Archives for 2017

Politicizing FOIA review at the EPA and Interior

The Washington Post reported last week that “high-level officials” at the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the Department of the Interior (“DOI”) have started to “keep closer tabs” on incoming Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) requests for records that may be embarrassing or politically damaging to the Trump Administration.  Whether […]

Lawsuit against McAuliffe, GreenTech Automotive is long overdue

Ryan P. Mulvey: Lawsuit against McAuliffe, GreenTech Automotive is long overdue It was always too good to be true. Nearly ten years ago, when Terry McAuliffe teamed up with Chinese businessman Charles Wang to start GreenTech Automotive — and hired Hillary Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, to sell the “green energy” […]

Plea Bargaining and Its Effect on The Sixth Amendment

Earlier blog posts on criminal justice and policing reform focused on overcriminalization, mandatory minimums, and other perverse incentives within our justice system. This post will focus on the Sixth Amendment and Plea Bargaining. For the purposes of this post, “plea bargaining” refers to “agreements between defendants and prosecutors where defendants […]

John Vecchione discusses CFPB “Dumbledore’s Army” on KZIM’s Morning News Watch

It’s time to finalize ‘release to one, release to all’

It’s time to finalize ‘release to one, release to all’ By Tyler Arnold The Trump administration recently announced its plan to accelerate the processing of a 13,000 records-request backlog that has piled up over the past decade at the U.S. State Department. This is a good start, but the president has an […]

EB-5 “Cash-for-Visa” Investors Sue Casino Project Linked to Former Senator Harry Reid

According to the Los Angeles Times, “[s]ixty Chinese investors,” who participated in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, have sued the developers and managers behind the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for failure to deliver on “promised green cards.”  According to the investors’ lawsuit, the hotel redevelopment project has “not […]

Inside NOAA’s Secret Staff Newsletter

Imagine being a New England fisherman.  You’re subject to complex and burdensome regulation, and the federal government isn’t exactly helping to keep your way of life afloat.  In fact, its officials have worked increasingly to limit your ability to catch fish and to impose onerous costs on your continued livelihood.  […]