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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.

    Unmasking Flynn: What Should We Make of the Republican Investigation of the Russia Probe? (with Asha Rangappa)

    Unmasking Flynn: What Should We Make of the Republican Investigation of the Russia Probe? (with Asha Rangappa)

    Renato and Patti discussed recent GOP allegations about the unmasking of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and other allegations about the origins of the Russia investigation. They were joined by former FBI counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa, who is also a CNN Legal and National Security Analyst and a professor at Yale University.

    • 59 min
    DOJ Tries to Drop Flynn Case: What Happens Next? (with Ken White)

    DOJ Tries to Drop Flynn Case: What Happens Next? (with Ken White)

    Renato and Patti discuss the recent DOJ motion to dismiss the charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, as well as Trump’s allegations about the origin of the Flynn investigation. They are joined by former federal prosecutor Ken White, who frequently comments on legal issues under the moniker “Popehat.”

    • 51 min
    Trump’s Tax Returns: Will the Supreme Court Allow For Congressional Oversight? (with Kate Shaw)

    Trump’s Tax Returns: Will the Supreme Court Allow For Congressional Oversight? (with Kate Shaw)

    Renato and Patti discuss the Supreme Court’s consideration of cases regarding subpoenas for Trump’s tax returns. They are joined by law professor and ABC News Supreme Court Contributor Kate Shaw.

    • 42 min
    Voting During a Pandemic: How Can We Ensure Everyone Can Vote Without Endangering Their Health? (with Trevor Potter)

    Voting During a Pandemic: How Can We Ensure Everyone Can Vote Without Endangering Their Health? (with Trevor Potter)

    Renato and Patti discussed the recent election in Wisconsin and how we can ensure that everyone can vote safely in November without putting their health at risk. They were joined by Trevor Potter, the former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission and the founder of the Campaign Legal Center, a non-profit that fights to protect voting rights.

    • 41 min
    Stay-At-Home Orders: Are they Constitutional, and Can Trump Override Them? (with Anthony Michael Kreis)

    Stay-At-Home Orders: Are they Constitutional, and Can Trump Override Them? (with Anthony Michael Kreis)

    Renato and Patti discussed the legality and constitutionality of stay-at-home orders and other restrictions that states have imposed during the coronavirus pandemic. They were joined by Anthony Michael Kreis, a professor at Chicago-Kent School of Law.

    • 37 min
    Managing the Pandemic: What Should the Federal Government Be Doing? (with Andy Slavitt)

    Managing the Pandemic: What Should the Federal Government Be Doing? (with Andy Slavitt)

    Renato discussed the Trump Administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He was joined by Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who led the management of the ACA after its initial rollout.

    • 38 min

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