Take Care  //  5/7/17  //  Topic Update

President Trump signed an executive order entitled "Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty" (NYT).

  • The executive order is available here.
  • Ira Lupu and Robert Tuttle republished their analysis for Take Care of a leaked draft of President Trump’s “religious liberty" order, dated to roughly six weeks ago.  
  • Jason Harrow explains how the President mischaracterized both the current law and his own executive order in his remarks at today’s signing (Take Care).
  • Marty Lederman examines the so-called Johnson Amendment, the provision that bars 501(c)(3) nonprofits from engaging in political activity (Take Care).
  • In a separate Take Care post, Marty argues the executive order actually does very little.
  • Undermining the so-called Johnson Amendment that bars 501(c)(3) nonprofits from engaging in political activity is more about money than political speech, argues Dahlia Lithwick (Slate).
  • Jessica Mason Pieklo and Christine Grimaldi likewise note that the order is about campaign contributions and argue that the order is an attempt to appease religious extremists (Rewire).
  • David French argues that the executive order may undermine legislative and judicial responses to the Johnson Amendment and amounts to “dangerous nothingness” (National Review).
  • Emma Green explains why the executive order left many conservatives dissatisfied (The Atlantic).
  • Dan Lamothe debunks a claim President Trump made at the signing relating to soldiers’ access to religious materials (WaPo). 

Updates | The Week of February 19, 2018

2/25/18  //  Daily Update

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a new charge against Paul Manafort while Richard Gates pled guilty. Meanwhile, President Trump's proposal to arm teachers drew controversy in Washington.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School

Updates | The Week of February 5, 2018

2/11/18  //  Daily Update

The Nunes memo set off aftershocks; agencies scrambled to implement the Trump Administration's policies to mixed effect; and Congress passes a budget after a brief overnight shutdown.

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

The Senate confirmed Sam Brownback, former Kansas governor, as the American Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom. HHS's new religious freedom division constitutes a new attack on women's health, wrote Jamille Fields at The Hill.