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After an extended absence, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo deliver one of the most energetic shows in the history of the faculty lounge. First up: was President Obama justified in trying to keep 9/11 families from suing the Saudi government? Then, will an Asian rock band from Portland hold the key to the Washington Redskins’ dispute with the federal government? (Believe us, it will make sense when you hear it.) Then a trip around the country, from school choice in Nevada to the rights of African-American criminal suspects in Massachusetts to the use of Snapchat in New Hampshire voting booths.
All that plus Yoo’s Korean bbq tips, Epstein’s unlikely hat-tip to Sex and the City, and a member of the faculty lounge who’s deeply confused about how selfies work.
Summer school may be wrapping up, but the elbows are still sharp in the faculty lounge. In this episode, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo debate whether the prospect of losing the Supreme Court is reason enough to vote for Donald Trump; analyze whether the Republican nominee’s proposal for “extreme vetting” for immigrants has any chance of surviving; weight the merits of Texas allowing concealed carry on college campuses; and ask whether it’s too hard to hold abusive government officials accountable. Also, because 2016 America is a hellscape, there’s some obligatory Ryan Lochte chatter. Epstein and Yoo, having perfected the bleached hair and Speedo look long ago, aren’t fans.
Nice hair, EJHill.
This week on Law Talk, the Professors Epstein and Yoo (ably guided by Troy Senik) revisit the bad choice they will have to make this November and delve into who they might (or might not vote for), whether or not we should change the way we elect vice-presidents, the legalities of hacking and the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election process, the Texas voter ID law, John and Richard weigh in on James Comey’s press conference, and a quick opinion on the curious comments by Justice Ginsberg.
It’s a full session of summer school with Professors Epstein and Yoo. In this episode: What does Brexit mean for Europe (and could America use some nationwide referendums of its own)?; Should conservatives curb their enthusiasm on the Supreme Court’s handling of the immigration case?; Why the SCOTUS affirmative action case may mark the end of an era; Can the gun control restrictions proposed in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting pass constitutional muster? And why is Richard throwing shade at the Bay Area? Tune in to find out.
Bloody good, EJHill.
As the spring semester comes to a close, Professors Epstein and Yoo wrestle with the big questions in the faculty lounge: Should Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees pacify nervous conservatives? Is an 8-member SCOTUS a crisis? Have Republicans finally figured out a way to beat Obamacare in the courts?
And, most important, who do the boys predict will be competing in the World Series? (Even though we spotted them a couple of months in the regular season, they’re still probably wrong).
They’re remodeling the Ricochet School of Law faculty lounge this month, so this edition of Law Talk was recorded next door in the men’s room. That’s fitting as our esteemed professors (that’s John Yoo and Richard Epstein) take a look at North Carolina’s new transgendered bathroom law, some thoughts on Trump, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Texas Plan with nine constitutional amendments (and the reality of getting even one them passed).
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Lots to talk about this week, and we have the guests who are more than up to the task (Troy Senik is sitting in for Peter): Michael Barone, the dean of American political journalism, joins to discuss the scandals, the state of immigration, Minnesota politics, and, yes, even 2016. Then, our pal Claire Berlinski (follow her on Twitter here) calls in from Istanbul to give us a boots-on-the-ground report on the trouble in Turkey and Syria. Last but certainly not least, James Lileks reviews Star Trek: Into Darkness. How many Quatloos does he give it? You’ll have to tune in to find out.
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