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What We’re Reading

Joe Biden’s collapse … Tucker Carlson’s growing power … The revolution that wasn’t … Terry Teachout is dead … CIA-trained Ukranians.

WHAT WE’RE READING

Jim Geraghty lets loose on the president in National Review: “On the menu today: Even the people who were rooting for Joe Biden can’t ignore the evidence piling up and spilling out all over. He’s just not up to the job of being president. He makes promises that he doesn’t know how to keep, wildly overestimates his own persuasiveness, denies problems are problems until it’s too late, and offers excuses and points fingers when he fails. We’re a week away from Biden’s first year in the Oval Office, and it’s already abundantly clear: The man is in over his head.” READ HERE.

Dominick Mastrangelo and Brett Samuels describe the relentless rise of Tucker Carlson in an essay for The Hill: “With Trump banned from major social media platforms, Carlson, the top-rated host on Fox, is increasingly seen as a kind of kingmaker within the GOP. And ambitious Republicans looking to climb toward the White House have shown a willingness to bow to him in order to win favor with his audience.  The power balance was on vivid display just last week on the night of Jan. 6, when Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who finished second to Trump in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, essentially apologized to Carlson.” READ HERE.

Janan Ganesh in the Financial Times argues Democrats have overplayed their hand: “In the end, the financial crisis of 2008 did not inaugurate a progressive imperium across the democratic west. The left misread public support for emergency measures as a lasting shift to their way of thinking. To judge by today’s stalled and overambitious Biden presidency, it has repeated the error. Extrication from this mess is still entirely possible. But the left has to accept that a revolution that seemed at hand when the pandemic began is probably not coming. ” READ HERE.

John Podhoretz eulogizes drama critic and writer Terry Teachout in Commentary Magazine. Teachout died in his sleep this week. “Terry’s ability to bounce month to month from film noir to the crisis of the symphony orchestra to the talents of Robert Mitchum to the musicality of Nat King Cole to the ever-sticky problem of how and when and whether to separate an artist’s noxious views from his art were the ultimate testament to the breadth of his knowledge and his almost sensual love of the arts.” READ HERE.

Zach Dorfman dishes on the covert ops afoot in the Eastern bloc in a piece for Yahoo! News: “The CIA is overseeing a secret intensive training program in the U.S. for elite Ukrainian special operations forces and other intelligence personnel, according to five former intelligence and national security officials familiar with the initiative. The program, which started in 2015, is based at an undisclosed facility in the Southern U.S., according to some of those officials. The CIA-trained forces could soon play a critical role on Ukraine’s eastern border, where Russian troops have massed in what many fear is preparation for an invasion.” READ HERE.

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