In the travel ban cases, DOJ filed emergency stay applications and a petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court late last night. President Trump announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, and a deluge of legal and political analyses followed. News also leaked that the administration is considering broad new exemptions to the requirement that employer-based health insurance provide contraception coverage. And former FBI Director Comey's congressional testimony has been set for next week, which has prompted discussion of whether the President could invoke executive privilege to prevent him from testifying.
In the travel ban cases, DOJ filed emergency stay applications and a petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court late last night.
The Trump administration is considering broad exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate (Vox).
On this week’s Versus Trump podcast episode, Easha Anand and Jason Harrow dive into the House v. Price litigation, which addresses appropriation of payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act (Take Care).
Congressional lawmakers have introduced legislation to modify union voting requirements that would make organizing for better pay substantially more difficult, argues Nicole Knight (Rewire).
In its effort to undo net neutrality rules, the FCC is now arguing that it should redefine broadband as an information service rather than a telecommunications service (Ars Technica).
The Trump administration is rolling back nutritional standards for school lunches, but the focus of food in schools should be on access for all, not "choices" for those who can already afford healthy food, argues Jazmine Walker (Rewire).
The Ninth Circuit has control over whether President Trump’s travel ban will make it to the Supreme Court, argues Amir Ali at Take Care.
United States consular officers around the world have begun implementing more intensive vetting procedures for visa applicants, pursuant to executive order (WaPo).
New data indicate that immigrants entering the United States today are substantially more likely to have a college degree than a quarter century ago (ImmigrationProf Blog).
A local police department in Washington State has released videos seeking to calm the fears of its immigrant population (ImmigrationProf Blog).
A man charged with metro train fare evasion is now facing deportation, highlighting the wide net the administration is casting for criminal offenses subject to removal prioritization, argues Kevin Johnson (ImmigrationProf Blog).
U.S. immigration policies are inflicting mental and social harm on American children, argue Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard, Grace Napolitano, and Pramila Jayapal (The Hill).
Jessica Colotl shares her personal account of growing up undocumented in the United States and receiving DACA status, only to have the Trump administration recently revoke it (ACLU).
An altercation broke out in the Texas legislature after one lawmaker declared that he was calling ICE to report protesters there to voice opposition to a measure against sanctuary cities (Rewire).
An increasingly difficult migration climate, due only in part to the Trump effect but also to structural issues, is affecting would-be migrants across Central America, explains Stephanie Leutert (Lawfare).
Although the Trump administration’s revised parental leave proposal contains some key improvements from the original, the plan remains inadequate, argue Lenora M. Lapidus and Vania Leveille (ACLU).
The U.S. Department of Education launched a new website resource yesterday for information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, three months after the old version crashed (Disability Scoop).
President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity is a sham that poses an actual threat to American democracy, argues Jason Kander (CNN).
The Supreme Court granted certiorari this week in the Ohio voter rolls purge procedure case, which could have major impacts on voting rights across the country, explains Matt Ford (The Atlantic).
A new Democratic super PAC, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, has launched a campaign to combat GOP-tilted gerrymandering, reports Eliza Newlin Carney (The American Prospect).
JUSTICE & SAFETY
New congressional legislation aimed at protecting police officers may further criminalize communities of color while protecting officers from civil and criminal liability, argues Auditi Guha (Rewire).
President Trump announced that he would not move the U.S.’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem at this time (NYT).
Most leadership at the State Department remains temporary and in limbo as the Trump administration struggles to fill key posts (WaPo).
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
The CREW Emoluments Clause lawsuit against President Trump added Eric Goode, owner of New York hotels, to its lawsuit, further buttressing the claim to standing (NYT).
President Trump has extensive business interests in Saudi Arabia and Israel, two of the countries he visited on his first presidential trip abroad, details Maya Gold (CREW).
RULE OF LAW
Stating that judges who rule against the Trump administration (and those who support those decisions) are part of the “resistance” suggests lawlessness, feeds the delegitimization of the judiciary, and undermines the rule of law, argue Leah Litman, Steve Vladeck, and Helen Murillo on Take Care.
Former FBI director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next Thursday (WSJ).
Congressional investigators are examining whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions had further private meetings with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak (CNN).
The White House and a Russian state-owned bank offered contradictory accounts of why Jared Kushner conducted a secret meeting with the bank’s chief executing during the presidential transition (WaPo).
The appointment of a Special Counsel should not stop Congress from investigating Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election, writes Daniel Van Schooten at POGO.
Democrats are criticizing House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes for violating his recusal from the Russia investigation by issuing subpoenas relating to “unmasking” (The Hill).
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