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April 30, 2020

FISA Follies & Trump’s Taxes (with Steve Vladeck)


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On this week’s episode of Stay Tuned with Preet, “FISA Follies & Trump’s Taxes,” Preet answers listener questions about vice presidential rules, Trump’s defunding of the WHO, and COVID-19’s effect on domestic violence. Then, Preet is joined by Steve Vladeck, the A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, to discuss FISA courts and President Trump’s upcoming Supreme Court battles.

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FISA Follies & Trump’s Taxes (with Steve Vladeck)