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What ails America's healthcare system? (Guest - Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal)
Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, bestselling author of "An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back," visits Passing Judgment to talk about our some of the systemic problems of America's healthcare system, our dismal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we can do moving forward.
|Jan 17, 2021|
President Trump is impeached for the second time. What does it mean?
President Trump is the first president in our nation’s history to be impeached twice. The House of Representatives voted, along a bipartisan basis, to impeach Trump for inciting a riot in the Capitol.
What will happen next during the Senate trial? And what does this all mean for the Biden administration?
|Jan 15, 2021|
Will President Trump be impeached for a second time, removed from office under the 25th Amendment, and/or charged with federal crimes?
The House of Representatives is moving forward with articles of impeachment against President Trump and a resolution asking Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. There is also talk of using a little-discussed provision of the 14th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. And of course, there is the looming question of whether President Trump will attempt to pardon himself for crimes related to the insurrection and beyond.
Jessica and Joe talk through these issues give you answers to all of these questions.
|Jan 11, 2021|
How did Democrats win in Georgia? (Guest - Nse Ufot)
Nse Ufot, CEO of the New Georgia Project, joins Jessica Levinson to talk about how Democrats won both U.S. Senate races in Georgia, and how the New Georgia Project worked to register new voters and plan to create a new class of super voters.
|Jan 08, 2021|
Insurrection in the Capitol. Impeachment? The 25th Amendment?
Wednesday 1/6/2021 was a surreal day for our country. A violent mob stormed the Capitol building and our federal representatives, their staff, and members of the press sheltered in place. Jessica and Joe walk through the legal and political implications of what just happened. They talk about whether we just saw an attempted coup d'etat, whether the Vice President and members of the cabinet will invoke the 25th Amendment, and whether impeachment proceedings will begin again.
|Jan 07, 2021|
What is at stake in the Georgia runoff elections? (Guest - Greg Bluestein)
Why are all eyes on Georgia? On 1/5/2021, Georgia voters will head to the polls to pick their two U.S. Senators. If both democrats win, the Senate will be split 50-50 and with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote, will in fact be controlled by Democrats. This has enormous implications for the Biden administration.
Greg Bluestein, of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, stops by to tell us everything we need to know about these races.
|Jan 04, 2021|
Did President Trump just commit federal and state crimes?
President Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, and spent just over an hour trying to convince him to overturn the results of the election in Georgia in favor of Trump. Jessica and Joe will walk you through the legal and political implications of the call.
|Jan 04, 2021|
Can President Trump obtain a second term? What is going to happen when Congress counts the Electoral College votes?
President Trump cannot obtain a second term. However, some Republicans will engage in Trump-supporting, country-degrading political theatre to try to claim that he can.
Jessica and Joe break down what is going to happen on Wednesday 1/6/2021 when Vice President Mike Pence presides over Congress' counting of the Electoral College votes. The 12th Amendment and the Electoral College Act of 1887 both dictate what will happen. And while Republicans will object, in the end, President-elect Joe Biden will receive 306 votes and will be inaugurated on 1/20/2021.
|Jan 02, 2021|
What does the Brexit trade deal mean for us? (Guest - Dr. Nick Cull)
USC Professor Nick Cull stops by Passing Judgment. He answers Jessica's questions: What is Brexit? What is the new trade deal? And what does this mean for Americans?
|Dec 31, 2020|
Our special holiday episode. Looking back on the first 6 months of Passing Judgment.
This is a different kind of episode for us.
Join Jessica and Joe for an end-of-the-year look back on the first 6 months of Passing Judgment. We talk the guests that surprised us the most, the episodes that hit us the hardest, and how the podcast came to be. We also chat about how we celebrated the holidays, the first thing we will do post-vaccination, and what is ahead in the new year for the podcast.
