Episode

3/17 Reforming the Supreme Court After Its Conservative Capture w/ Elie Mystal

March 17, 2020

Sam, broadcasting from his remote studio, is joined by Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC), Justice Correspondent at the Nation, to discuss his March cover story, “If We Don’t Reform the Supreme Court, Nothing Else Will Matter.”

On today’s show: Why aren’t they postponing the primaries?

Sam is joined by Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC), Justice Correspondent at the Nation, to discuss his March cover story, “If We Don’t Reform the Supreme Court, Nothing Else Will Matter. The failures of both Bernie and Biden, respectively, to deal with the political nature of the Supreme Court. How “strict constructionism” is used as a smokescreen for a reactionary program. How the Federalist Society has stacked the court with conservative judges. The Democrats’ failure to deal with (and/or tacit support of?) the SCOTUS’ increasingly right-wing character. How can we reform the court? How could the GOP tamper with the 2020 election?

Will COVID-19 help or hurt Bernie’s chances in the primary? We just don’t know yet!

On the fun half: Biden’s terrible record on Social Security. Tom Cotton says Democrat’s House COVID-19 relief bill won’t pass Senate because it doesn’t go far enough, fast enough. Devin Nunes says you should go out to restaurants and pubs, then claims he meant drive-thrus and delivery. A plug for Bob Altemeyer’s “The Authoritarian Personality.” Stuart Varney says airlines deserve to be bailed out because they’re “like a utility.” Fox and Friends chide spring breakers in Florida for crowding beaches, promote Ainsley’s friend’s chicken salad chain restaurant (it’s open, folks!). German start-up produced 1.4 million COVID-19 tests but the US turned them down. Daily Wire host says he hopes the virus will make women stay home with the kids more because that’s what God wants, bashes public schools. Gristedes CEO says Trump has done everything right, is “tough enough” to force a vaccine out if a company has it.

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