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Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution commands that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” Take Care is devoted to insightful, accessible, and timely legal analysis of the President’s adherence to that duty. We undertake this mission in direct response to recent assaults on the rule of law in America by President Donald J. Trump and his Administration.

The Take Care Clause both empowers and restrains the President. It assigns him a privileged role in interpreting and enforcing federal law. But in the same breath, it marks the outer limits of his authority, instructs him to exercise that power faithfully, and binds him to the fundamental premises of our constitutional democracy.

As Justice Robert Jackson taught, the Take Care Clause thus signifies “that ours is a government of laws, not of men, and that we submit ourselves to rulers only if under rules.”

In this spirit, Take Care addresses a wide range of legal questions arising under President Trump. Some of our posts offer focused analysis of particular Trump Administration policies, statements, conduct, or legal positions. Other posts provide broader reflections on whether the President and his Administration are acting in accordance with the rules and values of our constitutional order.

In addition, we have created—and will continue to create—resources useful to lawyers, journalists, policymakers, scholars, and citizens. To start, we offer a daily update, which pulls together legal analyses of the Trump Administration from around the web. We also host ever-growing topic pages, which organize our own commentary and contain archives of other relevant legal analyses. We are hard at work on other exciting projects, which we will unveil in the coming months.

Take Care is a platform for incisive legal analysis of a wide range of issues. Several of us edit posts, though without regard to whether we ultimately agree with them. As we explain here, each contributor speaks only for himself or herself. Whether we agree or disagree with each other on any particular question, though, we stand united in our desire to protect and defend the rule of law in America.

Ultimately, we seek to educate the public about significant legal questions in the Age of Trump. In these extraordinary times, we must all play our part in ensuring the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

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Reproductive Justice Symposium

5/24/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Take Care has hosted a symposium on "Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories"—an important new book edited by Melissa Murray, Katherine Shaw, and Reva B. Siegel

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Fiscal Hardball: House Democrats Need to Use Their Appropriation Authority to Reign in the Out-of-Control GOP

5/13/19  //  Commentary

By Eric J. Segall: The Democrats in Congress hold the power of the power of the pursue and they should use it to address norm breaking behavior by President Trump (and his GOP allies)

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For Campaign Finance Violators, Crime Pays

4/24/19  //  Commentary

Michael D. Gilbert and Samir Sheth: As the 2020 election cycle gets underway, more super PACs might flout the rules, confident that their punishment won’t fit the crime

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The Constitutional Rule Against Bans On Previability Abortions Applies to Mississippi

4/22/19  //  Commentary

We recently filed an amicus brief asking the Fifth Circuit to apply the well settled rule that states may not prohibit women from accessing abortions prior to viability.

Leah Litman

U.C. Irvine School of Law

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Beyond Resistance: A Guide for Local Governments to Protect Their Communities

4/18/19  //  Latest Developments

By Jill E. Habig and Joanna Pearl: Here's how cities and states can protect their residents' rights

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CVE Is A Flawed and Ineffective Program, And More Evaluation Won’t Fix It

2/22/19  //  Commentary

By Nabihah Maqbool and Sirine Shebaya: There are major problems with the Countering Violent Extremism program. Trump has only made the program worse. It should be winded down for good.

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