FROM Michael Gerhardt
When Does a Lawyer's Mistake Become Judicial Misconduct? The Bush Justice Department began an investigation of lawyers who signed so-called " torture memos " authorizing waterboarding and other brutal methods of interrogation. The completed inquiry is scheduled to be made public, but some findings and recommendations are already being reported. Among those are that John Yoo , Jay Bybee and Steven Bradbury should not be prosecuted, but might be subject to disciplinary action which could result in disbarment. Michael Gerhardt is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.