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Mueller Charges 13 Russians in Elections Investigation
Bringing the first indictment directly related to Russian election meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three organizations with illegally plotting to sow political discord and sway the election for then-candidate Donald Trump. The 37-page indictment says the named individuals began conspiring in 2014 to interfere in the American political system, and used false identities to spread divisive political material on social media...Weighing in via email, Harvard law professor Alex Whiting
said that the new indictments are important because, up until now, the details about Russian interference in the presidential election were limited to intelligence reports. “Now Mueller is providing specific information about how this was done,” said Whiting, who served as the prosecutions coordinator at the International Criminal Court at the Hague.
The Boston Globe
A bit of advice for Harvard’s new president
What happens when you become president of the world’s most prestigious university? Suddenly everyone has advice for you. Lawrence S. Bacow, the former president of Tufts University, was named Harvard University’s next leader last week, and already the lobbying has begun. Here’s a taste of what students, alumni, professors, and others say they want him to focus on, when he takes over from president Drew Faust after her retirement in June...Jeannie Suk Gersen
: “I hope President Bacow will focus on strengthening traditions of free speech, academic freedom, and respect for intellectual diversity that make possible the uncomfortable exploration of ideas that push us to discovery.”
Fix Democracy, First
A speech by Lawrence Lessig
. None of us want to be here. I don’t mean literally. This is New Orleans, and I’m sharing a stage with Jennifer Lawrence, and my hero, Buddy Roemer, so don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty happy to be here. But none of us want to have to be here. None of us want to be living in a democracy where our first fight has got to be about that democracy. Because all of us believe that there are real things, important things, substantive things that this democracy must do. But can’t do now.
The Harvard Crimson
Law School Affiliates Excited About Pres. Pick
Students, faculty, and administrators at the Law School say they are pleased Harvard’s 29th president will be one of their own. University President-elect Lawrence S. Bacow, who will take office after President Drew G. Faust steps down in June, graduated from the Law School with a J.D. in 1976. He also holds two degrees from the Kennedy School...John F. Manning
’82, dean of the Law School, wrote in an emailed statement that he is “delighted” with Bacow’s appointment and “look[s] forward to working with him.”...Manning’s predecessor as dean, Martha L. Minow
, wrote in an email that she thinks Bacow’s legal training has equipped him well to lead universities like Tufts, and now, Harvard. “Larry Bacow is not only a proven, effective leader in higher education who passionately cares about access, inclusion, and excellence; he is also genuinely perceptive and wise,” she wrote...“Larry Bacow wasn’t my student, but I wish he had been,” [Laurence
wrote in an email. “He’s a wonderful choice as Harvard’s next President and I look forward to getting to know him. Just listening to one of his long-form interviews is a source of inspiration and comfort. His background and vision seem ideal for this difficult time of turmoil and transition.”...Jyoti Jasrasaria
’12 [`18], a third-year law student who chaired the student committee that advised the presidential search, said the committee reached out to students across the University, including law students, to solicit input about the search. “Personally, I think, based on the outreach that I did to students along with the rest of the committee over the course of the past few months, that what we have seen and heard from Larry Bacow so far it seems like he is going to be a really good president,” Jasrasaria said...Historically, the Law School has shown a tendency to strike out on its own and occasionally depart from University-wide policy. Jacob R. Steiner
[`18], a third-year Law student who served as a Law School representative on the student advisory committee, said he thinks Bacow’s experience at HLS will translate into a deeper understanding of the school’s specific needs and a stronger relationship between the Law School and the University.
The Downsides of Mueller’s Russia Indictment
An op-ed by Jack Goldsmith
. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia indictment represents “a remarkable rebuke of the president’s claims” that the Russia investigation was a “phony Democrat excuse for losing the election,” the Lawfare team concluded. The indictment also educates the American public about the reality and scale of the Russian threat to the American political process more credibly than last year’s intelligence community report on the matter. Perhaps it will help the United States build resilience against future attacks.
The Boston Globe
Rick Gates had his ‘queen for a day’ interview. What the heck is that?
Has indicted former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates been playing “Queen for a Day”? According to media reports, Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller and has had a “queen for a day” interview. A “queen for a day” interview happens in a federal case when someone involved in a case offers to tell prosecutors what they know, with prosecutors promising not to use that interview directly against them...Typically, such interviews are held when prosecutors already have the person “dead to rights,” and they want to know what else the person can offer in terms of information that will merit them a plea deal, said Alex Whiting
, a Harvard Law School professor whose career includes stints as a federal prosecutor in Boston and Washington as well as at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
A Ruling Over Embedded Tweets Could Change Online Publishing
One of the most ubiquitous features of the internet is the ability to link to content elsewhere. Everything is connected via billions of links and embeds to blogs, articles, and social media. But a federal judge’s ruling threatens that ecosystem. Katherine Forrest, a Southern District of New York judge, ruled Thursday that embedding a tweet containing an image in a webpage could be considered copyright infringement. The decision can be appealed, but if it stands and is adopted by other courts, it could change the way online publishing functions... "The ruling is disappointing and may result in an increase in similar litigation, but all hope is not lost. The news organizations still have a number of potential defenses, including fair use," says Kendra Albert
, a technology lawyer and fellow at the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic.
How to Improve Your Credit Score – 8 Tips
There are many ways to improve your credit score. They range from paying down debts and reducing your credit utilization to simply making on-time bill payments each month...[Roger Bertling
]: The simplest advice is to check your credit reports fairly often (at least once a year). The best advice is to make sure you pay your bills, particularly credit cards, student loans, car loans, and mortgages on time.
Is Oregon great? Science projects aim to put the state’s universities on the map
No public or private university in Oregon can claim membership to academia’s most exclusive club, those giants of scientific research that spin off entire industries and propel their local economies. No school here regularly cracks the top 50 institutions for federal research dollars. But seeds now in place in Eugene, Newport and Portland hold the potential for a collective breakthrough. New scientific research centers -- backed by hundreds of millions in public and private dollars -- are moving forward or nearing completion, a chain reaction that could transform the state...That’s not an unreasonable concern, said Michael Teitelbaum
, a senior research associate at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School who has authored a book on boom-and-bust cycles in scientific research. Schools are “sometimes too enthusiastic about the value of expanding basic research facilities,” he said. But Oregon is well positioned because it has one of the nation’s wealthiest people – Knight is worth an estimated $26.6 billion -- bankrolling two major projects.
Russian indictments could set stage for more Mueller charges
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three organizations for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election sets the stage for the prosecution of Americans who may have helped the Russian effort, some legal experts said...If an American helped direct the Russian acts, that could lead to charges as well, said Harvard Law School Professor Alex Whiting
. “If there were meetings between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and the Trump campaign officials encouraged the Russians or guided them to particular types of work, or provided them assistance so that they could focus their interference, that would be collusion,” said Whiting, a former federal prosecutor.