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What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law

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What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law
What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law

What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law

Roman Mars

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Professor Elizabeth Joh teaches Intro to Constitutional Law and most of the time this is a pretty straight forward job. But with Trump in office, everything has changed. Five minutes before class Professor Joh checks Twitter to find out what the 45th President has said and how it jibes with 200 years of the judicial branch interpreting and ruling on the Constitution. Hosted by acclaimed podcaster Roman Mars (99% Invisible, co-founder Radiotopia), this show is a weekly, fun, casual Con Law 101 class that uses the tumultuous and erratic activities of the executive branch under Trump to teach us all about the US Constitution. Proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

Latest Episodes

33- Obstruction

Trump lawyers assert that all of Trump’s actions during the Mueller investigation were within his rights as President and can’t be classified as obstruction of justice, especially because there is no underlying crime alleged. But as Martha Stewart will tell you, that’s not how obstruction of justice works. Get the new Shredders album from Doomtree!

26 MIN3 w ago
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33- Obstruction

32- Contempt Power

What is Congress’ contempt power and how can they use it to force people to cooperate with their investigations?

20 MINMAY 14
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32- Contempt Power

31- Executive Privilege

It's likely that Trump will invoke executive privilege during the numerous investigations and inquiries into his actions. Presidents have insisted they need to keep secrets to do their job effectively since Washington, but the term "executive privilege" is relatively recent and it has rarely been tested in court.

26 MINAPR 18
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31- Executive Privilege

30- The 25th Amendment

What does the 25th Amendment say about presidential fitness, disability, and Trump?

20 MIN2018 DEC 31
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30- The 25th Amendment

29- Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment

Trump has threatened to revoke Birthright Citizenship with an executive order. This proposed order contradicts the Fourteenth Amendment, but Trump’s tweets contend otherwise.

21 MIN2018 DEC 5
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29- Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment

28- Kavanaugh Special Episode

Some of the Constitutional considerations of the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Recorded October 2, 2018.

19 MIN2018 OCT 5
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28- Kavanaugh Special Episode

27- Treason

When Trump tweets just the single word “Treason?”, probably in reference to the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed, is he using that word correctly? What does our federal Constitution say about treason? And when exactly does someone commit a treasonous act?

21 MIN2018 SEP 14
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27- Treason

26- Roe

Trump has a second Supreme Court pick and that has a lot of people wondering about the future of Roe v. Wade. Here we look at the constitutional basis of the decision and the strange personal history of Roe.

25 MIN2018 AUG 17
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26- Roe

25- Justice Kennedy

Justice Kennedy decided to retire at the end of this Supreme Court term. Kennedy has been the swing vote on a lot of important cases. He’s mostly considered a conservative, but he has voted with the more progressive judges on cases having to do with gay rights and abortion. His successor will be appointed by Trump and that has many progressives concerned that the replacement will be even more conservative.

24 MIN2018 JUL 6
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25- Justice Kennedy

24- Taking the Fifth

Trump has said the taking the fifth makes "you look guilty as hell" but lot of Trump's associates are now taking the fifth in the Russia investigation. How should we interpret people taking the fifth?

19 MIN2018 JUN 30
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24- Taking the Fifth

Latest Episodes

33- Obstruction

Trump lawyers assert that all of Trump’s actions during the Mueller investigation were within his rights as President and can’t be classified as obstruction of justice, especially because there is no underlying crime alleged. But as Martha Stewart will tell you, that’s not how obstruction of justice works. Get the new Shredders album from Doomtree!

26 MIN3 w ago
Comments
33- Obstruction

32- Contempt Power

What is Congress’ contempt power and how can they use it to force people to cooperate with their investigations?

20 MINMAY 14
Comments
32- Contempt Power

31- Executive Privilege

It's likely that Trump will invoke executive privilege during the numerous investigations and inquiries into his actions. Presidents have insisted they need to keep secrets to do their job effectively since Washington, but the term "executive privilege" is relatively recent and it has rarely been tested in court.

26 MINAPR 18
Comments
31- Executive Privilege

30- The 25th Amendment

What does the 25th Amendment say about presidential fitness, disability, and Trump?

20 MIN2018 DEC 31
Comments
30- The 25th Amendment

29- Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment

Trump has threatened to revoke Birthright Citizenship with an executive order. This proposed order contradicts the Fourteenth Amendment, but Trump’s tweets contend otherwise.

21 MIN2018 DEC 5
Comments
29- Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment

28- Kavanaugh Special Episode

Some of the Constitutional considerations of the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Recorded October 2, 2018.

19 MIN2018 OCT 5
Comments
28- Kavanaugh Special Episode

27- Treason

When Trump tweets just the single word “Treason?”, probably in reference to the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed, is he using that word correctly? What does our federal Constitution say about treason? And when exactly does someone commit a treasonous act?

21 MIN2018 SEP 14
Comments
27- Treason

26- Roe

Trump has a second Supreme Court pick and that has a lot of people wondering about the future of Roe v. Wade. Here we look at the constitutional basis of the decision and the strange personal history of Roe.

25 MIN2018 AUG 17
Comments
26- Roe

25- Justice Kennedy

Justice Kennedy decided to retire at the end of this Supreme Court term. Kennedy has been the swing vote on a lot of important cases. He’s mostly considered a conservative, but he has voted with the more progressive judges on cases having to do with gay rights and abortion. His successor will be appointed by Trump and that has many progressives concerned that the replacement will be even more conservative.

24 MIN2018 JUL 6
Comments
25- Justice Kennedy

24- Taking the Fifth

Trump has said the taking the fifth makes "you look guilty as hell" but lot of Trump's associates are now taking the fifth in the Russia investigation. How should we interpret people taking the fifth?

19 MIN2018 JUN 30
Comments
24- Taking the Fifth

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