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Morning Docket: 03.18.19

* Sorry, bro, but one of them doesn’t like beer anymore: The Tenth Circuit denied 20 appeals of its earlier decision to dismiss misconduct complaints against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but this time, the panel was split, with one judge saying the "entire council should be disqualified." [National Law Journal] * "It’s not enough to legalize marijuana at the federal level — we should also help those who have suffered due to its prohibition." If you're a Democratic candidate running for presiden...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Law, Marijuana, Nbc News, Diversity, New York Times, Gloria Allred, Thomson Reuters, Trump, Preet Bharara, Democratic, Election 2020, Sonia Sotomayor, Southern District of New York, Tenth Circuit


Higher education roundup

Oops! “Tulane sophomore unknowingly named as plaintiff in lawsuit over college bribery scandal” [John Simerman, New Orleans Advocate] “Admissions scandal class action is ‘fascinating’ but likely doomed – experts” [Alison Frankel, Reuters] Plus advice from Ken at Popehat; Some problems with the idea of a sweeping presidential order to decree free speech on campus — and a promising if more modest step the White House could take instead [Donald Downs, Cato] Two more views on how universities ca...
Tags: Law, White House, Uncategorized, Harvard, Scandals, Class Actions, Ken, HLS, Olson, New Orleans Advocate, Popehat, Conor Friedersdorf, John Blake, Colleges and Universities, Keith Whittington, Sarah Lawrence


Agustin Huneeus Jr. — charged in the college admissions scandal — "has been a popular big money-political donor to California’s Congressional Democrats from the San Francisco Bay Area, and Napa Valley."

The California Globe reports:In 2016, his family hosted a Democratic mega-donor lunch and wine pairing at their Quintessa Winery for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, with Google’s executive chairman Schmidt as the luncheon speaker.... Huneeus has made seven contributions to House Speaker Nancy Pelois (D-San Francisco), totaling $18,300, and $10,000 to Pelosi’s political action committee, PAC to the Future....Agustin also made:six contributions to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-San Francisco), totaling $21,600.six lar...
Tags: Google, Law, California, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, House, PAC, Ethnicity, Nancy Pelosi, Globe, Campaign Finance, San Francisco Bay Area, Democratic, Democratic Party, Napa Valley


Sometimes You Have To Lose Before You Make To The Top Of The Biglaw Heap

Losing the presidency wasn't the end of his career.
Tags: Politics, Law, Biglaw, Trivia Question of the Day


Making Beto seem like John Edwards....

Just remembered the last time a Conde Nast publication dressed a young Democratic hopeful in smart-casual workwear and posed them next to a dog and pickup truck in a cover story shot by Annie Leibovitz. pic.twitter.com/qvOzjdaUkw— Freddie Campion (@FreddieCampion) March 13, 2019 Oh. My. God. pic.twitter.com/SFgITC1dlo— Freddie Campion (@FreddieCampion) March 13, 2019 ADDED: The Beto photo is much bettah. Humanizing politicians with a dog is so tired. Both men have a truck — are they guys who...
Tags: Texas, Law, White House, Conde Nast, Annie Leibovitz, Vanity Fair, BETO, Edwards, John Edwards, Ann Althouse, Beto O'Rourke


Russia’s Law To Ban Online ‘Disrespect’ Of Its Government Isn’t Just Morally Repugnant, It’s Bad For Russian Innovation

It doesn't seem smart to fine and jail people for doing something that would actually improve your country's competitiveness.
Tags: Politics, Law, Vladimir Putin, Finance, Government, Russia, Jonathan Wolf


Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – as it happened

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 12.24am GMT We’re going to close down this live blog now, so here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: MPs ignore May’s pleas and defeat her Brexit deal by 149 votes 12.01am GMT The UK is moving closer to crashing out of the European Union without a deal, the German...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Law, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons


Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – Politics live

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 10.20pm GMT An interesting line – unconfirmed, of course – from ITV News’ Robert Peston:I am hearing that @theresa_may and most - but not all - cabinet will vote to cancel no deal on 29 March. Interestingly ministers think former Remainer @Jeremy_Hunt will vote in other directi...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Law, Eu, Spain, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland


