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The US Supreme Court is about to decide if President Obama's healthcare reform is or is not constitutional. Will liberals and conservatives split 4-to-4 and let Justice Anthony Kennedy make the call? Will public opinion, the court's role in politics and their own legacies influence how the justices make up their minds? Also, Russia supplies weapons to Syria as it edges closer to civil war, and Mitt Romney's flip-flop on global warming.

Banner image: President Barack Obama greets Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy (C) alongside Ruth Bader Ginsburg (R) before the State of the Union address on January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Lata Pandya
Anna Scott

Reporter's Notebook Romney's Climate Change About-Face 7 MIN, 13 SEC

When it comes to the environment and climate change, presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been saying what tea party activists want to hear: no mandates, taxes or regulations that interfere with economic activity. But, based on his actions as Governor Massachusetts, tea party activists wonder what he might do if he were elected president. That's according to Neela Banerjee, writing in today's edition of the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times (@neelaeast)

No Apology

Mitt Romney

Making News Russia Supplies Weapons as Syria Edges Closer to Civil War 7 MIN, 14 SEC

With UN monitors using the phrase "civil war," violence continues to escalate in Syria. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has accused Russia of shipping attack helicopters to the Assad regime. Mark Landler reports from Washington for the New York Times.

Guests:
Mark Landler, New York Times (@MarkLandler)

Main Topic The US Supreme Court, the Constitution and American Politics 36 MIN, 10 SEC

Before the end of this month, the US Supreme Court will decide whether President Obama's major achievement -- healthcare reform -- violates the Constitution. (We'll leave issues like states' rights and the Commerce Clause until the decision comes down.) Since the Court decided the presidential election of 2000, more and more Americans think it's made up of political animals. We look at the justices themselves, their concerns about the law and their legacies and the court's role in American politics. Will conservatives and liberals divide four-to-four and leave it up to Anthony Kennedy? Will Chief Justice John Roberts allow Kennedy to be "The Decider?" Whatever its ruling might be, has "the third branch of government" ever been truly separate from politics?

Guests:
David Savage, Los Angeles Times (@latimes)
Massimo Calabresi, Time
Jill Lepore, Harvard University
Kevin Russell, Goldstein and Russell
Sanford Levinson, University of Texas Law School

Framed

Sanford Levinson

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