Sausage making

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Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) during a Republican Senator press conference outlining objections to the Endless Frontier Act, at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on Friday, May 28, 2021. After a late night Senate legislative session where Republican Senators objected to portions of a bipartisan bill on China policy, Senators are expected to vote on the package this morning as well as a January 6 Commission Bill. Photo by Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA/Reuters.

Congress has been unusually productive lately. The sausage making process is actually getting us some sausage — in this case, a bipartisan plan to boost spending on applied science research, framed as a way to compete with China. There is less agreement on the bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 riot, and as expected, Republicans blocked the plan after we recorded this episode. Josh Barro and panelists Elizabeth Bruenig, Rahcel Bovard and David Frum discuss why and the split on the right about the panel. Plus: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into a law a new avenue to make social media companies be nice to conservatives. Tech companies say it violates the First Amendment, but is the intention even for the law to work?

Finally: what’s the right way for the United States to respond to a state-sponsored hijacking of a passenger jet in Europe and other increasingly bold actions from authoritarian states?



  • David Frum - staff writer at The Atlantic and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush - @davidfrum


Sara Fay