You can listen live.  So far the Administration’s attorney is having a rough time of it, but that’s not necessarily dispositive of the ultimate results.

Best argument so far from the Trump attorney is that Washington State lacks standing.  The court seems unconvinced that the Trump decision is unreviewable.

Hmmm.  They’re not coming off as convinced by the standing issue either.

He couldn’t answer whether a blanket Muslim ban would be reviewable.  He says he doesn’t want to answer that, but you really want to answer the questions the judges ask you.  He should simply state, “No, it wouldn’t be reviewable.”

He’s now arguing that the injunction is overbroad.  Let’s see if he gets traction there, but I think he’s losing.  So does he.

They’re being kind of hard on the state’s attorney as well (guy sounds like Al Franken), but only on procedural issues so far.

The State attorney is having a hard time citing his own evidence of religious animous – just got help from the female judge.  The other judge is giving him a hard time.  There may be a split decision.  I don’t know why he doesn’t have a list of his exhibits right with him.  Maybe he didn’t think they would ask him about it, but that seems silly.

Well, it’s hard to know how they’re going to rule, but it looks like they’re going to affirm the TRO, but limit its scope to those with connections to Washington State.  If so, then expect California and a dozen or so other states to file their own suits.

Just to be clear as to the significance of President Trump’s words – any attorney publicly lashing out against a judge the way he did would be subject to Bar discipline. Whatever the merits of the ruling, the Judge is not a “so-called judge” but a sitting judge in his position by lawful means. A President not knowing who Frederick Douglas was is just sad. A President not understanding the principle of checks and balances through separation of powers is scary.



The Independent makes the case.

Jews give Muslims key to their Synagogue after cro-mags burn a Mosque down.

And a really cool moment during the weekend protests.

CNN will host a Bernie Sanders vs. Ted Cruz debate on healthcare.

Really good short article on the lessons to be learned from WWI pacifists.

How Alaskan activists pressured a Republican Senator to oppose the appointment of DeVos.  30,000 calls helped.

Chess champion turned dissident Garry Kasparov notes that Trump’s press conference was reminiscent of the Soviet era.   The good news there is that Putin will eventually fall, and this time the American left is on the right side without ambiguity.

Obama freaking everybody out by vacationing wearing a backwards had and flip flops.

No, this is not from the Onion.  This is an actual transcript of his speech!

I didn’t see this earlier, but this temporary restraining order is much broader than the habeas orders granted over the weekend.  It prohibits the barring of entry to anyone with a valid visa – much wider than the green card exception Trump caved to.  In theory, Trump could turn it around, but the finding is that the plaintiffs will probably prevail.

I’m not clear on whether the likelihood finding is based upon the equal protections argument or the due process, but under the 14th Amendment non-citizens are due either even if they aren’t granted the privileges and immunities which come with citizenship.  So I suspect that the Court is leaning towards a finding of a violation of equal protections, which points to religion.  However, one could make the argument that having obtained their visas they cannot be denied entry without a formal finding of grounds to revoke – in other words, due process.

The issues are framed.  It will play out on February 10, or soon thereafter.

This time for the “de-Judification” of the Holocaust.

Thank Trump Consigliere Steve Bannon for sticking it to “whiny brat Jews.”

We are almost to week three of the train wreck.  The sooner the Republicans nuke the filibuster the better off we’ll all be when maybe more Democrats will stop treating politics like a debating society.

So President Trump is putting together an enemies list.  I hope it’s at least half as entertaining as America’s last one.


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