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President Trump says he will let the Justice Department decide whether to release the report to be issued at the close of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Senate rebukes President Trump over troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan. President Trump offers a pessimistic assessment of congressional negotiations over border security funding. Hundreds show up for immigration court hearings that turn out not to exist. President Trump pushes back against his own “naive” intelligence officials. The Trump Administration proposes big changes in how prescription drugs are priced.

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION

President Trump says he will let the Justice Department decide whether to release the report to be issued at the close of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation (NYT).

Robert Mueller requests more time to prepare for Roger Stone trial (The Hill).

 

IMMIGRATION

President Trump offers a pessimistic assessment of congressional negotiations over border security funding (WaPo).

  • The National Emergencies Act was never meant for something like President Trump’s wall, writes Gerald S. Dickinson at the Washington Post.

Hundreds show up for immigration court hearings that turn out not to exist (WaPo).

Asylum seekers are being sent back to Mexico from the U.S. under a Trump Administration policy (LA Times).

An undocumented worker who was a maid at President Trump’s golf course will attend the State of the Union (LA Times).

 

DEMOCRACY

Democrats ask if the Trump Administration misspent funds during the shutdown (WSJ).

 

JUSTICE AND SAFETY

The Senate rebukes President Trump over troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan (NYT).

President Trump pushes back against his own “naive” intelligence officials (NYT).

  • President Trump’s moves against the intelligence community are hurting U.S. national security, write John Sipher and Benjamin Haas at Just Security.

President Trump says there’s a “good chance” the U.S. will reach a trade deal with China (NYT).

President Trump congratulates Venezuela’s opposition leader (WSJ).

  • The U.S. needs to stay out of Venezuela, writes Patrick Iber at the New York Times.
  • U.S. push to oust Venezuela’s president marks the first shot in a plan to reshape Latin America, write Jessica Donati, Vivian Salama, and Ian Talley at the Wall Street Journal.

President Trump says date and location set for summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un (WSJ).

U.S. weighs new Russia sanctions over the detention of Ukrainian soldiers (WSJ). 

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani tells President Trump that the Kabul government is willing to help cut U.S. troop costs (WSJ).

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

The disclosure of presidential tax returns will be the subject of a February 7 House hearing (WaPo).

 

REGULATION

President Trump signs an executive order to help U.S. manufacturers and “Trump People” (NYT).

Net neutrality rollback faces legal challenges testing the Trump Administration’s agenda (WSJ). 

Trump Administration proposes big changes in how prescription drugs are priced (WaPo).

 

FEDERALISM

Federal governments to seize more control over New York City public housing (NYT).

  


Daily Update | May 20, 2019

5/20/19  //  Daily Update

The federal government’s ban on spending federal funds on abortions means that Medicaid recipients cannot access abortion, creating a burden on women of color and women living in poverty. A new rule proposed by the Trump administration would prohibit families from obtaining subsidized housing if any family member is undocumented. The Fourth Circuit found that the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA was arbitrary and capricious – and therefore unlawful – because it was not adequately explained and the administration did not address the impact of this decision on DACA-recipients’ reliance interests. The White House has released a new tool to solicit information from people who believe that their social media posts have been censored by politically biased social media companies.

Karen Kadish

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | May 16, 2019

5/16/19  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration’s forthcoming immigration plan will focused on increasing the educational and skills requirements for people who are allowed to migrate to the United States and would scale back family-based immigration. Loose regulation of government websites allows executive agencies to weaken policies the executive branch opposes, such as the Affordable Care Act, which has been censored at least 26 times on HHS websites. The Trump Administration will not sign an international pledge to combat extremist content online, potentially because of First Amendment concerns. A new report from Paul C. Light outlines the ways that the House has investigated presidents since World War II, and gives an analysis of how Congress can conduct a meaningful probe into Presidential actions.

Karen Kadish

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | May 15, 2019

5/15/19  //  Daily Update

The Alabama Senate approved a measure that would outlaw abortion at all stages of pregnancy except in cases where the mother’s life is at serious risk; it awaits signature by Governor Kay Ivey. A new law will impose financial burdens on individuals convicted of felonies that make it harder for them to vote in Florida, despite the passing of Florida’s ballot initiative to restore voting rights to felons. Action from the FCC has continued to increase tensions between the United States and China following a unanimous vote to block China Mobile, and threatening public statements from President Trump. Donald Trump Jr. has agreed that he will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors, following a fight between Republican lawmakers. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claimed he was not allowed to say which two Florida counties were hacked by Russians in the 2016 election.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School