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Discourse.net

Discourse.net

By University of Miami law professor Michael Froomkin. Covers civil liberties, the Internet, Guantanamo, Iraq attrocities, politics and more.

http://www.discourse.net/
  • Dec 21

    My Congressperson Calls Americans “Pigs”

    My Congressperson Calls Americans “Pigs”
    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen thinks we are Yankee imperialist pigs? This is what my my Representative said after we normalized relations with Cuba: “We are saying to the Yankee imperialist pigs, come and own a piece of Cuba, we are for sale,…
  • Dec 19

    Heidelberg Talk Video Posted

    Heidelberg Talk Video Posted
    From Anonymity to Identification: Online Communication in a Time of Surveillance | Prof. Michael Froomkin (Audio: MP3) (Video: MP4 / OGV) I can’t thank my hosts in Heidelberg enough for the warmth of their welcome and their kindness…
  • Dec 17

    Cuba

    Cuba
    The US approach to Cuba stopped making sense decades ago. Opening exchanges with Poland helped dislodge the Communist regime; the same is likely to happen to Cuba in the future. Maintaining the embargo with Cuba has done more to empower…
Rank this Week: 17

Lawfare

Lawfare

Coveres actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions, including cybersecurity, Guantánamo habeas litigation, targeted killing, biosecurity, universal jurisdiction, the Alien Tort Statute, and the state secrets privilege. By Benjamin Wittes, Jack Goldsmith and Robert Chesney.

http://www.lawfareblog.com/
  • Dec 21

    On Sovereignty, Antarctica, Talmud and the Status of Jerusalem

    On Sovereignty, Antarctica, Talmud and the Status of Jerusalem
    It is always fascinating to watch someone see Jerusalem for the first time. Yesterday, I took a long walk through the Old City with an archeologist and the wonderful group of scholars that Academic Exchange and the Yitzhak Rabin Center have…
  • Dec 20

    USG Seems Befuddled About How to Respond to Sony Hack

    USG Seems Befuddled About How to Respond to Sony Hack
    David Sanger, Nicole Perlroth, and Eric Schmitt have a must-read NYT story on USG thinking about a response to the Sony hack, allegedly carried by the North Korean government.  The story is jaw-dropping because, after many years of USG…
  • Dec 20

    The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #104: Rose Gottemoeller on US Nuclear Arms Control Policy

    The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #104: Rose Gottemoeller on US Nuclear Arms Control Policy
    This week, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller gave a keynote address at Brookings on US Nuclear Arms Control Policy. In her address, Under Secretary Gottemoeller discussed how the…
Rank this Week: 107

The Poblete DC Dispatches

The Poblete DC Dispatches

Features updates on regulatory and public policy matters in Washington, DC in national security, trade, and international law.

http://jasonpoblete.com/
  • Dec 21

    US-Cuba Talks? Give Cuban Civil Society a Voice As Well

    US-Cuba Talks? Give Cuban Civil Society a Voice As Well
    Borrowing from a page of the Carter Administration’s failed Cuba policy, the President wants closer relations with Cuba and he has tasked his team with that goal. Part of this effort includes re-establishing diplomatic…
  • Dec 21

    Revenge Killing of NYPD Cops: The Left Reaps What it Sow

    Revenge Killing of NYPD Cops: The Left Reaps What it Sow
    It was very refreshing to see the NYPD send a clear signal to New York City Mayor DeBlasio that they are not happy with his leadership: Why do I single out the Left? Because the politics of hyphenation and tyranny of the minority, are just a…
  • Dec 21

    If Jeb Bush Runs, Will The Republic Implode?

    If Jeb Bush Runs, Will The Republic Implode?
    Recently, former Florida governor, Jeb Bush announced that he is forming an exploratory committee to determine if he will run for president. The moment he announced his committee, conservative pundits and columnists wrote articles and…
Rank this Week: 256

Medical Marijuana Law Illinois

Medical Marijuana Law Illinois

Covers issues under Illinois' new Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Explores local issues for city, county and village governments and the competitive application process for cultivation center and dispensary licenses. Also highlights the effects of evolving legal and social norms on employers, physicians and other health care professionals.

http://medicalmarijuanalawillinois.com/blog/
  • Dec 20

    Chicago Grants Two More Special Use Permits: Organic Leaf, Euflora

    Chicago Grants Two More Special Use Permits: Organic Leaf, Euflora
    Chicago City Council granted special use permits to two more dispensary applicants: Organic Leaf and Euflora. Four other special use requests were continued to a later date. There are now 11 dispensary applicants and one cultivation center…
  • Dec 17

    Palatine rejects dispensary for perception problem

    Palatine rejects dispensary for perception problem
    Palatine’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to deny Nature’s Care’s special use permit request for a dispensary, even though its Zoning Board voted to grant the request on two earlier occasions. Fear of medicines derived…
  • Dec 16

    Banking in Illinois via Blue Line Compliance Service

    Banking in Illinois via Blue Line Compliance Service
    Banking has been hard for medical cannabis industries, but it doesn’t have to be in Illinois. Our state has the benefit of clear guidance from DOJ and FinCEN, plus we have access to top service professionals who have worked hard to…
Rank this Week: 2358

Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law…

Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law Blog

Covers Inland Empire municipal law, personal injury law, real estate law and small business law.

http://michaelreiterlaw.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 11

New York Public Personnel Law

New York Public Personnel Law

Provides summary and commentary on selected court and administrative decisions and related matters affecting public employers and employees in New York State. By Harvey Randall, Esq.

http://publicpersonnellaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 12

El Blog de Derecho Publico de…

El Blog de Derecho Publico de Sevach

Covers public law and legislation. By Professor J.R. Chaves.

http://contencioso.es/
  • Dec 20

    Obra impresionante y gratuita: el Tratado de Derecho Administrativo de Agustín Gordillo

    Obra impresionante y gratuita: el Tratado de Derecho Administrativo de Agustín Gordillo
    Fin de semana y en vísperas de Navidad es tiempo de lectura, ocio y regalos, así que ahí os ofrezco (al hilo de la Sección de Libros de fin de semana de este blog) como regalo en pdf el Tratado de Derecho…
  • Dec 19

    Cuento burocrático de Navidad, Chaves Dicken

    Cuento burocrático de Navidad, Chaves Dicken
    Ya me ocupé hace tiempo de un día cualquiera de un ciudadano cualquiera sometido al Derecho Administrativo, pero hoy toca una anécdota burocrática más cercana. Tengo un “amigo” ( y ya se sabe el…
  • Dec 17

    Falta del trámite de audiencia : ¿tarjeta amarilla o roja?

    Falta del trámite de audiencia : ¿tarjeta amarilla o roja?
    El principio de audiencia (como sus hermanos gemelos: los principios de defensa y el de contradicción) se alza en la espina dorsal de toda la actuación administrativa pues escuchar al interesado antes de decidir asegura el mayor…
Rank this Week: 650

The TSA Blog

The TSA Blog

Covers innovations in security, technology and the checkpoint screening process. By the Transportation Security Administration.

http://blog.tsa.gov/
Rank this Week: 1637

Politics, Law and Policy Blog

Politics, Law and Policy Blog

Covers policy and political intelligence. By McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP.

http://www.politicsandlawblog.com
  • Dec 19

    Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the State

    Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the State
    By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, CMS released its Draft 2016 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces and…
  • Dec 19

    Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up

    Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up
    By Cindy Gillespie Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, an analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Medicaid Health Plans of America found that…
  • Dec 18

    WATCH: Lisa Ellman and Mark McKinnon at LA Drone Expo

    WATCH: Lisa Ellman and Mark McKinnon at LA Drone Expo
    Watch the McKenna Long UAS team of Lisa Ellman and Mark McKinnon at the LA Drone Expo speaking on “UAV Policy in the United States.” Drone Expo UAS policy panel from trevor fulks on Vimeo.
Rank this Week: 1796

National Indian Law Library --…

National Indian Law Library -- News

Covers Native American legal issues, published by the National Indian Law Library, a public law library devoted to federal Indian and tribal law.

http://nilllibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 19

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 12/19

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 12/19
    * U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2014-2015update.htmlPetition for certiorari was denied in MM&A Productions v. Yavapai-Apache Nation (sovereign immunity, theory of apparent authority) on 12/15/14. See…
  • Dec 12

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 12/12

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 12/12
    * U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2014-2015update.htmlPetition for certiorari was filed in Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. U.S. (self-determination contract, statute of limitations) on 12/02/14.…
  • Dec 5

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 12/05

    NILL added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 12/05
    * U.S. Courts of Appeals Bulletin http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/cta/2014cta.htmlAmador County, California v. U.S. Dep't of Interior (gaming compact, "no-action" approval) * United States Federal Trial Courts Bulletin…
Rank this Week: 4425

Oregon Legal Research

Oregon Legal Research

Features news, tips, and information about Oregon legal research.

http://blog.oregonlegalresearch.com/
  • Dec 19

    CLEs and Books for Oregon Contract Attorneys, and the Lawyers who Hire Them

    CLEs and Books for Oregon Contract Attorneys, and the Lawyers who Hire Them
    PLF has this contract attorney CLE at their website, in CD, DVD, Streaming video, and MP3 formats. We have the CD & print coursebook in our collection (Washington County Law Library). Contract Attorneys: Managing Expectations and Getting…
  • Dec 18

    Multnomah County Circuit Court 2014 Report on the Multnomah Law Library

    Multnomah County Circuit Court 2014 Report on the Multnomah Law Library
    You can read the Multnomah Law Library Report at the PSU CPS website: “This report reviews the current operations of the Multnomah Law Library and makes recommendations, based on best practices, for ways to restructure the Multnomah Law…
  • Dec 18

    U.S. 19th out of 99 in Latest Access to Justice Ranking

    U.S. 19th out of 99 in Latest Access to Justice Ranking
    “Too many shut out of justice, ABA president says: Wlliam C. Hubbard, president of the American Bar Association, calls it “the justice gap.” Deep down, all Americans believe they have a right to their day in court. They…
Rank this Week: 2074

Lobby Comply Blog

Lobby Comply Blog

Covers campaign finance, lobbying, procurement and ethics laws. By State and Federal Communications, Inc.

