Episode #171: A Tweet, A Judge, And A King

A busier week in Washington than usual, and Ken Walsh of U.S. News & World Report helps navigate us through it.  He starts with a House Intelligence Committee hearing, where FBI Director James Comey said he found no evidence to support President Trump’s claim (via Tweet) that the Obama administration bugged Trump Tower during the campaign.  Comey also acknowledged that the FBI has been investigating the potential role Russia, in its bid to undermine the 2016 presidential election, may have played in coordination with Trump associates.  Then Ken pivots to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Judge Neil Gorsuch is facing a confirmation hearing to determine whether he will join the U.S. Supreme Court.

The left should get over the election results, suggests former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, who talks about his new organization, LegitAction, designed to combat the influence of corruption and money in politics.

And with the Judicial Crisis Network among the leaders in the effort to get Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court, JCN adviser Joshua Baca talks about the campaign and what senators his group has been targeting.

Finally, we remember an anti-Vietnam War march in Chicago some 50 years ago that was led by Dr. Martin Luther King — King’s first participation in an effort designed to stop the war.  Jo Freeman, a civil rights activist, was with King in that 1967 march and reflects on the pressures he faced on how much he should dedicate to the anti-war effort.

Photo via Associated Press

Music used in this podcast:

Learn To Fly by Foo Fighters

Policy of Truth by Depeche Mode

Straight Shooter by The Mamas And The Papas

All Revved Up With No Place To Go by Meat Loaf

I Dreamed A Dream from the TV show Glee sung by Idina Menzel & Lea Michele

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