I admit it: I miss New Jack Swing. The fusion-R&B genre streamed non-stop out of my Walkman in the late eighties, but now when you hear the words "new jack," you probably have "New Jack City" -- "tick tock, you don't stop," "we takin' over the Carter," and all that -- pop into your head. I know it's not just me. Funny, considering that movie (and that song) were harbingers of the eventual death of new jack swing. (Maybe it was dying already, but I digress.)
I bring all this up because not just Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" ties into our discussion today about executive privilege, but mostly due to that privilege was used this past week by the President to hold back documents sought by House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa. Conservative consternation over the president using that power has been amusing, considering the abuses of office many of them excused during the George W. Bush administration.
The point of all this is that the mere exercise of presidential power may not always a bad thing -- and just because someone came along once before, profiting off it while soiling it, it doesn't mean that the original isn't still good, or useful. That's a question Melissa will be confronting today at the top of the show.
Other topics will include the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, LGBT Pride Week (and Month), and voter suppression throughout the country.
Our guests will include:
- David Chalian, Washington bureau chief for Yahoo! News.
- Jonathan Cohn, senior editor of The New Republic, and author of "Sick.
- Jeff Johnson, MSNBC contributor and executive editor of Politic365.com.
- Richard Kim, executive editor of TheNation.com.
- Liz Margolies, executive dirstor of the National LGBT Cancer Network.
- Aisha Moodie-Mills, advisor of the LGBT Policy & Racial Justice at the Center of American Progress.
- Ana Oliviera, President/CEO of the New York Women's Foundation.
- Scout, director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at the Fenway Institute.
- Kenji Yoshino, New York University law professor.
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