be repealed and replaced. I have no idea if this is the good repeal and replace or the dreaded Obamacare light repeal and replace or something in between. But I am not particular. Any repeal and replace will make me happy – just a question of degree. We say we’re going to talk about a recent article on reflections on the Vietnam era and the imperative for a national service program…which sounds like a title of one of those symposiums that your alma mater puts on when you come back for reunion weekend. which is appropriate, because the guy who wrote the article is being prompted by his Harvard 1967 reunion. But hell, we don’t even get to it – so why am I babbling on here? Anyhooo…we have, as always, our shower thoughts and our hidden gem for...

HLC-124 The Corbyn-Might Maneuver...

Welcome to this special, Corbyn-Might Maneuver edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast with our British-Irish-U.K. correspondent William Campbell coming to us (naturally) from Berlin to give us the lowdown on the shocking outcome of the British Parliamentary elections. William is staying up until three in the morning just so we can podcast the news before anyone else! And here is our scoop: Britain is a bloody mess! The Tories failed miserably. But Labor didn’t win either. So what does *that* mean?!? Do they call another election? Can Jeremy Corbyn actually become Prime Minister? Is the Brit’s answer to Bernie Sanders ready for the job? Or will the task fall to Theresa May after she crawls on her knees to the Scots or the kooky Evangelical right? William will break it down for us. And, as if enough wasn’t going on already, we preview the upcoming French elections where the darling Manny Macron looks like Napoleon these days as left and right traditional parties collapse. Check it out. And, need I say, if you like the podcast drop us a couple bucks for a cup of coffee and give us eighteen stars on iTunes! Cheerio! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...