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Hey Look! George Conway Has Some Thoughts On Trump This Morning!

He thinks Donald Trump might not always be telling the truth.
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, George Conway


The Pentagon’s Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted Boeing

The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General confirmed it has launched an investigation into whether Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has violated any ethics rules by promoting his former employer Boeing while serving in the Trump Administration. The investigation comes a week after a government watchdog group, called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics…
Tags: News, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Boeing, Trump Administration, Patrick Shanahan, Citizens for Responsibility, Boosted Boeing, Department of Defense Office of Inspector General


The Trump Administration’s Legal Incompetence Is Statistically Provable, Borderline Hilarious

The stats on how bad Trump's legal work has been are just fascinating.
Tags: Law, Government, Courts, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration


Consider This Your Friendly Tax Season Reminder That Trump’s Supposed Tax Cut Was Just Another Scam

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was a corporate giveaway and a messaging scam.
Tags: Law, Finance, Tax Cuts, Donald Trump, Tax Law, Share Buybacks, Jonathan Wolf, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017


Morning Docket: 03.20.19

* "It’ll never happen. I guarantee it won’t happen for six years." Contrary to what Democratic presidential candidates are suggesting, President Trump doesn't want anything to do with expanding the size of the Supreme Court. [Reuters] * As it turns out, special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Michael Cohen much sooner than he originally led on, and the Cohen probe was handed off to the S.D.N.Y. long before campaign-finance violations were even discovered. [Wall Street Journal] * Tha...
Tags: Real Estate, Crime, Supreme Court, Law, Donald Trump, Campaign Finance, Law Schools, Trump, Reuters, Cohen, Michael Cohen, National Law Journal, Robert Kraft, Robert Mueller, Georgetown Law, Georgetown University Law Center


Wednesday round-up

The justices will hear argument in one case this morning: Flowers v. Mississippi, which asks whether a prosecutor’s repeated use of peremptory challenges to remove black people from the jury pool violated the Constitution. Amy Howe previewed the case for this blog, in a post that was first published at Howe on the Court. Cecilia Bruni and Brady Plastaras have a preview at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. At AP, Jeff Amy and Mark Sherman report that “[t]he state, defending the co...
Tags: New York, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Oregon, Court, America, Georgia, Bloomberg, Ap, Atlantic, United States, Hawaii, Liberty, New York Times


New Book Trashes Jared and Ivanka for Self-Dealing

As inexperienced, untalented, and "bubble-ized" as we all know the Trump offspring to be, the new book "Kushner, Inc" shows just how much Donald Trump has imperiled the nation with his nepotism and the tawdry list of characters he has appointed and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Jared, Trump, Ivanka, Kushner Inc


Non Sequiturs: 03.17.19

* With Justice Anthony M. Kennedy off the Supreme Court, who has replaced him as the justice most often in the majority? The answer might surprise you (but note that this is based on only part of the Term). [Empirical SCOTUS] * Speaking of SCOTUS, what does its recent copyright ruling in Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com mean for creators? Here's a clear and concise breakdown. [All Rights Reserved] * In the wake of the giant college admissions scandal, is it time to rethink how elite institutio...
Tags: Asia, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Copyright, Philippines, College Admissions, Donald Trump, Huawei, Constitutional Law, Adam Feldman, Anthony M Kennedy, Fourth Estate, Ty Cobb, Robert Mueller, Non-Sequiturs


We Have An Amal Clooney Story — See Also

HERE'S SOMETHING TANGENTIALLY RELATED TO AMAL CLOONEY: Everybody is going to read it. IT'S RUTH BADER GINSBURG'S BIRTHDAY: Let's plank. IT'S RUTH BADER GINSBURG'S BIRTHDAY AND PEOPLE ARE AWFUL: She's the target of anti-Semitism, again. LAWSUIT WITH THE BEST CHANCE OF LANDING TRUMP IN A DEPOSITION: The Summer Zervos defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump is still a go. WHY IS THE COLLEGE BRIBERY SCANDAL BEING HANDLED BY BOSTON? The guy who flipped to expose the scam is not wicked smart.
Tags: Law, Boston, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clooney, Zervos, See Also, Amal Clooney Story


Trump Vetoes Funding Bill

Donald Trump has issued his first veto in response to Congress's rejection of his emergency declaration of a border crisis. It's unlikely Congress will have the votes to override the veto. Still, at least some Republicans refused to go... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Congress, Bill, Donald Trump


