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Republicans are famous for nominating conventions that run so smoothly it’s a challenge for anybody but delegates to stay awake. Next week’s meeting in Cleveland is going to be very different, as we’ll hear on our program.

Also, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is accused of violating traditional judicial ethics with increasingly vitriolic attacks on potential President Donald Trump. We’ll hear about her unprecedented remarks… and the reaction.

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Theresa May Becomes The U.K.’s Prime Minister 6 MIN, 29 SEC

The United Kingdom was without a Prime Minister today when David Cameron delivered his final speech from No. 10 Downing Street in London.

But the vacancy didn’t last long. Soon after Cameron notified Queen Elizabeth he was stepping down, the Queen asked Theresa May, another Conservative Party Member, to form a government.

Jeremy Cliffe is Political Editor and Columnist for the Economist.

Guests:
Jeremy Cliffe, Economist magazine (@JeremyCliffe)

More:
The Guardian on May's first speech as prime minister, Cameron's last
Cliffe on Cameron's resignation
New York Times on Theresa May managing Brexit

Will Donald Trump Face a Convention Coup? 32 MIN, 56 SEC

Donald Trump is reportedly on the verge of choosing a running mate, with Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie supposedly all among the finalists. What is not in doubt is political chaos next week when the Republicans convene in Cleveland.

With only days left ‘til the convention in Cleveland, so-called “rogue” delegates want to change the rules so they can vote for somebody else. Most big-name Republicans won’t even be there and veterans of past conventions are stunned by the lack of planning.  

But Trump supporters say it’s time for a change.  They’ll welcome disorder--if it leads to what they care about most: defeating Hillary Clinton

Guests:
Reid Epstein, Politico (@reidepstein)
Douglas Heye, Harvard Institute of Politics (@DougHeye)
Lisa De Pasquale, The Federalist (@LisaDeP)
Grant Moody, Texas delegate (@grantmoody)

More:
De Pasquale says "'Principled’ Republicans shouldn’t back down from Republican Convention"
Epstein on an anti-Trump Republican Convention coup
National Journal on why Gingrich is right for Trump
Heye says a convention floor vote over Donald Trump could avert chaos in Cleveland

Is Justice Ginsburg Risking Her Legacy Over Trump? 10 MIN, 29 SEC

In the past week, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, has publicly criticized Donald Trump—suggesting that his election as President would pose a danger to the Republic. Her remarks been criticized from the left and the right.

The New York Times says Ginsburg “needs to drop the political punditry and name-calling.” Yesterday, Donald Trump called it “inappropriate” for a judge to “get involved in a political campaign.” Later, he tweeted, her “mind is shot” and she ought to “resign.”

Guests:
Mark Joseph Stern, Slate (@mjs_DC)

More:
Politico on Washington Post and New York Times siding with Trump over Ginsburg
Stern on how Ruth Bader Ginsburg risked her career to insult Trump

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