Archive for the ‘Law & Policy’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 28-August 2, 2014)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

Justice Dept. Moves to Shield Anti-Iran Group’s Files.” By Matt Apuzzo. New York Times. July 28, 2014.

When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. July 28, 2014.

Review & Outlook: The IRS’s Foreign Policy: Emails show a political motivation behind tax-exempt scrutiny.” Wall Street Journal. July 29, 2014.
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Politics and Policy: GOP Says Lerner Emails Show Bias Against Conservatives; Rep. Camp Calls For ‘Aggressive’ Investigation or Special Counsel of Former IRS Official.” Wall Street Journal. July 31, 2014.
In Emails, I.R.S. Official Referred to G.O.P. ‘Crazies’.New York Times/Associatecd Press. July 31, 2014.

Inspector general warns against nonprofit IRD’s gag provisions.” By Scott Higham. Washington Post. August 1, 2014.

Why It’s Time to Repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; The law, passed in 1993 with near-unanimous support, has become an excuse for bigotry, superstition and sectarianism.” By Katha Pollitt. Nation. August 2, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 21-27, 2014)

Monday, July 28th, 2014

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

IRS official: Lois Lerner email trail may not be cold; The IRS has previously said no copies of Lois Lerner’s correspondence exist anymore.” By Rachel Blade. Politico.com. July 21, 2014.
Related stories:
House takes punitive action against all IRS executives regardless of guilt.” Washington Post. July 23, 2014.
IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails.” Washington Post. July 24, 2014.
Politics and Policy: Hunt for Missing IRS Emails Resumes; Backup Tapes Scrutinized for Possible Lost Data.” Wall Street Journal. July 24, 2014
The ObamaCare-IRS Nexus; The supposedly independent agency harassed the administration’s political opponents and saved its health-care law.” Wall Street Journal. July 25, 2014.

Give Us Your Donors, or Else; California and New York try to chill political speech.Wall Street Journal. July 23, 2014.

“Politics and Policy: Paul Ryan to Propose Sweeping Consolidation in Antipoverty Pitch; Plan Will Include New Work Requirements, More Accountability and Efficiency, Congressman Says.” By Damian Paletta. Wall Street Journal. July 24, 2014.
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Paul Ryan: An opportunity to cut poverty; Let’s re-conceive the federal government’s role in providing a safety net for the poor.” Opinion. By Paul Ryan. USA Today. July 24, 2014.

Corporations are people. So what if people were corporations?” Opinion. By Catherine Rampell. Washington Post. July 25, 2014.

What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Means for America.” By Binyamin Appelbaum. New York Times. July 27, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 14-20, 2014)

Monday, July 21st, 2014

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

IRS Surrenders, Won’t Check Whether Political Nonprofits Are Breaking The Law.” By Ashley Alman. Huffington Post. July 14, 2014.
Related stories:
When Darrell Issa goes fishing.” Opinion. By Dana Milbank. Washington Post. July 16, 2014.
A Year Into IRS Probe, Partisan Motives Still Prove Elusive.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. July 15, 2014.
Justice Department Investigating Lost I.R.S. Emails.” New York Times. July 17, 2014.
Justice IRS probe also includes Lois Lerner emails; The IRS says Lerner lost her emails in a 2011 accidental computer crash.” New York Times. July 17, 2014.
Politics and Policy: Justice Department Learned of Lost IRS Emails From Press, Official Says; Republicans Say Disclosure Supports Their Claim The Agency Hasn’t Been Aggressive in Investigation.” Wall Street Journal. July 18, 2014.
IRS gives full account of lost Lerner emails.” Politico.com. July 18, 2014.
Why did the IRS provide a trove of taxpayer information to the FBI?Washington Post. July 19. 2014.
Ohio: I.R.S. Challenge Allowed.” New York Times. July 19, 2014.

Group of Law Professors Urges Obama to Deny Religious Exemption in Order.” By Erik Eckholm. New York Times. July 15, 2014.
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Gordon College insults our intelligence.” By Kevin Cullen. Boston Globe. July 15, 2014.

“The Hobby Lobby Decision and Its Distortions; Nothing in the Supreme Court’s recent ruling denies women access to birth control.” Opinion. By Kelly Ayotte qnd Deb Fischer. Wall Street Journal. July 16, 2014.

