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Comments at NTA plenary session on fiscal policy after the 2017 act and the 2018 midterm elections

Today at 10:15 am, the National Tax Association's 111th annual meeting had a "plenary session" on the topic of Fiscal Policy After the Midterm Elections. The law prof on the panel was originally scheduled to be Michael Graetz, but he got trapped in NYC by the freak November snowstorm, so yesterday afternoon they decided to call for the left-hander, and asked me if I would be able to sub in as a panelist. I said yes, and here is approximately what I said in my 5-minute opening statement on the panel:I have 5 points to make today about fiscal policy in the aftermath of the 2017 tax act and last week's midterm elections: 1) I don’t call what happened last year “tax reform.” Not because it was bad legislation – although I think that in the main it was, despite some good features – but because the term has become completely empty, and now just means “legislation that the proponents….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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2018 and Beyond

After brazenly interfering in the 2016 US election, Russia now “perceive[s] . . . its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as a potential target for Russian midterm operations.” That was the warning delivered by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on behalf of the US Intelligence Community to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) as part of the worldwide threat briefing that took place February 13, 2018. Speaking alongside CIA Director Mike Pompeo and FBI Director Christopher Wray, among other senior intelligence officials, Coats stressed to Congress the “need to inform the American public that this is real, that this is going to be happening, and the resilience needed for us to stand up and say we’re not going to allow some Russian to tell us how to vote, how we ought to run our country.” Later that same week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) further pulled back the curtain on the extent of the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Mulvaney on Property-as-Society

Timothy M. Mulvaney (Texas A&M University School of Law) has posted Property-as-Society (Wisconsin Law Review, Vol. 2019, Forthcoming) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: Modern regulatory takings disputes present a key battleground for competing conceptions of property. This Article offers the following account of the three leading theories: a libertarian view sees property as creating a sphere of individual freedom and control (property-as-liberty); a pecuniary view sees property as a tool of economic investment (property-as-investment); and a progressive view sees property as serving a wide range of evolving communal values that include, but are not limited to, those advanced under both the libertarian and pecuniary conceptions (property-as-society). Against this backdrop, the Article offers two contentions. First, on normative grounds, it asserts that the conception of property-as-society presents a more useful structure for assessing whether an allocative….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Meet The Dreamers Caught in the DACA Fight | Waking Dream Ep. 1

Waking Dream, is done and Episode One just launched on a PBS YouTube channel! The link to Ep1 is HERE and the rest of the series will roll out every Tuesday for the next 5 weeks. Waking Dream shows us….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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AVENATTI UPDATE: Avenatti Arrested: Suspicion of Felony Domestic Violence, Includes Leaving Jail Vid…

AVENATTI UPDATE: Avenatti Arrested: Suspicion of Felony Domestic Violence, Includes Leaving Jail Video. (Bumped.).. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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