Tag Archive: logical reasonings

Logical Reasonings / 4.14.17

A. Drops galore today: First, the Justice Department is dropping its lawsuit against North Carolina’s “bathroom bill,” after North Carolina replaced the controversial HB2. Private challenges to the replacement HB142 will continue apace, however. LA Times

B. Second, Trump just signed a bill that will allow state and local governments to drop federal funding for Planned Parenthood, reversing a last-minute rule made by the Obama Administration. A big win for the Ivanka-Kushner wing of the White House, surely. NY Times

C. Third, the US military defended its decision to drop the “MOAB” yesterday, though certain details, like who exactly greenlighted the strike, remain murky. CNN

D. Next, China basically told the US and North Korea to drop it. Washington Post

E. And finally, the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi just dropped. Enjoy your weekends everybody! io9

Logical Reasonings / 4.13.17

A. David Dao, last seen being forcibly dragged across a plane by United Airlines security, will “probably” sue United Airlines. United Airlines “certainly” regrets how it handled that sitch. Reuters

B. The US just dropped its biggest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS target in Afghanistan. CNN

C. A new twist in the ongoing investigation into the Russia-Trump connection, as British intelligence agents claim they were the first to notice “suspicious” interactions between suspected Russian agents and Trump lackeys. The agents also throw some of that classic British shade, claiming that US intelligence was “very late to the game” in spotting these interactions. The Guardian

D. The processing of student loans may become even slower. Betsy DeVos has undone several student loan regulations that incentivized student loan companies to provide timely and accurate services to borrowers. Chicago Tribune

E. NASA found hydrogen on the icy Saturnian moon Enceladus, which means there might be other forms of microbial life within our own solar system. And there’s evidence that there may be life on Jupiter’s moon Europa too. Wild stuff. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 4.12.17

A. Harkening back to an election scandal that seems like it was literally a million years ago, the Daily Mail settled the libel lawsuit brought by Melania Trump. The Daily Mail will cough up $2.9 million for alleging that Melania provided … ahem … meretricious services in the 90s. Wall Street Journal

B. A new wrinkle in the battle over Trump’s travel ban: several ACLU branches are suing the federal government to turn over documents relating to the ban’s implementation. Stay tuned for the appellate hearing next month. The Hill

C. ATL ponders if law school is too easy to get into. Does ANYONE studying for the LSAT right now agree? Above the Law

D. Here’s a list of private law schools that are providing the biggest discounts in the form of grants. US News & World Report

E. And harkening back to a meme that seems like it was literally a billion years ago, science has finally unwrapped the enigma of “the dress.” Slate

Logical Reasonings / 4.11.17

A. SCOTUS apparently has hazing rituals for new justices. No word yet on whether Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Samuel Alito will hold Gorsuch’s legs during the keg stand. Business Insider

B. FiveThirtyEight discusses how Trump has joined the long lineage of presidents who have gone from isolationist to interventionist. FiveThirtyEight

C. A surprisingly competitive special election for deep-red Kansas’s 4th District is underway, pitting Republican Ron Estes against Democrat James Thompson. Both sides are bringing out their heavy artillery, with Ted Cruz’s hollowed corpse and a special tweet from Trump showing up on the right, and, like, Daily Kos readers on the left. Washington Post

D. The battle for the soul of your iPhone (well, technically the battle over licensing fees for chips used to connect your iPhone to LTE networks) rages on, as Qualcomm fires back with counterclaims against Apple. CNET

E. GTL: Gym, Tax Evasion, Laundering. Mike Sorrentino of Jersey Shore infamy faces a four-year prison sentence for tax evasion and fraud. Quite The Legal Situation he finds himself in. “Police cabs are here!” OK, we’ll stop. NJ.com

Logical Reasonings / 4.10.17

A. A Harvard Law grad started a cool new job today. Washington Post

B. Some students have had a harder go of it. Washington and Illinois have filed claims against student loan giant Navient, alleging that the company offered risky private loans to students as a way to build a relationship with universities and acquire more lucrative federal loans. NY Times

C. Meanwhile, New York is going to start offering to tuition-free education to certain residents at the state’s two- and four-year public colleges. CNBC

