- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–4 that the police need a search warrant before they can obtain cell phone location information from a wireless carrier.
A federal district court judge threw out a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau because an appeals court previously ruled that the CFPB is unconstitutional and therefore lacks standing to file a lawsuit.
Heather Mac Donald writes on who’s to blame for the border mess:
Word coursed through Mexico and Central America that taking a child across the border was a get-out-of-jail-free card that would exempt its holder from both criminal prosecution and detention. This child-release lever, coupled with Obama’s announcement in 2012 that he would grant amnesty to the so-called Dreamers, meant that Obama soon had his own family border crisis on his hands. In 2014, 70,000 adult-child units and 70,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended illegally crossing into the U.S. The administration tried building large family detention centers to hold the children and their accompanying adults, but the same Flores decree that has bedeviled the Trump White House stymied that effort. In 2015, a federal trial judge, Holly Gee, herself appointed by Obama and the very definition of an activist jurist, vastly expanded the scope of the original decree and ordered the administration to release the detained minors. The Department of Homeland Security warned that ending family detention would trigger another border surge. Judge Gee dismissed this concern as “fear-mongering,” according to the Associated Press.
It is to Judge Gee that the Trump administration will now make its appeal to lift the 20-day confinement cap. The chance that she will agree to do so is zero. Unless that ruling is overturned on appeal or Congress changes the relevant law, the administration will have two choices: try to get asylum hearings down to 20 days, or abandon its universal prosecution policy and resume catch-and-release at the border for adults with children. Streamlining the asylum process would require both narrowing the standard for granting asylum, pursuant to its original intent (something that Sessions has already begun to do), and increasing judicial resources. (Bizarrely, Trump has denounced such an increase in judicial manpower.) Even then, meeting a 20-day limit on asylum detentions will be a stretch. Resuming catch-and-release, of course, would violate one of Trump’s key electoral promises. Fifty years of litigation and lobbying are now reaping rewards unforeseen even by the open-borders establishment. Trump has ducked one showdown, but an even bigger one lies ahead.
- Reality Winner, the former U.S. Air Force intelligence specialist charged with leaking documents to The Intercept, will plead guilty when she appears in court next week.
Judicial Watch obtained documents showing that a former senior staffer to Senator John McCain named Henry Kerner urged IRS officials — including Lois Lerner — to target non-profit groups and ruin them financially.
American semiconductor manufacturers are fighting to protect their intellectual property from China. The New York Times published an account of how China used a Taiwanese company to obtain Micron Technology design information. Micron turned down an acquisition offer from a state-controlled Chinese company three years ago and was then targeted by China for IP theft.
Since October, many universities across China have placed “Xi Thought” at the core of their curricula – the first time since the era of Mao Zedong that a Chinese leader has been accorded similar academic stature.
Mandatory ideology classes have been updated by the universities in response to instruction from the leadership that Xi’s ideas must enter the textbooks, classrooms and minds of students.