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Ed Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times.

This interview was taped on 3/12


From Q&A:


  • An article from the NYT on Manafort’s sentencing by Judge Amy Berman Jackson in D.C.
  • A comment from Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, suggesting his client was selectively prosecuted
  • An indictment of Paul Manafort by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office; plus an article from the NYT on the DA’s charges

College Admissions Scandal

  • Listener question from Still Paul
  • The college admissions scandal indictment, and a report from NPR about the scandal 
  • The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, plus an article from the NYT about RICO lawsuits

DOJ policy on indicting a president

  • The 1973 and 2000 Office of Legal Counsel memos

From the interview:


  • Luce’s most recent book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism
  • Luce’s Financial Times op-ed, “America’s unexpected socialist dawn,” plus Luce’s op-ed page


  • An article from Vox on Michael Cohen’s closing statement from his 2/27 testimony before Congress, including his remarks on 2020
  • A list from NPR of strongmen Trump has praised

Negative partisanship

  • An op-ed from the Washington Post about negative partisanship and Newt Gingrich
  • A paper by Emory political scientists Alan Abramowitz and Steven Webster, “All Politics is National: The Rise of Negative Partisanship and the Nationalization of U.S. House and Senate Elections in the 21st Century” 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)

  • An article from the Washington Post comparing AOC and DJT’s social media strategy
  • The most recent resolution outlining the Green New Deal, and a report from NPR on the Deal and its origin

Institutional Trust

  • An article in The Atlantic on declining levels of trust in institutions across the globe


  • A brief explanation of Britain’s constitutional monarchy
  • An update from the NYT on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit Plan
  • Britain’s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox’s tweet, “Bollocks,” in response to a critique
  • A procedural explanation of the Prime Minister’s Questions, which you can watch here. Plus, an article in the Guardian recounting its history (including Harold Macmillan’s queasiness)
  • An op-ed from the NYT imagining a Prime Minister’s Questions session in the U.S.


  • An article in the NYT about Hungary’s eroding democracy


  • An article from Bloomberg on India’s upcoming election, the largest exercise of democracy on the planet


  • An article in Foreign Affairs on communist China’s capitalist development


  • An article from The Atlantic on Trump’s application of the term “socialist”
  • An article from the NYT on Teddy Roosevelt’s crusade for the inheritance tax
  • An article in the NYT about Sweden’s response to the banking crisis


  • An article from Bloomberg on the decline of local news, and the subsequent consequences


  • Bollocks = nonsense
  • Sui generis = constituting a class alone; unique

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