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46,218 news transcripts show ideologically extreme politicians get more airtime

Via LLRX46,218 news transcripts show ideologically extreme politicians get more airtime – Professors Joshua Darr, Jeremey Padgett and Johanna Dunaway research how changes in the media have shifted the incentives of elected officials and the considerations of voters, and what that means for American democracy. In recent work, they showed that extremely conservative and extremely liberal legislators receive far more airtime on cable and broadcast news than their moderate counterparts.

Supreme Court Nominations, 1789 to 2020: Actions by the Senate, the Judiciary Committee, and the President

CRS – Supreme Court Nominations, 1789 to 2020:Actions by the Senate, the Judiciary Committee, and the President, Updated February 23, 2021: “The process of appointing Supreme Court Justices has undergone changes over two centuries, but its most basic feature, the sharing of power between the President and Senate, has remained unchanged. To receive a lifetime… Continue Reading

The 5 Trump Amendments to the Constitution

The Atlantic: “…Presidents have been the authors of many informal amendments. George Washington set enduring precedents such as the two-term limit on presidential service (a norm so embedded that after Franklin D. Roosevelt broke it, it was written into the formal Constitution). Andrew Jackson reimagined the president as the direct representative of the people. Abraham… Continue Reading

The Three Permissions: Presidential Removal and the Statutory Limits of Agency Independence

The Three Permissions: Presidential Removal and the Statutory Limits of Agency Independence, 121 Columbia Law Review No.1, January 2021. “Seven words stand between the President and the heads of over a dozen “independent agencies”: inefficiency, neglect of duty, and malfea­sance in office (INM). The President can remove the heads of these agencies for INM and… Continue Reading

How Americans Navigated the News in 2020: A Tumultuous Year in Review

Pew Report – Americans inhabited different information environments, with wide gaps in how they viewed the election and COVID-19, February 22, 2021. “Americans are divided – that much is obvious after a contentious presidential election and transition, and in the midst of a politicized pandemic that has prompted a wide range of reactions. But in… Continue Reading

Power Outages in Texas

CRS Insight – Power Outages in Texas, February 17, 2021: “Texas’s power outages, many experts argue, are largely a result of policies for electricity independence that the state has pursued for decades. Texas operates its own independent electrical grid, run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) that serves most of the state. Texas… Continue Reading

Now Available on Congress.gov – US Statutes at Large from 1973-1994

In Custodia Legis – “As announced at the Congress.gov Virtual Public Forum, we are excited to bring you more full-text access to legislation in the form of the United States Statutes at Large. Twenty years of law texts, dating from 1973-1994, are now easy to access from Congress.gov. Law texts can be accessed from lists… Continue Reading

Abortion: Judicial History and Legislative Response

CRS Report – Abortion: Judicial History and Legislative Response, Updated February 8, 2021: “In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded in Roe v. Wade that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy. In a companion decision, Doe v. Bolton, the Court found that a state may not unduly burden the exercise… Continue Reading

Experts to explore COVID-19’s impact on the air and space industry at virtual meeting

ABA – “U.S. Representative Rick Larsen, the U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee chairman, will give the keynote address, “Seeing the aviation industry through COVID, CARES Relief, and Recovery,” at the American Bar Association Forum on Air & Space Law’s 2021 Virtual Update Conference on Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The online conference will feature leading… Continue Reading

Political Polarization: Challenges, Opportunities, and Hope for Consumer Welfare

Journal of Public Policy and Marketing [paywall] EXPRESS: Political Polarization: Challenges, Opportunities, and Hope for Consumer Welfare, Marketers, and Public Policy Show. T.J. Weber, Chris Hydock, William Ding. First Published January 12, 2021. “Political polarization is a marked political division in the population, characterized by multiple manifestations. We argue that it can impact consumer psychology,… Continue Reading

NYT Op – Lawyers Enabled Trump’s Worst Abuses

The New York Times Opinion By Sherrilyn A. Ifill – Ms. Ifill is a lawyer and author. She is president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., a civil rights legal organization. “The legal profession must reckon with its complicity in Trump’s attack on democracy. Every day, we learn more about… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Preview of 2020-2021 Environmental and Energy Law Cases and Review of 2019-2020 Rulings

CRS Report – Supreme Court Preview of2020-2021 Environmental and Energy Law Cases and Review of 2019-2020 Rulings, Updated February 11, 2021: “The Supreme Court 2019-2020 term, which started on October 1, 2019, was historic in unexpected ways. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in the Court indefinitely closing its building to the public, postponing… Continue Reading