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The Lawfare Podcast: Rashawn Ray on Police Violence

Dr. Rashawn Ray is a David M. Rubenstein fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He's also an associate professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he directs the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR). He is a scholar of, among other things, police-civilian relations and has done a lot of work on police-involved killings. He joined Benjamin Wittes to discuss the mechanisms of police violence, what causes it, what can be done to address it and reduce it, and the role of race in this problem.

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The National Security Law Podcast: On the Brink with the Insurrection Act

We bring you a special episode, recorded jointly with Ben Wittes as an episode of the Lawfare Podcast. Ben, Bobby and Steve explore the threatened invocation of the Insurrection Act by President Trump, the president’s existing use of the D.C. National Guard, the president’s assertion that he will designate Antifa as a “domestic terrorist organization” and the use of tear gas and rubber bullets to clear protesters out of Lafayette Square Park in order to facilitate a presidential photo op.

The Russia Connection

Justice Department Submits Brief to Appeals Court in Flynn Case

The Justice Department on Monday, June 1 filed a brief urging the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to force district court judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. That move came after the Justice Department moved to drop a charge against Flynn, who previously pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador, and Sullivan declined to immediately abandon the case.

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The Lawfare Podcast: On the Brink with the Insurrection Act

The president is threatening to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. On Monday, he appeared to have ordered a tear gas attack on peaceful protesters near the White House in order to stage a photo op in front of a local church. And he has called out troops in Washington, DC, and threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act.

The Russia Connection

Judge Sullivan Submits Brief to D.C. Circuit on Flynn Case

On June 1, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia submitted a brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit outlining his rationale for declining to immediately dismiss the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn after the Justice Department moved to drop their charges. A panel of judges on the D.C. Circuit had ordered Sullivan on May 21 to respond to an emergency request by Flynn that the appeals court force him to drop the case.

Election Security

House Committee Holds Hearing on Election Security During Pandemic

On Monday, June 1, at 3:00 p.m., the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a videoconference on election security and integrity during a pandemic. The committee will hear testimony from Wendy Weiser, the vice president of the Brennan Center for Justice, and LaShawn Warren, the executive vice president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Bart Gellman on 'Dark Mirror'

Journalist Bart Gellman is the author of the new book, "Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State." Jack Goldsmith sat down with Gellman to discuss the book. They spoke about Gellman's reporting on the Snowden affair, the scope of the National Security Agency's surveillance capabilities and press freedom as it relates to national security reporting.

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