Archive for the ‘Law & Policy’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 21-28, 2014)

Monday, September 29th, 2014


Congress Uses Recent Issues To Attack NFL’s Tax Exempt Status.” By Juana Summers. Morning Edition/National Public Radio. September 22, 2014.

Republicans fume over Lois Lerner remarks; Rep. Jordan calls the interview ‘a poke in the eye’.” By Racel Bade. September 23, 2014.
Related stories:
Darrell Issa is jealous that Lois Lerner talked to Politico.” By Jed Lewison. Daily Kos. September 23, 2014.
Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence.” By Rachael Bade. September 24, 2014.

Lesson of Hobby Lobby—no accommodation on birth control is acceptable to religious right.” By Joan McCarter. Daily Kos. September 25, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014


Review & Outlook: Covering for the IRS New details on the Administration’s spin and stall strategy.” Wall Street Journal. September 15, 2014.

Proposal Would Require Think Tanks to Disclose Funding by Foreign Governments.” By Eric Lipton. New York Times. September 18, 2014.

“Judge Cites Hobby Lobby To Excuse Fundamentalist Mormon From Child Labor Testimony.” By Shadee Ashtari. Huffington Post. September 19, 2014.

How Wisconsin Prosecutors Became Campaign Partisans; Their raids on conservatives have chilled political speech and amount to a huge donation to Democrats.” Opinion. By Richard M. Esenberg. Wall Street Journal. September 20, 2014.

Forced underage marriage church uses Hobby Lobby to defend itself in child labor case.” By Laura Clawson. Daily Kos. September 21, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 8-14, 2014)

Monday, September 15th, 2014


This Is a ‘Pivotal Moment’ for the Movement to Remove Big Money From Politics.” By John Nichols. Nation. September 8, 2014.
Related stories:
The Threat to American Democracy.” By Senator Bob Udall and Senator Bernie Sanders. September 8, 2014.

IRS finds more key hard-drive crashes, claims no evidence of tampering.” By Josh Hicks. Washington Post. September 8, 2014.
Related story:
Issa: Justice Dept. staffer made a bad call.” By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz. Washington Post. September 9, 2014.

Religious Employers to Go Ahead With Contraception Lawsuits; Sign That Obama Administration Compromise Won’t End Legal Battle.” By Louise Radnofsky. Wall Street Journal. September 9, 2014.

Republicans Make Big Advances Thanks to Citizens United; The increase in corporate money in elections has favored one party over the other.” By Alex Kotch. American Prospect. September 10, 2014.

An Amendment to Cut Political Cash.” Editorial. New York Times. September 11, 2014.

Don’t use religion to cloak bias toward LGBT families.” Op-Ed. Los Angeles Times. September 11, 2014.

Senate blocks campaign finance amendment; ‘Senate Democrats want a government that works for all Americans,’ Reid says.” By Burgess Everett. September 13, 2014.

The nuns on the bus have a new issue.” Opinion. By Michael McGough. Los Angeles Times. September 14, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 1-7, 2014)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


Senate panel hits auditor but clears IRS of bias in targeting scandal.” By Josh Hicks. Washington Post. September 6, 2014.
Related stories:
I.R.S. Says It Has Lost More Emails.New York Times/Associated Preas. September 6, 2014.
More IRS employees lost emails; Due to its scant back-up systems, the IRS said it has no back-ups of Lerner’s e-mails.” By Rachel Bade. September 6, 2014.
Carl Levin slams IRS watchdog over tea party report; The Obama administration and Democrats will undoubtedly seize on the report.” By Rachel Bade. September 6, 2014.
Senate panel hits auditor but clears IRS of bias in targeting scandal.’ By Josh Hicks. Washington Post. September 6, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 25-31, 2014)

Monday, September 1st, 2014


Election Panel Enacts Policies by Not Acting.” By Nicholas Confessore. New York Times. August 26, 2014.

Review & Outlook: The IRS’s Friend at Justice; More on the lawyer who did double duty on tax-exempt abuse cases.Wall Street Journal. August 27, 2014.

Ice bucket challenge: what are the lessons for marketers? Five marketing, social media and PR pros share what they think other campaigns can learn from the ALS ice bucket challenge.” By Eb Adeyeri. Guardian. August 28, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 18-24, 2014)

Monday, August 25th, 2014


Book Review: ‘Abusing Donor Intent’ by Doug White; The Robertson family gave millions to ensure more Princeton grads would work in government. When they didn’t, the Robertsons sued.” By Leslie Lenkowsky. Wall Street Journal. August 18, 2014.

The Crooked and the Dead; Does the Constitution protect corruption?” By Jill Lepore. New Yorker. August 25, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 11-17, 2014)

Monday, August 18th, 2014


Review & Outlook: Justice’s IRS Connection; The lawyer who had tax-exempt cases coming and going.” Wall Street Journal. August 12, 2014.

Farid Brothers Seek Town Taxpayer Info.” By Marcia Chambers. New Haven Independent. August 15, 2014.

“Political Speech, Limited Time Offer; A new and promising case challenging campaign-donor limits.” Wall Street Journal. August 16, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 4-10. 2014)

Monday, August 11th, 2014


New law identifies Super PAC donors.” By Akilah Johnson. Boston Globe. August 5, 2014.

Hobby Lobby Ruling May Have Poked A Hole in The ‘Corporate Veil’.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. August 5, 2014.
Related story:
Hobby Lobby Decision Could Give License to Anti-Labor ‘Biblical Economics’ Practices; Religious Right leaders have been working hard to convince conservative evangelicals that the Tea Party’s anti-government, anti-union, anti-welfare agenda is grounded in the Bible, setting the stage for more “religious liberty” legal arguments by corporation owners.” By Peter Montgomery. American Prospect. August 6, 2014.

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

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014


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.
Related story:
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


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. 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.
Related story:
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.