Another appeals court rejects Donald Trump’s travel ban

“EVEN for the president”, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said on June 12th, immigration policy “is not a one-person show”. By a 3-0 vote, the court refused to lift a Hawaii judge’s stay on Donald Trump’s revised order banning travel from six mostly Muslim countries. The decision in State of Hawaii v Trump is…

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A primary contest in Virginia offers clues to the future of the Democrats

TO HEAR Tom Perriello on the stump, you might think his main opponent in Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, due on June 13th, was not Ralph Northam, the state’s respected lieutenant-governor, but Donald Trump. “A big turnout in this primary will be a massive statement against Trump!” Mr Perriello, a diminutive former congressman, with a slightly…

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The Supreme Court will consider a mobile phone privacy case

TIMOTHY CARPENTER, a Michigan man, had a habit of stealing smartphones from Radio Shacks and T-Mobile stores; his own phone provided the evidence authorities needed to nab him. On June 5th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Mr Carpenter’s complaint that his privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment were violated when his phone company shared…

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James Comey is to testify that Donald Trump demanded “loyalty”

JAMES COMEY, whom Donald Trump fired as the FBI’s director last month, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence committee on June 8th. His written statement, released the previous day, offered an explosive preview. In it Mr Comey related how, at a private dinner at the White House on January 27th, Mr Trump ominously…

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Donald Trump chooses Christopher Wray to head the FBI

FIRE the director of the FBI while he is overseeing an investigation into your campaign, and your choice of his successor is bound to attract even more scepticism than is customary. On June 7th Donald Trump announced—via Twitter, naturally—that he is nominating Christopher Wray for the post made available by last month’s troubling defenestration of…

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Donald Trump undermines his lawyers’ case for the travel ban

ON THE eve of the Iowa caucuses in January 2016, following a string of controversial statements, Donald Trump marvelled at his political resilience. "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody”, he said, “and I wouldn't lose voters". But the president’s preternatural ability to shed fallout from his own words may…

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James Mattis tries to reassure Asian allies about Donald Trump

DONALD TRUMP’S America still stands by allies in Asia and Europe, and “I can give you absolute optimism about this issue,” the Secretary of Defence, James Mattis, told an audience of generals, diplomats and security types at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 3rd. His words were stirring, and just what the gathering longed…

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Donald Trump asks the Supreme Court to reinstate his travel ban

“SEE you at the Supreme Court!”, Donald Trump tweeted angrily in late April, after his travel ban suffered a third defeat in a federal court. On June 1st, late in the evening, the president followed through on that threat. The Department of Justice filed a sheaf of papers with America’s highest tribunal, asking it to…

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The flaws in Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accord

AFTER announcing on June 1st that America will abandon the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump can at least claim to have honoured a campaign promise. Then again, as he also pledged to reinstate torture, eliminate the national debt in eight years and hail Iran’s supreme leader with “Hey baby!”, that isn’t saying much. And the…

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