Logical Reasonings / 5.25.17

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B. There’s been a lot of talk about where House Republicans will draw the line in their support for Trump, and whether there is any line at all. Is there a limit to the GOP’s support of its own? Well, apparently piledriving a reporter from the Guardian will only receive mild reproach. Washington Post

C. Ben Carson, the man charged with overseeing the improvement and development of the nation’s low-income communities, called poverty, which is defined by the U.S. Census as a household whose total income is lower than the income threshold set for the family (which is defined three times the cost of a “minimum food diet,” updated annually for inflation using the Consumer Price Index), a “state of mind.” Were mathematical formulae so simple, Ben Carson. NY Times

D. The White House is currently fighting two legal battles in its efforts to enforce the controversial revised travel ban: one in the 9th Circuit, where a federal district court in Hawaii issued a freeze on the ban, and one in the 4th Circuit, where a federal district court in Maryland issued a freeze. The White House took a hit in the 4th Circuit battle today, where the 4th Circuit appellate court upheld the freeze, arguing the ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.” And you know how the saying goes, if one circuit calls your bill discriminatory, they’re the jerk. If two call your bill discriminatory, and then one of the appellate courts agrees, then you’re the jerk. Washington Post

E. And speaking of the ban, former acting attorney general Sally Yates gave a speech about conscience and the law to Harvard Law graduates. And as someone who was fired for refusing to uphold the ban based on her conscience, she was speaking from experience. Boston Globe

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