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115th Congress: The First Day

The 115th Congress will connive on January 3, 2017.* The Congressional Research Service recently updated its publications about the first day of a new congress, Judy Schneider and Michael L. Koempel, The First Day of a New Congress: A Guide to Proceedings on the Senate Floor (2016) and Judy Schneider and Michael L. Koempel, The …Read the Rest

Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor

On Nov. 22, 2016, Judge Amos L. Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas found in favor of the plaintiff, granting a preliminary injunction, finding that the Labor Department (DOL) acted without statutory authority when creating the salary level and related automatic updating mechanism. (p. 19) Twenty-one states and over 50 business groups filed the …Read the Rest

Bees: To Be or Not to Be

On October 31, 2016 seven species of yellow-faced bees will be designated as endangered. (81 Federal Register 6786 (September 30, 2016)). The Hylaeus anthracinus, H. assimulans, H. facilis, H. hilaris, H. kuakea, H. longiceps, and H. mana are to be added to the endangered species list along with three other animal species and 39 plant species. For me …Read the Rest

Federal Agencies Halt Pipeline Despite Judges Ruling

After a District Court Judge denied a request to stop the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army, and the Department of the Interior issued a joint statement declaring that they would stop the construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land. The construction will be halted …Read the Rest

Control of the Internet

The United States has agreed to give up oversight of internet domain names to an independent body, as of October, 2016. While this transfer was agreed to a couple years ago, a Fortune article states that three successive presidential administrations have been working on this privatization. Some conservative websites speculate that the United Nations will …Read the Rest

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Welcome back! This past summer Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke about her experience as a Supreme Court Justice. (See Max Buxton, Justice Sonia Sotomayor offers personal window into Supreme Court, newsminr.com, August 14, 2016.) This is her answer to what makes a good judge: “What you’re asking judges to do is decide issues that you have …Read the Rest