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The official podcast for Judicial Watch--a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation promoting transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through our educational endeavors, we advocate high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investig ...
 
In today's fraught and uncharted political territory, Mackenzie Joy Brennan, Court Attorney for the NY Supreme Court, and Brooke Rogers, politics writer, tackle the fearsome world of law and policy one issue at a time. Pulling topics from current events, forgotten problems, and listener questions, XXceedingly Persuasive offers nuanced analyses in bite-sized, digestible doses-- adding context by considering the cultural, historical and political factors that brought us to where we are. As you ...
 
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1. With Larry Elder It's No Hold Barred As He Explains Why He Threw His Hat In The Recall Election 2. The U.S. was one of the last countries to abolish slavery 3. The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed 4. The Right Minimum Wage: $0.00 - New York Times, Jan. 14th, 1987 5. Redefining the Minimum Wage - N…
 
1. Larry Elder Promotes School Choice In California Recall Election Rally 2. Where Do Public School Teachers Send Own Kids? 3. Where Do Public School Teachers Send Their Kids to School? - Fordham Institute 2004 4. Data Exclusive: 75 percent of black California boys don’t meet state reading standards 5. US News and World Report ranking for Crenshaw …
 
Hate speech & beyond! This is Free Speech Part 2 from our Youtube-originating miniseries, Judicial Revue. This time, we hit some of the categories of speech with limited protection and tricky definitions-- in a lot of them (like hate speech), legality can depend heavily on the speaker's intention.To watch this as the good lord intended (via video),…
 
1. Florida Gov. DeSantis sending law enforcement personnel to aid Texas, Arizona with border crisis 2. Texas Governor Says Anyone Entering Texas Illegally Will Be Arrested During Border Security Summit 3. United States Border Patrol Illegal Apprehensions Since 2000 4. Termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols Program 5. Florida Adopts Nation'…
 
Welcome to Judicial Revue, our side-series on the constitutional amendments! We're skipping over the articles for now and starting with one of the five rights in the First Amendment-- free speech. More specifically, the guarantee that "Congress shall make no law...abridging the right to free speech," which is a little different than what some folks…
 
This Pride Month also marks 40 years since the first AIDS diagnoses: On the one hand, the LGBTQ+ community has come so far; on the other, the US Supreme Court has just ruled against same-sex couples’ freedom to adopt from religious organizations. We discuss progress, corporatized pride, and re-work last year’s interview with John Ascher, who lost h…
 
Follow The Show on Twitter @Consequencepod Follow Matthew on Twitter @StopTalkingMatt Follow Christian Weiss at his website : www.bousphay.com 1. Judicial Watch on FOX News: Schoolchildren Taught MAGA Is White Supremacy 2. https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/antiracist/ 3. TED Talk: An Interview With The Founders of Black Lives Matter 4. 2019 US Ce…
 
We're talking decarbonization with environmental lawyer Rich Kassel, who's worked with the EPA, the UN, and the NRDC (to name a few) to craft and reform global climate policy. Rich gives a few examples of decarbonization methods & policies that are feasible and efficient enough to make a significant difference fast (rather than waiting 'til 2040). …
 
In our detour into trials & social-grappling-with music producers, we’re visiting the recently departed Phil Spector. With some added musical & cultural insight from Carolina Hidalgo, we talk about the late producer, his mistrial and second trial, and how public opinion and evidentiary omissions influenced his murder conviction. Part 1 of 2!…
 
1. Sean Hannity interview 4/24 2. Tucker Carlson Interview 4/23 3. Reuters - "Despite Biden Claim, most migrant families not being expelled to Mexico" 4. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/22/trump-texas-biden-immigration-484330 5. Stephen Miller on Maria Bartiromo 4/18 6. Judge stops Trump policy of ‘expelling’ child migrants, questioning legal…
 
