President Donald Trump’s ex-attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to making false statements to Congress about the Russia investigation. Read Cohen’s plea agreement here.
The Case for Impeaching Trump (Hot Books, Nov. 12, 2018) by Elizabeth Holtzman establishes the requirements for impeachment as set out by the Constitution and proves that President Trump’s actions have already met those requirements. Holtzman makes the definitive, constitutional case that Trump can be impeached―and the process should start now.
According to this Pew study, when the 116th Congress convenes in January, at least 26 House members will be Millennials (i.e., born between 1981 and 1996), up from only five at the start of the current Congress in January 2017 and six just before the Nov. 6 midterms. More than a fifth (20) of the 91 freshmen members-elect are Millennials, and 14 of those 20 are Democrats – including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, at 29 the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Through the prism of the real estate market and homeownership in black neighborhoods, this Brookings Institution report attempts to address the question: What is the cost of racial bias? This report seeks to understand how much money majority-black communities are losing in the housing market stemming from racial bias, finding that owner-occupied homes in black neighborhoods are undervalued by $48,000 per home on average, amounting to $156 billion in cumulative losses.
This Law Library of Congress report contains data on 131 countries, indicating whether or not published books are subject to a mandatory deposit requirement at the national level and, if so, how many copies are required, where they must be deposited, and whether the deposit is part of the copyright system. Citations to the controlling legislation for mandatory deposits are provided. In all but thirteen of the jurisdictions surveyed, deposits are required. For some of these thirteen jurisdictions, deposits are voluntary, while in others, no information regarding deposit practices could be found.
The six-page document was written for a potential plea deal that Jerome Corsi now says he’ll reject. The draft statement of offense gives readers a glimpse into Mueller’s thinking about a part of the probe that hasn’t resulted in any charges yet: Trump associates’ contacts with WikiLeaks.
Who Can Serve as Acting Attorney General (LSB10217, Nov. 15, 2018) discusses the two primary arguments raised to challenge the President’s decision to name Whitaker as Acting AG: first, that the Vacancies Act does not apply because another statute, 28 U.S.C. §508, provides that the Deputy Attorney General (DAG) serves as Acting AG in the event of a vacancy and second, that the Appointments Clause prohibits Whitaker, a non-Senate-confirmed official, from serving as the head of the DOJ.
President Donald Trump has made at least 211 separate arguments about the Russia investigation. To arrive at that number, Time combed over statements from the Trump campaign, transition team and administration and key figures such as Donald Trump Jr. and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to isolate the major arguments. Details here.
The Library Journal’s annual compilation of academic and public library building projects, completed between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, embrace a 21st-century aesthetic even in historic structures. The LJ feature can be viewed here.
Last summer complaints were circulating that LexisNexis was jacking up shipping charges again, at least for some titles. Well, here’s another reason for watching your LexisNexis print invoices. Reports on law-lib indicate that LexisNexis is now automatically charging $2 for a paper invoice for Lexis Advance, is not itemizing this surcharge, and hence has (unlawfully?) unilaterally increased contractually specified Lexis Advance charges. Talk about nickel-and-diming your install base. Just how desperate is LexisNexis?
The Guardian is reporting that Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign. Sources have said Manafort went to see Assange in 2013, 2015 and in spring 2016 – during the period when he was made a key figure in Trump’s push for the White House.
Electing the Speaker of the House of Representatives: Frequently Asked Questions (R44243, Nov. 26, 2018) briefly poses and answers several “frequently asked questions” in relation to the floor proceedings used to elect a Speaker of the House. Current practice for electing a Speaker, either at the start of a Congress or in the event of a vacancy (e.g., death or resignation), is by roll-call vote, during which Members state aloud the name of their preferred candidate. Members may vote for any individual. If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast, balloting continues; in subsequent ballots, Members may still vote for any individual. See also Speakers of the House: Elections, 1913-2017 (RL 30857, Nov. 26, 2018).
Prosecutors with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III said Monday that Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement, accusing President Trump’s former campaign chairman of lying repeatedly to them in their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Read the Manafort Status Report.
The Center for Digital Government announced the results of its 2018 Digital States Survey, a biennial evaluation of the technology practices of all 50 states, last month. The Digital States Survey evaluates states’ use of technology to improve service delivery, increase capacity, streamline operations and reach policy goals and assigns each state a grade based on quantifiable results. Since the last biennial survey in 2016, grades improved in 17 states, declined in 6 and stayed the same in 27. Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Utah maintained their A grade and Georgia moved up to A designation.
Browse the data by state, sector, and Carnegie classification, and break out salaries by institution, rank, and gender. Compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Meet the Freshmen: A Guide to the New House Members of the 116th Congress provides a broad overview of the positions that incoming members of the US House of Representatives have taken on campaign finance and ethics reform, infrastructure, healthcare, immigration, taxes, trade, and party leadership. This guide uses publicly available sources –- including statements from each candidate’s campaign websites, candidate questionnaires, social media reports, debates, interviews, and news reports -– to provide a broad overview of where the freshmen representatives stand on these issues.
H/T to beSpacific.
The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that as of today Ohio became the first state in the nation to accept the cryptocurrency, bitcoin, for 23 different business taxes ranging from sales tax to severance taxes on oil and gas. Details here.
From the blurb for David Priess, How to Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives (PublicAffairs, Nov. 13, 2018):
To limit executive power, the founding fathers created fixed presidential terms of four years, giving voters regular opportunities to remove their leaders. Even so, Americans have often resorted to more dramatic paths to disempower the chief executive. The American presidency has seen it all, from rejecting a sitting president’s renomination bid and undermining their authority in office to the more drastic methods of impeachment, and, most brutal of all, assassination.
How to Get Rid of a President showcases the political dark arts in action: a stew of election dramas, national tragedies, and presidential departures mixed with party intrigue, personal betrayal, and backroom shenanigans. This briskly paced, darkly humorous voyage proves that while the pomp and circumstance of presidential elections might draw more attention, the way that presidents are removed teaches us much more about our political order.
Asylum and Related Protections for Aliens Who Fear Gang and Domestic Violence (Legal Sidebar, Oct. 25, 2018) examines asylum claims based on gang and domestic violence, the AG’s decision in Matter of A-B-, and recent guidance from DHS’ s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in light of that ruling.