"The president's budget…is never a real budget," says Reason's Peter Suderman. "Usually what happens is there's a showdown and then we get more spending anyway. This [time we got to skip]…the showdown and just get to the more spending."
On today's episode of the Reason podcast, Suderman join fellow Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward and Stephanie Slade to discuss the Pope's claim that libertarianism is the root of all evil; the five-month budget deal to keep the federal government running while boosting spending across the board (the so-called skinny budget be damned); Filipino President (and human-rights abuser) Rodrigo Duterte's invitation to the White House (Trump has an affinity for strongmen); the White House Correspondents' Dinner ("the molten hot core of Washington cocktail party-dom"); the latest on repealing and replacing Obamacare (Trump seems to have no idea what's in the latest bill); the Bret-Stephens-New-York-Times-op-ed-page kerfuffle; and whether the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale offers a glimpse at where the U.S. is headed (thankfully, probably not).
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Audio production by Ian Keyser and Mark McDaniel.