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GOP super-lawyer Ted Olson facing off against Trump lawyers at the Supreme Court: report

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On Thursday, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump is facing off against an unlikely foe at the Supreme Court as he attempts to strip Obama-era protected status from young immigrants: Theodore “Ted” Olson.

Olson, who served as solicitor general under George W. Bush, is a notorious heavy-hitting lawyer for right-wing causes. He has broadly argued in court for expansion of executive power when Republicans hold the White House, and delivered the winning arguments for GOP plaintiffs in cases like Bush v. Gore and Citizens United.

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But on the issue of DACA, Olson is representing the “Dreamers.”

“Executive power is important, and we respect it,” said Olson. “But it has to be done the right way. It has to be done in an orderly fashion so that citizens can understand what is being done and people whose lives have depended on a governmental policy aren’t swept away arbitrarily and capriciously. And that’s what’s happened here.”

At issue in the case is not whether Trump has the authority to cancel deferred action for immigrants — since the DACA program was created by executive action, it follows that it could be ended by executive action. The issue is that, as with many other controversial regulatory decisions, the president violated the Administrative Procedure Act, by enacting the policy with no warning, no agency process, and without taking public comments.

Two federal appellate courts — the Fourth and Ninth Circuits — have ruled Trump’s termination of DACA was improper. The administration is trying to bypass this altogether by urging the Supreme Court to rule that DACA was unconstitutional in the first place.

“This government acts in a manner that is almost the definition of arbitrary and capricious,” said Olson. “It’s ready, shoot, aim.”

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Trump official who doesn’t want poor people to have publicly-funded healthcare wants public to pay for stolen Ivanka jewelry

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President Donald Trump's official in charge of Medicare and Medicaid, Seema Verma, came under fire after Politico reported Saturday that she submitted a $47,000 claim for reimbursement on the taxpayers' dime for stolen, uninsured items items.

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The bulk of the claim—for which the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ultimately reimbursed her $2,852.40—was for roughly $43,000 worth of jewelry. Among the roughly two dozen pieces was an Ivanka Trump brand pendant whose estimated value was $5,900, according to documents obtained by Politico. A $325 claim for moisturizer was also among the items included.

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Why Colbert got serious — and why Donald Trump isn’t funny

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In her new book, “Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States,” Dannagal Goldthwaite Young advances the argument that the ironic satire of "The Daily Show" and the outrage programming of Fox News — which debuted within months of each other — play remarkably similar roles for their respective audiences, speaking to their distinctively liberal and conservative psychological orientations to motivate not just voter loyalty, but political engagement.

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Head of Jewish Democratic Council of America denounces Trump speech as anti-Semitic

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The executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America told Salon on Sunday that President Donald Trump's recent comments about Jewish voters continue "what has been a very negative stereotype of Jews and money and power."

"He has said in the past that he wants Jews to be the ones counting his money," Halie Soifer told Salon. "He has repeatedly made references to what has been a very negative stereotype of Jews and money and power." After saying that "I think that he must believe it, and that is why he continues to repeat it," Soifer noted that Trump was repeating claims that he has made when "typically speaking extemporaneously, and clearly he's speaking from his heart. It's clear that there's quite a bit of hatred in it." Soifer also criticized Trump for having "views of Jews as driven largely by money, which is why he said at this events that Jews have no choice but to support him, referring to tax cuts."

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