Please join us, and as always, tweet Jessica @LevinsonJessica
|Dec 29, 2020|
Are we facing a recovery or a recession? (Guest - Dr. Chris Thornberg)
Economist Christopher Thornberg stops by Passing Judgment to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has and will affect the American economy. Chris talks with Jessica about what Congress and the President should do to help Americans recover from the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic and how systemic inequality affects our economy.
|Dec 26, 2020|
When and how will the COVID-19 pandemic end? (Guest - Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding)
Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, one of the nation’s leading epidemiologists, stops by Passing Judgment to answer all of your pressing COVID-19 questions. Are the vaccines safe? When can we safely go back to work? When will our kids go back to school? What did the Trump administration do wrong? What can the future Biden administration do right?
|Dec 23, 2020|
It Is Pardon Time for President Trump and Musical Chairs Time for Politicians in California (Guest - Carla Marinucci)
Senior political reporter for Politico, Carla Marinucci, stops by to talk about all the breaking political news. President Trump issued twenty controversial pardons. Governor Newsom named Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ U.S. Senate seat and Assemblywoman Shirly Weber to be the next Secretary of State. Carla, who has covered Kamala Harris since the beginning of her career, also tells us what else Americans should know about the future Vice President. Come for the political chat, stay for the immigrant success stories.
|Dec 23, 2020|
Can Trump Declare Martial Law?
Join Jessica and Joe to talk about whether President Trump can declare martial law, Sidney Powell will become the special counsel to look into election fraud, and Attorney General Barr will appoint a special counsel to look into Hunter Biden.
|Dec 22, 2020|
How to Analyze Political News (Guest Amber Phillips)
Amber Phillips of the Washington Post stops by Passing Judgment for a short talk about what it is like to analyze political news during the Trump administration.
Jessica and Amber talk about Trump's post-election litigation strategy and whether anything could stop President-Elect Joe Biden from being inaugurated on January 20th, 2021.
|Dec 19, 2020|
A Cyber Attack and a Census Decision
Join Jessica Levinson and Joe Armstrong as they discuss the biggest political and legal news of the week. Jessica walks through the latest census news and why it matters to you, Joe talks about the latest on the cyber attacks, and then Jessica and Joe discuss whether the Biden transition team will get security briefings over the holidays.
|Dec 19, 2020|
A view from inside the House of Representatives (Guest Congresswoman Karen Bass)
Join Congresswoman Karen Bass and host Jessica Levinson for a discussion about diversity in government, why Republicans have continued to support President Trump throughout his presidency and in the post-election period, how we can increase trust in government, and how California Governor Gavin Newsom could re-shape California with his ability to appoint Vice President-elect Kamala Harris's senate seat.
|Dec 16, 2020|
President-Elect Biden is in, Attorney General Bill Barr is out
Happy voting day! Yes, again. Members of the Electoral College just voted in every state throughout the country and, no surprise, Joe Biden received 306 votes. This is more than the 270 needed to win the presidency. This is a day that typically passes unnoticed, but in the topsy-turvy 2020 election, many eyes were on this typically pro forma event. Could anything else happen before inauguration day?
And because why would we ever have a slow news day, Attorney General Bill Barr resigned. We re-live Barr's greatest hits and talk about the timing of his resignation.
Thank you for listening and please do provide us with feedback. You can tweet Jessica @email@example.com
|Dec 15, 2020|
Let’s talk SCOTUS, election lawsuits, & the Biden administration (Guest - Kimberly Atkins)
Join senior Boston Globe columnist and MSNBC contributor Kimberly Atkins and host Jessica Levinson for a wide-ranging discussion about the Supreme Court, post-election litigation, and President-elect Biden's next steps.
|Dec 12, 2020|
What is it like to be in the House of Representatives in 2020? (Guest - Congressman Eric Swalwell)
Congressman Eric Swalwell stops by Passing Judgment to talk about what it is like to serve in the House of Representatives, what he would do to reform the institution, how President-Elect Biden can bring together our country, and more!
|Dec 10, 2020|
Happy Safe Harbor Day! Is the 2020 Election Over Yet?
So, is election 2020 finally over?
Host Jessica Levinson and co-host Joe Armstrong walk through the biggest legal and political developments of the week.
Jessica and Joe explain where we are in the post-election litigation, what is happening with DACA, why Xavier Becerra was tapped to become part of the Biden administration, and what Trump's executive order about vaccines really means.
For more on Safe Harbor Day, read Jessica's piece on NBC News here: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/safe-harbor-day-highlights-trump-s-election-lawsuit-failures-judiciary-ncna1250433
|Dec 09, 2020|
Can President Trump pardon himself? His children?
Get caught up on all your legal news of the week.
Big stories so far -- Can President Trump pardon himself? What about his adult children?
Why did AG Bill Barr admit there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 elections but then appoint a special counsel to investigate the 2016 election investigators?
And what is happening in the Supreme Court these days regarding COVID-19 restrictions and religious freedoms?
