Members of Congress Demand Trump Provide Legal Justification for Syria Attack

Nearly three weeks after ordering a cruise missile attack against one of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s airfields, Donald Trump has yet to explain how that was legal without congressional authorization. Two Democratic members of Congress are demanding that Trump offer some sort of legal justification beyond off-the-cuff remarks from administration officials. Sen. Tim Kaine of…

Republican Candidate Opposed to Gun Registry Made Millions With Company Slated to Build Gun Registry

“Your name, your address, your guns — in a big government computer,” the narrator of Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s TV ad says as a computer screen shows an imaginary “national gun registry.” Then Gianforte, declaring his support for the Second Amendment, raises a rifle and shoots the computer screen to bits. The ad…

John Yoo Thinks Presidents Can Legally Torture Children. Even He Has “Grave Concerns” About Donald Trump.

In a New York Times op-ed today, John Yoo wrote the following words: “even I have grave concerns about Mr. Trump’s uses of presidential power.” That should get your attention, since Yoo, a fancy law professor at Berkeley, is best known for authoring much of the legal advice claiming the U.S. could legally engage in torture when he served…

Donald Trump’s Executive Order Will Let Private Equity Funds Drain Your 401(k)

Donald Trump’s February 3 executive order enabling financial advisers to continue ripping off their clients could prove a lifeline for a surprising beneficiary: the private equity industry. The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule would have forced investment advisers in workplace retirement plans like 401(k)s to operate in their clients’ best interests, rather than recommending high-cost,…

Trump Is Following Obama Administration’s Lead on Sanctions Against Iran

Sanctions levied against Iran after its recent ballistic missile test may reflect President Donald Trump’s recent bellicose language, but it’s likely the work designating those targeted was begun under the Obama administration, according to experts. The U.S. on Friday morning announced new punitive sanctions against individuals and organizations helping boost Iran’s ballistic missile program as…

Trump Muslim Ban Executive Order Violated Executive Order About Executive Orders

There’s not a lot that’s funny about President Trump’s January 27 executive order temporarily banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority Muslim countries. But you have to admit this is a little funny: Trump’s executive order appears to brazenly violate another executive order about how the government should issue executive orders. It’s sort of like the Supreme Court declaring the Constitution to be unconstitutional. Presidential executive…