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Join former federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst Renato Mariotti as he breaks down the news in depth with WGN Radio host and comedian Patti Vasquez and a weekly guest.

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Join former federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst Renato Mariotti as he breaks down the news in depth with WGN Radio host and comedian Patti Vasquez and a weekly guest.

    Iowa Caucuses Snafu: How Does it Impact the Democratic Presidential Race? (with G. Elliott Morris and Kyle Kondik)

    Iowa Caucuses Snafu: How Does it Impact the Democratic Presidential Race? (with G. Elliott Morris and Kyle Kondik)

    Renato discussed the delayed results of the Iowa caucuses and the impact the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was joined by G. Elliott Morris, data journalist for The Economist, and Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

    • 1 hr
    Trump on Trial: What Can We Expect Next? (with Joe Lockhart and Elliot Williams)

    Trump on Trial: What Can We Expect Next? (with Joe Lockhart and Elliot Williams)

    Renato discusses the ongoing impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. He is joined by former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart, who served as Press Secretary during the Clinton impeachment, and former Senate Judiciary Counsel and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Elliot Williams.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Impeachment Trial: Will It Resolve Anything In Light of New Allegations? (with Barb McQuade and Frank Bowman)

    Impeachment Trial: Will It Resolve Anything In Light of New Allegations? (with Barb McQuade and Frank Bowman)

    Renato and Patti discuss the upcoming impeachment trial of Donald Trump, along with recent new allegations and evidence from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas. They are joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Barb McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Professor Frank Bowman of the University of Missouri School of Law, the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump.

    • 57 min
    Iran Attack: Can the President Start a War without Congress? (with Stephen Vladeck and Ro Khanna)

    Iran Attack: Can the President Start a War without Congress? (with Stephen Vladeck and Ro Khanna)

    Renato discussed Trump's recent attack that killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani and Congressional efforts to ensure that Trump did not lead the nation into war with Iran. He was joined by Stephen Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), who recently introduced the No War With Iran Act in the House.

    • 54 min
    Looking Forward to 2020: What Legal Developments Will Come? (with Mimi Rocah)

    Looking Forward to 2020: What Legal Developments Will Come? (with Mimi Rocah)

    Renato discusses recent legal developments and the legal cases (including impeachment) that will make news in 2020. He is joined by former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah, a former MSNBC Legal Analyst and current candidate for Manchester County District Attorney.

    • 51 min
    Articles of Impeachment and OIG Report: What Does It Mean? (with Asha Rangappa)

    Articles of Impeachment and OIG Report: What Does It Mean? (with Asha Rangappa)

    Renato and Patti discuss the articles of impeachment introduced in the House Judiciary Committee and the Justice Department OIG report on the Russia investigation. They’re joined by former FBI counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa, a CNN Legal and National Security Analyst and a Professor at Yale University.

    • 1 hr 27 min

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