Listen: Dean Pete Peterson Weighs in on Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to US Supreme Court | KPCC AirTalk

April 10, 2017  | 1 min read

Week in politics: Neil Gorsuch confirmed to Supreme Court, plus future of US-Russia relations as Tillerson heads to Moscow

The U.S. Supreme Court now has a full complement of nine justices. Neil Gorsuch was sworn in this morning at the White House, restoring a conservative majority to the High Court.

It gave President Trump a chance to enjoy his political victory and ensures that there is a legacy for the Trump administration. But things are murkier for the president and the White House on Syria.

Top American diplomats gave conflicting visions yesterday, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying that the U.S. policy in Syria will continue to be the eradication of ISIS while U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said she doesn’t see a political solution in Syria so long as President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.  

Our political roundtable tackles all this, plus we’ll touch on the attacks in Egypt over the weekend as well as what’s next for Congressional Republicans in their tax reform efforts.


Ange-Marie Hancock-Alfaro, associate professor of political science and gender studies at USC

Pete Peterson, dean of the School of Public Policy and senior fellow at The Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University