Today’s episode tackles the mechanics of the shutdown and whether (and how) Donald Trump can build that wall despite widespread opposition.
We begin with an Andrew Was Wrong about the identity of Corey Robin and the incorporation doctrine. Enjoy a fun segue to Gitlow v. New York and why you should never repeat the trope that free speech doesn’t include the right to shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.
After that, it’s a deep dive into… what exactly is a “government shutdown,” anyway? What laws govern this? Why do some federal employees have to keep showing up? Isn’t that “involuntary servitude?” And can Trump declare a state of emergency or use “military eminent domain” to just build the wall anyway?
Then, it’s time for our weekly trip back to Yodel Mountain. In Rod We Trust… so why is he stepping down? And what’s the deal with that secret foreign-owned corporation that shut down an entire floor right before the holidays? Listen and find out!
Finally, it’s time for Thomas Takes The Bar Exam #109, another dreaded real property question! As always, remember to follow 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
- Serious Inquiries Only Episode 175
- Schenck v. U.S., 249 U.S. 47 (1919)
- Gitlow v. New York, 268 U.S. 652 (1925)
- Anti-Deficiency Act 31 U.S.C. § 1341 et seq.
- Federal courts notice
- Futurama “pain monster” clip
- Military eminent domain: 10 U.S.C. § 2663
- 1973 report on delegated powers
- National Emergencies Act: 50 U.S.C. § 1621
- Search the federal register for “National Emergency”
- 10 U.S.C. § 2808
- 33 U.S.C. § 2293
- Ackerman op-ed
- -DC Circuit Court opinion in mystery foreign corporation case
- Manafort sentencing memo
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