Background Briefing: December 10, 2023

Recently Impeached Texas AG Issues a Life-Threatening Delay to an Abortion

We begin with the Texas Supreme Court issuing a stay on a ruling in a critical abortion case that would have allowed a pregnant woman to have an abortion because her life is in danger as is her future fertility. The recently impeached Texas AG with no medical qualifications has decided the 20-week pregnant woman does not have a life-threatening condition and is threatening her and medical facilities and staff with felony prosecution and fines. Joining us to discuss the casual cruelty of delaying a life-saving procedure is Jane Cohen, a Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law who teaches in the areas of feminist theory. She is the author of Abortion and Reproductive Rights in the Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies.


The Emerging Campaign Issue of Dictatorship and What a Second Trump Term Could Look Like

Then we examine the emerging campaign issue of dictatorship which has Trump’s toady Fox’s Hannity doing damage control again as Trump repeatedly refuses to answer whether he has dictatorial plans, eventually suggesting he would only be a dictator on day one. Joining us is Thomas Nichols, a staff writer at The Atlantic and a professor emeritus of national-security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. He previously taught international relations and Soviet/Russian affairs at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University. He is the author of The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters and Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault From Within on Modern Democracy.We discuss his latest article in the forthcoming edition featuring 24 writers at The Atlantic offering a detailed warning about the future: “What Trump’s Second Term Could Look Like.”


Biden Vetoes a Ceasefire Sticking With Netanyahu Like VP Humphrey Stuck With LBJ in 1968

Then finally, with Biden vetoing a UN resolution to stop the war in Gaza because he is sticking with Netanyahu like Vice President Humphry stuck with LBJ in 1968, we speak with Michael Kazin, a professor of history at Georgetown University and editor emeritus of Dissent Magazine. His books include American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation, The Populist Persuasion, War Against War:The American Fight for Peace 1914-1918  and A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and editor of The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, and his latest book is What It Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party. We discuss his article at The New Republic, “I Opposed Humphrey in ’68. All I Did Was Help Prolong the Vietnam War” and how it relates to young voters today helping elect Trump by turning away from Biden.