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The missing context in the BMI Consent Decree decision

Last Friday, Judge Louis Stanton rejected the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) interpretation of the department’s own consent decree governing the publishing rights organization (PRO) BMI. This was an unfortunate decision, especially considering...

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A better way to elect public servants

I am a fourth generation descendant of a combative frontier lawyer who helped establish much of the early law in our state. When he encountered something that didn’t make sense to him, he challenged it. Perhaps a bit of him lives on in me. When I...

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Obama’s November surprise

With last year’s Iran nuclear deal appearing less and less likely to go down in the history books as a legacy foreign policy achievement, there is growing speculation that President Obama will spring a diplomatic surprise on Israel during the...

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Record heat, floods and fires demand action

Last month, flooding in Louisiana killed more than a dozen people and left thousands homeless. The Red Cross called the flooding the worst natural disaster to strike the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy. This past July, the earth reached its hottest...

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Meet the new Robber Barons

There was a time when railroad tycoons built empires by exploiting government connections to take advantage of the little guy. Today, the tables are turned, and it is large multinational corporations trying to persuade the government to dictate...

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Building on AGOA, strengthening U.S.-African trade ties

With strong bipartisan support in Congress, the Obama administration signed into law last year a ten-year extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the foundation of U.S. evolving trade policy with sub-Saharan Africa since 2000...

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