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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


CUSMA/USMCA: The Poison Pills Revisited – a Scorecard

On November 30th, 2018, 16 months after the start of negotiations, the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States signed the Canada United States-Mexico-Agreement (“CUSMA”) or the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”)[1]. Signed on the margins of the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires, the agreement is made up of 34 chapters and a dozen side letters. Ironically, it does not include the word “trade” in its title. CUSMA/USMCA = NAFTA-Minus In our previous article we addressed the contin...
Tags: New York, Law, Congress, Mexico, Canada, United States, House Of Representatives, Wisconsin, WTO, Buenos Aires, Administrative Law, Nafta, United States Mexico, FTA, Canada Mexico, Ceta


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


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


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


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


Trump Administration Will Ask Military to Shelter Up to 5,000 Migrant Children

Federal officials intend to ask the Pentagon for help sheltering up to 5,000 migrant children crossing the U.S. southern border without a parent, marking an expansion of the Defense Department’s role in the Trump Administration’s hardline policy toward undocumented immigrants. The request is expected to come not long after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…
Tags: News, Immigration, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Defense Department, U S Customs, Trump Administration, Trump Administration Will Ask Military


Trump Administration Set To Allow Individuals To Sue Foreign Companies Over Cuba

This time, the disaster was brought to you by Bill Clinton.
Tags: Law, Government, Cuba, Donald Trump, Litigators, Trump Administration


Non Sequiturs: 03.03.19

* Several weeks after its release, Over My Dead Body, Wondery's new podcast exploring the Dan Markel case, continues to top the podcast charts -- and creators Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson have some thoughts on why the case has seized the public imagination. [Inside Edition] * The Keith Tharpe case, far from representing an isolated injustice, reflects and embodies the racist roots of the death penalty in America, according to Stephen Cooper. [CounterPunch] * The fight against racism in the ju...
Tags: Texas, Podcasts, Sixth Circuit, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Mexico, Immigration, America, Racism, Death Penalty, Capital punishment, Central America, Thomson Reuters, Defamation, James Woods


Space Force will be a Marines-like branch under Air Force authority

President Trump is expected to sign into creation the Space Force today, as a special branch of the military overseen by the Air Force Department, according to a report in The Washington Post. The President’s decision is considered a win for the Air Force and Defense Department broadly, which had argued against setting up an independent military department based on their concerns that it would add new layers of bureaucracy, according to the Pentagon . Speaking at an event at The Brookings Inst...
Tags: TC, Star Wars, Post, Navy, Washington Post, US, America, Tech, Department Of Defense, Reagan, Military, United States, President, Army, Marine Corps, Pentagon


UN court judge quits The Hague citing political interference

Christoph Flügge warns over ‘shocking’ moves by Trump administration and TurkeyA senior judge has resigned from one of the UN’s international courts in The Hague citing “shocking” political interference from the White House and Turkey.Christoph Flügge, a German judge, claimed the US had threatened judges after moves were made to examine the conduct of US soldiers in Afghanistan. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, White House, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Afghanistan, United Nations, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Un, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Hague, Trump, John Bolton, Trump Administration


International criminal court judge quits citing political interference

Christoph Flügge warns over ‘shocking’ moves by Trump administration and TurkeyA senior judge has resigned from one of the UN’s international criminal courts in The Hague citing “shocking” political interference from the White House and Turkey.Christoph Flügge, a German judge, claimed the US had threatened judges after moves were made to examine the conduct of US soldiers in Afghanistan. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, White House, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Afghanistan, United Nations, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Un, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Hague, Trump, John Bolton, Trump Administration


Non Sequiturs: 01.27.19

* Regarding the nomination of Patrick Bumatay to the Ninth Circuit, "Why are Democrats fighting the judicial nomination of a qualified gay minority?" Good question! [The Federalist] * Speaking of highly qualified minority nominees under attack, Carrie Severino argues that it's the critics of D.C. Circuit nominee Neomi Rao, not Rao herself, who are being inflammatory. [National Review] * And KC Johnson, reviewing the collegiate writings by Rao that have generated the attacks against her, argues...
Tags: Law, Federal Judges, New York State, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, D C Circuit, Covington, Alex Spiro, Eugene Volokh, Rao, Quinn Emanuel, Constitutional Accountability Center, KC Johnson, City Journal, Jim McGuire, Daniel Sullivan


