Daily Update | May 8, 2018
President Trump attacks Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, says “there is no” obstruction of justice: “[I]t’s called fighting back.” The Trump Administration is implementing a “zero tolerance” policy on migrants trying to enter the United States illegally, who will now be sent to detention centers awaiting trial while their children are separated from them and taken into custody. A set of travel documents show EPA officials taking “extreme” measures to insulate Scott Pruitt from the public eye. President Trump says he will have an announcement on the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday. An increase in impeachment talk has made it more difficult to use the power against presidents whose actions merit it.
Daily Update | May 2, 2018
President Trump responded to oral argument in Hawaii v. Trump by explicitly stating that he does not apologize for his campaign statements calling for a “Muslim Ban.” The Trump administration proposes making disability a “heavily weighted negative" factor in determining whether to grant an immigrant a visa or permanent residency. A list of questions that Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia’s election interference, would like to ask President Trump was obtained by The New York Times. Seventeen states are suing to challenge the EPA’s decision to ease car-emission regulations.
Daily Update | March 22, 2018
The federal Office of Women’s Health removes information about health for lesbian and bisexual women from its website. The Fed raises interest rates to their highest level in a decade. The Trump administration has only submitted 4 of the 13 national security reports required by the National Defense Authorization Act. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is pushing ahead with a plan to “pause” an Obama rule intended to ensure children from certain minority backgrounds aren’t overrepresented in special education. The President congratulated Putin on his latest election win despite an explicit briefing telling him not to. Evidence already in the public record strongly suggests Cambridge Analytica “knowingly used Russian disinformation to help the Trump campaign win the 2016 election.”
Daily Update | March 9, 2018
President Trump says he will meet North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in the next two months. Eliminating the individual mandate, along with other changes to the ACA, will cause health insurance rates to rise 35 to 94 percent in the next three years, according to a new report. In EEOC challenge, the Sixth Circuit holds that discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status is discrimination on the basis of sex. Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty on Thursday to fraud charges brought against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. British court finds anti-Muslim extremists, retweeted by President Trump in November, guilty of hate crimes.
Daily Update | March 6, 2018
ICE is separating children from parents at the border. To Mueller subpoena, former Trump aide Sam Nunberg says “screw that,” “let him arrest me.” Arkansas gets the go-ahead to impose work requirements on recipients of Medicaid. Unfavorable court decisions could deter would-be whistleblowers from exposing wrongdoing at America’s intelligence agencies. FCC Director Ajit Pai’s proposal to dramatically restructure an internet subsidy to impoverished people is drawing criticism from all sides.
Daily Update | January 17, 2018
The Department of Justice will ask that the Supreme Court immediately review a district court ruling that required the government to continue the DACA program. In light of the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, commentators reflected on the President’s legacy on issues of race. The Office for Civil Rights within the Department of Education is rejecting discrimination complaints from transgender students. 22 state attorneys general have filed suit to enjoin the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. A military doctor claims Trump got a perfect score on a test designed to identify cognitive impairment, concluding the president “does not suffer from mental issues that prevent him from functioning in office.”
DOJ Goes Big So Prisoners Can't Go Home
DOJ now argues that people who are in prison based on mistaken understandings of criminal statutes must stay there. The Supreme Court should consider granting certiorari to correct its mistake (and the Eleventh and Tenth Circuits’).
Daily Update | October 2, 2017
The Trump Administration is working hard to reauthorize FISA. The VA is trying to repeal an ethics rule preventing its employees from owning stakes in for-profit colleges receiving hundreds of millions in G.I. Bill funds. Health and Human Services Director Tom Price has resigned over the chartered flights scandal. The Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee has turned its attention to whether then-FBI Director James Comey ended his investigation into Hillary Clinton too soon.
Trump DOJ's Flipped Positions
Republicans may not be advancing their agenda through legislation, but they're getting it done in other ways.