http://stateandfed.com/lobbycomply/
Rank this Week: 296

New Jersey Senate Republicans

New Jersey Senate Republicans

Provides legislative support to teh Republican senators in the Legislature of the State of New Jersey.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=Rr9IF0xl3RGXd835_w6H4A
  • Dec 19

    Senate Passes Bucco Bill to Expedite Jobs, Cut Local Spending

    Senate Passes Bucco Bill to Expedite Jobs, Cut Local Spending
    Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco to authorize local governments to email permits, receipts and bills was unanimously passed by the state Senate. “This legislation will modernize the way local…
  • Dec 19

    Senate Passes Kean’s Bipartisan Jobs Bill to Foster Innovation

    Senate Passes Kean’s Bipartisan Jobs Bill to Foster Innovation
    Legislation is a key part of Senate Republican’s New Package of Jobs Bills Being Rolled Out Across NJ The state Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to create a post-doctoral fellowship…
  • Dec 18

    Senate Passes Kean Bill to Make NJ a Hub for Driverless Vehicle

    Senate Passes Kean Bill to Make NJ a Hub for Driverless Vehicle
    The state Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to make New Jersey a hub for the development, testing and implementation of driverless vehicles. “The people of New Jersey, our workforce and economy…
Rank this Week: 614

Health Industry Washington Watch

Health Industry Washington Watch

Covers U.S. legislative and regulatory developments affecting the life sciences and health care industry. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.healthindustrywashingtonwatch.com/
Rank this Week: 4065

Small Government Contracts Blog

Small Government Contracts Blog

Offers legal news, notes and commentary of interest to small government contractors. By Steven Koprince.

http://smallgovcon.com/
  • Dec 19

    WOSB Program: Sole Source Contracts are Coming!

    WOSB Program: Sole Source Contracts are Coming!
    Just in time for the holidays, there is good news for WOSBs–sole source contracts are coming! If you have followed SmallGovCon over the past week, you have seen a few posts about changes made to the 2015 National Defense Authorization…
  • Dec 17

    WOSB Program: 2015 NDAA Eliminates Self-Certification

    WOSB Program: 2015 NDAA Eliminates Self-Certification
    With little fanfare, Congress just passed legislation eliminating the ability of WOSBs to self-certify for purposes of WOSB set-aside contracts. The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act rewrites the portion of the Small Business Act…
  • Dec 15

    Thank You, Veterans!

    Thank You, Veterans!
    I am back in the Midwest after traveling to Atlanta last week for the National Veterans Small Business Engagement.  This annual event was everything it was cracked up to be, featuring an incredible array of government officials,…
Rank this Week: 3759

Gavel to Gavel

Gavel to Gavel

Covers trends in legislative activity as it relates to the courts. By the National Center for State Courts.

http://gaveltogavel.us/
Rank this Week: 5018

Corruption Chronicles

Corruption Chronicles

Covers government transparency, accountability and integrity. By Judicial Watch.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/
  • Dec 19

    Gannett Reporter Simultaneously Promotes Obama Policy While Covering it “Objectively”

    Gannett Reporter Simultaneously Promotes Obama Policy While Covering it “Objectively”
    In a scandalous example of corrupt media supporting the Obama agenda, a mainstream newspaper reporter simultaneously wrote “objective news” about the First Lady’s contentious public school lunch program while secretly…
  • Dec 16

    HHS Violates ACORN Funding Ban to Pay for Obamacare Navigator

    HHS Violates ACORN Funding Ban to Pay for Obamacare Navigator
    Despite a 5-year-old congressional ban on federal funding for the notably corrupt Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Judicial Watch has obtained documents that show a chunk of taxpayer money went to an affiliate…
  • Dec 16

    HHS Violates ACORN Funding Ban to Pay for Obamacare Navigator

    HHS Violates ACORN Funding Ban to Pay for Obamacare Navigator
    Despite a 5-year-old congressional ban on federal funding for the notably corrupt Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Judicial Watch has obtained documents that show a chunk of taxpayer money went to an affiliate…
Rank this Week: 2844

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • Dec 19

    CFPB settles with military base retailer and related companies for alleged unlawful debt collection practice

    CFPB settles with military base retailer and related companies for alleged unlawful debt collection practice
    Barbara S. Mishkin As part of this week’s flurry of enforcement-related announcements, the CFPB announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed jointly with the Attorneys General of North Carolina and Virginia  against Freedom Stores,…
  • Dec 18

    CFPB soliciting suggestions for its amicus brief program

    CFPB soliciting suggestions for its amicus brief program
    Alan S. Kaplinsky The Consumer Law & Policy Blog has reproduced a copy of a letter sent yesterday by the CFPB seeking suggested cases for the CFPB’s amicus brief program.  The letter indicates that the amicus program has…
  • Dec 18

    CFPB report highlights inadequate disclosure of campus financial product

    CFPB report highlights inadequate disclosure of campus financial product
    John L. Culhane, Jr. In its fifth annual report on college credit card agreements, the CFPB takes financial institutions as well as colleges and universities to task for failing to adequately disclose their marketing agreements for campus…
Rank this Week: 1415

