What have we learned after the second week of the House impeachment inquiry, aside from the fact that President Donald Trump abuses power and says crazy things while pretty much everybody else rationalizes one way or the other? One persistent peculiarity, argue Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch on the Reason Roundtable podcast, is that so, so many of the president's greatest antagonists are—like many in the permanent foreign policy apparatus—more interventionist on foreign policy than your average Joe. So how exactly should that color our opinion of the proceedings?
In addition to disagreeing about that, the quarrelsome quartet bickers over best and worst in the Democratic presidential field, discusses the origin-story theology of The Fantastic Four, makes an uncomfortable menstruation metaphor, and ponders just how many of Sacha Baron-Cohen's anti–social media ideas should be thrown down the well.
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Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.
Music credit: 'Russian Dance' by Joey Pecoraro
Relevant links from the show:
"Trump Team Plotted Post-Hoc Justification for Withholding Ukraine Aid, Emails Suggest," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
"The Evidence That Trump Abused His Powers Is Clear and Convincing," by Jacob Sullum
"As Impeachment Moves Forward, Trump's Story Changes," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
"Booker Says Warren's Wealth Tax Would Destroy Economic Growth," by Billy Binion
"Cory Booker Pushes for Greater Democratic Support for Charter Schools," by Scott Shackford
"The Anybody-but-Warren Primary," by Peter Suderman
"Martin Scorsese Is a Grumpy Old Fart—and Wrong About the State of 'Cinema,'" by Nick Gillespie
"Reviews: The Irishman and Terminator: Dark Fate," by Kurt Loder
"Nobody Knows What Television Is Anymore," by Peter Suderman
"The Reason Podcast Is Now 3 Great New Podcasts. Subscribe!" by Katherine Mangu-Ward