Domestic Affairs Archive

Media Literacy: Spotting Suspect Surveys

Media Literacy: It's not enough to be able to spot click-bait websites or suspect headlines. Understanding what makes an opinion poll suspect is just as important. But that doesn't mean to ignore all statistics out-of-hand. FiveThirtyEight has put together a guide for spotting shoddy work that doesn't require an advanced degree in math. It requires

InfoMullet: Mad Men

TLDR UpFront: Well-dressed’ Turkish security guards abused diplomatic immunity to attack Armenian and Kurdish protestors demonstrating outside the White House during President Erdogan’s visit. Two arrests have been made, and 12 were injured, including a DC police officer. This attack occurs within the context of increased tension in Turkey itself over a disputed Constitutional referendum

Lawyer Up Part I

TLDR Up Front: Contrary to reporting Trump has neither “withdrawn” the Executive Order (EO) or the case. But by lawyer-ing up and revising the EO he does improve his odds before facing an en banc hearing before the full 9th Circuit; if not court shop and face a different circuit altogether. However, it’s not clear

InfoMullet: State of Confusion

TLDR Upfront: By Friday evening three Federal Judges in three separate hearings issued three different sets of rulings on President Trump’s Executive Order seeking to ban all travel from seven countries for national security reasons. Earlier in the evening the emergency stay prohibiting the ban on visa travel from being implemented was removed, allowing the

InfoMullet: Judge Not

TLDR UpFront: A Samson-like Mega Mullet. As unlawful detentions at airports mounted over the weekend at least three Federal judges intervened individually with emergency injunctions to stay President Trump’s Executive Order. The stays temporarily overturn the immigration ban while leaving in place the legal dismantling of the refugee program and a jobs-for-bureaucrats stimulus policy review.

InfoMullet: Aiming at Toes

TLDR Upfront: With Cabinet nominations now solely a spectator sport after the elimination of the cabinet filibuster, and the ACA repeal via reconciliation largely baked in because it was *passed* with reconciliation - one may feel there is little legislative leverage points to apply to the administration. Oh ye of little faith.

InfoMullet: 50 Shades of Restraint

TLDR Up Front: For months the Dakota protest camp was on Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) land and USACE signaled it would not require them to leave. However on Sunday a smaller group set up a new camp on a private ranch impeding access on public highway - leading to a confrontation when police cleared

HistoricalMullet: Are we at the precipice of formless war?

A few months ago I posted the defensive side of the policy questions - how do, or can, we proportionally respond to foreign cyber attacks?

HistoricalMullet: Update on “Independent” Commission

The Independent Commission on 9/11 is approved - though it hardly seems independent.

HistoricalMullet: Lou Dobbs goes Hip (and fails)

When reporting the news story of the police raids on Marion “Suge” Knights record label not only did good ol’ Lou mispronounce “Suge” as “Sew-gee” he then went on to say the record producer had formerly represented slain rapper “Tupac Shaker”. (1) Stick to the financial markets Lou. (1) http://www.cnn.com/2002/LAW/11/14/rap.murder.warrants/index.html