Late Night OTB – End of My Journey

Not an Easter song, exactly, but certainly evocative of some of the holiday’s major themes.

A Photo for Friday: “Untitled”

Yes, one of those “on Saturday” entries…

Citing Trump’s Rhetoric, Judge Allows Lawsuit Against DACA Order To Proceed

A Federal Judge In New York City is allowing a lawsuit against the President’s DACA order to go forward, and he based part of his ruling on the President’s own rhetoric.

Proposal to Tie Some Visas to Social Media Checks

Under the proposal certain visa-seekers (such as China and India) would have to have their social media presence scrutinized.

Trump Bizarrely Tying Trade Deal With South Korea To Progress On North Korea

After initially praising the completion of a trade deal with South Korea, President Trump is now suggesting he may withhold final approval contingent on progress on talks with North Korea. This makes no sense whatsoever.

LeBron James Breaks Yet Another Record

Last night, he finished in double digits for his 867th consecutive game. There are 71 players in the Hall of Fame who didn’t play in that many games.

Are Marriage Proposals Stupid?

The grand gesture may put undue pressure on women in making an important life decision.

Black Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Feel Less Safe with More Cops

Yet another object lesson in why active efforts at inclusiveness are vital.

Late Night OTB – Rules of the Bar

Were my lifestyle different, I suppose I could pass off 3:30 on a Saturday morning as “late night” but, alas, it’s just really early.

Sacramento Man Killed By Police Shot Eight Times In The Back Or Side, Autopsy Finds

Stephon Clark died after being shot eight times in the back and side by police in Sacramento. So far, the authorities haven’t acted.

The Internet is Forever. Should it Be?

The ‘permanent record’ of yesteryear is now real. Should there be limitations?

What Is The Proper Role Of Cabinet Members And Presidential Advisers?

As a general rule, Presidents are entitled to have a Cabinet and advisers he is comfortable with, but a Cabinet full of “yes men” is not ideal with any President, and certainly not with this one.

Hillary Clinton ‘They Never Told Men Who Lost to Go Away’

The woman who lost the 2016 election is apparently not going to go away.

Pope Francis Says There is No Hell

The Vatican has stopped short of calling the reports “Fake news.”

Shulkin Strikes Back After Being Fired As Veterans Affairs Secretary

Within hours after being fired as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin was fighting back.

Russia Expels 150 Diplomats, Closes American Consulate, In Latest Tit-For-Tat Move

As expected, Russia has retaliated for the retaliation against it in connection with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom.

Kim Jong Un To Meet With South Korean President In April

Another significant development on the Korean Peninsula.

Andrew Cuomo’s Celebrity Challenger Not Going Over Well With Voters

As suspected, Cynthia Nixon is not shaping up to be much of a challenge for Andrew Cuomo.

Judge Allows Emoluments Clause Case Against Trump To Go Forward

A Federal Judge is allowing a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is improperly benefiting from business being done at the hotel in Washington, D.C. bearing his name to go forward.

Joe Arpaio Returns To Birtherism

Joe Arpaio is saying he might reopen his “investigation” into former President Obama’s birthplace if he’s elected Senator.

Trump Fires VA Secretary, Replacing Him with Navy Admiral

Descriptions of Robby Jackson as “Trump’s personal physician” mischaracterize his qualifications for the job.

Justices Again Appear To Be Divided In Second Partisan Gerrymandering Case

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the second partisan gerrymandering case of the term, and once again they appear to be divided.

Trump Lawyer Dangled Pardon to Flynn and Manafort

John Dowd allegedly raised the possibility while the Mueller investigation was closing in on the two presidential advisors.

Atlanta Hit By Cyber Attack

Much of Atlanta city government has been forced to rely on pen and paper this week thanks to a Ransomware attack.

Kim Jong Un Strengthens His Hand While China Reminds The U.S. That It Remains A Player

After several days of speculation, it was confirmed that the leaders of North Korea and China had met in Beijing. This was meant as much for external consumption as it was the relationship between the two nations.

