Passing Judgment

By Jessica Levinson

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Is the constitution in crisis? This podcast is for 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’s Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, political scientists, lawyers, and many others. Listen to Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues of our time. What are the laws of our democracy? How are they changing? And what does that mean for your daily life?

Episode Date
Election Nightmares. What happens if President Trump loses but won't leave office? 
00:14:05

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?
00:20:07

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? 
00:12:16

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?
00:13:13

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?"
00:32:27

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?
00:14:49

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?
00:37:28
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?
00:13:09

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!
00:35:51

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
00:31:08
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
00:19:29
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? 
00:18:36

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
00:12:38

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?
00:19:34

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
00:25:13

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
00:40:11
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?
00:46:24

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
00:55:24

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!
00:01:03

Episode Notes

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