Kyle Skinner  //  2/18/19  //  Daily Update


Trump has declared a national emergency to fund the border wall. As a border wall becomes more likely, asylum seekers at the border are giving up hope. The Court will review the census citizenship question dispute this term. The Special Counsel's office filed its sentencing memo in Paul Manafort's case. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a former employee of the data firm Cambridge Analytica. A district court ordered the Trump administration to halt the imminent discharge of HIV-positive airmen. 

  

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION

The Special Counsel's office filed its sentencing memo in Paul Manafort's case (Lawfare). 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a former employee of the data firm Cambridge Analytica (The Hill).

A gag order was issued in the Roger Stone case (Lawfare).

 

IMMIGRATION

Trump has declared a national emergency to fund the border wall (WSJ, ImmigrationProfBlog).

  • You can read the declaration at Lawfare.
  • The declaration may be based on false claims (NYT).
  • Jack Goldsmith analyzes what is and isn’t a big deal at Lawfare.       
  • Courts might be able to stop him (NYT, NPR, Lawfare). Dahlia Lithwick argues that his assertions that he will win undermine the Supreme Court (Slate).
  • Gorsuch’s property rights jurisprudence may create problems for Trump’s border wall (Mother Jones). 
  • Bob Bauer explores how the Trump administration thought through the announcements legal implications (Lawfare). Annika Lichtenbaum discusses the role of the Office of Legal Counsel (Lawfare). 
  • Public Citizen filed the first lawsuit following Trump’s announcement (The Hill).
  • As a border wall becomes more likely, asylum seekers at the border are giving up hope (NYT).
  • To the contrary of Trump’s statements, border towns may be some of the safest places around (ImmigrationProfBlog).

 

CIVIL RIGHTS

Dahlia Lithwick writes about Kavanaugh’s rhetoric on abortion (Slate).

A district court ordered the Trump administration to halt the imminent discharge of HIV-positive airmen (LAMBDA Legal).

 

DEMOCRACY

The Court will review the census citizenship question dispute this term (SCOTUS Blog, Election Law Blog).

Steven Rosen discusses the online voting revolution (Salon).

 


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