Versus Trump: Versus DeVos (Interview with Toby Merrill)
On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Jason has an interview with Toby Merrill, the director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard Law School, about several lawsuits she's involved with against newly-confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Listen now!
Updates | The Week of July 17, 2017
The Protect Democracy Project is seeking the release of communications it believes may reveal the administration's plans to discredit the Congressional Budget Office.
An Airtight Opinion on Fugitive Emissions
A recent D.C. Circuit opinion vindicates the principle that while agencies may have discretion over how laws are enforced, they cannot use that enforcement discretion to cancel legal obligations altogether.
Updates | The Week of June 5, 2017
As appointed positions remain empty and the Trump Administration does not push rulemaking, agency regulation has ground to a near-halt.
The New Contraception Rule Is Procedurally Flawed
The Trump Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a massive expansion of the program that provides employers and exemption from providing their employees with contraceptive coverage. But they have not sought notice-and-comment on the rule, and that could be a major problem.
Versus Trump Podcast: G.G. Case + Patti Goldman
On a new episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, we discuss the status of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a major case about transgender rights, and then speak with Patti Goldman of Earthjustice about an important lawsuit that her organization has filed.
American Cognitive Dissonance
Perhaps some good may come from Trump’s ham-fisted efforts to drain the swamp: a revitalization of the bureaucracy, which renders important services to the nation.
Jared Kushner's New SWAT Team More Like Neighborhood Watch
Trump's son-in-law will lead a new office to "overhaul the federal bureaucracy." But Kushner can't wield real power without crashing into federal anti-nepotism rules. So our new government efficiency czar can't make big decisions himself. Oh, the irony ...
Going to Court for Civil Servants
Protecting the civil service from purges, intimidation, or politicization is vital to a healthy democracy. That's why United to Protect Democracy has filed suit to combat a troubling pattern of bullying civil servants and trying to silence dissent.
A Legal Challenge to Trump's "Religious Liberty" Executive Order
Yesterday, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s most recent Executive Order, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” While there has been muted reaction to Trump’s executive order, the FFRF complaint makes two important points that have been mostly unappreciated.
What Happens Next for the ACA?
President Trump has said that “the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode,” and there’s a lot he can do to make that explosion a reality. Here is what you need to know about what might come next.
The Acosta Hearing & the “Deconstruction” of Federal Agencies
Hearings on President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor revealed little about the future of labor policy. But the hearings made crystal clear that Trump's executive orders and proposed budget threaten even popular and effective government programs.
Why The Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Can Be Challenged in Court
The State Department's decision authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline raises a profound question about when courts can review agency action based in presidential power. The answer to that question has major implications for the rule of law.
Calculating Costs and Defining Our Future
The March for Science reminded us that cutting funding to science today harms generations to come. Yet there is also another, subtler way the Trump Administration threatens to impose future costs on young people: the way in which it calculates costs themselves in cost-benefit analyses essential to our administrative state.
Sherley You’re Joking
A confused and poorly reasoned decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit shouldn’t be read to shield agencies from judicial review whenever they happen to be following an executive order.
Taking the Nuclear Option Off the Table
Last Thursday, fifteen states and the District of Columbia moved to intervene in House v. Price, the case about the ACA’s cost-sharing reductions. At the same time, they asked the court to hear the case promptly. This is a bigger deal than it may seem, and could offer some comfort to insurers that are in desperate need of it.
Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017
President Trump appointed Neomi Rao, a law professor at George Mason University, as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The administration also sought to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its "one in, two out" executive order regarding regulation.
The Story Thus Far: Administrative Law
The Trump Administration appears eager to fight the administrative state by changing the rules of the game for regulation. Here are some useful analyses of the story thus far.
Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017
President Trump's deregulatory agenda begins to take shape and Professor Naomi Rao is nominated to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
Updates | The Week of April 3, 2017
President Trump is still slowly nominating cabinet members. He is revealing his attitude toward the administrative state through proposed budget cuts and use of the Congressional Repeal Act.
Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017
This week, Eli Savit analyzed the Trump Administration's new formulas for cost-benefit analyses. Though President Trump has signed more executive orders than any president since FDR, many of those orders contain little substance.
Updates | The Week of March 20, 2017
As President Trump leaves top advice-and-consent posts unfilled, commentators examined the American public’s complicated feelings about the federal bureaucracy and whether President Trump’s “one in, two out” regulation policy is anything more than a publicity stunt.