Author Archive | Damon Root


A.M. Links: Trump Lawyers Expect Mueller Interview Request, North Korea and South Korea to Hold Talks, Alabama Beats Georgia to Win College Football National Championship

President Trump will meet with congressional leaders today at the White House to discuss the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. “Lawyers for President Donald Trump are anticipating a request for the President to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller and are discussing how to define the parameters of any […]

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A.M. Links: Roy Moore Asks Courts to Block Alabama Election Results, Putin Calls St. Petersburg Blast a Terrorist Attack, Bombing in Kabul Kills Dozens

Roy Moore is asking the Alabama courts to block the results of the special Senate election that he lost earlier this month to Democratic candidate Doug Jones. A bomb attack at a pro-Iranian Shiite cultural center in Kabul, Afghanistan, has killed at least 40. ISIS has claimed responsibility. Vladimir Putin says yesterday’s explosion at a […]

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A.M. Links: Driver Plows Car Into Melbourne Crowd, Congress Faces Government Shutdown Deadline, North Korean Soldier Defects

A driver plowed his car into a crowd of holiday shoppers in Melbourne, Australia, injuring at least 19. Authorities there are calling it a “deliberate act.” “Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that the firing of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller would be a ‘gross abuse of […]

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A.M. Links: Roy Moore vs. Doug Jones Alabama Election Today, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dead at 65, Latest on Attempted NYC Terrorist Attack

“President Donald Trump dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct on Tuesday, alleging the claims against him were an invention by Democrats who are unable to prove his campaign colluded with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.” Alabama voters head to the polls today for the special U.S. Senate election between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat […]

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Trump’s Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities Flunks the Constitutional Test

A federal judge in California recently declared President Donald Trump’s executive order denying federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities to be unconstitutional. According to the opinion of U.S. District Judge William Orrick in Santa Clara v. Trump, and the related case of San Francisco v. Trump, the president’s order violates multiple constitutional strictures, including the […]

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A.M. Links: Republican National Committee Backs Roy Moore, Trump’s Political Advisers ‘Concerned About the Legal Advice He Is Receiving,’ SCOTUS Hears Gay Wedding Cake Case

The Republican National Committee is now backing Roy Moore in the Alabama special election. Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele: President Trump’s “refusal to acknowledge [that he] just endorsed an alleged pedophile for the sake of ‘a vote’ tells me Roy Moore will be a Trump Puppet and America no longer has a moral […]

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Trump Administration Lawyer Pummeled by Sotomayor and Gorsuch in Cellphone Tracking Case

Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United StatesFans of the Fourth Amendment got a rare treat today at the U.S. Supreme Court. During oral arguments, both the liberal and conservative sides of the bench delivered a thorough pummeling to the government lawyer charged with defending the practice of warrantless cellphone data collection […]

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No, Chief Justice John Roberts Is Not a ‘Secret Liberal’”Is Chief Justice John Roberts a secret liberal?” asks the provocative headline attached to an article at FiveThirtyEight. Spoiler alert: The article is dumb and the answer is “no.” According to FiveThirtyEight‘s Oliver Roeder, while it is “relatively early in Roberts’s Supreme Court career…he is beginning to fit the historical pattern, at least quantitatively, of […]

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