Trump has left hundreds of key government positions vacant

Anne Joseph O’Connell interviewed by Vox, Jan. 30, 2018

“It’s not just relevant in President Trump’s administration,” O’Connell told Vox. “But just given the delays both in nomination and confirmation of agency officials in recent administrations the Vacancies Act — although it hasn’t kind of the same media attention — comes into play.”

President Trump links gang crimes to sanctuary cities

Franklin Zimring quoted by KTVU.com, Jan. 25, 2018

“You might ask what does this all have to do with the status of California or these cities being sanctuaries, and the answer is, practically nothing,” Zimring said. “They happen to be extremely be safe cities, and they probably would be extremely safe cities whether or not they were sanctuaries.”

On Trump ‘travel ban,’ Japanese American internment is a cautionary tale

Amanda Tyler writes for USA Today, Jan. 24, 2018

As the Supreme Court reviews the latest iteration of the travel ban, it bears remembering that its deference to the executive during World War II and unwillingness to confront the constitutional problems raised by the Japanese American internment led the court down a path that we now view as anything but its finest hour.