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Trump vs. The Equal Rights Amendment

1/16/2020
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On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason, Easha, and Charlie discuss the Trump Administration's new legal opinion regarding the legal status of the Equal Rights Amendment, also known as the ERA. They consider what will happen now that Virginia has become the 38th state to ratify the ERA since 1972. Is it too late, or can Congress do anything to add this amendment to the Constitution? Note that when this was recorded, Virginia was expected to ratify it shortly, and the State in fact ratified it...

Duration:00:53:43

Amazon vs. Trump

1/9/2020
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On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason, Easha, and Charlie consider a new lawsuit by Amazon, in which the company claims that it was illegally denied a $10 billion Pentagon contract because of President Trump's stated dislike of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. And the return briefly to the question of Bolton's potential testimony at the Senate impeachment trial. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at versustrumppodcast@gmail.com. You can buy t-shirts and other goods...

Duration:00:38:55

The Senate As Impeachment Court

1/2/2020
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On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie dive deep into two impeachment-related questions. First, what is the formal role of the Senate in an impeachment trial, and what power does the Chief Justice have? (Hint: Senators have all the power; the Chief Justice has basically none.) Second, what did the House say in its impeachment report about why it chose not to go to court or otherwise force recalcitrant Administration officials to testify—and does it make sense? You can find us at...

Duration:00:36:52

Year-End Mailbag

12/29/2019
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On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie answer listener questions about impeachment, bribery, sanctions, and more! Thanks again for another great year. Remember to email any questions to versustrumppodcast@gmail.com to be on the next mailbag. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at versustrumppodcast@gmail.com. You can buy t-shirts and other goods with our super-cool logo here.

Duration:00:46:25

Method or Madness

12/19/2019
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On this week’s Versus Trump, Easha and Charlie discuss the Trump Administration’s efforts to resume federal executions after a decade-and-a-half hiatus. We talk about the district court ruling enjoining those efforts, the Supreme Court’s decision to keep the executions on hold while litigation plays out (and a snippy concurrence from three of the justices), and why the whole concept of a federal death penalty is a little bizarre. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an...

Duration:00:48:01

We're Famous! And There Are Articles

12/12/2019
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On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason, Charlie, and Easha respond to Rep. Matt Gaetz's shoutout to this podcast during the Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearings. They then discuss their reactions to the Democrats' strategy with their public hearings and articles of impeachment. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at versustrumppodcast@gmail.com. You can buy t-shirts and other goods with our super-cool logo here. Notes herehere

Duration:00:51:06

Two Guns Cases, And More

12/5/2019
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First, real talk: yes, Versus Trump really did get a shoutout at the impeachment hearings on Wednesday! More on that next week, and there's a link to the exchange in the shownotes. We recorded this episode before that happened, but rest assured that we'll respond to the Committee next week. Meanwhile, on this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss two guns cases. First, we discuss a court's definitive rejection of the Trump Administration's bizarre decision to try to permit the...

Duration:00:29:05

What Is Bribery?

11/21/2019
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On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason, Charlie, and Easha discuss the definition of "bribery" for impeachment purposes, since Nancy Pelosi claimed that's what the evidence is showing at the impeachment hearings. They talk about how Congress and citizens should think about this notoriously slippery idea. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at versustrumppodcast@gmail.com. You can buy t-shirts and other goods with our super-cool logo here. Notes here

Duration:00:48:09

States vs. The Conscience Rule

11/14/2019
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On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason, Charlie, and Easha discuss a court's opinion vacating the Trump Administration's so-called "conscience rule." This rule would have broadly permitted many employees in the healthcare sector from in any way participating in procedures with which they have religious or moral disagreements—even in emergencies. The trio discuss the opinion, which is one of their favorites, and delve into a few of the many rationales for striking down the rule. You can find us...

Duration:00:50:31

Sanctions Versus DeVos

11/8/2019
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On this week’s special edition of Uncle Charlie's Sanctions Corner–wait, we mean Versus Trump—Jason, Charlie, and Easha bring on Eileen Connor of the Project on Predatory Student to discuss a major opinion issuing sanctions against the Department of Education. They discuss the Department's egregious conduct that led to an unprecedented sanctions award of $100,000 to a class of plaintiffs that should have had their student loans cancelled, but did not. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on...