RegBlog

RegBlog

A regulation blog, in affiliation with the Penn Program on Regulation. From the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

http://www.regblog.org/
Rank this Week: 151

Whistleblower Protection Blog

Whistleblower Protection Blog

Covers legal issues related to corporate malfeasance and protection of whistleblowers. Published by the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund.

http://www.whistleblowersblog.org/
  • Dec 18

    KBR Ordered to Release Documents in Crucial Whistleblower Case

    KBR Ordered to Release Documents in Crucial Whistleblower Case
    The Legal Times reported Thursday that the judge in the case of United States ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton Co. et al, ordered the release of documents to a whistleblower. The case, which arose under the False Claims Act, concerns the largest…
  • Dec 18

    NWC Joins Amicus in SOX Whistleblower Retaliation Case

    NWC Joins Amicus in SOX Whistleblower Retaliation Case
    Yesterday, the National Whistleblower Center joined other groups in filing an amici curiae brief with the Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) in Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, ARB Case No. 13-034.  Joining…
  • Dec 17

    NWC Reports 2014 Successes in Year End Review

    NWC Reports 2014 Successes in Year End Review
    In a review posted today on the National Whistleblower Center website, the whistleblower protection advocacy group thanked it’s supporters and gave a report of the work it accomplished in 2014. The review thanks the members of the…
Rank this Week: 385

Texas Medical Licensing Law Blog

Texas Medical Licensing Law Blog

Covers professional licensing matters and related regulatory issues for health care professionals. By the Leichter Law Firm.

http://www.txmedicallicensinglaw.com/
  • Dec 18

    Recent Changes to the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurse

    Recent Changes to the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurse
    In the past year-and-a-half there have been several changes to the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN). First, the length of participation has been increased from two years to three years for RNs and LVNs and three to five years…
  • Dec 17

    Inappropriate Referrals to the Texas Physician Health Program

    Inappropriate Referrals to the Texas Physician Health Program
      Since its inception several years ago, the Texas Physician Health Program has provided a valuable option for physicians suffering from chemical dependency, serious mental illness, or physical impairment. For appropriate Texas…
  • Feb 28

    An Overview of the Physician Peer Review Process and the Importance of Legal Counsel

    An Overview of the Physician Peer Review Process and the Importance of Legal Counsel
      A hospital peer review has the potential to seriously disrupt a physician’s medical practice, often bringing with it a cascade of legal consequences that can devastate a health professional's practice and reputation. If you…
Rank this Week: 4381

Whistleblower Lawyer News

Whistleblower Lawyer News

Covers whistleblower and government law. By Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Newman & Associates.

http://www.whistleblowerlawyernews.com/
  • Dec 18

    Hospital acquired conditions results in Medicare sanctions for 700+ hospital

    Hospital acquired conditions results in Medicare sanctions for 700+ hospital
    The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) has announced that 724 hospitals on the bottom score concerning patients that have adverse events during hospital stays will suffer financial penalties, the amount of which will vary based on…
  • Dec 17

    Countrywide whistleblower awarded more than $57 million for helping Uncle Sam

    Countrywide whistleblower awarded more than $57 million for helping Uncle Sam
      Edward O’Donnell, a former Countrywide Financial executive turned financial crisis whistle-blower is collecting more than $57 million for his role in forcing Bank of America to pay $16.65 billion penalty in connection with its…
  • Dec 16

    Harvard Business School grad Waltham financial advisor charged with securities fraud

    Harvard Business School grad Waltham financial advisor charged with securities fraud
    Harvard Business School grad Daniel Thibeault Founder of Waltham Massachusetts company Graduate Leverage LLC  was charged on a securities fraud charge in connection with an alleged scheme to use his mutual fund’s money to issue…
Rank this Week: 1426

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Covers disability and social security, elder law, and VA benefits.

http://legalnewsyoucanuse.com/
  • Dec 18

    Army Review Boards Agency New Webpage for Discharge Upgrades . . . And a Residual Question

    Army Review Boards Agency New Webpage for Discharge Upgrades . . . And a Residual Question
    On the heels of DoD Secretary Hagel and DA Secretary McHugh’s recent guidance concerning applications for discharge upgrades when there is an underlying issue concerning post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Army Review Boards…
  • Dec 16

    Appealing reductions in PCA hours under Medicaid

    Appealing reductions in PCA hours under Medicaid
    If the State Medicaid program cuts your hours of service, appeal, appeal, appeal. NJ Medicaid  administers certain of its home care services through a program called the Personal Preference Program. The number of allocated hours of…
  • Dec 12

    Veterans Consultation . . . What Does a VSO/Attorney Need to See

    Veterans Consultation . . . What Does a VSO/Attorney Need to See
    Rarely a day goes by where a veteran — some days a baker’s dozen — does not contact me via email (sdirector@finkrosner.com) or telephone ((732) 382-6070) concerning issues they are having with the Department of Veterans…
Rank this Week: 2558

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Covers military law for trial practitioners and military members. By The Law Office of Philip D. Cave.

http://www.court-martial-ucmj.com/
  • Dec 18

    Sexual misconduct in the Brig

    Sexual misconduct in the Brig
    The Marine Corps Times reports the court-martial conviction of a female guard at Miramar Naval Consolidated Brig, CA. Kohlman’s misconduct came to light when the prisoner, Shane Bardes, came forward last year with a detailed…
  • Dec 17

    Military justice humour

    Military justice humour
  • Dec 15

    For your calendar

    For your calendar
    At the 2015 Innocence Summit, the nation’s leading prosecutors, researchers, defense attorneys, citizen activists, exonerees, and others will come together to debate how the Innocence Movement can overcome old…
Rank this Week: 146

Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot

Nancy Rapoport's Blogspot

Covers governance in higher education and in law firms, bankruptcy ethics, popular culture and the law, Enron and other corporate fiascos, and professional responsibility generally. By Nancy Rapoport, a law professor at UNLV's Boyd School of Law.

http://nancyrapoport.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 18

    Bad customer service winner of the week--Ulta.com.

