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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


Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. Exciting times on the relist front! After a couple of light weeks, we had a flurry of action Monday. From last installment’s two new relists, the Supreme Court called for the views of the solicitor general in one case involving what accommodations employers must make for their employees’ religious exercise. The court denied cert in the other case, which involved claims of racial bias in jury deliberations, prompting Justice Sonia Sotomayor to issue an opinio...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Alabama, Nike, Indiana, Dhs, Chicago, United States, Social Security, Michael Jordan, Kansas, Jordan, Louisiana, Nielsen


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


"Mexico has one gun shop. So why all the murders?"

Asks BBC.Short answer: It's the U.S.'s fault.New question: Can't Trump use this in his argument for his wall? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Murder, Crime, Guns, Law, Mexico, Bbc, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall


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


"Engaged protesters were not able to block the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act or Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, but they did render both toxically unpopular."

"The resistance spurred an unprecedented level of interest in special elections, swinging seats across the country, and powered Democrats to sweeping wins in the 2018 midterms. And then it stopped... The resistance has demobilized.... A swirl of controversy about anti-Semitism and ties to Louis Farrakhan cast a shadow on key leaders of the official Women’s March organization in the months leading up to the third annual march.... [T]he controversies depressed turnout. Nancy Pelosi took over as sp...
Tags: Protest, Supreme Court, Law, House, Nancy Pelosi, Vox, Trump, Democratic Party, Matt Yglesias, Yglesias, Louis Farrakhan, Ann Althouse, Brett Kavanaugh, Democratic Party in Trumpland


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


Everybody beats Trump in Wisconsin, according to a new Emerson poll — everybody except Amy Klobuchar and — gasp! — Kamala Harris.

Here's how it looks at Real Clear Politics (click image to enlarge and clarify):Klobuchar only gets a tie. Okay. But Harris?! All those others best Trump but Kamala Harris — who I've been made to feel is the most likely candidate — only ties?!When the Democratic candidates are pitted against each other, Sanders and Biden are way out ahead, with 39% and 24%, respectively. Harris lags miserably at 5%. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Amy Klobuchar, Biden, Kamala Harris, Polls, Trump, Sanders, HARRIS, Emerson, Klobuchar, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign


Monday round-up

This morning the Supreme Court begins its March sitting with two oral arguments. The first case is Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, an appeal by Republican legislators of a lower-court ruling that requires 11 state legislative districts to be redrawn to correct racial gerrymandering. Amy Howe had this blog’s preview, which was first published at Howe on the Court. Amanda Wong and Jared Ham preview the case at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, and Subscript Law has a g...
Tags: New York, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, America, Bloomberg, House, New York Times, Npr, Louisiana, North Carolina, Flowers, Smith, The Washington Post, Cornell


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


Beto O'Rourke's hacker name was "Psychedelic Warlord," so that must mean he's done hallucinogenic drugs — right? — and is that something that's okay in a presidential candidate?

Scott Adams addresses the question whether Beto has done hallucinogens:Scott's first pass at the question is another question: "Have you seen Beto?" He giggles while waiting for the question to soak in. He says anyone who's taken hallucinogens (which Scott has) will have an "easier time" with the question.Eventually he gives his answer: He'd place a "large bet" on "yes."He's quick to add that it's not a criticism. "In fact, I might even prefer it." This preference interweaves with his reason for...
Tags: Art, Law, United States, Kim Jong-un, Propaganda, Kim, George Bernard Shaw, BETO, Trump, Lsd, Scott, Scott Adams, Kim Jong, Shaw, Robert F Kennedy, RFK


"There’s still a big part of the party that wants to fall in love, and there’s another part of the party that will settle for anything that will beat Trump."

