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Sunday Open Thread: Post-Holiday Edition

I didn't celebrate the Fourth of July this year. Between the coronavirus and Donald Trump's incompetence, laziness and inability to express a truthful statement, on any topic, America can no longer say it is the leader of the free world. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, America, Donald Trump


I need to "live-blog" my reading of Trump's 4th of July speech.

Here's the transcript from what was called the “Salute to America” at the White House yesterday. As I said in the previous post, I think Trump went big introducing a strong campaign theme this weekend, setting himself up in opposition to the protesters who've been ripping down statues, and I looked at Biden's 4th-of-July speech — speechlet — and judged it to be smack dab in the middle of a continuum that runs from Trump to the statue topplers.Yesterday, I "live-blogged" my reading of Trump's Jul...
Tags: Usa, Law, White House, Nazis, America, Joe Biden, History, United States, Amelia Earhart, Sculpture, Biden, Martin Luther King, Donald Trump, Columbus, Trump, Disney World


Court grants Alabama’s request to block ruling on COVID-related accommodations for upcoming runoff election

Tonight a divided Supreme Court granted a request by Alabama to temporarily freeze a lower-court ruling, issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, that would make it easier for voters in the state to cast absentee ballots in the state’s upcoming primary election runoff, which is scheduled for July 14. By a vote of 5-4, the justices put the order by a federal district court in Alabama on hold while the state appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and, if necessary, the Supre...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Court, Alabama, Wisconsin, Donald Trump, U S Senate, Howe, Auburn University, U S Court of Appeals, Jeff Sessions, Elena Kagan, 11th Circuit, Texas Democratic Party




Interim Stat Pack for October Term 2019

With the 2019-2020 Supreme Court term coming to a close, the discussion among court-watchers continues to focus on Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision-making. Much has been made of his siding with the more liberal justices in striking down a Louisiana abortion law in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo and upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (at least temporarily) in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. Roberts’ positions in these c...
Tags: Health, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Hawaii, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, King, Trump, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts, Ginsburg


When Biden introduced a bill to make it a crime to burn the American flag.

It was back in 1989, right after the Supreme Court had held that it violated the First Amendment to make it a crime to burn the flag to express a political opinion. Look at the gravity and sincerity (or did I see a smirk?). [WaPo's code to embed the clip did not work, and I haven't found a substitute.]"Symbols are important... We have a symbol, unlike the court’s inability to recognize it, a symbol that is needed to unite this nation, this diverse nation, a symbol is the flag."And if that statut...
Tags: Protest, Supreme Court, Law, Republicans, Congress, Washington, Senate, America, Joe Biden, United States, Biden, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Flags, Trump, Patriotism


Symposium: June Medical Services v. Russo: When a “win” is not a win

Gretchen Borchelt is vice president for reproductive rights and health at the National Women’s Law Center. She filed an amicus brief on behalf of NWLC and 72 other organizations in support of the petitioners in June Medical Services v. Russo. In June Medical Services v. Russo, a plurality of the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that would have thwarted abortion access to such a degree that it would have left “thousands of Louisiana women with no practical means of obtaining a safe, lega...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Louisiana, Donald Trump, John Roberts, Roberts, Casey, GONZALES, Elena Kagan, Samuel Alito, Carhart, Hellerstedt, Russo


Relists Return

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. After a couple of weeks with no new relists, the Supreme Court is back this week with a vengeance. The court has scheduled an impromptu conference for Wednesday, July 1. In most years, an impromptu conference scheduled for the last week of June would be the mop-up conference for the entire term in which all outstanding business for the term is resolved. But the court still has enough outstanding opinions in argued cases that things may continue for a while y...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Colorado, Kentucky, Germany, Virginia, Hungary, United States, Williams, Tennessee, Sharp, Atkins


