Eve Levin  //  10/31/17  //  Topic Update


A free and independent judiciary is necessary to support a free press, writes Nancy Leong at Take Care.

In addition to taking a knee, NFL players should advocate specific policing reforms like mandatory de-escalation training and independent criminal investigations of police shootings, argues Chiraag Bains at the Guardian.

  • President Trump’s pressure on the NFL to censor players’ speech raises First Amendment concerns, contends Garrett Epps at the Atlantic.

The White House has adopted an increasingly authoritarian response to media criticism, observes Aaron Blake at the Washington Post.

The federal government moved toward releasing 2,800 documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (NYT).

  • These documents may shed light on some of the mysteries surrounding the assassination.
  • Some documents will remain secret due to national security concerns (LA TimesWaPo).
  • Philip Bump writes that such bipartisan conspiracy theories are rare these days.
  • Politico offers guidance on how to read the documents.

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.