FROM Shaun Martin
Author of Torture Memo on the Ninth Circuit Court Two former Justice Department lawyers who wrote the controversial “ torture memos ” are now in the west. John Yoo is a tenured professor of law at UC Berkeley, currently visiting Chapman University in Orange County. Jay Bybee is now a justice on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with a courtroom in Las Vegas. The two are handling their own cases very differently.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?