Episode

12/6 The Cases That Could Sink Taxation, Financial Regulations, & More w/ Ian Millhiser

December 6, 2023

It’s Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Ian Millhiser, senior correspondent at Vox, to discuss some of the biggest cases before the Supreme Court this term. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Biden Administration’s internal reckoning with their strategic failures in support of Israel, the US’ minor aid to Gaza and minuscule conditions to punish violent settlers, the House’s antisemitic antisemitism bill, Tommy Tuberville relinquishing his obstructive hold on military appointments, the Senate’s aid to Ukraine and Israel, the upcoming GOP Debate, and the continuing extreme temperature of 2023, before parsing through the insanity of the House’s “anti-zionism is antisemitism” bill, with some help from Jewish Rep. Jerrold Nadler. Ian Milhiser then joins, diving right into an assessment of the impending Supreme Court decision on Moore v. US, a case that will define the possibility of a federal wealth tax as conservatives attempt to tie the taxation of unrealized sums to the apportionment clause in the constitution. After walking through what apportionment, unrealized sums, and “direct taxation” could mean (with some help from Sonya Sotomayor), Milhiser walks Sam and Emma through the newest SCOTUS case involving the “Major Questions Doctrine” – tackling what that doctrine entails, and why the 5th circuit is using it to put the SEC, and the administrative state writ large, in their crosshairs, before working through the 5th Circuit’s prominent role working under a conservative Supreme Court, and where Chief Justice Roberts, himself, stands on the doctrine. Wrapping up, they explore the upcoming case against Perdue Pharmaceuticals – as the Sacklers attempt to shirk their liabilities onto the business – and the First Amendment attacks on the BDS movement.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the official denial of Cenk Uygur’s presidential candidacy, watch Dana Bash attempt to throw Rep. Jayapal – and Palestinian victims of sexual assault – under the bus to maintain her narrative, which Ryan Grim refuses to let go unacknowledged. They watch Israeli President Isaac Herzog attempt to defend the mass slaughter of Palestinian civilians under pretexts of Hamas’ supposed drive for global domination, and Tim Pool and Matt Walsh really sink into their respective niches of bigotry, plus, your calls and IMs!

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