Progressive icon Fred Harris talks about challenges facing the second Obama administration, including barriers to organized labor. Law professor Larry Gibson tells us about his new biography of a young Thurgood Marshall. And historian Steve Conn rips Republicans for hating government, except for when they need it.
- Dec. 30, 2012 Challenges in the second term … the early years of Thurgood Marshall … and the Republican states’ rights fetish.
- Fred Harris Fred Harris was a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and a candidate for president. Still active, Fred tells us what he sees as challenges for the second Obama Adminstration -- labor rights, the minimum wage, civil rights and immigration reform.
- Larry Gibson Larry Gibson is a prominent attorney and law professor in Baltimore. He has a new book out called “Young Thurgood,” which delves into the early years of Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first African-American Supreme Court justice.
- Steven Conn Historian Steven Conn's new book examines the benefits of government. He talks with us today about the fetish Republicans have about “states rights” – the rallying cry for attacking reproductive freedom and suppressing voting rights. Conn says the GOP is laissez-faire when it suits them but in favor of government help when they need it.
- Jim Hightower Warning: A new intrusive swarm coming our way -- domestic drones!