Richard and Adam close the book on the Trump years — except for the whole post-presidential impeachment thing. And Richard elaborates his case for regulating Twitter as a “common carrier.” Looking ahead to what the new Biden Administration might bring about, they both already disagree with some of the Administration’s day-one policies. Does the end of Trump’s era, and the beginning of Biden’s, mark the end of Richard’s and Adam’s own “reasonable disagreements” with each other? Surely not! But the disagreements will be fewer and farther between.

A day after rioters stormed the Capitol to disrupt Congress’s certification of Joe Biden’s election, Richard and Adam reflect on yesterday’s tragic events, and the path forward. They also discuss the Democratic Party’s victories in Georgia, winning control of the Senate; and President-elect Biden’s nomination of Merrick Garland to be Attorney General.

President-elect Biden has begun to announce his intended nominations for Cabinet seats and other high-level posts. In today’s episode, Richard and Adam analyze several of those picks, with an eye to what this means for foreign policy, climate regulation, and other specifics, and a broader view of what to expect from the administrative state overall. And they end with brief thoughts on post-election litigation, from the failed Pennsylvania lawsuit to the Texas Attorney General’s new one. We’ll be back after the holidays.

In today’s episode, Richard and Adam discuss the Supreme Court’s Thanksgiving-eve order blocking Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 rules against religious gatherings — what it says about the justices, and the rule of law, during the pandemic. Then they consider the prospects for post-election litigation making its way to the Supreme Court, and President Trump’s pardon of Michael Flynn.

In their first episode since the presidential election, Richard and Adam discuss the result—and the prospects for post-election litigation. Then they turn to Congress: the House, where Republicans gained ground; and the Senate, where things remain on a knife’s edge. Adam and Richard look to the weeks ahead, and to what the longer-term future might hold for the Republican and Democratic Parties.

In their last pre-election episode, Richard and Adam discuss Judge Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearings; the Supreme Court’s next Obamacare case; and social media companies’ power over information itself.

Days after the sad news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Richard Epstein offers some reflections upon the late justice. Then he and Adam White discuss the prospects for a Senate confirmation of President Trump’s upcoming nominee, either before or after the election. Finally, they discuss Attorney General Barr’s Constitutional Day speech on the Justice Department’s structure and traditions.

In today’s (admittedly bleak) episode, Richard and Adam consider proposals to give the Federal Reserve even broader powers; and problems in the run-up to the presidential election; and problems that might happen after votes are cast; and President Trump’s call to defund “anarchic” cities. Adam looks for the sunny side, but he doesn’t find it.

In today’s episode, Richard and Adam discuss TikTok’s newly filed lawsuit against President Trump, and the executive order that it challenges. Then they turn to “law & order” themes in the Republican and Democratic Parties’ conventions, before discussing the federal government’s and state governments’ handling of Covid-19.

With the Supreme Court having completed its year’s work, Richard and Adam disagree about DHS v. Regents of California, in which the Court sent the Trump Administration back to the drawing board on its attempted rollback of the Obama Administration’s “DACA” policy on immigration nonenforcement. Then they discuss the Court’s rulings on congressional and prosecutorial subpoenas for President Trump’s papers, before finishing with a discussion of the chaos in Portland.

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein and Adam White discuss the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss charges against Michael Flynn, and the state(s) of Covid-19 precautions. They end with brief observations on Rep. Justin Amash’s brief presidential campaign and Justice Clarence Thomas’s new PBS documentary.

Richard Epstein and Adam White continue to debate the nature of the coronavirus outbreak, and the costs and benefits of the government’s response. Then they discuss a controversial new essay by law professor Adrian Vermeule, who calls on conservatives to reject Scalia-style originalism for a very different kind of constitutional law.

Dialing in from their socially distant hideaways, Richard Epstein and Adam White disagree about basically every aspect of COVID-19 — about how much of a threat it poses to public health; about the policy responses to it; and about the costs of those policy responses.

After a weekend of escalating news and analysis of the coronavirus outbreak, Richard Epstein offers a classic liberal’s view of government powers in emergencies. Then he and Adam White discuss the Supreme Court’s recent oral arguments in Seila Law v. CFPB, on the CFPB’s unconstitutional structure.

 

Recorded during the Senate impeachment trial, Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein and Adam White discuss the House managers’ case, the White House’s response, and the seemingly short path forward to acquittal.

Richard Epstein and Adam White discuss the seemingly inevitable House vote in favor of impeachment. They debate the House’s investigation (and the investigations that preceded it), and they look ahead to a Senate impeachment trial. How will the Senate deal with factual issues? What role will Chief Justice Roberts play in the middle of it all.

Reacting to Senator Whitehouse’s brief questioning of the Supreme Court’s legitimacy, Hoover Institution’s Richard Epstein and George Mason University’s Adam White discuss “judicial legitimacy” and proposals to restructure the Court. Richard also tells the story behind his 1984 debate with then-Judge Antonin Scalia.

 

In their first episode back from a break, the Hoover Institution’s Richard Epstein and George Mason University’s Adam White manage to disagree about practically every aspect of the new controversy over President Trump, Ukraine, the Bidens, and impeachment.

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Hoover Institution fellows Richard Epstein and Adam White discuss Richard’s recent essay for Defining Ideas, defending classical liberalism against the recent critiques of conservative political philosopher Patrick Deneen and others. From there they move on to other critics of classical liberalism—namely, modern-day advocates for socialism. And finally they touch on Harvard Medical School’s removal of portraits of white men, and the debate over statutes honoring confederate soldiers.

In Georgia and Alabama, state legislatures have enacted laws on abortion, perhaps teeing up new legal challenges to the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade precedent. Meanwhile, in Washington, the House Democrats’ subpoenas to President Trump’s former White House Counsel and to his longtime accountants are sparking debates and litigation over the scope of Congress’s investigative powers and the options for presidential immunity against such investigations. Hoover fellows Richard Epstein and Adam White discuss these political and legal conflicts.