I see that Daniel Foster, in the course of his very different take, wonders whether the undisclosed Office of Legal Counsel memo on which the Department of Justice’s “white paper” is based might offer more extensive legal support for the white paper’s conclusions. From my experience in OLC, I think that it’s a very safe bet that the answer to Daniel’s question is no. It’s highly likely that the white paper is little more than a copy-and-paste version of the OLC memo, with the identities of the author (presumably OLC head Virginia Seitz) and the recipient (probably Attorney General Eric Holder, but possibly White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler) removed. In particular, there would be no reason to leave out of the white paper any supporting legal arguments contained in the OLC memo.
American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — in the federal government, it’s the lawyers’ lawyer. To get down to brass tacks: May the president of the United ... Read More
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More