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“Expansive Government Threatens Religious Liberty, the First Freedom.” By Doug Bandow. Huffington Post. July 17, 2014.

Houses of Worship: The Next Religious Liberty Case: A Christian college asked for an ObamaCare exemption. Then came the backlash.” By David Skeel. Wall Street Journal. July 18, 2014.

The potential horrors of Hobby Lobby.” By Adam Serwer. MSNBC. July 18, 2014.

White House says Obama’s LGBT executive order will not provide religious exemption.” By Zachary A. Goldfarb. Washington Post. July 19, 2014.

Law firm in Hobby Lobby win is playing key role in religion cases.” By Rebecca Bratek. Los Angeles Times. July 20, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

Monday, July 14th, 2014

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

It’s time for progressives to reclaim the Constitution.” Opinion. By E.J. Dionne. Washington Post. July 7, 2014.

The Volokh Conspiracy: More on what the Wheaton College injunction does (and does not) mean for contraception coverage.” By Jonathan H. Adler. Washington Post. July 7, 2014.
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Review & Outlook: The Wheaton Overreaction; Justice Sotomayor protests too much over a religious liberty reprieve.Wall Street Journal. July 7, 2014.

A doctor wears a stethoscope as he see a patient on June 02, 2014 in Miami, Fla.; The bigger question behind Hobby Lobby.” By Suzy Khimm. MSNBC. July 7, 2014.
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The doctrine of corporate separateness, or why the Hobby Lobby decision is an absolute farce.” Daily Kos. July 7, 2014.
Democrats Push Bill to Reverse Supreme Court Ruling on Contraceptives.New York Times. July 9, 2014.
Hobby Lobby’s Disturbing Sequel.” Editorial. New York Times. July 9, 2014.
Democrats Fast-Track Bill To Override Hobby Lobby Decision.” Huffington Post. July 9, 2014.
Can birth control help Democrats keep the Senate?” MSNBC. July 9, 2014.
How Hobby Lobby will reverberate throughout the LGBT community.” MSNBC. July 10, 2014.
Limit the Hobby Lobby decision’s effect on anti-discrimination laws.” Editorial. Washington Post. July 11, 2014.
Review & Outlook: Jihadi Hobby Lobby; The White House has two standards on religious liberty.” Wall Street Journal. July 12, 2014.

Most people think politicians can’t coordinate with the outside groups that back them. That’s not always true.” By Patrick Caldwell. Huffington Post/Mother Jones. July 7, 2014.

Clinton Foundation disclosures sought; Hillary Clinton’s payments from universities have become controversial.” By Maggie Haberman. Politico.com. July 8, 2014.

If Christian Corporations Have Religious Rights, What About Muslim Prisoners?” By Zoë Carpenter. Nation. July 8, 2014.

Kirsten Powers: Religious exemption myths; Letter sent to President Obama requests that hiring rules recognize faith.” By Kirsten Powers. USA Today. July 9, 2014.
Related stories:
Faith Groups Seek Exclusion From Bias Rule: pledged to sign an executive order barring discrimination against gay men and women by companies contracted by the government.” New York Times. July 9, 2014.
Gay Rights Groups Pull Support For ENDA Over Sweeping Religious Exemption.” Huffington Post. July 9, 2014.
Obama should say no to a religion-based exemption on hiring discrimination.” Editorial. Los Angeles Times. July 9, 2014.
LGBT group cites Hobby Lobby in withdrawing support from Employment Non-Discrimination Act.” Daily Kos. July 9, 2014.
Gordon College pleads for right to discriminate.” Boston Globe. July 9, 2014.
Salem ends Gordon College’s use of hall, citing discrimination.” Boston Globe. July 10, 2014.
U.S. Groups Reject Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill over Religious Exemption; President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order on employment discrimination in coming weeks.” By Julia Hotz. Interpress Service (ipsnews.net). July 11, 2014.

Bill would permit for-profit debt firms.” By Kathleen Day and Jenifer McKim. Boston Globe. July 9, 2014.

