DoD Honors Fallen Service Members for Memorial Day

The Defense Department is paying tribute to fallen members for the Memorial Day holiday, honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 24, 2018 5:02 pm Support Us

Eucom Commander Hosts Conference on Regional Issues

Diplomatic and military leaders based in Europe discussed challenges and threats across the continent, Russian malign influence and other topics of mutual interest during a three-day conference Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti hosted in Wiesbaden, Germany. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 24, 2018 4:39 pm Support Us

Ninth Circuit Upholds Montana’s Campaign Disclosure Requirements

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Ninth Circuit yesterday upheld Montana’s political committee reporting and disclosure requirements against First Amendment challenges by a group whose major purpose was not political advocacy. The ruling keeps these requirements on the… Full Story Here Law Professor May 24, 2018 3:51 pm Support Us

Mattis Presides at Change of Command for NORAD, Northcom

Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy succeeded Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson as commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 24, 2018 3:10 pm Support Us

George Will on Federalism Today

This week, during an America’s Town Hall symposium held at the National Constitution Center, We the People host Jeffrey Rosen sat down with George Will, Pulitzer-prize winning columnist for The Washington Post, to discuss federalism, the 17th Amendment, and the state of American politics today. This America’s Town Hall program was made possible through the… Read More

Navy SEAL Receives Medal of Honor for Afghanistan Actions in 2002

Sitting in the White House reading the citation for the Medal of Honor doesn’t give the real flavor of why retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer and special warfare operator Britt K. Slabinski is receiving the award. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 24, 2018 12:49 pm Support Us

DoD Official Highlights U.S. Relationship With Georgia

At the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference, a top defense official hailed the U.S. relationship with the country of Georgia, saying it is an “incredibly important strategic partnership” with a nation that shares values and interests with the United States. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 24, 2018 12:15 pm Support Us

Funding Process for DoD Now Strategy Driven, in Healthy Place, Mattis Says

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that the he funding process for the U.S. military is back in a healthy place and he emphasized the ties between the National Defense Strategy and the budget process. He said the budget submission was underpinned by strategy for the first time in 10 years.… Read More

82nd Airborne Division’s Young Chefs Cook the Competition

Four teams of military chefs, one from each of the 82nd Airborne Division’s brigades, bustle through the kitchen making last-minute preparations before cooking a three-course meal they must present to a panel of judges, including the division commander. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 24, 2018 9:38 am Support Us

Navy Divers Showcase Skills at New York Aquarium

Navy divers interacted with fish and showcased their underwater skills for the public at the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn as part of Fleet Week, an annual salute to the sea services Full Story Here Defense.gov May 24, 2018 8:54 am Support Us

Check it Out: Epps on Indicting the President

Check out Garrett Epps’s piece at The Atlantic on whether the President can be indicted. Epps surveys the legal opinions on this, and asks several scholars, only to conclude that "[w]e just don’t know, and we won’t know, whether it’s… Full Story Here Law Professor May 23, 2018 3:46 pm Support Us

Mattis Welcomes 983 New Lieutenants Into Air Force

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told the 983 graduating cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., that he expects them to follow in the footsteps of giants and encouraged them to make the Air Force better every day. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 23, 2018 2:26 pm Support Us

Air Force Medical Team Supports Humanitarian Exercise in Panama

Five members of the 2nd Medical Group, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, joined other teams of airmen, Marines and soldiers in support of the New Horizons 2018 humanitarian exercise in Panama. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 23, 2018 11:15 am Support Us

Hawaii Guard Aids Evacuations During Volcano Eruptions

Joint Task Force 5-0 in Hawaii is helping authorities handle evacuations, provide security and monitor air quality as Mount Kilauea spews out clouds of toxic gas and lava destroys homes in its path. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 23, 2018 11:15 am Support Us

Soldiers, Airmen Conduct Nuclear Disaster Response Training

Soldiers from the 521st Troop Command Battalion of the Maine Army National Guard took part in a nuclear disaster response training exercise in Massachusetts, along with guardsmen from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 23, 2018 10:30 am Support Us

Travis Airmen Support Kilauea Volcano Relief Efforts

A C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft delivered a double recirculating cement mixer trailer for use in support of Kilauea volcano relief efforts on Hawaii, the largest and southeastern-most of the Hawaiian Islands. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 22, 2018 11:37 am Support Us

Service Members Must be Physically Ready for Deployment, Troxell Says

The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the U.S. military’s mission is to fight and win the nation’s wars, and service members must be physically, mentally and emotionally ready to fight when needed. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 22, 2018 10:56 am Support Us

