The National Security Law Podcast: Trumplandia in the Twilight

Robert Chesney, Steve Vladeck
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 5:23 PM

Published by The Lawfare Institute
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Hey, we’re back on our weekly schedule! How ’bout that … now we’ll probably skip the next three, but hey, until then, we’ve got a quite a show, not to mention the launch of our holiday charity drive! What’s that all about? Well, it’s simple: give $5 or more to Casa Marianella, forward the emailed receipt that you get from them to (.org, not .com!), and you will be entered in a drawing. What drawing? Well, after January 15, we’ll pick one of the entries at random, and that person will be invited to join us (date to be determined jointly) to CO-HOST an episode with us! Do it! Do it! C’mon, do it!

What’s that? Oh, right. This week’s show actually talks about:

  • Barr out, Rosen in
  • The demise of the Ken Paxton (well, “Texas”) election suit
  • Electors doing their jobs, electors doing…something else
  • The “Safe Harbor” rule and justiciability of electoral slate challenges
  • The SolarWinds cybersecurity mess
  • TikTok v. Trump: The DC Circuit seems poised to accept TikTok’s IEEPA interpretation argument
  • The roadmap to closing GTMO under the Biden administration (well, we are speculating, but still…)
  • Did you know the Periodic Review Board authorized a GTMO transfer the other day? That’s 6 approved for transfer, out of 40 remaining overall.
  • Another trial judge for the 9/11 case…or one of the old ones is back.?
  • DOD ending support for CIA Title 50 operations?
  • The NDAA: veto or not?
  • If not, then here’s what Section 1702 does for Congressional oversight of “sensitive military cyber operations”
  • The Supreme Court’s Briggs decision: bad news for a certain podcast co-host
  • Is it just me, or is this least really long?
  • Frivolity: The Mandalorian of course. Or is it the Manladorian? (Google it)

Robert (Bobby) Chesney is the Dean of the University of Texas School of Law, where he also holds the James A. Baker III Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs at UT. He is known internationally for his scholarship relating both to cybersecurity and national security. He is a co-founder of Lawfare, the nation’s leading online source for analysis of national security legal issues, and he co-hosts the popular show The National Security Law Podcast.
Steve Vladeck is a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law. A 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, Steve clerked for Judge Marsha Berzon on the Ninth Circuit and Judge Rosemary Barkett on the Eleventh Circuit. In addition to serving as a senior editor of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Steve is also the co-editor of Aspen Publishers’ leading National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law casebooks.

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