The Trump Administration submitted a brief requesting the Supreme Court deny a request to review a second case on the Administration’s travel ban. President Trump lambasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Twitter, criticizing Sessions’s statement that the DOJ Inspector General would investigate alleged surveillance abuses. The Supreme Court heard a case today challenging the constitutionality of laws restricting political clothing at polling places. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating whether Jared Kushner pursued his business and family’s interests under the pretext of serving U.S. foreign policy. Washington state passed a net neutrality law that applies to all ISPs in the state.
The Trump Administration submitted a brief requesting the Supreme Court deny a request to review a second case on the Administration’s travel ban (Lyle Denniston Law News).
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who President Trump attacked for his rulings on a Trump University lawsuit, decided in favor of the Trump Administration in a lawsuit seeking to stop the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall (The Hill).
President Trump’s continued statements denigrating the judicial system threaten democracy, argues Nicole Ndumele of Protect Democracy at Take Care.
President Trump’s suggestion to involuntarily commit individuals deemed to be a gun violence risk is poor policy, argues Ari Ne’eman at the ACLU.
A Guantánamo detainee believes that President Trump’s election cost him his chance at freedom, writes Amos Barshad at The Marshall Project.
JUSTICE & SAFETY
President Trump is attacking both Attorney General Sessions and Justice Department Inspector General Horowitz on Twitter for the decision to refer a probe of the DOJ’s handling of secret surveillance warrants (Just Security, NYT).
Attorney General Sessions is defending his decision to hand over the investigation into the surveillance warrants program (WSJ).
Despite emerging diplomatic opportunities with North Korea, the United States is continuing to consider military strategies in the region (NYT).
The Justice Department announced that it is planning to crack down on opioid makers (NYT).
The United States has lost its key Kurdish allies in the fight against ISIS (NYT).
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating whether Jared Kushner pursued his business and family’s interests under the pretext of serving U.S. foreign policy (NYT).
980 days before the next election, President Trump announced that Brad Parscale, a close associate of Jared Kushner, would run his 2020 reelection campaign (NYT).
The purchase of a $31,000 dining set for HUD Secretary Ben Carson is par for the course in this administration’s history of frivolous spending, writes Herlaine Olen (WaPo).
The President’s legacy so far is one of “radical, private-sector, jobs-obsessed conservatism” evidenced by extreme deregulation, writes Daniel Henninger at the Wall Street Journal.
Rigorous benefit-cost analysis has largely fallen by the wayside in the Trump Administration, but four reforms might help save it, argues Stuart Shapiro at the Regulatory Review.
Rules promulgated by career civil servants not appointed as “Officers of the United States” are invalid, claims the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board.
The Senate Commerce Committee approved President Trump’s nominees to the FTC and the nominees will now be submitted to the full Senate (The Hill).
The FCC will vote on a deregulatory proposal to remove environmental impact reviews and other requirements for wireless facilities deploying 5G networks (The Hill).
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was named the “Worst Member of the Trump Administration” in a New York Times poll (NYT).
Detractors and supporters of the tax overhaul are racing to gather data about how companies are spending and distributing their windfall (NYT).
A carve-out in the reformed tax code that benefits farm cooperatives is a “GOP embarrassment” with “no economic rationale,” argues the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board.
The SEC initiated an aggressive probe of technology companies in the cryptocurrency market (WSJ).
President Trump’s plan to open 95% of the continental shelf to offshore drilling is facing bipartisan pushback (WaPo).
RULE OF LAW
Analysis of this week’s oral arguments in United States v. Microsoft continues.
Trump communications director Hope Hicks told the House Intelligence Committee that her job occasionally requires white lies but that she had not lied about Russian interference (NYT).
CHECKS & BALANCES
President Trump’s escalating attacks on the judiciary are an attack on democracy itself, writes Nicole Ndumele at Take Care.
The U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s thirteenth federal court of appeals judge, Elizabeth Branch, by a 73 to 23 vote (Washington Times).
Washington state passed a net neutrality law that applies to all ISPs in the state, flouting the FCC’s decision to repeal the federal net neutrality rules (Ars Technica).
DHS repudiated an NBC News report that Russia breached voting sites and systems in seven states before the 2016 election (The Hill).
It’s not clear that the U.S. military or the NSA—with or without a presidential order—can do much to prevent Russian cyber interference, writes Sean Gallagher at Ars Technica.
The Russians indicted for inferring in the 2016 election won’t be extradited, suggesting the indictment was unsealed to legitimize the investigation, argues Daniel Goldman at ACSBlog.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators are questioning witnesses about President Trump’s knowledge of the hacking and publication of DNC and Clinton campaign emails (NBC News).
Mueller’s investigation is honing in on President Trump’s attempts to push out Attorney General Jeff Sessions as part of a pattern of obstruction of justice (WaPo).
Mueller agreed to give Rick Gates more liberties, including ending GPS monitoring and more travel flexibility, in exchange for greater cooperation in the Russia investigation (Politico).