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Muddy Liberal Thinking on New Gun-Rights Law
An op-ed by Noah Feldman
. The House of Representatives passed the National Rifle Association’s favorite gun-rights expansion bill earlier this month, and gun-control advocates locked and loaded their favorite legal arguments against it. It’s a terrible measure, to be sure, forcing states to allow people licensed to carry concealed weapons in one state to carry them anywhere else. But that doesn’t mean it’s unconstitutional, and liberals should be careful what they wish for.
The Washington Post
Trump says he won’t fire Mueller, as campaign to discredit Russia probe heats up
President Trump on Sunday sought to douse speculation that he may fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III amid an intensifying campaign by Trump allies to attack the wide-ranging Russia investigation as improper and politically motivated. Returning to the White House from Camp David, Trump was asked Sunday whether he intended to fire Mueller. “No, I’m not,” he told journalists, insisting that there was “no collusion whatsoever” between his campaign and Russia...“If Rosenstein refused, Trump could fire him and keep firing everyone who replaced him until he found someone who would fire Mueller,” said Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith
, former head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and co-founder of the Lawfare blog.
Why Donald Trump can be charged with obstruction
An op-ed by Laurence Tribe
. My friend Alan Dershowitz has restated in Maclean’s his now familiar arguments against holding a sitting president fully accountable for abusing his executive powers. As I and other constitutional scholars have explained, those arguments don’t withstand scrutiny. They rely on the strange idea that, because the president is head of the executive branch, and because the three branches are supposed to be independent of one another, nothing the president does in his purely executive capacity, like granting a pardon or firing a subordinate, can be part of a criminal or impeachable obstruction of justice.
Koch Brothers Are Cities’ New Obstacle to Building Broadband
An op-ed by Susan Crawford
. The three Republican commissioners now in power at the FCC voted this week to erase the agency's legal authority over high-speed Internet providers.They claim that competition will protect consumers, that the commission shouldn't interfere in the "dynamic internet ecosystem," and that they are "protecting internet freedom." Now that the vote is done, the agency has little to do but mess around with spectrum allocations. The mega-utility of the 21st century officially has no regulator.
CFTC Talks EP022: Harvard Law Prof. Hal Scott (audio)
An interview with Hal Scott
. This week on CFTC Talks, we bring on Harvard Law Prof. Hal Scott, author of "Connectedness and Contagion." We cover the 2008 financial crisis, what happened and what regulation has done since. Has regulation made the US financial system safer and at what cost? What is the future direction for fin reg?