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Weekend Roundup: Is China Outpacing Mexico on the Rule of Law?

On the same day this week that President Obama announced a measure that could give legal protection to 5 million undocumented immigrants, massive protests raged across Mexico against the impunity and corruption that led to the horrific massacre of 43 students. Show More Summary

Jorge Ramos to O’Reilly: Obama ‘Evolved’ on Legality of Immigration Action

16 minutes agoNews : Mediaite

Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos faced off with Bill O'Reilly tonight on immigration, and told the Fox host that he thinks President Obama "evolved" on the legality of executive orders on the matter.

DailyDirt: The Legal Definition Of What You're Eating...

45 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

There are some bizarre legal definitions for common foods. For example, we've seen that the definition of a sandwich was under dispute because a burrito place was encroaching on a sandwich shop in a shopping mall food court. That case decided that a burrito was not a sandwich, but food experts don't all agree on that point. Show More Summary

Immigration Reform, Lawful Authority and the Office of Legal Counsel

Last night, the President announced several actions he was taking to improve "our broken immigration system." Actions like beefing up enforcement at the borders, prioritizing enforcement against felons, gang members, suspected terrorists...Show More Summary

Logical Limitations for Machine Ethics?

Logical Limitations to Machine Ethics with Consequences to Lethal Autonomous WeaponsAuthors:Engleert et alAbstract:Lethal Autonomous Weapons promise to revolutionize warfare -- and raise a multitude of ethical and legal questions. It...Show More Summary

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Immigration Debate

1 hour agoNews : Truthdig

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right and Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s plan to allow up to five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country and work legally. Host Matt Miller thinks the plan was designed to make GOP heads explode.

I Belong to a World that Vows to End Statelessness

Sixty years ago, the world agreed to protect stateless people, but around 10 million people are currently denied a nationality. This revealing photo essay illustrates why a new campaign aims to end the devastating legal limbo of statelessness.

Immigration reform: Who qualifies and who doesn't?

President Obama’s new set of immigration policies could affect up to 5 million people, including the possibility of a three-year reprieve from the threat of deportation for some parents of residents with legal status.

Congress should give Obama the legal OK to fight Islamic State

To the editor: I agree with my colleague Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that Congress should pass legislation authorizing operations against Islamic State. We should repeal and replace the authorization Congress passed shortly after 9/11 and redefine presidential authority to conduct military...

deportation suspension and legalization: a great first step – now, let’s open the borders

From the Washington Post article on the “insanely  confusing” path to citizenship. Last night, President Obama announced new policies that would allow approximately five million persons to live in peace without fear of deportation. If you have lived in the United States for five years and have no crimes, you can obtain a status that […]

Lucky Break! ‘RHONJ’ Stars Jacqueline & Chris Laurita Get Reprieve In Bankruptcy Trial As Judge Approves Extension

At last, some good legal news for a Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member! has learned that Jacqueline and Chris Laurita have been given a last-minute reprieve in… READ ON

Ireland Asks EU To Support Microsoft In Legal Battle Involving Competing Jurisdictions

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Techdirt has been following the extremely important case where a US magistrate judge ruled that Microsoft had to comply with a warrant asking for data held on servers in Dublin. Clearly, if this stands, it will have big implications for cloud computing -- and a massive negative impact on US businesses trying to sell such services around the world. Show More Summary

Write-Offs: 11.21.14

$$$ Citigroup Said to Be Ousted From ECB FX Group for Rigging [Bloomberg] $$$ Dow Chemical, Loeb Settle Board Dispute [WSJ] $$$ The legal “loophole” that allowed one of the world’s largest hedge funds to make anonymous bets against listed...Show More Summary

D.C.’s ‘pot belt’ stretches from Hains Point to Columbia Heights

All of the ballots have been counted, and — no surprises here — D.C. residents voted by an overwhelming margin to legalize marijuana possession and home cultivation in the city. In the end, Initiative 71 passed by a more than 2-to-1 margin: 65 percent in favor of legalization, 28 percent opposed, and 7 percent who did not choose […]

Immigration Expert: 'Nearly Every Illegal Alien' Here Before 2014 Could Avoid Deportation

Nearly 5 million illegal immigrants are expected to be eligible for paperwork allowing them to remain and work in the U.S. But many of the remaining illegal immigrants who were not granted legal status will also likely benefit from the executive actions President Obama announced Thursday night. Show More Summary


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: UC-Irvine Cuts Class by 29% in Bid for Top 20 Inaugural U.S. News Ranking. Heh. Just the other day, the parody student newspaper at UT Law contained an announcement that our entering class next year would consist of a single student, recruited with a $1 million scholarship, in […]

'Pregnant Man' Thomas Beatie -- I GPS'd My Ex ... But I Thought It Was Legal!

Thomas Beatie believes he had every right to track his ex-wife... so says his current fiancee, who insists the famous "Pregnant Man" LEGALLY GPS'd the woman's whereabouts.Amber Beatie tells TMZ... after Nancy Beatie threatened to take off with…

How Obama's immigration order hits NY biz

New Yorkers' reaction to President Barack Obama's executive order offering legal status to undocumented immigrants is mixed, with some employers praising it but some immigrants lamenting that it... To view the full story, click the title link.

The legal case for Obama's immigration policy is quite simple

In the run-up to President Obama's announcement of his executive actions on immigration reform, there were accusations, mostly from the right, that Obama was abusing the powers of his office. But according to the White House's legalShow More Summary

Court Bars FCC From Diclosing How Much Comcast, DirecTV Pay Broadcasters

Last week’s last-minute legal battle between just about every major TV broadcaster and the FCC came to quietly disappointing conclusion this morning, with a federal appeals court refusing to allow the government to share confidential...Show More Summary

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