Lois Lerner’s attorney now says former IRS official saved ‘some e-mails’.” By Josh Hicks. Washington Post. July 10, 2014.
Related story:
Politics and Policy: Emails Point to IRS Officials Using Instant Messages; Messages Weren’t Routinely Archived, Adding to Lawmaker Concerns About Document Handling.” Wall Street Journal. July 10, 2014.
Republicans Say Ex-I.R.S. Official May Have Circumvented Email.” New York Times. July 10, 2014.
Politics and Policy: U.S. Judge Orders IRS to Explain Lost Emails; Magistrate Judge Named to Seek Other Sources for Missing Documents.” Wall Street Journal. July 10, 2014.
Judge Gives I.R.S. a Month to Explain Lost Emails.” New York Times. July 11, 2014.
Darrell Issa: Lois Lerner’s ‘smoking gun’ email.” Politico.com. July 11, 2014.
IRS must take oath on Lerner emails: judge; Lois Lerner is the former IRS official at the center of the tea party targeting scandal.” Politico.com. July 11, 2014.
Republican congressman wants to arrest and jail former IRS official Lois Lerner.” Daily Kos. July 11, 2014.
Review & Outlook: Judging the IRS; A pair of court orders seek answers about the vanishing emails.” Wall Street Journal. July 12, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee Just Backed an Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’.” By John Nichols. Nation. July 11, 2014.

“Among Justices, Considering a Divide Not of Gender or Politics, but of Beliefs.” By Samuel G. Freedman. New York Times. July 12, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 30-July 6, 2014)

Monday, July 7th, 2014

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

Opinions: The IRS isn’t the only agency with an e-mail problem.” By Melanie Sloan and Anne Weismann. Washington Post. June 30, 2014.
Related stories:
Darrell Issa, Lois Lerner lawyer escalate IRS conflict.” Politico.com. June 30, 2014.
Rep. Issa and Lois Lerner’s attorney spar over lost IRS emails.” By Benjamin Landy. MSNBC. June 30, 2014.
Technical Difficulties: The Lost Emails of the I.R.S. Point to a Wider Problem.” New York Times. July 1, 2014.
Stop starving the beast of the IRS.” By Catherine Rampell. Washington Post. July 1, 2014.
Capital Journal: Judge Sets Hearing on Group’s Push to Investigate Lost IRS Emails; True the Vote is Suing Agency Over Targeting of Grassroots Conservative Groups.” By John D. McKinnon. Wall Street Journal. July 2, 2014

