Required Reading – July 14 Afternoon Edition

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

York: Mueller Reveals Tenuous Link Between Manafort Charges And Trump

“. . . Mueller has revealed why he believes the Manafort prosecution is related to the 2016 Trump campaign. It’s a small part, a very small part, of the overall charges against Manafort. And it has nothing to do with any actions by the candidate — now the president — himself. Mueller’s revelation came in an argument he is having with the Manafort defense over what subjects can and cannot be discussed in front of jurors in Manafort’s upcoming trial.”

Read more at Town Hall.

Tracinski: It’s Past Time To Break Up The Supreme Court’s Harvard-Yale Duopoly

“I don’t have any direct interest in any of this. I have no law degree from anywhere, I have no aspirations to political office, and nobody needs to have an inferiority complex about graduating from the University of Chicago. My concern is how this narrows the range of options and range of thinking at the top of our legal system. When a system is composed entirely of elites who all went to the same institutions and all received essentially the same education, they will all tend to think about issues in similar ways.”

Read more at The Federalist.

Shabti: When Death Is Only the Beginning

“Brain death is a technical diagnosis, indicating that almost all of a person’s brain has stopped functioning; they are irreversibly unconscious and have lost basic brain-mediated reflexes. The diagnosis also means that the respiratory center of the brain no longer function either—meaning that the person cannot breathe on her own. However, with ventilation and nutrition, if the original injury was limited to their head alone, most other bodily functions can continue. Legally speaking however, all U.S. jurisdictions recognize “brain death” as the death of the individual. […]  By definition, death is final; it is something from which we cannot return. Part of the utility of diagnosing brain death is that it represents finality—it is a state from which a person cannot recover. Or so we thought.”

Read more at the Weekly Standard.

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