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This Week on Washington Week: The Fight for the Supreme Court

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer and icon on the nation's highest court, died last Friday night, her death announced just minutes before Washington Week went to air. This week, our show will discuss her legacy and the impact of having a vacancy on the court just weeks before a hotly-contested presidential election.

President Trump is set to announce his choice for the seat this Saturday, all as he continues to make unfounded allegations about widespread voter fraud and refuses to commit to a peaceful transition of power. The decision about who will be America's next president could be decided by the Supreme Court.

What are the stakes for both the president and Democratic nominee Joe Biden? And what about for American democracy?

After the show, watch the Washington Week Extra for a discussion of Ginsburg’s life and legacy with NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg. The Washington Week Extra streams live on our website, Facebook, and YouTube page, Fridays at 8:30PM.

Joining moderator and managing editor Robert Costa to discuss this pivotal week:

  • Carl Hulse, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times and author of "Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington's War Over the Supreme Court, from Scalia's Death to Justice Kavanaugh"
  • Seung Min Kim, White House Reporter, covering the Trump administration through the lens of Capitol Hill for the Washington Post
  • Nina Totenberg, Legal Affairs Correspondent for NPR, who covered Justice Ginsburg for over forty years, starting when Ginsburg was Director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project in the 1970s.