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Many urgent matters loom large in this dispatch.How did boxes full of TOP SECRET documents turn up a Trump’s Mar-a-lago compound?!Could be an honest mistake… Few moving labels get mixed up; nuclear secrets turn up in a Florida man’s safe. Maybe a box full of Melania’s bawdiest intimates gets serendipitously misdirected to the National Archives.Could America be so lucky?Could Trump be selling state secrets to the highest bidder?Could the “Deep State” be up to no good?Is there a clearance sale at the Banana Republic?We’ve got margaritas, Sativa, a burning desire to sort this 💩 out — and Eli Lake is a responsible adult whose laptop definitely won’t run out of power mid-podcast.Recorded: Aug 11, 2022Published: NOW This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

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It's among the most unusual and noteworthy congressional primary races of 2022. For a surprisingly long stretch, Michigan's third district has been home to a uniquely independent brand of republican congresspersons. But after Peter Meijer (R) narrowly lost his primary race this week, MI-3's respectability streak is no more.Congressman Meijer's party largely abandoned him. The former President still really hates him. And Democrats spent $435,000 to help boost his MAGA-loving opponent's sparse media profile. Meijer joined us to break down the race, spill a little tea about his soon-to-be-former-colleagues, and share some high/lowlights from his all-too-brief time in office.Recorded: Aug 3, 2022Published: Aug 4, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

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- No Moynihan, No Welch- Progress or Pesmissim- Campus Culture- Culture Warriors- Gaslighting + Reactionaries- DEI Obstacles- Overstatement and Bravery- Dignity + Individualism- Race as Ethnicity- All in Bounds- Pride, Honor, Shame- “Tolstoy is Mine. Dickens is Mine.”- Everything is permissible to meRecorded: 6/14/22Published: 7/24/22

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with David French contributing writer @ The Atlantic and senior editor @ The Dispatch.James GD WebbCleaning Your RoomPlaying to the CrowdThe Great CRT Ban KurfufflReconsidering that Roe decisionThe Capacity for PregnancyCorroboration, Prosecution, and RestraintTrump v DeSantisWorld Level ExpertsDarker Woods BeyondAnarchapulco

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Matt breaks an eardrumBoris breaks British politics (Ed note: Boris renounced his American citizenship in 2017. We sort of regret the error)Would Putin free LeBron?Remember Macy Gray? Well, whoever she is, she’s very sorryTim Hardaway, self-proclaimed homophobeThe end of interventionismFormer Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is shotAndrew Schultz goes the way of Louis CK2022 Freedom Bowl: California v. FloridaGavin Newsom: Slightly Better than BetoCovid and culture wars: What will matter in 2024We love all of our freeloading listeners. But we’d love you a whole lot more if you subscribed and reaped all the benefits of being a dues-paying member of the Fifdom. So click the button below. Now. It would make us very happy. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

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“Tear it down. Start over again. We can make a brand new start.” - Blue Mafic A Bad OmenJudicial SuperfluityBeyond Roeunenumerated, natural, ipse dixit Carry ConcealedConservative Excesss, Judicial RestraintEurope is Always Better“Sand in every damn gear…”Antidemocratic AFRelease the TranscriptsRecorded: June 25th, 2022Published: June 26th, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

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You Got a FriendRestrictive Covenant#MJInnocentBeefin with TSABlockchain NostradamusA Very Bad Thing/The Worst Possible ThingWhat Barr KnewClear and Present DangerGoogle: maps of Capitol tunnelsThe Blame GameCan’t White a BookQuietest Jazz SoloGreat Replacement Theory (But It’s Fine)The Al Sharpton This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

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Kmele is flyingDude has four parents. Not one isn’t a terroristThe decline and fall of San Francisco, Part I Fiona Dourif’s piece on how California fails the mentally illA sexy retweetIlya Shapiro quits Georgetown. He stops by to tell us whyIlya apologized. Should he have?He mentioned it, we’ll link to it: the paperback edition of Supreme Disorder Shapiro: Cato abandoned meDave Weigel gets suspended because of his colleague and “close friend,” Sammy “the Bull” Sonmez,” rats him outAnother editors note re: the TikTok ladyA St. Louis Cardinal tweeted bad words when he was 14Everything is dumbCNN retools, but all the tools still work thereIf you ask the question “should I have kids on account of climate change,” you probably shouldn’t have kidsA primetime January 6th hearing, produced by Busby BerkeleyBreaking: Chesa the Chavista needs a new jobThe decline and fall of San Francisco, Part II This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

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Imperfect IntroductionQueerest story ever toldThe heart-pounding conclusion of Depp v Heard Birdwatching for KarensA firearms 'clarification'The other 99% (and the warmth of simple narratives)Incitement for “journalists”Half Junky / Half WonkThe absurd hilarity of historical injusticeBelieve All JediFixing CNN+ (“Toobin After Dark” Edition)Star Wars is for racistsChief Colt 45Total Recall, Certain GuiltYou always need more gaysProfessional crybabiesThe Pride of Prejudice This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

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