//  4/11/17  //  Topic Update


CIA Director Mike Pompeo sharply criticized Wikileaks, warning that the CIA will aggressively turn its attention to ending publication of government secrets (The Hill).

  • This is a blatant and hypocritical attack on Free Speech, argues Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.
  • Director Pompeo’s remarks can be found here.

The Trump Administration will no longer release visitor logs, a sharp departure from the Obama Administration’s policy of transparency (NYT).

  • This further chips away at the American people’s trust in the President argues the Editorial Board of the Washington Post.
  • At Sunlight Foundation, Alex Howard writes that the secrecy of White House visitor logs indicates that the Trump Administration is allergic to transparency.
  • Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, defended the recent decision not to release visitor logs at the White House. (Politico).

Presidential candidates’ free speech rights should be protected and the claims of incitement probably don’t pass constitutional muster, argues Lee Rowland (ACLU).


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

Hundreds of thousands of people participated worldwide in Women's Marches on Saturday, protesting the first year of the Trump administration and supporting women's rights.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump vows to strengthen libel laws after the release of Fire and Fury.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

A federal district court in Michigan has upheld a right to display signs depicting aborted fetuses. Environmental Protection Agency employees who publicly criticized the Trump administration had their e-mails scrutinized by a Republican campaign research group.