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The State of Campaign Finance Policy: Recent Developments and Issues for Congress

The State of Campaign Finance Policy: Recent Developments and Issues for Congress. R. Sam Garrett, Specialist in American National Government. June 23, 2016. “Major changes have occurred in campaign finance policy since 2002, when Congress substantially amended campaign finance law via the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA). The Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United… Continue Reading

The European Union: Current Challenges and Future Prospects, updated June 21, 2016 (pre-Brexit)

The European Union: Current Challenges and Future Prospects – Kristin Archick. Specialist in European Affairs. June 21, 2016. “The European Union (EU) is a unique partnership in which member states have pooled sovereignty in certain policy areas and harmonized laws on a wide range of economic, social, and political issues. The EU is the latest… Continue Reading

Google updates maps and earth

Keeping Earth up to date and looking great – “Three years ago we introduced a cloud-free mosaic of the world in Google Earth. Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before. Satellite images are often… Continue Reading

Democrats Issue Benghazi Report and Release Interview Transcripts

News release: “Today, the Democratic Members of the Select Committee on Benghazi issued a 339-page report entitled, “Honoring Courage, Improving Security, and Fighting the Political Exploitation of a Tragedy.”  Democrats also released all of the unclassified interview transcripts in their possession so the American people can read them for themselves….” Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Refundable Tax Credits, Veterans Crisis Line, Highway Trust Fund

Refundable Tax Credits: Comprehensive Compliance Strategy and Expanded Use of Data Could Strengthen IRS’s Efforts to Address Noncompliance, GAO-16-475: Published: May 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2016. Veterans Crisis Line: Additional Testing, Monitoring, and Information Needed to Ensure Better Quality Service, GAO-16-373: Published: May 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2016 Highway Trust Fund:… Continue Reading

Ruth Bader Ginsberg – “It is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women”

Laura Bassett: “In a 5-3 ruling on Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down a pair of Texas abortion restrictions that would have shut down dozens of clinics across the state. While Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Justice Stephen Breyer in his majority opinion, she penned  her own scathing concurring opinion that, in one… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Bots, Big Data, Blockchain, and AI – Disruption or Incremental Change?

Via LLRX.com – Bots, Big Data, Blockchain, and AI – Disruption or Incremental Change? – Ron Friedmann discusses the potential, likely and unlikely impact of high profile disruptive technologies on Big Law – including Bid Data. blockchain, AI and bots. Continue Reading

New on LLRX – About Microaggressions

Via LLRX.com – About Microaggressions – Professor Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. discusses the concepts of microaggressions (including microassaults, microinsults and microinvalidations) specifically against LGBT individuals, and proposes some solutions to preventing microaggressions from occurring within one’s organization. Continue Reading

Food, the UK and the EU: Brexit or Bremain?

Note – The Brexit vote took place on June 23, 2016 and the referendum decision to leave the EU was won by majority vote. This paper, written before the vote,  addresses the details of the referendum and the potential impact of a decision, on food policy – a dynamic and significant issue within the UK… Continue Reading

Unless You Ask A Guide For Law Departments To Get More From External Relationships

Unless You Ask A Guide For Law Departments To Get More From External Relationships By D. Casey Flaherty. Sponsored by ACC Legal Ops External Resources Interest Group (this 84 page book is free). Via Three Geeks and a Law Blog. “You should be asking your external providers to get demonstrably better. Stripped to its most… Continue Reading

Yale Researchers Map 6,000 Years of Urban Settlements

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies – “As the growth of cities worldwide transforms humans into an “urban species,” many scholars question the sustainability of modern urbanization. But in reality there aren’t much data on long-term historical urbanization trends and patterns. A recent Yale-led study offers new clarity on these historical trends, providing the… Continue Reading

Secession USA: A Proposal for a 50-State Solution

McGee, Robert W., Secession USA: A Proposal for a 50-State Solution (June 24, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2800429 “The UK’s recent exit from the European Union has sparked new interest in secession and has generated debate on the right to secede. The majority of people in the United States are either dissatisfied or… Continue Reading