Morning Docket: 01.02.19

* Out of the mouths of babes federal judges: “Those conclusions – that the president’s statements on national security are not always to be taken literally or to be trusted – are legal victories for his Justice Department….” Did you think you’d ever see a something like this written about the U.S. president? That’s our Trump! [USA Today]

* A good New Year’s resolution for the federal judiciary? Chief Justice John Roberts says that while progress has been made when it comes to protecting law clerks from sexual harassment, “[t]he job is not finished until we have done all that we can to ensure that all of our employees are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect.” [Washington Post]

* The American Federation of Government Employees, a labor union for federal employees, has filed suit against the government, claiming that requiring essential employees to work without pay during the shutdown — an “inhumane” practice for people who don’t know when their next paycheck is coming — violates the Fair Labor Standards Act. [CNN]

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Morning Docket: 12.07.18

* Which Supreme Court justice is apparently the best at throwing shade at her colleagues during oral arguments? It’s Justice Kagan. Sick burn, Your Honor. [National Law Journal]

* “Presidential harassment”? President Trump is blaming special counsel Robert Mueller’s election interference probe for his low Rasmussen Reports approval rating of 50 percent. Damn, when a pollster known for favoring the president is only giving him a 50 percent rating, you know it’s pretty bad. [POLITICO]

* Speaking of Robert Mueller, here’s a little preview of what you can expect from the court filings to be filed today which have to do with the implosion of Paul Manafort’s cooperation deal (i.e., “what may have pushed him to commit legal suicide”). Oh, and we may also see a possible sentencing plan for Michael Cohen. [USA Today]

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