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Is Rand Paul Right About Special Prosecutors Being Wrong?: Podcast

Also: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez owns the cons while spouting policy B.S.

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There are Friday news-dumps and then there are Friday Trump/Russia/Mueller court-filing ka-BOOMs. So on the Monday editors' roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch spend the first half of the show reacting to the latter. Particularly to the controversial contention over the weekend by Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) that special counsel investigations are essentially "banana republic"-style expeditions to pin a crime on a preset perp.

Also up for discussion: the social media troll game (and ludicrous policy proposals) of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.), old-media dredging exercises through high schoolers' tweets, and as many Suderman nerd-jokes as can fit comfortably into one hour.

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Relevant links from the show:

"Prosecutors Recommend Prison for Cohen, Say He Paid off Women on Trump's Behalf," by Scott Shackford

"Rand Paul: Trump/Russia Is 'Overplayed,' and 'Distracting us From Everything Right Now,'" by Matt Welch

"Rand Paul Doesn't Want a Special Prosecutor on Russia," by Mike Riggs

"Putin's Potential Penthouse in Trump Tower Moscow Launches Investigation," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Trump Ex-Lawyer Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About Russian Negotiations," by Scott Shackford

"Ignorance Is Trump's Excuse," by Jacob Sullum

"With an Erroneous Tweet, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Inadvertently Reveals That Medicare-for-All Proponents Still Don't Have a Plan," by Peter Suderman

"Can the Democrats Really Win 2020 with a New Green Deal?" by Ronald Bailey

"Media Attacks Heisman Trophy Winner Kyler Murray for Homophobic Tweets He Sent as a 14-Year-Old," by Robby Soave

"Kevin Hart Quits Oscars Hosting Gig Over Past Homophobic Tweets, Social Media Mobs Win Again," by Robby Soave

"This Is What a Weatherized Economy Looks Like," by Matt Welch

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