Monday, January 25, 2016

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

In late June, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether or not President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are constitutional, however according to Russell Berman of The Atlantic, the justices won’t merely be weighing in on policy choices made by the current president, they will, in effect, be ruling on the viability of Hillary Clinton’s current campaign platform, who is relying on an even more aggressive use of the executive powers of the presidency to convince voters that she can build on Obama’s domestic record even if she’s paired with a hostile Republican Congress.  Russell joins me today to talk all about how the first crucial vote of the 2016 general election might now belong to the Supreme Court.  You can also follow Russell on Twitter.

On the morning of November 22, 1963, President Kennedy told Jackie as they left to travel to Dallas, “We’re heading into nut country today.” However, the President wasn’t referring to the threat poised to him by fanatical lone gunman types like Lee Harvey Oswald, but rather to fact that the city was full of politically active conservative people who hated him and everything he stood for.  In his new book Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of The Southern Strategy Edward H. Miller, a historian and Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University tells the story of how this powerful group of ultraconservatives in Dallas transformed the city from a Democratic stronghold to a Republican one by testing a new type of Republican/libertarian protest politics.  Edward joins me today on the show to talk all about the book and how these Dallas conservatives would eventually go on to remake the National Republican party in their own image.  You can also follow Edward on Twitter

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