Rudy Giuliani's headline-generating media tour these past few days has had two essential functions: 1) to deal (however clumsily) with the yawning chasm between Trumpworld's initial serial denials about the Stormy Daniels payout and the discoveries to the contrary made in the unusually aggressive raids on attorney Michael Cohen; and 2) to wage a public relations campaigned aimed at pressuring special counsel Robert Mueller away from issuing President Trump a subpoena to testify.
It is that latter possibility that could be the first domino in what many fear may end up as a constitutional crisis. As such, it is of primary interest in the new edition of the Reason Podcast editors' roundtable, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and me making unsound metaphors about the news of the week. Also under discussion are the latest in the Iran/nuclear deal (including Giuliani's startling assertion Saturday at the Iran Freedom Convention for Democracy and Human Rights that President Trump is "as committed to regime change as we are"), plus Millennial non-affection for both major political parties, democratic socialist policies in Seattle, and (obviously) various references to Westworld.
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Relevant links from the show:
"Giuliani Confesses to Spreading 'Rumors' About Stormy Daniels," by Jacob Sullum
"What Would William Howard Taft Do About Robert Mueller?," by Jeff Rosen
"Donald Trump Shouldn't Talk to the Feds. And Neither Should You," by Ken White
"New Poll Shows Millennials Are Defecting From the Democratic Party," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
"News Outlets Ignore Millennials' Skepticism of Gun Control," by Christian Britschgi
"Seattle May Hit Peak Progressivism With a Literal Tax on Jobs," by Christian Britschgi
"Yikes! New Seattle Bike Lanes Were Supposed to Cost $860k per Mile. Some Are Costing $13 Million Instead," by Christian Britschgi
"Seattle Officials Knowingly Lowballed Streetcar Costs by 50 Percent," by Christian Britschgi
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