Richard Epstein and Adam White continue to debate the nature of the coronavirus outbreak, and the costs and benefits of the government’s response. Then they discuss a controversial new essay by law professor Adrian Vermeule, who calls on conservatives to reject Scalia-style originalism for a very different kind of constitutional law.

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Richard Epstein considers the legal and economic issues around the government’s management of the Coronavirus.

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Fresh off of a scrubdown, the faculty lounge has reopened for a special all-coronavirus episode. On the agenda: Where do the emergency authorities of the White House — and the states — begin and end? Can authorities close down gun stores as an emergency measure? Should the feds drive production of emergency supplies? Did the Justice Department use the crisis for a power grab? And would digital surveillance to stop the spread of COVID-19 run afoul of the Fourth Amendment? Find out the answers to all that and more on the world’s longest micro-episode.

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Dialing in from their socially distant hideaways, Richard Epstein and Adam White disagree about basically every aspect of COVID-19 — about how much of a threat it poses to public health; about the policy responses to it; and about the costs of those policy responses.

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Richard Epstein examines the sweeping legal authorities and dramatic economic interventions being called on to combat COVID-19 — and considers whether they’re proportionate to the problem.

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Every other faculty lounge in America may be closed, but Professors Epstein and Yoo are still showing up to work. On this episode: what are the legal ramifications of the coronavirus? Can Catholic charities be excluded from providing adoption services because of their refusal to place children with same-sex couples? Is there any hope for President Trump’s libel lawsuits against the New York Times and Washington Post? Is encouraging an illegal immigrant to stay in the country a crime? Is the Supreme Court about to make a game-changing decision on abortion? And is getting hit by a foul ball about to be grounds for a lawsuit? All that plus the professors struggle with virtual classes, dish on tell-all books, and continue their annual tradition of making the nation’s most unreliable World Series predictions.

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Richard Epstein analyzes the economic, political, and public health consequences of the coronavirus.single payer

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After a weekend of escalating news and analysis of the coronavirus outbreak, Richard Epstein offers a classic liberal’s view of government powers in emergencies. Then he and Adam White discuss the Supreme Court’s recent oral arguments in Seila Law v. CFPB, on the CFPB’s unconstitutional structure.

 

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Richard Epstein analyzes a new case that may limit the power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — and the administrative state. He also previews his new book, The Dubious Morality of Modern Administrative Law.

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Richard Epstein describes the legal dimensions of coping with Coronavirus: whether cities can resist hosting quarantined patients, the scope of federal power to restrict movement, and concerns about excessive reliance on Chinese supply chains for prescription medications.

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Was Donald Trump wrong to sound off on the Roger Stone trial? Is Attorney General William Barr hopelessly compromised? What are the limits of presidential intervention in the Justice Department? Richard Epstein answers these questions and more in the newest installment of The Libertarian.

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Richard Epstein explains why a decline in union membership is a positive development for the American economy, why public-sector unions are intrinsically corrosive, and why conservative populists’ enthusiasm for reviving organized labor are misguided.

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It may be the winter session in the faculty lounge, but things are heating up as professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo clash on a number of today’s topics. On the docket: Was Mitt Romney justified in his impeachment vote? Is President Trump wrong to override the Justice Department on the Roger Stone case? Can states punish members of the Electoral College for defying the will of the voters? Can state and local governments resist the feds’ efforts to curb illegal immigration? And do the sign-stealing Houston Astros have to pay up for ruining a pitcher’s career? All that plus the gang weighs in on Korean cinema, back tattoos, and one of the professors (shouldn’t it be obvious?) getting shushed on a film set.

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Richard Epstein analyzes a case out of Montana that may have significant implications for parents’ ability to send their children to private schools.

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Recorded during the Senate impeachment trial, Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein and Adam White discuss the House managers’ case, the White House’s response, and the seemingly short path forward to acquittal.

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Richard Epstein examines a new California law that is imperiling the livelihoods of many of the Golden State’s independent contractors and considers how challenges to the legislation may fare in the courts.

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In a Law Talk first, Professors Richard Epstein & John Yoo and host Troy Senik are gathered in the same studio to kick off their tenth year of the podcast. On this episode: Can Congress rein in President Trump’s power to pursue military action against Iran? What was Nancy Pelosi trying to accomplish by withholding the articles of impeachment? Can the Justice Department compel Apple to create a backdoor on encrypted devices? And is Utah’s effort to rescind a personalized license plate a potential First Amendment violation? All that and more as the faculty lounge reopens for 2020.

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Richard Epstein examines the legal controversies around the Trump Administration’s attack on Iranian leadership: Was it an ‘assassination’? How much can Congress constrain the president’s ability to act in such situations? Is this a situation where precedent trumps constitutional text? Plus, a look at debates over the legality of military conscription.

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Richard Epstein analyzes the most promising — and disturbing — intellectual trends of the 2010s.

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Richard Epstein and Adam White discuss the seemingly inevitable House vote in favor of impeachment. They debate the House’s investigation (and the investigations that preceded it), and they look ahead to a Senate impeachment trial. How will the Senate deal with factual issues? What role will Chief Justice Roberts play in the middle of it all.

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