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Alaska Governor Proposes Massive Oil Tax Cut Rewarding BP, Exxon & ConocoPhillips

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

JUNEAU -- Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell offered a new attack on the state's current oil tax regime in his State of the State speech Wednesday, saying that ...

Too Rich to Lose Money? AIG, the Takings Clause and the Roberts Court

Doug Kendall | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The Takings Clause made national news last week with the spectacle of AIG playing Hamlet in debating whether "to sue, or not to sue" the federal government over the terms of the company's bailout -- a rather backhanded way of thanking American taxpayers for keeping the company from bankruptcy in 2008.

Time to Take the Lead: Virginia and the Gun Show Loophole

B.J. Garrison | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics
B.J. Garrison

This nation saw many tragedies involving weapons in the past year -- Oregon, Colorado, and most recently Sandy Hook. We have and will continue to grieve the loss of life. However, the situation begs the question: If now is not the time to discuss positive reforms, when exactly is?

The Judge and the Housewife: U.S. Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Eva Longoria in L.A.

Andrea Grossman | Posted 01.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Andrea Grossman

Many assumptions I had were squashed, and several surprises popped up for me as producer of the upcoming literary event with United States Justice Sonia Sotomayor and actress and activist Eva Longoria.

Do Gun Bans Work?

Paul Heroux | Posted 01.08.2013 | Crime
Paul Heroux

When you hear the pundits or politicians on TV talking about the only or the best way to reduce gun violence, ask yourself if you have heard the person talk about the different types of gun violence. Not all gun violence is the same.

Racism's Hidden History in the War on Drugs

Judge Frederic Block | Posted 03.05.2013 | Crime
Judge Frederic Block

In 1909 Congress made opium smoking a federal offense by enacting the Anti-Opium Act. It reinforced Chinese racism by carving out an exception for drinking and injecting tinctures of opiates that were popular among whites.

Pardon My French, Quebec, But Your Language Laws Are Ridiculous

Gregg S. Lipman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Gregg S. Lipman

So nice of you to offer these suggestions, Quebec. But do you really think that Walmart is going to become Le Magasin Walmart just for your shoppers? Even the "real" French are less stringent about their language laws -- and that's saying a lot.

How to Attract Litigation

Schuyler M. Moore | Posted 12.31.2012 | Comedy
Schuyler M. Moore

For the virgins out there who would like to get a taste of litigation (or sadomasochists, who just can't get enough), here are some simple rules to keep you embroiled in litigation for years to come.

In Praise of Practical Legal Education

Frank H. Wu | Posted 12.19.2012 | Education
Frank H. Wu

When the first Internet law courses were offered only a few years ago, people scoffed at them. Yet as quickly as technology progresses, the supposedly fanciful topic has become complex enough to deserve sub-specialties such as privacy.

Sex, Lies and Rabbinical Red-Tape

Ari Weisbrot | Posted 02.13.2013 | Crime
Ari Weisbrot

My childhood Rabbi stands accused of sexual abuse. As fun as that may sound, in the two hours since the news broke, it has spread like wildfire over ...

Reforming the Filibuster for Immigration

Ryan Campbell | Posted 02.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

For anyone who needs the government to function, the filibuster is an obstacle. For undocumented immigrants, it is the reason why many have been offered Deferred Action by the Obama administration.

The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What is protected in the First Amendment is not the right of commercial enterprises to exploit the news for profit, but rather of citizens to become informed. That requires the courage of heroic sources, including Bradley Manning.

'Christmas Letter 2012'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.10.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

It sure has been an exciting 2012 for the Zezimas! The good news is that nobody in the family went to prison, though three of us had brushes with the law.

Who Defends the Good Guys?

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Joel D. Hirst

When USG employees get in trouble following orders (which happens more often that one would care to admit); or when CIA, USAID or other USG contractors are arrested overseas, where are the big guns who dive into the fray to defend lady liberty and her servants?

Warning: Avoid Military-Age Men in Muslim Countries

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.21.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

All men in Pakistan between the ages of 20 and 40 are potential targets for a U.S. drone strike, says former Ambassador Cameron Munter. And all "mili...

How Innocent People Get Into Legal Trouble: It's Easier Than You Think

Saul Segan | Posted 01.20.2013 | Crime
Saul Segan

Sometimes trying to be noble and "take the heat" for a friend or family member will prove catastrophic.

How Cupcakes Are Keeping Women From the Top

Rachel Dempsey | Posted 01.15.2013 | Women
Rachel Dempsey

Women are expected to do unnoticed, unappreciated work, and face backlash if they demand credit or simply refuse.

Apartment Hunting In Paris

Seth Engel | Posted 01.10.2013 | Travel
Seth Engel

No Paris apartment is ever a sure thing.

The Day After the Elections, Or: Woody Guthrie's Country

Beverly Bell | Posted 01.06.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

When November 7 rolls around, I'll recall -- and I hope you will, too -- that democracy is partially safeguarded (or not) by what we do in those little voting booths, but even more so what we do the other 364 days of the year.

The Field of Law Continues to Take Hits in This Down Economy

Eric Goldschein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Eric Goldschein

Law has long been seen as an economy-proof profession. But this latest recession has proved devastating for potential lawyers and existing law firms alike -- and only a concerted effort to alter the field entirely can make it profitable again.

Facing The Stigma Of Male Rape (WATCH)

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.25.2012 | Crime

Male rape occurs far more frequently than many think in today’s society. Statistics show that one in 10 rape victims is male, yet men rarely report ...

Last Election for Electoral College?

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm going to paint a picture of how America could scrap the Electoral College system in the next decade, but I make no predictions whatsoever about the chances this could become reality. You'll have to judge that sort of thing for yourselves.

Does the US Constitution Apply to the 9/11 Trial? Maybe

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.18.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Today, lawyers for the five alleged co-conspirators in the September 11th terrorist attacks asked the judge to please let them know: Are we operating under a Constitutional framework here or not? Exactly what Constitutional rights do our clients have?

Civics Education Testing Only Required In 9 States For High School Graduation

Posted 10.12.2012 | Education

A study by the Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning & Engagement at Tufts University has found that most states do not emphasize civi...

Are You 'the Polite Little Girl in the Room'?

Joan Williams | Posted 12.03.2012 | Women
Joan Williams

In this legal environment, sometimes the risk-averse approach of being the polite little girl in the room is, in fact, riskier than going after what you want.