September 19, 2012 6:30 PM
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Jeffrey Toobin, senior CNN legal analyst and staff writer for The New Yorker, will discuss his new book "The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court." A book signing will follow the author discussion.
This event is free for NPC members, $5.00 for all guests and non-members. NPC members should login for the discount code. This event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute. The author will only sign copies purchased through the National Press Club. No outside books or memorabilia will be permitted.
"The Oath" is a gripping insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration.
From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation—and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative—a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology. Roberts—and his allies on the Court—seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the ultimate victory FDR achieved in the New Deal.
This ideological war will crescendo during the 2011-2012 term, in which several landmark cases are on the Court's docket. With four new justices joining the Court in just five years, including Obama's appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, this is a dramatically—and historically—different Supreme Court, playing for the highest of stakes.
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