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Wendy Thurm

Experienced Writer

San Francisco

Wendy Thurm

Accomplished writer with 25-plus years of experience in law, government, politics and journalism. Successful story teller who can write engaging copy, persuasive advocacy, complex analysis, detailed reports and commentary. Strategic thinker. Social media savvy.

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Bending Toward Justice: Understanding Mueller’s subpoena to the Trump Organization for documents

The New York Times reported on Thursday that the Special Counsel served a grand jury subpoena on the Trump Organization seeking documents related to Russia. Trump Organization lawyers brushed off stories published on Thursday that Robert Mueller’s prosecutors had secured a grand jury subpoena for documents from the company.
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Bending Toward Justice: Trump on shaky legal ground in battle over CBS interview with Stormy Daniels

Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star who uses the name Stormy Daniels, was interviewed last Thursday by Anderson Cooper for CBS News. Now Buzzfeed reports President Trump’s attorneys are considering legal action against CBS News to stop the network from broadcasting the interview. Stormy Daniels claims she had an intimate relationship with Donald Trump in 2006 and 2007, shortly after his son Barron was born to Trump’s third wife, Melania.
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Bending Toward Justice: Donald Trump’s exposure for witness tampering in the Russia investigation

The New York Times reported Wednesday night that Trump asked two witnesses in the Russia investigation about their interviews by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, and asked one witness to change his story. Some day, President Trump’s conduct before and during the Russia investigation will be taught in law schools in a class called Do’s and Dont’s in Federal Criminal Investigations (Mostly Dont’s).
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Bending Toward Justice: Will Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf be Donald Trump’s first political prisoner?

The Department of Homeland Security asked the Justice Department to charge Libby Schaaf with “harboring” illegal aliens by warning via Twitter of impending ICE raids in Oakland. It’s not enough for the Trump Administration to beef up its immigration enforcement action and ratchet up its anti-immigrant rhetoric.
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Bending Toward Justice: What Rick Gates’ plea deal means for the Russia investigation

The mounting legal and financial pressure on Rick Gates, President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign manager, became too much to bear and led Gates to plead guilty on Friday and agree to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the sprawling Russia investigation. For years, Gates handled the details of Paul Manafort's dirty work.
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Bending Toward Justice: What we learned about Mueller’s investigation from indictment of Russians

Robert Mueller told us plenty about Russia and their side of the conspiracy to get Donald Trump elected. Last Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped a bombshell with a 37-page indictment against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian-related organizations for a years-long misinformation war against the United States and the 2016 election.
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Bending Toward Justice: Donald Trump can’t change the libel laws, thankfully

For someone who compulsively lies about other people as much as Donald Trump does, you’d think he would appreciate the benefits of having a high bar to proving libel and slander. But since Trump lives by the anti-Golden Rule — he’ll do whatever he wants to others and demand he be treated like royalty — Trump incessantly rails against the libel laws as unfair to him.
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Bending Toward Justice: Federal court orders Trump Administration to reinstate DACA

A federal court in San Francisco issued a nationwide injunction on Tuesday night and ordered the Trump Administration to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as it existed on September 5, 2017. That was the date then-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke issued a memorandum rescinding the DACA program.
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Bending Toward Justice: Live from federal court hearing on Trump Administration DACA rescission

A federal district judge heard nearly four hours of legal argument on Wednesday morning in five consolidated lawsuits challenging the Trump Administration's rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. District Judge William H. Alsup peppered attorneys for the Regents of the University of California (one of the plaintiffs) and the U.S.
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Bending Toward Justice: Pennsylvania federal judge halts Trump’s birth control mandate rollback

In an important victory for women and reproductive rights advocates, a federal district judge in Philadelphia today ordered the Trump Administration to cease enforcement of its new rules that significantly curtailed the birth control mandate under the Affordable Care Act. Of the eight lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country seeking to stop the new rules, this case — brought by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania — is the first to reach a decision on the legality of the new regulatory regime.
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Bending Toward Justice: Donald Trump Jr.’s dubious claim of attorney-client privilege

Donald Trump Jr. testified for nearly eight hours on Wednesday in closed session before the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. According to the Washington Post, Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about a conversation he had with his father, President Donald Trump, in July of this year concerning a July 2016 meeting Trump Jr. and other campaign officials attended at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer.
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Bending Toward Justice: Brace for more religion in the public sphere from conservatives

At least since Ronald Reagan was president, when the Republican Party is in power, we tend to see religion playing a more prominent role in public policy. With Republicans in control of Congress and the White House, and with Trump relying so heavily on evangelicals to prop up his presidency, we are likely to see the banner of religious freedom used in far more dangerous ways.
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