Tag Archive: logical reasonings

Logical Reasonings / 6.9.17

A. The Comey hearings have turned into quite the he-said-she-said affair. Trump has accused James Comey of lying under oath, and is willing to testify to this. Trump claims that he never asked Comey to drop the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn or pledge his loyalty. NY Times

B. Vox has an interesting visual comparison of how news outlets across the political spectrum covered the Comey hearings. Vox

C. While your office was watching the Comey testimony, btw, the Senate Republicans have been at work passing a modified version of the House health care bill. They may not have the votes to pass it yet, but they’re inching toward the goal line. Vox

D. Across the pond, British Prime Minister Theresa May gambled on a snap election to consolidate power before negotiating the Brexit. But, oopsie doopsie, she ended up losing a bunch of seats in Parliament as a result—so many that her Conservative Party lost its majority. And now the process of leaving the EU is even more complicated. Washington Post

E. And to all the June LSAT test takers, make sure to review this page on LSAC’s website about what the day of the test is going to look like for you. Be sure to be very clear on the (mostly ridiculous) list of things you can’t bring into your testing center, which includes such every day items as chronographic watches, beepers, mechanical erasers (?) or erasers with sleeves (on the LSAT, erasers must be as nude as on the day they were born), and weapons of any kind, but also more normal stuff life your cell phone, hats, handbags, pens, or earplugs. Best of luck! LSAC

Logical Reasonings / 6.8.17

A. So the big news of today is obviously LeBron James defending his decision to pass to Kyle Korver at the end of the Cavs’ devasating game 3 loss to the Warriors James Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee this morning. Relive the highlights here. NY Times

B. One revelation from Comey’s testimony was that he used a Columbia Law School professor to leak a memo about Comey’s dealings with Trump, in order to prompt the appointment about a special counsel. Here’s a little background on the professor in question, Daniel C. Richman. Vox

C. Amid the fury of this scandal, Trump has been able to boost jobs, at least for a very select group of white-collar D.C. attorneys. Vanity Fair

D. Though there’s also good news for aspiring lawyers from all corners. The employment rate for the 2016 class of law grads rose 3 point and surpassed the historic median. National Jurist

E. And better yet, the starting salaries at some of the top law firms in major metropolitan areas is now a cool $180K. National Jurist

Logical Reasonings / 6.7.17

A. Tomorrow, former FBI Director James Comey will testify about Trump and Russia at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. He’ll be reading from a prepared statement, which you can read now. Most of the information he’ll be relaying has already been reported. But among other things, he’ll testify under oath that Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty, to back off of the Michael Flynn criminal investigation, to “lift the cloud” from the Russia probe, and to publicly deny that Trump was a subject of investigation. Senate Intelligence Committee

B. Trump also named a new FBI Director today: former Assistant Attorney General Chris Wray. True to form, Trump made the announcement in a tweet without notifying Congress. NY Times

C. You know what’s a good distraction from national intelligence? Dinosaurs, a favorite topic of both Blueprint and the LSAT. Two dino-facts people can’t seem to agree on is what led to their extinction, and whether they had feathers. A new study claims to have found definitive proof that the Tyrannosaurus rex did not have feathers. Expect this to show up in an antithesis passage in the not too distant future. Washington Post

D. And new evidence also suggests that humans are twice as old as we thought. A discovery of human fossils from an ancient Moroccan campsite suggest that the modern Homo sapien had evolved earlier and had spread farther across Africa than previously believed. National Geographic

E. And if you fancy a look, here’s a primer on tomorrow’s UK elections for those with a less than robust knowledge of UK politics. BBC

Logical Reasonings / 6.6.17

A. The big news of the day involves Reality Winner, which is somehow a real person’s real name, and not a discarded name from a draft of a Thomas Pynchon novel. Ms. Winner was a federal contractor who released NSA classified reports to the Intercept, who published the reports yesterday afternoon. These reports described two cyberattacks from the Russian intelligence group GRU during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Now the Department of Justice is charging Ms. Winner with illegally transmitting information relating to national defense. Department of Justice

B. That news is going to make Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearings on Russian meddling this Wednesday and Thursday a lot more interesting. Vox

C. Which isn’t to say those hearings weren’t already going to be interesting. The three major television networks—ABC, CBS, and NBC—will all scrap their usual daytime line-up to air former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony this Thursday. The list of congressional hearings that received this coverage is limited to things you learned about in U.S. History, like the Watergate hearings in 1973 or the Iran-contra hearings in 1987. Washington Post

D. Now, to deal with the lighter side of the law, a D.C. personal trainer just finished a book about the workout routine of Supreme Court Justice and improbable human meme Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If you too want the physique of the 84-year-old Justice, the book will be released Oct. 3. LA Times

E. And finally, a heartwarming tale of a 64-year-old woman who put her dreams of law school on hold to raise a family, who then graduated from law school after her children were grown. Her five kids bought her a car as a graduation gift, and recorded her receiving the surprise. USA Today

Logical Reasonings / 6.5.17

A. Imagine getting into the school of your dreams. Harvard, in this case—nothing but a bright future ahead. Then you celebrate, as one does, by posting a bunch of vile and ignorant stuff online. Then Harvard finds out and withdraws your acceptance. That’s what happened to at least ten kids this year. The Crimson

B. One of the first lessons any budding lawyer learns is to not let your client do the talking, a lesson the Department of Justice may do well to remember. Washington Post

C. In another case heading to the Supreme Court, SCOTUS will determine whether police will need a warrant to search information from your cellular company that shows your movement over time. This information could be used, theoretically, to place you at a scene of a crime. NY Times

