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On May 18, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) confirmed an October, 2014 panel report (ruling) that U.S. laws and regulations that require country of origin labeling (COOL) discriminate against beef imported into the United States. Canada requested the WTO consultation on Dec. 1, 2008 under Articles III:4, IX:4, and X:3 of GATT 1994; Article …Read the Rest

NDAA 2016

On May 14, 2015, Senator John McCain announced that the Armed Services Committee completed its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016. The Committee “voted, 22-4, to report the bill, which authorizes $612 billion funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) and the national security programs of the Department of Energy.” The …Read the Rest

Bootleggers and Baptists: Trade Promotion Authority

The Drudge Reports announced “GPO Vows to Salvage” ObamaTrade after Dems Sink ObamaTrade. Senate Democrats filibustered on May 12, blocking the renewal of fast track authorization which would allow trade agreements such as the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) to achieve Senate approval more easily than the traditional ratification process. Senate Democrats want to add additional measures, such …Read the Rest

Quicken Loans and the DOJ

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls play Game 2 tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert also made news recently, locally and nationally, while explaining the lawsuit his company filed against the Department of Justice (DOJ), et al. in the Eastern Michigan District Court, shortly after the DOJ sued Quicken Loans in the D.C. District Court …Read the Rest

Guns and Home Rule

Cleveland City Council passed legislation (text) that attempts to improve gun control in the city. Mayor Frank Jackson said that the measures “address concerns with the responsible use of firearms in an effort to reduce gun violence, protect the City’s youth, and make Cleveland’s neighborhoods safer” without impinging upon the Second Amendment rights of Cleveland’s …Read the Rest

Earth Day

Earth Day 2015 marks its forty-fifth anniversary. Event leaders hope to join economic growth and sustainability by embracing renewable energy while divesting fossil fuel resources. Hope springs eternal for the negotiation of a binding climate change treaty at the COP21 meeting to be held in Paris. President Obama traveled to the Florida Everglades to discuss the impact of climate …Read the Rest