ABC News, May 3, 2018
Trump acknowledges he repaid lawyer for ‘Stormy’ hush money
“If this is true then it looks like Cohen may have made an unreported loan to the campaign rather than a contribution,” said Richard L. Hasen, an expert in election law at the University of California, Irvine. He said that might be better for Cohen, but not for Trump, because it undermines the argument that Cohen was acting independently. “The greatest significance is that it implicates the president directly,” he said.
The New York Times, April 30, 2018
The Daily Podcast
In a historic summit meeting, North and South Korea vowed to pursue a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War after more than 65 years. That could bring reunions for the thousands of families who have been separated since the war broke out. Guest: [UCI Assistant Professor of Anthropology] Sylvia Nam, whose grandfather went to North Korea just after the Korean War started and never returned. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.
CNBC (AP), May 3, 2018
Giuliani’s comments on Stormy payment raise legal questions
If the payment were wholly personal, said Richard L. Hasen, an expert in election law at the University of California, Irvine, there would be no campaign finance violations. … All campaign expenses, including payments and loans, are supposed to be disclosed to the FEC. Hasen said the question before Wednesday had been whether Cohen had made an unreported contribution to the Trump campaign exceeding legal limits.
SF Gate, May 2, 2018
Conservative judges slam Ninth Circuit ruling on campaign finance
But the Ninth Circuit dissenters — Ikuta and Judges Consuelo Callahan, Carlos Bea, Milan Smith and N. Randy Smith — invited their fellow conservatives on the Supreme Court to take up the Montana case and rewrite the rules for campaign contributions. The court may be receptive, said Richard Hasen, a UC Irvine law professor and election law commentator.
America Magazine, May 3, 2018
California bishops: The mental health care system is broken
“There seems to be something going on in our society that’s causing more and more people to struggle with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders,” says Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, professor of psychiatry at the University of California Irvine and co-author of The Catholic Guide to Depression. At the same time, “there’s a lot of folks that don’t have what they need.”
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