Author Archive | Damon Root

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A.M. Links: Spain Threatens to Take Control of Catalonia, Taliban Attack Kills 43 Afghan Troops, Iran Says It Will Expand Ballistic Missile Program

“President Trump’s condolence call to the widow of a slain soldier exploded into a vicious row that swamped the White House on Wednesday, with the soldier’s grieving mother accusing the president of disrespecting her family and a defiant Mr. Trump complaining that his words had been cynically twisted for political purposes.” Spain is threatening to […]

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A.M. Links: Hugh Hefner Dead at 91, Trump Waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico, North Korea Again Denies Torturing Otto Warmbier

President Donald Trump has begun rolling out his tax plan. President Trump will waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has died at age 91. North Korea is once again denying that it tortured Otto Warmbier, the American who died after being held prisoner in that country. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo […]

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Ted Cruz, Sex Toys, and the Constitution

In 2007 Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to reject a constitutional challenge to the state’s ban on the sale of sex toys. “There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship,” Cruz and […]

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A.M. Links: Trump and Democrats Talk DACA Deal, North Korea Threatens to ‘Sink’ Japan, Sean Spicer and Chelsea Manning Named Visiting Fellows at Harvard

“Staunch conservative allies of President Trump erupted in anger and incredulity late Wednesday after Democrats announced the president had agreed to pursue a legislative deal that would protect thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation but not secure Trump’s signature campaign promise: building a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.” President Trump is denying this […]

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A.M. Links: 54% of Florida Without Power After Hurricane Irma, North Korea Condemns U.N. Sanctions, Mexico Earthquake Death Toll Climbs to 96

Members of Donald Trump’s legal team reportedly advised the president that Jared Kushner should step down from his role in the White House over concerns raised by the Russia investigation. More than 54 percent of Florida households have no electricity in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Schools have reopened in Houston, Texas. They have been […]

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A.M. Links: Trump Cuts Debt Deal with Democrats, Irma Devastates Caribbean, Hurricane May Hit Florida on Friday

“President Trump struck a deal with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday to increase the debt limit and finance the government until mid-December, blindsiding his own Republican allies as he reached across the aisle to resolve a major dispute for the first time since taking office.” Hurricane Irma has devastated the Caribbean islands of St. Martin […]

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