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Digging Coal, Burying Regulations?: Legal Barriers to Proposed Energy Market Reform

Digging Coal, Burying Regulations?: Legal Barriers to Proposed Energy Market Reform

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Name * Email * Website KATRINA TOMAS—President Trump’s promise to end the “war on coal” has, in the past month, resulted in agency actions that endeavor to instigate a war on carbon regulation. On October 10th, U.S. Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, announced a proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s fully finalized regulation created to reduc…
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Lawyer calls judge’s move to ban him in Oregon ‘vindictive’

A Utah lawyer who worked on an Oregon refuge case called a judge’s move to ban him from practicing law in federal court in Oregon “vindictive.” Marcus Mumford questioned the authority of Oregon’s chief U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman to strip him of his legal authority to practice law in Oregon federal court. He also accused deputy U.S. Marshals, who tackled him and stunned him with a Taser gun after Ammon Bundy’s acquittal a year ago, of trying to “settle scores” in the wake of his succe…
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France eyes setting age for sexual consent; 13 suggested

A bill being prepared by the French government could set a minimum legal age for sexual consent for the first time, and the country’s justice minister said Monday that she thinks 13 years old could be a reasonable age. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told France’s RTL radio network that age 13 was a “limit that is worth considering” for the upcoming legislation, but noted that judges should also have the ability to assess whether someone was old enough to give consent in individual situations…
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Justices add anti-abortion counseling to free-speech lineup

The Supreme Court will hear a free speech challenge to a California law that targets anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers, adding to a term that is loaded with First Amendment disputes. The justices said Monday they will review the centers’ complaint that the new law, pushed by an abortion-rights group, forces them to provide information about abortion and other services. Lower courts had allowed the law to take effect. Unlicensed centers also must inform clients of their status. Two other ne…
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Pot-friendly San Francisco fights over recreational cannabis

Famously pro-cannabis San Francisco, where the 4/20 marijuana holiday is celebrated with a group smoke-out on Hippie Hill, is having a surprisingly difficult time establishing regulations for the broad legal pot market coming to California in January. Writing local rules in the weed-friendly city has taken a contentious turn as critics, many of them older Chinese immigrants who oppose marijuana use, try to restrict where pot can be sold. Divided San Francisco supervisors are scheduled to take u…
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