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The Washington Post
Five points Sessions should consider as he fights for his political life
With Republicans and Democrats calling for him to recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia and some Democrats calling for him to resign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fighting for his political life and livelihood...Second, so long as Sessions remains in the job, he will face pressure to resign and provide fodder for Trump critics suggesting that there is a cover-up. “The more I learn about this, the less I think Sessions has any choice but to resign or be fired,” Larry Tribe
tells me. In his view, “it’s inconceivable that his error [in testimony] was an innocent one.”
Too Broke To Go Bankrupt? Harvard Sophomore Uses Software To Tackle Problem For Poor
It sounds like a contradiction in terms: Millions of Americans may be too broke to go bankrupt. But with studies showing that more than half of U.S. households can’t come up with $1,000 in cash in an emergency and a third have no savings at all, it shouldn't be surprising that the $1,300 cost of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a hurdle many debt-ridden consumers can’t get over. That dilemma struck a Harvard sophomore named Rohan Pavuluri as odd – and a potential opportunity...Some experts estimate millions of Americans living below the poverty line could improve their finances by filing Chapter 7 and getting a fresh start. Pavuluri learned about this while working with Harvard Law School Professor James Greiner
conducting research on legal self-help materials for low-income consumers.
The Constitution Has Masked Protesters Covered
An op-ed by Noah Feldman
. In response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, North Dakota has enacted four new laws clearly aimed at protesters. One of them stands out: The law makes it a misdemeanor to wear a mask or hood while committing a crime. That sounds reasonable -- anonymity can facilitate crime, and it makes sense to punish a masked bank robber more harshly than an unmasked one. Yet the law is more troubling in the context of the punishment of protesters, who sometimes cover their faces to make a political point. The mask law therefore raises a constitutional question: How should we think about laws that seem to be targeted at conduct but may actually be aimed at speech?
The Harvard Crimson
Hillary Clinton to Visit Harvard Friday
Hillary Clinton will be on Harvard's campus Friday to discuss her time as Secretary of State and dine in Kirkland House. Clinton will take part in an interview as part of the“ American Secretaries of State Project: Diplomacy, Negotiation, and Statecraft”, a joint project of the Kennedy School, Law School, and Business School, according to a statement from the Kennedy School...Law School Professor Robert H. Mnookin
, Business School professor James K. Sebenius, and Kennedy School professor R. Nicholas Burns lead the project and will conduct the interview with Clinton.
Republicans Join Calls Asking AG Jeff Sessions To Recuse Himself From Russia Investigation (audio)
An interview with Niki Tsongas and Nancy Gertner
. The Washington Post reported last night that Sessions spoke twice last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. But when asked about communication with the Russians at his Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in January, Sessions said, “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.” Sessions revised that statement this morning, speaking to NBC News...Now, leading Republicans are joining Democrats in calling on Sessions to recuse himself from overseeing an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential campaign. Many have also called on Sessions to explain what his meetings were about.
Can Jeff Sessions Be Prosecuted for Perjury?
Late Wednesday night, the Washington Post broke the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential campaign, contacts he failed to disclose during his Senate confirmation hearings. "I did not have communications with the Russians," said Sessions during his sworn testimony...Can Jeff Sessions be prosecuted for perjury? The answer is not exactly cut and dry. At the time of his confirmation hearings, Sessions was still serving as a senator from Alabama. The Constitution's Speech or Debate Clause shields lawmakers from prosecution for lying during proceedings in the House or Senate...Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe
sees it differently. "That would be a laughable misuse of the Speech and Debate Clause," he says. "He was testifying under oath as an [Attorney General] nominee, not in the discharge of any Senatorial business of his own."