Author Archive | Damon Root


To Save His Travel Ban at SCOTUS, Trump Is Citing This 1972 Precedent

Gage Skidmore / Flickr.comThe U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the legality of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from six majority-Muslim countries. At the heart of the Trump administration’s legal case is a 1972 Supreme Court decision that recognized sweeping executive authority over immigration. If Trump ultimately wins on the merits, it […]

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Trump’s Travel Ban Is Headed to the Supreme Court

Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear consolidated oral arguments in the cases of Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP) and Trump v. Hawaii. At issue is whether President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order banning travelers from six majority-Muslim countries violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and/or exceeds the president’s lawful […]

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In Major Free Speech Victory, SCOTUS Rules for ‘The Slants’ and Strikes Down Federal Trademark Restriction

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in favor of the Asian-American dance-rock band The Slants, holding that the First Amendment protects the rights of the band’s members to register a trademark in their band’s “offensive” name. At issue in Matal v. Tam was a federal law prohibiting the registration of any trademark that may […]

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‘A Firm Hand of Repression’: The Espionage Act Turns 100

One hundred years ago today, the U.S. government declared war on the First Amendment. It all started with President Woodrow Wilson. In April 1917, Wilson urged the nation into battle against Germany in order to “make the world safe for democracy.” But he also set his sights on certain enemies located closer to home. “Millions […]

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A.M. Links: Trump Reportedly Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice, Scalise Remains in Critical Condition After Baseball Practice Shooting, London Apartment Fire Death Toll Rises to 17

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. On Twitter today, President Trump responded to the news that Mueller is investigating him: “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice” Rep. […]

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A.M. Links: Trump vs. Merkel, Manuel Noriega Dead at 83, North Korea Warns of ‘Bigger Gift Package’ for U.S. After Ballistic Missile Test

Mike Dubke, the communications director for the Trump White House, is resigning. “Fresh off his first international trip as president, one in which he spent time at two meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday that the U.S. relationship with Germany is ‘very bad for U.S.’ and ‘will change.’” […]

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A.M. Links: Montana Republican Charged With Assault for Body-Slamming Journalist, Trump in Brussels, Philippines May Extend Martial Law ‘Throughout the Country’

President Donald Trump is in Brussels for meetings with NATO leaders and EU officials. New poll: 54 percent of voters “say Trump is abusing the powers of his office.” Greg Gianforte, Republican candidate in today’s special congressional election in Montana, has been charged with assault by the police after allegedly body-slamming a journalist. “A British […]

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A.M. Links: Trump Campaign Reportedly ‘Had at Least 18 Contacts’ With Russia, Fox News Founder Roger Ailes Dead at 77, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Dead at 52

The Trump presidential campaign reportedly had at least 18 contacts “with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties.” Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn reportedly “told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign.” Donald Trump tweets: […]

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