Brexit: May defeated by 391 votes to 242 as MPs reject revised deal – Politics live

Speaking after defeat, May says there will be free vote on Wednesday on no-deal BrexitFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 8.05pm GMT Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, is still taking questions. MPs have been repeatedly trying to get her to say what length article 50 extension the government will propose, if the debate goes ahead on Thursday, but she has refused to say. 8.04pm GMT This i...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, Buzzfeed, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland


Brexit: May faces fresh defeat as MPs vote on revised deal – Politics live

PM puts new plan to Commons after Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’ERG lawyers reject backstop concessions May deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votesAfternoon summary 7.14pm GMT This is from the Labour MP Paul Sweeney.Massive majority from across the House of Commons voting down the Prime Minister's deal yet again. pic.twitter.com/FuWvNX7QjJ 7.11pm GMT From the Telegraph’s Christopher HopeDUP MPs have now voted in the No lobby. One MP w...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Telegraph, Northern Irish politics


Brexit: DUP and ERG say they cannot support May as MPs debate deal – Politics live

PM puts new plan to Commons as Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’ERG lawyers reject backstop concessions May deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votesAfternoon summary 5.11pm GMT Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of ignoring the interests of Northern Ireland. Commenting on the DUP’s decision not to vote for the deal tonight, Michelle O’Neill, the Sinn Fein leader in Northern Ireland, said:The business community, the farming community, the civil ser...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Sinn Féin, Northern Irish politics


Brexit: May opens debate as DUP and ERG say they cannot back deal – Politics live

PM to put new plan to cabinet and Commons as Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’Full story: Risk of indefinite backstop remainsMay deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 2.14pm GMT John Lamont, a Scottish Conservative, says he voted against the deal in January. But he implies he is backing May now. He says businesses need certainty. 2.13pm GMT The DUP has confirmed it will not back the PM’s deal at this point. This is from Arlene Foster, ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Northern Irish politics, Scottish Conservative


Brexit: ERG says it cannot recommend voting for May's deal – Politics live

PM to put new plan to cabinet and Commons as Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’Full story: Risk of indefinite backstop remainsMay deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 1.10pm GMT The ERG’s “star chamber” has published its assessment of the new assurances. And it is not convinced, my colleague Jessica Elgot reports.NEW - The “Star Chamber” has reported on the Government’s latest legal advice. The advice does not meet the tests the Government...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, United Kingdom, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Northern Irish politics


White House proposes to spend approximately nothing on early childhood education to minimize taxes for top 0.1 percent (Michael Simkovic)

NPR reports that the Trump administration has proposed a meager one-time increase in funding for childcare / early career eduction equal to approximately 0.0045 percent... [Author: Michael Simkovic]
Tags: Law, White House, Npr, Trump, Michael Simkovic


"The Six Wings Of The Democratic Party."

According to FiveThirtyEight:The Super Progressives — Very liberal on economic and identity/cultural issues, anti-establishment... Prominent examples: Ocasio-Cortez , Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin.... People in this bloc generally see the Democratic Party as too centrist and too cautious...The Very Progressives — Very liberal on economic issues, fairly liberal on identity issues, skeptical of the Democratic establishment. Prominent examples: Bill de Blasio, Sen. Jeff...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Obama, Oregon, Virginia, Barack Obama, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Democratic, Democratic Party, Pelosi, FiveThirtyEight, Josh Gottheimer, Mark Pocan


Making (belated) case for a Prez to "choose nominees who will help dismantle mass incarceration"

James Forman has this notable new New York Times op-ed about Supreme Court nominations and the field of potential challengers to Prez Trump under the full headline "The Democratic Candidates Should Tell Us Now Who They’ll Put on the Supreme Court. And they should choose nominees who will help dismantle mass incarceration."  I recommend the piece in full, and here are excerpts: In a country that locks up more of its citizens than any other, we should demand that candidates for president have a p...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Alabama, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Donald Trump, Trump, Democratic, Alexander, Sonia Sotomayor, Prez Obama, Garland, Thurgood Marshall, Bryan Stevenson


"Omar says the 'hope and change' offered by Barack Obama was a mirage."

