The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court Topics for Discussion

Jeffrey Toobin
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Explain the contrast that Toobin draws between Obama and Roberts. Is the comparison accurate? What is it mean to illustrate?

What is conservatism, in Toobin's view? What does he think "judicial activism" means? In what sense does Toobin think that conservatives are judicial activists?

Why does Toobin prefer the liberals on the court to the conservatives? Give three reasons.

What is Citizens United? How did the court decide it? What was Toobin's objection to their decision?

What is Sibelius? How did the court decide it? What was Toobin's objection to their decision?

What is the commerce clause? Discuss the two historically dominate ways the court has interpreted it (pre-New Deal and New Deal era). How does the Roberts Court want to challenge New Deal era jurisprudence on the clause? How does Sibelius fit in?

Which conservative justice does Toobin like least? Why?

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