Logical Reasonings / 4.25.17

A. The not-so-magnificent seven? There are signs of inter-squad squabbles at SCOTUS. Sotomayor slammed fellow Justices in a dissent, arguing that the high court is going too easy on police by allowing lower courts to issue summary judgments in cases that allege police officers used excessive force. Vox

B. He fought for the wall, but the wall couldn’t be won. Trump is dropping his demand that the border wall be fund construction of the border wall as a condition to extend the federal government’s funding and avoid a government shutdown. NY Times

C. Working on a clampdown, House Oversight leaders Jason Chaffetz and the late poet e e cummings Elijah E. Cummings argued that Michael Flynn likely broke the law in failing to disclose the payment Flynn received to speak in Russia or lobby in Turkey when renewing his security license. Washington Post

D. Citing pressure from watchdogs and Democratic groups, the State Department removed a post on its website that appeared to promote the use of Trump’s “winter White House,” Mar-a-Lago, where Trump has frequently exerted remote control over the federal government. CNN

E. After a woman savagely broke up with a guy via a Spotify playlist, the meme de jour popping on the Internet is telling elaborate stories through playlists. Here are the best ones we’ve found. @corypalmer @NicSampson


Logical Reasonings / 4.24.17

A. The students of Whittier Law School have very understandable qualms with the school board’s decision to end the law program. They protested the decision this weekend. If you thought you saw some nerdy signs at the March for Science, the sign “Droppin’ ‘F’ bombs… ‘fiduciary duty'” from this rally is on a whole other level. Above the Law

B. Remember, way back in 2014, when it was reported that GM cars had faulty ignition switches that caused cars to stall mid-drive and led to hundreds of deaths and injuries? For years, GM used its bankruptcy to stall lawsuits for this defect. SCOTUS just ruled that it can no longer do that. Detroit Free Press

C. Another government shutdown is looming, as the deadline to extend the federal budget is this Friday. So maybe err on the side of caution and send out your Mother’s Day gifts a little early? NY Times

D. Following the first-round of voting, France’s presidential election will now be between the establishment-backed Emmanuel Macron and the far-right Marine Le Pen. Sounds tres familiar; good thing the French would have a word for this feeling of uncanny familiarity. BBC

E. When you’re trying to push through major policies before reaching the 100-day mark of your presidency, basic communication skills probably shouldn’t be out of reach. But here we are, because “Donald Trump Is Unintelligible” is somehow now trending on Twitter. Twitter

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The Lawyer’s Pursuit of “Truth”

We may be living in a “post-truth” society, but the truth made a strong comeback this weekend. Thousands of protesters marched Washington, D.C., and hundreds of other cities, to defend truth and facts. Specifically, the scientific method for discovering the truth, which protesters argue is under attack from a culture and—though the protests were billed as non-partisan, let’s face it—a presidential administration that value opinion and partisanship over facts and empirical evidence.

Logical Reasonings / 4.21.17

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B. The LSAT might soon join us in the twenty-first century. LSAC will be beta-testing a computerized LSAT exam in May. No sign as to when the LSAT might make the switch to digital for real, but Big Scantron and the International Cabal of No. 2 Pencil Manufacturers are certainly sweating right now. ABA Journal

C. Berkeley, which seriously cannot seem to get this issue right, tried to cancel, and then reschedule, a speech Ann Coulter was set to give to a college Republican group that invited her to campus. This is after pretty much the exact same thing happened with a Republic group and Milo Yiannopoulos a few months ago. And now the Republic group is threatening legal action. Washington Post

D. A bunch of nerds (who believe in the value of things like empirical evidence and the scientific method) will be storming Washington D.C. and other cities around the globe on Earth Day, which is this Saturday. Here’s what to expect. Vox

E. Bill O’Reilly—voice of the people, champion of the proletariat, fighter of the elites—will get up to $25 million for being fired. CNBC