Derek Reinbold // 8/23/17 //
The President may be considering pardoning controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Trump Administration is also reportedly considering providing legal protections for DREAMers who entered the country illegally as children. And Take Care's book symposium on Congress's Constitution continues.
This week, Take Care is hosting a symposium on Congress's Constitution—an important new book by Josh Chafetz. Contributors will assess Congress's role in the separation of powers, with a focus on developments thus far under President Trump.
The White House is considering offering protection to young people who entered the United States illegally as children, a step that would contradict a major campaign promise (McClatchy).
President Trump’s visit to Arizona includes a meeting with Border Patrol officials (NY Times).
President Trump may pardon Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona law enforcement officer convicted of contempt of court, by sidestepping the normal process (Daily Beast).
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has taken into custody almost 60,000 people in the first five months of the Trump administration (Crimmigration).
The U.S. Senators who voiced opposition to President Trump’s Charlottesville response must match their rhetoric with action against a Court of Federal Claims nominee, argues Kyle Barry at ACSblog.
The rise of “cheap speech” through the internet is endangering American democracy, argues Richard L. Hansen at the Los Angeles Times.
JUSTICE & SAFETY
President Trump’s commitment of additional troops to Afghanistan will focus on regional cooperation and results rather than a strict timeline (AP).
The Treasury Department has placed sanctions on Chinese and Russian individuals and firms that have allegedly supported North Korea’s nuclear program through their business with the country (WaPo).
The Secretary of Defense has a legal duty to follow presidential orders even if those orders are unwise or dangerous, explain Sarah Grant and Jack Goldsmith at Lawfare.
The United States embassy is severely curtailing its visa services in Russia in response to the new limits on U.S. diplomats allowed in the country (WSJ).
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley says that President Trump has not decided what next steps to take on the Iran nuclear deal (WaPo).
Federal prosecutors are also taking steps to target Chinese firms that are financially aiding the North Korean government (WSJ).
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided to withhold $195 million in military assistance to Egypt over human rights concerns (WaPo).
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, touted her wealth on Instagram, posting a photo of her stepping off an Air Force plane; responding to backlash, a Treasury spokesperson said: “The Mnuchins are reimbursing the government for [Linton’s] travel” (CNN).
Cutting ACA subsidies won’t cause the demise of Obamacare, it will lead to an expansion of the federal social safety net, writes Wendy Epstein at Bill of Health, breaking down a new CBO analysis.
Nobody should escape accountability for breaking the law—the CFPB’s arbitration rule restores consumers’ legal right to have their day in court, argues CFPB Director Richard Cordray in The New York Times.
Having the independent voice of the Congressional Budget Office is more important than ever, argues Steven Rattner in The New York Times.
The D.C. Circuit rejected the federal government’s approval of a natural gas pipeline project, citing climate change concerns (The Hill).
Lawmakers pressed the Department of Transportation for details over its recent decision to abandon sleep apnea screening for truck, train, and bus operators (The Hill).
History is replete with examples of the failure of American protectionism; unless our policymakers quickly relearn this history, we may be doomed to repeat it, argues Scott Lincicome at Cato at Liberty.
CHECKS & BALANCES
As legislative deadlines loom, President Trump’s relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly “disintegrated” (NYTimes).
REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
Wednesday, Professor Jed Shugerman will be debating the impeachment of Donald Trump from noon to 12:45 pm (Shugerblog).
Glenn Simpson, co-founder of a firm behind the controversial opposition research dossier on President Trump, spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee behind closed doors (The Hill).