Religious Business Owners Brace for High Court’s Contraception Ruling; Decision Could Have Immediate Consequences for Affordable Care Act Provision.” By Louise Radnofsky. Wall Street Journal. June 30, 2014.
Related stories:
Hobby Lobby aims for Obamacare win, Christian nation.” Politico.com. June 30, 2014.
Supreme Court To Rule On Hobby Lobby Contraception Case.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. June 30, 2014.
8 Other Laws That Could Be Ignored Now That Christians Get To Pick And Choose.” Huffington Post. June 30, 2014
Court set to rule on Obamacare contraception mandate.” CNN. June 30, 2014.
Supreme Court Rules In Hobby Lobby Case, Dealing Blow To Birth Control Coverage.” Huffington Post. June 30, 2014.
Supreme Court sides with employers over birth control mandate; Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby over birth control mandate; The federal government can’t force owners of closely held for-profit companies to provide birth control to female employees if they object to the requirement on religious grounds, the court said.” Washington Post. June 30, 2014.
Contraception ruling is a symbolic blow to the health care law; Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby over birth control mandate; The federal government can’t force owners of closely held for-profit companies to provide birth control to female employees if they object to the requirement on religious grounds, the court said.” Washington Post. June 30, 2014.
Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations.” New York Times. June 30, 2014.
In Hobby Lobby, Supremes grant religious objection rights to for-profit corporations.” Daily Kos. June 30, 2014.
Supreme Court rules women can be discriminated against in health decisions.” Daily Kos. June 30, 2014.
Supreme Court sides with employers over birth control mandate.” Washington Post. July 1, 2014.
In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’.” Opinion. By Dana Milbank. Washington Post. July 1, 2014.
Sandra Fluke: The Hobby Lobby case is an attack on women; How is birth control different from blood transfusions and vaccines? It’s not.” Washington Post. July 1, 2014.
“Plum Line: The common thread of Supreme Court decisions: You’re on your own.Washington Post. July 1, 2014.
The Post’s View: Congress should narrow the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; Court says employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for contraception.” Editorial. Washington Post. July 1, 2014.
Politics and Policy: Supreme Court Makes Religious Exception to Health-Care Law; High Court Sides With Employers Who Said Providing Contraceptives Violated Their Beliefs.” Wall Street Journal. July 1, 2014.
“Politics and Policy: Hobby Lobby Ruling Raises Question: What Does ‘Closely Held’ Mean? Companies Who Won Supreme Court Contraceptive Case Are Owned, Controlled by Single Family.” Wall Street Journal. July 1, 2014.
Review & Outlook: Religious Liberty Affirmed: If liberals are that upset, they ought to repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act they once voted for.” Wall Street Journal. July 1, 2014.
Hobby Lobby case: What birth control is affected? USA Today. July 1, 2014.
Clinton: Supreme Court contraception ruling ‘deeply disturbing’.” USA Today. July 1, 2014.
Hobby Lobby decision creates a minefield: Our view.” Editorial. USA Today. July 1, 2014.
Justices uphold religious freedom: Opposing view.” Op-ed. USA Today. July 1, 2014.
Politics, culture, ideology and sex, not necessarily in that order: Alito’s ‘Hobby Lobby’ Opinion Is Dangerous and Discriminatory.” Nation. July 1, 2014.
Review & Outlook: Religious Liberty Affirmed: If liberals are that upset, they ought to repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act they once voted for.” Wall Street Journal. July 1, 2014.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes Scathing 35-Page Dissent In Birth Control Case.” Huffington Post. July 1, 2014.
Samuel Alito’s Moment: Alito is staking out ground as a successor or rival to Justice Antonin Scalia.” Politico.com. July 1, 2014.
Hobby Lobby decision: 5 takeaways; Justice Alito marshaled the court’s GOP appointees to rule for the devout employers.” Politico.com. July 1, 2014.
Practical and legal hurdles remain in contraception fight; On Capitol Hill, Senate Democrats pledged to restore the coverage.” Politico.com. July 1, 2014.
Democrats: Hobby Lobby ruling could boost 2014 hopes; Colorado Sen. Mark Udall’s race could prove the Democrats’ clearest test this year.” Politico.com. July 1, 2014.
High Court Allows Some Companies To Opt Out Of Contraceptives Mandate.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. July 1, 2014.
A View On High Court’s Ruling, From A Hobby Lobby Grand Opening.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. July 1, 2014.
By motivating women, Hobby Lobby ruling could be a boon for Dems.” MSNBC. July 1, 2014.
The Hobby Lobby decision isn’t narrow.” MSNBC. July 1, 2014.
The craziest thing about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.” Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2014.
Hobby Lobby ruling: Bad for women’s rights, bad for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; Supporters cheer the 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of Hobby Lobby, the craft store chain that challenged the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employee health plans include contraceptive coverage.” Editorial. Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2014.
Court rulings: It’s GOP v. Democrats.” Opinion. By Jeffrey Toobin. CNN. July 1, 2014.
Hobby Lobby and Obamacare; Aborted, once more.” Economist. July 1, 2014.
5 questions from the big ruling on Obamacare and contraception; Supreme Court in favor of Hobby Lobby.” CNN. July 1, 2014.
Hobby Lobby: Court boosts corporations again.” BBC News. July 1, 2014.
Hobby Lobby case: Court curbs contraception mandate.” BBC News. July 1, 2014.
Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations Justices Rule in Favor of Hobby Lobby.” New York Times. July 1, 2014.
A Ruling That Both Sides Can Run With; Hobby Lobby Decision Highlights Parties’ Divide.” New York Times. July 1, 2014.
What’s next in the Hobby Lobby fight, and how to win it.” Daily Kos. July 1, 2014.
More Cases on Religion Await, With Eye on Opinion by Alito.” New York Times. July 1, 2014.
Hobby Lobby Made Fight a Matter of Christian Principle.” New York Times. July 1, 2014.
Limiting Rights: Imposing Religion on Workers.” Editorial. New York Times. July 1, 2014.
Supreme Court says employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for contraception.” Washington Post. July 1, 2014.
How Hobby Lobby could make it harder for the Kochs and George Soros to fund campaigns; Samuel Alito’s decision challenges the reasoning of Citizens United.” Washington Post. July 2, 2014.
She The People: How Justice Ginsburg’s Hobby Lobby dissent helps shape the debate about reproductive vs. religious rights.” Washington Post. July 2, 2014.
Hobby Lobby Is Only the Beginning.” Op-ed. By Paul Horwitz. New York Times. July 2, 2014.
14 More Companies That Likely Will Deny Employees Birth Control.” Huffington Post. July 2, 2014.
Christians Call Out Hobby Lobby For Hypocrisy.” Huffington Post. July 2, 2014.
Hobby Lobby Ruling Raises A Question: How To Define ‘Closely Held’?” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. July 2, 2014.
As Recess Settles In, A Reflection On Supreme Court’s Big Rulings.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. July 2, 2014.
Activists gather outside the Supreme Court building Monday morning in Washington.” MSNBC. July 2, 2014.
Gay rights groups wary of Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling; Activists rally in front of the Supreme Court before the Hobby Lobby ruling.” Los Angeles Times. July 2, 2014.
Review & Outlook: The Political Ginsburg; The Justice’s dissent in Hobby Lobby isn’t a judicial opinion.” Wall Street Journal. July 2, 2014.
Supreme Court reveals its class bias.” Opinion. By E.J. Dionne Jr. Washington Post. July 2, 2014.
Democracy in America: The Hobby Lobby ruling Disingenuous.” Economist. July 2, 2014
Doctors, nurses condemn Hobby Lobby ruling, call for immediate action.” Daily Kos. July 2, 2014.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Right, and We Already Have Proof.Nation. July 2, 2014.
Where Will the Slippery Slope of ‘Hobby Lobby’ End? There’s no telling how far religious
Will Hobby Lobby open the religious exemption floodgates?” MSNBC. July 3, 2014.
Birth Control Order Deepens Divide Among Justices.” New York Times. July 4, 2014.
Taking on Hobby Lobby After Turning Away From a Religious Past.New York Times. July 5, 2014.
Hobby Lobby demonstrates that RFRA violates the establishment clause.” Daiy Kos. July 6, 2014.
Hobby Lobby: SCOTUS reserves right to establish state religion of its choice.” Daily Kos. July 6, 2014.

