The Most Dangerous Branch

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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Guest: David A. Kaplan

Barring some unforeseen circumstance, all indications point to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to sit on the US Supreme Court.  His presence will have huge implications on the law of the land including reproductive rights, gun control, and executive power. President Trump’s two picks for the court will tip the balance in a conservative direction for a generation or more. How is it that one man, and the court he will likely serve, can alter the shape of a nation? Today our guest is DAVID A. KAPLAN, former legal reporter for Newsweek and author of The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court’s Assault on the Constitution. His book, based on interviews with politicians and justices, explains the ways in which the judicial branch of the government has grown more powerful, more partisan and more political.

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