    Bad customer service winner of the week--Ulta.com.
    Apparently, Ulta, "we promise to answer your question in 24 hours" does not mean what you think it does.  Ten days and waiting, and you already shipped the order for which I had questions without first answering the questions.  BAD…
  • Dec 11

    Our amicus brief in ASARCO was filed yesterday.

    Our amicus brief in ASARCO was filed yesterday.
    And it's here.
  • Dec 4

    Why doesn't Fitbit trust its customers?

    Why doesn't Fitbit trust its customers?
    I have a Fitbit Charge.  I have that, instead of the Jawbone, because my Jawbone broke repeatedly and had to have a soft restart about once every two weeks.  Now I have the Charge, which would be better, if it held a charge longer…
Rank this Week: 401

AOTUS - Collector in Chief

AOTUS - Collector in Chief

Covers National Archives news. By David S. Ferriero of the National Archives.

http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/
  • Dec 17

    Presidential Innovation Fellows at the National Archive

    Presidential Innovation Fellows at the National Archive
    Throughout the halls of government, perhaps no word is more often cited than ‘innovation.’ While there’s no doubt that innovation holds the key to envisioning government’s work in the future, I’ll admit that…
  • Dec 8

    Creating a 21st Century Museum for the Mind

    Creating a 21st Century Museum for the Mind
    In a recent Wall Street Journal piece on the digital Einstein Papers Project, Walter Isaacson, waxed poetical about the “tingling inspiration of seeing original documents.”  Every day I am lucky to witness that…
  • Dec 5

    Thanks, Natalie

    Thanks, Natalie
    In September 2010, I blogged about a Revolutionary War spy whose descendant, Natalie Nicholson, was one of my early mentors in the MIT Libraries.  When I started shelving books in the Humanities Library at MIT, Natalie was the Associate…
Rank this Week: 4770

Legislative Blog

Legislative Blog

The official Americans United blog on legislation and activities of lawmakers.

https://www.au.org/blogs/legislative
  • Dec 17

    South Carolina Catastrophe

    South Carolina Catastrophe
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeAlthough the South Carolina legislature doesn’t officially convene until January 13th, it has already pre-filed an onslaught of bills that could violate the separation of church and state.EducationSenate Bill…
  • Dec 5

    Michigan RFRA Bill Rushed Through, Effort for Bipartisanship Major Failure

    Michigan RFRA Bill Rushed Through, Effort for Bipartisanship Major Failure
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeState RFRA bills are now largely pushed as a way for people and for-profit corporations to skirt state and federal discrimination, public safety, and health laws in the name of religion.Legislators rushed the…
  • Dec 4

    Civil Rights and Religious Freedom in Michigan

    Civil Rights and Religious Freedom in Michigan
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeThis morning, Michigan’s House Judiciary Committee discussed and voted out Speaker Jase Bolger’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill, HB 5958. Some members of the committee offered amendments,…
Rank this Week: 2472

Legislation Law Prof Blog

Legislation Law Prof Blog

Edited by Sara K. Rankin, Joel Rogers, Kevin Barry and Emily Benfer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legislation_law/
  • Dec 17

    Breaking Policy News: US and Cuba Seek to Normalize Relation

    Breaking Policy News: US and Cuba Seek to Normalize Relation
    In the most significant change in US policy toward Cuba since the 1960s, President Obama and Raul Castro spoke Tuesday (the first direct communication between a US and Cuban leader since 1961) about normalizing relations. This announcement…
  • Dec 15

    US Receives Failing Grade on Human Right to Housing Report Card

    US Receives Failing Grade on Human Right to Housing Report Card
    The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) recently released its Housing Report Card, giving the United States a failing grade. NLCHP’s report card examines the current level of US compliance with the human right to…
  • Dec 12

    FBI’s First Ever Report on Hate Crimes Based on Gender Identity. Underwhelming.

