Parking Strictly Enforced

The faculty lounge has reopened and Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are colluding to bring you top-shelf legal analysis. On this installment: is the Mueller Report vindication of President Trump or the predicate for impeachment? Can the White House resist congressional subpoenas? Can congressional Democrats (or a wily coalition of state governments) force the president to release his tax returns? Will the Supreme Court break new ground on gay and trans discrimination? And is chalking tires unconstitutional?

All that plus our annual World Series picks and an especially heated debate on … free parking.

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There are 9 comments.

  1. kedavis Member

    What to make of the claim by many, on the left, that concluding “No collusion” from the Mueller Report, is only possible using a “beyond a reasonable doubt” going-to-prison standard. But if looked at just from a more practical “preponderance of evidence,” Trump is – to quote the Doonesbury comics of decades ago – “GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY!”

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    • April 26, 2019, at 10:21 PM PDT
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  2. LibertyDefender Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    What to make of the claim by many, on the left, that concluding “No collusion” from the Mueller Report, is only possible using a “beyond a reasonable doubt” going-to-prison standard. But if looked at just from a more practical “preponderance of evidence,” Trump is – to quote the Doonesbury comics of decades ago – “GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY!”

    I think that claim is preposterous. The truth is – as John Yoo stated more clearly than Richard Epstein did, from any reasonable, practical standpoint, there is no evidence of collusion. Mueller’s “couldn’t establish” language is subterfuge.

    What’s truly criminal is that Mueller knew no later than Thanksgiving 2017 that there was no evidence of collusion, but didn’t deliver his report until late March, 2019. But so much about the whole Russiagate hoax is so, so dirty.

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    • April 28, 2019, at 3:50 PM PDT
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  3. kedavis Member

    Well I happen to think it’s pretty ridiculous to think the Russians especially Putin, actually wanted Trump to win. But you just can’t get some people to see reason.

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    • April 29, 2019, at 4:57 AM PDT
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  4. Ralphie Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Well I happen to think it’s pretty ridiculous to think the Russians especially Putin, actually wanted Trump to win. But you just can’t get some people to see reason.

    As Richard said, Trump can’t be controlled even by those that are on his side, and given Trump’s personality and trademark phrase “you’re fired”, it seems odd he would let himself be manipulated by someone he can’t fire (Putin).

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    • April 30, 2019, at 12:46 PM PDT
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  5. kedavis Member

    Ralphie (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Well I happen to think it’s pretty ridiculous to think the Russians especially Putin, actually wanted Trump to win. But you just can’t get some people to see reason.

    As Richard said, Trump can’t be controlled even by those that are on his side, and given Trump’s personality and trademark phrase “you’re fired”, it seems odd he would let himself be manipulated by someone he can’t fire (Putin).

    That too. But I mean even moreso things like increasing military capacity both of ourselves and our allies, increasing oil and gas production to the point that we can supply former energy captives of Russia… none of which benefits Putin. And none of which would have been done by Hillary.

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    • April 30, 2019, at 1:28 PM PDT
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  6. Hank Rhody, on the blockchain Contributor

    There’s a Ricochet Meetup happening in Milwaukee this summer. Y’all should come down and so a show. I’ll buy the fried cheese curds.

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    • May 6, 2019, at 2:57 PM PDT
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  7. Bishop Wash Member

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    • May 10, 2019, at 6:54 AM PDT
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  8. Bishop Wash Member

    Ah, I hadn’t finished the episode when I posted. Nice closing song. 

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    • May 10, 2019, at 7:10 AM PDT
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  9. Bishop Wash Member

    I was surprised that John was okay with the state ballot laws and thought Richard would have used a different tactic for his disagreement. From my layman’s reading of the Constitution, it puts two requirements on being eligible to be President; thirty-five years old and being a natural-born citizen. I wouldn’t think that a state could add requirements beyond those listed in the Constitution, such as producing tax returns. There were some state legislators suggesting passing laws requiring a candidate to produce a birth certificate to the State Attorney General to be eligible to get on the ballot. This seems reasonable as it is only verifying the Constitutional requirements.

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    • May 10, 2019, at 8:10 AM PDT
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