Brief Thoughts: On Amateur Hour

hahahahahahhahaha you dumb idiots cant even repeal my law

Just 90 minutes after midnight, 51 United States Senators voted against Majority Leader McConnell's latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I spent the evening worrying about the bill, labeled a "skinny repeal" by the Senate Republican Leadership. The repeal promised to get rid of Obamacare's individual/employer mandate (the thing that requires everyone to…

Director James Comey’s Statement: A Complete Guide

Image Credit: Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

This post was written on the night of 7 June 2017, in anticipation of former FBI Director James B. Comey's public testimony before members of the United States Congress, slated to take place 8 June 2017. If you're reading this post, you are probably aware that former FBI Director James B. Comey is going to…

Trump Fired Director Comey Because of Russia (Probably)

On 9 May, President Trump ordered the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey with a written letter. In true Trump Administration fashion, Comey learned of his dismissal by watching a news report and only received the letter afterwards. If you want to read the letters from the President, Attorney General Sessions, and Deputy Attorney General…

The 41-Vote Calculation Part II: Electric Boogaloo

At 9:30 AM on 10 April 2017, Neil Gorsuch's official job title changed from "Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit" to "Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court." Welcome to the bench, Justice Gorsuch, and congratulations. Normally, any nomination to the bench requires 51 "yes" votes on the nominee…

Super Fun Reaction to the President’s Address

This evening, the President gave a surprisingly competent speech to the nation, laying out a number of his major policy initiatives. I'm going through his address while watching it on TV (thanks, spring break, for giving me this free time). Afterwards, I'll back up some of my statements with links and stuff. In the coming hours and…

Really Brief Thoughts: General H.R. McMaster

Today, 20 February 2017, President Trump nominated Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to fill General Michael Flynn's role as his National Security Advisor. I don't know much about General McMaster's current policies and how he stands on Iran and Russia and stuff, but I can say that McMaster is one of the most highly-respected field commanders…

Brief Thoughts: The Yemen Raid

Donald Trump is in the process of learning why every Commander-in-Chief before him has left the office of President with way more gray hair than normal. I think we should cut him some slack on this one. On 29 January, a daring Navy SEAL raid infiltrated a Yemeni village with the intent of capturing or…

Why “Take the Oil” Is a Terrible Idea

Early in his unfortunately-historic campaign for President, Donald Trump said that he would get rid of ISIS by bombing the bejesus out of their oil fields and getting American oil companies to set up shop and "take the oil." Said companies would then extract as much oil as possible and send it to the U.S., thus…

The 41-Vote Calculation

  Last Tuesday, Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the ninth seat on the United States Supreme Court, replacing last year's nomination for Judge Merrick Garland. Gorsuch's nomination may fill the shoes of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who had served thirty years with distinction as the Supreme Court's conservative lion. In picking Gorsuch,…

Brief Thoughts: Diversity and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court could use some diversity. I don't mean racial diversity, by the way (though that sort of thing is also welcome). I mean law school diversity, because right now there are only three law schools that have a presence on the bench of the Supreme Court: Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. At multiple points…