Symposium: June Medical decision is no cause for congressional complacency

Richard Blumenthal is the senior United States senator from Connecticut. He joined an amicus brief on behalf of 197 members of Congress in support of the petitioners in June Medical Services v. Russo. He is the Senate lead sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act. Today’s Supreme Court decision in June Medical Services v. Russo is a landmark legal victory against radical politicians relentlessly attacking reproductive rights cross the country. Roe v. Wade is safe—for now. This ruling is an i...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Senate, United States, Connecticut, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Richard Blumenthal, John Roberts, Baton Rouge, U S Court of Appeals, Stephen Breyer, Breyer


Opinion analysis: Court strikes down restrictions on removal of CFPB director but leaves bureau in place

In response to the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency with approximately 1,500 employees that tackles everything from payday loans to financial literacy programs and helping consumers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The director of the CFPB, Kathy Kraninger, was appointed by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate in December 2018 to serve a five-year term. Under the law that created the CFPB, Kraninger can be removed fro...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Senate, United States, Social Security Administration, Donald Trump, Paul Clement, Federal Trade Commission, Securities And Exchange Commission, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, 9th Circuit


"Gervais cannot understand why supporting free-speech will make him a rightwinger."

"... '[H]e declined to back away from any of his anti-woke jokes, his discussion of the n-word at a comics’ roundtable, or his insistence that everybody is fair game for mockery. To hold otherwise would be to grant classes of people special protections — comedy "privilege." He won’t do it.'... The same reasons Gervais is now a public enemy for the liberal-left, even though he is an atheist who votes for the Labour party, is the same reason Tucker Carlson is hated, or the reason Donald Trump and ...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Oxford, Ricky Gervais, Jon Stewart, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Labour Party, Joe, Tucker Carlson, Jon, Gervais, Joe Rogan, New York Billionaire, Ann Althouse, Class Politics


"Donald Trump has deleted a tweet in which he approvingly shared a video showing one of his supporters yelling 'White power!' at a group of anti-Trump demonstrators."

"The US president, or someone with access to his Twitter account, deleted the controversial tweet at 11am Eastern time, more than three hours after it was posted at 7.39am," The Guardian reports.White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere has issued a statement on Trump’s retweet, saying the US president “did not hear” the portion of the video in which one of his supporters yelled ‘white power’ in an argument with anti-Trump demonstrators.“President Trump is a big fan of The Villages,” Deere s...
Tags: Florida, Law, White House, US, Protests, Donald Trump, Trump, Racists, Deere, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, Judd Deere


"She’s a paragon of the values that Donald Trump, for all his practice as a performer, can’t even pantomime."

"She’s best described by words that are musty relics in his venal and vainglorious circle: 'sacrifice,' 'honor,' 'humility.' More than any of the many extraordinary women on Biden’s list of potential vice-presidential nominees, she’s the anti-Trump, the antidote to the ugliness he revels in and the cynicism he stokes. Americans can feel good — no, wonderful — about voting for a ticket with [Tammy] Duckworth on it. And we’re beyond hungry for that. We’re starving. That ache transcends all of the ...
Tags: Law, Iraq, Army, Tammy Duckworth, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Duckworth, Frank Bruni, Bruni, Ann Althouse, Tammy -RSB- Duckworth, Elizabeth Warren Kamala Harris Val Demings


Is Prez Trump trying to convince himself to have the guts to pardon Roger Stone?

The question in the title of this post was my first thought upon seeing this news piece headlined "Trump tweet fuels speculation of Stone pardon: The tweet came after a judge ruled Stone would report to prison in July."  Here are the details: President Donald Trump further fueled speculation Saturday morning that he plans to pardon longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone. After a judge on Friday gave Stone a surrender date of July 14 -- he had sought to report to the Georgia prison on Sept. 3 -...
Tags: Law, Congress, Georgia, Donald Trump, Doj, Trump, Roger Stone, Roger, Stone, Rod Blagojevich, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Will Prez Trump


"In a seminar... Mary [Trump] and her 15 or so fellow students analyzed the Compson family portrayed in novels such as 'The Sound and the Fury.' The Compsons bore some similarities to her own family..."

