Derek Reinbold  //  4/2/17  //  Topic Update


The White House has announced a new "Office of Innovation" headed by President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • Niko Bowie explains at Take Care that Kushner will lack the power to shrink government, partly due to limitations imposed by anti-nepotism rules.
  • John D. Michaels notes on Take Care that Kushner promises to run the federal government like a business, but lacks an understanding of government—and of business.
  • Last week, the Supreme Court warned against the appointment of “unfit characters” and “family connection,” and as Niko Bowie explains here, that warning is relevant to several legally dubious Trump Administration appointments (Take Care).

The decision by the White House to prevent acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying demonstrated the Trump Administration’s aggressive approach to executive privilege, argues Andy Wright in an in-depth report at Just Security.

The Trump Administration has announced that it will create a task force on opioid addiction, to be headed by Chris Christie.


Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

After almost a year, the Trump Administration’s Justice Department lacks Senate-confirmed appointees in leadership posts running the national security, criminal, civil rights and other key divisions.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump has signaled to friends his belief that a government shutdown would help him politically.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of November 20, 2017

11/26/17  //  Daily Update

Any infringement on the president's power to remove executive branch officials may violate separation of powers principles.