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The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act

A new bipartisan bill aims to sharpen the United States’ response to looting in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries impacted by war, political instability, or natural disaster, The Art Newspaper reported. New York Democratic...Show More Summary

President Obama Acted Unilaterally on Immigration and the Right Is Predictably Outraged

President Barack Obama, who has issued fewer executive orders than any president since Grover Cleveland, issued a set of directives this week to protect 5 million undocumented residents from deportation. The new executive actions will...Show More Summary

Inexcusable failures: Secret Service admits it ‘fell short’ protecting White House

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The Secret Service admitted Wednesday to an “inexcusable” series of failures that allowed a disturbed veteran to make it deep into the White House armed with a knife. Joseph Clancy, acting director of the Secret Service, told the House Judiciary Committee that the front door of the...

Manufacturers support H.R. 4795, the Promoting New Manufacturing Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is just weeks away from proposing a new ozone standard that the NAM estimates couldRead the Rest...

The Secret Service Is In Very Bad Shape

The acting head of the U.S. Secret Service said on Wednesday that the agency charged with protecting the president had been "severely damaged" by harmful lapses, including allowing a knife-carrying man to jump a fence and run into the White Housein September. Show More Summary

FISA Judge To Yahoo: If US Citizens Don't Know They're Being Surveilled, There's No Harm

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A legal battle between Yahoo and the government over the Protect America Act took place in 2008, but details (forced from the government's Top Secret file folders by FISA Judge Reggie Walton) are only emerging now. A total of 1,500 pages will eventually make their way into the public domain once redactions have been applied. Show More Summary

A dangerous NSA bill

Senators are likely to vote soon on S. 2685, the USA Freedom Act — which should be named the Terrorist Plot Protection Act — a bill championed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) aimed at severely curtailing the National Security Agency surveillance operation. As a memo for the Republican Policy Committee explains, “This bill has never […]

Rick St. Hilaire on Proposed Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R. 5703)

Rick St. Hilaire ('House Bill Calls for Cultural Property Protection Czar and Import Restrictions on Syrian Heritage in Jeopardy', Cultural Heritage Lawyer Blog Monday, November 17, 2014) has a full account of the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R. Show More Summary

The $30 000 Coffin Nails

Collectors and dealers so far have been very reluctant to discuss "H.R.5703 -- Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act" currently placed before the US Congress which aims to "protect and preserve international cultural...Show More Summary

Conservation groups press Obama adminstration to protect Yellowstone bison

last weekNews : The Raw Story

(Reuters) – Two conservation groups asked the Obama administration on Thursday to provide Endangered Species Act protections for about 4,900 bison at Yellowstone National Park, where managers intend to cull the herd by 900 this winter. Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project...

Conservation groups ask Obama administration to protect Yellowstone bison

last weekNews : The Newsroom

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Two conservation groups asked the Obama administration on Thursday to provide Endangered Species Act protections for about 4,900 bison at Yellowstone National Park, where managers intend to cull the herd by 900 this winter. Show More Summary

Conservation groups ask Obama administration to protect Yellowstone bison

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Two conservation groups asked the Obama administration on Thursday to provide Endangered Species Act protections for about 4,900 bison at Yellowstone National Park, where managers intend to cull the herd by 900 this winter. Show More Summary

Take Action: Obamacare Architect Says it’s Passage Relied on the ‘Stupidity of the American Voter’

A key person behind the crafting of the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says getting it passed relied on a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter.” MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber made the comments during a 2013 panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania. A video of his remarks just […]

Michigan House Speaker Proposes 'Religious Freedom' Act As Debate Over LGBT Job Protections Bill Continues

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

As lawmakers in Michigan debate on whether to support legislation that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (but not gender identity or expression), Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger has proposed a bill that would allow businesses to...

Google calls for U.S. to extend Privacy Act protections to EU citizens

Google on Wednesday called on the federal government to allow European citizens to challenge the misuse of their data by the U.S. government in U.S. courts, a right already enjoyed by Americans in the European Union. The proposal would help heal rifts that have appeared between the U.S. and Europe in the wake of surveillance revealed by […]

Google calls for U.S. to extend Privacy Act protections to EU citizens

Google on Wednesday called on the federal government to allow European citizens to challenge the misuse of their data by the U.S. government in U.S. courts, a right already enjoyed by Americans in the European Union. The proposal would help heal rifts that have appeared between the U.S. and Europe in the wake of surveillance revealed by […]

Google calls for U.S. to extend Privacy Act protections to EU citizens

Google on Wednesday called on the federal government to allow European citizens to challenge the misuse of their data by the U.S. government in U.S. courts, a right already enjoyed by Americans in the European Union. The proposal would help heal rifts that have appeared between the U.S. and Europe in the wake of surveillance revealed by […]

President Obama on Net Neutrality

President Obama: I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online. Show More Summary

Do you trust telecom industry? That's why we need open Internet

Be honest now: Do you trust big businesses to play fair when they issue credit cards or loans? Do you trust them to release only safe products, to protect the environment, to follow all financial rules and to act in the best interest of society?

Obama On Net Neutrality: FCC Should Reclassify Internet As A Utility

President Obama issued a statement this morning on Net Neutrality. In a video address, the president urged the FCC to reclassify internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications act, saying that it was vital to protect net neutrality. Obama said: “Ever since the internet was created, it’s been organized around the basic principles of openness, […]

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