We're joining forces with Natalie, Holden, and Jackie from the Page 7: Pop History podcast to talk about the ongoing legal battle between Kesha and producer Dr. Luke. Almost since Kesha became a pop star, she has been contractually obligated to work with her alleged abuser, Dr. Luke. The multiple trials over sexual assault, defamation, and when and…
 
Forced motherhood in Venezuela has become one of many unintended consequences of the Maduro regime, and of the international sanctions designed to oppose Maduro. The combo of Maduro's domestic policy and the Trump administration's foreign policy has made access to abortion, reproductive healthcare, birth control, and even condoms nearly impossible …
 
This week Matthew, Anna, and Special Guest Ellen discuss the human dumpster fire that is U.S. Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama. Join them for a breakdown of Brooks' March 11th Newsmax interview. Spoiler - Brooks barely veils his xenophobic comments. 1. https://www.al.com/news/2021/03/mo-brooks-facing-more-heat-for-role-in-jan-6-capitol-takeover.…
 
1. CBS Dallas Fort Worth YouTube Channel – Greg Abbott discusses Social Media Censorship Legislation. 2. Gov. Greg Abbott backs bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views. 3. Washington Post – Rick Perry says Texans would accept even longer power outages ‘to keep the federal government out of their business’ 4. Wash…
 
Twitter : @Consequencepod @StopTalkingMatt 1. Charlie Kirk CPAC 2021 Full Speech 2. Prof. Boedy Debunks Charlie Kirk’s Position on “Free” and “Fair” trade. 3. Labor Unions: A Corporatist Institution in a Competitive World 4. The Independent: Petition For Public Inquiry of Murdoch’s News Corp in Australia. 5. Britannica: Corporatism Explained 6. Tex…
 
Follow us on Twitter - @Consequencepod @StopTalkingMatt 1. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/477-wisn-clips-28429450/episode/sen-ron-johnson-21520-77752043/?keyid%5B0%5D=WISN%20Clips&keyid%5B1%5D=Sen%20Ron%20Johnson%202%2F15%2F20&sc=podcast_widget 2. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gop-senator-ron-johnson-capitol-riot_n_602baec8c5b6591becdb51aa 3. http…
 
Follow us on twitter : @Consequencepod, @StopTalkingMatt 1. https://video.foxbusiness.com/v/1921665358001#sp=show-clips 2. https://www.npr.org/sections/trump-impeachment-effort-live-updates/2021/01/11/955631105/impeachment-resolution-cites-trumps-incitement-of-capitol-insurrection 3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF5C8QxvJfQ 4. https://www.youtub…
 
The US federal government carried out a record number of executions under the Trump Administration (which pushed the last one through just days before President Biden’s inauguration). The current Supreme Court lifted multiple stays to allow these executions to go forward. With a new President, the same Court, and global attitudes shifting away from…
 
Matthew and Anna breakdown Sen. Josh Hawley's unhinged New York Post Op-Ed. Our hosts discuss Hawley's erasure of inconvenient histories, perceived victimhood, a supposed alliance of "woke capitalists," and other hilarious claims. 1. https://nypost.com/2021/01/24/its-time-to-stand-up-against-the-muzzling-of-america/ 2. https://www.washingtonpost.co…
 
In this episode, Matthew and Anna discuss Rep. Andy Biggs' attempts to distract everyone from his possible connection to Ali Alexander and the Capitol Insurrection while simultaneously scaring people into (probably) giving him money for his inevitable 2022 Campaign. Our hosts break down the ways Biggs misses the mark while discussing the 2nd Amendm…
 
This week, we discuss Trump's second impeachment. Big guy now holds half of the presidential impeachments in our nation's history! In relation to the new impeachment charge AND upcoming inauguration, we examine when angry speech becomes incitement to violence, and what federal crimes the rioters might be facing.(Sorry for technical difficulties wit…
 
After Trump supporters' attempted coup and invasion of the Capitol this week, we discuss the attack's significance, the rhetoric that led to it, and the response from both law enforcement and government. We touch on what this (and the newly 'blue' Senate after the Georgia run-off election) means for the transition of executive power and the incomin…
 
