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Case Summary: Federal District Court Issues Nationwide Injunction Against Trump’s Sanctuary City Executive Order

Judge William H. Orrick III of the Northern District of California yesterday granted motions for a preliminary injunction to enjoin Section 9(a)’s enforcement nationwide. In this post, I offer an overview of Judge Orrick’s decision, which can be viewed in full here and below.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) announced that former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn may have broken federal law in failing to disclose on his security clearance application that he had received money from the Russian government for a 2015 speech in Moscow and from the Turkish government as payment for lobbying work. Chaffetz and Cummings also stated that Flynn failed to request permission from the U.S.

Middle East Ticker

U.S. May Deploy More Troops to Syria, Iran’s Presidential Campaign Season Begins, and Experts Warn against U.S. Escalation in Yemen

Trump says the fight against the Islamic State could require new deployments, Iran announces candidates running against Rouhani, and the United States could be sinking into the quagmire in Yemen.

Executive Power

Kaine and Schiff Seek White House Legal Analysis on Syria Strikes

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) have sent a letter to President Trump requesting information on the administration's domestic legal justification for the recent airstrikes in Syria, "in particular an explanation of whether this action expands ... precedents for action under Article II." The letter is available here and below.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen will face off for the French presidency in the country’s runoff election following the first round of results on Sunday. As in the United Kingdom and the United States, France now faces a contest between one candidate representing support for immigration and international engagement and one rejecting the European Union and all it represents.

Donald Trump

Livestream: Reflecting on Trump's First 100 Days

Today, the Brookings Institution is hosting a forum on President Trump's first 100 days in office. The first panel discussion, on national security issues, will feature Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey along with Leon Wieseltier in a conversation moderated by Shane Harris of the Wall Street Journal. A livestream of the event is available below.

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