Join Jessica and Joe.
|Dec 05, 2020|
How can the Biden administration begin to address racial inequality? (Guest - Areva Martin)
Host Jessica Levinson is joined by civil rights attorney, author, host, and CNN legal analyst Areva Martin for a discussion of racial inequality, what the Biden administration's top priorities should be, the electoral college, and more.
|Dec 03, 2020|
What is (and is not) happening in the Supreme Court? (An update on the election, the census, & religious freedoms)
There is a lot of legal and political news to catch up on this week!
The Supreme Court made a big decision regarding religious freedom and coronavirus restrictions, they heard a big case dealing with the census and immigrants, and they may be avoiding a big post-election litigation case.
|Dec 01, 2020|
The Biden-Harris Transition Officially Begins
Surprise! The man who won the 2020 election (both the national popular vote and the Electoral College vote) will be the next president.
Why did the Trump administration finally agree to let the Biden transition team officially begin? What is happening with all of the post-election litigation? And what can we expect between now and inauguration day?
|Nov 24, 2020|
The Art of Being Barbara Boxer (Guest - former Senator Barbara Boxer)
Former Senator Barbara Boxer joins host Jessica Levinson to talk about women in politics, her book, "The Art of Tough," how to improve the Senate, why she ran for office, "the year of the woman," and much more.
|Nov 19, 2020|
The 2020 elections are over. Now what? (Guest - Congressman Ted Lieu)
Congressman Ted Lieu stops by Passing Judgment to share his thoughts on the 2020 election and how we move forward from our current state of polarization. Congressman Lieu talks about whether voters repudiated Trump, Trumpism, or the GOP. Congressman Lieu also discusses some of the biggest challenges our country faces in the future and how to solve them.
|Nov 16, 2020|
What is the fate of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)?
The Supreme Court could determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act.
This week the high court heard arguments in a case addressing whether the individual mandate is legally valid and whether, if it is not, the entire ACA must be declared invalid.
This is one of the first blockbuster cases the court has heard this term. And its decision could affect how and whether tens of millions of Americans obtain health insurance.
|Nov 13, 2020|
Will there be a peaceful transfer of power?
Happy post-election week.
We're back to discuss the most pressing political and legal issues.
What is happening with all of this post-election litigation? Will any of these cases end up before the Supreme Court?
What about the Department of Justice investigation into voter fraud?
Will the GOP continue to support President Trump's efforts to claim the election was rigged?
And are there any other election nightmares we should be thinking about?
|Nov 12, 2020|
Joe Biden & Kamala Harris win! What is next?
Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris!
What happens next? Will there be civil unrest?
When will the pre-election litigation be resolved?
What if Donald Trump does not concede?
What can Trump do during his lame duck session? Can he pardon himself?
Jessica Levinson and Joe Armstrong discuss and explain.
|Nov 07, 2020|
The day after Election Day - just who is going to win this thing?
We all watched yesterday's election results tumble in, and it was a long night for everyone. In this episode, Jessica Levinson and Joe Armstrong talk about riding the final waves of the 2020 election storm. There was no blue wave, and although President Trump prematurely declared victory, the show's not over. Ballots are still being counted as Election Day bleeds into Election Days. Which candidate has a clearer path to be inaugurated on January 20th, 2021? What voting blocs broke for which candidate? How is the electoral map different from 2016? And did you sleep last night?
|Nov 04, 2020|
Election Day special episode number two - doom scrolling to oblivion!
Our second election day special episode!
What are the latest results?
Can we trust the polls?
Will we know the result on election night?
How did you spend election day?
What did Joe buy to get himself through the week?
|Nov 04, 2020|
Our first Election Day special episode!
Will Trump declare victory on election night?
Will Trump concede? What if he loses and refuses to leave?
Where does the pre-election litigation stand?
Where were you on Election Day 2016?
|Nov 03, 2020|
Will the country reject Trump and Trumpism? Guest - Sarah Longwell
Hear from Sarah Longwell, a Republican political strategist and founder of Republican Voters Against Trump. Sarah and host Jessica Levinson talk about who will win the 2020 presidential election and why, who undecided voters are, how you can persuade voters that certain information is false, and the future of the Republican Party.
|Nov 02, 2020|
Is Trump a Traitor? Guest - David Rothkopf
David Rothkopf is out with a new book - Traitor: A History of Betrayal from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump.
David is the host of "Deep State Radio" and CEO of the Rothkopf Group media and podcasting company. He is also the former CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine.
