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At the Marigold Café...

... you can talk about whatever you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Flowers, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade


Case preview: Clash over media ownership rules arrives at the court

On Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the latest chapter of a long-running battle between the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit over the FCC’s efforts to deregulate media ownership. Although the case is a technical one, the court’s eventual ruling could affect who owns local newspapers and radio and television stations – which could in turn influence how Americans get their news from those outlets. Background In an effort to...
Tags: Featured, Fcc, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Joe Biden, Federal Communications Commission, Commission, Prometheus, Nab, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, Merits Cases, Prometheus Radio Project, 3rd Circuit the FCC


Patent Leather

There really should be more links between patent law and patent leather. — Dennis Crouch (@patentlyo) January 18, 2021 Patent Leather Boots pic.twitter.com/K59943VKAS — Dennis Crouch (@patentlyo) January 18, 2021
Tags: Law, Patent, Dennis Crouch


Reported U.S. airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Iraq coincide with Pompeo tweet about 2019 bombing of U.S. embassy in Baghdad

Reports are circulating late Monday of U.S. air strikes against Iran-backed militias in Iraq. Three explosions reported. "Reports of a US strike on Iran-aligned groups in Iraq are coming in after three explosions were heard in Jurf Sakhar southwest of Baghdad, a major Ketaib Hezbollah stronghold and sanctuary," tweeted the Brookings Institute's Ranj Alaaldin, adding, "Media accounts linked to Iran's proxies have reported fatalities." — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Iraq, US, Iran, Military, Baghdad, Pompeo, Brookings Institute, Ranj Alaaldin, Jurf Sakhar, Ketaib Hezbollah


"The dissolving of one of America's most enduring transfer-of-power rituals — the outgoing president welcoming the incoming president on the steps of the North Portico..."

"... and then riding with them to the United States Capitol — is just one of the snubs the Trumps are perpetrating as they leave Washington. Instead of a president and first lady, the Bidens will be greeted by the White House chief usher Timothy Harleth, according to a source familiar with the day's events and planning.... The Inauguration Day snub of the Biden's comes on the heels of a series of broken norms and childish behavior that comes directly from the President of the United States, who ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Etiquette, White House, America, Cnn, United States, Biden, Trump, Melania Trump, Oval Office, Bidens, Jill Biden, United States Capitol, Melania, Ann Althouse


Case preview: Justices to consider procedural issue in major climate-change lawsuit

The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by the city of Baltimore against companies that produce fossil fuels, seeking to hold them responsible for their role in global warming. The justices won’t weigh in on the merits of the city’s claims or the companies’ defenses; instead, the court will consider a jurisdictional issue arising from the companies’ efforts to transfer the case from a state court to federal court. But although the question before the justices is...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, United States, Baltimore, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Phillips, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Samuel Alito, 4th Circuit, Citgo


LawNext: AltaClaro’s Abdi Shayesteh on Developing ‘Rocket Fuel for Legal Skills Training’

Legal technology company AltaClaro describes itself as “rocket fuel for legal skills training. It uses a unique experiential framework based on education science, with mock transactions and live feedback, all done online. Our guest this week on LawNext is AltaClaro’s founder and CEO Abdi Shayesteh, who says he first developed his entrepreneurial bent as an 11-year-old Iranian immigrant helping his father manage a small café in San Diego, and then as a 17-year-old founding a clothing company t...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, San Diego, LawNext, Xira, AltaClaro, Abdi Shayesteh


Who will be the next solicitor general?

President-elect Joe Biden has not yet announced a nominee for solicitor general, the top lawyer who represents the government before the Supreme Court. SCOTUStalk host Amy Howe and SCOTUSblog’s media editor, Katie Barlow, discuss potential picks. The next solicitor general could be a Washington insider, or it could be someone unexpected — like Elena Kagan, who had never argued a case before the Supreme Court when President Barack Obama chose her as solicitor general in 2009. The two also discuss...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elena Kagan, Amy Howe, Katie Barlow, SCOTUStalk


Rebels aim to insert genocide amendment in UK-China trade bill

UK court would determine whether China is committing genocide against Uighurs if measure passedThe government is struggling to contain a potential backbench rebellion over its China policy after the Conservative Muslim Forum, the International Bar Association (IBA), and the prime minister’s former envoy on freedom of religious belief backed a move to give the UK courts a say in determining whether countries are committing genocide.The measure is due in the Commons on Tuesday when the trade bill ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, China, Religion, UK News, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Islam, Xinjiang, UK China, Trade Policy, Uighurs


Please watch the entire Luke Mogelson video of the Capitol riot.

