Eve Levin, // 4/18/17 //
Two new plaintiffs have joined CREW's emoluments clause litigation against President Trump in the Southern District of New York. The White House is defending its refusal to release visitor logs. Tensions with North Korea are increasing rapidly. President Trump's nomination of Neomi Rao to head OIRA has drawn criticism. So has DOJ's brief attacking the constitutionality of the CFPB. Debates are underway within the White House over whether to remain in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The Administration’s extreme vetting practices will discourage business and tourism, argues Gary Shapiro for the Washington Post.
Tax filings appear to have dipped amid the Administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration. (NPR).
John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, suggests that the President’s “tough” rhetoric helped curbed illegal immigration. (LA Times).
The Administration’s new immigration policies will likely swamp already backlogged immigration courts. (USA Today).
The Administration’s focus on privatizing public education could threaten the rights of students with disabilities, explains Eve Hill for Take Care.
Federal courts are likely the only avenue for LGBT progress during the Trump Administration, argues the NYT Editorial Board.
Vulnerable populations are under relentless attack by the Trump Administration in the first 100 days, Charles Blow argues for the NYT.
Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, defended the recent decision not to release visitor logs at the White House. (Politico).
JUSTICE & SAFETY
Vice President Mike Pence declared “the era of strategic patience is over,” with North Korea during his visit to the region. (NYT) (WaPo) (Politico).
President Trump should be careful to not let overconfidence box him into a showdown with North Korea, explains the Editorial Board of the NYT.
The motivations of the Administration matter for analyzing the legality of the United States striking a Syrian airbase, argues Michael Adams for Just Security.
The White House lied about data regarding individuals convicted of terrorism, according to Benjamin Wittes for Lawfare.
The United States foreign policy goal should be motivated by the desire to keep the United States out of a new war, argues Jeffrey Sachs for the Boston Globe.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Two new plaintiffs have joined CREW's emoluments lawsuit against President Trump in NY federal court, and CREW has amended the complaint to encompass many more alleged constitutional violations (Washington Post).
The “anticorruption tools in the Anti-Trump toolkit” include statutory and constitutional provisions, writes Clara Spera in this primer at the Global Anticorruption Blog.
“Trump’s No Populist. He’s a Swamp Monster.” So begins Dana Milbank, outlining the unprecedented degree of corporate control in President Trump’s government (WaPo).
Renewed calls for President Trump to release his tax returns have gotten under the President’s skin, reports Matthew Nussbaum (Politico).
The White House’s decision to withhold visitor logs from disclosure is part of a larger pattern against transparency, claims Nolan McCaskill at Politico.
The new Office of American Innovation, led by Jared Kushner, can avoid the pitfalls of “crony capitalism” if it follows three pieces of advice, writes Stanley A. Weiss (WSJ).
The President’s vacation and weekend travel is “lavish and wasteful,” costing taxpayers millions of dollars, writes Eugene Robinson (WaPo).
The nomination of Professor Neomi Rao to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) “fits into the pattern of Trump nominating people to run agencies who have publicly committed to blowing them up,” write Ian Samuel and Leah Litman at Take Care.
The government’s brief in PHH v. CFPB contains alternative facts, alternative history, and alternative reality, claims Neil J. Kinkopf at Take Care.
Much work remains to be done on the President’s deregulatory agenda, writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board.
Tax preparers across the country are reporting sharp decreases in filings with ITINs, the method used by undocumented immigrants, in light of deportation fears (NPR).
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin admitted that tax reform is unlikely to reach President Trump’s desk by August (Politico).
Analysis continues in anticipation of Tuesday’s White House meeting to determine the fate of U.S. participation in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered a study examining whether policies favoring renewable energy sources are undermining the reliability of steady power supplies (BloombergPolitics; The Hill).
The March for Science this Saturday has taken on new political significance for some participants (NYT), while scientists look beyond Saturday to longer-term fights (NYT).
EPA head Scott Pruitt condemned Obama’s “war on coal” at a mine owned by a company looking to get out of coal, an irony pointed out by the New York Times Editorial Board.
Democrats are compromising in exchange for a carbon tax that neither President Trump nor any Congressional Republicans support, David Roberts charges at Vox.
Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) outlined changes to the Financial Choice Act last week; Alan Kaplinksy assesses the changes at Consumer Finance Monitor.
Much-maligned CFPB head Richard Cordray kept his job because the administration didn’t want to bolster his political credibility, but he may have the chops to get elected anyways (Politico).
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos withdrew Obama-era policy guidance on student loan servicing, though it’s unclear what the replacement will look like (Consumer Finance Monitor).
President Trump must reverse course on his proposed federal budget cuts like he did on his attempted hiring freeze, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) urges at The Hill.
Republicans must get wise to the fact that most Americans support single-payer healthcare, argues Catherine Rampell at the Washington Post.
The President is increasingly leaning on and appointing Bush-era officials to the chagrin of some of his supporters (Politico).
CHECKS AND BALALNCES
The Supreme Court is not “broken” just because it has been made into a Presidential electoral prize, reasons Bob Bauer at More Soft Money Hard Law.
President Trump may nominate three new Third Circuit judges, but the home-state senators could block the nominations; Mathew Stiegler considers what comes next at CA3blog.
Democratic state attorneys general are leading the fight to preserve the EPA’s Clean Power Plan against the Trump administration (The Hill).
The President’s relationship to the truth is novel among Presidents because “he doesn’t try to hide his relativism,” reflects Casey Williams in the New York Times.
The first season of this presidency has been “100 Days of Horror,” writes Charles Blow (NYT).
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