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Logical Reasonings / 5.23.17

A. You can still register to attend the two webinars we’re doing on Wednesday, May 31! The first, from 12-1 pm PST, will go give an overview of the LSAT: what it is, how it’s scored, how it’s weighed in the law school admissions process. You’ll even get to do some practice problems. The second, from 6 to 7 pm PST, will walk you step-by-step through the law school admissions process. There will be a Q&A portion after the event, where our instructor Branden Frankel will answer any questions you have about the LSAT, law school, or his sci-fi novel Snowfall on Mars. Plus, if you attend, you’ll receive a $300 discount on our live, in-person class and a $75 discount on the first month of our online course subscription. Register to the right! Blueprint LSAT

B. Trump dropped his budget requests on Congress today. He’s requesting massive cuts to things I think we all agree have never helped anyone or anything, like scientific and medical research and disease prevention programs. Washington Post

C. British police have identified the suspected suicide bomber who detonated bombs at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Although ISIS claimed responsibility, there is no current evidence that links the suspect to the terror group. CNN

D. Before removing a statute of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a speech rebuking the preservation of confederate symbols. Vox

E. U.S. News & World Report published a list of law schools with the least-indebted graduates. They are mostly mid-tier (and lower) schools in areas where the cost of living is practically free, but still worth a look. U.S. News & World Report

Logical Reasonings / 5.22.17

A. There are still spots available for the two webinars we’re putting on from 12-1 pm PST and 6-7 pm PST on Wednesday, May 31! Attend from the comfort of your own home, though the event will be black tie only (JK—wear your jammies for all we care!). By attending, you’ll receive a $300 discount on our live, in-person class and $75 off the first month of our online course subscription. Just register at the link immediately following this exclamation point! Blueprint LSAT

B. There are so many amendments in the Constitution of the United States of America, but former national security advisory Michael Flynn can only choose one in response to a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena. So he chose the Fifth. One, two, three, Flynn, fifth. Washington Post

C. North Carolina has gotten it left, right, and center from the Supreme Court lately. First, SCOTUS effectively struck down a restrictive voter ID law in North Carolina after refusing to hear the state’s appeal. And today it struck down two North Carolina congressional districts because the state’s lawmakers relied on race when drawing them. I don’t know, maybe don’t pass racist laws, North Carolina? NY Times

D. The Supreme Court also made a pretty boring ruling today about “forum shopping” in patent cases. But the decision has pretty big implications for “patent trolls,” who apparently love make major corporations defend themselves in East Texas, of all places. Reuters

E. A blind man is bringing a lawsuit against LSAC, arguing that the LSAT, specifically the logic games portion, discriminates against people with visual impairment. NPR

Logical Reasonings / 5.19.17

A. Reserve your spot to one (or both!) of webinars we’ll be putting on on Wednesday, May 31! From noon to 1 pm PST, Blueprint instructor Branden Frankel will provide a complete overview of the LSAT—what it is, how it’s scored, how it’s weighted in the law school admissions process, how to do some practice problems. And then from 6 to 7 pm PST, Branden will take you through the law school admissions process. The knowledge provided in this webinar double feature is truly priceless, but we’ll also be giving out $300 discounts on our classroom course and $75 off the first month of our online course subscription. All you have to do to attend is register at the link to the right! Blueprint LSAT

B. V. relevant to those pursuing a career as a public interest lawyer: DeVos and Trump just dropped a budget proposal that ends the public-service loan forgiveness program. Washington Post

C. The DOJ is taking a very draconian approach to regulations on immigration attorneys. It’s using these regulations to target non-profits that provided representation to those affected by the travel ban. The argument is that these non-profits are providing counsel to people in immigration proceedings without committing to full representation, violating the rules. The Nation

D. Anthony Weiner had a tough day in court. He pled guilty to sexting with an under-aged teen and, probably unrelated, his estranged wife filed for divorce. LA Times

E. WaPo just reported that now the investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign is probing an unidentified “senior white house official” as a significant person of interest. And the weekend-long speculation as to who that official is shall begin. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 5.18.17

A. Very exciting news. We’ll be hosting two webinars—that’s short for web seminars, Grandpa—on Wednesday, May 31. The first will discuss all matters of the LSAT from noon to 1 pm PST. The second will address the law school admissions process from 6 to 7 pm PST. Both will be hosted by the incomparable Blueprint instructor Branden Frankel who, in addition to being an LSAT master and UCLA Law Grad, has the yeoman-like stamina to do two webinars in one day. Oh, and all attendees of the webinar will receive a $300 discount off our live course and a $75 discount on the first month of the online course subscription. RSVP now at the link to the right! Blueprint LSAT

B. In legal news, a U.K. Court of Appeals ruled that Kit Kat bar’s memorable “four-finger” shape is not distinct enough to warrant a trademark, giving a break to Kit Kat rip offs across the Her Majesty’s Kingdom. Bloomberg

