The Supreme Court’s support for the Trump travel ban is a failure in checks and balances.

That Neil Gorsuch Sure Came in Handy for President Trump

That Neil Gorsuch Sure Came in Handy for President Trump

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 26 2018 9:11 PM

The Unpopular Vote and a Few Justices

That’s all you need to make a joke of our country’s checks and balances.

A man bearing an upside-down American flag watches as protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

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