Just in. The Inspector General has concluded its review of the Lafayette Park protests and found that there is no evidence supporting the claim that Bill Barr ordered the clearing to allow for Trump's controversial photo op. jonathanturley.org/2021/06/03/bow…
From the report: "The evidence we obtained did not support a finding that the USPP cleared the park to allow the President to survey the damage and walk to St. John’s Church..."
..."Instead, the evidence we reviewed showed that the USPP cleared the park to allow the contractor to safely install the antiscale fencing in response to destruction of property and injury to officers occurring on May 30 and 31."
Despite the absence of evidence, legal experts like University of Texas professor and CNN contributor Steve Vladeck continued to claim that Barr ordered federal officers “to forcibly clear protestors in Lafayette Park to achieve a photo op for Trump.”

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9 Jun
The Inspector General has conducted an investigation over the last year and states unequivocally that there is no evidence to support the allegation that Barr or others ordered the clearing for the photo op. jonathanturley.org/2021/06/09/deb…
In a still uncorrected piece still up on the Internet, NPR declares “Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op.” The Washington Post ran an article by Philip Bump titled “Attorney General Bill Barr’s Dishonest Defense of Clearing of Lafayette Square.”
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We have yet another unanimous decision. This is in Sanchez v. Mayorkas supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf… The Court controls the release of these decisions and it seems to be sending a united and unpacked message to critics. jonathanturley.org/2021/06/01/unp…
In this case, Justice Kagan wrote for all nine justices in holding that a grant of Temporary Protected Status due to unsafe living conditions in El Salvador does not enable an unlawful immigrant to obtain lawful permanent resident status.
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The University of California will be ending the use of the SAT and ACT in its admissions decisions. It is hoped the change will increase diversity, particularly after voters refused to lift a ban on affirmative action in education... jonathanturley.org/2021/05/31/wil…
...Ending standardized testing will have a notable impact on legal challenges to the use of race in college admissions. There are likely to be be few “statistical disparities” when there are no objective statistics.
...Moreover, instead of addressing the failure to educate kids in these communities, the push is to get rid of the testing itself. The deficiencies will remain — but the ability to expose them will be gone. ...
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For those interested in my testimony, here it is. I noted that "the debate has turned into a debate over the colloquial versus technical uses of the term 'tear gas,' which may not be determinative to our analysis... jonathanturley.org/2020/06/29/tur…
...The government refers to “pepper spray” as a “riot control agent.” One photo purportedly shows a clearly labeled “Skat Shell OC.”22 Oleoresin Capsicum refers to an irritant derived from pepper plants but it has the same effect of what people associate with tear gas...
...Congress should be able to confirm if the Park Police has misrepresented the devices used in the operation. However, the agencies have continued to maintain, including in communications with Congress, that no tear gas was used in the operation...
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I have never understood leagues from football to tennis requiring athletes to speak with the media. They have every incentive to do so in terms of marketability. Yet, if (like Osaka) they do not want to do so, the decision should be respected not punished. foxnews.com/sports/naomi-o…
I fail to see why the media does not adopt a policy respecting not just the right to speak with them but the right not to do so. Compelled interviews hardly reflect journalistic values, let alone free speech values.
Billy Jean King just tweeted that this is part of the game. I get why teams and leagues want athletes to speak to the press. However, Osaka's silence does not make her any less of an athlete and she may have personal issues with such exposure...
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...These pipelines work closely with the government and it would be reasonable to expect Biden to state our position on paying off cyber terrorists. Administration officials have dismissed questions by saying this is a private company despite the huge national security concerns.
...Cyber terrorists just sent our East Coast into chaos and the President has no comment on whether he knows about the ransom and whether his Administration discouraged this company from giving into terrorists...
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