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Mike Flynn Volunteers His Scalp to the Deep State

Mike Flynn Volunteers His Scalp to the Deep State

Who the hell is really running Washington? Explore the topic on tonight’s Kennedy at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Business Network Matt Welch|Feb. 14, 2017 6:47 pm If you’re not watching Kennedy (Fox Business Network weekdays 8 p.m. ET, with repeats at midnight), you are missing some important and still-too-rare libertarian analyses of the daily […]

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3 Things to Look for in 2017’s Shouty Townhall Season

3 Things to Look for in 2017’s Shouty Townhall Season

Yesterday there were at least three townhall congressperson-constituent meetings that broke onto my news radar. Each of them, I think, suggests a different trend to watch out for as we get into what looks like the most contentious political feedback season since the Obamacare/Tea Party summer of 2009. First up is the one you’ve probably […]

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The Sessions Debacle, the Travel Ban SNAFU, and Trump’s Residency Between Your Ears: Matt Welch on Red Eye

Watch Fox News at 3 a.m. for some unkind words about Elizabeth Warren, the new attorney general, and people with cracked iPhones Matt Welch|Feb. 8, 2017 11:55 pm Somebody with an iPhoneCongratulations, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Jeff Flake, Marco Rubio, and every other Republican senator who has previously championed either criminal-justice or immigration reform, or […]

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Have Media-Bias Hunters Lost the Plot of Government Malfeasance? The New Fifth Column

Kevin Williamson guests for a discussion of executive orders, Muslim threats, whataboutism, and whether Reason is ‘woke’ Matt Welch|Feb. 1, 2017 5:16 pm Matt WelchIs there no political controversy that can’t be responded to by pointing out the bias of journalists and hyperventilating of opponents? On the latest edition of The Fifth Column, the weekly […]

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Trump Mulls Suspending the Visa Waiver Program ‘Indefinitely’ UPDATE: Story Was Wrong; it’s the Visa Waiver Interview Program

MGMAs part of his first-week restrictions on the flow of human beings into the United States, President Donald Trump is reviewing a draft executive order (read it here) that would “block all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and restrict admissions and some visa applicants for people from countries where the U.S. has […]

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Was Obama a ‘Great’ President? Listen to Matt Welch Defeat Jonathan Chait in a Debate at the SoHo Forum

On Tuesday night, I participated in an event at The SoHo Forum, the great monthly series of Oxford-style debates in Manhattan curated and moderated by Barron’s stalwart Gene Epstein, with the help of The Smith Family Foundation. The debate was with New York magazine political writer and frequent libertarian-baiter Jonathan Chait, author of the published-just-this-week […]

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Donald Trump vs. the Deep State: Matt Welch on Tonight’s Kennedy

On tonight’s Kennedy (Fox Business Network 8 p.m. ET, with a repeat at midnight), I am sitting on the Party Panel along with lefty raconteur Nomiki Konst and righty nightmare-fuel Gavin McInnes, talking mostly about controversies surrounding America’s new president-elect—his war of words with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), his testy relationship with a hyperventilating press, […]

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Watch Matt Welch Debate Jonathan Chait About Obama’s Greatness in NY on Jan. 17

As Nick Gillespie pointed out previously in his post about interviewing the great Gene Epstein, I will be debating New York magazine political writer and frequent libertarian-baiter Jonathan Chait at the Epstein-moderated Soho Forum in Manhattan’s East Village on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. (though you’ll want to be there when the bar opens […]

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