Daily Update

Congress passed a short-term spending bill to fund the government through December 21st, but it does not include funding for the border wall. The Census Bureau plans to conduct the first ever field test of a census question to test the effects of the controversial citizenship question. The arrests in Canada of two officials associated with the Chinese tech giant, Huawei, at the direction of the United States have intensified already divisive trade negotiations between the United States and China. The Senate confirmed Kathy Kraninger’s nomination as the Director of the CFPB. William Barr, a Republican attorney who served as Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush, appears to be President Trump’s top choice for Attorney General. The Russian Embassy criticized the United States’ treatment of Maria Butina, a Russian official charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent, and demanded her release.

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School

The Administration’s Recent Guidance on State Innovation Waivers under the Affordable Care Act Likely Violates the Act’s Statutory Guardrails

12/7/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

If the agencies proceed to approve a state’s application for a waiver in reliance on their recent guidance and discussion paper, the approval would almost certainly be set aside by a reviewing court.

Joel McElvain

Yale Law School

Overcoming Racism Through National Solidarity

12/7/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Theodore R. Johnson: The formation of a national solidarity is especially suited to the challenge of mitigating the impacts of racism in the United States

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Versus Trump: Versus Whitaker, In-Depth

12/6/18  //  Uncategorized

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, the gang is re-united, and they discuss the Supreme Court motion contending that Matthew Whitaker was not legally appointed as Acting Attorney General. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Race, Democracy, and Civic Engagement in U.S. History

12/6/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

The current attacks on democratic institutions are but symptoms of a deeper disease: the lack of full civic participation by the nation’s ordinary residents

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Proving that Mick Mulvaney Compromised CFPB Enforcement

12/6/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Mark Totten: A quick dive into the data shows Mulvaney has curbed enforcement and, as a result, compromised the agency’s mission.

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Heath Reform that Could Actually Pass? Shoring up the ACA After Repeal of the Individual Mandate

12/6/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

The new House majority can solve some real problems with the Affordable Care Act—namely, those caused by the repeal of the individual mandate, which will go into effect next month

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