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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


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


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


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


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


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 Real Immigration Problem

ICE had to simply drop off newly minted immigrants to a bus stop. Immigration officials dropped off about 50 more undocumented migrants, mostly from Central America, Friday morning at a Greyhound bus station near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where they were left to fend for themselves as overwhelmed volunteers sought help for them. [ … ] Since Dec. 21, according to the data, ICE has released 84,500 migrant family members. Of that, 14,500 have been released in the Phoenix area, 37,50...
Tags: Apple, Texas, White House, Immigration, America, Walmart, Military, United States, Tim Cook, San Diego, Wall Street Journal, Central America, Lindsey Graham, Trump, El Paso, Phoenix


President Trump Proposes 3.1 Percent Raise for 2020

Today, March 11, 2019, President Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. The proposal contains a 3.1 percent increase to the 2019 basic military pay for 2020. If approved, it would be the largest increase in basic pay since President Obama’s 2010 military pay raise of 3.4 percent. The White House’s initial 2020 military pay raise proposal […]
Tags: Obama, White House, Military, Trump, Military Pay Blog, 2020 Pay Raise


"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


"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


Trump Wants Countries Hosting US Troops To Pay Large Premiums For Them

President Trump wants countries hosting American troops to pay the full price of each deployed soldier as well as an additional premium, Bloomberg reported. According to several administration officials and others who spoke to Bloomberg, the Trump administration is drafting language that would demand Germany and Japan pay the full price for the troops, as well as 50 percent or more of that cost for the “privilege” of having them there, in Bloomberg’s words. The White House intends to eventuall...
Tags: Japan, News, White House, Germany, US, Bloomberg, Military, Nato, Donald Trump, Trump, Nicole Lafond


The Coming National Red Flag Gun Control Law

CNBC: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told CNN on Wednesday the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on gun control on March 26. The influential committee chairman said the panel will discuss “red flag” laws, passed in many U.S. states, that allow courts to take away firearms from suspected dangerous individuals after receiving warnings from police officers or family members. Red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection, enjoy bipartisan support and have been praised by the White ...
Tags: White House, Cnn, Military, Gun Control, Graham, Cnbc, Trump, Richard Blumenthal, Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey, Conn, Sen Lindsey Graham, National Rifle Association Graham, Lindsey V


"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


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


A new template for Trump-haters: "Trump Is Epic."

That's the headline for a conversation at the NYT between Gail Collins and Bret Stephens. The pull quote under the photo of Trump is: "'Which horrible things the president has done lately seem most appalling to you?' Gail Collins asks."I'm thinking this is a real turning point in Trump-hating, a recognition that the portrayal of Trump as small isn't working anymore. The man with the tiny hands and tiny penis, the child of man, who bumbled into the White House and is throwing tantrums, watching T...
Tags: Twitter, Europe, New York, Law, North Korea, White House, Syria, Hillary Clinton, Venezuela, Collins, Trump, Stephens, Maduro, Müller, Bret Stephens, Gail


President Trump Plans to Keep 200 U.S. Troops in Syria, White House Says

Senator Lindsey Graham applauded the president’s decision in a statement
Tags: News, White House, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Syria, Military, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Onetime, Syria White House Says


Regulation and administrative law roundup

Supreme Court could help rein in the administrative state by overruling Auer v. Robbins (1997), which directs courts to defer to agencies’ interpretations of their own regulations [Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and William Yeatman on Cato amicus brief in Kisor v. Wilkie, earlier] “Does Kisor Really Threaten the Foundations of Administrative Law?” [William Yeatman] “What Is Regulation For?” [video panel from Federalist Society National Lawyers’ Convention with Richard Epstein, Philip Hamburger,...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, White House, Uncategorized, SEC, Administrative Law, Robbins, Ftc, Antonin Scalia, CALEB BROWN, Wilkie, Kisor, Ilya Shapiro, Auer, Regulation And Its Reform, Stuart Shapiro


Happy President's Day!

Today is President's Day, a day that celebrates the great chief executives of this country. While this day popularly honors Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, both who were born in February, many take this day to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of the many other presidents that have served the United States. While you may know most of them and their time spent in office, did you know that Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer before he was president? Or that Andrew Jackson had a pet parr...
Tags: White House, America, Military, United States, Jimmy Carter, Lincoln, Fun Facts, Hoover, Bush, Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Tyler, Rothco


"The Radziwill-Capote friendship ended... They fell out when she refused to testify for Mr. Capote in a libel suit brought by Gore Vidal..."

"... over a Capote assertion, citing her as his source, that Mr. Vidal had been ejected drunk from the Kennedy White House. Mr. Vidal said he had merely been escorted to his hotel by friends after antagonizing Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Mr. Vidal won the suit and an apology."From "Lee Radziwill, Ex-Princess and Sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Dies at 85" (NYT).I've never been interested in Princess Radziwill, but I'm thoroughly intrigued by the news that Vidal sued Truman Capote for ...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, Drinking, Homosexuality, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Jackie, Kennedy, Defamation, Gore, Lee, Buckley, Robert Kennedy, William F Buckley Jr, Truman


"President Trump... pointed to nearly five dozen previous instances in which presidents of both parties have declared emergencies.... But there is no precedent for what he has just done."

