Day: November 22, 2022

Background Briefing: November 22, 2022


Scandal at the Supreme Court Where There is No Ethical Code of Conduct

We begin with the growing scandal at the Supreme Court following revelations that Justice Alito appears to have leaked the decision on the Hobby Lobby case to wealthy friends and donors to right wing religious causes who had a vested interest in the case then passed the information on to an anti-abortion crusader the Reverend Rob Schenk. Joining us to discuss the need for the Supreme Court to have an ethical code of conduct which all jurists on the Federal bench adhere to except those at the top is Lisa Graves, the Executive Director of the new corporate watchdog group True North Research.  She has served as a senior advisor in all three branches of the federal government–as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department, as Chief Counsel for Nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a Deputy Chief of the article 3 judges division for the U.S. Courts.


The Midterms For the Democrats Were More Like Deliverance Than Victory

Then we examine how the Democrats narrowly escaped disaster in the midterms which was more like deliverance than victory raising the question of why were they in such a perilous position in the first place. Joining us is Mike Lofgren, who has spent twenty-eight years working in Congress, the last sixteen as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committees. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted, and we discuss his article at Salon, “For Democrats, it was the Dunkirk election: They escaped disaster, but the road ahead is hard.”


Biden Should Stop Fighting For America’s Soul and Start Fighting The Far Right Radicals

Then finally we speak with Jeremi Suri, who holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a professor of history and public affairs. He is the co-host of the podcast “This is Democracy” and the author and editor of a number of books including The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office and most recently, Civil War by Other Means: America’s Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy. He joins us to discuss his article at The New York Times, “Biden Is Wasting Precious Time Fighting for America’s ‘Soul’.”