Yes, Non-Citizens are Represented in Congress

If you recall your grade school civics, you already knew this.

Trump And Bolton Will Alienate Allies, Embolden Enemies, & Endanger Americans

In selecting John Bolton as his National Security Adviser, Donald Trump has signaled to the world that he’s likely to take action that will only serve to make the world a more dangerous place.

Trump Wants Military to Pay for Border Wall

Fourteen months into his presidency, he has no idea how the federal budget works.

California Sues To Block Addition Of Citizenship Question To Census

California has pushed back quickly against the Trump Administration’s decision to include a question regarding citizenship in the 2020 Census.

Mitt Romney Goes To Trump’s Right On Immigration And DACA

Mitt Romney staked out a position on DACA that is to the right of the President, and to the right of a majority of Utah voters.

John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

A proposal that has no chance of passing may harm the movement he’s seeking to help.

Trump’s Biggest Legal Headache Is Finding Lawyers Who Want To Represent Him

Normally attorneys would be jumping at the chance to represent the President of the United States. With Donald Trump, the lawyers are distancing themselves from him as fast as they can.

Linda Brown, Plaintiff In Brown v. Board of Education, Dies At 75

A woman who was at the center of one of the most important Supreme Court cases in American history has died at the age of 75.

Census to Ask Citizenship Question for First Time in Seven Decades

Critics warn this move would lead to a drastic undercount of Hispanic voters, impacting Congressional districting, federal programs, and more.

Democrats Need A Big Wave To Take Back The House. They Might Not Get It.

If the polls are any indication, Democrats may fall short in their bid to take back the House in November.

New Poll Shows Strong Support For A Variety Of Gun Control Measures

New polling shows that public support for several gun control proposals continue to increase in the wake of February’s shooting at a Parkland, Florida High School.

U.S. Expels 60 Russian Diplomats, Closes Seattle Consulate, In Retaliation For Skripal Poisoning

The United States has joined Great Britain and much of Europe in retaliating against Russia for the attempted murder of a former Russian spy on British soil.

Stormy Daniels Talks To 60 Minutes

Stormy Daniels spoke to 60 Minutes last night about her relationship with Donald Trump and the agreement that was made on the eve of the 2016 election to keep her quiet.

Donald Trump Wants A Line Item Veto. He’ll Need A Constitutional Amendment.

Like many Presidents before him, Donald Trump wants a line-item veto. Getting there won’t be easy, nor should it be.

Nick Kristof and the Perils of Parachute Journalism

A well-meaning journalist brushes off critiques by experts in the field. He owes it to his readers to keep learning.

John Bolton Has Long Standing Ties To Anti-Muslim Blogger Pamela Geller

Not surprisingly, John Bolton has some links to particularly shady people on the right.

Rick Santorum: Parkland Students Should Learn CPR Instead Of Marching

Does Rick Santorum really think that learning CPR can stop school shootings?

Spurred By Parkland Shooting, Students March, But Will It Lead To Any Actual Change?

Organizing protests was the easy part. The hard part for those who would seek to expand gun regulations is yet to come.

Toensing and diGenova will not Join Trump Legal Team

So, not conspiracy theory lawyer after all.

NRA’s Post-Parkland Tone Deafness

Personal attacks on teenagers whose friends were murdered is a strategy sure to backfire.

Late Night OTB – Rhiannon Giddens

An artist discovered via discussion in the comments section.

Justice Department Issues Proposal To Ban Bump Stocks

The Department Of Justice is proposing a rule change that would ban bump stocks, but it could run into legal problems.

Trump’s New Transgender Troop Ban Is As Unconstitutional As The First One

The President’s new attempt to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military is as legally defective as the original ban was.

Roy Moore Supporters Tried To Bribe The Attorney For One Of His Accusers

Supporters of Roy Moore tried to bribe the attorney for a woman accusing the former Senate candidate of sexual assault when she was just fourteen years old into repudiating his client.

Bolton Plans to Oust Remaining Sane People from NSC

The incoming National Security Advisor reportedly wants to purge those who aren’t sycophants.

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