Corporations Are People, And They Have More Rights Than You.” By Adam Winkler. Huffington Post. June 30, 2014.

Supreme Court: Partial Public Employees Can’t Be Required To Contribute To Unions.” Huffington Post/Associated Press. June 30, 2014.
Related stories:
Supreme Court: Home health-care workers can’t be required to pay union fees.” Huffington Post. June 30, 2014.
Supreme Court Ruling Allows Some Public Workers to Opt Out of Union Fees.” New York Times. June 30, 2014.
“Unions duck biggest threat from Supreme Court case — for now.” Washington Post. July 1, 2014.
High court ruling is all about gutting unions.” CNN. July 1, 2014.
Supreme Court: Home health-care workers can’t be required to pay union fees.” Washington Post. July 1, 2014.
Politics and Policy: Justices Rule Certain Workers Can’t Be Forced to Pay Union Fees; Supreme Court Rejects Mandatory Fees for Illinois Home-Based Care Workers.” Wall Street Journal. July 1, 2014.
Court Allows Unions to Keep Collecting Dues From Workers They Represent—for Now.” Nation. July 1, 2014.
Exploring the world of work, from the border to the barricades; Supreme Court Ruling in ‘Harris v. Quinn’ Will Undermine Gains Made by Low-Wage Home Healthcare Workers.” Nation. July 1, 2014.

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“5 Political Operatives Just Hammered Women And Workers.” Huffington Post. July 1, 2014.
Supreme Court Deals A Blow To Unions, But It’s Not Quite Mortal.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. July 1, 2014.
Supreme Court ruling spares most unions, but only temporarily.” MSNBC. July 1,, 2014.
Supreme Court Rules Disadvantaged Workers Should Be Disadvantaged Some More; The decision in Harris v. Quinn—written by the Court’s leading union-hater, Justice Samuel Alito—appears designed to cripple unions by creating incentives for “free riders.” American Prospect. July 1, 2014.
Ruling Against Union Fees Contains Damage to Labor.” New York Times. July 1, 2014.
Public-unions-meet-the-conservative-guillotine.” Daily Kos. July 2, 2014.

