Archive for the ‘Law & Policy’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


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.” 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. June 21, 2014.

Hobby Lobby aims for Obamacare win, Christian nation.” 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. 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


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. 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


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


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.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 19-25, 2014)

Monday, May 26th, 2014


“GOP Lawmaker Issa Issues Subpoena to Justice Dept. Over IRS Targeting; California Republican Leading Probe into Whether IRS Singled Out Conservative Groups.” By John D. McKinnon. Wall Street Journal. May 21, 2014.

The fragile and faltering state of American democracy; Thanks to the Roberts Court, Corporations Have More Constitutional Rights Than Actual People.” By William Greider. Nation. May 21, 2014.

Prop. 8 donor IDs remain public, appeals court rules.” By Bob Egelko. San Francisco Chronicle. May 21, 2014.

State campaign finance laws are on borrowed time.” By George F. Will. Opinion. Washington Post. May 22, 2014.

Citizens United to sue over donor info; The group is targeting New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.” By Maggie Haberman. May 22, 2014.

Good News in the Proxy Wars; The left’s political disclosure campaign is falling flat.Wall Street Journal. May 23, 2014.

I.R.S. Delays New Rules on Taxation for Activists.” By Nicholas Confessore. New York Times. May 23, 2014.
IRS to rewrite nonprofit rules amid criticism; The agency says the rule will keep many of the same elements.” By Rachel Bade. May 23, 2014.
IRS Delays New Rules for Dark Money Groups: The agency has pushed back indefinitely a hearing on new regulations for social welfare nonprofits that spend money on politics.” By Theodoric Meyer. May 25, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 12-18, 2014)

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


Think Carefully Before Rewriting the First Amendment; Regarding Sen. Chuck Schumer’s constitutional amendment proposal to empower government to regulate political speech: Democratic efforts to circumvent Citizens United in favor of free political speech all foundered.” Letters. Wall Street Journal. May 12, 2014.

Legal Alliance Gains Host of Court Victories for Conservative Christian Movement.” By Erik Eckholm. New York Times. May 12, 2014.

Family and Church Feud Over an Eakins.” By Alison Leigh Cowan. New York Times. May 15, 2014.

Charities Face Stiffer Rules on Oversight: New Law Adds Regulations, but Help for Nonprofit Boards Planned.” By Melanie Grayce West. Wall Street Journal. May 16, 2014.

SJC rules conservation lands are tax exempt.” By Michael Levenson. Boston Globe. May 16, 2014.

Rethinking Campaign Finance.” By Joe Nocera. Op-ed. New York Times. May 16, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 5-11, 2014)

Monday, May 12th, 2014


Democrats step up defense in IRS affair.” By Rachel Bade. May 7, 2014.
Related story:
House votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress; Former IRS official Lois Lerner invokes her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a congressional hearing in March.” Washington Post. May 8, 2014.
House Votes to Hold Former IRS Official Lois Lerner in Contempt; House Also Approves Resolution Urging Justice Department to Appoint Special.” By John D. McKinnon. Wall Street Journal. May 8, 2014.
GOP-led House votes to hold former IRS official in contempt.” By Lisa Desjardins. CNN. May 8, 2014.
House Vote on Former I.R.S. Official Signals Element of G.O.P. Election Strategy.” New York Times/Associated Press. May 8, 2014.
Congress Holds Lois Lerner In Contempt In IRS Targeting Probe.” Huffington Post. May 8, 2014.
Republicans hit IRS’ Lois Lerner with contempt.” May 8, 2014.

The Supreme Court fails the empathy test.” Opinion. By E.J. Dionne Jr. Washington Post. May 8, 2014.

Debate Endures Over Tax Exempt Status Of Crossroads GPS.” Morning Edition/ National Public Radio. May 9, 2014.

No PILOT reform in 2014.” By Isaac Stanley-Becker. Yale Daily News. May 9, 2014.

The Polarized Court.” Opinion. By Adam Liptak. New York Times. May 11, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 28-May 4, 2014)

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


John Paul Stevens to testify on ‘dark money’.” By Burgess Everett. April 28, 2014.

Overhaul Proposed for New York City Council Funding of Community Groups; Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Would Relinquish Some Authority in Funding Decisions.” By Michael Howard Saul. Wall Street Journal. April 29, 2014.

The sanctity of a tax break.” By: Kelsey Snell. April 29, 2014.

Dark Money Group Sues IRS Over Targeting, Disclosure: Freedom Path was launched by backers of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and ran ads supporting Hatch and other Republicans in 2012. It said it suffered damages because the IRS flagged its application for extra scrutiny and disclosed its pending application to ProPublica.” By Kim Barker. ProPublica. May 1, 2014.

States are now targets of ‘Citizens United’; There are still a handful of states that haven’t put Citizens United principles into law.” By Byron Tau. May 1, 2014.

Cantor calls for special prosecutor in IRS targeting investigation.” By Josh Hicks. Washington Post. May 3, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 21-27, 2014)

Monday, April 28th, 2014


Republicans Launch Second Post-McCutcheon Supercommittee To Tap Megadonors.” By Paul Blumenthal. Huffington Post. April 22, 2014.

Portland arts tax: Controversial $35 income tax needs ‘review,’ refinement, potential changes, citizen group says.” No by-line. Oregonian. April 24, 2014.

NY Politics: Court Voids New York Cap on Super PACs; Judge Says State Limit Violates 2010 Supreme Court Decision.” By Mara Gay. Wall Street Journal. April 25, 2014.
Related story:
Judge Rejects New York Limit on Donations to ‘Super PACs’.” By Thomas Kaplan. New York Times. April 25, 2014.

What Happens When a Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules? Nothing. The Government Integrity Fund spent most of its money on election ads, despite IRS rules prohibiting a social welfare nonprofit from doing so.” By Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer. ProPublica. April 26, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 14-20, 2014)

Monday, April 21st, 2014


Ban Lifted, a Church Exults; Mayor Allows Religious Services in Public-School Buildings.” By Mara Gay. Wall Street Journal. April 14, 2014.

Bernie Sanders Raises Battle Cry Against Citizens United: ‘I Vote for Democracy!’” By John Nichols. Nation. April 14, 2014.

New IRS Commissioner Grapples With Tumult And Tax Code.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. April 14, 2014.
Related story:
RNC files suit against IRS on Tax Day.” CNN. April 16, 2014.

Yale unfazed by proposed tax increase.” By Pooja Salhotra. Yale Daily News. April 16, 2014.

A sticker outside the Williams Wallace Salon in Jackson, Miss. promoting the “If You’re Buying, We’re Selling” campaign; “Mississippi ‘religious freedom’ law faces business backlash.” By Adam Serwer. MSNBC. April 17, 2014.