The anonymous op-ed, the Kavanaugh hearings, decorum, civility, and the freedom to speak.
Between the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill and an anonymous op-ed from within the Trump White House, a wave of rule-bending and -breaking has crashed on Washington. This week, we explore how political decorum and popular dissent have evolved since the early days of our republic — and how the legal protections for those core freedoms could transform our future.
1. Brooke and Bob on how best to cover the anonymous op/ed written by a "senior official in the Trump administration." Listen.
2. Geoffrey Stone, professor of law at University of Chicago, on our evolving — and occasionally faulty — interpretations of the first amendment. And, Laura Weinrib, professor of law at University of Chicago, on how early-20th century labor struggles gave birth to our modern ideas about freedom of speech. Listen.
For a year and a half, President Trump has threatened to crack down on leaks and leakers.
The seizure of emails and phone records from a reporter at The New York Times tells a great deal about what that might look like.
On today’s episode:
• Matt Apuzzo, a reporter for The Times in Washington who had his records subpoenaed during the Obama administration.
• Federal prosecutors seized years of email and phone records from Ali Watkins, a New York Times reporter.
• President Trump wants better press, and he’s blaming leaks for not getting it.
• From 2012: The Obama administration used the Espionage Act to pursue leak cases.