Law

Court Restricts Wiretapping Suits

In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that you cannot sue the government over illegal wiretapping unless you can prove that you were personally effected by it. That appears to leave out everyone but Wendell Belew, a D.C. attorney who was accidentally handed a copy of his surveillance record in 2004.

Fred Thompson Spied For Nixon During Watergate Hearings

During the Watergate Hearings, Fred Thompson was the Republican minority counsel for the hearings and, it turns out, a spy within the hearings for the Nixon Administration.

Leahy May Seek Bush Contempt Charge

Following the White House's refusal to turn over documents related to its involvement in the firing of nine U.S. attorney's, Congress has issued subpoena's for the information. The White House, again this week, has refused to honor the subpoenas citing executive privilege.

NYC May Require Permit, Insurance For Video Camera Users

The Mew York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting is contemplating requiring anyone engaged in photography on public property, including sidewalks, for more than half an hour to have a permit and $1 million in liability insurance.

Supreme Court Opens Door To Price Fixing

The Supreme Court, in a typically 5-4 decision, has reversed a 96 year old rule that disallows manufacturers from dictating retail pricing. The decision is expected to have a wide effect on consumers.

Warren Buffett Wants Change In The Tax System

Taxed at a rate of just 17.7 per cent, Warren Buffett's legal rate is almost half that of most of his employees. He thinks that that is unfair and that Congress should correct the discrepancy.

Congress Serves White House Over Wiretapping

After months of requesting information from the Administration regarding the controversial domestic wire-tapping program, both houses of Congress have issued actual subpoenas to several sources within the White House and other parts of the Bush Administration seeking answers.

Gonzales Plans Annual Political Reviews For U.S. Attorneys

A new development from the Attorney scandal is almost impossible to believe, but I've seen it from two different sources now; so, I'm passing it on to you. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is planning to conduct annual reviews for the various U.S. Attorneys, like the eight recently fired, in which they will discuss complaints against them from politicians.

Microsoft Lobbying NYS To Change Election Law

Microsoft has some issues with the Election Law in New York State and is looking to make some changes through a massive lobbying effort.

Gun Control Legislation Winding Through Congress

The House passed a bill yesterday that seeks to shore-up existing gun control measures to make them more effective. The Senate is expected to follow suit. All this with the support of the NRA.

Investigation Of Attorney Firings Draws Subpoenas Of Bush Staffers

Congress has subpoenaed former presidential legal counsel Harriet Miers and political director Sara Taylor to testify before committees investigation the firing of federal prosecutors.

Immigration Bill Down But Not Out

Tuesday, president Bush went to the capitol to speak to Senate Republicans about the immigration bill. Now we have news that a bipartisan group of Senators are working to overhaul the legislation in hopes of getting it passed.

Driver Fined $1,000 For Vegetable Oil

North Carolina has fined a driver $1,000 for using vegetable oil to power is 1981 Mercedes. Their reason: not paying taxes on motor fuel.

Smart Growth vs Suburban Sprawl

There is a growing battle for the future of development in the U.S. That battle is over whether suburban sprawl should continue ever onward into the sunset or should we consider what anti-sprawl advocates call "Smart Growth."

Passport Restrictions Eased Temporarily

As the reality sets in that new passport restrictions are seriously inconveniencing travelers this summer, the Bush Administration has temporarily suspended those restrictions. The suspension will last until the end of September and allows Americans to fly to and from Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean without a passport.

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