On the latest Axis of Reason podcast…. Nancy Pelosi’s suggestion that the State of the Union address be delayed until after the shutdown revives a long-simmering debate about whether the annual address, with all its pomp and pageantry, has become an overwrought symbol of the imperial modern presidency.

Plus, a pair of back-to-back bombshell news stories feed the secret agent Trump narrative. A NY Times report that the FBI took the unprecedented step of opening a counterintelligence investigation in the wake of his firing of James Comey raises questions about whether the FBI stepped over the line. Meanwhile, the Washington Post revealed that President Trump worked to conceal records of his one-on-one conversations with Vladimir Putin. Why this might not necessarily be as bad as it first appears.

Reading Material

– Charles C.W. Cooke: The State of the Union Is Inappropriate

– Jack Goldsmith: On What Grounds Can the FBI Investigate the President as a Counterintelligence Threat?

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