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How to Locate the Bills and Amendments a Member of Congress has Sponsored or Cosponsored in

In Custodia Legis – Robert Brammer: “One of the questions we are frequently asked is how to locate a bill or amendment that a member of Congress has sponsored or cosponsored. There are a few ways to do this on…”

ABA releases sexual harassment handbook for lawyers

“Amid renewed national attention on workplace sexual misconduct and bullying, the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession has released a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment. The manual, “Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession,” contains practical advice for legal employers and employees,… Continue Reading

March 24 2018 March For Our Lives – Find an event by location

A reminder that Saturday March 24 there will be a march in Washington DC, and in other cities and towns throughout the country.  The March For Our Lives site states: “On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become… Continue Reading

Report – Opioid Deaths Continue to Surge in New York State

“The opioid epidemic continues to ravage the nation. The sad fact is no matter the region of the country, there are people struggling with opioid addiction. Not only is every region touched, no group — rich or poor, rural or urban, black or white, men or women — is immune from the epidemic’s devastating effects.… Continue Reading

Dire predictions for current and forthcoming tax seasons as IRS IT systems decline

NextGov – The IRS System Processing Your Taxes is Almost 60 Years Old: “One of the IRS’ most important tax-processing applications is old enough to be a grandparent, and officials warn a failure during tax season could have dire economic ramifications or delay tax refunds for 100 million Americans. The Individual Master File, a massive… Continue Reading

Climate Change Could Force Over 140 Million to Migrate Within Countries by 2050

“The worsening impacts of climate change in three densely populated regions of the world could see over 140 million people move within their countries’ borders by 2050, creating a looming human crisis and threatening the development process, a new World Bank Group report finds. But with concerted action – including global efforts to cut greenhouse… Continue Reading

Combating Government Secrecy through Freedom of Information

New Sunshine Week report shares best practices to maximize the power of FOIA – “In response to a growing culture of government secrecy, people are seeking new ways to defend their right to information and combat intensifying threats to transparency and accountability. Openness advocates, journalists, litigators and grassroots organizations working on a range of policy… Continue Reading

Report Documents Google’s Academic Influence in Europe

From the Campaign for Accountability Report: “Over the past decade, Google has invested heavily in European academic institutions to develop an influential network of friendly academics, paying tens of millions of euros to think tanks, universities and professors that write research papers supporting its business interests. Those academics and institutions span the length and breadth… Continue Reading

Implications of Cambridge Analytica scandal widen in scope as do responses

Numerous follow-ups to my posting yesterday – NYT, Guardian – How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions – UK Channel Four Television has a report on the widening depth and breath of this scandal – An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world.… Continue Reading

Paper – Law, Metaphor, and the Encrypted Machine

Gill, Lex, Law, Metaphor, and the Encrypted Machine (March 12, 2018). Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 72, Volume 13, Issue 16, 2018. Available at SSRN: “The metaphors we use to imagine, describe and regulate new technologies have profound legal implications. This paper offers a critical examination of the metaphors we choose to describe… Continue Reading

30 Companies Getting the Most From the Government

24/7 Wall St: “As an economic power, the U.S. government is a juggernaut without equal. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. government spent $4.0 trillion in 2017. While the largest shares of the federal government’s annual expenditures go towards benefit programs like Social Security and Medicaid, hundreds of billions of federal dollars also… Continue Reading

NYT, Guardian – How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

During the election cycle in 2016, my FB page was routinely slammed with hateful and biased ads. This made no sense at the time, as I was not affiliated with any groups online, I did not opine about the candidates, and I did not “like” or “share” posts, and I do not use apps. I… Continue Reading