With the Dept. of Justice suing Walmart over pharmacy practices during the opioid crisis, and the Sackler family testifying before Congress, we diagnose the actual systemic problems in our healthcare framework. While politicians and corporations try to implement symbolic, ineffective hurdles after-the-fact, we'll see patients struggle to access pre…
 
With news of ICE Detainees going on hunger strike to protest being held in ICE facilities despite the risk of COVID, we discuss the balancing and international law around hunger strikes and forced feedings. We start with the most famous prisoner hunger strikes: the 10 IRA members who died in British custody during The Troubles. Also, we condemn eat…
 
To help distract from the presidential (+) election currently raging around us we are delving into a different potential crisis: reproductive rights and abortion access after Amy Coney Barrett's approval to the Supreme Court. Many, many things are on the chopping block with her unprecedented appointment, and Roe & Casey's protections are top of the…
 
Brooke and MacKenzie are joined by documentary filmmaker Benjamin Boult to discuss the story of officer Ken Williams, who says he was pushed out of his department in Brockton, Massachusetts after he helped the victim of an unlawful arrest file a complaint against a fellow officer. Beyond the Blue Wall film: https://www.bluewallfilm.com/Benjamin Bou…
 
MacKenzie and Brooke talk to Vanity Fair writer Caleb Ecarma about the prosecution of journalist Maria Ressa and Rodrigo Duterte's growing war on the press and freedom of speech in the Philippines. They also discuss the first few days of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.…
 
We pay tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg- the lawyer and jurist, the woman and human being. Justice Ginsburg decision in a case about gender equality at the Virginia Military Institute, or VMI, and its “exceedingly persuasive” standard is particularly dear to our hearts. We also acknowledge, reluctantly, what her vacancy from the bench means f…
 
Those who don’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it, baby, yet here we are. The response to the last major epidemic, HIV/AIDS, was a cautionary tale in public health policy. Timely response, regard for medical science, and rhetoric from the President were far from ideal, and thousands of lives were lost as a result. As the COVID crisis rages …
 
In the second part of our talk about SESTA/FOSTA and criminal justice reform regarding sex work, we chat with sex worker, sex educator, and relationship-and-intimacy coach Xandra (@XandraDzw). We discuss what the new law did (and how it might violate the Constitution), where it failed at its professed goal of protecting victims and sex workers alik…
 
With Joe Biden's recent announcement of CA Senator Kamala Harris-- a woman of mixed black-and-Indian descent, and a former prosecutor-- as his running mate, we discuss some of the criticisms leveled at the new, potential VP: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Then, we segue from Harris' record on sex work into the start of our two-part "series" the S…
 
Brooke and MacKenzie are joined by the Page 7: Pop History crew, Jackie Zebrowski, Holden McNeely and Natalie Jean, to discuss the #FreeBritney movement and the fraught legal and cultural battle over the conservatorship of Britney Spears, including the standard for conservatorship, along with some of the protections and procedure under the law, whe…
 
Portland. The Trump Administration has sent federal troops to intervene in civilian protests on the streets of Portland, Oregon-- at least, that's what we've pieced together with the limited information released by the Trump Admin. or the officers themselves. This week, we discuss where state and federal jurisdiction begin and end, how much protect…
 
Brooke and MacKenzie lay out the history of qualified immunity and how it protect officers accused of misconduct and break down the messy resignation of US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who was ousted by Attorney General William Barr. They also discuss the deaths of Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells, Riah Milton, Elijah McClain and the ramifications of being t…
 
MacKenzie and Brooke discuss the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, David McAtee, James Scurlock and Dion Johnson and the lack of accountability in cases of police brutality against the Black community. The conversation also addresses the recent curfews and the First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly, the…
 
From our respective living rooms & with less-than-optimal levels of sanity, we're back! With the country in the second month of COVID-19 quarantine, we're discussing the balance of powers-- between individuals, state governments, and the federal government (then between the president and legislature therein)-- and how and when a public health emerg…
 
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