Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss the landmark rulings by the Supreme Court on two same-sex marriage cases and another involving the 1965 Voting Rights Act. All those rulings came by way of narrow 5-to-4 margins. Ken and Ron also discuss Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey’s special election victory. Markey’s 36 years in the U.S. House is the longest anyone has served before being elected to the U.S. Senate.
Ron Elving and Ken Rudin weigh in on President Obama leaving the IRS, NSA and other controversies behind as he attended the G8 summit in Europe. Back in Washington, the House OKs a far-reaching 20-week abortion ban bill. And former Florida Governor Jeb Bush raises eyebrows saying immigrants are “more fertile” than U.S.-born citizens.
Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss whether Edward Snowden, the self-identified source who released top-secret U.S. government data, is a traitor or hero. They also weigh in on Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s chances of winning a New Jersey special election to fill the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat. Plus a remembrance of civil rights icon Medgar Evers who was assassinated 50 years ago this week.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s political future is affected by the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg, President Obama dares Republicans to stop his court nominees, and Michigan’s John Dingell makes history in Congress. NPR’s Ron Elving and Ken Rudin review it all in the latest episode of the “It’s All Politics” podcast.