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16 Apr 2014, 10:26 am by Steve Hall
"Abbott faces thorny choice," is the Associated Press report, via the Longview News-Journal. The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don’t dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed... [read post]
16 Apr 2014, 10:02 am by David Lat
Should Mayer Brown be ashamed for taking this case? [read post]
16 Apr 2014, 6:31 am by Howard Wasserman
To absolutely no one's surprise, a panel of the D.C. Circuit rejected the challenge to the constitutionality of the Senate's filibuster rule (shout-out to Josh Chafetz and Michael Gerhardt for the citation). The district court had found none of the plaintiffs (Common Cause, some members of the House, and some people who would have benefitted from certain filibustered bills, notably the DISCLOSE Act and the DREAM Act) lacked standing--none had not suffered any cognizable injury in fact, they could… [read post]
16 Apr 2014, 6:00 am by admin
[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In order to have a plot, you have to have a conflict; something bad has to happen. – Mike Judge. As we saw in Part 1 and Part 2, The Lower East Side of Manhattan was a crucible of the changes sweeping American cities during the 1960s.  A protest (over a police shooting of 15-year-old James Powell): Harlem, 1964 With the slow collapse of the industrial-manufacturing city model, and nothing rising… [read post]
16 Apr 2014, 5:00 am by Eric Bates
Imagine hundreds of tons of melting ice the size of apartment complexes falling into the sea. Now imagine 80 of the world’s largest cities underwater because of that melted ice (think of the movie Waterworld without terrible acting by Kevin Costner). Oh, and imagine this catastrophe being entirely our fault. Devastating weather patterns have received a lot of attention in the news lately. Sea level rise is one of the most, if not the most, alarming event that shows climate how change is laying… [read post]
16 Apr 2014, 4:29 am by Bill Otis
My post yesterday describing White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler's remarks about Presidential clemency did not go nearly far enough.  Now that I take a closer look at the AP report, I have to wonder whether something very, very broad is afoot. Specifically, I wonder whether the President is planning to implement the heart of the Smarter Sentencing Act on his own.  It would scarcely be the first time this President by-passed Congress.Here is what Ms. Ruemmler is reported to have… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 10:03 pm by News Desk
The most recent ban on equine inspections by USDA meat inspectors has moved the horse slaughter debate up to Canada’s House of Commons. A Member of Parliament (MP) from southeastern British Columbia hopes that a final hour of debate next month can persuade the country’s federal lawmakers to pass his bill limiting slaughter only to those horses raised as feed animals with complete medical records. MP Alex Atamanenko’s legislation (C-571) is a private member’s bill, meaning… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 10:01 pm by Dan Flynn
The 108-year-old American Meat Institute is close to a merger with the two-year-old North American Meat Association. Among other roles, the new organization will direct the meat industry’s approach to food safety. What gives? James Marsden, Regent’s Distinguished Professor of Food Safety at Kansas State University, answered that question Monday in his regular Meatingplace column. He predicted that the new association resulting from the merger will represent a “new beginning”… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 7:52 pm by Kevin Funnell
Venable LLP's Randy Shaheen and Amy Mudge might just be prime candidates for guest posts on Bank Lawyer's Blog. A recent "All About Advertising Law" post launched a snark attack that made this blogger proud. The victim was every banker's bête noire, the CFPB, and the cause for the caustic comments was the CFPB's apparent hypocrisy. According to the American Banker, an outspoken critic of indirect auto lenders, Harry Douglas Lane, was in the audience at a recent CFPB forum and was called upon… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 9:43 am by
"A majority of carriage drivers and stable hands are recent immigrants, often raised on farms in their home countries."They love their jobs and their horses, and they take pride in being ambassadors for this great city. I can’t help but see the proposed ban as a class issue: Their livelihoods are now at risk because the animal-rights opponents of the industry are well funded by real-estate interests, which has led to speculation that this powerful lobby wishes to develop the West Side… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 5:23 am by
"... it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers." [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 5:00 am by Sam Uretsky
New York is a blue state, although like all blue states, the shade varies with the population density. Last November, three-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg left office and was replaced by Bill de Blasio. Mayor Bloomberg has an estimated net worth of $33 billion and is the 11th richest person in the United States. (Forbes lists him at $32 billion and #17, but since Mayor Bloomberg bought Business Week magazine, there may be an element of rivalry involved.) Mr. Bloomberg was, overall, a good mayor, but… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 10:12 pm by admin
[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire. – Christopher Lehmann-Haupt Yesterday’s Part 1 introduced us to William Rapfogel, protege of both Sheldon Silver (Assemblyman from the Lower East Side, and long-serving Speaker of the New York Assembly) and Ed Koch (mayor from 1978 through 1989, preceded by Beame, succeeded by Dinkins), and a parcel that became known as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), “the… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 10:02 pm by Dr. Douglas Powell
(This was posted April 10, 2014, at and is reposted here by permission.) A former colleague at Kansas State University asked me yesterday if I would deliver my annual talk with summer public health students despite being unceremoniously dumped last year. I said, “Sure, I’ll always talk with students: they shouldn’t have to suffer from administration incompetence.” (I pre-record the talk, send a bunch of background material and then Skype in for discussion;… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 9:45 pm by Daniel E. Walters
Cary Coglianese, Director of the Penn Program on Regulation and Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science Competing and extreme claims about the relationship between regulation and jobs pervade political debate in Washington, D.C.  Some politicians claim that regulations kill significant numbers of jobs by increasing the cost of production, while others claim that regulations create jobs by creating new products and new opportunities for investment.  Ultimately… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 5:54 pm by Richard Frank
What a difference a drought makes. Once upon a time, a fundamental attribute of home ownership in California and the American West was an expansive, verdant lawn surrounding private homes, townhouses and apartment complexes. Indeed, some communities have historically imposed permit conditions or adopted local ordinances mandating the inclusion and maintenance of lush, healthy lawns as part of residential properties and communities. But local governments and individual residents are increasingly… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 3:19 pm by Mike Hower
In a recent New York Times op-ed, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro argues that “the claims that Venezuela has a deficient democracy and that current protests represent mainstream sentiment are belied by the facts” and “the antigovernment protests are being carried out by people in the wealthier segments of society who seek to reverse the gains of the democratic process that have benefited the vast majority of the people.” Western media has been disingenuous in… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 12:58 pm by admin
Storytelling is about two things; it’s about character and plot. – George Lucas. By: David A. Smith They grew up in the same circles, and they came of age politically together.  For almost four decades, they did favors for one another, because that is what friends do.  Eventually, one of them, the youngest, the protege, went bad. The power, my friends, is voting in the booths The power is voting in the booths Along the way, did they stymie development for their own… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 11:51 am by Tim Eavenson
Hello, everybody!  It’s so great to be with you! I say that sincerely, because, you know, I had a near-death experience this month. Or, rather, my blog did. See, I just formed this new law firm, and whilst moving some data over to our new domain –* - I accidentally deleted Current Employment. Like deleted it. Like when you read those instructions from WordPress and they say “be careful what you do on the backend of your blog” and… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 11:33 am by Don Rollins
If you’re into perennially tanned, complex political figures not named John Boehner, meet Florida’s Charlie Crist. If the name sounds familiar, maybe it’s because Crist has an uncanny aptitude for remaining relevant no matter the times. Over the course of the last seven years, he’s been elected governor, switched parties (Republican to independent to Democrat), ran for the U.S. senate, and is presently the odds-on frontrunner to get his old job back. But as the gubernatorial… [read post]