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What If Keeping Out “Bad and Dangerous” Muslims is the President’s National Security Purpose? And Other Vexing Questions

Last week saw a flurry of federal court decisions on President Trump’s second travel ban order, along with an outpouring of critical commentary on what the courts got right and wrong. Here are three questions that haven’t gotten enough of the attention.

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Israeli Strike in Syria Meets Unusual Opposition, Iraqi Prime Minister Meets with Trump, and Morocco Reshuffles Its Prime Minister

The Syrian military actually shot back at Israeli jets, the Iraqi prime minister thinks U.S. support will increase, and Morocco tries to form a government five months after elections.

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The Revolt of the Judges: What Happens When the Judiciary Doesn’t Trust the President’s Oath

Is there an unexpressed legal principle functionally at work in the judicial response to Trump: that the President is a crazy person whose oath of office judges simply don’t trust and to whom, therefore, a whole lot of normal rules of judicial conduct do not apply?

Middle East Ticker

U.S. Deploys More Troops to Syria, Trump Loosens Rules for Counterterrorism Operations, and Turkey Feuds with Europe ahead of Referendum

The United States is preparing for the Raqqa offensive and what will come after, U.S. troops have a green light to take more risks in Yemen and Somalia, and Erdogan is rallying his base with a diplomatic spat with Germany and the Netherlands.

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