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A ‘Right to Try’ Bill Is Finally Heading to Trump’s Desk

After months of debate, the House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that will allow patients with life-threatening diseases to use experimental treatments without the approval of the Food and Drug Administration. The Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to …

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Are Imported Cars a Threat to National Security? No Way.

President Donald Trump’s decision to take the first step toward imposing tariffs on imported cars and trucks is probably best understood as a bargaining chip in his administration’s ongoing efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But the official rationale for the …

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Tavis Smiley Libel Claims Against PBS Thrown Out

From TS Media, Inc. v. PBS, 2018 WL 2323233 (D.C. Super. Ct.), apparently decided May 15, 2018, but just posted on Westlaw (and to my knowledge not noted in any media accounts): On February 20, 2018, Plaintiffs [TS Media, Inc. (“TSM”), The Smiley Group, Inc., …

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4 Tips for Politicians With Social Media Accounts Who Don’t Want to Be Sued

The idea that you have a First Amendment right to follow the president on Twitter, as a federal judge affirmed yesterday, may seem fanciful at first glance. But as UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh noted here yesterday, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald’s reasoning is …

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Atlanta Suburb Brags About Fines for Chipped Paint and Incorrectly Stacked Wood

Improperly stacked wood. A cracked driveway. Chipped paint on a porch. These are the kinds of offenses the government of Doraville, Georgia, is using to fine residents and threaten them with jail, all in an explicit attempt to balance the budget of the 8,000-person Atlanta …

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The Trump Twitter Declaratory Judgment

From Rick’s post: Rather than order Trump to comply with an injunction (which is immediately punishable by the power of contempt), the court instead used a declaratory judgment, simply declaring that Trump is violating the law. “Finally, we consider what form of relief should be …

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Lies About Chain Migration Are Donald Trump’s ‘Welfare Queen,’ a Tall Tale To Comfort the Base

President Donald Trump appeared this morning on Fox & Friends, which is reportedly his favorite TV show this side of The Apprentice franchise. Here’s a clip from his interview with host Brian Kilmeade: President @realDonaldTrump: “We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world …

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Tariffs Aren’t Saving Steel Towns

Halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Youngstown is the buckle on the Rust Belt. It’s a town that rose with America’s steel and coal industries and, like so many other cities in that part of the country, began to fall from prominence when technology and cheaper …

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Body Camera Footage Highlights Both Goofus and Gallant Police Conduct

Milwaukee Bucks rookie guard Sterling Brown pulled one of the dickish of dick parking moves by parking his car across multiple handicapped parking spaces in front of a Walgreens in Milwaukee in January. The result was not a ticket and a good talking-to from a …

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Trump Just Backed Out of the Nuclear Summit With North Korea: Reason Roundup

Setting up a high-stakes nuclear summit turns out to be more difficult than you might think. President Donald Trump recently announced that he would hold denuclearization talks with North Korean leaders. But he said this morning that because of “the tremendous anger and open hostility” …

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