During confirmation hearings this week for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island opted not to ask the judge any questions. Instead, he gave a 30-minute presentation on how right-wing groups, including the Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis Network, use dark money to shape the nation’s judiciary. We air excerpts from his presentation and get reaction from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony this week from Crystal Good, who spoke about her experience of having an abortion and expressed concerns that Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court would limit access to safe, affordable care. During three days of hearings, Judge Barrett has repeatedly refused to answer questions about her views on abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade, despite her public record opposing reproductive rights. “If confirmed, Judge Barrett will be a fifth vote to eviscerate the important protections that have been afforded by Roe v. Wade,” says Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, who also testified in the Senate this week.
The Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett ended Thursday with Republicans on the Judiciary Committee scheduling a vote on her nomination for October 22, with a full Senate vote to follow shortly thereafter — less than two weeks before the presidential election, in which the Supreme Court could play a decisive role. The right-wing judge’s confirmation looks all but assured, after four rushed days of questioning in which Barrett refused to state her position on abortion rights, gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, climate change, and even if President Trump could delay the election. If confirmed, she gives conservatives a 6-3 majority on the high court. “We have never had a president put forth a nomination and commence confirmation hearings in the middle of an ongoing presidential election,” says Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
On October 14, 2020, LEAP hosted an online lunch talk with Austin Frerick, deputy director of Yale’s Thurman Arnold Project, an interdisciplinary center for antitrust enforcement and competition policy. Austin has previously published work on the state of competition America’s food system—his article “To Revive Rural America, We Must Fix Our Broken Food System” has appeared in the American Conservative, Civil Eats, The Progressive Populist, and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. He is also a senior fellow at Data for Progress. This event was presented as part of the Law, Ethics, & Animals Program’s One Health speaker series. It was co-sponsored by the Thurman Arnold Project, the Yale Sustainable Food Program, the Yale Animal Law Society, and the Yale Environmental Law Association.
Rachel Maddow shares reporting by the Washington Post that a Trump administration official has admitted that the Trump policy for dealing with coronavirus is tantamount to herd immunity, even as experts deride it as “fringe” and “dangerous,” and the U.S. appears to be in the grips of a second wave of infections. Aired on 10/13/2020.
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward joins sharing brand new audio from his conversations with the president for his book ‘Rage’ where Trump shares how he thinks he won the 2016 election. Woodward discusses what it could tell us about how Trump is running his 2020 campaign. Aired on 10/15/2020.
Rachel Maddow highlights some of the statements made by Donald Trump at the NBC News town hall about the coronavirus that were not only false, but potentially deadly because of the many people who take Trump at his word. Aired on 10/15/2020.
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