Can Congress Override a Bill if the President Doesn’t Sign it and Doesn’t Return It with Objections? Vetoes Explained in Plain English

Given the current standoff between the House, the Senate (collectively ‘Congress’) and the President over the appropriations in the budget bill, we thought it appropriate to address exactly what is and isn’t a veto, a pocket veto, and a protective return veto or protective return pocket veto. First a review in case the last time…

Full Text of the Mueller Report on Presidential Obstruction of Justice – with Plain English Explanation

Below is the full, searchable text of the Mueller Report, Volume II, which is the section regarding whether or not President Trump committed obstruction of justice (Volume I is about whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign). Here is what you need to understand before delving into the report: The Federal Office of Legal Counsel…

Other Countries Can Now Spy on Their U.S.-based Citizens and Vice Versa: The CLOUD Act Explained in Plain English with Full Text

The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, or CLOUD Act, has been law for a little over a year now, and yet very few people realize the full ramifications of the CLOUD Act, if they know about it at all. A plain English explanation of the CLOUD Act follows, along with the full text…