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    Opinionpalooza: SCOTUS Says Yes to Bump Stocks, No to Gun Safety Regulation

    Opinionpalooza: SCOTUS Says Yes to Bump Stocks, No to Gun Safety Regulation

    A bump stock is an attachment that converts a semi automatic rifle into a weapon that can fire as many as 800 rounds per minute - an intensity of gunfire matched by machine guns. The deadliest mass shooting carried out by a single shooter in US history - the October 2017 Las Vegas massacre - was enabled by a bump stock. On Friday, the US Supreme Court struck down a Trump-era bump stock ban introduced in the wake of that tragedy, in which 60 people were killed and hundreds more injured. Writing for a perfectly partisan six to three majority, gun enthusiast and ultra conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, decided the administration had overstepped its authority enacting the ban, and based the decision in a very technical, very weird reading of the statute. On this Opinionpalooza edition of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Slate’s senior writer on the courts and the law - Mark Stern, and David Pucino, Legal Director & Deputy Chief Counsel of Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Together, they discuss the careful reasoning and research behind the ban, Justice Thomas’ self-appointment as a bigger gun expert than the agency charged with regulating guns - the ATF, how the gun industry used its own “amicus flotilla” from extreme groups to undermine the agency, and how the industry will use this roadmap again. But, please don’t despair entirely, you’ll also hear from David about hope for the future of gun safety rules. 

    This is part of Opinionpalooza, Slate’s coverage of the major decisions from the Supreme Court this June. We kicked things off this year by explaining How Originalism Ate the Law. The best way to support our work is by joining Slate Plus. (If you are already a member, consider a donation or merch!) Plus listeners have access to all our Opinionpalooza emergency episodes.
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    Opinionpalooza: Don’t Call the Mifepristone Case a Win

    Opinionpalooza: Don’t Call the Mifepristone Case a Win

    What do you call a case where there’s no standing and yet the lawsuit is still standing? FDA v Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine AKA the mifepristone case, AKA the case that tried to raise a zombie law from the dead, and will now continue to roam the lower courts in search of a national abortion ban.
    While the Comstock Act was not mentioned in the US Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to maintain the legal status quo on abortion pills, the overton window just got wedged open a little wider.
    In this Opinionpalooza extra episode of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern discuss SCOTUS’ abortion pill decision in depth and explore the consequences of a case that was doomed to fail before even this Supreme Court, but is also doomed to return to haunt us.


    This episode is part of Opinionpalooza, Slate’s coverage of the major decisions from the Supreme Court this June. We kicked things off this year by explaining How Originalism Ate the Law. The best way to support our work is by joining Slate Plus. (If you are already a member, consider a donation or merch!)
    This episode is member-exclusive. Listen to it now by subscribing to Slate Plus. By joining, not only will you unlock exclusive SCOTUS analysis and weekly extended episodes of Amicus, but you’ll also access ad-free listening across all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Or, visit slate.com/amicusplus to get access wherever you listen.

    BONUS: An Anti-Student, Anti-Abortion Case Lands with Your Favorite Texas Judge

    BONUS: An Anti-Student, Anti-Abortion Case Lands with Your Favorite Texas Judge

    They say ‘don’t mess with Texas,” but leaving the state for abortion care is, in fact, still very much messing with Texas! Two professors at the University of Texas at Austin say abortion isn’t healthcare, and therefore they do not need to provide accommodations to their students who miss class to obtain abortion care out of state.

    The two professors are part of a lawsuit seeking to overturn elements of Title IX, the federal statute that includes protections for people who seek abortion care. And by extraordinary good luck (and design) , this case lands in the lap of everyone’s favorite Amarillo judge, Mathew Kasmaryck.

    Dahlia talks with Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern about the case.

    This episode is member-exclusive. Listen to it now by subscribing to Slate Plus. By joining, not only will you unlock exclusive SCOTUS analysis and weekly extended episodes of Amicus, but you’ll also access ad-free listening across all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Or, visit slate.com/amicusplus to get access wherever you listen.

