It may be graduation season, but the faculty lounge is still open for business and professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are holding court. This time around: What does the Inspector General’s report really tell us about James Comey’s tenure at the FBI? Was the North Korea summit a diplomatic breakthrough or an unforced error? What on earth does the Masterpiece Cakeshop case mean for religious liberty? Is Texas about to undo Obamacare? And could a plan to split California into three new states really pass constitutional muster?

All that plus the longest lightning round ever, Donald Trump’s plan for San Francisco’s involuntary secession, and a final appreciation of Charles Krauthammer.

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Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are back from Memorial Day and the holiday’s been good to them: John’s got dispatches from Hawaii (tune in for the spam coverage) and Epstein’s got big news on the Roman law front.

Then they turn to the burning issues: pardons for Dinesh D’Souza, Martha Stewart, and Rod Blagojevich? Did the FBI overreach by putting an informant in the Trump campaign? Is the deep state real (and is Chester Arthur to blame)? What are the consequences of the Supreme Court allowing states to legalize sports betting (and is there a libertarian case against gambling)? Is the NFL’s new national anthem policy illegal (a topic we introduced mainly to allow the professors to dunk on Vox). And finally, what considerations should guide Justice Kennedy’s decision on whether to retire? We can think of at least two qualified replacements.

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The faculty lounge has reopened — and just in time to mark a landmark birthday for one of our esteemed instructors. After the festivities, the professors weigh in on a gaggle of issues: the Trump travel ban goes before the Supreme Court; another legal smackdown over DACA; the prospects for progress in North Korea; Syria and war powers; and a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson. All that plus our annual World Series picks and the first ever Law Talk shout-out to Sylvester Stallone.

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Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are reopening the faculty lounge, and this month things are getting lively. First up: is a member of the Law Talk team headed for the White House?

Then, do talks with North Korea have a chance of working? Will the Trump Administration stop California’s plans to thwart immigration enforcement? Should Jeff Sessions be pursuing legal action against opioid manufacturers? Is there a libertarian case for the war on drugs? (Richard makes one … kind of) Does the repeal of the individual mandate leave Obamacare vulnerable to being overturned in court? And is it time to start paying college athletes?

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Richard Epstein contrasts two recent actions by the Trump Administration — the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum, and the blocking of a foreign company’s attempts to take over an American tech firm — to demonstrate when national security concerns justify restrictions on trade … and when they don’t.

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