I.R.S. Comissioner John Koskinen, on Hot Seat, Has History of Bureaucratic Rescue Jobs.” By Alan Rappeport. New York Times. July 2, 2014.
Related Story:
New IRS Chief John Koskien: ‘I Enjoy A Crisis’.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. July 6, 2014.

Advocacy Group Sues 4 Universities in Challenge to Policies It Says Curb Free Speech.” By Jennifer Medina. New York Times. July 2, 2014.
Related story:
Students challenge free-speech rules on college campuses.” Los Angeles Times. July 2, 2014.
Editorial Free speech: Isn’t that what college is supposed to be about?” Editorial. Los Angeles Times. July 3, 2014.

ctivists for tougher campaign finance laws arrested at Capitol; Activists with 99Rise show support for a bill calling for a constitutional amendment limiting corporate campaign funding during the Assembly session Monday.” By Patrick McGreevy. Los Angeles Times. July 3, 2014.

15 Major Decisions This Year From a Partisan Supreme Court; From here on out, nominees from either party will be utterly predictable, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.” By Paul Waldman. American Prospect. July 1, 2014.
Related story:
SCOTUS: ‘The wind is blowing in a conservative direction’: With Congress useless, it’s now Obama vs. SCOTUS.” Daily Kos. July 4, 2014.

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“Supreme Court rulings to reverberate in midterm elections this fall.” Washington Post. July 6, 2014.

Supreme Court Grants Evangelical College Plea On Contraception Rule.” By Mark Sherman. Huffington Post. July 3, 2014.
Related story:
High court blocks contraception mandate for Christian college; Justices say the school does not have to fill out a contested form while it is on appeal.” Politico.com. July 3, 2014.
Supreme Court sides with Christian college in birth control case.” Washington Post. July 4, 2014.
Justices let Christian college avoid contraception rule.” USA Today. July 4, 2014.
The Supreme Court’s muddy new ruling on the contraceptive mandate.” Editorial. Los Angeles Times. July 4, 2014.
Supreme Court splits on gender lines in first post-Hobby Lobby case on contraception.” Daily Kos. July 4, 2014.
Politics and Policy: Christian School’s Relief on Contraception Coverage Could Embolden Others; Supreme Court Temporary Order Gives Wheaton College a Way Around Compromise Offered by Obama Administration.Wall Street Journal. July 4, 2014.

NY postpones provision in charities oversight law; The law intended to prohibit employees of New York charities from serving as chairmen of their boards of directors will be effective Jan. 1, 2016.” Crain’s New York Business/Associated Press. July 4, 2014.

Religious exemption to hiring rule urged; Bias on sexual orientation at issue’ Gordon College leader joins request.” By Evan Allen. Boston Globe. July 4, 2014.

The Real Internal Revenue Scandal.” Editorial. New York Times. July 6, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 23-29, 2014)

Monday, June 30th, 2014

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

An arrogant and lawless IRS.” By Michael Gerson. Opinion. Washington Post. June 24, 2014.
Related stories:
IRS official says House will get all emails: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee that evidence suggests Lois Lerner made every effort to recover her lost e-mails and did not target conservative groups.” USA Today.June 23, 2014.
Testy Exchange Erupts as I.R.S. Chief Is Questioned on Messages.” New York Times. June 24, 2014.
Examining a Scandal Within a Scandal About Emails at the I.R.S.” New York Times. June 24, 2014.
Rep. Darrell Issa’s subpoena mania.” By Dana Milbank. Opinion. Washington Post. June 24, 2014.
Politics and Policy: White House Lawyer to Testify About Lost IRS Emails; Obama Administration Changed Its Position After Committee Chairman Issued Subpoena.” Wall Street Journal. June 24, 2014.
GOP vs. IRS chief: Part 2.” By Rachael Bade. Politico.com. June 24, 2014.
Politics and Policy: Republicans Turn Up Heat Over Missing IRS Emails; GOP Pushes for More Details on Lost Emails but Get Few From Former Worker.” Wall Street Journal. June 24, 2014.
“‘Daily Show’ goes long on IRS incompetence.” Washington Post. June 25, 2014.
Review & Outlook: IRS Email Jeopardy; The agency had a legal obligation to retain the records it lost.” Wall Street Journal. June 24, 2014.
Archivist Faults I.R.S. for Not Reporting Loss of Emails.” New York Times. June 25, 2014.
Jon Stewart Finds The REAL Scandal At The IRS.” Huffington Post. June 25, 2014.
Ex-IRS lawyer says tenure predates Lerner email loss news.” Politico.com. June 25, 2014.
Who can get to the truth at the IRS? An independent investigator.” Editorial. Los Angeles Times. June 25, 2014.

