//  3/1/18  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Jason, and Charlie check back in with the most politically charged of all Versus Trump suits: the Russia investigation. As usual, you can listen online below, and subscribe via this page with any podcast player or here in iTunes. UPDATED 3/3/18 with additional links.

They start the episode with some commentary on the case of Alex Van Der Zwaan, the former Skadden Arps associate who pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI. That leads to a discussion of conspiracy liability, why the charges are being brought in the way they have been, and how strange it is to charge a law firm associate with lying to the FBI. Next, the trio turn to Rick Gates's guilty plea and speculate on what it means for Paul Manafort. They end the episode with three Trump nuggets: an update on DACA, plus two responses to listener feedback: one on the power of the House to declassify information and another related to the use of firearms in suicides.  

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Links

  • The New York Times covers the Van Der Zwaan case here.
  • Reports by Zoe Tillman at BuzzFeed on the Manafort and Gates cases are here and here.
  • Jason mentioned this post on Just Security, by Bob Bauer, speculating on the charging theory in the case.
  • Radley Balko in the Washington Post covers the racial disparity in gun law prosecutions, noting that, in the federal system, the disparity is higher than for drug crimes.
  • USA Today investigates ATF sting operations and finds that they disproportionately target folks of color.
  • Here is a Journal of the American Medical Association study finding that the Brady Act had no effect on homicides and only created a decline in suicide rates for those 55 and older.
  • Information about California's Gun Violence Restraining Order program is here.

Birth Control Is Not Abortion

9/7/18  //  Quick Reactions

By Greg Lipper: At his confirmation hearing, Judge Kavanaugh used the phrase “abortion-inducing drugs" while referring to a case he heard on the DC Circuit. This description of the case is at odds with modern science and suggests his hostility to foundational privacy precedents.

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Versus Trump: How Bad Is It?

9/6/18  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie ask the question that so many of us ask frequently: how bad is the Trump Administration? Is it better or worse than we should have expected back on election night in 2016? Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

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Will Judge Brett Kavanaugh Respect the Whole Constitution?

8/31/18  //  Commentary

A Justice of the Supreme Court must be faithful to the whole Constitution. He or she cannot pick and choose which protections to enforce based on his or her own predilections