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The transcript is finally up! Unsurprisingly, Justice Sotomayor is the first to jump in with a question, comparing the Board to the US Attorney.

She follows up by asking if Congress could pass #PROMESA for a state. Former SG, on behalf of the Board, argues that no, it couldn't - and that Aurelius's problem is really with Art. IV, not Art. II.
CJ Roberts pushes him back on track to answer the US attorney question - he argues US Atty enforces nation-wide laws. Sotomayor doesn't seem to buy it, arguing there are federal laws with local effects.

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Yet none of the Petitioners address it. And this is an important brief, because while I believe the arguments in my brief are correct, it allows the Court away out of the trap, as least as far as PR is concerned.

On the flip side, as compelling as the brief is, it only answers the mail as far as PR is concerned. As I point out in my brief, neither Guam nor the Virgin Islands has had a successful constitutional plebescite.

Thus, even if 100% of the amicus brief is correct, it still doesn't shield these other unincorporated territories from the implications of the CA1 ruling. They would likely lose the right to popularly elect their government.

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Two weeks from tomorrow, the US Supreme Court will hear consolidated arguments in 5 cases challenging #PROMESA, Congress's attempts to deal with Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis. The case implicates the reach of Article II's Appointment's Clause. I will be tweeting commentary. 1/X
First, I'll provide some background. Then I'll go through the briefs. I will try and tag all posts #PROMESA, so if you want to mute that term, you can still see my other tweets. 2/
A final note before I begin. I filed an amicus brief arguing the First Circuit's test under the Appointments Clause would do untold damage to territorial self-rule. However, I will do my best to provide even-handed commentary. 3/ #PROMESA
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The alternative to PROMESA was to place Puerto Rico’s future in the hands of a federal judge negotiating with expensive lawyers representing Hedge Funds and Creditors.
Rep. @TulsiGabbard: Why I Voted for #PROMESA Act…
#TulsiGabbard's interest in #PuertoRico isn't a new interest. She was was one of the original co-sponsors of the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Process Act, (H.R. 727) which was introduced into the House in 2015...👇
#PROMESA Bill in 2016,did NOT create #PuertoRico's problem, prior to this, more than 200 schools closed, cuts to benefits & a freeze on salaries
Among the many who had been hit by the Island’s 11-yr economic recession were the school…
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Sort of. A lot of Ds are intellectually lazy and do not understand #PAYGO and do not want to. They are mad anyone would dare distrust the fancy folk to whom have outsourced their brain. The danger of @AOC isn't the theatricality, it's that she can think.
So much of the 'we must get along' and process-talk and calls for unity are just about laziness. Writing law is hard! It requires boring detailed work fighting with fancy people who sneer at you. It's much easier to pretend to wonk out than to actually do it.
I noticed this during @AOC's campaign when she made detailed critiques of the #PROMESA bill Obama and Congress passed to hand Puerto Rico over to hedge funds. Lots of progressives supported the bill because they didn't understand it. It was clear she had paid close attention.
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One thing I’m worried about—in addition to my family’s safety—re: #Maria in #PuertoRico is how #colonialism capitalizes on #NaturalDisaster
In the early 1900s US #businesses were able to monopolize #PuertoRican farm land after Hurricane San Ciriaco (1899) devastated the #island
#Farmers who were never able to rebuild after the #hurricane were forced to either give up their #land or enter unjust agreements
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