Everything We Know About the American Heartland

We are three lawyers in Austin, Texas talking about the American Heartland and what we know about the American Heartland.

Everything We Know about Racism

March 7, 2017

Show Notes

Ruchit is in India. AJ is in Texas. Tom is in California. Can we still have an episode?

Everything We Know about the Previous Episode(s)

“Passengers on a domestic flight deplaning in New York were asked to present ID by Customs and Border Protection agents—a likely unenforceable demand that nevertheless diminishes freedom”

538’s Harry Enton also wonders whether John McCain is really a Maverick. We assume this article was written in response to our podcast, Everything We Know about John McCain.

Tom Udall has a plan to confirm both Gorsuch and Garland. Probably cribbed from West Wing, Season 5, episode 17.

The three justices that Udall proposes should retire:

Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions

We take about this case, which before the Supreme Court currently. We also make predictions about this case.

I don’t like the racism

George W. Bush says that he doesn’t like the racism.

  • Bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers
  • Warned to leave, the Kansas shooting victim refused to abandon the “country he loved,” his wife said, according to the Washington Post
    • The 911 Call: “I’m a bartender at Applebee’s and I had this guy come into the bar and he told me that he had done something really bad and he was on the run from the police, and he asked if he could stay with me and my husband and he wouldn’t tell me what he did,” the 911 caller continued. “I kept asking him. He said he would tell me if I agreed to let him stay with me. I finally got him to tell me and he said that he shot and killed two Iranian people in Olathe and I looked it up on the news and there was a shooting three hours ago.”
  • Obama says that sometimes we take two steps forward, and one step back.

As an aside, the Onion reports that children are sociopaths.

What is structural racism?

Everything We Know about this Supreme Court

Here, we make predictions about what the Supreme Court will do. We record our predictions and hold ourselves accountable.


In this segment, we offer random, unrelated tidbits.


Everything We Know about Guns

February 25, 2017

Show Notes

Today we discuss everything we know about guns and then some stuff we know about Planned Parenthood. We start with some follow up from Episode 4: Everything We Know About John McCain.

The Right to Bear Arms

The Fourth Circuit recently issued an opinion holding that assault weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment.

Reproductive Rights

In the second part of the show, we discuss a case where Judge Sam Sparks issues a preliminary injunction barring Texas from removing Planned Parenthood from Medicaid.


The Third Amendment has been applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment by the Second Circuit in Engbloom v. Carey.


Everything We Know about John McCain

February 21, 2017

Show Notes

In this episode, we talk about everything we know about Senator John McCain.

Supreme Court Predictions

But first, we have a short Supreme Court Predictions segment. In it, we examine the Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman case. The issue is:

Does the New York General Business Law’s prohibition of credit card surcharges violate the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment or the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

John McCain: Hot or Not?

John McCain gives a speech in Munich; or if you’d rather watch the video.

After Show

In the after show, we talk about Mike Flynn & Treason:


Everything We Know about Border Searches

February 19, 2017

Show Notes

The United States Court of International Trade has ruled that Snuggies are blankets, not priestly vestments. As a result, import tariffs are reduced by nearly half. The full opinion is available here.

Is a tomato a vegetable or a fruit?

Supreme Court Predictions

In this section, we take three random cases that are before the Supreme Court and predict the outcome. We are holding ourselves accountable by keeping track our predictions on our website.

Everything We Know About Secrets

Trump conducting foreign affairs in public at Mar-A-Lago, via CNN and Politico

  • John Cook from the Intercept on how they handle secret documents.

Border Searches

Finally, everything we know about border searches.

After Show

Anyone can be Speaker of the House, including Hillary Clinton.

Bonus Content: where we review & unbox the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone.


Everything We Know about the Ninth Circuit

February 12, 2017

Show Notes

  • Abrams nixed
  • 9th Circuit Order
  • Trump later tweeted: “LAWFARE: “Remarkably, in the entire opinion, the panel did not bother even to cite this (the) statute.” A disgraceful decision!”
  • Eric Posner said: “Trump’s tweets will haunt him for all national security actions going forward, interfering even with legitimate gov action”