Category Archive: Logical Reasonings

Logical Reasonings / 4.28.17

A. Good news for postal employees and national park rangers (as well as those who receive unemployment or veteran’s benefits), the federal government will continue to operate for at least a week. Washington Post

B. We’re 100 days into Trump’s presidency, and we’re set to hear about a lot of reflections on how the first 100 went. But why not hear from Trump himself? He misses driving, may or may not understand what a cocoon is, is still fixated on the Electoral College numbers, and thought the whole leader of the free world thing would be easier than firing Dennis Rodman on TV. Reuters

C. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court seems less than impressed with the Justice Department’s argument that it can revoke citizenship for minor lies and omissions in naturalization process, an argument that might actually revoke the First Lady’s citizenship. NY Times

D. A development that should surprise absolutely no one with an internet connection, people are spamming the “illegal aliens” hotline ICE set up to complain about ET. Vox

E. Tumultuous times all over the world, including at Ja Rule’s $12,000-a-night Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, which has basically devolved into a Lord of the Flies situation. Attendees were stuck on the island after the “luxury festival” was canceled, presumably asking “Can I get a … flight out of here.” And on that note, we bid you a good weekend. BBC

Logical Reasonings / 4.27.17

A. Pentagon watchdogs are going to investigate the money former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s received, but failed to disclose in a possible violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, from Russia and Turkey. To make matters worse, he was warned about this very thing. Washington Post

B. A federal government shutdown update: Although the deadline is Friday, the House introduced a resolution that may stall the government from shutting down for at least a week … Vox

C. …but House Dems plan to oppose the measure if Republicans plan a health care vote this week. CNN

D. Some 1Ls this fall are about may have the forgotten Trump daughter as their classmate. Daily Mail

E. Concerned about four-cups-of-coffee-a-day habit you picked up while studying for the LSAT? Science tells you to worry not, caffeine is a super chill drug. Time

Logical Reasonings / 4.26.17

A. The Ninth Circuit has really been a bee in Trump’s bonnet lately, so he took to Twitter to offer some fighting words. In fact, he got so riled up he maybe forgot about the different between the lowest federal district courts and the intermediate federal circuit courts of appeals. Or maybe he never knew the difference. Either way, this is 1L stuff, Donald. NY Times

B. Meanwhile, White House officials unveiled an outline of its new tax plan. Read up on the changes, because the words “dramatic overhaul” are going to be used a lot to describe this. Washington Post

C. A new lawsuit alleges Fox News of racial discrimination. Apparently they were talking about skin tone when they said they were “fair.” Variety

D. Hopefully starting a trend of surprise scholarship drops as the new flex for musical artists, Beyoncé just announced a new scholarship for women pursuing degrees in creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies at several universities. Beyoncé

E. Jonathan Demme, who directed one of the great lawyer movies in Philadelphia, has passed away at age 73. Hollywood Reporter

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

Logical Reasonings / 4.21.17

A. Last day to get 20% off all tutoring purchases! You have literally hours remaining! Go go go! Promo code SPRING20. Blueprint LSAT

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

Logical Reasonings / 4.20.17

A. Just one day left to take advantage of our spring tutoring sale before it’s all over Friday at 6:30 pm PST. So, before you forget, sign up and receive 20% off all tutoring purchases with promo code SPRING20. Blueprint LSAT

B. Whittier Law School in California will not be admitting new students for the next academic year, effectively shutting down the school. It is the first ABA-accredited law school to completely shut down. And, in impeccable timing, the school’s board of trustees announced the decision right before finals week. OC Register

C. In more sanguine legal education news, Above the Law published a list of the law schools with the best employment stats for the class of 2016. No real shockers—they’re all top-20 schools—but you may be surprised how far down the list consensus top dog Yale is. Above the Law

D. Like Lazarus rising from the dead despite being denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, the House is reanimating an ACA-repeal bill. Washington Post

E. Bill O’Reilly will now enter the No Spend Zone after losing his job at Fox News. Hopefully that terrible joke didn’t make him too mad. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 4.19.17

A. The once-in-a-blue-moon Blueprint tutoring sale is still ongoing. We’re still offering 20% off all tutoring purchases until Friday at 6:30 pm PST. Just enter promo code SPRING20 at checkout. Blueprint LSAT

B. The freshly stocked Supreme Court will hear Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer today, so here’s everything you need to know about the case that has all the makings of a hot-button legal showdown, including recycled tires, children’s playgrounds, Missouri’s application review procedures, and the separation of church and state. SCOTUS Blog

C. To those who are using Bose wireless headphones to block out the outside world, some unfortunate news: A Chicago lawsuit alleges that the headphones use an app to collect and sell data about users to third parties, without the users’ permission, in violation of the Wiretap Act and state privacy laws. Fortune

D. The first “DREAMer” to be deported under new immigration guidelines, Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, filed suit in federal court to release information about the case. San Diego Union-Tribune

E. Days after being acquitted of double homicide, and while awaiting appeal of a 2015 murder conviction, former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell, from apparent suicide. Boston Globe

Logical Reasonings / 4.18.17

A. Hey, LSATers, Blueprint LSAT is still offering 20% off all tutoring purchases this week only. So what are you waiting for? Promo code SPRING20. Blueprint LSAT

B. Usually when we say, “Only in Hollywood,” something ridiculous has happened, but this time it’s actually pretty cool. The upcoming film on the Armenian Genocide The Promise will gift the UCLA School of Law $20 million in proceeds to establish the Promise Institute for Human Rights, which will allow the school to expand its research and advocacy of genocide and human rights awareness. LA Times

C. Defending a lawsuit that alleges he incited a riot at one of his campaign rallies, Trump’s lawyers are arguing that the presidential immunity he enjoys applies to actions he made before being elected or taking office, which isn’t quite how that works, according to legal experts. CNN

D. Attempting to consolidate power for the Conservative Party in Parliament, and to strengthen the mandate for her version of the “Brexit,” British Prime Minster Teresa May is holding a “snap election” on June 8. Ironically, importing music from German band the Snap!, who had number one hits in the UK back in the 90s, will presumably be more difficult following the snap election. NY Times

E. Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Fizdale really went in on the refs after last night’s playoff game against the Spurs, but provided a perfect catchphrase for you to yell after scoring every practice exam until test day—”Take that for data!” ESPN

Logical Reasonings / 4.17.17

A. This seems about right. EXTREMELY MILD SPOILERS, but the series finale of HBO’s Girls, which aired last night, suggested that the uptight, meddling character Marnie will attend law school. Vanity Fair

B. US News & World Report has a good overview of the law schools’ various deferral policies, should you find yourself in the enviable position of being accepted to a law school, but able to delay the start date. US News & World Report

C. File this under: Glad That’s Not My Client. A lawyer has to convince a Texas jury that conspiratorial radio host Alex Jones is not a volatile human incarnation of the angry face emoji, but a “performance artist.” Washington Post

D. Pence engaged in some saber-rattling in Korea this weekend, warning North Korea that the era of “strategic patience” is over. “Strategic patience,” however, is an apt description of the slow but steady process of learning to master logic games. LA Times

E. Enjoy this video of Trump signing a kid’s hat at the White House Easter Egg Roll and then carelessly tossing the hat back into the crowd. @Politico