Julian Assange launches legal challenge against Trump administration

WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers file urgent application in attempt to prevent extradition to USJulian Assange, the fugitive WikiLeaks founder whose diplomatic sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy appears increasingly precarious, is launching a legal challenge against the Trump administration.Lawyers for the Australian activist have filed an urgent application to the Washington-based Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) aimed at forcing the hand of US prosecutors, requiring them to “unsea...
Tags: Media, Law, Washington, Americas, US, World news, US news, US politics, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Ecuador, Trump, Trump Administration, Inter American Commission of Human Rights IACHR


Trump Administration Takes Aim At Online Gambling In Sudden Wire Act Reversal

Will the federal government really try to shut down online lotteries, poker, and sports betting in 90 days?
Tags: Law, Government, Sports Betting, Trump Administration, Sports Law, Gambling / Gaming, The Legal Blitz, Wire Act


Morning Docket: 01.16.19

* Neil Gorsuch wrote an opinion in favor of labor rights and against mandatory arbitration. Yes, that Neil Gorsuch. [Slate] * The Trump Administration takes an L: S.D.N.Y. judge rules they can't ask citizenship questions in the census. [New York Law Journal] * Federal courts are now intending to squeak by on funding through January 25th. This is the second extension the Office of Court Administration has been able to muster due to aggressive cost cutting. [National Law Journal] * Kirsten Gill...
Tags: New York, Law, Boston, Npr, Kirsten Gillibrand, Courthouse News Service, Susan Berman, Robert Durst, Beantown, National Law Journal, Davis Polk, American Lawyer, New York Law Journal, Morning Docket, Office of Court Administration, Trump Administration


Trump Administration Floating Some Names For Last Head Of The World Bank

Ivanka or David Malpass? How about the sweet release of death?
Tags: Law, Finance, World Bank, Ivanka, Trump Administration, David Malpass


Retired Gen. David Petraeus Says He Wouldn’t Serve in the Trump Administration

Retired Gen. David Petraeus, the former CIA director and commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, poured cold water on Monday on rumors he would come out of retirement to become President Trump’s new Secretary of Defense. Petraeus, a friend of outgoing Defense secretary Jim Mattis, told the the BBC he “cannot envision returning to government…
Tags: News, Defense, Uncategorized, Bbc, Afghanistan, Military, Cia, David Petraeus, Trump, Trump Administration, Onetime, Jim Mattis, Defense Petraeus


Non Sequiturs: 12.23.18

* Nancy Gertner and Laurence Tribe take Alan Dershowitz to task for his unorthodox analysis of the sentencing proceedings of General Michael Flynn. [Boston Globe] * In this elegant essay, Jane Chong uses two notable new books -- To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment, by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz, and the updated edition of Charles Black's classic, Impeachment: A Handbook, with a new preface and additional chapters by by Philip Bobbitt (affiliate links) -- as the jumping-off point f...
Tags: Law, Drugs, Affordable Care Act, Connor, Donald Trump, American Bar Association, Aba, Tort Reform, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Review of Books, Laurence Tribe, Jonathan Adler, Michael Flynn, Nancy Gertner, Stephen Cooper, Alan Dershowitz


From NAFTA to the CUSMA/USMCA – a New Trade Template?

Part I. The New Deal and Continued Uncertainty On September 30th, after 14 months of difficult talks, Canada and the United States announced the successful completion of their NAFTA re-negotiations. Whether the latest U.S. deadline was “real” or not, it is likely that both the Trump Administration’s threat that it would proceed with a U.S-Mexico agreement without Canada and the risk for the United States that such a bilateral deal would not pass Congressional review spurred both countries to mak...
Tags: Europe, Law, Congress, Mexico, Canada, Democrats, United States, Asia Pacific, House Of Representatives, Buenos Aires, Administrative Law, Nafta, United States Mexico, Congressional, FTA, U S Congressional


Let’s Take A Closer Look At Purported Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s Super Sketchy Finances

No Trump Administration official’s financial snapshot would be complete without some campaign finance violations.
Tags: Law, Finance, Finances, Campaign Finance, Matthew Whitaker, Trump Administration, Jonathan Wolf, Hatch Act, World Patent Marketing, Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT


Texas completes its eleventh execution of 2018, bringing the US total to 21 for the year

