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Watch: Why Electric Transportation Will Curb Our Current Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Folks are lining up to reserve electric car automaker Tesla's Model 3. It's considered to be one of the first electric cars for the mass market at an expected price tag of 35 thousand dollars.

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Growth is Useless Without Equal Economic Distribution

What’'s at the top of Bernie Sanders' agenda? Universal healthcare, free college tuition, and a $15 minimum wage. But while [inaud] liberal economists like Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich, are applauding Sanders, others like Paul Krugman are taking a different stance. In a recent New York Times column, Krugman calls Sanders’ proposals unrealistic and outlandish. And he accused the senator of embracing voodoo economics. But what are we to make of this criticism? Are Sanders' economic proposals realistic? Here to take on Krugman’s assertions is our guest Bob Pollin. Bob is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and he’s also the co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the university. And his recent article in The Nation is titled “Bernie Sanders Will Make the Economy Great Again.”

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How Big Business Highjacked the Supreme Court to Usher in the Most Pro-Corporate State Since the 1930s

News on the hill is buzzing about who President Obama will nominate to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. But, instead of speculating over the future, we wanted to bring you the real story, and talk about the interests and history of those who have served on the court. Now joining us to do just that is Erwin Chemerinsky. He is the law school dean at the University of California Irvine, and he's also author of the book The Case Against the Supreme Court.

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Where Antonin Scalia Got His Crazy Ideas (VIDEO)

