Archive for the ‘Law & Policy’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 17-23, 2014)

Monday, March 24th, 2014


The Strange Bedfellows of the Anti-Contraception Alliance; Evangelicals and Catholics didn’t always share the same views on contraception and abortion. A look at how their alliance came to be and how it’s shaping crucial legal battles.” By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux. American Prospect. March 17, 2014.

Bill on anonymous political donations faces a test in state Senate; The legislation, which would require greater disclosure about individuals who fund groups, can pass only if at least one Republican supports it.” By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason. Los Angeles Times. March 17, 2014.

Senator Looney proposes changes to Connecticut’s PILOT program.” By Mary E. O’Leary. New Haven Register. March 18, 2014.
Related story:
PILOT Pitchers Vow To Keep Up Pressure.” New Haven Independent. March 18, 2014.
Harp Picks Looney’s PILOT Proposal Over Sharkey’s.” By Christine Stuart. New Haven Independent. March 19, 2014.

Salvation Army Settles Lawsuit on Religious Discrimination.” By Sharon Otterman. New York Times. March 19, 2014.

A Special Prosecutor for the IRS; Despite her denials, it’s now plain that Lois Lerner was deeply involved in targeting conservative nonprofit groups.” By Jim Jordan. Wall Street Journal. March 20, 2014.
Related stories:
Justice Department rejects Ted Cruz’s IRS probe request.” By Katie Glueck. March 20, 2014.
Eric Holder declines Ted Cruz’s request for special prosecutor in IRS case.” Washington Post. March 21, 2014.

Supreme Court faces wave of free-speech cases from conservatives; Once embraced by liberals, 1st Amendment arguments are now being applied to contest campaign contribution limits, union dues and no-protest zones at abortion clinics.” By David G. Savage. Los Angeles Times. March 20, 2014.

In Healthcare Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat; The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference – heralded by some as a bold legal stroke – could be thwarted on procedural grounds.” By Nina Martin. ProPublica,org. March 20, 2014.

Oklahoma Billionaire Takes Health-Law Challenge to Supreme Court; Hobby Lobby’s founder objects to the health law, but the government says for-profit companies aren’t entitled to religious-freedom protections.” By Janet Adamy. Wall Street Journal. March 22, 2014.
Related story:
Crying Wolf on Religious Liberty.” Editorial. New York Times. March 23, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 10-16, 2014)

Monday, March 17th, 2014


Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of dispute over Episcopal Church’s property in Va.; The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Virginia Supreme Court ruling that the 2,000-member congregation did not have the right to keep the sprawling property known as the Falls Church.” By Michelle Boorstein. Washington Post. March 11, 2014.

Notable & Quotable: Lois Lerner and the IRS; The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform reports that the IRS had a political agenda in regulating tax-exempt organizations.” Wall Street Journal. March 12, 2014
Related stories:
The end of Issa’s IRS crusade? Lawrence O’Donnell’s exclusive interview with Rep. Elijah Cummings on Chairman Issa’s mistake in an IRS hearing and the resolution to condemn his conduct.” Video. MSNBC. March 14, 2014.

“Darrell Issa, Elijah Cummings clash on IRS witness treatment; The letter from Issa follows a contentious two weeks in the House.” March 15, 2014.
Issa: Cummings ‘wrong on the facts and the law’ with Lerner contempt issue.” Washington Post. March 16, 2014.

Connecticut House Speaker Sharkey wants to tax colleges and hospitals; House Speaker Brendan Sharkey of Hamden speaks to the New Haven Register editorial board.” By Mary E. O’Leary. New Haven Register. March 14, 2014.

Sex, Gender, and the Familiar Fight Over Religious Exemptions; Nina Martin talks with a leading expert on the historic tension between civil rights and religious freedom.” By Nina Martin. ProPublica. March 16, 2014.

The Rise of Anti-Capitalism.” Op-ed. By Jeremy Rifkin. New York Times. March 16, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 3-9, 2014)