USS Gonzalez Conducts Training With Italian Navy Frigate

The guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez conducted combined operations with the multipurpose Italian frigate ITS Alpino to promote camaraderie and collaboration among NATO partners. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 22, 2018 10:05 am Support Us

Face of Defense: Army NCO Faces, Overcomes Adversity

After dealing with a back injury and several autoimmune diseases, Army Master Sgt. Aaron De Los Santos says his body paid a price. The Texas native found support at the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas and has developed a love for adaptive sports. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 22, 2018 8:53 am Support… Read More

Operation Roundup Targets ISIS Remnants in Syria

The Pentagon’s director of press operations said that in Operation Roundup, Syrian Democratic Forces continue to defeat remnants of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters in Syria’s Middle Euphrates River valley. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 21, 2018 2:16 pm Support Us

High School, Collegiate Coaches Learn About Marine Corps Leadership at Workshop

Nearly 50 high school and collegiate coaches from across the United States attended Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s 2018 Coaches Workshop, providing coaches and key civilian influencers from diverse backgrounds about Marine Corps leadership styles and characteristics and career opportunities as a Marine officer. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 21, 2018 11:56 am Support Us

Zervos v. Trump Stay Denied

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In a terse ruling in Zervos v. Trump, the appellate division in New York cleared the stage for the defamation lawsuit against the president to move forward. Recall… Full Story Here Law Professor May 20, 2018 11:39 pm Support Us

Mattis Swears In DoD’s First Chief Management Officer

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis swore in John H. Gibson II as the department’s chief management officer, hailing him as the right person to lead the effort in reforming the department for improved efficiency. Full Story Here Defense.gov May 18, 2018 4:26 pm Support Us

Supreme Court Strikes Federal Sports Betting Ban

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Supreme Court ruled today that federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports gambling violates the anticommandeering principle. The ruling in Murphy v. NCAA strikes the prohibition the federal Professional and Amateur Sports… Full Story Here Law Professor May 14, 2018 3:26 pm Support Us

Abrams on the Right to Be Forgotten and Free Speech

Check out Floyd Abrams’s piece at the NYT, When 2+2 Might Equal 5, on the "right to be forgotten," and how it clashes with the First Amendment. Full Story Here Law Professor May 7, 2018 11:26 pm Support Us

Seventh Circuit Rejects Challenge to Erogenous Zoning

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Seventh Circuit ruled today that a retailer was not likely to succeed on its First Amendment challenge to Indianapolis’s adult-store zoning regulations. The case, HH-Indianapolis v. Indianapolis, arose when the plaintiff sought… Full Story Here Law Professor May 7, 2018 11:26 pm Support Us

Ninth Circuit Judges Wrangle Over Right Standard for Political Contribution Limits

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Ninth Circuit this week denied rehearing en banc of a panel ruling upholding Montana’s contribution limits against a First Amendment challenge. Through a forceful dissent and response-to-the-dissent, judges on the court wrangled… Full Story Here Law Professor May 3, 2018 11:25 pm Support Us

Daily Read: The President and Defamation on Twitter by McKechnie

Apropos of the defamation complaint filed by Stephanie Clifford a/k/a Stormy Daniels which we discussed here, an excellent read is the article @POTUS: Rethinking Presidential Immunity in the Time of Twitter by Professor Douglas McKenchnie (United States Naval Academy; pictured)… Full Story Here Law Professor May 2, 2018 11:26 pm Support Us

Texas, et al., Sue to Stop DACA

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The State of Texas, along with six other states, sued the government today to halt the DACA program. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Texas, Brownsville, follows the pattern that Texas… Full Story Here Law Professor May 2, 2018 11:26 pm Support Us

Stormy Daniels Sues Donald Trump for Defamation

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In her complaint, Stephanie Clifford, a/k/a Stormy Daniels has sued Donald Trump in his individual capacity for defamation, based on his tweet responding to her allegations that she… Full Story Here Law Professor May 2, 2018 3:28 pm Support Us

District Court Tosses Manafort’s Civil Case Challenging Mueller’s Authority

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School Judge Amy Berman Jackson (D.D.C.) on Friday dismissed Paul Manafort’s civil case challenging the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, and therefore Meuller’s authority to prosecute him. The ruling will almost certainly… Full Story Here Law Professor April 29, 2018 11:25 pm Support Us