    FBI’s First Ever Report on Hate Crimes Based on Gender Identity. Underwhelming.
    Under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the FBI began collecting data on hate crimes committed on the basis of gender identity last year. The FBI presented that data for the first time in this...
Rank this Week: 2861

Constitutionalism & Democracy

Constitutionalism & Democracy

A law blog by Albany Law School Professor Stephen Gottlieb and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship James Gathii

http://constitutionalismanddemocracy.wordpress.com/
  • Dec 17

    “Enhanced Interrogation”

    “Enhanced Interrogation”
    We’ve been hearing people talk about “enhanced interrogation” for quite a while. Then the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on the CIA’s use of torture was released this week. And we got another dose of…
  • Dec 9

    Killing Garner

    Killing Garner
    Are we safer with or without the police around? When juries, grand juries and prosecutors regularly decide that plain, on camera, evidence doesn’t show murder, what protects people? It’s too dangerous to put your key in your front…
  • Dec 2

    Libertarians on and off the Court

    Libertarians on and off the Court
    Most Supreme Court justices are libertarians in some sense. But what kind and for whom varies widely. We all believe we have rights to decide lots of things for ourselves. But what are the limits? The more “conservative” the…
Rank this Week: 4798

Government Contracts Legal Forum

Government Contracts Legal Forum

Covers government contract issues including contract formation, strategies, bid protests and contract interpretation. By Crowell Moring.

http://www.governmentcontractslegalforum.com/
Rank this Week: 954

Government Contracts Blog

Government Contracts Blog

The latest updates on developments affecting government contracts. Published by Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.governmentcontractslawblog.com/
  • Dec 16

    Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!
    Sheppard Mullin’s Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Group Wishes You And Yours The Happiest Of Holidays In 2014 And Much Success In 2015.… Continue Reading
  • Nov 21

    Cyber-Breach & NISPOM Conforming Change 2 – It’s What’s on the Inside That Count

    Cyber-Breach & NISPOM Conforming Change 2 – It’s What’s on the Inside That Count
    Most companies are worried about external threats – things that are coming at their people, their group, their company, their government, all from an outside actor.  Like government’s with an eye on counter-intelligence,…
  • Nov 21

    “How Dare You Charge That for a Spare Part!” – The Untold Story of the X27 Interface Assembly

    “How Dare You Charge That for a Spare Part!” – The Untold Story of the X27 Interface Assembly
    The pricing of spare parts has been a subject of Government criticism for decades.  Pick up any DCAA or IG audit report relating to spare parts or any intra-agency memorandum on the topic and you will sense the dudgeon with which the…
Rank this Week: 4446

Infra Insight Blog

Infra Insight Blog

Covers infrastructure news, policy and industry developments. By Nossaman LLP.

http://www.infrainsightblog.com
  • Dec 16

    Benefits of P3 Model – Rebuttal of Ontario Auditor General’s Report

    Benefits of P3 Model – Rebuttal of Ontario Auditor General’s Report
    Posted by Mark Romoff, President and CEO, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships On December 9, 2014, Ontario’s Auditor General released her 2014 Annual Report, sharply criticizing Ontario’s Alternative Financing and…
  • Dec 15

    Emerging Trends in Project Delivery: Design-Build-Maintain Contracting for Surface Transportation Project

    Emerging Trends in Project Delivery: Design-Build-Maintain Contracting for Surface Transportation Project
    In the modern U.S. history of public-private partnerships, the prevailing project delivery models have been the toll concession and the availability payment contract.  In both cases, the private party raises equity and debt financing and…
  • Dec 15

    AASHTO Accepting Applications for Director, Project Finance Institute

    AASHTO Accepting Applications for Director, Project Finance Institute
    AASHTO is now accepting applications for the position of Director, AASHTO Project Finance Institute. The application deadline is Friday, January 2, 2015, and the full position description can be found in this AASHTO Journal entry.
Rank this Week: 4109

Whistleblower Qui Tam Lawyer Blog

Whistleblower Qui Tam Lawyer Blog

Provides updates and commentary on whistleblower cases. By McCabe Rabin, P.A.

http://www.whistleblowerquitamlawyerblog.com/
  • Dec 16

    Research Foundation Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Case

    Research Foundation Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Case
    The State University of New York’s Research Foundation (“Research Foundation”) has agreed to settle claims brought by five whistleblowers in a qui tam lawsuit filed in 2010 under the False Claims Act that it knowingly…
  • Dec 12

    Defense Contractor Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Case

    Defense Contractor Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Case
    The Justice Department announced that defense contractors Supreme Foodservice GmbH, Supreme Foodservice FZE, and their subsidiaries (collectively “Supreme”) have agreed to settle criminal and civil allegations by a whistleblower…
  • Dec 9

    OtisMed Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Allegation

    OtisMed Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Allegation
    OtisMed Corporation (“OtisMed”) has agreed to pay over $80 million to resolve criminal and civil allegations by a whistleblower in a qui tam suit that it and one of its former executives violated the False Claims Act and Food,…
Rank this Week: 855

Greenversations

Greenversations

Official blog of US EPA.

http://blog.epa.gov/blog
  • Dec 16

    Home Page Going Mobile

    Home Page Going Mobile
    By Danny Hart Did you know we have a mobile website? For the last several years, this small version of our full site has provided a limited set of resources that work well on small screens. But it’s always been missing many features we…
  • Dec 12

    Let’s Talk About 40 Years of Safe Drinking Water

    Let’s Talk About 40 Years of Safe Drinking Water
    By Peter Grevatt This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. We’ve made such incredible progress in improving the safety of the water we drink over the past 40 years that today we almost take it for granted.…
  • Dec 10