Luke Mogelson wrote "Among the Insurrectionists/The Capitol was breached by Trump supporters who had been declaring, at rally after rally, that they would go to violent lengths to keep the President in power. A chronicle of an attack foretold" (The New Yorker), which I linked to, here, on the 15th. I had many complicated feelings watching that video, so I'm inviting you to begin the conversation. I am more averse to disorder and efforts to occupy territory than most people, but very...
Tags: Law, Trump, Capitol, Ann Althouse, Order And Chaos, Luke Mogelson, the Trump resistance


British Virgin Islands' governor launches inquiry into alleged corruption

Gus Jaspert’s extraordinary step comes amid claims of a climate of fear in the UK overseas territoryAllegations of widespread political corruption, misuse of taxpayer’s money and a climate of fear in the British Virgin Islands have led its governor to take the extraordinary step of establishing an independent judge-led inquiry into the claims.Gus Jaspert, the British-appointed BVI governor, with the personal backing of the UK prime minister, has established a commission of inquiry to investigate...
Tags: Business, UK, Law, Americas, UK News, World news, Tax Avoidance, Corporate Governance, British Virgin Islands, BVI, Gus Jaspert, Gary Hickinbottom, Jaspert, Andrew Fahie


100 Pardons Coming

Only two short days remain until all traces of Donald Trump and his family and entourage will be gone from the White House. What is his game plan for the end of the most mocked and despised administration in history? Most major news outlets are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, White House, Donald Trump


Coroner's Covid findings stoke calls for inquiry into pandemic policy

Analysis: bereaved families concerned that lessons were not learned after first waveExclusive: rare inquests raise care concernsSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failures and concerns highlighted by a senior coroner, Alison Mutch, following the deaths of two men, Anthony Slack and Leslie Harris, from Covid-19, have reinforced bereaved families’ calls for a government inquiry into the handling of the pandemic, and for more inquests.Very few inquests have been held into deaths of people from cor...
Tags: Health, Law, UK News, Death and dying, Health policy, Coroner, Leslie Harris, Coronavirus, Alison Mutch, Anthony Slack


UK launches inquiry into alleged corruption in British Virgin Islands

British government takes extraordinary step amid claims of a climate of fear in overseas territoryAllegations of widespread political corruption, misuse of taxpayer’s money and a climate of fear on the British Virgin Islands have led the UK government to take the extraordinary step of establishing an independent judge-led inquiry into the claims.Gus Jaspert, the British-appointed BVI governor, with the personal backing of the UK prime minister, has established a commission of inquiry to investig...
Tags: Business, UK, Law, Americas, UK News, World news, Tax Avoidance, Corporate Governance, British Virgin Islands, BVI, Gus Jaspert, Gary Hickinbottom, Jaspert, Andrew Fahie


Hoping for a lot more "regular" folks on Prez Trump's coming final clemency list

CNN has this big new piece about Prez Trump's clemency plans under the headline "Trump to issue around 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say."  There is a lot of interesting reporting in this piece, and here are excerpts: President Donald Trump is preparing to issue around 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the matter, a major batch of clemency actions that includes white collar criminals, high-profile rapper...
Tags: Law, White House, Cnn, Julian Assange, Biden, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Electoral College, US Capitol, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Trump The New York Times, Steve Bannon, Alice Marie Johnson


What employers can expect from Biden’s presidency: A $15 minimum wage

This week I'll be examining what employers can expect from Joe Biden's presidency. Today, a $15 minimum wage.Late last week President-elect Biden released his America Rescue Plan, a comprehensive legislative package to provide relief to those struggling because of COVID-19. Among its proposals was a $15 minimum wage. Here's what the president-elect's proposal says:Throughout the pandemic, millions of American workers have put their lives on the line to keep their communities and country funct...
Tags: Law, Congress, Joe Biden, Biden, Jon Hyman, America Rescue Plan