"I think that’s a real, daily tension in the party that’s going to play out in real time.... It just happened that in 2008 and 2012 we fell in love with the most electable candidate.... I would generally make the case that the Democratic Party should always be nominating the next-generation candidate... except I’m not sure any of the old rules apply."Said Democratic Senator Christopher S. Murphy, quoted in "Beto O’Rourke is 46. Bernie Sanders is 77. Does Age Matter Anymore for Democrats?" (NYT)....
Tags: Law, Love, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Democratic Party, Murphy, Chris Murphy, Ann Althouse, Election Emotion, Democratic Party in Trumpland, 2020 Campaign, I'm for Boring, Beto O'Rourke, Said Democratic, Christopher S Murphy


Manifesto from Australian Terrorist in New Zealand

There is massive faux outrage over the video and manifesto being shared online. Meanwhile, Hitler's Mein Kampf is being sold on Amazon.com, while videos of jets crashing into the twin towers are copiously available on YouTube. Videos of people jumping and falling from the burning buildings can be found in seconds on YouTube. CNN, Al Jazeera and many others are lying about the contents of the manifesto. This can readily be seen by simply reading the manifesto of this far leftwing terrorist, ...
Tags: Amazon, Featured, Military, New Zealand, Hitler, Trump, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, CNN Al Jazeera


"'I don’t really,' Trump said when asked... whether white nationalists were a growing global threat. 'I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. It’s certainly a terrible thing.'"

WaPo reports.Trump said he had not seen a manifesto, purportedly from one of the attackers, that named him as an inspiration for white identity ideology.... The alleged shooter wrote that he was a supporter of Trump in one sense but not completely: “As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policymaker and leader? Dear god no.” In the document, the man also stated that he was following the example of notorious right-wing extremists, including Dylann Roof, who killed n...
Tags: Law, New Zealand, Trump, Charleston, Racists, WaPo, Dylann Storm Roof, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Trump's war on terror


Court Tosses Antitrust Claims That Internet Giants Are Biased Against Conservatives–Freedom Watch v. Google

Apologies if I’m not being appropriately empathetic, but I think lawsuits alleging that Internet giants are biased against conservatives are stupid and counterproductive. They are premised on factually unsupportable assertions of bias, and most of these plaintiffs would enthusiastically cheer such bias so long as it worked against minorities or the libs. Further, there is no viable solution to “fix” bias. “Bias” is intrinsic in every media ecology, so it’s impossible to eradicate. The closest “s...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Search Engines, Sony, Taylor, Brittain, US supreme court, Trump, Cox, Google Facebook, Google Inc, Second Circuit, Facebook Facebook, McFadden, Twitter Twitter


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


"I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said: 'Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?'... Study it. I'm sure you'll agree."

Said Trump, apparently trying to get us to see crazy when we look at Beto O'Rourke.Here you are:Study it. If you studied it, did you agree with Trump? Yes. Beto seems crazy. Yes, it looks crazy, but Beto's just acting that way. There's a lot of hand movement, but it doesn't look crazy, just bad. Eh. Beto gestures. It's not a problem and it doesn't mean anything. Trump gestures a lot and to good effect. He's trying to inhibit Beto and trip him up.   pollcode.com free pol...
Tags: Law, Gestures, BETO, Trump, Said Trump, Ann Althouse, Beto O'Rourke, Trump styles


Beto's in.

"Beto O’Rourke, the 46-year-old former Texas congressman whose near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom, announced on Thursday that he was running for president, betting that voters will prize his message of national unity and generational change in a 2020 primary teeming with committed progressives. His decision jolts an early election season already stuffed with contenders, adding to the mix a relentless campaigner with a small-dollar fund-raising army, the performati...
Tags: Texas, Law, Senate, Nyt, Biden, Vermont, Booker, BETO, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders, Bernie, BBB, Ann Althouse, Joseph R Biden Jr, O'Rourke


Conundrum of the Day.