Morning Docket: 03.15.19

* "This is not a normal vote. This will be a vote about the very nature of our constitution and the separation of powers." The Senate voted to reject President Trump's declaration of the national emergency, with 12 Republicans joining with their Democratic colleagues. Now, we'll wait for the reality TV spectacular that will be the president's first veto. [Washington Post] * A poster of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the target of anti-Semitic graffiti in New York. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task F...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, Copyright, New York Times, House Of Representatives, Deaths, Department Of Justice, Title IX, Donald Trump, Nirvana, Marc Jacobs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Department, Kurt Cobain


The Trump Administration’s Relationship With Boeing Is Under Scrutiny After Crashes

Patrick Shanahan, Acting Secretary of Defense, told Congress that he welcomes an inspector general investigation into whether he violated any ethics rules by promoting Boeing Co. products while serving in the Trump Administration. Shanahan, who came to the Pentagon after spending more than three decades at Boeing, has routinely fended off questions about potential conflicts…
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Boeing, Boeing Co, Shanahan, Trump Administration, Patrick Shanahan


I’m Starting To Think George Conway Might Not Like Donald Trump

The Wachtell partner is ready for the 25th Amendment.
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, Biglaw, Wachtell, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, George Conway


Thursday round-up

Briefly: At The Daily Caller, Kevin Daley notes that “Chief Justice John Roberts has made common cause with the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc as late, breaking with his conservative colleagues on cases relating to abortion, the death penalty and President Donald Trump’s revised rules for asylum seekers,” and that “[i]n isolation, it’s difficult to know what to make of the chief’s votes.” In an op-ed for Fox News, Kristen Waggoner hopes that the recent settlement between Colorado and Christian ba...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, Indiana, Atlantic, Fox News, Christian, Illinois, Donald Trump, Madison, Round-up, John Roberts, International Finance Corporation, Jam, NLRA, Marbury


Fort Trump? The Pentagon Takes a Step Toward Establishing Base in Poland

The Trump Administration has drawn criticism for considering U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria, but it’s considering at least one new permanent military base overseas. It even has a suggested name: “Fort Trump.” Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood is in Warsaw, Poland this week to discuss the proposed base, which would…
Tags: News, Defense, Uncategorized, Syria, Afghanistan, Military, Foreign Policy, Poland, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Warsaw Poland, Trump Administration, John Rood, Fort Trump


A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

'We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else …' Barack Obama, inaugural address, 2013 'We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers.' Donald Trump, inaugural address, 2017Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life – money, power, jobs, university admission – should be distri...
Tags: Work, Business, UK, Money, Microsoft, Government, US, Barack Obama, Society, Capitalism, Bill Gates, Netherlands, Innovation, Morality, Donald Trump, Consumerism


Paul Manafort Gets 7.5 Years, Which Is Fine. It’s Fine.

All in, Paul Manafort is going to jail for a while, which is as good as it gets.
Tags: Crime, Law, Government, Sentencing, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort


"Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page admitted... that 'the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information'..."

"... [Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe] alleged in a social media post late Tuesday, citing a newly unearthed transcript of Page's closed-door testimony..... 'So let me if I can, I know I’m testing your memory,' Ratcliffe began as he questioned Page under oath, according to a transcript excerpt he posted on Twitter. 'But when you say advice you got from the Department, you’re making it sound like it was the Department that told you: You’re not going to charge gross negligence because we’re t...
Tags: Texas, Law, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Department, House Judiciary Committee, Obama Justice Department, Ratcliffe, Ann Althouse, Hillary's in trouble, Trump rhetoric, Obama DOJ, Trump troubles


The Vote To Terminate Trump’s National Emergency Is More Than Symbolic, Even If Trump Vetos It

Congressional override locks in a few key legal positions, and that might be important to one conservative justice in particular.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Government, Courts, Donald Trump, Trump, National Emergency, Chadha v. INS


New Pentagon Policy Requires Most People To Serve In Their Birth Gender

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their birth gender. The memo outlining the new policy was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, and it comes after a lengthy and complicated legal battle. It falls short of the all-out transgender ban that was initially ordered by President Donald Trump. But it will likely force the mili...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, Defense, Ap, Military, House, Pentagon, Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Ash Carter, Trump


Paul Manafort gets additional (consecutive) 43 months in prison at second sentencing, resulting in 7.5 year total term