    Food Waste Diversion is Key to a Sustainable Community

    Food Waste Diversion is Key to a Sustainable Community
    By Lillianne Brown Editor’s note: We’re happy to have this blog post from one of this year’s President’s Environmental Youth Award winners. Over 20% of our country’s landfills consist of food we throw away. When…
Rank this Week: 73

Local Open Government Blog

Local Open Government Blog

Covers legal issues on open government laws in Washington state and the rest of the nation. By Foster Pepper.

http://www.localopengovernment.com/
Rank this Week: 4228

Federal Regulations Advisor

Federal Regulations Advisor

Provides insights and commentary on U.S. government regulatory affairs. By Leland E. Beck.

http://www.fedregsadvisor.com/
Rank this Week: 209

White Collar Alert

White Collar Alert

Provides news and insight to counsel and legal observers concerning white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, government litigation and regulatory compliance. By Montgomery McCracken.

http://whitecollarblog.mmwr.com
  • Dec 12

    UPDATE: Second Circuit Reverses “Downstream Tippee” Conviction

    UPDATE: Second Circuit Reverses “Downstream Tippee” Conviction
    This guest post was authored by our colleague Mark B. Sheppard, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. Mark focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, SEC Enforcement and complex commercial civil litigation. He can…
  • Dec 11

    Britain’s Serious Fraud Office Secures First Convictions Under Bribery Act

    Britain’s Serious Fraud Office Secures First Convictions Under Bribery Act
    Last Friday, news came from across the Atlantic that Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) had successfully obtained its first series of convictions under the UK’s Bribery Act of 2010 (the “Bribery Act”),…
  • Dec 4

    ABA Task Force Proposes Significant Change to Fraud Guideline

    ABA Task Force Proposes Significant Change to Fraud Guideline
    When the U.S. Sentencing Commission adopted the original Sentencing Guidelines in 1987, it sought to ensure that white collar offenders faced “short but definite period[s] of confinement.” U.S. Sentencing Commission, Fifteen Years…
Rank this Week: 2512

Subject to Inquiry

Subject to Inquiry

Looks at white collar, congressional, SEC, energy enforcement and other government inquiries. By McGuireWoods.

http://www.subjecttoinquiry.com/
  • Dec 12

    CFPB Reaches Settlement Agreement with Debt Relief Company and Law Firm

    CFPB Reaches Settlement Agreement with Debt Relief Company and Law Firm
    Last Thursday, December 4, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reached a settlement agreement with Premier Consulting Group LLC  and the  Law Office of Michael Lupoloverrequiring the defendants to pay a fine…
  • Dec 9

    A Question of Ethics: The Year in Government Ethic

    A Question of Ethics: The Year in Government Ethic
    Roll Call | December 9, 2014 As long as there are governments, there will be government corruption. The temptations to abuse power are never going away, and neither is human frailty, which means government ethics will remain an important…
  • Dec 9

    Public Databases Increase Qui Tam Risk for Healthcare Provider

    Public Databases Increase Qui Tam Risk for Healthcare Provider
    In 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released two new sources of data that are intended to increase transparency related to federal payments to physicians. They also, however, present a risk of being used by…
Rank this Week: 2858

Government Contracts Blog

Government Contracts Blog

Covers government contracts, bid protests, and contract disputes. By Brown Rudnick.

http://brownrudnick.com/blog/government-contracts/
  • Dec 10

    Small Business Size Status is a Big Deal

    Small Business Size Status is a Big Deal
    Large and small contractors who think they don’t need to understand the Small Business Administration’s complex “affiliation” rules have a new reason to think again. On November 26, 2014, a company called JGB…
  • Dec 8

    A Protest Win by Corrective Action May Be Just as Sweet

    A Protest Win by Corrective Action May Be Just as Sweet
    Government contractors that invested significant sums in preparing a proposal only to have it misevaluated or to have the award go to a competitor who seems less deserving often ask themselves the same question that the noted procurement…
  • Oct 8

    A good reminder from GAO about responding to agency requests for information.

    A good reminder from GAO about responding to agency requests for information.
    There are some protest grounds that the Government Accountability Office won’t consider because it considers them to be “contract administration” issues.  Contract administration issues deal with actual performance of…
Rank this Week: 4140

New Jersey Public Safety Officers…

New Jersey Public Safety Officers Law Blog

Covers employment issues related to corrections officers, firefighters, and police officers in New Jersey. By Frank M. Crivelli of Arpaia and Crivelli.

http://www.njpublicsafetyofficers.com/
  • Dec 9

    Open Letter from NJ State PBA President Patrick Colligan on the Recent Unrest Against Police

    Open Letter from NJ State PBA President Patrick Colligan on the Recent Unrest Against Police
    Given the unrest that has erupted throughout our country in response to two Grand Jury decisions that failed to return True Bill’s of Indictment, we came across this letter from PBA President Patrick Colligan that offers an opinion from…
  • Dec 5

    Will New Jersey’s Pension Fund Run Dry in Four Years?

