An open letter published by Harper’s, signed by 153 prominent names, warning against illiberal behavior received swift pushback online. Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss which socio-political issues of our time are within the scope of reasonable disagreement while also addressing why illiberalism has become such a global phenomenon.

Should schools reopen fully in the fall? Why has the fight over mask-wearing devolved into a culture war issue? Does Trump understand his own constituency? Sarah and the guys weigh in on these questions while also addressing Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech, and the future of the GOP in a post-Trump era.

As we near the end of another Supreme Court term, speculation abounds over a Court retirement. Would the resulting nomination battle be more or less contentious than the appointment of Justice Kavanaugh? David and Sarah answer this thought experiment while also touching on the implications this scenario would have on the 2020 election. They also break down rulings on robocalls and faithless electors.

When and how can you constitutionally defend yourself? The question comes after a gun-toting St. Louis couple made a show of force against Black Lives Matter protesters. On a more lighthearted note, David concludes the podcast by interviewing Sarah on her career path and what landed her at The Dispatch.

Yascha Mounk, the founder of Persuasion, joins Sarah and David to discuss his new publication and the project of defending liberal democracy.

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The Supreme Court denies cert to an abortion case, grants cert to a case over Mueller’s secret evidence, and the Biden and Trump campaigns are lawyering up for 2020’s final act. David and Sarah have thoughts.

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Sarah and the guys discuss reporting about a Russian plot to pay bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops, the battle for control of the Senate, and cancel culture’s effect on our conversation about race in America.

Espinoza is finally here, and David and Sarah are here for a proper deep dive into the Supreme Court’s decision. Plus their reflections on the legal and political implications of the court’s June Medical ruling.

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David and Sarah discuss another big day at the Supreme Court, from the court’s decision to strike down a Louisiana abortion law to its ruling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Astead Herndon, national politics reporter at The New York Times, joins Sarah and Steve to discuss his reporting from the president’s rally in Tulsa to the Biden campaign and veepstakes.

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David and Sarah discuss Joe Biden’s polling lead in six swing states, the latest development in the Michael Flynn case, the Supreme Court ruling on asylum seekers, and free speech online.

Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss the state of the 2020 race as we kick off the first week of summer, and what the revelations in John Bolton’s book mean for the president’s administration.

David and Sarah discuss the president’s rally in Tulsa, the firing of the U.S. attorney in New York, the lawsuit over John Bolton’s book, and they process last week’s Supreme Court decisions.

 

Martin Gurri, a former CIA analyst, joins Sarah and Steve to discuss our information overload, the loss of trust in institutions and figures of authority, and the role of tech platforms.

 

David and Sarah discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling that blocks the Trump administration from ending DACA for now, return to their discussion over the Title VII ruling, and finish with the legal fight over John Bolton’s book.

 

Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss the president’s executive order on policing, proposed reforms on Capitol Hill, the growing tension between China and India, and the Supreme Court’s landmark Title VII decision.

The Supreme Court declined to take up new cases dealing with gun rights and qualified immunity. The court ruled that federal anti-discrimination laws protect gay and transgender employees. Lines are drawn on originalism vs. textualism. David and Sarah have thoughts.

 

The Dispatch’s own Andrew Egger and Declan Garvey join Steve for a discussion on the blow-up at The New York Times over its Tom Cotton op-ed, woke culture, Trump superfans, and the empathy gap.

 

It’s Brisket Eve and David and Sarah are celebrating by diving into the latest polls on the protests around the country, the legal weeds of Confederate monuments, and answer the question, why does the rule against perpetuities get the people going? But the festivities don’t end there, there’s the Michael Flynn amicus curiae, Tom Cotton, and Gone with the Wind.

 

Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss the continued fallout over the death of George Floyd and the events of Lafayette Square, why this moment feels different, police reform on Capitol Hill, and the “defund the police” movement.

David and Sarah discuss calls by protesters to “defund the police,” ideas to reform police departments from no-knock raids to police unions, incorporation doctrine, and the miniseries ‘Waco.’

 

Jane Coaston, senior politics reporter at Vox, joins Sarah and Steve for a wide-ranging discussion on racism and police violence as protests around the world continue over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.