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Bennet Kelley is an award-winning political columnist, host of Cyber Law and Business Report on WebmasterRadio.fm and a practicing internet lawyer at the Internet Law Center in Santa Monica.

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The Carter Presidency Revisited

(152) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 6:21 PM

2015-08-22-1440280568-2154284-cartercombo.JPG From the moment he left office in 1981, Republicans from President Reagan to Mitt Romney have embraced Jimmy Carter as the poster child for Democratic failure. Since Democrats raced to distance themselves from Carter with almost as much vigor as Republican embraced...

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10 Reasons You Should Care About D.C. Voting Rights

(9) Comments | Posted July 4, 2015 | 7:22 PM

For the last several years, I have marked Independence Day by making note of the fact that taxation without representation is alive and well in Washington, D.C. today.

As a former District of Columbia resident who is now living fully represented in California, I am surprised by...

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FIFA Sponsors Must Act Now to Save the Game

(5) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 3:31 PM

The Justice Department's announcement of a landmark racketeering indictment of nine Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) officials as part of a "24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer" that involved "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption, was met with the obligatory statement of cooperation from FIFA...

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Five Lessons From Vietnam

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 7:33 AM

A decade after the fall of Saigon, President Nixon wrote, "[n]o event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War." A generation and a half later, this remains true. Yet what lessons should we draw from our nation's first major defeat?

Consider the following:

1. Vietnam Sought Liberation...

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A Century of Genocide and Indifference

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 8:45 PM

Growing up in post-World War II America, you felt proud of the country's role in the greatest battle of good versus evil the planet has seen. Never had evil been so capably personified as it had been in the case of Nazi Germany. As I grew up, I was taught...

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The DC Marijuana Battle: It's About More Than Weed

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 8:36 PM

The battle between Congress and the District of Columbia over its new voter approved marijuana legalization initiative may seem esoteric at first blush. That is because the current debate centers on when the District law was deemed enacted in order to determine whether it has violated a Congressional restriction on...

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The Unbearable Rudeness of Bibi

(789) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 7:11 PM

With the front page of the paper being occupied by so-called Deflate-gate, Congress was quick to reclaim its rightful place with its own mini-tempest over House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ("Bibi") Netanyahu to speak before a Joint Meeting of Congress without prior notice to and/or approval...

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Beyond Selma - Writing the Next Chapter in American Civil Rights History

(9) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 9:28 AM

In November 2012, I worked with the Obama campaign's anti-voter suppression efforts in Florida. I was shocked when I saw that voters in largely Hispanic and African-American areas were forced to wait hours and hours to vote by design. The state had cut early voting from 14 to 6 days...

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Liberal Giant Henry Waxman Retires After 40-Years in Congress

(3) Comments | Posted December 27, 2014 | 6:36 PM

My introduction to Henry Waxman came in 1980 watching the film HR 6161: An Act of Congress in my political science class at American University. The story was about the passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977 where a second-term Rep. Waxman and others took on the true...

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America's Day of Shame and Redemption

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 5:58 AM

Throughout the Obama administration, the President has focused on moving forward and not dwelling on the actions of his predecessor. As Faulkner reminds us, however, the past never dies and has a strange capacity for calling our attention as was the case this week with the Senate Intelligence Committee's release...

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Tankman, the GOP and Voting Rights

(3) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 7:06 PM

One of the most evocative images of the 20th century was the image of a single man standing in front of a column of tanks as part of the pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The picture resonates because, as Thomas Jefferson wrote two centuries earlier, we are...

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Tiny Iowa County Takes on the King of Online Defamation

(18) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM

In Gunfight at the OK Corral, a U.S. Marshal from the prairie is called to Arizona to help his brother stand his ground against a band of cattle thieves. The character is an American archetype that is alive and well in the last untamed frontier -- the Internet.

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Johnson, Reagan and the Great American Paradox

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Name the hawkish former president that liberals love to hate who cut taxes shortly after taking office, presided over a booming economy with low unemployment, reduced the national debt and whose legacy shapes much of today's debate.

If you said Ronald Reagan, guess again. In fact, far from reducing the...

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Highlights from Silicon Beach Congressional Debate

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 1:07 AM

Four of the leading candidates to replace the retiring Henry Waxman in California's 33rd Congressional District discussed their views on tech issues with me on Cyber Law and Business Report:

(i) Elan Carr (R) - a gang prosecutor with the LA County District Attorney's Office; (ii)

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Clipper Nation: Rise Up and Seize the Day for We Are Los Angeles

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 11:06 AM

An Open Letter to Clipper Nation

It is both ironic and liberating that amidst its most successful season in franchise history, the Los Angeles Clippers would also face its biggest identity crisis.

When they take the court on Tuesday to face the Golden State Warriors in a pivotal playoff...

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No Turning 'Round: Selma's Anniversary Call to Advance Voting Rights

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 2:36 PM

On the Saturday night before the 2012 election, I was at a polling station in Florida where the predominantly minority voters stood in line as much as five hours waiting to vote. My job was to encourage them to stay in line, but the voters I spoke with needed little...

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It Is Still Our Internet and We Can Save It

(5) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 10:56 AM

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Open Internet Order established "Net Neutrality" rules requiring that broadband providers disclose their network management practices while prohibiting them from blocking any lawful content, apps services or devices and from unreasonably discriminating against any Internet traffic. These are principles that date back to the Pacific...

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President Obama's Freedom Agenda and the Road to Redemption in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2013 | 6:52 AM

This has been a disappointing year for President Obama and the Democrats. One would think that a year that featured a medley of Republican self-inflicted wounds culminating in the pointless government shutdown would end with the Democrats heading into the midterm election year with the wind in their sails. Instead,...

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Is Steve Peace Leading California to Disaster... Again?

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 6:36 PM

Throughout my nearly twenty years in California, I have heard natives frequently lament the loss of the Golden State that was -- a state with the nation's premier public educational system and infrastructure. To them, California's passage of Proposition 13's budgetary straight jacket has led to a creeping "Mississippification", as...

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The Roberts' Court's Shelby County Power Play Could Backfire

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 11:29 AM

There is an interesting exchange from Joe Klein's The Natural, a mini-memoir of the Clinton era, in which a Republican senator confesses to President Clinton that Republicans "don't believe in Government very much, but we love power." That is a good starting point for understanding the judicial activism of the...

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