Monday, March 10th, 2014


“No Change: Former IRS Official to Take the Fifth; Lois Lerner, Through Her Attorney, Affirms Plan to Assert the Right, Contradicting Lawmaker.” By John D. McKinnon. Wall Street Journal. March 3, 2014.
Related stories:
IRS hit from all political stripes on nonprofit rules.” By Lauren French. March 3, 2014.
Attorney denies Issa claim that Lois Lerner will testify Wednesday.” Washington Post. March 4, 2014.
Darrell Issa silences Democrats and hits a new low.” Opinion. By Dana Milbank. Washington Post. March 6, 2014.
“Tempers flare after Lois Lerner declines to testify about IRS targeting (Video).” By Josh Hicks. Washington Post. March 6, 2014.
DNC chief: Darrell Issa silences opposition.” By Tal Kopan. March 6, 2014.
IRS hearing explodes, Republicans inch toward contempt.” By Rachel Bade. March 6, 2014.
GOP: Emails show IRS staff obsessed with Citizens United.” By Rachel Bade. March 6, 2014.
IRS Hearing Begins With Refusals To Answer — And Ends In Shouting.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. March 6, 2014.
Cummings responds to latest dustup with Issa; Rep. Elijah Cummings joins Hardball to discuss his clash of words with House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa Wednesday morning during a hearing about the IRS investigation.”. MSNBC. March 6, 2014.
Issa apologizes to Cummings.” Washington Post. March 7, 2014.
Issa Hands Democrats Weapon to Use on Him.” New York Times. March 7, 2014.
Darrell Issa Apologizes To Elijah Cummings, But Says He Threw ‘Quite A Hissy Fit’.” Huffington Post. March 7, 2014.
“Darrell Issa apologizes to Elijah Cummings.” March 7, 2014.

“Issa apologizes to Cummings for hearing clash.” MSNBC. March 7, 2014.
The IRS’s behavior taxes credulity.” Opinion. By George F. Will. Washington Post. March 8, 2014.
The Federal Diary: Cummings: Raucous House hearing reflects ‘negativity’ toward federal employees.” Washington Post. March 8, 2014.
Reps. Issa, Cummings make peace after Issa abruptly ends hearing; Republican Issa apologizes for adjourning the House oversight committee hearing while Democrat Cummings was speaking, and Cummings accepts.” Los Angeles Times. March 8, 2014.

Religious freedom vs. gay rights. What’s happening in 10 states.” By Paresh Dave. Los Angeles Times. March 3, 2014.

Group calls for new disclosure law for super PACs in governor’s race.” By Joshua Miller. Boston Globe. March 4, 2014.

Derek Cressman Aims To Take The Citizens United Fight Inside Government.” By Paul Blumenthal. Huffington Post. March 5, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 24-March 2, 2014)

Monday, March 3rd, 2014


Liberals vs. the IRS: Even the left doesn’t want the tax man regulating speech.” Wall Street Journal. February 24, 2014.

IRS proposal governing nonprofits draws fire; Agency attempts to track hidden political funding.” By Kimberly Railey. Boston Globe. February 25, 2014.
Related story:
Strassel: All the President’s IRS Agents; The targeting of groups opposed to the Democratic agenda has not ended—it’s gotten worse.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. Wall Street Journal. February 27, 2014.
IRS Unpopularity Contest; The tax man’s political speech rule gets more than 100,000 comments.” Wall Street Journal. February 27, 2014.
IRS Plans on Nonprofits
Opinion: Bradley A. Smith: Connecting the Dots in the IRS Scandal; The ‘smoking gun’ in the targeting of conservative groups has been hiding in plain sight.” By Bradley A. Smith. Wall Street Journal. February 26, 2014.

Why ‘religious freedom’ laws are doomed.” By Adam Serwer. MSNBC. February 28, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 17-23, 2014)

Monday, February 24th, 2014


Change the Rules on Secret Money.” Editorial. New York Times. February 19, 2014.

Court rules against Notre Dame over birth control.” Washington Post/Associated Press, February 22. 2014.

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission: How ‘the next Citizens United’ could bring more corruption — but less gridlock.” By Richard L. Hasen. Washington Post. February 23, 2014.


Monday, February 17th, 2014


Review & Outlook: The Speech Regulators Get Mean; Two key cases test if legal counsel is a political donation.” Wall Street Journal. February 10, 2014.

Charitable Perk Expires: A Rule Allowing Donations From IRAs Will Likely Be Renewed—but Tread Carefully.” By Kelly Greene. Wall Street Journal. February 10, 2014.

Mass. Suit Aims To Clarify Religious Groups’ Latitude In Hiring.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. February 12, 2014.

“‘Citizens United’ Critics Fight Money With Money.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. February 13, 2014.

When Does Religious Freedom Mean Freedom to Discriminate?” By Michelle Goldberg. Nation. February 14, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 3-9, 2014)

Monday, February 10th, 2014


The High Court: Court to review religious law once hailed by Democrats but now used to battle Obamacare.” By Robert Barnes. Washington Post. February 3, 2014.

