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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 ...
 
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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.
 
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?…
 
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 …
 
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 affe…
 
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 t…
 
• Admiral Terry "T" McCreary is a retired one-star admiral in the United States Navy and served as the Chief of Naval Information on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With Veterans Day November 11th, Admiral McCreary talked about the history of Veteran’s Day and the struggles different generations of Veterans have had over the years. McCreary talked about…
 
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 Elec…
 
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.…
 
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 Tru…
 
• Crystal Carson, Vice President of Communications, Culture and Media Partnerships at When We All Vote talked about the nonpartisan nonprofit that brings together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election. Launched by Michelle Obama, the organization is committed to closing the race and age voting…
 
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.…
 
Dr. Judy Monroe, head of the CDC Foundation & advisor to the Pandemic Action Network discussed where are we on the COVID-19 response both in the United States and globally. She talked about holiday gatherings in 2020 and where the greatest needs are for on-the-ground response to COVID-19. Andrea Hailey, CEO, Vote.org talked about voting trends so f…
 
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.…
 
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 seeke…
 
• Myra Biblowit, Breast Cancer Research Foundation President & CEO. Biblowit talked about what makes BCRF unique and the biggest changes in breast cancer research over the last two decades. She discussed some of the challenges facing the breast cancer community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and how listeners can best help support BCRF. • Joh…
 
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.…
 
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?…
 
• William Schaffner, MD, National Foundation Infectious Disease Medical Director discussed influenza vaccine coverage data from the 2019-2020 US influenza season. He highlighted the importance of influenza and pneumococcal disease prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic and why most everybody should be getting a flu shot this year. • Jessica Levins…
 
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…
 
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.…
 
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.…
 
• Kate Dischino, VP of emergency programs and Americares preparedness discussed response and recovery programs in the U.S. and around the world related to wildfires, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Dischino is responsible for deploying emergency response teams, coordinating large scale deliveries of medicines and relief supplies and impleme…
 
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."…
 
• John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. Sykes discussed the iHeartMedia Why I’m Voting campaign along with the aid of musicians, athletes, cultural influencers and others to share what matters to them the most in the upcoming election season. Listeners will also submit reasons for voting. Why I’m Voting will run across…
 
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 conf…
 
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?…
 
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