David joins host Jessica Levinson to discuss what makes President Donald Trump a traitor and how he compares to other historical figures.
|Nov 01, 2020|
Election Nightmares! Also, Boo.
What to expect when you're expecting the 2020 elections. We have got you covered, from the likely to the improbable. We talk post-election litigation, DOJ investigations, Electoral College breakdowns, and contested elections. And of course, we discuss Joe's love of Halloween.
|Oct 30, 2020|
What can we do about the Electoral College? Guest - Jesse Wegman
Jesse Wegman, New York Times editorial board member and author of Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College joins host Jessica Levinson.
Jesse discusses the fascinating history behind the Electoral College, how it has affected presidential elections, and proposals to reform it.
|Oct 29, 2020|
Will Trump draw another royal flush? Guest - Bob Shrum
Veteran Democratic campaign strategist Bob Shrum joins host Jessica Levinson to talk about the 2020 election. Bob gives his advice for the candidates, explains what makes a good presidential candidate, and helps us to sort out current presidential election.
|Oct 28, 2020|
When are we likely to know the outcome of the election? Guest - Sam Levine
Host Jessica Levinson is joined by Sam Levine, a reporter for the Guardian who covers voting rights. Jessica and Sam talk about the biggest voting rights issues of the day, the current state of pre-election litigation, and which suits are likely to be filed post-election.
|Oct 27, 2020|
Did anyone win the 2020 debates? Guest - Dr. Todd Graham
America's debate coach, Dr. Todd Graham, is back with host Jessica Levinson to unpack the presidential debates and town halls and the vice presidential debate. Hear from an expert about how the candidates and moderators performed and whether anything that happened will move the electoral needle.
|Oct 23, 2020|
What is it like to cover the Trump administration? Guest - Brian Karem.
Brian Karem, senior White House correspondent for Playboy, CNN contributor, and author, joins Passing Judgment to talk about covering the Trump administration. Brian talks about what it is like to be in the White House briefing room, the role of the press when covering this administration, why he was once jailed, and much more.
|Oct 22, 2020|
The Supreme Court term heats up with three new immigration-related cases
The Supreme Court just agreed to hear three big immigration cases. The first deals with President Trump's use of money to build the border wall and more broadly a president's power to declare a national emergency and use funds that Congress appropriated for other purposes. The second deals with the Trump administration's policy to make asylum seekers from South and Central America wait in Mexico while their cases are processed. The third centers around whether undocumented immigrants need to be counted as part of the census.
|Oct 20, 2020|
Did we learn anything from Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings?
What, if anything, did we learn from the four days of hearings about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court? Is Judge Coney Barrett's refusal to answer questions typical of U.S. Supreme Court nominees? Did her lack of answers actually speak volumes?
Join Jessica Levinson and Joe Armstrong for the discussion.
|Oct 16, 2020|
Are the CA GOP's unofficial ballot drop boxes illegal?
The CA GOP has put up ballot drop boxes throughout the state. The CA GOP has defended this practice as legal "ballot harvesting." But that explanation may obscure what is really going on both legally and politically. The CA Secretary of State has said, "[u]nauthorized ballot drop boxes are illegal."
What can voters do now?
|Oct 13, 2020|
VP Debate Recap
Did the vice presidential debate change the election? Will people remember anything other than the fly seen round the world?
Host Jessica Levinson and co-host Joe Armstrong review the debate.
|Oct 08, 2020|
Can the Constitution Save Us? What Will the Supreme Court Do Next? Guest-Erwin Chemerinsky
Host and Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson is joined by Erwin Chemerinsky, one of the nation's leading lawyers, legal educators, and legal scholars, and the Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law.
Join Jessica and Erwin for a smart and accessible discussion of the most pressing issues before the Supreme Court. Erwin also talks about how Judge Amy Coney Barrett could change the Supreme Court if the Senate confirms her nomination.
|Oct 08, 2020|
Welcome to Season 2 of Passing Judgment! A preview of the new Supreme Court term.
Host Jessica Levinson and co-host Joe Armstrong preview the legal and political issues 2020-2021 Supreme Court term. There are big cases related to healthcare, religious rights, and voting rights on the court's docket.