In 2016, the United States had only 20 total executions, the lowest number in a quarter century.  And that will remain the recent record low number of yearly executions because last night, as reported in this AP article, Texas completed an execution that took the national total for 2018 up to 21 executions.  Here are the details: A Mexican citizen on death row in Texas was executed Wednesday night for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more than 26 years ago. Roberto Moreno ...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Obama Administration, Mexico, US, United States, Tennessee, Death Penalty Information Center, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Bush, Abigail, Leticia, U S Supreme Court, Jonathan


Fox News backs CNN in lawsuit against Trump Administration

On Tuesday, CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for allegedly violating the First and Fifth Amendments when it revoked Jim Acosta's press badge.Opinions on Acosta may vary among media professionals, though the general consensus seems to be that administrations shouldn't bar journalists from the White House based on the content of their reporting.White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who had tweeted a doctored video of the heated exchange between Acosta and President Donald ...
Tags: Media, Law, Government, White House, Journalism, Cnn, United States, Innovation, Fox News, Donald Trump, White House Correspondents Association, Trump, Sanders, Napolitano, Andrew Napolitano, Knight




France and UK must strengthen links 'to hedge against Trump'

Hostility of US president to Europe’s defence role and impact of Brexit demand closer alliance says ex-Nato headA former French prime minister and a previous British head of Nato say that France and the UK have to overcome the risks of Brexit and urgently deepen their military alliance to hedge against the unpredictability of Donald Trump’s White House.In a report from a taskforce led by Bernard Cazeneuve, France’s prime minister from 2016 to 2017, and George Robertson, a former Labour defence s...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, White House, US, European Union, UK News, World news, Military, Foreign Policy, Nato, Donald Trump, Brexit, Trump, George Robertson


"Prisoners of Fate: The Challenges of Creating Change for Children of Incarcerated Parents"

The title of this post is the title of this new article available via SSRN authored by Amy Cyphert.  Here is its abstract: Children of incarcerated parents, the invisible victims of mass incarceration, suffer tremendous physical, psychological, educational, and financial burdens — detrimental consequences that can continue even long after a parent has been released.  Although these children are blameless, policy makers, judges, and prison officials in charge of visitation policies have largely ...
Tags: Law, Senate, United States, House, Booker, Jefferson, Douglas A Berman, SSRN, Trump Administration, Children of Incarcerated Parents, Amy Cyphert


Following the Charleston script, will federal authorities take the lead in capital prosecution of anti-Semitic mass murderer Robert Bowers?

Shortly after Dylann Roof expressed horrid hatred by slaughtering nine people at house of worship in Charleston in June 2015, I wondered in this post whether the state or feds should be in charge of capitally prosecuting a crime that reflected what Nikki Haley then called the "worst hate that [she has] seen — and that the country has seen — in a long time."  Though it took federal authorities nearly a year to decide to move forward with a capital prosecution in May 2016, not too long thereafter ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Obama Administration, Pennsylvania, Department Of Justice, Pittsburgh, Dylann Roof, Charleston, Nikki Haley, KDKA, Jeff Sessions, Josh Shapiro, Douglas A Berman, Trump Administration, Scott Schubert, Devin Kelley


#WontBeErased: reports of US trans policy shift spark protests

Call for rally outside White House over apparent plan to reverse gender fluidity lawsTransgender rights activists are calling for protests outside the White House on Monday, after reports that the Trump administration was planning new reversals to Obama-era recognitions of gender fluidity.It is feared the proposed change to the legal definition of sex in a key civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education would eradicate federal recognition of Americans who have chosen to switch ...
Tags: New York, Protest, Law, Obama, Republicans, White House, US, Society, World news, US news, Transgender, Washington Dc, LGBT rights, US constitution and civil liberties, Trump, Trump Administration


Trump administration trying to define transgender out of existence – report

New York Times cites government memo Gender would be defined at birth as only male or femaleThe Trump administration is attempting to strip transgender people of official recognition by creating a narrow definition of gender as being only male or female and unchangeable once determined at birth, the New York Times reported. Related: 'Rapid-onset gender dysphoria' is a poisonous lie used to discredit trans people Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Republicans, Society, World news, US news, Transgender, US politics, New York Times, LGBT rights, US constitution and civil liberties, Trump, Trump Administration, Law (US



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