Edwin Edwards, Washington, Nina Totenberg discussed on Morning Edition

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And you will pay the price you know where did you if you go forward with these awful decisions sure statement was apparently a reference to then judge Brett Kavanaugh's angry statement two democratic senators at his twenty eighteen Supreme Court confirmation hearing you so the winds for decades to come I fear that the whole country will reap the whirlwind late yesterday however Chief Justice Roberts responded to Schumer with a stern rebuke justices know that criticism comes with the territory he said in a written statement but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate they are dangerous all members of the court will continue to do their job without fear or favour from whatever quarter Schumer's office quickly replied with his own written statement criticizing the Chief Justice for quote remaining silent when president trump attacked justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth pater Ginsburg eight days ago that failure to stand up for two of the court's liberal Schumer said shows that Roberts quote does not call balls and strikes as he promised he would at his confirmation hearing in two thousand five the democratic leader maintained that his own comments were misunderstood that they were in fact quote a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court and warning that the justices will unleash a major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights Wednesday's blast from the Chief Justice was not the first time he's rebuked a political leader in November twenty eighteen he issued a statement critical of president trump for denigrating a judge as quote an Obama judge in an immigration case the statement Roberts issued then said quote we do not have a bomb a judge's order from judges bush judges or Clinton judges what we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them close quote trump immediately tweeted back sorry Chief Justice John Roberts but you do indeed have a bomb a judges and they have a much different point of view than the people who were charged with the safety of our country these rulings are shocking we need protection and security these rulings are making our country unsafe very dangerous and on why Nina Totenberg NPR news Washington money in politics yeah there's more and more of it and it's often hard to trace New Orleans public radio is Patrick Madden takes a look at the casino industry and reports on what critics are calling a giant loophole here in Louisiana there's a colorful history of mixing gambling and politics what is the biggest public corruption trial in modern Louisiana history in two thousand former governor Edwin Edwards was sent to prison is convicted of extorting hundreds.

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