Tune in and let us know what you think!
|Oct 06, 2020|
A conversation with Loyola Law School Dean Michael Waterstone
Michael Waterstone, the Dean of Loyola Law School, joins host Jessica Levinson for a discussion about leadership and legal education. Michael talks about what it takes to be a good leader and a lawyer. Michael also shares insights about what it is like to be a law school dean.
|Oct 05, 2020|
What are the political and legal implications of President Trump having COVID-19?
Host Jessica Levinson and co-host Joe Armstrong talk through the breaking news that President Trump has contracted COVID-19. Because President Trump is both a sitting president and a candidate for the presidency, there are a myriad of hypothetical legal questions to discuss.
|Oct 02, 2020|
What just happened? A conversation with Leslie Marshall about the debates, tax returns, and the Supreme Court
Join host Jessica Levinson and guest Leslie Marshall for a lively conversation about what is happening in the political world this week. Jessica and Leslie discuss the first presidential debate, the latest news regarding Trump's financial records, and how the Supreme Court is likely to factor into the presidential election.
|Oct 01, 2020|
Debate time! What should Trump and/or Biden do to win the debates?
Welcome to presidential and vice presidential debate season! Join host and Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson and debate expert Dr. Todd Graham to talk about why debates matter, what each of the candidates should do to win, and what they should each avoid.
|Sep 28, 2020|
How would Judge Amy Coney Barrett change American law and society as a member of the Supreme Court?
President Trump has officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacancy on the Supreme Court. Host Jessica Levinson and regular co-host Joe Armstrong talk about what is likely to happen next, and how Judge Barrett could change the shape of American law and society if she is confirmed by the Senate.
|Sep 27, 2020|
Will Democrats pack the Supreme Court?
Host Jessica Levinson and producer Joe Armstrong talk about the biggest legal and political news of the week — Court packing and peaceful transfers of power.
|Sep 25, 2020|
How can you combat campaign disinformation and misinformation?
Hear from a reporter and fact-checker from the Associated Press about what campaign misinformation and disinformation is and how to combat it.
Host Jessica Levinson and guest Amanda Seitz talk about why we are all so susceptible to campaign misinformation and disinformation and how we can be on alert to "fake news."
|Sep 22, 2020|
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Passes Away
United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away. Our country has lost a champion of gender equality.
What does her death mean for the future of our country both legally and politically?
With only weeks to go before the election, will President Trump nominate someone to fill the seat and will Senator Mitch McConnell hold confirmation hearings?
|Sep 19, 2020|
The Curious Case of Attorney General William Barr
What happened to AG Bill Barr?
He compared COVID-19 restrictions to slavery.
He has talked about protecting protesters under the Sedition Act.
The DOJ has intervened to get favorable treatment for friends of President Trump -- think Michael Flynn and Roger Stone.
Is Bill Barr acting to protect the American president or the American people?
|Sep 17, 2020|
Are you consuming fake news?
Join host and Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson as she talks with New York Times reporter Matt Stevens about what it is like to be a political reporter in 2020. Matt explains why journalists don't just make up stories or sources, why they can't just be stenographers and what goes into writing headlines.
|Sep 15, 2020|
Our Top Election Nightmares?
A cyber attack? A contingent election decided by the House of Representatives? Law enforcement at the polls? The closing of polling places? The invocation of the Presidential Succession Act?
Join host and Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson and producer Joe Armstrong for a rundown of the top election 2020 nightmares.
|Sep 11, 2020|
Did the Trump administration start a war against masks (and science)?
Host Jessica Levinson is joined by Dr. Julie Cantor, physician, attorney, and entrepreneur. Jessica and Julie talk about everything from why California Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks was forced to bring her infant to the state capitol to cast in person votes to why wearing masks has become a proxy for partisan affiliation.
|Sep 10, 2020|
What are the laws surrounding the gig economy?
Happy Labor Day everyone.
On this special Labor Day episode, host and Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson and producer Joe Armstrong talk about a issue near and dear to many workers -- whether they are independent contractors or employees. Jessica and Joe unpack the current legal wrangling surrounding rules for gig economy workers. Starting January 1, 2020, California changed the law to categorize many gig economy workers as employees, not independent contractors.
But the law, known as AB 5, cast a wide net and covered some freelancers who lost jobs as a result. Joe shares his story of work that he lost. In addition, one of those famous freelancers is former San Francisco Mayor and Speaker of the Assembly, Willie Brown. As Politico's Carla Marinucci wrote, just this week his regular Sunday op-ed column for the San Francisco Chronicle was temporarily put on hold as a result of the law. https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/09/04/former-sf-mayor-willie-brown-ensnared-by-ab5-gets-assist-from-newsom-1315782
A few days ago, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that narrows AB 5, and exempts many freelance workers, like Willie Brown.
