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Mark Tushnet: "In The Balance: Law And Politics On The Roberts Court"

Many decisions before the Supreme Court hang in the balance between its conservative and liberal justices. In a new book about the role of politics in the highest court, a Harvard law professor argues the future of the court will be shaped by the competition between Chief Justice John Roberts and the newest member of the court, Justice Elena Kagan. Since her appointment just three years ago, Kagan has emerged as a leader among the liberal judges. Guest host Susan Page talks with a Supreme Court scholar about a court that is formally led by Roberts, but may be intellectually led by Kagan.

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Excerpted from "In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court" by Mark Tushnet. Copyright © 2013 by Mark Tushnet. With permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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