Quarantine

This week, the learned men of Law Talk quarantine themselves for an hour to discuss the hot legal issues of the day including (but not limited to): the legal questions surrounding the Ebola virus; the SCOTUS gay marriage punt and the Rule of Four; is asset seizure by law enforcement out of control?; and finally, can the DEA create a Facebook page using your personal data without permission? Friend us and find out.

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Law Talk Bros

This week in the faculty lounge, Epstein’s on MTV (sort of) and Yoo’s defending life in the blue states. Then, what will Eric Holder’s legacy be? After that, a pair of Supreme Court topics: has Justice Ginsburg stepped over the line on an abortion case and are the justices leaning too much on unreliable briefs? Up next, are Apple and Google preventing law enforcement from doing their jobs? And finally, one of the most surreal closing topics in Law Talk history. We won’t spoil it, but it involves Manuel Noriega, Vanna White, and Team America: World Police. There may be a gas leak in the faculty lounge.

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World's Champs

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selfieAfter months of galavanting across the globe, the faculty of the Ricochet University School of Law (motto: “Do you want fries with that?”) reconvenes for its special August session. This week, the professors critique the Halbig case and give their opinion on whether an (alleged) typo can be a law. Then, by request, the potential for executive action on immigration; to impeach or not to impeach; who’s the worst foreign policy president; can a monkey own a copyright?; and the Law Talk movie of the month recommendation.

Top Banana, EJHill.

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Hangin with the Supremes

This week, Epstein, Yoo, and Senik reign supreme as they cover the Hobby Lobby decision and the NLRB ruling. Also, should a special prosecutor be appointed in the IRS case? And finally, can Congress sue the president? Oh, and yes … the Professors do indeed take the host to task for losing in Final Jeopardy. 

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AmendmentsThis week on Law Talk with Epstein & Yoo, the professors take on the Bergdahl trade from a legal and constitutional perspective, consider the VA scandal and explain why it can never, ever be a model for health care. Then, Bond v. U.S. — in which the Justice Department prosecuted a romantically spurned woman for violating a chemical weapons treaty. Yes, you read that right. Also, teacher tenure laws are ruled unconstitutional in California; and Epstein gets a kick out of soccer. Predictably, Yoo does not.

It’s a non-sequitur, EJHill (to be fair, he did this before we recorded the show). 

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Monkey TrialProfessor Epstein’s on Lake Michigan, Professor Yoo’s in an undisclosed location, and Law Talk is back in session. This week: the professors clash on affirmative action; Debate whether prayer before government meetings falls afoul of the First Amendment; Defend an attack on their salaries from Justice Scalia; Consider whether Donald Sterling has any chance of retaining ownership of the L.A. Clippers; and explore just how much power Congress has to get answers from the White House on the Benghazi scandal. Also, an answer to the greatest legal query of this or any age: can you be sued by your chimp … or extraterrestrials? We’re asking for a friend.

Note: we had some issues with Professor Yoo’s audio connection about 10 minutes into the show. Rest assured, he has been properly admonished. 

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The Ricochet University School of Law returns after Spring Break, and the professors are in rare form. This week: a guided tour of the legal questions around the federal income tax; are constitutional amendments a thing of the past?; Richard and John take a visit to the Bundy Ranch; Can Congress bring Lois Lerner to account?; And what’s the hidden talent of Richard “The White Shadow” Epstein?

Stuff it, EJHill

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The Ricochet School of Law (applications available at In N’ Out Burgers across the Southland) returns for its spring semester. This week, Professors Epstein and Yoo (ably assisted by Troy Senik) pass around the Hobby Lobby case, run right into the D.C. Circuit challenge to Obamacare subsidies, tackle the NSA’s warrantless collection of meta data, do not deflect what President Yoo or Epstein would do in the Ukraine crisis, intercept the NLRB decision to let Northwestern football players unionize, and kick the annual Law Talk World Series predictions right through the goal posts. Omaha!

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The Ricochet School of Law’s winter session begins, as the professors and Troy Senik opine on a wide range of legal issues this week, including:

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This week, the professors react to the President’s speech on NSA reforms, and discuss what will remain private and what won’t and who has access to it. Then, if a war (one on terrorism, for example) never ends, does war time executive power ever expire? Also, the constitutionality of recess appointments, the Massachusetts case on free speech and abortion clinics. Finally, we delve into the digital weeds on net neutrality — what should be regulated and what should be left to the exigencies of the marketplace. Got an opinion? Leave it in the comments below. 

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This week on Law Talk, the professors and Troy Senik reveal what they want for Christmas (addresses available upon request), ponder whether the NSA’s collection of phone data is legal, debate amnesty for Edward Snowden and whether a court can fix Obamacare. Finally, who is the worst President ever? Tune in to find out and leave your nomination in the comments below. 

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This week on Law Talk: the nuclear deal with Iran, the nuclear option in the Senate, 3-D printing and intellectual property concerns, and a special Law Talk holiday travel advisory: avoid getting caught on a flight when Professor Epstein is in the middle seat.

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This week on Law Talk, Troy Senik and the professors take on the ACA, both constitutionally and tactically, and their prediction for its future. Can it be fixed or should it be dumped? Also, is spying on our allies wrong or is it more like gambling in Casablanca? Finally, the contraception mandate, what is the standard for judges having to recuse themselves, and the fight over Obama’s D.C. Circuit “court packing”.

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Law Talk reaches a middle-age milestone of 50 episodes and celebrates by opening up the floor to questions from Ricochet members. Who made the cut and who didn’t? We could tell you but why ruin the suspense. You’ll have to tune in to find out. 

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This week on Law Talk with Epstein & Yoo, the professors and Troy Senik tackle the legalities of the war powers resolution, the NSA’s seemingly unstoppable reach, the NFL concussion settlement, and run down whether or not college football players ought to be paid. Hike!

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This week on Law Talk, the Professors and Troy Senik opine on Eric Holder’s proposal to revise mandatory minimums, stop and frisk, email services that shut down to avoid giving data to the feds, and more on the NSA and the Obama administration’s fumbling on the Snowden case. Also: what do esteemed law professor do on their summer vacations? The answer is within. 

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The Ricochet Law School faculty lounge re-opens for a summer school session (for those that flunked the spring term) with Professors Epstein and Yoo and their proctor, Troy Senik. This week: the DOJ’s voting rights suit/Zimmerman civil rights charge, Snowden’s dad writes a letter and the Profs proof it, are the SCOTUS Republican appointees in the evil grip of libertarianism, and could a 20 week abortion ban at the federal level pass constitutional scrutiny? The answers to these and other pressing legal issues are just an earbud away. Listen up!

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Never let it be said that Law Talk with Epstein and Yoo is not eclectic. This week, the professors (deftly guided by our own Troy Senik) effortlessly glide from Richard’s new hair cut (is it wave or a fade? You’ll have to tune it to find out), to the FISA courts, a battle over the Third Amendment (yes, really), the Zimmerman trial, and yes, the coming legal battle over national parks on the moon. 

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For law nerds, this past week is your Super Bowl and we’ve got all the expert analysis fit to hear. Professors John Yoo (live from his posh squash club) and Richard Epstein (ably coached by Troy Senik) parse and analyze the two major decisions handed down this week, voting rights and the mother of all rulings — DOMA. Is it Roe v. Wade all over again? Also, the curious case of Edward Snowden and what should be done about him. 

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