But wait, there's more. There is a measure on the ballot, sponsored by companies like Uber and Lyft, to undo the California law which treats most gig workers as employees.
Where does the law stand and what could happen next?
|Sep 07, 2020|
Should members of the media be real-time fact checkers?
Join host and Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson and guest Elex Michaelson, anchor and host of the only statewide political show in California -- The Issue Is.
Jessica and Elex talk about how social media has changed news consumption and coverage, whether reporters have an obligation to be real-time fact checkers, why we are so polarized, how to deal with campaigns of disinformation and misinformation, why we should all be taking media literacy classes, and the importance of cookies in a greenroom.
|Sep 03, 2020|
Can President Trump send federal or state law enforcement officers to polling places?
Host Jessica Levinson explains whether the president has the power to send law enforcement officers to polling places on Election Day. She is joined by producer Joe Armstrong to walk through the legal and political limits on the president.
Jessica and Joe discuss who typically observes a polling place, whether Trump can send federal or state law enforcement, what power states have over their polling places, and what recourse voters have if they feel intimidated at the polls.
|Aug 31, 2020|
What is the media's role during the Trump era? Are we more polarized than ever?
Host and Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson is joined by television and radio legend Steve Edwards. Steve has been a member of the media for more than four decades, covering every major news event in that time.
Steve talks with us about the changing role of the media and why we are more polarized than ever.
|Aug 28, 2020|
Did members of the Trump administration just violate the Hatch Act?
What is the Hatch Act? A law that prohibits certain government employees from engaging in political activities. The purpose is to ensure that civil servants are serving the public and not working as political operatives while engaging in official duties or using public facilities or vehicles.
Have members of the Trump administration violated this federal law in front of our eyes? Probably! Let's talk about what is happening the Republican National Convention.
What recourse is there for violations of the Hatch Act? It looks like not much right now. This is arguably an existential crisis in our democracy -- we have a federal law that looks like it is being violated but ignored.
Join host Jessica Levinson and producer Joe Armstrong to walk through these issues.
|Aug 26, 2020|
Priority # 1 in the 2020 Election? Make Sure Your Vote Counts
Host and Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson takes a quick tour through the nuts and bolts of what it takes to make sure your vote counts in the 2020 election.
Elections in America are decentralized. The U.S. Constitution gives states the power to run elections and so it is important to know the laws in your state.
Jessica walks you through what is different about voting this election, spoiler alert -- a pandemic and a president who is actively trying to undermine our election process. Jessica talks about everything from registering to vote, to getting a vote by mail ballot, to returning that ballot.
For more information, read Amber Phillips' great piece in the Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/08/17/how-to-make-sure-your-vote-is-counted/?itid=ap_amberphillips
Sound engineer - Andrei Padilla
|Aug 23, 2020|
What is it like to be a State Senator?
What is it like to be a state lawmaker?
Join host Jessica Levinson and California State Senator Ben Allen for a wide-ranging discussion about being a lawmaker in 2020. Senator Allen talks about why he ran, what most surprises him about the job, his favorite part of being an elected official, the power of lobbyists, the influence of money and politics, mandatory vaccinations, and much more.
|Aug 19, 2020|
What does it take to be an effective presidential candidate?
Join host Jessica Levinson and Los Angeles Times political reporter Melanie Mason, for a discussion about political reporting during a pandemic. Melanie chats about how Senator Kamala Harris changed as a candidate, covering presidential candidates, what it takes to be an effective presidential candidate, what makes President Trump a good or bad presidential candidate, the influence of money on our presidential campaigns, and more.
|Aug 17, 2020|
What is it like to cover a presidential campaign during a pandemic?
Host Jessica Levinson talks with Los Angeles Times political reporter Seema Metha about the 2020 presidential campaign.
Jessica and Seema chat about these questions and more.
Are voters more polarized than ever before? Are social media and cable television to blame?
Do Republicans have a choice between following President Trump or following public health experts?
Why do evangelical voters continue to support President Trump?
Will the Supreme Court become a focal point of the 2020 election?
Who is Biden likely to pick as his VP candidate?
How has Pres. Trump changed what is means to be a journalist?
|Aug 11, 2020|
Are President Trump's Recent Executive Actions Legal?
