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Peter Shane

Mulvaney says Democrats will ‘never’ see Trump’s tax returns

“[The] fact that the president doesn’t want to turn them over is, by itself, legally irrelevant,” Shane said.

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Edward Foley

Suddenly, the Electoral College becomes a hot-button issue

“We know beyond a shadow of a doubt in 1912 the only reason Woodrow Wilson won is because the Republican Party split,” Foley said.

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John Quigley

If the US succeeds in expanding NATO it would set the stage for another Cold War

“Expanding NATO encourages Russia to be defensive and to feel the need to protect itself,” Quigley writes. “In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Finland out of fear that Nazi Germany might make a move into Finland. To date, NATO has expanded significantly into Eastern Europe, creating in the Kremlin the same jitters it felt in 1939.”

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Daniel Tokaji

State Supreme Court Races Emerge As Another Front In Redistricting Wars

“In my view, it’s a great thing that state Supreme Courts have become more receptive to claims of extreme partisan gerrymandering,” Tokaji said.

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Dennis Hirsch

Can predictive analytics be made safe for humans?

“Data ethics is the new form of risk mitigation for the algorithmic economy,” Hirsch said.

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Edward Foley

How Trump Could Lose the Election and Remain President

 “I am worried now, given the reaction to 2018, that you could get a dispute over a five-digit number,” Foley said. 

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Joshua Dressler

Post-Mueller: How Will Special Counsel’s Report Affect US Political Landscape?

“The report could still be damning or, at least, embarrassing, to the President, depending entirely on how Mueller prepared the report,” Dressler said. “It is still unclear whether Mueller chose to provide only details that exculpate, or did he also provide insight into his thoughts as to questionable behavior.”

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Micah Berman

Gov. Mike DeWine’s vow to protect pre-existing condition coverage may bring unwanted side effects

“It would be kind of mass confusion as to which plans could possibly be covered by state law, and probably a new set of legal challenges,” Berman said. “It’s extremely difficult to do on the state level.”

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Ric Simmons

Martha Stewart to Donald Trump: Can there be obstruction of justice with no underlying crime?

“[It is] technically possible, but the legal and practical challenges in winning such an obstruction case would be great,” Simmons said. “A prosecutor would have to prove that the president believed there was a collusion case ‘contemplated’ against him even when he did not engage in collusion. That is theoretically possible, but hard to prove to a jury.”

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Peter Shane

How the House Judiciary Committee Should Do Its Job in the Days Ahead

“The implications for Trump are twofold: First, should Congress find that presidential corruption has so undermined the legitimacy of the incumbent as to warrant impeachment, the non-criminality of his corruption would not be a constitutional defense,” Shane writes. “Second, should Congress deem the president guilty of criminal obstruction of justice, it would likewise be irrelevant that the Department of Justice had decided not to bring charges.”

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Ruth Colker

The Time Crunch on Standardized Tests Is Unnecessary

“Whether you can tell me the answer quickly has nothing to do with whether you, in fact, know the content,” Colker said. “And there are some people who, for whatever reason, are pretty quick at things. They don’t necessarily have more depth of knowledge, and depth of knowledge [is] what we should care about for admissions purposes.”

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Ric Simmons

Without full Mueller report, Trump obstruction questions leave legal experts wondering

“The Department of Justice must decide whether or not to prosecute a person for a federal crime, and for a case and potential defendant who is this high-profile, the decision had to be made at the highest level,” Simmons said.

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