Check it Out: Shugerman on Mueller Protection (and Scalia’s Dissent in Morrison)

Check out Jed Shugerman’s piece in Slate, Stare Scalia, arguing that some Senator’s obsession with Justice Scalia’s dissent in Morrison v. Olson "is leading them to make sloppy mistakes." Shugerman wrote after Senator Ben Sasse said during last week’s Judiciary… Full Story Here Law Professor April 29, 2018 3:25 pm Support Us

SCOTUS Upholds Inter Partes Review Against Article III Challenge

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Supreme Court this week upheld a congressionally authorized practice called "inter partes review" that allows for reconsideration and cancellation by the Patent and Trademark Office of an already-issued patent. The Court said… Full Story Here Law Professor April 26, 2018 11:26 pm Support Us

Check it Out: Greenhouse on the "New Civil War"

Check out Linda Greenhouse’s piece at the NYT, The Supreme Court and the New Civil War, arguing that the President’s policies are turning Rehnquist-era federalism principles on their head. Full Story Here Law Professor April 26, 2018 11:26 pm Support Us

Another Federal Judge Enjoins President’s DACA Recission

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In a 60 page Memorandum Opinion in NAACP v. Trump, United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, Judge John Bates "vacated" the Department of Homeland Security’s… Full Story Here Law Professor April 25, 2018 3:27 pm Support Us

Puerto Rico District Judge Rules on Gender-Marker Birth Certificates

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In a relatively brief opinion in Arroyo-Gonzalez v. Rossello-Nevares, United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico Judge Carmen Consuelo Cerezo ruled that the present practices… Full Story Here Law Professor April 25, 2018 3:27 pm Support Us

SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Travel Ban Case

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law The Court heard oral arguments in Trump v. Hawai’i, releasing same-day audio in the case in recognition of its importance. Recall that the Court granted certiorari to the… Full Story Here Law Professor April 25, 2018 3:27 pm Support Us

SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Texas Redistricting Case Abbott v. Perez

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Abbott v. Perez, regarding the constitutionality under the Equal Protection Clause and the validity under the Voting Rights Act… Full Story Here Law Professor April 24, 2018 3:26 pm Support Us

Ninth Circuit Says Monkey Has Article III Standing

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Ninth Circuit ruled today that a monkey had Article III standing to sue for copyright infringement. But the court also ruled that the monkey lacked statutory standing under the Copyright Act, so… Full Story Here Law Professor April 23, 2018 11:25 pm Support Us

DNC Sues Trump, Russia, Assange for Hacking Servers, Aiding Trump

Here’s the Democratic National Committee’s complaint against President Trump, the Trump campaign and aides, Russia, Russian agents, Julian Assange, and others for hacking into the DNC servers and releasing electronic communications in aid of then-candidate Trump. The complaint, filed today… Full Story Here Law Professor April 20, 2018 11:25 pm Support Us

Check it Out: Yale J. on Regulation Symposium on Lucia

Check out the Yale Journal on Regulation’s symposium on Lucia v. SEC, the case testing whether SEC ALJs are principal officers under the Appointments Clause (and, if so, appointed in violation of the Clause). The Court will hear oral arguments… Full Story Here Law Professor April 20, 2018 11:25 pm Support Us

Sixth Circuit Strikes Ohio Statute Defunding Planned Parenthood

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In its opinion in Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio v. Himes, a unanimous Sixth Circuit panel, affirming the district judge, found Ohio ‘s Revised Code § 3701.034 unconstitutional… Full Story Here Law Professor April 19, 2018 11:26 pm Support Us

Check it Out: Chesney and Vladeck on the Corker-Kane AUMF

Check out Profs. Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck’s National Security Law Podcast on The Corker-Kane AUMF. Here’s Chesney’s primer at Lawfare, and here’s the text. Full Story Here Law Professor April 18, 2018 11:27 pm Support Us

Daily Read: Curing the Inequality of Privacy Protections

Whose privacy counts? Whose privacy should count? While these questions could be asked across many doctrines, one intersection occurs in the origins of privacy, including the tort remedies for its invasion. In his article Privacy’s Double Standards, available on ssrn… Full Story Here Law Professor April 17, 2018 3:27 pm Support Us

District Judge Holds Transgender Military Ban Subject to Strict Scrutiny

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In her opinion and Order in Karnoski v. Trump, United States District Judge Marsha Pechman of the Western District of Washington has reaffirmed her previous preliminary injunction (December… Full Story Here Law Professor April 14, 2018 3:25 pm Support Us