"...Like Donald Trump’s mother, the Compsons immigrated to the United States from Scotland, and the family was riven by dysfunction. At the time, Donald Trump was running his Atlantic City casinos, which went into bankruptcy, and preparing to divorce his first wife, Ivana, and marry Marla Maples."From "Mary Trump once stood up to her uncle Donald. Now her book describes a ‘nightmare’ of family dysfunction" (WaPo).The Compson family, eh? Here's the rundown of the supposedly Trump-like clan:Jason ...
Tags: Books, Law, Scotland, United States, Atlantic City, Donald Trump, Jason, Trump, Benjamin, WaPo, Earl, FAULKNER, Quentin, Ivana, Benjy, William Faulkner


"Now, in America, there's quite, I'll say, narrow-minded thinking. Black people, white people — we are same... human, brother, sisters..."

"We should emphasize oneness — sameness — emphasize that. All these strong feelings of differences, that's shortsighted — narrow-minded."Said the Dalai Lama, rejecting what he called "old thinking," quoted at "The Dalai Lama on the coronavirus, Donald Trump, and 'old thinking' in America" (NBC). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Psychology, Law, America, Dalai Lama, Donald Trump, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Diversity Politics, Said the Dalai Lama


Sorry, "wolf whistle" is already taken.

As I got into my car this morning, I caught the end of a discussion of what I think was Donald Trump's racism. I had MSNBC on the satellite radio, so it was "Morning Joe." Somebody with an English accent was bemoaning someone who I can only assume was Trump and he casually used the words "wolf whistle" to mean what "dog whistle" normally means, but much more dangerous.But a "wolf whistle" is...... a distinctive two-note glissando whistled sound made to show high interest in or approval of someth...
Tags: Law, Metaphor, Language, Playboy, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Wolves, Trump, Joe Scarborough, Ann Althouse, Grant Barrett, Adam Edwards, Bally Manufacturing


"The thing that I believe more than anything is that Donald Trump needs the roar of a crowd to feel he is in charge. And Joe Biden was born to be in charge."

Said Democratic convention CEO Joe Solmonese, as Democrats announced that they would have their convention not in Milwaukee's basketball arena but in a smaller convention hall. The delegates will participate from home. All the parties and press events are cancelled. It's yet to be decided who will be seated there in person and whether there will be confetti and balloons.WaPo reports."Born to be in charge" sounds absurdly entitled, but Solmonese is so obviously bullshitting that it doesn't matter...
Tags: Law, Milwaukee, Joe Biden, Wisconsin, Biden, Conventions, Donald Trump, Democratic Party, Joe Solmonese, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Solmonese


A Lot Is Going Down At Harvard Law Right Now — See Also

Insta Account Pulls The Curtain Back On What It's Like To Be Black At Harvard Law: Spoiler alert, racism ahead. Harvard Law Class Action: Over online classes. Circuit Court Judge Puts In SCOTUS Application: Uses Flynn case to do it. Another Lawsuit About Another Book About Donald Trump: It's almost like he doesn't want Americans to know what he's really like.
Tags: Law, Harvard, Donald Trump, Flynn, Circuit Court, Harvard Law, See Also, Harvard Law Right Now


Charles Harder Dispatched To Shiv Mary Trump Over Tell All Book

YOU get a prior restraint! And YOU get a prior restraint!
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, Free Speech, First Amendment, Charles Harder, Shiv Mary Trump Over Tell All Book


Roger Stone's past sentencing and coming prison time making headlines

I am not sure which of these stories surprises me less: From ABC News, "Citing coronavirus fears, Roger Stone files motion to delay reporting to Georgia prison" A week before President Donald Trump's longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone was scheduled to turn himself in to federal prison in Georgia to begin his more than three-year sentence, his lawyers filed a motion seeking to delay his surrender, citing the deadly risk posed by the coronavirus outbreak. “This motion is based on the excepti...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington, Georgia, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Roger Stone, House Judiciary Committee, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Amy Berman Jackson, AARON ZELINSKY


