11/1 The Supreme Court’s Injudicious Assault On Affirmative Action

November 1, 2022

With one week until the midterm elections, Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they run through updates on the Supreme Court – as Chief Justice Roberts blocks Congress access to Trump’s tax returns – AIPAC’s attacks on Summer Lee, and Bolsonaro maintaining his silence in the wake of his defeat, also touching on the continued grain shipments coming out of Ukraine and updates on midterm polling. Next, Sam and Emma parse through Charlie Kirk’s assessment of the attack on Paul Pelosi as he plays defense against any conservative accountability ever, and explore the greater impact of conservative conspiracy and whether having sitting congresspeople declaring Nancy Pelosi treasonous and deserving of death would actually make people think she was treasonous and deserving of death. They also dive deep into the recent Supreme Court deliberations on affirmative action, first walking through the obvious legacies of racial discrimination that set up society writ large as the violator of the Fourteenth Amendment, before walking through the 50-year process of the conservative attack on affirmative action, beginning in 1978 and continuing through the recent cases against Harvard and UNC. Wrapping up that conversation, they explore the various reactions to these cases across the count, including Ketanji Brown Jackson painting a thought-provoking parallel between a legacy student and an ancestor of slaves and Justice Clarence Thomas asking if diversity even actually means anything anymore.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma talk with Sandy from Ontario about the recent Canadian elections and her recent interview with one Sem Sadar. Mina from Florida explores the Right Wing’s long game, Cole James Cash calls in to preview his upcoming interview with Anna Delvey, and Dave from PA explores the Philly DSA’s recent abortion counter-protests. Dave Rubin celebrates Elon’s twitter takeover by just walking through a prolonged Glenn Greenwald thread, and VG from Seattle gives updates on the state of USPS letter carriers, plus, your calls and IMs!

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