So if Nancy Pelosi, as @CharlesPPierce so eloquently argues here, is violating the solemn oath she swore and is refusing to perform the duties required her of the US Constitution, shouldn't she be impeached? https://t.co/fCp5Bgx5di — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 12, 2019 Technical point: Removal would be by expulsion, not impeachment, and it would be done by a 2/3 vote of the House acting alone. Of course, it's not a serious proposal. It's not possible to remove members of Congress on ...
Tags: Law, Congress, US, House, Glenn Greenwald, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Pelosi, Greenwald, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, Democratic Party in Trumpland, Charles P. Pierce


TTAB Denies Trademark Registration for #MagicNumber108 Tagmark–In re DePorter (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Alexandra Jane Roberts After 1908, beleaguered Chicago Cubs fans waited 108 long years for their team to win the world series again. And Grant DePorter, whose application to register #MagicNumber108 as a trademark for shirts was at issue in a recent TTAB decision, is one of the most hardcore Cubs fans of all. DePorter is the President and Managing Partner of a group that owns seven restaurants, including a Chicago steakhouse named for the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer Har...
Tags: Usa, Law, San Francisco, Chicago, Uspto, Trademark, Hall of Fame, Chicago Cubs, Tbt, Trump, Board, Cubs, Gillard, Deporter, Bartman, Harry Caray


"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


Trump Admin Closing Int’l Immigration Offices, Could Harm Military Abroad

The Trump administration plans to close its international immigration offices, a move that would likely harm members of the military stationed abroad who are trying to apply for citizenship, The Washington Post reported. The move could also slow down family visa applications and adoptions. In an email obtained by the Washington Post, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Francis Cissna told staff that the work would likely be shifted to the State Department if an agreement is...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Immigration, Military, State Department, Trump, USCIS, Nicole Lafond, Francis Cissna, U S Officials, L Francis Cissna, Trump Admin Closing Int


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


Trump administration proposes, with much fanfare, to spend approximately nothing on childcare and early childhood education (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, Npr, Trump, Michael Simkovic


Support For Trump Dwindles Among ICE Officers

The Washington Times: ICE officers who endorsed President Trump in 2016 now say he has failed to follow through on his get-tough promises, saying catch-and-release of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. is not only still happening, but has gone into “overdrive.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers say they’re being roped into such mundane tasks as opening the doors on vans to release immigrants already caught by Border Patrol agents. That’s dragging the officers from their usual dut...
Tags: Washington, Mexico, White House, Immigration, Military, House Of Representatives, Customs, Border Patrol, Trump, Border Protection, Crane, Customs Enforcement, Trump Administration, National ICE Council, Border War


Tweet Containing Question Mark Isn’t Defamatory–Boulger v. Woods

In 2016, the Chicago Tribune published a photo of a woman giving a Nazi salute at a Trump rally. Twitter user @voxday wrongly identified the plaintiff as that woman. Shortly afterwards, actor James Woods, who then had 350,000 twitter users, tweeted the Nazi salute photograph along with a photo of plaintiff (Portia Boulger), saying “So called #Trump “Nazi” is a #BernieSanders agitator/operative?” Woods later deleted the tweet but did not, as requested by Boulger’s counsel, issue a formal retract...
Tags: Sixth Circuit, Supreme Court, Law, Ohio, Nazi, Charlottesville, Patterson, Woods, James Woods, Trump, Chicago Tribune, Cox, Eric, Adelson, Ohio Supreme Court, Redmond


The NYT "Daily" podcast traps Jerry Nadler into an implicit confession that his investigation into Trump is biased and political.

I'm listening to today's episode of the NYT "Daily" podcast, which is the 3rd part in a series about what to expect from the Mueller report. It's an interview with Representative Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating President Trump and where an effort to impeach Trump would begin.The NYT interviewer is the host of the "Daily" podcast, Michael Barbaro, and, at about 8 minutes into the conversation, he traps Nadler with this stunning question: "You sa...
Tags: Law, Michael Barbaro, Nyt, Trump, Don, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Barbaro, Judiciary Committee, Ann Althouse, Nadler, Impeachment, Trump troubles, Jerry Nadler, Trump's new Congress


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



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