Did you see Barack Obama's big get-back-in-the-ring speech last week? Here's the whole kaboodle; here's a five-minute highlight reel. The former president said stuff like "I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them enemies of the people," warned about relying on rogue White House bureaucrats to sometimes do the right thing, and extolled voting as the number-one method for counter-acting his successor.
To the surprise of no one, that latter suggestion in particular irked Katherine Mangu-Ward during our Monday editor-roundtable version of the Reason Podcast, also featuring Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and me. The discussion quickly broadened out to the importance/veracity of Bob Woodward's new book, the possible identities and purpose of the anonymous New York Times White House resister, the political garbage-fire of last week's Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, last week's social media hearings on Capitol Hill, and more.
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Relevant links from the show:
"Obama Endorses Medicare-for-All," by Christian Britschgi
"Why the American Establishment Has Lost Credibility," by David E. Bernstein
"Trump Confronts the Enemy Within," by Steve Chapman
"Woodward: Trump Scribbled 'TRADE IS BAD' in Margins of Speech," by Eric Boehm
"Trump Claims He's 'Never' Called Anyone 'Mentally Retarded.' Wrong," by Joe Setyon
"In the White House, Everyone Hates Trump and Trump Hates Everyone," by Eric Boehm
"Trump Cries 'Treason!' Over Anonymous Times Op-Ed," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
"What Should Have Happened at the Brett Kavanaugh Hearing," by Austin Bragg and Andrew Heaton
"'Judge Kavanaugh Was Not Responsible for the Parkland School Shooting,'" by Nick Gillespie
"Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Agree: Amazon Is Bad," by Zuri Davis
"Trump Doesn't Like What People See When They Search 'Trump News,'" by Peter Suderman
"Trump Is No Match for the First Amendment," by Jacob Sullum
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