First Topic – Kresta Comments:
Second Topic – Historical Distortions and the Templars
On this day 700 years ago, 54 Knights Templar were burned alive in Paris. The Church created the Templars to protect Holy Land pilgrims from bandits, but the knights' quick rise in power and wealth made them unpopular. Philip the Fair of France against them trumped up charges of blasphemy and homosexuality to convince Pope Clement to disband the order and persecute its members. We talk about the history of the order, and common misconceptions about the Templars with medieval scholar Sandra Miesel.
Third Topic – Elena Kagan Chosen by Obama for Supreme Court: The Politics of the Choice
President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court this morning, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean "one of the nation's foremost legal minds." She would be the court's youngest justice and give it three female members for the first time. The nomination to replace liberal retiring Justice John Paul Stevens set the stage for a bruising confirmation battle, though mathematically Democrats should be able to prevail in the end. At 50, Kagan is relatively young for the lifetime post and could help shape the high court's decisions for decades. If confirmed by the Senate, she would become only the fourth female justice in history. Political scientist Paul Kengor joins us.