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The Oath - The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

Jeffrey Toobin

From the prizewinning author of The Nine, a gripping insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation-and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative-a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology. Roberts-and his allies on the Court-seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the ultimate victory FDR achieved in the New Deal. This ideological war will crescendo during the 2011-2012 term, in which several landmark cases are on the Court's docket-most crucially, a challenge to Obama's controversial health-care legislation. With four new justices joining the Court in just five years, including Obama's appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, this is a dramatically-and historically-different Supreme Court, playing for the highest of stakes. No one is better positioned to chronicle this dramatic tale than Jeffrey Toobin, whose prize-winning bestseller The Nine laid bare the inner workings and conflicts of the Court in meticulous and entertaining detail. As the nation prepares to vote for President in 2012, the future of the Supreme Court will also be on the ballot.

From the prizewinning author of The Nine, a gripping insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation-and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative-a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology. Roberts-and his allies on the Court-seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the ultimate victory FDR achieved in the New Deal. This ideological war will crescendo during the 2011-2012 term, in which several landmark cases are on the Court's docket-most crucially, a challenge to Obama's controversial health-care legislation. With four new justices joining the Court in just five years, including Obama's appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, this is a dramatically-and historically-different Supreme Court, playing for the highest of stakes. No one is better positioned to chronicle this dramatic tale than Jeffrey Toobin, whose prize-winning bestseller The Nine laid bare the inner workings and conflicts of the Court in meticulous and entertaining detail. As the nation prepares to vote for President in 2012, the future of the Supreme Court will also be on the ballot.
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From the prizewinning author of The Nine, a gripping insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation-and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative-a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology. Roberts-and his allies on the Court-seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the ultimate victory FDR achieved in the New Deal. This ideological war will crescendo during the 2011-2012 term, in which several landmark cases are on the Court's docket-most crucially, a challenge to Obama's controversial health-care legislation. With four new justices joining the Court in just five years, including Obama's appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, this is a dramatically-and historically-different Supreme Court, playing for the highest of stakes. No one is better positioned to chronicle this dramatic tale than Jeffrey Toobin, whose prize-winning bestseller The Nine laid bare the inner workings and conflicts of the Court in meticulous and entertaining detail. As the nation prepares to vote for President in 2012, the future of the Supreme Court will also be on the ballot.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robertson Dean

Length:

12h 12m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

45:33


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

37:08


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

31:36


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

27:31


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

34:26


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

30:05


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

31:23


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

20:54


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

28:00


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

30:00


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

35:39


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

32:03


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

30:07


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

29:40


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

27:33


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

31:19


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

29:17


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

28:13


Part 4, Chapter 18
Part 4, Chapter 18

22:15


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

31:09


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

26:14


Part 5, Chapter 21
Part 5, Chapter 21

21:56


Part 5, Chapter 22
Part 5, Chapter 22

30:38


Part 5, Chapter 23
Part 5, Chapter 23

26:37


Part 5, Chapter 24
Part 5, Chapter 24

13:11


Part 5, Chapter 25
Part 5, Chapter 25

00:24