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Amy Coney Barrett, formerly a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was confirmed to the Supreme Court yesterday evening by a 52-48 vote. NBC News. that all Republican senators voted to confirm her except Maine’s Susan Collins. The Supreme Court also held yesterday that mail-in ballots in Wisconsin cannot be counted after Election Day,. the New York Times. In a concurring opinion that alarmed civil rights lawyers, Justice Kavanaugh. that mail-in deadlines were devised to. “to avoid the chaos … that can ensue if thousands of absentee ballots flow in after election day and potentially flip the results of an election.” Daniel Jacobson, a former White House lawyer, pushed back on Kavanaugh’s characterization of ‘flipping’ resu.
This post is the first in a five-part series on litigation about mail voting during the 2020 general election. This series is part of. with the. . Most states, as well as the District of Columbia,. to vote via an absentee ballot without providing an excuse. However, in several states, absentee voting is available only to certain classes of voters who might have particular difficulty reaching the polls, such as the elderly or those who expect to be out of town on Election Day. The coronavirus pandemic has made many people who would usually vote in person reluctant or even unable to do so, for fear of contracting COVID-19. Accordingly, litigants in a number of states have brought lawsuits seeking to compel states to give more voters access to th.
This post is the introduction to a five-part series on litigation about mail voting during the 2020 general election. This series is part of. with the. . Approximately. Americans are projected to vote by mail in the 2020 general election—double the number who voted by mail in the 2016 election. To address the surge in demand for mail voting, election officials across the United States have been scrambling to scale vote-by-mail operations and to work with state legislatures and governors to adapt the rules and procedures for mail voting during the coronavirus pandemic. Many state-level initiatives have sought to accommodate the increased demand, and even encourage it, by relaxing rules that create obstacles to mail voting. Other initiatives hav.
In partnership with the, Lawfare is publishing a series assessing the threat of foreign influence operations targeting the United States. Contributors debate whether the threat of such operations is overblown, voicing a range of views on the issue. For more information on the series, click. Has the impact of foreign electoral interference on social media been overblown? This is a complex question that requires an understanding of both national security priorities and the empirical determinants of voting behavior. I’m part of team “overblown” in this debate but want to be explicit about exactly what it is I think is overblown. Thus, it is important that I begin by defining the scope of my answer to this question with two sets of branching qu.
Jack Goldsmith sat down with Stephen Wertheim, deputy director of research and policy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He is the author of the new book, "." They discussed the surprising World War II origins of U.S. hegemonic militarism, the changes in what it meant to be an internationalist during this period and the domestic political origins of the U.S. embrace of the UN Charter. They also discussed the relationship between Wertheim's book and his work for the Quincy Institute, a think tank devoted to fostering U.S. military restraint.
Event Announcements. (More details on the. ). Monday, October 26, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.:. Yale Law School will. a book talk on the. U.S. president and immigration law. . Professors Cristina. Rodríguez and Adam Cox will discuss their new book, “The President and Immigration Law,” which explores the untold story of how the commander in chief has become the U.S. immigration policymaker-in-chief over the past two centuries. You can attend the online event. . Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.:. The Brookings Institution will. a webcast on. driving forces and possible outcomes of the 2020 U.S. election. . John Hudak, senior fellow at Brookings, will moderate a panel discussion on the current political landscape heading into Election Day with Brookings senio.
Five of Vice President Mike Pence’s aides have tested positive for Covid-19,. the New York Times, including his chief of staff and senior adviser. After Pence tested negative on Sunday, the White House said in a statement that he would continue campaigning in North Carolina on the president’s behalf. Pence avoided quarantining because the White House labeled him an “essential” worker, a category under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that typically includes “. people who are helping us keep the lights on and the water running.”Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed today that his country will be carbon-neutral by 2050,. the Washington Post. In his first policy speech to parliament, he pledged to cut greenhouse gas e.
In partnership with the. ,. Lawfare. is publishing a series assessing the threat of foreign influence operations targeting the United States. Contributors debate whether the threat of such operations is overblown, voicing a range of views on the issue. For more information on the series, click. . Geopolitics over the next several decades will be defined by competition between democracies and autocracies. This contest is already playing out across the military, economic and diplomatic domains—and in the. as well. As former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon. , “[T]his is [a] world where the threats are to and through information[,] ... both our opportunities and our challenges.”When it comes to preparing for this challe.
In partnership with the. ,. Lawfare. is publishing a series assessing the threat of foreign influence operations targeting the United States. Contributors debate whether the threat of such operations is overblown, voicing a range of views on the issue. For more information on the series, click. . To describe the past four years as a roller coaster seems inadequate. A bungee jump into a ravine would be more appropriate. Four years ago, even as evidence of foreign meddling in the U.S. presidential election piled up,. . But since then, many members of the press have overcorrected. Now, the challenge is trying to persuade journalists that it’s not the Russians that are the biggest problem. It’s hard to remember when that journalistic skepticism of f.
Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Quinta Jurecic spoke with Thomas Rid, a professor at Johns Hopkins and author of "Active Measures," and Evelyn Douek, co-host of. Lawfare’. s "Arbiters of Truth" series on disinformation, about the New York Post’s recent story on Hunter Biden:. Richard Tilley. Thomas Rid’s "Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare.".
A new Lawfare Institute e-book, ". ,” is now available on Kindle. What legal and normative issues surround disputed presidential elections in the United States? How are ballot collection and poll observation handled in key states? Have previous candidates refused to accept the results of contentious presidential elections? What state and federal laws and rules play a role in resolving a contested presidential election? Featuring chapters originally published as articles on. Lawfare. , this e-book pulls together in one place our contributors’ expert analysis on the current American institutional structures that presumably will prevent post-election chaos. The e-book allows full-text searching across the articles and is available. . Contents:. Cha.
On Thursday, President Trump and Vice President Biden faced each other in the second and final presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle. The debate was moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker. We’ve combed through the transcript from the debate to present the national security-related exchanges. These excerpts are organized thematically and chronologically. A complete transcript is available from USA Today . COVID-19 and Pandemic Response. WELKER: President Trump, the first question is for you. The country is heading into a dangerous new phase. More than 40,000 Americans are in the hospital tonight with COVID, including record numbers here in Tennessee. And since the two of you last shared a stage, 16,000 Americans have died from COVID. So p.
On Oct. 23, the Department of Justice. that a member of the “Boogaloo” far-right extremist movement has been charged in connection with violence in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd in May. The criminal. charges Ivan Harrison Hunter with one count of traveling in interstate commerce to incite a riot and carry out violence. The Justice Department alleges that Hunter fired into the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct building using a semiautomatic rifle. Hunter is the third member of the movement to be charged in connection with the violence in Minneapolis, after two men who allegedly participated in violence during the protests were later arrested for other. in the District of Minnesota in September. You can read the co.
In partnership with the. ,. Lawfare. is publishing a series assessing the threat of foreign influence operations targeting the United States. Contributors debate whether the threat of such operations is overblown, voicing a range of views on the issue. For more information on the series, click. . The danger posed by foreign-backed influence operations is real, particularly to the open Western democracies most susceptible to these attacks. Such operations are sometimes sensationalized and overhyped by politicians and others to distract and confuse the public for their own political ends—but the threat persists and must be taken seriously. Counterintuitively, the success of such operations should not be conflated with the full seriousness of thei.
Researchers of online manipulation and influence operations generally agree that foreign actors—Russia, China and Iran, to. a few—engage in overt and covert efforts to manipulate American public opinion in the service of political ends. But that consensus. quickly when it comes to one seemingly simple question: To what extent do such efforts have a significant impact? Take a recent Rand Corp. report on foreign interference. The authors. four principal objectives of Russia’s active measures in the United States:. Polarize and disrupt societal cohesion by exacerbating important and divisive issues, such as race, social class, and gender. Undermine public confidence in democratic institutions and processes. Spread confusion, generate exhaustion, a.
In partnership with the. ,. Lawfare. is publishing a series assessing the threat of foreign influence operations targeting the United States. Contributors debate whether the threat of such operations is overblown, voicing a range of views on the issue. For more information on the series, click. . Let’s get one issue off the table: The evidence that there are Russian information operations aimed at the United States is overwhelming, and whatever debates there can be about the operations should be only about whether they merit the attention given to them, not whether they exist. That said, there is no publicly available evidence that establishes that these operations have made any difference worth caring about. When my co-authors and I. the impact.
And we’re back, after a(nother) week off! What do we have to show for it? Tune is as co-hosts Steve Vladeck and Bobby Chesney as they review:. Steve’s Supreme Court argument in Briggs —more military justice at SCOTUS! Speaking of the Court: whither the role of the Chief once he’s not obviously the fifth vote? Who will be the new swing justice? And what to make of the Court’s actions this week in the Pennsylvania and Alabama election cases? Meanwhile, over at the DOJ National Security Division:. Russian military officers indicted for NotPetya and more. A man convicted of material support who was nearing the end of his sentence just picked up an extra 25 years, for it turned out he was using his time to recruit others to carry out attacks and pl.
This post is part three of a three-part series on the legal process for selecting a president and the possibility of a contested 2020 election. Anderson will be discussing these articles and answering questions from. Lawfare. patrons at a. Lawfare Live. this Friday, Oct. 23, at 12:00pm EDT. For more information on how to join, click. . The. posts in this series have covered the presidential selection process more or less as it’s intended to work. The states elect (or appoint) individual electors pursuant to state law, who in turn cast electoral votes for president on their behalf. Congress then receives and—once the newly elected Congress is able to sit and compose itself—counts these electoral votes to determine the winner of the election, resol.

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