"Recalling the 'caging of kids' at the U.S.-Mexico border and the 'droning of countries around the world' on Obama’s watch, she argues that the Democratic president operated within the same fundamentally broken framework as his Republican successor. 'We can’t be only upset with Trump. … His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was,' Omar says. 'And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t...
Tags: Law, Obama, Mexico, Barack Obama, Trump, Democratic, Omar, Democratic Party, Ann Althouse, Ilhan Omar, Left-wing Ideology, Obama and the military, Obama and immigration, Dean Phillips, Obama attacked from the left, Democratic Party Politico


"Bad lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen..."

Bad lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen said under sworn testimony that he never asked for a Pardon. His lawyers totally contradicted him. He lied! Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon. I said NO. He lied again! He also badly wanted to work at the White House. He lied!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, White House, Lying, Michael Cohen, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump pardons


Sexual harassment victims can still deduct legal fees

Part of today's International Women's Day celebrations are for the continuing employment advances by women. Our 21st century progress is due in large part to the pivotal roles of female employees in traditionally male jobs, like this woman machining parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1942. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons) Back in 2017 when Congress was formulating the comprehensive tax law changes that would become the Tax Cuts ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Taxes, Law, Sexual Assault, Congress, Time, Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Harassment, Irs, International Women's Day, Tax Reform, Fort Worth Texas, Senate Finance Committee, Internal Revenue Service, NDA


"3 more steps to make 'First Step Act' work"

The title of this post is the headline of this recent Hill commentary authored by Jessica Jackson. Here are excerpts: The First Step Act aims to transform the federal prison system, prioritize rehabilitation over punishment, and reform some of our nation’s harshest prison sentences — remnants of the outdated War on Drugs.  While getting any meaningful legislation signed into law is worthy of celebration, in most cases it is just the beginning of a much longer battle. The hard work — the part th...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, White House, House, Department Of Justice, Trump, Bureau, Review Committee, Barr, Jessica Jackson, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, William Barr, Mark Inch, Independent Review Committee


"A veteran Democratic foreign policy adviser has accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of nepotism, dishonesty and vindictiveness..."

"... in an assault on a previously untouched part of the Clinton political legacy – Ireland. Trina Vargo, who was a behind-the-scenes Washington player in Northern Ireland’s peace process, claims the couple tried to obtain a scholarship to Ireland for a boyfriend of their daughter, Chelsea, and later cut funding for the scholarship to punish Vargo for backing Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination race."From The Guardian. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Washington, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Ireland, Chelsea, Bill Clinton, Northern Ireland, Bill, Hillary, Clinton, Vargo, Ann Althouse, Trina Vargo


"With progressives pushing Democrats to embrace the Green New Deal — and Republicans ridiculing the idea as socialism — Mr. Schumer is effectively trying to turn a weakness into a strength."

"He is planning daily floor speeches attacking Republicans for inaction and a proposal for a special Senate committee focused on the issue, which he intends to announce this week. And while there is virtually no chance of passing climate change legislation in a Republican-controlled Senate with President Trump in office, Mr. Schumer said he wanted legislation to run on next year — and bring to a vote in early 2021, should his party win the White House and the Senate. 'This is the first time Demo...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, California, Senate, White House, Green, Democrats, Mitch McConnell, Amy Klobuchar, Scary, Times, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump


Morning Docket: 03.04.19

* Was Michael Cohen involved in any talk about potential pardons? Lawmakers are now very interested in exploring this topic to find out if anyone was allegedly obstructing justice. [Washington Post] * As we've been hearing for a while now, special counsel Robert Mueller will submit his final report soon, and it's going to turn into a political firestorm. [Bloomberg] * Meanwhile, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, says it’s "very clear" that President Trump obs...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, White House, Bloomberg, Comcast, Donald Trump, Pardons, Law Schools, Biglaw, American Bar Association, Legal Ethics, Trump, Chicago Tribune, Michael Cohen, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller


"Mark Penn, Ex-Clinton Loyalist, Visits Trump, and Democrats Are Not Pleased."

