Kresta in the Afternoon – June 28, 2018 – Hour 2

+  An Historic Opportunity to Reshape the Court

  • Description: If the next Supreme Court Justice comes from the list then-candidate Trump released two years ago, the Court will be dominated by a core of five largely Originalist judges – and the next two oldest judges are both progressive. This is an opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court for decades to come. What does this mean for the future of issues like abortion and religious liberty? We talk with Daniel Mark.
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    • Daniel Mark
      Daniel Mark is an assistant professor of political science at Villanova, currently on leave as a visiting fellow at Notre Dame under the sponsorship of the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion and Public Life. He is the former chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.
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+  Kresta Comments: The Constitution and Originalism

  • Description: During Justice Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court hearings last year, he was pressed on his Originalist view of the Constitution. Many of the questions reflected a gross misrepresentation of what it means to be an Originalist - Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota went as far as to ask if a woman could be president, since the Constitution refers to the presidency with male pronouns. Al explains what the Originalist view actually means.
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+  An appraisal of Kennedy's record

  • Description: For thirty years, Anthony Kennedy has been a powerful member of the Supreme Court – a consistent swing voter who has cast the deciding vote in many consequential cases. We’ll get a summary with Matthew Franck.
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    • Matthew Franck
      Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University, in Radford, Virginia, where he taught constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy from 1989 to 2010, was Chairman of the Department of Political Science from 1995 to 2010, and received the Radford University Foundation Award for Creative Scholarship in 2001. He is also Visiting Lecturer in Politics at Princeton University.

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