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“Republicans Say New Emails Show IRS Sought Audit Of Republican Senator.” Huffington Post. June 25, 2014.
‘Daily Show’ goes long on IRS incompetence.” Washington Post. June 25, 2014.
Retired IRS Official Sought Audit of Senator, GOP Lawmakers Say; Former IRS Official Lois Lerner Allegedly Suggested an Audit of Republican Sen. Charles Grassley.” By John D. McKinnon and Gautham Nagesh. Wall Street Journal. June 26, 2014.
At the IRS, Stuff Happens.” Politico.com. June 26, 2014.
Controversy within a controversy: A timeline of IRS’s missing e-mails.” Washington Post. June 27, 2014.

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“Louie Gohmert: $1M for lost IRS emails.” Politico.com. June 27, 2014.
Is the IRS email scandal a scandal? Is there any kind of political scandal involving the lost IRS emails that the media is missing? NBC’s Luke Russert and Steve Kornacki discuss.” MSNBC. June 28, 2014.

Rep. Issa: Shielding $300 Billion in Tax Evasion.” By Ralph Nader. Huffington Post. June 28, 2014.

Democrats Launch New Bid To Unmask Secret Campaign Donors.’ By Michael McAuliff. Huffington Post. June 24, 2014.

The Investigation Into Scott Walker Could Be Way, Way Bigger Than Scott Walker.” By Paul Blumenthal. Huffington Post. June 25, 2014.
Related stories:
No Conclusion in Inquiry Into Scott Walker’s Campaign Fund-Raising.’ New York Times. June 27, 2014.
Lawyer clarifies Walker not target: ‘At no time has he been served with a subpoena,’ a lawyer writes about Walker.” By James Hohmann. Politico.com. June 27, 2014.

How a Bad Interpretation of a 1976 SCOTUS Case Set the Stage for Citizens United; The Buckley v. Valeo decision was more complicated and subtle than the “money equals speech” slogan for which it’s misremembered.” By Gilad Edelman. American Prospect. June 26, 2014.

Red Cross: How We Spent Sandy Money Is a ‘Trade Secret’; The charity is fighting our public records request for information on how it raised and spent money after the superstorm. ” By Justin Elliott. ProPublica,com. June 27, 2014.

Supreme Court Poised To Rule On Obamacare Birth Control Mandate.” By Mark Sherman. Huffington Post. June 28, 2014.
Related stories:
Every way the Supreme Court could rule in Hobby Lobby.” MSNBC. June 28, 2014.
Related story:
Justices To Rule In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case.” Morning Edition/ National Public Radio. June 29, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

I.R.S. Commissioner to Testify on Ex-Official’s Lost Emails; Tax Agency Says Lois Lerner Emails Were Destroyed in Computer Crash.” By David S. Joachim. New York Times. June 17, 2014.
Recent stories:
Lois Lerner email flap inflames GOP ire in IRS tea party ruckus; The tax agency handling the investigation says Lerner’s computer crashed.” Politico.com. June 17, 2014.
The IRS email scandal: Where’s the outrage?” By Jonah Goldberg. Los Angeles Times. June 17, 2014.
Review & Outlook: The IRS Memory Hole; The agency waited two months to tell Congress about missing emails.” Wall Street Journal. June 19, 2014.
GOP Lawmakers Confront IRS Chief Over Lost Emails.” All Things Considered/ National Public Radio. June 20, 2014.
IRS commissioner offers no apology for missing Lerner e-mails.” By Josh Hicks. Washington Post. June 21, 2014.
Politics and Policy: GOP Lawmakers Grill IRS Chief Over Lost Emails; Republicans Question IRS Commissioner About Former Official Lois Lerner’s Hard-Drive Failure.” By John D. McKinnon. Wall Street Journal. June 21, 2014.
Republicans, at Hearing on Lost Emails, Accuse I.R.S. Chief of Lying.” By David S. Joachim. New York Times. June 21, 2014.
5 Questions: IRS chief meets Congress over computer crash.” By Rachel Bade. Politico.com. June 21, 2014.

