Biden, Cognitive Decline, and the End of American Empire

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In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Peter Suderman stare ever deeper into the abyss while recapping the hapless display at last week’s first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

01:50—Reactions to the Biden vs. Trump debate

21:43—Were any concrete policies discussed during the debate?

33:46—Weekly Listener Question

41:02—Supreme Court rules on Chevron deference

48:39—This week’s cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

Sad Thoughts About American Politics,” by Eugene Volokh

Joe Biden, Hot Mess,” by Liz Wolfe

Joe Biden: The Latest Elderly Politician Who Refuses To Retire,” by Joe Lancaster

Kamala Harris Was the Real Winner of Last Night’s Debate,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Why a Disastrous Biden-Trump Debate Could Be the Best Outcome for America,” by Eric Boehm

Joe Biden Should Drop Out,” by Nate Silver

The State of Our Biden Is Historically Frail,” by Matt Welch

Presidential Debate Debacle Was a Great Argument for Smaller Government,” by J.D. Tuccille

Liberals in Biden Panic Mode Should Learn To Love Limits on Executive Power,” by Christian Britschgi

Trump Is More Like Recent Presidents Than Anyone Wants To Admit,” by Nick Gillespie

Biden Fumbled the Ball on Abortion,” by Emma Camp

Why Can’t Americans Have an Honest Foreign Policy Discussion?” by Matthew Petti

Trump Blames Biden for Never Removing the Tariffs Trump Imposed,” by Eric Boehm

At the Presidential Debate, Biden Says He ‘Beat Medicare,’” by Christian Britschgi

No One Defended Immigration at the First Presidential Debate,” by Fiona Harrigan

If Trump Is Going To Start Deporting Immigrants Who Broke the Law, Will He Start with Melania?” by Nick Gillespie

Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Is Anti-American,” by Fiona Harrigan

Julian Assange’s Freedom Came at a Steep Price,” by Zach Weissmueller

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Deserve Our Thanks for Making Governments More Transparent,” by Nick Gillespie

The Legacy of Assange’s Prosecution,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Julian Assange, a Free Man,” by Liz Wolfe

Review: Documenting Julian Assange’s Legal Battles,” by Brian Doherty

SCOTUS Repudiates Doctrine That Gave Agencies a License To Invent Their Own Authority,” by Jacob Sullum

Understanding Chevron’s Death,” by Will Baude

‘Administrative State Is THE Leading Threat to Civil Liberties of Our Era.’” by Nick Gillespie, Ian Keyser, and Todd Krainin

The Stare Decisis Analyses in Dobbs and Loper Bright,” by Josh Blackman

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

Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve

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