Coverage and analysis of the Supreme Court’s allowance of parts of the travel ban continues. The ACLU will challenge warrantless searches of phones and laptops at the border. President Trump nominated Trey Trainor, a Texas lawyer and opponent of campaign finance regulation, to the Federal Election Commission. The House has voted to curb federal asset forfeitures, a program Attorney General Jeff Sessions had reinstated. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has endorsed a proposal to eliminate the “blue slip” procedure that would allow Democrats to block President Trump’s circuit court nominees from their home state.
The Constitution and various statutes support cities’ ability to declare themselves sanctuary cities, argue Seth Davis, Annie Lai, and Christopher Lasch on Take Care.
Congress’s plans to address DACA may have stalled (NYT).
The Department of Homeland Security has waived environmental and historical preservation laws to speed construction of border barriers in Southern California (Hill).
Arizona, Maryland and Wyoming have signed up for the Department of Homeland Security’s RIDE program, which augments the accuracy of the E-Verify system using state-level DMV records (CATO).
The ACLU pressed Congress members to stop President Trump’s transgender military service member ban (ACLU).
It is believed that Hans von Spakovsky, a member of President Trump’s election fraud Pence-Kobach Commission, wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions objecting to the appointment of any Democrats or mainstream republicans to the Commission (HuffPost, Gizmodo).
Repeated, harassing emails to government officials and their offices may be criminally prosecutable (WaPo).
President Trump nominated Trey Trainor, a Texas lawyer and opponent of campaign finance regulation, to the Federal Election Commission (Election Law Blog).
SAFETY AND JUSTICE
The House has voted to curb federal asset forfeitures, a program Attorney General Jeff Sessions had reinstated (WaPo).
While some Congress members have voted to extend a controversial warrantless surveillance program, they have also pushed for limits to the law (The Hill).
The Malaysian Prime Minister, while visiting the White House, urged President Trump to support progressive Muslim regimes (Whitehouse.gov).
North Korea expressed dissatisfaction with the United States’ role in crafting the U.N. sanctions (WaPo).
Two former US Attorneys object to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ charging guidelines, which ask prosecutors to charge the most serious offense in almost all cases (National Review).
President Trump’s new approach to Afghanistan is just a repackaging of old ideas, reinforces the dilemma between Pakistan and India, and ignores China, criticizes Sahar Khan at CATO.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Despite extensive efforts, Jared Kushner’s real estate company has been unable to secure foreign investors for its building at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York, report Michael Kranish and Jonathan O’Connell at the Washington Post.
A group of Republican senators, led by Lindsey Graham (SC) and Bill Cassidy (LA), proposed legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but it is unclear whether the bill would attract sufficient support in the Senate (Health Affairs, NYT, WaPo).
The Trump administration’s proposed “one in, two out” requirement for federal regulations will likely lead to legal challenges and will not increase efficiency, writes Sarah Kramer at The Regulatory Review.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration has proposed relaxing an Obama-era mine inspection rule (WaPo).
RULE OF LAW
For the second day in a row, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested that former FBI director James Comey broke the law by sharing details of unclassified memos regarding conversations with President Trump, but stopped short of reiterating a call for him to be prosecuted (CNBC, Politico).
CHECKS & BALANCES
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has endorsed a proposal to eliminate the “blue slip” procedure that would allow Democrats to block President Trump’s circuit court nominees from their home state (NYT).
Senate Republicans should retain the blue slip as a check on the executive, argues Dahlia Lithwick in Slate.
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has refused a second subpoena to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee (CNN).
Contact between Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and Felix Sater regarding a proposed change to US policy on Ukraine likely began during the presidential campaign, argues Ryan Goodman at Just Security.