President Trump signed four executive actions in the wake of Congress' failure to come to a resolution regarding COVID-19 relief for Americans.
President Trump's actions are both much more narrow than he alleged and likely stand on legally shaky grounds. Specifically, Trump's actions may violate the separation of powers and invade Congress' power to tax and spend.
Host Jessica Levinson walks through the political and legal implications of Trump's actions on unemployment benefits, an eviction moratorium, student loan deferrals, and payroll tax deduction deferrals.
Sound engineer - Andrei Padilla
|Aug 10, 2020|
Election Nightmares. What happens if President Trump loses but won't leave office?
Join host Jessica Levinson as she details which potential election catastrophes keep her up at night. Jessica talks about the possible problems associated with voting in a pandemic, President Trump's efforts to undermine the integrity of our elections, whether Nancy Pelosi could become president, and much more.
Sound engineer extraordinaire - Andrei Padilla
|Aug 08, 2020|
Is the Supreme Court Really a Court?
Join host Jessica Levinson and guest Eric Segall. Eric is a professor at Georgia State University College of Law and an expert on the Supreme Court.
How does the Supreme Court make its decisions? Does the Court function as intended?
In this episode, Eric makes the provocative argument that the Supreme Court is not really a court, and that judges make their decisions on little more than their ideological views.
|Aug 04, 2020|
Which Vice Presidential Contender Will Help Biden Beat Trump?
Vice President Joe Biden is about to choose his running mate. He has pledged that he will pick a woman. But who?
Host Jessica Levinson talks about whether or not a presidential candidate's running mate makes any real difference in a presidential campaign and who Biden might pick as his running mate.
Jessica runs down the top contenders including Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Tammy Duckworth, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Congresswomen Karen Bass and Val Demings.
Sound engineer-Andrei Padilla.
|Aug 02, 2020|
Is Pres. Trump's Census Order Unconstitutional?
President Trump just signed an executive order directing the Department of Commerce not to count undocumented immigrants for the purposes of drawing congressional district lines. Is Trump's executive order? What are the political consequences of this order?
Host Jessica Levinson walks you through everything you need to know about Trump's decision to weaponize the census.
For more, read Jessica's recent pieces on NBC.com
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-census-order-unconstitutional-coronavirus-distraction-ncna1234564 https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-citizenship-census-question-battle-legally-dubious-he-may-ncna1028236 https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/supreme-court-knows-citizenship-census-question-likely-bogus-it-doesn-ncna1012546
|Jul 30, 2020|
The Supreme Court as "the Solicitor General's Idiot Intern?"
Chief Justice John Roberts as a junior woodchuck?
When does a judge go "Christopher Walken" on you?
Come for the My Cousin Vinny references, stay for an in-depth look at the most powerful court in the land - the Supreme Court - with Professor Garrett Epps.
|Jul 28, 2020|
Rep. AOC v Rep. Yoho?
What happened between Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Yoho?
Rep. AOC made a speech on the floor of the House to discuss Yoho's comments and what they say about gender dynamics more generally.
Women are underrepresented in the public and private sphere. Why does that matter?
Host Jessica Levinson and producer Joe Armstrong discuss Rep. AOC's speech and the great gender divide in rooms of power throughout the country.
|Jul 24, 2020|
Will it take Republicans to defeat Pres. Trump and Trumpism?
The Lincoln Project co-founder Mike Madrid joins host Jessica Levinson to talk about the rise of President Trump and Trumpism. Mike discusses the biggest issues surrounding the 2020 election and what The Lincoln Project is doing to try to defeat President Trump and protect our democracy.
|Jul 21, 2020|
Did Pres. Trump or Ivanka Trump violate ethics laws by promoting Goya products?
President Trump and his daughter, senior advisor Ivanka Trump, went to social media to promote Goya products. They did this in the wake of the CEO of Goya's praising of President Trump and the ensuing backlash against that praise. Is the White House for sale? Did President Trump or his daughter, Ivanka Trump, violate any federal ethics laws?
Join host Jessica Levinson and producer Joe Armstrong for a quick analysis.
|Jul 17, 2020|
Supreme Court Wrap Up!
In this special episode of Passing Judgment host Jessica Levinson tells you everything you need to know about the last Supreme Court term. Jessica explains the biggest decisions of the year and how they affect you. Jessica covers abortion rights, religious rights, LGBTQ rights, executive authority, Congressional power, and more.
