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The legacy of the late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in law and politics. 

Later on the show, a real-life Romeo and Juliet in Afghanistan. 

Producers:
Evan George
Katie Cooper

Death of Justice Scalia Sets up Epic Battle for Power 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Article II of the US Constitution says the President "shall" nominate judges of the US Supreme Court with the advice and consent of the Senate. But it doesn’t say when that process should occur, and it doesn’t provide a timetable for filling vacancies. Even before any official mourning over Saturday’s sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the political debate was already underway. David Hawkings has covered Capitol Hill for 25 years. He’s Senior Editor at Roll Call and author of the blog and column Hawkings Here.

Guests:
David Hawkings, CQ Roll Call (@davidhawkings)

Antonin Scalia: His Legacy in Law and Politics 31 MIN, 46 SEC

The late Justice Antonin Scalia relished the use of vivid language in fiery debates about the Constitution, politics and social issues. Almost immediately after his sudden death was announced on Saturday, Republicans and Democrats got right to it. The unexpected vacancy leaves the Court divided evenly between the Left and the Right. Should it be filled by President Obama or by his successor? With nine months left in the bitter race for the White House, abortion, voting rights, affirmative action and immigration are issues that could be left hanging.

Guests:
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@NormOrnstein)
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate
Brian Fitzpatrick, Vanderbilt University (@bryfitz)
Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center (@RosenJeffrey)

The Real Life "Romeo and Juliet" of Afghanistan 11 MIN, 14 SEC

Shakespeare's fictional Romeo and Juliet were "star-crossed lovers" because they came from feuding Italian families. In Afghanistan, a couple is "star-crossed" in real life, because one is Shiite and the other is Sunni. Kabul Bureau Chief for the New York Times, Rod Nordland is author of The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing.

Guests:
Rod Nordland, New York Times (@rodnordland)

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Rod Nordland

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