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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.More
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.More
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”.More
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.More
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!More
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.More
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.More
We don’t usually have guests on Law Talk, but this week, if you listen closely, you can hear the barista at the Starbucks John recorded the show from, as well as the local fire department going about its business. Background noise notwithstanding, this week we delve into all the legal issues in the news: the NSA and Rand Paul’s rather unique interpretation of the Fourth Amendment, the fate of Edward Snowden, the legality of wiretapping, and your DNA and the law. Listen in — everyone else is.More
Sure, everyone’s talking about the Obama Administration scandals from a political perspective, but this week on Law Talk with Epstein and Yoo (guided by the steady hand of host Troy Senik), you’ll get the complete analysis from the angle that really matters: the legal one. Also, the professors weigh in on the over/under on Eric Holder’s career as Attorney General, and John tosses out yet another pop culture reference that Richard has no chance of catching. Can you?More
After an extended hiatus (Professor Yoo explains why on the show), the learned men of Law Talk return for another conclave in the Ricochet School of Law faculty lounge. This week, Epstein, Yoo, and Troy Senik cover Benghazi, Internet Taxation, the FDA and the morning-after pill, and the Feds restricting the 3-D printing of guns. Listen and learn, folks.
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The faculty lounge at the Ricochet School of Law re-opens this week as we celebrate Richard’s birthday, the professors opine on the legal process ahead for the Boston bomber, John’s run-in with Russia and whether the U.S. could affect social change there, can genes be patented, and courts ruling on highly technical issues that have little or nothing to do with the law.More
It’s a sure sign of spring when the boys of Law Talk take a break from their august duties to make their annual major league baseball predictions (BREAKING: Yoo predicts the Phillies will win it all). After that, it’s back to the legal analysis as this week, the professors and Troy Senik take a detailed look at gay marriage and the U.N. treaty on arms trade.More
Need the skinny on sequestration? The full data dump on Filibustering? The gentlemen of Law Talk have you covered. Also this week: a detailed analysis of the voting rights act, deficit reduction — Law Talk style, patent protection, the law and genetically modified food, and John’s idea for a new McDonalds’s menu item.More
This week, a President’s Day/Valentine’s Day special edition of Law Talk. And what could be more romantic that a long, detailed, and fascinating conversation about drones? Oh, the heart flutters … Also, Richard’s adventures on MSNBC, John ♥ Sizzler, the State of The Union, and a special announcement about Law Talk live!More
This week on Law Talk with Epstein and Yoo, the Professors and Troy Senik play a little hooky to discuss whether recess appointments ought to be banished, examine whether the government went overboard in the Aaron Swartz case, and ponder whether law professors should sign on to politically charged letters. Then, we throw open the phone lines and take calls from Ricochet members. Who got through and what questions were answered? Not going to answer that here — you’ll have to listen to find out.More
This week on Law Talk with Epstein and Yoo, a frank discussion on guns: what the President can do (not much), what Congress should do, and the overall constitutionality of federal gun control in general (shout out to Adam Freedman!) and the difficulties of dealing with guns through the mental health system. Then, we pivot to discuss the eminently silly bill to end Presidential term limits. We wind up with the Professors’ opinions on Clarence Thomas making his first utterance in court in years. And also, unlikely as it may seem, Richard unpacks a joke — although to be fair to our esteemed legal scholar, it’s not a very good one.More