Symposium: Potential hardships to DREAMers can no longer be ignored

Craig Newby and Jeffrey Conner are deputy solicitors general for the State of Nevada, which filed an amicus brief on behalf of five states in support of the respondents in University of Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, Trump v. NAACP and Wolf v. Vidal. Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really! — President Donald Trump, September 14, 2017 In Department of Homela...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, America, Dhs, United States, Nevada, Naacp, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, Wolf, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA, Rio Grande, Silva


Symposium: SCOTUS 2020 and the DACA decision: just another reason to wish it were still 2019

Kimberly Hermann is General Counsel at Southeastern Legal Foundation, which filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioner in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. The date is June 19, 2020. The America we live in today is drastically different from the America we lived in when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. In the past six months, our country has endured a pandemic, economic instability, tragedy, hard yet overdue conversations and riots. I...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, America, Barack Obama, Dhs, Pandora, United States, Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, University Of California, Duke


Symposium: As administration weighs next steps, it must consider that millions of American patients rely on DACA health care workers

Heather Alarcon is Senior Director of Legal Services at the Association of American Medical Colleges, which joined an amicus brief in support of the respondents in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision vacating the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is a victory for health care workers and their patients across the country. Every day that DACA recipients are here is to our mutual benefit. The ent...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Boston, America, San Francisco, Chicago, Arkansas, New Jersey, Houston, St Louis, Donald Trump, Berkeley, Department Of Homeland Security


"I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous. It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it."

Yes, Trump said that.*Yes, it's hyperbole. The "nobody" is outrageous and false. It gets your attention, and it increases the power of his fame-making machine, further inflating the importance of Juneteenth, and further connecting it to Trump, where it never belonged before.__________________*Link goes to Jonathan Chait at NY Magazine, quoting this WSJ interview. Chait:... Trump has caused more people to become aware of Juneteenth, just as he has caused more people to become aware of the 25th Am...
Tags: Law, Democracy, Wikipedia, United States, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, WSJ, Trump, Jonathan Chait, NY Magazine, University of Gothenburg, Lieberman, Electoral College, Colley, Nexon, Hyperbole


"The 'blue wall' is reforming in the Rust Belt."

Writes Lara M. Brown, the director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, in The Hill. In 2016, President Trump broke through Hillary Clinton’s “blue wall.” He won three states that Democrats had carried since the 1980s: Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin....[N]ow, less than four years later, all three of those states have shifted again and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is leading Trump....According to Pew Research Center’s analysis of the ex...
Tags: Law, Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Wisconsin, Catholic, Biden, Donald Trump, Pew Research Center, Clinton, Trump, Midwest, 2016 Campaign, Democratic, George Washington University, Democratic Party


Why talk about bad actors versus good people misses the problem of systemic racism

In an eerie echo of the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump has denied that the brutal murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin reveals systemic racism and implicit bias in the U.S., instead describing it as a horrible act by a “bad apple.” Tweeting about law and order and vowing that the police will not be defunded, President Trump asserted that 99% of the police are “great, great people.” In 2016, while on the campaign trail, vice presidential candidate Mike Pence remarke...
Tags: Books, Featured, Law, Minneapolis, Police Misconduct, United States, US politics, Dallas, Police Brutality, Discrimination, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Clinton, Trump, Democratic, Mike Pence


Friday round-up

Yesterday the Supreme Court decided another of the term’s most closely watched cases, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, ruling that the government’s decision to terminate the DACA program, which allowed undocumented young people brought to this country as children to apply for protection from deportation, violated the procedural requirements prescribed for administrative agencies. Amy Howe analyzes the opinion for this blog, in a post that was first publ...
Tags: Usa, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, US, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Cnn, Atlantic, New York Times, Fox News, Npr, Donald Trump, Ada



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