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Does The Government Get To Decide What Constitutes A Slur?

Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joins Ben Domenech to talk Supreme Court justice nominees and other SCOTUS news.


Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, joins Ben Domenech to talk celebrities’ post-election freak-outs, filibusters, Supreme Court justice nominees. They also discuss whether the government gets to determine what’s a slur, such as the “Redskins.”

“If the Supreme Court affirms the federal circuit, then that part of the Lanham Act is struck down, and trademark examiners will no longer have the power to not allow as trademark registration as being disparaging,” Shapiro said.

Come 2017, senators will being the process of confirming or filibustering one of Donald Trump’s SCOTUS nominees. “Currently a number of Republicans–Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins– have said they’re not ready to get rid of the filibuster right now,” he said. “But if the rubber hits the road, and the Democrats filibuster is on the table, will they change their minds?”

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