As reported in this Politico piece, headlined "Paul Manafort’s prison sentence was upped to seven-and-a-half years on Wednesday, bringing an end to Robert Mueller’s most public legal battle and capping a spectacular fall for the globe-trotting GOP consultant and former chairman of the Trump campaign." Here is more: It's the longest sentence by far for anyone ensnared in Mueller’s nearly two-year-old probe. Manafort’s punishment reached its final length after U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman...
Tags: Law, Obama, Virginia, Ukraine, Gop, Moscow, Jackson, Donald Trump, Trump, U S District Court, Mueller, Alexandria Va, Robert Mueller, Douglas A Berman, Amy Berman Jackson, Prez Trump


Making progressive (but not political) case that the FIRST STEP Act "does much harm"

Marie Gottschalk that this new Jacobin commentary assailing the FIRST STEP Act under the headlined "Did You Really Think Trump Was Going to Help End the Carceral State?" The piece reiterates at length a variety of the criticisms from the left waged against the risk assessment tools in FIRST STEP while its fate was being debated in Congress. I recommend the whole piece, and here is how it starts and some excerpts: With much fanfare, President Donald Trump signed the First Step Act into law in De...
Tags: Law, Congress, Cnn, New Jersey, Donald Trump, Jones, Trump, Prez Obama, Cory Booker, Van Jones, Bureau of Prisons, Bop, Douglas A Berman, Marie Gottschalk


Morning Docket: 03.12.19

* Baker McKenzie jerks around partners the way most firms jerk around associates. [American Lawyer] * Amazon agrees to stop doing that thing that looks a lot like an antitrust violation. [Axios] * Should Ty Cobb be mouthing off about the Mueller probe in public? [The Hill] * Bankruptcy trial features travel agents explaining how American Airlines has ruined competition in the airline industry. In other news, there are still travel agents? [Law360] * "Squirrel Sex" is the go-to explanation fo...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Donald Trump, American Airlines, Harvard Law School, Mueller, Harvard Gazette, Baker & McKenzie, Ty Cobb, Robert Mueller, Morning Docket, Entertainment Law


Morning Docket: 03.11.19

* According to House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), special counsel Robert Mueller is making “a mistake” by not putting President Trump under oath for in-person testimony, since “he's made plain in the past [that] he feels it's perfectly fine to lie to the public.” [NBC News] * Per his lawyer, Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann will be suing CNN for at least $250M because the news network was “probably more vicious in its direct attacks” than the Washington Post. [The Hill]...
Tags: Reality TV, Texas, Maryland, Law, Washington Post, Government, Cnn, Serial, Deaths, Women's Issues, Donald Trump, Adnan Syed, Law Schools, Sxsw, Trump, Reuters


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


Is Trump’s assault on international law working?

For centuries, international law has functioned as an instrument of nation-states working in concert, acting out of a sense of legal obligation. Since World War II, this combination of state practice driven by legal obligation—in the form of both treaties and customary international law—has served as a prime mechanism for shaping and addressing complex global responses to pressing planetary challenges.  In practice, international law has helped to construct a system—exemplified by the United Nat...
Tags: Books, Featured, Human Rights, Leadership, Law, China, Russia, Immigration, America, European Union, Austria, United States, George Orwell, Nato, United Nations, Venezuela


"If even a successful businessman and entrepreneur like Governor Hickenlooper can't openly support capitalism in the Democratic primary, it's clear this is Senator Sanders' party now."

Said Howard Schultz (the Starbucks founder who may run for President as an independent), which was quoted on "Face the Nation" this morning, in a question to John Hickenlooper, whose answer was so dispiriting that I turned off the TV in the middle. Transcript:GOV. HICKENLOOPER: I've been-- the point I was making is that we defined people by these labels that- that often have all kinds of associations and baggage with them in that sense. Do I believe in small business? Of course I believe in smal...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, Capitalism, Howard Schultz, Starbucks, Donald Trump, Sanders, Nafta, Democratic Party, John Hickenlooper, Hickenlooper, Margaret Brennan, Face the Nation, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign


Trump Wants $8.6 Billion for Worthless Wall

Donald Trump is asking Congress to pass his budget bill includes $8.6 billion to help pay for his worthless wall. I do not want a wall. We do not need a wall. Mexico will not pay for a wall. America will not see a dime from El Chapo. Instead,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Congress, Mexico, America, Donald Trump, Trump Wants


Trump Requests $100 Million for Ivanka's Project

Donald Trump's 2020 budget includes $100 million for a project created and led by his daughter, Ivanka Trump, named the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. (I wonder how much they paid for the spiffy website.) It will give... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump



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