This Week In Washington…

Posted on June 4, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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President Barack Obama, with Elise Shemin-Roth and Ina Judith Bass, daughters of Army Sergeant William Shemin, reads while signing the Medal of Honor Certificate and Citation in the Oval Office, prior to awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously to Sgt. Shemin for conspicuous gallantry during World War I, during a ceremony in the East Room, June 2, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, with Elise Shemin-Roth and Ina Judith Bass, daughters of Army Sergeant William Shemin, reads while signing the Medal of Honor Certificate and Citation in the Oval Office, prior to awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously to Sgt. Shemin for conspicuous gallantry during World War I, during a ceremony in the East Room, June 2, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Obama signed the USA Freedom Act into law, ending a spirited debate in the Senate over revisions to the government’s sweeping intelligence-gathering powers. Looking Ahead: The government’s bulk collection of private telephone records will end in six months.
  • An investigation by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General found Transportation Safety Administration screeners failed to detect threats 95 percent of the time. Acting TSA director Melvin Carraway was quickly reassigned. Looking Ahead: DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced new procedures including random covert testing and intensive training and equipment checks. (I read and heard that Carraway was re-assigned. Cannot find where he resigned, do you have something?)
  • John Koskinen, the IRS commissioner, blamed the theft of tax returns for 104,000 Americans on global hackers. Looking Ahead: The Senate Finance Committee has begun and an ongoing investigation to determine who is to blame for the breach.
  • House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted on bank fraud charges related to paying someone to conceal “prior misconduct,” is being represented by criminal defense attorney Barry Wm. Levine of Dickstein Shapiro’s White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations Practice. Looking Ahead: It’s not clear if Levine will be Hastert’s lead counsel or is just representing him.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court took another foray into the murky world of Internet law, issuing a ruling that would make it harder for authorities to convict people who make violent statements on Facebook. Here the court’s own Facebook Looking Ahead: Justice Clarence Thomas said the decision was more confusing than enlightening, so don’t be surprised if the court re-visits this and many other emerging aspect of online law.
  • Two more long shots entered the presidential race: former Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the crowded Republican field and Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican and senator and governor from Rhode Island, joined the Democratic race.

The Law: Proposed Rulemakings

Resources: A quick and easy way to get info fast:

  1. For more on federal government rulemaking, visit the Federal Register
  2. Want to follow the 2016 presidential sweepstakes? All the polling data you’ll need is a click away.
  3. Get the latest from the declared presidential candidates from their campaign websites: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Lincoln Chafee and Republicans Ted CruzRand PaulMarco Rubio, Mike HuckabeeCarly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Perry

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