It's your Sunday Shows Rundown!
I hope everyone had as lovely a Mother's Day one could safely have during a pandemic! While most were sending gifts, remotely video-calling our mothers or (in the case of a restaurant in Colorado) trying to reduce the chances of having to spring for flowers next year, the Sunday political shows still go on. So we begin with White House Economic Advisor and Bizarro World Nostradamus, Larry Kudlow.
Appearing on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopolous, Kudlow was asked a question about what precautions will the White House take now that three people INSIDE the White House tested positive for COVID-19.
Take off your pants and stay a while!
It took until 2010 for the Supreme Court to regularly post oral argument audio and until 2017 to implement electronic filing. But yesterday, SCOTUS held its first-ever remote oral arguments and, also for the first time, the oral arguments were livestreamed to the public. It went off without a hitch.
And all it took was a global pandemic!
Advocates for transparency have tried for decades to get the US's highest court to adopt practices like livestreamed hearings and decision announcements. And for decades, the Court has resisted.
But after postponing oral arguments in March and April, the Court decided to hold this month's oral arguments by phone — and allow the public to listen in.
Noting the historic event, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker threw some shade at SCOTUS for taking so long to broadcast oral arguments live.
Let's splain you this week's big decision!
It's SCOTUS season!
From now until the end of June, the US Supreme Court will be releasing its decisions. And from abortion to the existence of the CFPB to Trump's tax returns, there are some big cases this year. This week, it was guns.
This week, the Court issued a non-decision decision in gun control case New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York. We'll explain what that means in a hot second, but for now, know this: A non-decision decision in this case is probably the best thing we could have hoped for! Unfortunately, it's not all good news.
In a 6-3 per curiam (unsigned) opinion, the Court ruled that the case was moot (no longer a live dispute) because NYC changed the law last year.
Not to be outdone, however, four of the Court's five conservative justices signed on to a dissent arguing that the law in question was unconstitutional, indicating that they are likely to revisit their gun control jurisprudence in the near future. So cross your fingers, throw salt over your shoulder, go outside, turn around, and spit, because we're going to need a little luck if we're ever going to get a handle on this country's out-of-control gun deaths and mass shootings.
If Mitch McConnell And Brett Kavanaugh Had A Weird Christianist Baby They Were Grooming For The Supreme Court
Justin Walker, he's a fucking treat!
Because this timeline only gets worse and worse, Donald Trump has nominated Justin Reed Walker to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. And Walker has given us a great (not great!) demonstration of why he's a darling of the Right.
Right now, Justin Walker is a judge in the Western District of Kentucky — a position he was confirmed to just six months ago after being recommended by Mitch McConnell. His main claim to fame is taking to the press to help Brett Kavanaugh get confirmed to the Supreme Court (both before and after Kegs was credibly accused of sexual assault).
Just after Trump announced Walker's promotion, Walker wrote his most noteworthy opinion to date: a partisan screed that quotes the Old Testament. Meanwhile, McConnell has announced that he will not let something like a global pandemic stop him from rubber-stamping Trump's judicial picks.