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Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 286-138 [roll call] to approve a trade law that provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs to international trade and renews President Barack Obama's authority to negotiate trade deals on behalf of the country. It also establishes programs to increase … [read more]

Professional Commentary
24 Apr 2014
by Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Stephanie Kogut

JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses the significance of the Supreme Court's future ruling in the birth control mandate contained with the Affordable Care Act Imagine that you are a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and opposed to the slaughtering of … [read more]

19 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

On September 21, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law. The act defines marriage as between one man and one woman for the purpose of excluding homosexual couples from the institution of marriage. DOMA also exempts state-recognized same-sex marriages from the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the US … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Members of the US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday filed an amicus brief [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] regarding the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], which denies federal recognition of … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Lawyers for the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group notified the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday that they plan to appeal the ruling earlier this week in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] that the Defense of Marriage … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Top US congressional leaders agreed Thursday to put forth a clean extension of controversial provisions of the USA Patriot Act [text; JURIST news archive] until 2015. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) [official websites] agreed to … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives voted on Friday to overturn regulations aimed at preserving the Internet as a free and open platform of communication. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] approved the regulations last year [JURIST report], which prevent Internet providers from selectively blocking web access. The House … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2009
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official website] unveiled [press release] the House health care reform bill [text, PDF] at an event on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning. The $894 billion health care package, a combination of similar bills passed by House committees over the summer, would provide insurance [AP … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [HR 2647 materials] that extends the definition of federal hate crimes to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act [text, PDF] was … [read more]

Legal News
21 May 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday voted 361-64 [roll call] to pass the Senate version of the Credit Card Holders' Bill of Rights [text, PDF]. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official website] called the bill historic, and a stern rebuke to credit card companies … [read more]

Legal News
16 May 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] Leon Panetta [official profile] on Friday defended information the CIA gave to Congress on the use of interrogation techniques during the Bush administration. In response to statements made by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official website], in which … [read more]

Legal News
14 May 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Speaker of the US House of Representatives [official website] Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official website] said Thursday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] misled Congress about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques [JURIST news archive] during the Bush administration. Pelosi, the former top Democrat on the House Intelligence … [read more]

Legal News
27 Apr 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official profile; JURIST news archive] reiterated his calls for a non-partisan truth commission to investigate Bush administration officials responsible for authorizing certain interrogation techniques during an interview [transcript, PDF] with CBS Sunday. Leahy said [CBS report] the … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Former White House advisor Karl Rove and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers [BBC profiles] will provide testimony before the US House Judiciary Committee [official website] concerning the firing of US Attorneys [JURIST news archive], allegedly for political reasons, the committee announced [press release] Wednesday after reaching an agreement … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Speaker for Italy's Chamber of Deputies [official website] Gianfranco Fini [official profile] said Monday that Italy will not accept detainees released from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Fini made the announcement after a meeting with US House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official profile] in Rome, and it contradicts earlier statements [ANSA report] by … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The British government on Wednesday froze nearly $4 billion in UK financial assets [Treasury press release; Daily Mail report] held by the failed Icelandic bank Landsbanki [corporate website], exercising its powers under the 2001 Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act [text]. One of the largest Icelandic banks, Landsbanki has enjoyed … [read more]

Legal News
7 Oct 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Lehman Brothers [corporate website] Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fuld [corporate profile] Monday called for a new regulatory scheme for financial firms in testimony before the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [committee website]. Fuld answered questions regarding Lehman Brother's role in the current financial crisis … [read more]

Legal News
22 Sep 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The Federal Reserve Board on Sunday preliminarily approved [press release] applications by independent investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley [corporate websites] to convert to bank holding companies, which would put the banks under Federal Reserve regulation, grant them increased access to bank funds and allow them to build … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Sep 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says "the whole world is watching" efforts in the United States - highlighted at a recent conference at Andover - to bring U.S. high-level civilians and/or generals to justice for crimes committed in the Iraq and Afghanistan … [read more]

Legal News
16 Sep 2008
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Members of the US Congress spoke out about regulatory changes and investigations following a stock market drop propelled by Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and the sale of Merrill Lynch [AP report] on Monday. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reiterated [press release] plans for a … [read more]

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