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Brooks and Capehart on Supreme Court Deciding if Trump can Remain on Ballots

January 9, 2024

Brooks and Capehart on Supreme Court Deciding if Trump can Remain on Ballots

Ask students: Why is the Supreme Court getting involved with this case? How do you think they will rule?

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Summary

New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart join Amna Nawaz to discuss the week in politics, including the question of whether former President Trump can remain on the ballot is in the hands of the Supreme Court and President Biden's warning that political violence is a grave threat to democracy.

Video time markers

Start to 4:53: Discussion of Supreme Court hearing case on Trump removal from state ballots

4:54-6:50: On Biden's Valley Forge speech about threats to democracy

6:51-9:19: On Biden's pitch to voters

9:20-end: Discussion of Republican primaries and other candidates' positions on Trump

For a transcript of this story, click here.

News wrap alternative: Check out recent segments from the NewsHour, and choose the story you’re most interested in watching. You can make a Google doc copy of discussion questions that work for any of the stories here.

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Warm Up Questions

  1. Who are the judges that will hear former President Trump's appeal?
  2. What legal provision is the focus of the Supreme Court's consideration in this case?
  3. Why do some argue that the Supreme Court's decision on Donald Trump's ballot access is critical for the legitimacy of the democratic system?
  4. Where is the Roosevelt Hotel?
  5. When did President Biden deliver a speech at Valley Forge?

Focus Questions

Why is the Supreme Court getting involved with this case? How do you think they will rule?

Media literacy: Do you know where your local polling place is? Find out by checking with Vote Smart!

Alternative: See, Think, Wonder: What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What story would you want to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more?

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What students can do: Watch this video, refer to the Media Literacy question, and answer the following question — Why is it important to vote?

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