When Can a Politician Block Constituents on Social Media?–Garnier v. O’Connor-Ratcliff

This case involves a school district near San Diego. The plaintiffs are parents of kids in the school district. The defendants, O’Connor-Ratcliff and Zane, are elected school board members. The defendants blocked the plaintiffs on social media. In light of the landmark Knight v. Trump ruling, those blocks may be unconstitutional censorship. After a bench trial, the court concludes that the defendants did indeed censor the plaintiffs, but ruling is bounded by factual caveats and intervening tech...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Youtube, Court, San Diego, Trump, Knight, Garnier, Zane, Content Regulation, PragerU, Garnier v O Connor Ratcliff, Connor Ratcliff, O'Connor Ratcliff, Christopher Garnier


Day One Project: USPTO Proposals for the Biden Administration

Day One Project is not part of the BIDEN Transition, but the organization has put together a strong group of pro-BIDEN IP experts and relative insiders who have drafted and published a Transition Document for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The following are a few of the key proposals:  Increase international collaboration during patent examination, including simultaneous examination with IP5 offices. Reorganize our IP engagement with China IP Engagement with a more coherent and ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, China, Biden, Patent, PTO, United States Patent and Trademark Office, IPR, Biden Administration, Biden Transition, USPTO Substantive Rulemaking Authority


Lots of notable death penalty stories at the state, federal and international level

While the execution spree conducted in the last six months of the Trump Administration has justifiably garnered a lot of attention from the press and others, I have noticed in recent days a number of notable new capital headlines that go beyond just federal death penalty stories.  In an effort to cover a lot of ground, here is a round-up with links: From Bloomberg, "Boston Marathon Bomber Appeal Is Early Biden Test on Death Penalty" From Equal Justice Initiative, "Dr. Martin Luther King’s Moral ...
Tags: Law, Biden, Martin Luther King, Sonia Sotomayor, San Francisco Chronicle, Iowa Senate, Douglas A Berman, Trump Administration, Washington Post Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg Boston Marathon, Gazette Bill, Richmond Times Dispatch Virginia Senate


WHO: just 25 Covid vaccine doses administered in low-income countries

Director-general warns of ‘catastrophic moral failure’ if richer countries hoard treatmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world is on the edge of a “catastrophic moral failure” in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, with just 25 doses administered across all poor countries compared with 39m in wealthier ones, the head of the World Health Organization has said.It was the sharpest warning so far from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus about the dangers of vaccine hoardin...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Guinea, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Job Vacancy in National Education Society for Tribal Students 2021

Recruitment for Job Vacancy in National Education Society for Tribal Students 2021 National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), Government of India (GoI) invites online applications in the prescribed format from all eligible candidates for recruitment of various Government Job vacancies in Group-B and Group-C Jobs Categories on regular basis in NESTS for which the recruitment examination will be... Please Click on...
Tags: Jobs, Education, Society, Administrative, Manisha, Commissioner, Multitasking-Staff, Superintendent, Office-Assistant, Stenographer Vacancy, National Education Society for Tribal, Group C Jobs Categories


Toward a taxonomy of constitutional change – Reflections inspired by Gary Jacobsohn and Yaniv Roznai’s Constitutional Revolution.

For the symposium on Gary Jeffrey Jacobsohn and Yaniv Roznai, Constitutional Revolution (Yale University Press, 2020). Gordon Silverstein There is no shortage of academic interest in the intersection of constitutions and revolutions: A quick shelf-scan (or Amazon search) reveals Constitutional Revolution , Revolutionary Constitutions ; The Revolutionary Constitution , Revolutionary Constitutionalism (Albert) and Revolutionary Constitutionalism (Gardbaum). And that is reall...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Congress, California, Washington, France, Germany, Singapore, America, Harvard, Britain, United States, Liverpool, Paris, Jordan, Party


Wales' Covid vaccine rollout criticised as first minister defends delay

Doctors and opposition parties urge Labour-led government to speed up distributionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid vaccination programme in Wales has been heavily criticised after the first minister, Mark Drakeford, said the deployment of tens of thousands of Pfizer/BioNTech jabs was being staggered to avoid staff sitting around with nothing to do once the country gets through its current supply.Doctors’ representatives, opposition politicians and citizens wa...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Society, UK News, Labour, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Welsh politics, Mark Drakeford, Coronavirus


Posing around pardons.