City demands PILOT funds; The Board of Aldermen is currently pushing to receive additional funding for the city from the Connecticut state government.” By Isaac Stanley-Becker. New Haven Register. February 4, 2014.

Democrats accuse Issa of meddling with IRS targeting probe.” By Josh Hicks. Washington Post. February 5, 2014.
Related story:
Taking the IRS Fifth; If everything was kosher, why won’t Lois Lerner talk to Congress?Wall Street Journal. February 5, 2014.
Review & Outlook: Obama’s IRS ‘Confusion’; New evidence undercuts White House claims about IRS motivation.” Wall Street Journal. February 6, 2014.
The IRS Swings on Dark Money but Misses the Target; New IRS regulations for 501(c)(4) groups may damage the ability of everyday Americans to have an impact on the political process.” By Nan Aron. Nation. February 8, 2014

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 27-February 2, 2014)

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014


Review & Outlook: A Victory for the Little Sisters; The Supreme Court suspends ObamaCare’s birth-control mandate.” Wall Street Journal. January 26, 2014.

IRS Wants To Tighten Its Rule On Social Welfare Groups.” Morning Edition/ National Public Radio. January 27, 2014.
Related story:
House panel asks to hear from Obama donor involved in IRS investigation.” Washington Post. January 31, 2014.
IRS tea party showdown.” By Kim Dixon and Lauren French. February 1, 2014.

Detroit Art Museum Offers Plan to Avoid Sale of Art.” By Randy Kennedy. New York Times. January 30, 2014.

The pope, the pill and the court; The Catholic Church is battling a beneficial medicine, even for nuns.” By Malcolm Potts. Op-Ed. Los Angeles Times. January 30, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 20-26, 2014)

Monday, January 27th, 2014


Exemptions from the ‘contraception mandate’ threaten religious liberty.” Opinion. By Frederick Mark Gedicks. Washington Post. January 20, 2014.

Dangerous Inaction by the Election Commission.” Editorial. New York Times. January 20, 2014.

IMF funding, IRS guidelines collide in spending bill.” BY David Rogers. January 21, 2014.

Citizens United, Four Years Later.” By Byron Tau. January 22, 2014.

Supreme Court says nuns are exempt for now from Obamacare contraceptives rule.” By Robert Barnes. Washington Post. January 25, 2014.
Related stories:
In Nuns’ Suit, Justices Block Key Mandate in Health Law.New York Times. January 25, 2014.
Supreme Court Offers Nuns A Compromise In Birth Control Fight.” Huffington Post. January 25, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 13-19, 2014)

Monday, January 20th, 2014


Donors pledge $330 million to save Detroit art museum collection.” By Katherine Boyle. Washington Post. January 14, 2014.
Related story:
Foundations Aim to Save Pensions in Detroit Crisis.” New York Times. January 14, 2013.
“Foundations Keep Detroit Art Off The Auction Block.” All Things Considered/ National Public Radio. January 13, 2014.
Detroit’s art—and its public worker pensions—get help from charitable foundations.” Daily Kos. January 17, 2014.
Donors Pitch In To Protect Detroit’s Art And Pensions.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. January 18, 2014.

Politics and Policy: Criminal Charges Not Expected in IRS Probe; FBI Investigation Involves Heightened Scrutiny of Conservative Groups.” By Devlin Barrett. Wall Street Journal. January 14, 2014.
Related stories:
Review & Outlook: The IRS Gets a Pass; Officials say there will be no criminal charges for political targeting.” Wall Street Journal. January 14, 2014.
Charges Seen as Unlikely in Scrutiny by the I.R.S.New York Times. January 14, 2014.
Sen. Orrin Hatch hits Justice Department over IRS probe.” Washington Post. January 16, 2015.
IRS investigation scandal broadens.” Daily Kos. January 16, 2014.
Potomac Watch: IRS Targeting and 2014; Democrats are working hard to make sure conservative groups are silenced in the 2014 midterms.” Wall Street Journal. January 17, 2014.

Major U.S. Companies Quietly Funnel Dark Money To Politically Active Nonprofits.” By Michael Beckel. Huffington Post. January 16, 2014.

New Charity Watchdog Appointed for New York State; James Sheehan Formerly Served as State’s First Medicaid Inspector General.” By Melanie Grayce West. Wall Street Journal. January 16, 2014.

Two groups that used secret political donations haven’t paid penalties; The state is still trying to collect $15 million from the groups, which spent that sum after it was transferred from Arizona organizations without being disclosed.” By Chris Megerian. Los Angeles Times. January 17, 2014.