Col. Larry Wilkerson, the former chief of staff for U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, joins TRRN for this conversation on how to properly interpret the Constitution as a Supreme Court Justice, and weighs in on the validity.
Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was known as an advocate of Constitutional originalism; that is, understanding the Constitution from the point of view of those who drafted and ratified it. Scalia, who died on Saturday at the age of 79, was known for his opposition to the Voting Rights Act, same-sex marriage, and anti-union policies.
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Larry Wilkerson: To me it meant, and I have to do due diligence here and tell you that the Justice came down when I was deputy director of the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Virginia, and talked to us at length about it. About an hour and a half, as a matter of fact. And I remember several Marines and myself talking about it afterwards and trying to figure out what it was all about. And one of my Marines said something, Marines can sometimes be really pithy. He said, well, what it's about is Scalia is a conservative, and his interpretation of the Constitution feeds that conservatism. That may not sound that profound, but I think it is. Conservatives don't want to change things, and they want to change things only with great circumspection. And that's not bad, that's almost Edmund Burkian. But with Scalia I think he took it a couple of feet too far. And by that I mean his interpretation of the Constitution was that it was a dead letter. It was there. And whatever was there was what you interpreted, legally or otherwise, and nothing else. But you couldn't look beyond the letter. You couldn't look, as Jefferson said quite eloquently, at that new set of clothes that you needed to put on as you grew up, and as you got older and more mature, and as the nation changed and society changed. There has to be a meeting of the minds somewhere in the middle of that, I think. Yes, you want to continue things that have worked. You want to preserve the best that's been thought and said and done in the world, and change it only with great circumspection. But at the same time, you do probably want to change it from time to time. Otherwise the Constitution is a pact for suicide.
JD: Let's talk about how he took it too far at times. Can you mention any specific policies or cases where you felt like he did just that?
LW: Well, I, I thought that his argument on abortion was a particularly acute argument. And not, that that badly taken, as it went so far. And that so far was that the Constitution is clear, and the writers who expounded the Constitution during the Convention and afterwards, made this quite clear that there was this, there was this reservation of power, if you will, in the bulk of the power, to the states and to the people. Ultimately to the people. And if it wasn't specifically enumerated in the Constitution, then that's where it went. It went to the states or the people. So his argument was abortion is not in the Constitution, therefore it goes to the states and to the people. I think we've seen over time, though, that the interpretation, the evolution, if you will, of that Constitutional fabric, has been that if there are issues, take slavery, for example, which the Constitution is very specific about, there are issues that cause over time a disconcert, a disunion, if you will, or a tendency towards disunion. A breakup of the union. Controversy, and even conflict within the union. And if there is something like that then the federal government has every right to step in and to make pronouncements, and to take the case, as it were, and to deal with it, which the Supreme Court did. I do still entertain Scalia's argument that that is a valid concept, that the states and the people have the bulk of the power, and in most instances that power should remain with them. But all you have to do is look at what we've done today with power in general, both in the presidency and in the legislature, and for that matter in the Supreme Court, to understand that we have changed majorly since that really pristine, original interpretation. And I think change has to be had in some cases. I'm not always in favor of it. But I think it does have to occur. And if I had any objection to Scalia it was he was adamant, he was like rock, about that, and I think that was wrong.
JD: I'm glad you mentioned the presidency, because President Obama, he will be looking to appoint Scalia's replacement, as we know. But you know, some folks are, are, it's, some people might argue that it's not as impactful, what the Supreme Court does, and his appointment and nomination, and so on and so forth. But for you, Larry, would you make the case that the president's nomination of potentially the next justice on the Supreme Court is quite important.
LW: I think it's very important. Let's go back to the Constitution and Scalia's interpretation thereof, if you will. Article Three of the Constitution are the only details of the Supreme Court. That's the only one it sets up. And then it has language that says and any other court subsidiary to it that the government deems necessary. And of course we've taken that and run with it bigtime. Necessarily so. But the Supreme Court is the ultimate law of the land, and it is the ultimate arbitrator of the Constitution and the ultimate arbitrator of what you might call potential Constitutional crises between the legislature and the executive. That's an important position, and it's an important position for a number of reasons, not least of which is it has nine judges on it. And it ought to have nine judges on it, because that gives you a majority breaker. It gives you a tiebreaker. And so for people to even in the media, for example, to be talking about this as if it were a, a typical standoff between the White House and the legislature is a big indicator, illustrator, of how broken our system is today. The fact that the president has a Constitutional responsibility to appoint on a timely basis and seek the advice and consent of the Senate in the process a new Supreme Court justice, and it is being argued or being told on the floor of the Senate that it will not be allowed by the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, is unconscionable. It's reprehensible. It's disgusting.
JD: Yeah, and these are the same folks who are always preaching that they are Constitutional as, Larry, which is...
LW: Yeah, exactly. They have every right to advise and consent, and in the case of dissent to say no, send up another person. But they don't have a right to come out right at the beginning and say okay, no one will be appointed. No one will be appointed because this guy--my God, someone even said, I think it was Marco Rubio, that a president shouldn't be allowed to appoint him, because he has so little time left in office. I've got news for you, Marco Rubio. The man is president until the last day, hour, and minute of his administration.
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More Fuel on Syria Conflict's Fire: Saudi Arabia Will Send Fighter Jets Into Turkey

Col. Larry Wilkerson joins The Real News Network for this conversation on national security. According to the Col., Turkish and Saudi officials may be bluffing about possible ground invasion in Syria, but the prospect nevertheless is a calamity reminiscent of pre-World War I conditions. Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled "National Security Decision Making."
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Meet the Family With a Megaphone in U.S. & Israeli Politics

With 90 percent of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign donors being U.S. Americans, the Falic family tops the list, and their influence reaches both sides of the aisle in Congress

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30,000 Chinese Factory Workers Strike Against Nike Manufacturer

Thirty thousand Chinese workers have been on strike for two weeks against the world’s largest maker of athletic shoes. They make sneakers for companies that you know of, of course, like Nike and Adidas. And workers have shut down production. And the company Yue Yuen’s stock price has sharply declined. The workers allege the company has failed to adequately fund social security pensions and contribute to housing funds.

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Hundreds of Keystone XL Protestors Arrested, Look to Influence Obama's Final Decision on Pipeline

On March 3, hundreds of students demanded that President Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline deal, but Obama has already fast tracked the southern half of the pipeline which is currently delivering Canadian tar sands to Texas refineries.

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Supreme Courts Considers Limiting The Right of Unions to Organize

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Why the GOP Should Stop Blaming Immigrants for High Unemployment

The following is a transcript originally published on The Real News Network.

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