True of both Snowden and Assange. Exactly this: https://t.co/9ACi91c2UY— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 17, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Snowden, Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange, Pardons, Ann Althouse, Coolness


"Despite these delusions, Ms. Gilbert — a self-described mystic who has written four books, with titles like 'Swami Soup' — mostly struck me as a New Age eccentric who could use some time away from screens."

"She disdains the mainstream media, but she agreed to be profiled, and we kept in touch. Over a series of conversations, I learned that she had a longstanding suspicion of elites dating back to her Harvard days, when she felt out of place among people she considered snobby rich kids. As an adult, she joined the anti-establishment left, advocating animal rights and supporting the Standing Rock oil pipeline protests. She admired the hacktivist group Anonymous, and looked up to whistle-blowers lik...
Tags: Law, Youtube, Washington, Harvard, Edward Snowden, Green Party, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Conspiracies, Clinton, New Age, Gilbert, Jill Stein, Ann Althouse, Standing Rock, Valerie Gilbert


A Natural Intellectual Property Experiment Proves What Is Necessary May Not Be Sufficient

On December 1, 2020, Dr. Sott Atlas resigned his position as “special advisor [on the coronavirus] to the president of the United States.” Many of us breathed a sigh of relief, if through our masks. After all, my Stanford colleagues had voted for a faculty senate resolution, that condemned this Stanford-affiliated man’s “disdain for established medical knowledge.” To take but one example I’ll return to below, Atlas had tweeted “Masks work? NO,” citing Oxford Professor Carl Heneghan. What Atlas i...
Tags: Law, Stanford, Atlas, United States, Oxford, Pfizer, Bmj, Heneghan, Legal Publishing, Moderna, Scott Atlas, Altas, Tom Jefferson, COVID, Carl Heneghan, Sott Atlas


Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible. This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Mack’s Criminal Law Blog 2. Hull & Hull Blog 3. David Whelan 4. Le Blogue du CRL 5. The Docket Mack’s Criminal Law Blog MCL Nugget: Dhami ONCJ In 2015 Parliament amended section 48...
Tags: Law, Canada, Pennsylvania, Parliament, Mack, Monday’s Mix, CRL, David Whelan, Le Blogue, Tract Society, Hull Hull Blog, Abergel Goldstein Partners, Taman Spratt


Sámi reindeer herders file lawsuit against Norway windfarm

Indigenous communities say planned Øyfjellet turbines will interfere with migration pathsIndigenous reindeer herders are bringing a legal action against a proposed wind power project that would be one of the largest in Norway.The Sámi herders from Nordland county are accusing the Øyfjellet windfarm constructors of breaking licensing agreements which stipulated that construction would not interfere with reindeer migration paths. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Law, Environment, Renewable Energy, UK News, World news, Wind Power, Indigenous Peoples, Norway, Nordland county


"Kids having fun!"

Kids having fun! https://t.co/01jfLqXULw— Roger McGuinn (@RogerMcGuinn) January 18, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, The Byrds, Roger McGuinn, Ann Althouse


"Another big issue is his lack of interest in me in other ways. He can monologue for hours about politics, culture, social issues, and..."

"... he rants like a combination of Grandpa Simpson and Archie Bunker about anyone under age 40, but when it comes to anything I’m up to, or how he or I are feeling? Crickets. I’m actually keeping a list of things he’d rather do than, well, me. The list is pretty depressing. I am less desirable than playing Windows Solitaire or watching BBC detective shows and The Seventh Seal (I’m less desirable to my husband than an overwrought, depressing Swedish movie, FML)."  From "My Husband Won’t Have S...
Tags: Marriage, Law, Sex, Bbc, Simpson, Ingmar Bergman, Archie Bunker, Ann Althouse, New York Magazine If



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