Logical Reasonings / 5.16.17

A. Might as well get this out of the way. Late last night, the Washington Post’s pair of Gregs, Miller and Jaffe, reported that President Trump revealed highly classified information about ISIS to Russian officials. This has since been confirmed by the NY Times, WSJ, Reuters, CNN, and those crazy kids at Buzzfeed. Washington Post

B. OK, now on to other stuff. Well … actually … you may be wondering how often presidents reveal classified information to ostensible foreign adversaries. Apparently it happens a fair amount, but usually in exchange for something valuable. Slate

C. All right, on to the next thing. Well, we would be remiss not to include national security adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster’s attempts to clean up this mess. Mix Master McMaster clarified that Trump did not disclose the “sources or methods” used to obtain this classified info, because Trump was not told those things, obviously. NY Times

D. Now let’s get onto … but will this revelation affect other nations? It seems as though other nations are not stoked on this revelation. Buzzfeed

E. Finally, let’s move on. So … what else is on the docket today? I guess some Australians are fighting about avocado toast? NY Times

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The Big News Behind LSAC’s New Policy

It’s no secret that this year has shaken the Law School Admissions Council. Although there has been an increase in the number of people taking the LSAT in the last few years, the number of test takers was trending downwards for years and years, and the current amount of test takers is nowhere near the apex of the 2009-10 academic year. Plus, the slight increase in test takers hasn’t led to an increase in the number of people applying to law school, which is also of concern to LSAC. Then Harvard Law School flexed hard, and announced that it would allow applicants to apply with a GRE score, in addition to the LSAT. Harvard reasoned that the GRE was more open and accessible to potential applicants than the LSAT, which is admittedly quite restricted in the times and places you can actually take the exam.

Logical Reasonings / 5.15.17

A. Tomorrow’s the last day you can change your test date through LSAC—for the cool price of $100. Which means that you only save $80 by changing your test date through LSAC, as opposed to signing up for a later test independently. Still, just thought you’d like a heads up. LSAC

B. Looks like LSAC is considering adding more LSATs throughout year. Law.com

C. Attorney General Jeff Sessions went rummaging through the White House trash last week and found a federal drug policy from the 1980s. Then, ever the old klutz, he got it and the modern drug policy mixed up, couldn’t tell them apart, and just decided to implement one of the two, picking one at random. Looks like he chose the one from the ‘80s. Washington Post

D. After SCOTUS weakened the Voting Rights Act in a 2013 ruling, a wave of states enacted measures that ostensibly protected against voting fraud, including North Carolina’s ID-requirement. Then a Fourth Circuit struck down NC’s voting law, saying it deliberately “target[ed] African-Americans with almost surgical precision.” And now SCOTUS is staying out of this mess they made, declining to hear the NC’s case without comment, as is their want. NY Times

E. The Ninth Circuit is hearing arguments on Trump’s revised travel ban today. Expect to brush up on the ad hominem fallacy should the three Clinton appointees sitting on the panel strike down the ban. LA Times

Logical Reasonings / 5.12.17

A. In the last week, the firing of FBI Director James Comey has absolutely dominated the news cycle. So let’s take a look at some of the items that may have fallen through the cracks, starting with the resignation of U.S. Census Director John H. Thompson. As boring as it sounds, the census is massively important for congressional districting and federal funding allocation, and the former Director’s resignation comes at a time when a funding shortfall has led some to question whether we’ll be able to administer the 2020 census. NY Times

B. In the world of law, the legal dust-up between Uber and Google—who accuses the ride-share company of conspiring to steal laser-based navigational technology related to both companies’ aims of creating self-driving cars—will play out in the courts. A federal judge has denied Uber’s motion to settle this debate through private arbitration. Slate

C. LSAC has hired a new HBIC, the appropriately-named Kellye Y. Testy, the dean of the University of Washington. Congratulations to Ms. Testy. LSAT test takers, you now know where to direct your invectives. ABA Journal

D. Some miners in Canada found a sweet dinosaur fossil, a nearly complete fossilization of the armored herbivore nodosaur’s front half. Expect a fun Reading Comprehension passage about this in a couple years. National Geographic

E. After Bow Wow, everyone’s favorite former child rapper, led his Instagram followers to believe he still lived a life of private jets and luxury automobiles, there’s a hot new challenge popping up on social media. Social media users are manipulating their own photos in clever ways to fake a glamorous lifestyle. Which is pretty much the whole point of social media. At any rate, we hope your weekends are as balling as Bow Wow pretends his are. The Verge