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Ruth Marcus On Brett Kavanaugh's 'Supreme Ambition'

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Renee Bright
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Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus says Brett Kavanaugh wasn’t on President Trump’s first or second list of SCOTUS nominees. But he’d clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, and when Kennedy retired, he recommended a replacement — Kavanaugh made the third list.

Marcus is joining us to talk about her book Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover [IndieBound|Amazon|Audible]. It’s the inside story of how a young law student who seemed to care more about basketball than jurisprudence made it onto the Supreme Court, how he survived credible allegations of sexual assault during his nomination and how, with his confirmation, conservatives conquered the highest court in the land.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.