Charlie Savage writes in the NYT.None of the times emergency powers have been invoked since 1976, the year Congress enacted the National Emergencies Act, involved a president making an end run around lawmakers to spend money on a project they had decided against funding. I don't think it's exactly true that Congress has decided against funding. They put some funding in the budget bill, there's been a lot of talk about deferring the issue of the wall, and there hasn't been any vote against the wa...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, George Bush, George W Bush, Separation of Powers, Trump, Charlie Savage, Persian Gulf, Executive Power, Brennan Center, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Elizabeth Goitein


"Before the cares of the White House were his own, President Harding is reported to have said that government, after all, is a very simple thing."

"He must have said that, if he said it, as a fleeting inhabitant of fairyland. The opposite is the truth. A constitutional democracy like ours is perhaps the most difficult of man's social arrangements to manage successfully. Our scheme of society is more dependent than any other form of government on knowledge and wisdom and self-discipline for the achievement of its aims. For our democracy implies the reign of reason on the most extensive scale. The Founders of this Nation were not imbued with...
Tags: Law, White House, History, Sawyer, Harding, Executive Power, Justice Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, Ann Althouse, Framers, Warren G. Harding, Youngstown Sheet Tube Co


"Trump’s border emergency: President plans a 10 a.m. announcement in the Rose Garden."

WaPo reports.President Trump is set to hold an event at 10 a.m. in the Rose Garden at White House, where he is expected to sign spending legislation to avert a government shutdown while at the same declare a national emergency with the aim of securing about $6.5 billion more to build his long-promised border wall without congressional approval.Many of Trump’s Republican allies have called the move ­ill-advised, and Democrats are promising immediate action aimed at blocking it. The declaration is...
Tags: Law, White House, Trump, WaPo, Rose Garden, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Treasury Forfeiture Fund


Is Trump trying to coax Clarence Thomas to retire in time for him to snag one more Supreme Court appointment?

According to Jeffrey Toobin (at The New Yorker).With fifty-three Republicans now in the Senate (and no filibusters allowed on Supreme Court nominations), President Trump would have a free hand in choosing a dream candidate for his conservative base if Thomas were to retire this year. The summer of 2019 would seem an ideal time to add a third younger conservative to the Court... It’s true that Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, would likely violate his Merrick Garland rule and try to pu...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Senate, White House, Mitch McConnell, Trump, Thomas, Jeffrey Toobin, Clarence Thomas, Ann Althouse, Merrick Garland, Trump and the judiciary, Thomases, Ginni


US Senate confirms William Barr to be US Attorney General (again)

As reported in this NBC News piece, "President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr was confirmed in the Senate on Thursday to take over the Justice Department as attorney general, where he will oversee special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe." Here is more: Barr, 68, was confirmed in a 54-45 vote that largely fell along party lines. He will be sworn in Thursday afternoon in the Oval Office by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, the White House told NBC News. Barr wa...
Tags: Law, Senate, White House, Russia, US, Alabama, West Virginia, US Senate, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Senate Judiciary Committee, John Roberts, George H W Bush, AG, Mueller


"You do love your dogs, don't you? I wouldn't mind having one honestly, but I don't have time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?"

Trump, in El Paso, last night."Would that be [makes a face] — right? — sort of not — right? I don't feel good. Feels a little phony — phony to me. People say, Oh, you should get a dog. Why? It's good politically. I said, That's not the relationship I have with my people." Trump muses about having a dog at the White House, but concludes "it feels a little phony to me.""That's not the relationship I have with my people... Obama had a dog." pic.twitter.com/xZTuMozOYk— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) Feb...
Tags: Law, Obama, Dogs, Indonesia, White House, Chanel, Fake, Trump, El Paso, GWB, Obama Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Obama is not like Trump, Trump styles, Obama eats dog


"But look, I was trying to write a seamless narrative, and to keep breaking it up with 'according to' qualifiers would have been extremely clunky. But in retrospect, I wish I’d done that."

Jill Abramson, caught and waffling. Interviewed at Vox.Sean Illing —Would you call any of this plagiarism?Jill Abramson — No, I wouldn’t. This was completely unintentional. I mean, I have 70 pages of footnotes and I tried to credit everyone’s work as best I can. What we’re talking about here are sets of facts that I borrowed; obviously, the language is too close in some cases, but I’m not lifting original ideas. Again, I wish I had got the citation right, but it’s not an intentional theft or tak...
Tags: Post, Chris Christie, Writing, Law, Washington, White House, Wikipedia, Iran, Ronald Reagan, New York Times, New Jersey, Plagiarism, Jeb Bush, Amy Klobuchar, Npr, Matt Groening


"PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!"

Trump, this morning, on Twitter:So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment........The Dems and their committees are going “nuts.” The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do t...
Tags: Law, Obama, White House, Virginia, Trump, Adam Schiff, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump troubles, Trump's new Congress, Gov. Northam, Great State of Virginia


Another review of the bad mess surrounding the "good time" fix in the FIRST STEP Act

I have done a few prior FIRST STEP Act implementation posts here and here focused on the problems with immediate application of its "good time" fix.  This recent Mother Jones article, fully headlined "Trump’s One Real Bipartisan Win Is Already Turning Into a Mess: Confusion and division over a provision in the First Step Act has left thousands of well-behaved inmates in limbo," effectively explains the issue and reports on the latest state of affairs. Here are excerpts:   The law stipulates tha...
Tags: Law, Senate, White House, US, Chicago, Iowa, Capitol Hill, Doj, Hakeem Jeffries, Justice Department, Trump, HARRIS, Coleman, Mother Jones, Grassley, Duluth Minnesota



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