Producer Joe Armstrong is back by popular demand to ask the questions you want answered.
|Jul 17, 2020|
Confederate Statues, Cancel Culture, Defunding the Police, and More with Mr. Mo'Kelly
Guest Mr. Mo'Kelly joins host Jessica Levinson for a frank discussion about race relations, racism, and more. Mr. Mo'Kelly talks about confederate statutes, calls to defund the police, and the so-called cancel culture.
|Jul 14, 2020|
President Trump Commutes Roger Stone's Sentence
Host Jessica Levinson walks you through the breaking news of President Trump's commutation of Roger Stone's sentence. Jessica discusses why and how presidents have the power to commute and pardon people, what Roger Stone was convicted of doing, what the Stone case means for the independence of the Department of Justice, how this is another example of President Trump's norm-breaking behavior, and where we go from here. Jessica is joined by producer Joe Armstrong.
|Jul 11, 2020|
Will the public ever see President Trump's financial information?
Today, on the last day of the Supreme Court term, the court handed down two cases that will define the contours of congressional power and presidential immunity.
In one case, congressional committees subpoenaed the president’s personal financialrecords, claiming that they needed this information to analyze government ethics laws and foreign influence into domestic elections. In the other case, a New York prosecutor, on behalf of a grand jury, issued subpoenas for Trump’s accountant and banks as part of an investigation into hush money payments made to women who allegedly had affairs with Trump. What did the Supreme Court say?
Join host Jessica Levinson as she walks you through these blockbuster decisions and explains what they mean for future presidents.
The bottom line? Unless President Trump decides to release his financial records(which he won’t), the public will still not see that information before the 2020 election.
|Jul 09, 2020|
Two Big Victories for Religious Employers in the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court handed down two decisions with big implications for religious employers and their employees. In one case the court ruled that employers with religious or moral objections may opt out of a part of the Affordable Care Act which requires insurance plans sponsored by certain employers to provide free access to contraception. In another case, the court concluded that some employees of religious schools are not protected from anti-discrimination laws.
Host Jessica Levinson tells you everything you need to know about the decisions.
|Jul 09, 2020|
Did the Supreme Court just help to determine the winner of the next presidential election?
The Supreme Court just upheld the right of states to punish electors, members of the Electoral College, who go rogue and vote for a candidate other than the presidential candidate chosen by the popular vote of the state they represent. The court unanimously concluded that the Constitution allows states to fine or remove electors who fail to vote for the candidate chosen by a majority of the voters in their state.
Host Jessica Levinson explains what this decision means for the next presidential election and the future of the Electoral College. Producer Joe Armstrong is back to ask the questions.
|Jul 07, 2020|
The Supreme Court, Congressional Power, and Executive Authority
A deeply divided Supreme Court just upheld the legality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but struck a blow to its independence. The court's decision could threaten the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and also undermine Congress' ability to create executive agencies relatively free of presidential influence.
Jessica unpacks what could turn out to be the biggest case of this Supreme Court term.
|Jul 02, 2020|
Journalism in the Trump Era and the political rise of Governor Gavin Newsom and Senator Kamala Harris with Carla Marinucci
Carla Marinucci, a senior reporter for Politico, joins Jessica to talk about what it is like to be a journalist during the Trump administration, what it takes to be a good journalist, and the political prospects of California Governor Gavin Newsom and Senator Kamala Harris.
|Jun 30, 2020|
Will President Trump be re-elected? How did he get elected in the first place?
LMU Professor Michael Genovese joins Jessica to chat about how President Trump governs, and whether or not he will win re-election. They talk about what makes a good presidential candidate, the skills a president needs, and how the Trump presidency has exposed the cracks in our political system.
|Jun 30, 2020|
Fake News, Twitter Trolls, and Mask Shaming with Jane Wells
CNBC reporter Jane Wells and Jessica tackle some of the biggest political stories of the moment. They discuss everything from the polarization of American voters during the Trump administration, to “fake news,” to mask shaming, to the pitfalls of social media.
|Jun 30, 2020|
Welcome to Passing Judgment!
This podcast is for you, people who are curious about politics and the law and how the biggest political and legal issues of the moment affect you. Pull up a chair and join host Jessica Levinson, a professor at LMU Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, politician scientists, lawyers, and many others.
Join Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues of our time. Is the Constitution in crisis? What are the laws of our democracy? How are they changing? And what does that mean for your daily life?
|Jun 30, 2020|