Checks & Balances: Threats to This American Election

Checks and Balances presents, with host Paul Rosenzweig, a weekly podcast discussing and analyzing legal threats to the November election.

About the show

A weekly podcast discussing and analyzing legal threats to the November election. Focusing on the rule of law, the podcast (hosted by Checks & Balances's Paul Rosenzweig) will talk about challenges to the election and ongoing issues relating to the assault on the integrity of American democracy.


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    Election Litigation Looms

    October 26th, 2020  |  47 mins 22 secs
    2020, amy coney barrett, donald trump, elections, joe biden, scotus

    With more than 300 cases pending it seems clear that the Supreme Court may play a decisive role in the next election. On this week’s Checks and Balances podcast, Richard Bernstein and Trevor Potter join host Paul Rosenzweig to discuss the Court’s inconsistent jurisprudence and the dangers to its own credibility.

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    Could Trump's Tax Troubles End in Indictment?

    October 19th, 2020  |  44 mins 23 secs
    accounting, campaign finance laws, charitable giving, deductions, deutsche bank, donald trump, finances, indictments, insider trading, irs, loans, losses, new york, tax laws, tax returns

    J.W. Verret and Miranda Fleischer join host Paul Rosenzweig to talk about the President's tax returns, bank loans, and questionable campaign financing, and whether he might be in legal trouble after he leaves office.

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    Amy Coney Barrett, Court Packing and Credibility

    October 12th, 2020  |  49 mins 40 secs
    2020 elections, acb, amy coney barrett, nominations, rbg, ruth bader ginsburg, scotus, senate, vacancies

    Adam J. White and Jonathan Adler join host Paul Rosenzweig to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy, how the pandemic might impact confirmation, and how the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation might impact the court, the Senate, the election, and beyond.

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    How Trump Has Diminished American Stature

    October 5th, 2020  |  49 mins 22 secs
    2020, budgets, covid-19, defense, dhs, donald trump, elections, intelligence community, joe biden, nato, politics, russia, secretary of state, tradition, vladimir putin

    John Bellinger and Kenneth Wainstein join to discuss how President Trump's national security decisions have put America, and its reputation, at risk. Plus, what a second term of Trump might look like for American national security.

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    Malign Foreign Influence and 2020

    September 28th, 2020  |  51 mins 12 secs
    2020, china, christopher wray, disinformation, donald trump, fbi, joe biden, russia, tpusa

    Nina Jankowicz and Cindy Otis join host Paul Rosenzweig to talk about Russia's influence on the 2020 elections, and threats from American disinformation.

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    How AG Barr Distorted the DOJ

    September 21st, 2020  |  49 mins
    attorney general, bill barr, ethics, intelligence community, president trump, ruth bader ginsburg, william barr

    Claire Finkelstein and Donald Ayer join host Paul Rosenzweig to discuss their forthcoming report on the Department of Justice and the Rule of Law, AG Barr's ethics issues, and how President Trump has done damage to the intelligence community.

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    Doubts about the Durham Report

    September 14th, 2020  |  50 mins 22 secs
    2020, department of justice, doj, donald trump, durham report, e. jean carroll, elections, joe biden, william barr

    Stuart Gerson and Ryan Goodman join host Paul Rosenzweig to discuss the timing and nature of the Durham Report, the policy against DOJ interference in elections, and William Barr's controversial move to have the federal government defend President Trump regarding a decades-old rape allegation by E. Jean Carroll.

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    Bill Kristol on Making The Election Work

    September 6th, 2020  |  25 mins 14 secs
    2020, disinformation, donald trump, election integrity, elections, facebook, peaceful transitions, vote by mail

    On the inaugural episode of Checks & Balances: Threats to This American Election, Bill Kristol joins host Paul Rosenzweig to discuss the greatest threats to election integrity, and why it's important for everyone to make the 2020 election fair, free, and accepted. They also discuss the role of disinformation, nightmare scenarios, and the importance of peaceful transitions of power.