Duration:00:17:44

The Coming Exec Privilege Showdown

11/6/2019
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[Sorry for delayed posting!] On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason, Charlie, and Easha talk executive privilege. They outline the legal landscape of several hard questions in this area, like can the President completely prevent executive officials from testifying, and what role do the courts play here? They realize a showdown is coming but worry that there are no obvious answers. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at versustrumppodcast@gmail.com. You can buy...

Duration:00:50:37

A Real Impeachment Episode

10/24/2019
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On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie really talk impeachment. They answer two questions that have been debated in the media. First, does the full House need to vote to formally start impeachment proceedings? Second, does the President have a right, at this point in the investigation, to have his lawyers in the room to cross-examine witnesses or present opposing views? Listen for the answers! You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at...

Duration:00:35:26

Trump's No Good, Very Bad Day

10/18/2019
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On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Easha break down President Trump's bad day in court on Friday, October 11. On that day, he lost three different lawsuits: one on the "public charge" immigration rule, one on Congress's subpoena power, and one on border wall funding. Jason and Easha mostly talk about the "public charge" case and predict how that one might go before giving the highlights of the other two. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at...

Duration:00:35:27

Uncle Charlie's Comity Hour

10/10/2019
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On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss the major recent decision dismissing the President's attempt to block his accounting firm from turning over his tax returns to the Manhattan DA. The two talk about both aspects of the decision: first, whether a federal court should abstain from hearing this dispute out of respect for "comity" (hence the title); and second, whether the President is categorically immune from any amount of criminal process. They agree with the court in one...

Duration:00:39:05

An Impeachment Primer

10/3/2019
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Gotcha, suckers! No impeachment dessert until you eat your immigration broccoli. On this week’s Versus Trump, Easha (back from parental leave!) and Charlie (just starting parental leave) discuss two immigration losses for the Trump administration. The first concerns Trump’s attempts to roll back court-ordered protections for migrant children; the second, Trump’s attempt to subject more immigrants to expedited removal. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at...

Duration:00:49:50

Can You Hear The Whistle Blowing?

9/26/2019
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On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Charlie and Jason discuss the legal stakes of the fight over what Trump said to the President of Ukraine and the related whistleblower complaint. A lot happened between when they recorded the episode and when it's being posted, but we still think it's a useful primer on the legal questions in this dispute. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at versustrumppodcast@gmail.com. You can buy t-shirts and other goods with our...

Duration:00:42:33

What's Left of Asylum Law?

9/19/2019
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On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Charlie and Jason discuss the Supreme Court's recent action permitting the Trump Administration to enforce tough new restrictions on asylum eligibility for those who enter the U.S. at the southern border. They discuss the tough new policy, whether it's valid substantively or procedurally, and what might happen now. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at versustrumppodcast@gmail.com. You can buy t-shirts and other goods...

Duration:00:40:17

Watch Out, Watch List

9/12/2019
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On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Charlie and guest-host Alexandra Brodsky discuss a recent opinion invalidating the FBI's terrorism watch-list. They discuss the implications of the opinion for the Trump administration (and beyond), the merits (and demerits) of the court's reasoning, and all sorts of other cool stuff, including how annoying it is when people think they're important enough to be spied on by the FBI. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at...

Duration:00:41:14

Versus DeVos 2.0

9/5/2019
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This week on Versus Trump, Jason discusses the continuing illegal intransigence of the Department of Education, with Eileen Connor and Toby Merrill of Harvard's Project on Predatory Student Lending. Eileen and Toby explain how many students have a right to have their student loans cancelled because the for-profit schools they attended were fraudulent—but the Department of Education has illegally refused to process their cancellation applications for the entire duration of the Trump...

Duration:00:42:03

Straight to the Supremes

8/29/2019
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This week on Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie are back from a hiatus, and they discuss why the Trump Administration has been going to straight to the Supreme Court with emergency requests so frequently. They use that question to delve into some of the themes we've seen from Versus Trump cases in the last few years. You can find us at @VersusTrumpPod on twitter, or send us an email at versustrumppodcast@gmail.com. You can buy t-shirts and other goods with our super-cool logo here. Notes The...

Duration:00:34:18