Trump’s Attacks on the Judiciary: What Can Be Done? (with Joyce Vance)

Renato discussed Trump’s recent attacks on Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg and Judge Jackson and his recent public statements about the Roger Stone case. He was joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Joyce Vance, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.


February 19, 2020

Roger Stone's Sentencing and Rod Blagojevich's Commutation: What Does This Mean for DOJ and the Rule of Law? (with Mike Quigley and Barb McQuade)

Renato discussed the recent intervention by Barr and other senior DOJ officials in the Roger Stone sentencing recommendation as well as recent Trump's pardons and commutations, including the commutation of the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. He was joined by Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5), a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence who questioned Stone, and MSNBC Legal Analyst Barb McQuade, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

February 4, 2020

Iowa Caucuses Snafu: How Does it Impact the Democratic Presidential Race? (with G. Elliott Morris and Kyle Kondik)

Renato discussed the delayed results of the Iowa caucuses and the impact the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was joined by G. Elliott Morris, data journalist for The Economist, and Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

January 27, 2020

Trump on Trial: What Can We Expect Next? (with Joe Lockhart and Elliot Williams)

Renato discusses the ongoing impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. He is joined by former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart, who served as Press Secretary during the Clinton impeachment, and former Senate Judiciary Counsel and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Elliot Williams.

January 20, 2020

Impeachment Trial: Will It Resolve Anything In Light of New Allegations? (with Barb McQuade and Frank Bowman)

Renato and Patti discuss the upcoming impeachment trial of Donald Trump, along with recent new allegations and evidence from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas. They are joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Barb McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Professor Frank Bowman of the University of Missouri School of Law, the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump.

January 10, 2020

Iran Attack: Can the President Start a War without Congress? (with Stephen Vladeck and Ro Khanna)

Renato discussed Trump's recent attack that killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani and Congressional efforts to ensure that Trump did not lead the nation into war with Iran. He was joined by Stephen Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), who recently introduced the No War With Iran Act in the House.

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“On Topic” is a podcast that provides a weekly in-depth look at a topic that helps us understand the week’s news.  Our topics can’t be covered properly in a five-minute television segment or a 280-character tweet, so we bring in experts to explain the topic in a dialogue with hosts Renato Mariotti & Patti Vasquez.