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Here’s what you need to know about the presidential power to pardon

Early Saturday morning, President Trump declared via tweet that “all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon.” It will come as little shock that many do not agree on this point, especially when it comes to the question of whether the president can pardon himself. In fact, a new wing of the Internet has […]

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Gerrymandering Case May Be Most Important Decision SCOTUS Face”

HuffPost: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says a case dealing with how far political parties can go to draw election districts to their benefit might be the “most important” the court will hear next term. Ginsburg made the comments at a Duke Law School event Friday … Continue reading ?

What to make of Elon Musk’s hyperloop announcement?

Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017 Adam Ozimek asks me: How should we think about this in a meta-rational...Show More Summary

“Scaramucci: ‘Probably Some Level Of Truth’ To Claim Millions Voted Illegally”

TPM:  New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci refused on Friday to distance himself from the Trump administration’s baseless claim that 3 million illegal votes cast for Hillary Clinton lost Donald Trump the popular vote, quickly extinguishing hopes the investment-banker-turned-Trump-insider would usher … Continue reading ?

China export markets in everything

Now it is textbooks: When primary school administrators in the U.K. choose study materials for the fall semester this year, they will have a new option: math textbooks imported from Shanghai, a city celebrated as a global math power....Show More Summary

“Five sentenced to days in jail for Supreme Court disruption over campaign finance”

WaPo: Five protesters who disrupted a session of the U.S. Supreme Court by shouting disapproval of its rulings on campaign finance law were sentenced to either one or two weekends in prison Monday after losing a bid to overturn a … Continue reading ?

Does the Seventh Amendment Mean What it Says?

James Madison once wrote: “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort …. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.” Because the power...Show More Summary

Are US Bases in Asia Vulnerable? Time to Rethink Force Posture

A recent study from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) looks at how China’s military capabilities in Asia make forward-deployed U.S. bases there vulnerable. The report warns, “the growing capability of China to threaten U.S. Show More Summary

Must-Read Journal of Law and Policy Symposium on Buckley at 40, Campaign Finance and Free Speech

It was a great conference and now what looks like a very promising law review issue: Current Issue: Volume 25, Issue 1 (2016) Articles PDF Introduction; The Past, Present and Future of Free Speech Joel M. Gora PDF A Landmark … Continue reading ?

Re Don Jr.: Federal Sentencing Guidelines Punish Campaign Finance Cooperation with Foreign Governments More Severely Than Foreign Nationals

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: As I explain in a forthcoming law review article, Dark Money as a Political Sovereignty Problem, the federal sentencing guidelines already make a distinction between  mere foreign nationals and members of foreign governments. The article states, “[t]he federal sentencing guidelines were … Continue reading ?

Collective vasectomy March Madness markets in everything

Mr. Ferretti, 36 years old, and Mr. Lopez, 44, had enjoyed themselves under the supervision of a doctor for what some are calling a brosectomy—a vasectomy with friends in a cushy setting of couches, snacks, big-screen TV, and in some clinics, top-shelf liquor. Show More Summary

I Beg My Pardon?

If you’re looking for an upside to the Trump presidency, there’s this at least: it promises to be endless fun for executive-power geeks. That “this is not normal” means there’s plenty of opportunity to consider constitutional questions...Show More Summary

Compare Medical and College Inflation with Services, not Goods

A Wall Street Journal report, “Colleges Pull Back Tuition’s Long Rise,” includes a graph showing the cumulative increases in consumer price indexes (CPI) since 1990 for College Tuition, Medical Care, and All Consumer Prices. Adding up...Show More Summary

Pelosi Complains About Procedure Surrounding, Not Substance Of, Intelligence Bill

As I reported over the weekend, today the House will take up the FY 2018 Intelligence Authorization Act (HR 3180) under an expedited consideration mechanism known as suspension of the rules. The announcement was made Friday, but late on Sunday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi complained about the fast-tracking of the bill. Show More Summary

Everyone agrees that McCain is a hero. That’s exceptional in our era.

As Sen. John McCain R-Ariz.) battles brain cancer, Americans are rallying to his side and reflecting on his political legacy. Republicans and Democrats alike are calling McCain — perhaps the country’s best-known former prisoner of war — a hero. My thoughts and prayers are with @SenJohnMcCain, a true hero. Cancer is up against one Anerica's […]

Newsworthy Deaths

Our World in Data has an excellent writeup of earlier research by Eisensee and Strömberg.  How many deaths does it take for a natural disaster to be newsworthy? This is a question researchers Thomas Eisensee and David Strömberg asked...Show More Summary

China’s ‘Belt and Road’ opens up new business in Africa — for both the U.S. and China

There has been no shortage of headlines proclaiming China’s growing clout in a “new world order” in recent months. This speculation resurfaced after the July G-20 summit, at which the United States reconfirmed its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, and the May 2017 summit of the Belt and Road, China’s $1 trillion global plan […]

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