Hobby Lobby aims for Obamacare win, Christian nation.” Politico.com. June 17, 2014.

Supreme Court upholds decision barring graduation in church.” By David Savage. Los Angeles Times. June 17, 2014.

Review & Outlook: A Free Speech ‘Scheme’; Prosecutors repudiated in court smear Scott Walker and his allies.” Wall Street Journal. June 20, 2014.
Related stories:
Gov. Scott Walker’s Campaign Violations.” Editorial. New York Times. June 21, 2014.
Scott Walker fights ‘criminal scheme’ story.” By Kendall Breitman. Politico.com. June 21, 2104.
Wisconsin union leaders have strong comments for ‘14; Union leaders in Wisconsin have faced a three year battle with Gov. Scott Walker, but in November it all comes to a head. Hear their stories.” MSNBC. June 21, 2014.

Lawsuit claims Regence BlueCross BlueShield no longer acting like nonprofit.” By Nick Budnick. Oregonian. June 21, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

Monday, June 16th, 2014

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

Review & Outlook: Another John Doe Disclosure; The more we learn about the Wisconsin speech probe, the worse it looks.” Wall Street Journal. June 9, 2014.

New CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken Faces Stricter Gift Restrictions; Milliken Comes From Nebraska, Where Laws Are Looser on Presents to Public Officers; Vows to Follow New York Rules.” By Douglas Feiden. Wall Street Journal. June 9, 2014.

Politics and Policy: IRS Sent FBI Database on Nonprofit Groups in 2010, GOP Lawmakers Say; Internal Emails From the Two Agencies Cited.” By John D. McKinnon.” Wall Street Journal. June 10, 2014.
Related stories:
Darrell Issa alleges IRS data dump to FBI illegal.” By MacKenzie Weinger. Politico.com. June 10, 2014.
IRS Says Official’s Emails Were Lost in Computer Crash; Agency Trying to Reconstruct Correspondence Sought in Congressional Probe.” By John D. McKinnon. Wall Street Journal. June 14, 2014.
Review & Outlook: The IRS Loses Lerner’s Emails; And other news that the Beltway press corps won’t cover.” Wall Street Journal. June 14, 2014.
IRS, Republicans clash over Lois Lerner emails: House and Senate panels have been probing the agency’s added scrutiny of tea party groups.” By Rachel Bade. Politico. June 14, 2014.
“IRS lost emails by official in tea party probe.” Washington Post. June 15, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 2-8, 2014)

Monday, June 9th, 2014

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

The Democratic Assault on the First Amendment: Congress has too much power already; it should not have the power to silence citizens.” Opinion. By Ted Cruz. Wall Street Journal. June 2, 2014.

Congress Abetted the IRS Targeting of Conservatives; We’ve filed a Senate ethics complaint against nine Senators who prodded the agency to silence opponents.” By Bradley A. Smith and David Keating. Wall Street Journal. June 3, 2014.

‘”Reid and McConnell Duel Over Proposed Amendment on Campaign Spending.” By Ashley Parker. New York Times. June 4, 2014.
Related sdtory:
“Democrats Push Election-Year Constitution Change.” Huffington Post. June 4, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 26-June 2, 2014)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

N.Y. Attorney General Pressed Red Cross on Post-Sandy Spending, Then Retreated; The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sought details on how the charity spent donations after the super-storm, but the information was never released.” By Justin Elliott. ProPublica, May 28, 2014.

Darrell Issa is ‘out of control’.” MSNBC, May 28, 2014.

IRS Judgment Day: The untalkative agency comes under scrutiny from a federal judge.” Wall Street Journal. May 28, 2014.