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Deal Professor: Balancing Act for Regulators Seeking to Curb Leveraged Loans

Leveraged lending guidelines are a case study in how hard it is to stamp out what are deemed risky practices and how regulation can lead to unexpected consequences.

Stop Avoiding Anxiety! Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Anxiety can be horrendous, so why would anyone want to stop avoiding anxiety and instead practice acceptance and commitment therapy? Avoiding anxiety can make a lot of sense. After all, anxiety can cause our thoughts to race with fear and … Continue reading ?

With Pollution Levels Dropping, is Small Particle Air Pollution Really Killing Americans?

Guest essay by Steve Goreham Unnoticed by most citizens, last week the United States Senate introduced the “Secret Science Reform Act of 2015.” The act is aimed at the Environmental Protection Agency’s practice of refusing to disclose data from scientific studies that support new pollution regulations. The act indirectly questions the EPA assertion that Americans…

Free Association for Me, Not Thee

6 days agoNews : Reason

In 1993, Bill Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), thus ensuring the federal government would have to show a "compelling interest" before it could enforce a law infringing on the practice of religion. Six years later, then–Gov. Show More Summary

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues Auto Lender To Military

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued a lender that specializes in used-car loans to military service members, alleging “unlawful acts and practices” used in aggressively collecting overdue payments. The lender, Security National Automotive Acceptance Company, Mason, Ohio, allegedly took advantage of military rules to put pressure on service members to pay [...]

Supreme Court rightly supports Fair Housing Act 'disparate impact' claims

For years, civil rights groups have feared that the Supreme Court would hamstring the effort to end racial segregation in housing by ruling that only practices rooted in intentional discrimination violated the Fair Housing Act. But on Thursday, a 5-to-4 majority rightly held that the landmark law...

Clarence Thomas: Racial Imbalances Aren't Always A Bad Thing, Just Look At The Mostly Black NBA

In a sharply divided 5-4 ruling on Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld the use of disparate impact claims under the 1968 Fair Housing Act, finding that policies and practices with discriminatory effects can be challenged under the law, even when there was no intent to discriminate. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to the Fair Housing Act

On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected a major challenge to the Fair Housing Act, affirming that the law forbids "disparate impact" discrimination—that is, discrimination that is race-neutral on the surface, but racist in practice.Show More Summary

Supreme Court Keeps Key Housing Discrimination Protections Intact

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Thursday that housing policies and practices with discriminatory outcomes can be challenged under the Fair Housing Act, even if there was no intent to discriminate. At issue in the case, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Show More Summary

Supreme Court finds disparate impact claim cognizable in housing cases

(Paul Mirengoff) The Supreme Court has just affirmed the Fifth Circuit’s ruling that the Fair Housing Act allows lawsuits based on disparate impact – that is, an allegation that a law or practice has a discriminatory effect, even if it wasn’t based on a discriminatory purpose. Show More Summary

Diva Unleashed! Caitlyn Jenner Acting ‘Like A Kardashian,’ Demands Big Perks Before ESPY Awards

Caitlyn Jenner learned how to be a demanding diva from the best of them! Now she’s putting her lessons into practice before her upcoming appearance to accept the Arthur Ashe … READ ON

ABC’s ‘American Crime’ A Blueprint for Diversity Behind The Camera

If the government ever decided to act on the ACLU’s call for an investigation into Hollywood's hiring practices, it might start with ABC's American Crime – not to see how the television industry gets it wrong, but to see how it can get it right. Show More Summary

Happy Hour Roundup

Anthea Butler notices that when a white suspect commits an act of terrorism like the massacre in Charleston, we immediately begin describing him as mentally ill: U.S. media practice a different policy when covering crimes involving African Americans and Muslims. As suspects, they are quickly characterized as terrorists and thugs, motivated by evil intent […]

Remember that Religious Freedom Law?

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act continues to prove itself adept at flattening government obstacles to religious practice.

Former Oil Company CEO Charged with Bribery

The Former CEO of PetroTiger Ltd. oil company has admitted to conspiring to bribe a foreign government official in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the US Department of Justice announced on Monday.

"What it’s like, lately: He smacks my chest and says something unintelligible with growing urgency."

"If I don’t act, he cries a practiced cry of total betrayal, before which I am powerless. He tries to lift up or pull down my shirt, depending. I tug it down, maybe. He screams. I relent, pull out a boob, he lunges toward me with his mouth open wide. Show More Summary

Congress Did Not Pass an Anti-Surveillance Law (And Other Thoughts About the USA Freedom Act)

When President Barack Obama signed the USA Freedom Act, it did not end bulk data collection or mass surveillance programs. It did not address many of the policies, practices or programs of the NSA, which NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed. It did not sharply limit surveillance nor was it an anti-surveillance law. The USA Freedom...

Is Doc Review the Practice of Law? 2nd Cir. Will Decide

The Second Circuit heard arguments last Friday on whether contract lawyers are entitled to overtime pay. "Legal practice" is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime rules. However, one lawyer argued that his document review job was so rote and tedious it does not amount to the practice......

Obama signs NSA Bill into Law

The USA Freedom Act supposedly revamps the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance apparatus and practices, which Obama signed into law last night.

Senate Approves USA Freedom Act

The Senate has approved the USA Freedom Act. Already passed by the House, it will now go to President Obama for signing. The USA Freedom Act, a bill that would end the National Security Agency’s practice of collecting troves of call data... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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