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Is the constitution in crisis? This podcast is for people who are curious about politics and the law and how the biggest political and legal issues of the moment affect you. Pull up a chair and join host Jessica Levinson, a professor at LMU’s Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, political scientists, lawyers, and many others.

Listen to Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues of our time. What are the laws of our democracy? How are they changing? And what does that mean for your daily life?

Passing Judgment Jessica Levinson

    • Government
    • 4.8 • 156 Ratings

Is the constitution in crisis? This podcast is for people who are curious about politics and the law and how the biggest political and legal issues of the moment affect you. Pull up a chair and join host Jessica Levinson, a professor at LMU’s Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, political scientists, lawyers, and many others.

Listen to Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues of our time. What are the laws of our democracy? How are they changing? And what does that mean for your daily life?

    Did the architect of Texas' abortion law really just tell women to have less sex?

    Did the architect of Texas' abortion law really just tell women to have less sex?

    Kind of.

    It's a new week and a new episode.

    Jessica breaks down the arguments in favor of Texas and Mississippi's restrictive abortion laws, why the people supporting those laws are may soon try to undermine protections for LGBTQ Americans, and why Supreme Court justices keep telling us they're neutral.

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    • 22 min
    What are your top legislative priorities? (Guest - Congressman Ro Khanna)

    What are your top legislative priorities? (Guest - Congressman Ro Khanna)

    While we all think through our top legislative priorities, we talk with Congressman Ro Khanna (D) about this. Rep. Khanna shares his thoughts about climate change, infrastructure, the economy, and when kids will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

    • 22 min
    Recalling the Failed Attempt to Recall California Governor Gavin Newsom

    Recalling the Failed Attempt to Recall California Governor Gavin Newsom

    Let's recall the failed recall election of California Governor Gavin Newsom.

    Why and how did he resoundingly defeat an effort to end his term before it, well, ends?

    What does this recall mean for California? Gavin Newsom? The future of recall elections?

    We address all of this on the latest episode of Passing Judgment.

    And here is Jessica's piece on MSNBC about the recall.

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    • 21 min
    "The Rise and Fall of Osama Bin Laden" (Author and Guest - Peter Bergen)

    "The Rise and Fall of Osama Bin Laden" (Author and Guest - Peter Bergen)

    On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we are joined by Peter Bergen, author of the new book,
    "The Rise and Fall of Osama Bin Laden."

    Peter is the vice president for global studies & fellows at New America, a CNN national security analyst, and a professor of practice at Arizona State University where he co-directs the Center on the Future of War.

    He is the author or editor of nine books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and four of which were named among the best non-fiction books of the year by The Washington Post. 

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    • 24 min
    The latest on Texas' abortion and voting laws and a Texas death row inmate

    The latest on Texas' abortion and voting laws and a Texas death row inmate

    Lots of legal news from the Lone Star State.

    We will give you the latest legal news on Texas' abortion and voting laws and a challenge by an inmate on death row in Texas.

    Here are Jessica's latest columns (mentioned in the episode) on MSNBC.

    Texas abortion law should be fought at state court level

    Texas abortion ban is devastating testament to Trump's Supreme Court

    Also, did an Ohio judge really force a hospital to tread a COVID-19 patient with ivermectin?

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    • 18 min
    Texas’ Abortion Law - The Supreme Court Functionally Overturns Roe v Wade

    Texas’ Abortion Law - The Supreme Court Functionally Overturns Roe v Wade

    The Supreme Court just silently let its most controversial case in decades - Roe v Wade - slip away by taking no action on an emergency appeal on a restrictive new Texas abortion law. By letting that law - SB 8 - go into effect, abortion is presently illegal after six weeks in the state of Texas. Jessica and Joe discuss the implications of SB 8 at the state and federal levels, as well as how the conservative majority on the Court said a lot by saying nothing at all.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

JLJ2615 ,

Great show for learning about constitutional law

This is one of my favorite podcasts. Levinson provides clear insight to cases based on the law, not partisan politics.

CredibleConspiracyCameron ,

Just another liar

What a fraud... this dumb thing pretending to be a journalist isn’t anything more than a partisan hack... a dnc mouthpiece... devoid of fact and common sense... another brain dead liberal who enjoys the perks of being linked to the most corrupt body we have ever seen. The DNC... why did you guys kill Seth Rich?

skashhswhuwwija ,

MUST LISTEN

Great analysis and explanation from a law perspective. They do their best to stay unbiased and explain in-depth topics that are reported and bring light to topics that are not front page news!

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