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Julian Bond, 1940-2015

President Obama called Julian Bond a hero and a friend, whose life mission of seeking justice and equality changed the country for the better. Representative John Lewis tweeted that Mr. Bond was “one of a kind” and one of his closest and dearest friends. The Southern Poverty Law Center announced that the country has lost a …Read the Rest

Stare Decisis in Action: Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment

In case you missed it, SCOTUS provides a solid example of the doctrine of stare decisis in action in its decision announced this week, Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, 576 U.S. ____ (2015). Justice Kagan added some popular entertainment to her majority opinion by interspersing throughout metaphors to “super powers” and a couple of footnotes …Read the Rest

USA FREEDOM Act and USA PATRIOT Act

On June 2, 2015, the Senate passed the USA FREEDOM ACT, restoring, and extending through 2019, “three key sections of the Patriot Act that expired at midnight Sunday.” The controversial Section 215 was amended to allow the phone companies to collect phone data, rather than the National Security Agency, which will have to end its …Read the Rest

Title IX and College Sexual Violence Policies

Update: Jonathan Adler, Northwestern’s Kipnis Cleared in Title IX Investigation (June 1, 2015)   Jonathan Adler. How Northwestern University is Throwing Academic Freedom under the Bus… Volokh Conspiracy (blog) (May 29, 2015) Laura Kipnis. Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe. The Chronicle Review (Feb. 27, 2015) Northwestern policy on consensual romantic or sexual relations (Jan. 13, 2014) S. Daniel Carter. How to …Read the Rest

WTO and COOL

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