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I sat down for a long conversation on KoPoint on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. It was interesting because the show takes generally one or two topics and digs really deep into them and is pretty free form. As a result, the occasional diversaion can become the main topic. Actually, I loved the freedom that the conversation allowed. I expected that we were going to talk about the Supreme Court and we eventially did. However, I spent a lot of time talking about the CIA, power in Washington and how it actually plays out in proactice. I don't know if I have ever done this before.
I appear on KoPoint on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 8 p.m. e.t. After the recent healthcare argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, a lot of people have been asking how we got here. As a result, I will appear on KoPoint with a good friend Dan Patterson to talk about the history of the Court, the politics and makeup of the current Supreme Court, and the ramifications of where we go next. This should be a lot of fun and pretty edgey.
Hope you can watch.
So, I can imagine just how this is going to play out. You don't think that if a corporation or series of corporations could the possibility of making billions, they wouldn't spend hundreds of millions? You don't think they would buy their own Senators and Congressmen? What is to stop them. In fact, according to this conservative court, absolutely nothing!
I can see it now . . . pretty soon, corporations will start sponsoring their own politicians just like they do for sports stadiums. How much of a stretch is it to move from The Pepsi Center to the Pepsi Senator? The Chamber of Commerce Congressman? I'm sure those politicians would represent "the people."
This is an article I wrote for Huffington Post about the U.S. Supreme Court and what happens when corporations gain more power than individuals.
Things are going to get interesting at the U.S. Supreme Court in the next couple of months. With the additional of Justice Sotomayor, you never know exactly how it will impact the dynamic. It is not just the question of one Justice's vote. Rather, it is about her ability to influence others around her.
It appears that the Court will focus primarily on the regulation of business, just how much power the government has to regulate business and its ability to put limits on salaries. Twenty-four of forty-five cases are business related.
In addition to addressing rregulatory and other questions regarding business, the court will also be looking at criminal law, specifically, 1st, 2nd and 8th Amendment. Going to get interesting.
Keep checking back as I intend to be in the room today!
The seat where Sonia Sotomoyor will field questions from U.S. Senators. What is not obvious is a stool under the table for her to rest her foot. She recently had an accident and still is sporting a cast.Sotomayor's mother sits in the front row right behind the place her daughter is to sit.Today is the opening of the Sonia Sotomayor U.S. Supreme Court Justice confirmation process which is taking place in Room 215 of the Hart Building here in Washington DC. And the crush of the press isn't even obvious in the photos above.
The process is expected to take about 2 weeks with about a week of testimony from supporters and those opposed to Sotomayor. The following week, most Senate Democrats expect to hold a vote. And unless something unexpected happens, all in the room seem to assume that Sotomayor will be confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice. By the way, she would be the first hispanic to ever sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jack Rice reports from Washington DC regarding the Sotomayor U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings in front of the U.S. Senate. The expectation is this will be a fight and the Republicans are trying to establish that they stand for something. Jack will be in the room to report on exactly what that is.
If confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be the first hispanic to sit on the court. I find it ironic that the likes of Rush, Hannity and Beck call her a racist when she says she will use her background when she makes decisions. I guess Scalia, Roberts and Thomas never contemplate their own "common sense", which is nothing but the summation of their own collective experience. Now who is the racist, Rush?
Check back for more from Washington DC.