The Disturbing Legal Legacy Obama is Leaving for Trump

Many Americans just don’t seem to mind if the president kills people, even U.S. citizens, as long as they’re told the people being killed are terrorists. “Americans are very pragmatic as to how a president exercises his War Powers,” writes Charles Dunlap, executive director of Duke’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. “(T)hey are less concerned about the technical legal basis as they are about success against authentic threats.”

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Flaws in The New Intelligence Report on Russia

The country’s leading expert on Russian media, Duke professor emeritus Ellen Mickiewicz, asks why the Office of the Director of National Intelligence takes at face value the Russian state media channel RT’s own estimate of its viewership at “550 million people worldwide and 85 million in the US.” That estimate, says Mickiewicz, “is wholly imaginary. It refers to potential audience: Households that can receive a signal—if and only if—they bother to turn it on.”

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Global Health Advice for Trump Administration

Nationalism and isolationism that marked the president-elect’s campaign are a concern if they continue, says one faculty member, Gavin Yamey, professor of the practice of global health. “Those of us working in global health will need to pay very close attention to whether the U.S. starts retreating from its impressive record on global health research and development,” Yamey says.

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Trump’s ‘Historic’ Opportunity to Reshape the Federal Courts

Ernest Young, a Duke University law professor focused on the federal courts, expects Democrat-led states to respond to President Trump’s potential regulatory changes by issuing their own regulations on issues such as climate change and immigration. If that happens, Young predicts the lower federal courts will see cases involving conflicts between federal and state law.

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Washington Waits, Worries, Wonders About Trump Era

The president-elect is “willing to say or do the thing that’s just not done, that breaks a tradition or a norm or unwritten rule,” says political science professor Peter Feaver. “It’s a mistake to call it erratic. There’s more of a purposefulness behind it. They’re not going to accept arbitrary restrictions that were accepted at face value.”

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Now, America, You Know How Chileans Felt

“The United States cannot in good faith decry what has been done to its decent citizens until it is ready to face what it did so often to the equally decent citizens of other nations. And it must firmly resolve never to engage in such imperious activities again,” writes Ariel Dorfman, professor emeritus of literature, on reports that Russia interfered in the U.S. election. “If ever there was a time for America to look at itself in the mirror, if ever there was a time of reckoning and accountability, it is now.”

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Why Health Care Leaders are Worried About Their Industry

“However the Trump administration and the Republican U.S. Congress replace or revamp the Affordable Care Act, it is unlikely to halt America’s ongoing move from the rightfully maligned fee-for-service payment system to one that pays for ‘value'” — the quality of outcomes relative to the price, write Dr. Kevin Schulman and a colleague from Johns Hopkins.

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When a President Calls the CIA Unreliable

President-elect Donald Trump is dismissing intelligence reports that point to Russian interference in the election,  and backing away from the daily intelligence briefings. Listen to professor David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, talk about the implications.

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Legal Scholars to Trump: Abide by Constitution

Neil Siegel, a professor of law, political science and co-director of the Program in Public Law, discusses an open letter to Donald Trump, which was written by several leading constitutional experts who call on conservative constitutional scholars to join progressives in “speaking law to power.”

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Commentary: When Will Trump Get Out From Under Putin’s Heel?

The CIA believes Russia hacked the computer systems of the Democratic Party National Committee, key Democratic operatives and the Republican National Committee. President-elect Trump should endorse the launch of congressional investigations into Russian operations against the election and other U.S. targets, writes political scientist Joseph Grieco.

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CFO Survey: Trump Win Boosts Business Optimism

U.S. CFOs are much more optimistic about the U.S. economy following the election of Donald Trump, particularly with respect to regulatory and tax reform, a new survey finds. But many companies are still waiting to see the details before taking specific actions.

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Trump’s Cabinet of Ex-Generals Will Help Keep Him Out of Wars

“Retired generals tapped for high-ranking positions in the Trump administration ought to be subject to the same kind of scrutiny as civilian nominees, but we should not yield to vaguely defined fears that the generals would push Trump into war or wield too much influence simply because they served their country,” writes law professor Charles Dunlap, a retired Air Force major general.

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