Daily Archives: January 17, 2018

Free UA Law Lecture series on Presidential power

“When: Weekly lectures Jan. 22-March 26, 2018, 3:15-4:10 p.m. No lecture March 5 due to Spring Break.

Where: University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (1201 E. Speedway Blvd), Room 160

Who may attend: The lectures are free and open to the public. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) may be available**. RSVP for each lecture to massaro@email.arizona.edu.

The lecture series is part of an official College of Law class. Each class meeting will begin with a public 50-minute lecture by a guest distinguished scholar and several UA experts. The other portions of the class are reserved for enrolled law students.

Jan. 22: An Introduction to the Law of Presidential Power
Toni Massaro and David Marcus, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Jan. 29: The President, Congress, and Foreign Affairs
Toni Massaro, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Feb. 5: The President, Congress, and the Contest Over the Federal Bureaucracy
David Marcus, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Feb. 12: Presidential Power in Historical Perspective
Harold Bruff, University of Colorado Law School

Feb. 19: The President’s War Powers
Kristine Huskey, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Feb. 26: The President and the Courts
David Marcus, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

March 12: Presidential Administration: An Insider’s Perspective
Howard Shelanski, Georgetown Law, and former head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, White House

March 19: The President and the Courts: Executive Orders and Judicial Review
Kathryn Watts, University of Washington School of Law

March 26: Impeachment and Resignation
Robert Glennon, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law”

More info/background here: https://law.arizona.edu/university-arizona-law-lecture-series-examines-presidential-power-limits

Poor children are pawns to be used by Paul Ryan in shutdown politics

Evil GOP bastard House Speaker Paul Ryan has a plan to avert a government shutdown at midnight on Friday. He intends to use poor children covered under the CHIP program as pawns and to attach the long-delayed CHIP program renewal — something which should have already been approved as a stand alone bill — to a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to entice enough votes to pass the short-term spending bill and kick the can down the road again into February.

POLITICO reports, House Republicans coalesce behind plan to avert shutdown:

House Republicans on Tuesday night appeared to coalesce around a short-term funding bill to avert a government shutdown Friday — even as conservatives threatened to oppose it and a bitter fight continued over the fate of more than 700,000 Dreamers.

Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a plan at a House GOP Conference meeting to fund the government through Feb. 16, and numerous rank-and-file members quickly endorsed it despite their frustration with another short-term patch. To further sweeten the pot, the Wisconsin Republican’s bill also includes a delay of several Obamacare taxes and a six-year extension of a popular health care program for children.

“It’s a good strategic position because not only does it offer CHIP [funding] for six years … but you also have a medical device tax delay as well as the Cadillac tax delay,” said Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.), referring to some of the taxes that would be delayed. “I think it puts Democrats in a very difficult position of having to vote against that in the House or in the Senate.”

House GOP leaders will whip the bill Wednesday before a possible Thursday vote. If the funding measure passes the House, senior Republican sources in both chambers expect the measure to clear the Senate.

House GOP leaders, however, still have some work to do: House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said many of his conservative members oppose the plan, dismissing the tax delays as a “gimmick” that won’t necessarily help leaders find 218 votes for passage.

After the GOP Conference meeting, the House Freedom Caucus met and did not take a position on the stopgap bill. But Meadows expressed skepticism leadership’s plan would pass in its current form with just Republican votes.

Based on the number of ‘no’ and undecided votes, there is not enough votes for a Republican-only bill,” he said.

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Sen. John McCain joins Sen. Jeff Flake in defending the free press from Donald Trump’s ‘fake news’ assault (updated)

Senator Jeff Flake announced earlier this week that he will give a speech Wednesday regarding our “Dear Leader’s” penchant to portray the free press as “the enemy of the people,” a phrase employed by Joseph Stalin to silence the media. Sen. Jeff Flake hangs the Stalin label on Trump for attacking the free press.

Today, Sen. Flake’s seatmate, Senator John McCain, joins him in defending the free press against Donald Trump’s attacks on the free press in an op-ed in the Washington Post. Mr. President, stop attacking the press:

After leaving office, President Ronald Reagan created the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to recognize individuals who have fought to spread liberty worldwide. Nancy Reagan continued the tradition after her husband’s death, and in 2008 she bestowed the honor on human rights icon Natan Sharansky, who credited Reagan’s strong defense of freedom for his own survival in Soviet gulags. Reagan recognized that as leader of the free world, his words carried enormous weight, and he used them to inspire the unprecedented spread of democracy around the world.

President Trump does not seem to understand that his rhetoric and actions reverberate in the same way. He has threatened to continue his attempt to discredit the free press by bestowing “fake news awards” upon reporters and news outlets whose coverage he disagrees with. Whether Trump knows it or not, these efforts are being closely watched by foreign leaders who are already using his words as cover as they silence and shutter one of the key pillars of democracy.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 2017 was one of the most dangerous years to be a journalist. Last year, the organization documented 262 cases of journalists being imprisoned for their work. Reporters around the world face intimidation, threats of violence, harassment, persecution and sometimes even death as governments resort to brutal censorship to silence the truth.

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