That's the headline for a column by Annie Karni in the NYT. Excerpt:As Democrats have moved to the left, Mr. Penn, with his centrist politics, has become alienated from a party in which he once reigned as a winning pollster and is a frequent guest on Fox News and the author of op-ed articles criticizing the special counsel’s investigation as a “partisan, open-ended inquisition.” He has even adopted the president’s term “deep state” to describe people he views as Democratic operatives sabotaging ...
Tags: Law, White House, Fox News, Clinton, Penn, Trump, Clintons, Mueller, Politico Magazine, Mark Penn, Annie Karni, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Ken Starr, Mark Penn Ex Clinton, Trump is like Bill Clinton


Rights threatened by immigration bill | Letters

Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Caroline Lucas MP and others explain their objections to the government’s immigration billThe government’s immigration bill is a threat to the rights of millions of people, and we oppose it. When the bill comes to its third reading in March, we urge all MPs to vote against it.The immigration bill will extend the hostile environment to European migrants, putting them into the same system that brought us the Windrush scandal. The income thresholds introduced by the bill wil...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Caroline Lucas, Lloyd Russell Moyle


May to offer workers' rights pledges to gain Labour Brexit support

Prime minister expected to offer greater guarantees, including over future EU rulesTheresa May is to formally announce a series of new pledges on workers’ rights and the easing of trade union restrictions, in the latest attempt to get Labour MPs to support her Brexit deal.Labour sources said they were expecting the prime minister to table a ministerial statement next week setting out greater guarantees for workers post-Brexit, including a “non-regression lock” and giving MPs a vote on whether to...
Tags: Politics, Law, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, Employment law, Brexit


"The Overdue Death of Democratic 'Pragmatism'/Centrism in disguise is the wrong strategy for stopping Trump."

A headline that makes me sad. The article, at The New Republic, is by Alex Shephard.Substantively, it's another one of these Amy-Klobuchar-must-be-destroyed articles. [T]he press has cemented her identity as a pragmatist because she fills a key narrative role in the 2020 race: serving as a contrast to the supposed idealists who are driving most of the conversation (and most of the voter excitement) in the Democratic primary. This is shaping up to be the defining conflict of the race...This is no...
Tags: Law, Senate, Barack Obama, History, Metaphor, Hillary Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Abortion, Amy Klobuchar, Trump, Democratic Party, New Republic, Klobuchar, Walter Mondale, Ann Althouse


Potential dangers to the Chagos Islands | Letters

Jonathan Hunt says most of the islands are uninhabitable and Paul Tattam says there is a risk of China playing Britain at its own game of gunboat diplomacyBritain has rightly been criticised by the international court for its appalling treatment of former inhabitants of the Chagos archipelago almost 50 years ago (Britain ordered to return Chagos Islands to Mauritius, 26 February). But the court displays little knowledge of the situation today. All but Diego Garcia and just one of the larger isla...
Tags: Food, Japan, Politics, Law, China, Animals, Africa, Environment, UK News, World news, Britain, Military, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Wildlife, Conservation


Richard Cohen (the WaPo) columnist doesn't "quite know what a handbasket is, but the Democratic Party is heading in one to electoral hell with its talk of socialism and reparations."

He's got an image, but he can't picture it. I picture something like this:But damn, I find it annoying, starting off a column so lazily.I don't quite know what a handbasket is, but the Democratic Party is heading in one to electoral hell with its talk of socialism and reparations. Given a Republican incumbent who has never exceeded 50 percent in Gallup's approval ratings poll and who won the presidency thanks to a dysfunctional electoral college, the party is nevertheless determined to give Dona...
Tags: Law, White House, Wikipedia, Socialism, Donald Trump, Trump, Gallup, Democratic Party, Morris, Cohen, WaPo, Reparations, Sons of Liberty, Hieronymus Bosch, Richard Cohen, Ann Althouse



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