    Will New Jersey’s Pension Fund Run Dry in Four Years?
    As reported in NJ.COM, New Jersey’s unfunded public employee pension liabilities have soared to $83 billion, more than double previous estimates, as the state comes into compliance with new accounting rules, according to a report…
  • Dec 3

    South Hunterdon County Municipalities to Discuss the Consolodation of Public Safety Service

    South Hunterdon County Municipalities to Discuss the Consolodation of Public Safety Service
    As reported in NJ.Com. the Mayors of the three South Hunterdon municipalities with local police forces are talking about a regionalized department and are moving forward with the support of county Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III and…
Rank this Week: 776

Fracking Insider

Fracking Insider

Covers federal policy and regulatory developments related to hydraulic fracturing. By Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

http://www.frackinginsider.com
  • Dec 8

    Study Finds Chemicals in Fracking Fluids No More Toxic Than Common Household Product

    Study Finds Chemicals in Fracking Fluids No More Toxic Than Common Household Product
    A study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that surfactant chemicals extracted from samples of hydraulic fracturing fluids are no more toxic than common household products. The researchers’ November…
  • Dec 1

    DOE Authorizes LNG Export from Freeport Terminal

    DOE Authorizes LNG Export from Freeport Terminal
    The Department of Energy has issued the two final authorizations (here and here) for Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., and FLNG Liquefaction, LLC (Freeport), to export domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries with which the U.S. does not…
  • Nov 25

    Senate Committee Staff Release Report Espousing Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing

    Senate Committee Staff Release Report Espousing Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing
    In the final days before the November election, the  Republican (then minority) staff of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released a report outlining the domestic economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing, entitled…
Rank this Week: 1848

False Claims Counsel

False Claims Counsel

Covers False Claims Act and related statutes. By Ben Vernia.

http://www.falseclaimscounsel.com/wordpress
  • Dec 7

    Rite-Aid pays nearly $3 million over gift card kickback allegation

    Rite-Aid pays nearly $3 million over gift card kickback allegation
    On December 3, the Department of Justice announced that Rite-Aid Corp. had agreed to pay $2.99 million to settle a whistleblower’s allegations that the company violated the antikickback statute and submitted false claims by handing out…
  • Dec 7

    Georgia hospice settles whistleblower suit for nearly $600,000

    Georgia hospice settles whistleblower suit for nearly $600,000
    On December 2, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia announced that a Dublin, Georgia hospice, had agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to settle allegations, originally brought by a whistleblower, of false Medicare claims…
  • Dec 7

    Texas ear, nose, and throat practice settles false claims allegations with OIG-HHS for over $200k

    Texas ear, nose, and throat practice settles false claims allegations with OIG-HHS for over $200k
    On December 3, the Office of Inspector General of HHS announced (no permalink available) that a Texas otolaryngology practice had paid over $200,000 to resolve allegations that it had submitted false claims to federal health care programs.…
Rank this Week: 561

Colorado Common Law

Colorado Common Law

Covers state public record law, civil rights, and obscenity. By Joe Thomas.

http://cocommonlaw.com
  • Dec 4

    Denver Sheriff and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    Denver Sheriff and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
    The Denver Sheriff Department is not completely blind to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as it appears the agency could be with some of the abuse allegations lately. Responding to my public records request under the Colorado…
  • Nov 28

    Denver Sheriff’s Taser Use on the Mentally Ill

    Denver Sheriff’s Taser Use on the Mentally Ill
    Law enforcement needs to treat all people within their care with fairness and reasonableness.  This includes people with disabilities. Earlier this month, the Denver Post reported 1 Noelle Phillips, Denver Jail’s Taser Use At Odds…
  • Nov 25

    Remember Legal Non-Profits on Colorado Gives Day

    Remember Legal Non-Profits on Colorado Gives Day
    With Thanksgiving just a few short days away this is the season of giving.  There are many, many great non-profits out there to give to that do tremendous work and are in need of donations. In addition to Thanksgiving, December 9, is…
Rank this Week: 2191

Whistleblower Legal Update Blog

Whistleblower Legal Update Blog

A forum for thoughts, analysis, and ideas on the pressing issues facing whistleblowers today. By Stone & Magnanini, L.L.P.

http://www.whistleblowerlegalupdate.com/
  • Dec 4

    Federal Court in FCA Case Approves the Use of Statistical Sampling to Prove Liability

    Federal Court in FCA Case Approves the Use of Statistical Sampling to Prove Liability
    The use of statistical sampling has long been an effective tool of prosecutors and plaintiffs for calculating damages in highly complex cases in which vast amounts of data must be considered in assessing the extent of the harm caused by a…
  • Nov 24

    To Go to Trial, or Not Go to Trial, That is the Question

    To Go to Trial, or Not Go to Trial, That is the Question
    While not always as drastic as deciding between life and death, as in Hamlet, False Claims Act cases are no different from other civil actions where the parties proceed to trial while strategically weighing the probabilities of a favorable…
  • Mar 15

    The False Claims Act: Off-Label Marketing and the First Amendment

    The False Claims Act: Off-Label Marketing and the First Amendment
    Off-label marketing cases under the False Claims Act have always been complex and difficult to bring. Unlike more straight forward cases involving $10,000 hammers or non-existent medical procedures, off-label marketing cases involve a…
Rank this Week: 2381

Public Blawg

Public Blawg

Cover eminent domain, labor and employment, land use, public power, redevelopment and taxation. By Meyers Nave.

http://www.publiclawnews.com/blogs/public-blawg
Rank this Week: 3140