Today’s show discusses the Trump budget, scientist Kevin Folta’s defamation lawsuit, and the recent debt ceiling deal struck between Trump and Democrats.
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We begin with a great question from British listener David Cartwright about the Trump presidency — and the answer will surprise you!
In the main segment, the guys break down Kevin Folta’s defamation lawsuit in which he alleges that the New York Times defamed him by publishing a “hit piece” implying that he’s in the pocket of Monsanto.
Next, we explain the practical and political ramifications of the debt ceiling agreement.
Finally, we end with the answer to Thomas Take the Bar Exam Question #40 regarding jury instructions and the presumption of intent. Don’t forget to following our Twitter feed (@Openargs) and like our Facebook Page so that you too can play along with #TTTBE!
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Show Notes & Links
- This is a link to the Red Cross‘s page for donations for hurricane relief; and here is a link to Habitat for Humanity‘s hurricane relief efforts.
- Find out how to win a T-shirt from us by clicking here.
- Here is where you can find the recently-created Opening Arguments Facebook Community, which you should definitely join!
- This is the full list of all 54 bills that Donald Trump has signed into law.
- Here is a link to S.442, the $19.5 billion NASA 2017 budget. For comparison, this is the NASA press release detailing the agency’s 2016 budget.
- Click here to read Kevin Folta’s lawsuit against the New York Times (which contains the original article as an exhibit).
- Finally, the debt ceiling is codified at 31 U.S.C. § 3101.
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