    The Supreme Court’s Appeal to Heaven

    The Supreme Court’s Appeal to Heaven

    Over the past 15 years, the journalist and author Katherine Stewart has been charting the rise of Christian Nationalism in the United States. On this week’s Amicus, Stewart joins Dahlia Lithwick and Rachel Laser of Americans United for Separation of Church and State to discuss the worrying signs of the growing power of extremist christian ideologies at the highest court in the land. Together, they trace shifts in jurisprudence that have emboldened and empowered some of the most extreme fringes of the extreme Christian right, and explain how the changing legal landscape is enabling right wing religious fever dreams to become explicit policy in a document like Project 2025. They all agree on this one thing: This is an episode about much more than flags. 
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    BONUS: When Originalism Works

    BONUS: When Originalism Works

    In our Originalism series, we made a lot of noise highlighting the tricks, traps, failures and shortcomings of this theory of constitutional interpretation. But what if progressives could actually use originalism to combat the revanchism coming from the ultra conservative Justices on the Supreme Court?

    This episode features Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern in conversation with civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill. Ifill is the inaugural Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Esq. Endowed Chair in Civil Rights at Howard University. Previously, Ifill was the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Ifill makes the case that taking a serious, originalist stance on the 13th, 14th and 15th amendment (we’re looking at you, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!) can be part of the progressive answer to the radical lurch to the right at the US Supreme Court.

    This conversation was recorded at our live show at 6th & I in Washington, D.C., on May 14th, 2024.

    This episode is member-exclusive. Listen to it now by subscribing to Slate Plus. By joining, not only will you unlock exclusive SCOTUS analysis and weekly extended episodes of Amicus, but you’ll also access ad-free listening across all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Or, visit slate.com/amicusplus to get access wherever you listen.

    Will the Supreme Court Step Into Trump’s Hush Money Conviction?

    Will the Supreme Court Step Into Trump’s Hush Money Conviction?

    As a jury in Lower Manhattan responded with “guilty” to all 34 felony counts in former President and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s hush money trial on Thursday, dozens and dozens more questions began to swirl. Will Trump appeal? On what grounds? Will Justice Juan Merchan sentence Trump to jail time? Will the US Supreme Court intervene? Is the gag order still active and in place? Luckily, we have the perfect guest on Amicus to answer all those questions to the extent that it is humanly and expert lawyerly possible. Ryan Goodman is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He served as special counsel to the general counsel of the Department of Defense (2015-16). He is also the founding co-editor-in-chief of the national security online forum, Just Security, a vital resource if you are trying to follow the many trials and appeals of Donald J Trump.
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midwestBlue ,

6.8.24

excellent show! as i was listening an image and conversation came to mind: remember when the christian right wing went nuts about pres obama’s church in chicago? stating the pastor was a radical? ironically even though at that time those right wing christian leaders and political operatives were planning their radical takeover of govt institutions and to jam their christianity down our throats! blahhh grrr

davpt ,

Disappointed Slate+ member

I’m giving Dahlia five stars because she is an unparalleled legal journalist and an absolute delight to listen to, and also because I’m guessing she doesn’t have a lot of control over Slate’s subscriber model. But that model is disappointing. Amicus recently announced a weekly-free-episode-plus-bonus-episode-for-paid-subscribers model, but it seems the actual model is a formerly-free-episode-gets-cut-in-half-and-only-subscribers-have-access-to-the-second-half model. For example, episodes used to be over an hour. Now they are usually only 30-40 minutes, and the bonus episode is the same length or shorter. Substantively, the bonus episode often feels like the missing half of the free episode (like Pam Karlan on presidential immunity). If you’re going to charge subscribers for “bonus” content, Slate, make it an *actual bonus,* not the other half of an episode we used to get in full for free. We aren’t paying for bonus content, we are paying not to have a reduction in the content we used to get for free. This model feels gross and it’s really disappointing.

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