President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner will reportedly be named a senior adviser in the new administration.
- Political news all week will revolve around Trump's appointments and the rush to get Senate confirmations.
- Comments from Supreme Court justices in a case today suggest they're likely to declare that courts must return fees paid by defendants when their convictions are overturned.
- The U.S. State Department formally apologized for decades of discrimination against LGBT employees, a helpful reminder that the government was historically the worst offender in this area.
- The Department of Defense has successfully tested a swarm of "micro-drones," in case you're looking for sci-fi dystopian future inspirations.
- WikiLeaks' Julian Assange insists the Russian government is not the source of Democratic National Committee emails the site published prior to the election.
- The Associated Press felt the need to "fact check" Trump's complaint/opinion that Meryl Streep is "overrated," which says more about the problems with the concept of "fact-checking" than anything else.
Simply put: Republicans agree not to vote on a replacement for Ginsburg until January; Democrats agree not to pack the Court.
USA Today Op ed Making the Case for Abolishing the Constitutional Requirement that the President Must be a "Natural Born" Citizen
I coauthored it with Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy.
If only that signaled a broader respect for legal limits on executive power.
Democrats Scuttle Marijuana Decriminalization Vote Over Fears of Not Being Deferential Enough to Cop Lobbyists
If Congress is too afraid to vote on marijuana reform, how the hell are they ever going to pass policing reform?