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The Washington Post
The NFL Combine: Pro football’s intrusive, and mandatory, job interview
A dozen years ago, when Jeff Foster first came to National Football Scouting, the company that runs the NFL combine, he surveyed all 32 teams. The sport’s biggest job fair has four components — an on-field workout, medical testing, player interviews and psychological testing — and Foster wanted to know what teams valued the most. “All 32 teams said medical was No. 1,” Foster explained recently. “All 32 teams said interviews were No. 2.”...While there could be a gray area between tests that measure performance and those that examine health, Glenn Cohen
, a Harvard law professor who co-authored the study, says the list of questionable exams the NFL requires of draft prospects is long: heart tests, blood tests, X-rays and MRI exams, psychological tests, even exams measuring eyesight or range of motion.
DoD Can Close the Civil-Military Divide
An article by Adam Aliano `17 and Nate MacKenzie `17.
The growing separation between the military and society is dangerous for democracy. DoD is the government agency best equipped to address it. Since George Washington resigned his commission at Annapolis in 1783, the U.S. system has depended on the military’s subordination to civilian control. In the past, it was easy to maintain this control, as the military remained small in times of peace and then expanded its ranks with “citizen soldiers” during times of war. Drawn from all locations and walks of life, these citizen soldiers served because their country, not the profession of arms, had called. In addition, these citizen soldiers served in units organized by state and led by local officers, so their ties with their home populations remained strong. By World War II, however, the government opted for a nationally integrated military, and it did not disband it after the war. After Vietnam, the government went a step further, eliminating the draft and replacing the citizen soldier with the professional or career soldier.
Go Ahead, Hollywood, Keep Lying About Your Age
An op-ed by Noah Feldman.
Under existing doctrine, a federal district judge was probably right to temporarily block a California law designed to stop certain websites from listing actors' ages. But why shouldn't your age be a private fact you can keep to yourself? Not only can your age be used against you discriminatorily, but you also have a First Amendment right to lie about your age provided you aren’t engaging in fraud. This is an instance of a genuine, deep conflict between privacy and free speech. And in this instance, our system may have set the balance too far toward speech.
Can the White House discuss open investigations with the FBI?
The FBI rejected a request from White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus last week to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to multiple US officials briefed on the matter. The White House denies any inappropriate contact occurred, claims the FBI initiated the conversation and insists Priebus only discussed the news story, not the underlying pending Russia investigation...Harvard Law School professor Laurence H. Tribe
said that "the important fact is that the White House and the FBI were improperly discussing an ongoing investigation, particularly one that directly involves the President's inner circle and possibly the President himself, regardless of who initiated the communications at issue."
The Washington Post
With Trump’s changes, the deportation process could move much faster
On Tuesday, the Trump administration released a pair of memos authorizing federal authorities to deport undocumented immigrants more aggressively, directives that are in line with President Trump’s executive orders on border security and immigration. The measures laid out in the memos seek to shorten the sometimes years-long deportation process for many immigrants, often to the detriment of immigrants’ existing due process rights. As the changes roll out, they’ll reverberate throughout the deportation pipeline, affecting the numerous government agencies and courts involved...When government officials try to deport someone, there are two paths they can take. The expedited process, which bypasses the court system, is quicker — it typically takes about two weeks, according to Phil Torrey
, the supervising attorney for the Harvard Immigration Project — and is used to deport people who haven’t been in the country very long.
The Harvard Crimson
Law School Symposium Grapples With ‘Undocumentation’
Students and faculty gathered at Harvard Law School last week to discuss the difficulties and limitations that undocumented immigrants in the United States and the Middle East face as part of the Immigration Project's annual symposium. Co-sponsored by Law School organizations La Alianza and the Harvard European Law Association, the conference—themed “Undocumentation"—spanned three days. Poet Marlene Mayren, a leader of an Indianapolis movement for undocumented people’s rights, delivered the keynote slam poetry performance Wednesday...Harvard Law student Niku Jafarnia
[`19], who helped lead the symposium, said that the conference covered multiple facets of immigration—from the international refugees to domestic undocumented issues.