Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

If I told you at the beginning of this year that there was going to be a hip-hop musical looking at one of America’s Founders and it was going to be one of the biggest things to hit Broadway in a while, you’d probably think I was nuts.  But this summer, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” took 'The Great White Way' by storm, taking an interesting look at the man on the 10 dollar bill, Alexander Hamilton.  Today on the show I’m joined  by one of the stars of “Hamilton”, Jonathan Groff, who made his return as King George III last week and has been in many other things like Frozen and HBO’s “Looking”.  

Earlier today The Supreme Court heard arguments in a voting rights case that has the potential to drastically alter the dynamics of political power in the United States.  The case, Evenwel v. Abbott, addresses the question of what is the meaning of the principle of “one person, one vote” when it comes to deciding who must be counted in voting districts: all residents or just eligible voters.  Also, on Monday the Court refused to hear a Second Amendment challenge to a Chicago suburb’s ordinance that banned semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.  The Court’s decision not to hear Friedman v. City of Highland Park, has some people suggesting that this signals that the Justices are giving at least tacit approval to gun control laws in states and localities that choose to enact them.  Joining me today to talk all about what’s been going on at The Supreme Court this week is Ian Millhiser, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice.  He is also the author of Injustices:The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.

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