D. Here’s what CBS News polls say about Americans’ reactions to the military strike in Syria. CBS News

E. A viral video shows that United Airlines probably wouldn’t do well on overbooked ordering games. Buzzfeed

Logical Reasonings / 4.7.17

A. 419 days after the passing of Antonin Scalia, following the longest Supreme Court vacancy since the Civil War, the Senate has finally confirmed new Supreme Court Justice, Merrick Garland Neil Gorsuch. Reuters

B. U.S. News & World Report gathered some former deans of admissions at law schools to discuss the importance of letters of recommendations in your application. Shockingly, it’s helpful to have professors say exceedingly nice things about you. US News & World Report

C. A lot of hullabaloo is being made out of the “unmasking” former National Security Adviser Susan Rice requested with respect to intelligence related to Trump’s campaign, so Politfact did a deep dive into unmasking requests and how unusual they actually are. Politifact

D. More masks: A First Amendment showdown is shaping up between Twitter and the federal government, with Twitter suing the feds to block the forced “unmasking” of the identities of those behind rogue, anti-Trump accounts like @ALT_USCIS. NY Times

E. And speaking of masks, and said masks coming off, the internet’s delightful new challenge involves people dusting off their old high school band instruments to play along with Future’s flute-sampling trap banger “Mask Off.” Entertainment Weekly

Logical Reasonings / 4.6.17

A. A former lawyer speculates that Harvard’s decision to start accepting the GRE might expand the pool of law students a bit too far, resulting in a bunch of miserable lawyers. Fair, but she may be overestimating how many Poli Sci majors are willing to take a test with math on it. NY Times Op-Ed

B. Here’s another look at the ABA’s efforts to sanction against low-performing debt factories like Arizona Summit Law School. Inside Higher Ed

C. Rep. Devin Nunes temporarily stepped down from the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russia’s interference in the election, following a series of bizarre decisions that have been anything but intelligent. Washington Post

D. Senate Republicans look like they’re about to go “nuclear” to confirm SCOTUS nom Gorsuch, so here’s a quick rundown on what that term means and where it came from, in case you were afraid to ask. NPR

E. Come for the accounting of the President’s visits to his properties, stay for an early contender for the newspaper correction of the year. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 4.5.17

A. The Seventh Circuit just issued a pretty enormous decision for LGBT rights, holding that federal civil rights laws that protect workers from discrimination on the basis of sex also protect workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Vox

B. In a less landmark case, a Dunkin Donuts customer will get $500 as compensation for allegedly receiving margarine instead of butter on his bagels, per the proposed settlement. His attorney will pocket $90,000. Boston Globe

C. Germany, ever the world leader in no-nonsense, is introducing a bill to crack down on fake news. Chicago Tribune

D. MLB’s season has started, budding lawyers, so why not read up on the history of the league’s antitrust exemption? Slate

E. People really hated Pepsi’s new protest-themed ad with Kendall Jenner. At least they didn’t set anyone on fire this time. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 4.4.17

A. Would this work at Stanford Law though? Mic

B. U.S. News & World Report just released their list of the most expensive law schools, in case you’re feeling especially flush. U.S. News & World Report

C. Congrats to the Tar Heels but, as always, the real winners are the lawyers defending the school against allegations of academic impropriety to the tune of $5.6 million. ESPN

D. The O’Reilly Fallout: Advertisers are fleeing following reports of the pundit’s sexual harassment lawsuits. BBC

E. Melania Trump has just released the Muppet Baby-est First Lady portrait of all time @ArtfulStew

Logical Reasonings / 4.3.17

A. Sally Yates may not get to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee, but she will at least get to speak to Harvard Law students. Boston Magazine

B. Law school isn’t like other educational institutions, and coping with learning disabilities during law school can be especially challenging. US News & World Report

C. A lawsuit by protestors assaulted at Trump rallies will go forward, as the judge ruled that Trump’s alleged incitement doesn’t qualify as speech protected by the First Amendment. Politico

D. It’s looking more and more like senate Democrats will filibuster the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and that Republicans will repeal the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. The Washington Post

E. Our Aussie cousins keep claiming to have seen creatures thought extinct up to this point. Are these animals coming out of the woodwork, or are the folks down under bananas? Yahoo!