GOP Debate Stuff We Didn’t Hate

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In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch and Katherine Mangu-Ward welcome special guests Eric Boehm and Zach Weissmueller for a post-mortem examination of the first Republican presidential primary debate last week and to discuss reactions to former President Donald Trump’s mug shot.

0:42: First Republican presidential primary debate

23:08: Donald Trump’s interview with Tucker Carlson

32:17: Weekly Listener Question

55:34: Persistent back-to-school COVID measures

Mentioned in this podcast:

There Were No Anti-Interventionist Candidates at the GOP Debate,” by Christian Britschgi

Nikki Haley Burned Trump and Her Fellow Republicans for Blowing Up the Debt. She’s Right.” by Eric Boehm

A GOP Consensus Emerges: Militarize the Border,” by Fiona Harrigan

Nikki Haley Slams Biden’s ‘Green Subsidies,'” by Joe Lancaster

Vivek Ramaswamy: ‘The Only War I Will Declare…Is on the Administrative State,'” by Robby Soave

Vivek Ramaswamy’s Popular Incoherence,” by Matt Welch

Candidates Spar Over National Abortion Ban in First Republican Debate,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Tucker Carlson’s Sycophantic Interview With Trump Illustrates the Advantages of Skipping the Debates,” by Jacob Sullum

Stop Publishing Mug Shots—Even Donald Trump’s,” by Billy Binion

Baltimore Orioles Owners Demand Even More Unnecessary Taxpayer Money,” by Jason Russell

The Oakland Athletics Just Showed Why They Don’t Need Taxpayers To Buy Their New Stadium,” by Eric Boehm

Voters Put Arizona Coyotes’ Arena Project on Ice,” by Eric Boehm

Stadium Subsidy Stupidity Hits New Record,” by Jason Russell

The Expensive, Seductive Nostalgia of Field of Dreams,” by Matt Welch

Dozens of Colleges Still Require COVID Vaccines for Students,” by Emma Camp

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Audio production by Ian Keyser; assistant production by Hunt Beaty.

Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve

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