C. Another day, another frivolous lawsuit from Texas. This time, a fan of the San Antonio Spurs filed a suit against Golden State Warriors’ malevolent grampus Zaza Pachulia for injuring Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. SB Nation

D. Your daily update into the fallout from the firing of former FBI Director James Comey: Turns out deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein knew Trump was going to can Comey before Rosenstein even wrote the memo that was the alleged impetus for the firing. Now Rosenstein might be called as a witness in the investigation run by the special counsel he appointed. NY Times

E. Trump, trying to remember the last time being president made him feel anything other than frustration, ordered another missile strike on Syria, this time targeting Syrian government vehicles getting uncomfortably close to an allied base at At Tanf. Vox

Logical Reasonings / 5.17.17

A. According to a memo written by former FBI director James Comey—an inveterate note-keeper, apparently—Trump asked Comey to shut down the investigation of Michael Flynn. NY Times

B. And now Comey is the belle of the congressional ball, getting invited to all the congressional hearings. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, will ask Comey to testify next week about the memo. The Senate Intelligence Committee will as well. Associated Press

C. ProPublica and Gizmodo tested the cyber security at Mar-a-Lago and other Trump properties, and the results were not very impressive. Might be a bit more alarming if Trump didn’t disclose classified information voluntarily. ProPublica

D. Snapchat is being hit with a lawsuit from its shareholders, alleging that the social media app overrepresented how many users it had, leading to a drop in the shares’ value. But these lawsuits, much like Snaps themselves, tend to disappear once judges see them. LA Times

E. A Texas hero courageously filed a lawsuit against a woman who texted during Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 while on a date with him. In the good fight against habitual movie texters, we get the hero we deserve, not the hero we need. NPR

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

Logical Reasonings / 5.11.17

A. A surely knackered chap studying to be a barrister in foggy ol’ London dropped a clanger and was caught using the dodgy strategy of bringing unauthorized notes written in invisible ink to an exam. The gobsmacked headmaster surely threw him out of the classroom right quick arse over tit. The Telegraph

B. Responding to an article written in last Sunday’s NY Times about working for a cartoonishly mean estate planning attorney in the 90s, a writer ponders whether law schools make people jerks. Above the Law

C. Bad news for students still waiting around for their scholarships from the One Door for Education Foundations—former U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown was found guilty in federal court for using funds from that charity for lavish parties, trips, and shopping. CBS News

D. Lawyers for Good Government—a volunteer collective, formerly known as Lawyers of the Left, of lawyers, law students, and activists—just dropped their newest mixtape, a detailed timeline of all of the connections between Russia and pro-Russian individuals and Trump and his associates, going all the way back to 1984. There are, um, a lot notes starting around 2016. Lawyers for Good Government

E. And finally, The Rock considers running for the president to be “a real possibility.” He shares at least one trait with the current president. GQ

Logical Reasonings / 5.10.17

A. Your boss just unexpectedly fired the FBI director who, incidentally, was leading an investigation into ties between an authoritarian regime and your boss’s election. It’s your job to inform the press. You wanted to do it by email, but that didn’t work. Plus, everything’s happening so fast, and you’re still not 100 on all the details. What do you do? If you’re Sean Spicer, you hide behind a bush, apparently. Washington Post

B. At least Spicer wasn’t in Betsy DeVos’s shoes though. She was viciously booed when giving a commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University. Or maybe they were saying “Boo-etsy”? Washington Post

C. Back to this mess in Washington. What is Trump doing after dismissing FBI director Comey? Hiring a law firm to write a strongly worded letter stating he has no business ties with Russia. NBC News

D. And the NY Times reports that in the days before he was fired, Comey asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in resources for the investigation into Russia’s interference with the election. Although it’s worth noting that the Justice Department denies this. NY Times

E. Meanwhile, the White House is doubling down on its stated reason for the firing Comey: for mishandling the revelation about the additional Clinton emails way back in October of last year. CNN

Logical Reasonings / 5.8.17

A. FYI … 11:59 pm Eastern Time tonight is the absolute last opportunity for June 2017 LSAT test takers to upload their passport-style photos, request a test center change, or drop out and get a partial refund. LSAC

B. Where we are in 2017 international politics: a politician who married his high school drama teacher 24 years his senior winning the French presidency is considered a major win for international stability and tolerance. Washington Post

C. The proposed border wall faces another legal challenge: lawsuits from pissed off Texas landowners. NY Times

D. The Environmental Protection Agency is making sweeping changes to a key scientific review board and many of its advisory boards, dismissing over half of the agency’s scientific advisers in the process. This is after removing references to climate change on its website a couple weeks ago. Washington Post

E. Former U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates will testify before the Senate today regarding Russia’s interference with the 2016 election. NPR