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The conservative takeover of the US court system: How did it happen & what's next?

Oct 2, 2018


  Since the 1970s, the conservative movement has been working to take the courts from liberals. And they’ve been wildly successful. On this edition of Your Call we ask: How did they pull it off?

Unlike liberals and progressives, conservatives have set aside their ideological differences to embrace a long term strategy based on the constitutional methodology known as originalism. From the Christian Right to the Federalist Society, they have managed to pack the courts with conservative judges. What can be done to take back the courts?

Guests:

Sarah Posner, reporter with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and author of God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters

Joshua Wilson, associate professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Denver, and author of The New States of Abortion Politics

 

Web Resources:

The New York Times Magazine: How the Trump Administration Is Remaking the Courts

The Hill: Meet the powerful group behind Trump’s judicial nominations

The Washington Post: How Trump is shifting the most important courts in the country