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CAFE Insider 4/28: Legal Gambits

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In this clip from the latest episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, "Legal Gambits," co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram break down the lawsuit brought by Missouri against the Chinese government over COVID-19, and legislation introduced by Republicans in Congress which would allow lawsuits against foreign governments.

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REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

IMMIGRATION ORDER
Executive order limiting immigration in response to COVID-19, 4/22/20
Trump tweet announcing executive order suspending immigration, 4/20/20
“Trump’s temporary plan to halt immigration is part of a broader strategy, Stephen Miller says,” New York Times, 4/24/20

RICK BRIGHT REMOVAL
Rick Bright’s statement on his removal from BARDA position, 4/22/20
Rep. Frank Pallone’s letter to HHS Inspector General calling for investigation of Bright matter, 4/23/20
“House to examine ouster of health official who doubted drugs Trump pushed,” New York Times, 4/23/20
“Ousting vaccine chief is going to ‘set us back,’ former FDA head says,” Politico, 4/26/20
“Vaccine expert from HHS to file whistleblower complaint,” CBS News, 4/24/20

SUING CHINA
Missouri AG’s complaint filed in Eastern District of Missouri, 4/21/20
Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) of 1976, the law granting foreign states immunity
28 U.S. Code § 1605, the statute outlining the exceptions to the immunity of a foreign state
Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), the law carving out an exception in FSIA for lawsuits against states who have sponsored terrorism
“Suing China over coronavirus won’t help. Here’s what will work,” John Bellinger, Washington Post op-ed, 4/23/20
“Congress hands Obama first veto override,” Politico, 9/28/16

MCCONNELL STATE BANKRUPTCY COMMENTS
Clip: Mitch McConnell expresses support for allowing states to go bankrupt, Hugh Hewitt radio show, 4/22/20
“McConnell takes flak after suggesting bankruptcy for states rather than bailouts,” Washington Post, 4/23/20

SUPREME COURT
Ramos v. Louisiana, the decision banning non-unanimous jury verdicts in criminal cases
“Why a case about jury verdicts could spell trouble for Roe v. Wade,” Ruth Marcus, Washington Post op-ed, 4/24/20
NY Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. NYC, the decision on a now moot challenge to a NYC rule regarding the transport of firearms
The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution

LAUGHING CHALLENGE
“Centuries-old law against cursing in public repealed by Virginia legislators,” NPR, 2/19/20

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