D. Meanwhile, Trump, acting off the advice of his personal pilot, announced a plan to privatize air traffic control. NPR

E. In England, authorities have named the identities of two of the three assailants in the London attacks this weekend. Security is likely to be a major issue in the British election this Thursday. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 6.2.17

A. World leaders are throwing enough shade at Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement to solve this global warming problem once and for all. CNN

B. The DOJ filed urgent petition asking the Supreme Court to review the 4th Circuit’s decision to block the Trump’s travel ban. So it looks like that case will most likely, as Trump’s tweets have long demanded, wind up in SCOTUS’s hands. NY Times

C. Before anyone could get around to criticizing Above the Law’s ranking of the 50 top law schools in this great nation, the good folks at Above the Law did so themselves. Above the Law

D. The hot new trend at commencement ceremonies this year is holding separate “diversity commencements” for different student constituencies and communities. NY Times

E. ESPN basketball announcer Jeff Van Gundy lost his mind when Rihanna walked by him during game 1 of the NBA Finals last night, seemingly forgetting that there was a game going on. The internet clowned him. June LSAT test takers: Don’t let any Rihannas distract you from your studies this weekend. The Undefeated

Logical Reasonings / 6.1.17

A. The big news of the day is that Trump announced that the U.S. will no longer be party to the Paris climate agreement, the first major international agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Clearly a fan of harmful emissions, Trump gave speech about the deal that included a number of misleading statements on how unfair and ineffective the deal is. Politifact

B. Vox has a good rundown on the implications of Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement. In short, the U.S.’s capitulation on fighting climate change was going to weaken the agreement, irrespective of whether we stayed in or not. Vox

C. Meanwhile, Putin is reversing his previous stance that Russia in no way meddled with the U.S. election. Now he’s saying the hacks were the work of some “patriotically minded” Russians. NY Times

D. Back in the world of law school, the American Bar Association is considering whether to reduce the staff of the office in charge of overseeing law schools’ standards and accreditation. This comes at a time when many are criticizing the ABA for not cracking down on underperforming law schools. Law.com

E. Finally, some inspiration for your personal statement: A student got into Yale with an essay about her love of Papa Johns. Spoiler alert: She declined the acceptance, as Yale is 30 minutes away from the nearest Papa Johns. Grub Street

Logical Reasonings / 5.31.17

A. There’s still time to register for the second of the two webinars we’re doing today! This webinar will run from 6-7 pm PDT/9-10 EDT, and will cover the law school admissions process. Wondering when you should get started on compiling your application? How to get great letters of recommendation? How to write a fire personal statement? Blueprint instructor and UCLA Law grad Branden Frankel will address all these and more. And by simply attending the webinar you’ll get a $300 discount on our live, in-person LSAT class and a $75 discount on the first month of our online course subscription. Register at the link right here! Blueprint LSAT

B. Above the Law just dropped its 2017 law school rankings. ATL’s rankings place more emphasis on the job prospects of graduates than the U.S. News & World Report rankings, so ATL’s list can serve as a useful supplement to using USNWR’s, although ATL’s list is not without its critics. In a major shake-up at the top, Stanford claimed the top spot from Yale, which slid all the way to #3 on the list. Above the Law

C. Deadspin has a look at an underreported aspect to Trump’s proposed budget—the Office of Civil Rights’ ability to investigate Title IX violations against women students at universities will be severely hamstrung. Deadspin

D. Trump is reportedly telling confidants that the U.S. will leave the Paris agreement on climate change, a deal made between 195 nations to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Axios

E. Trump tweeted the non-word “covfefe” … and people were confused for a while, but then went to working meme-ing. Meanwhile, tragedy struck Kabul. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 5.30.17

A. ONE. LAST. DAY to register for the two webinars we’re hosting on Wednesday, May 31! Register for either the first webinar, from 12-1 pm PDT, about the LSAT or the second webinar, from 6-7 pm PDT, about the law school admissions process. And P.S., by simply attending the webinar from the comfort of your home, you’ll get a $300 discount on our live, in-person class and a $75 discount on the first month of our online course subscription. Register at the link right here! Blueprint LSAT

B. Slate has a semi-heartwarming take on how Justices Kagan and Alito are becoming the best of frenemies on the Supreme Court bench, not unlike the frenemy-ship of yore between Justices Ginsburg and Scalia. Slate

C. In other SCOTUS news, the Court issued a unanimous ruling about the use of police force today. It’s now going to be harder for you to sue police departments if officers barge into your house in response to the threat of force from you, FYI. LA Times

D. Looks like Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law is the latest law school making eyes at the GRE. Chicago Tribune

E. The .gif, somehow, turns 30 today. And we still haven’t reached agreement on how to pronounce it. Wired

Logical Reasonings / 5.29.17

A. You have two days left to register for the two webinars we’re hosting on Wednesday, May 31! The webinars will be hosted by Blueprint instructor Branden Frankel, will give you invaluable information on the LSAT (from 12-1 pm PDT) and the law school admissions process (from 6-7 pm PDT), and will hook you up with a $300 discount on our live, in-person class and a $75 discount on the first month of our online course subscription. Register at the link right here! Blueprint LSAT

B. Here are some thoughts on Memorial Day from veterans and families of veterans. CBS News

C. German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw some very subtle shade at the U.S. after Trump failed to reaffirm the U.S.’s commitment to Article V of NATO or the Paris climate change accords on his recent Europe trip. Washington Post

D. One Australian fisherman is having a very bad weekend, as a great white shark washed up onto his boat and attacked him. CNN

E. Also filed to bad weekends and washed up: Tiger Woods was arrested for a DUI in Jupiter, Florida early Monday. WPTV