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The Four Quadrants of American Politics

The Atlantic: “Control of the House of Representatives could teeter precariously for years as each party consolidates its dominance over mirror-image demographic strongholds. That’s the clearest conclusion of a new analysis of the demographic and economic characteristics of all 435 congressional districts, conducted by the Equity Research Institute at the University of Southern California in conjunction with The Atlantic. Based on census data, the analysis finds that Democrats now hold a commanding edge over the GOP in seats where the share of residents who are nonwhite, the share of white adults with a college degree, or both, are higher than the level in the nation overall. But Republicans hold a lopsided lead in the districts where the share of racial minorities and whites with at least a four-year college degree are both lower than the national level—and that is the largest single bloc of districts in the House…

Nearly three-fourths of House Democrats represent districts where the share of white adults with a college degree exceeds the national level of 36 percent. More than three-fourths of Republicans hold districts where the share of white college graduates trails the national level…”

Visualizing Political Bias in Bicameral Legislatures

The Economist – See the visualization here: “Left-of-centre Americans often bemoan their country’s Senate, in which each state gets two seats regardless of population. This has always given the least populous states extra sway in the upper chamber of Congress. But in recent years, smaller states have become more Republican, and Democrats have called for… Continue Reading

TSA confirms plans to mandate mug shots for domestic air travel

Papers Please: “In an on-stage interview [March 14, 2023] at South By Southwest by a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, the head of the US Transportation Security Administration made explicit that the TSA plans to make collection of biometric data mandatory for airline travel: According to a report in [March 15, 2023] of the… Continue Reading

How AI could write our laws

MIT Technology News: “Nearly 90% of the multibillion-dollar federal lobbying apparatus in the United States serves corporate interests. In some cases, the objective of that money is obvious. Google pours millions into lobbying on bills related to antitrust regulation. Big energy companies expect action whenever there is a move to end drilling leases for federal… Continue Reading

Current Causes of Death in Children and Adolescents in the United States

New England Journal of Medicine: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released updated official mortality data that showed 45,222 firearm-related deaths in the United States in 2020 — a new peak. Although previous analyses have shown increases in firearm-related mortality in recent years (2015 to 2019), as compared with the relatively stable… Continue Reading

The privacy loophole in your doorbell

Politico: “…As networked home surveillance cameras become more popular, Larkin’s case, which has not previously been reported, illustrates a growing collision between the law and people’s own expectation of privacy for the devices they own — a loophole that concerns privacy advocates and Democratic lawmakers, but which the legal system hasn’t fully grappled with. Questions… Continue Reading

LC Lunch and Learn – Recent Developments in US Foreign Relations Law and Research Strategies

In Custodia Legis: “Join Us on 3/23 for a Lunch and Learn Webinar: “Recent Developments in US Foreign Relations Law and Research Strategies” On Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 12 p.m. EDT, legal reference specialist Louis Myers and Librarian-in-Residence Olivia Kane-Cruz will present our next Lunch and Learn Webinar, “Recent Developments in U.S. Foreign Relations… Continue Reading

Ten Legal and Business Risks of Chatbots and Generative AI

Ten Legal and Business Risks of Chatbots and Generative AI – by Matthew F. Ferraro, a senior fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University, is a Counsel at WilmerHale; Natalie Li is a Senior Associate, and Haixia Lin and Louis W. Tompros / Partners at WilmerHale. “It took just two months from… Continue Reading

Americans Can’t Consent to Companies Use of their Data

Americans Can’t Consent – Companies’ Use of Their Data – They Admit They Don’t Understand It, Say They’re Helpless to Control It, and Believe They’re Harmed When Firms Use Their Data —Making What Companies Do Illegitimate: A Report from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania – “Overview – Consent has always been a… Continue Reading

Uncommon Carriage

Reid, Blake Ellis, Uncommon Carriage (February 21, 2023). Stanford Law Review, Vol. 76, 2024 (forthcoming), U of Colorado Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-20, Available at SSRN: or “As states have started to regulate the carriage of speech by “Big Tech” Internet platforms, scholars, advocates, and policymakers have increasingly focused their attention… Continue Reading

Webinar: Updates and Overview

Register to attend the live training webinar, “ Updates and Overview.” Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST) No Fee. Speakers: Barbara Bavis, Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian, Law Library of Congress; Robert Brammer, Chief, Office of External Relations, Law Library of Congress Learning outcomes: is the official website… Continue Reading

Visualizing Firearm Mortality and Law Effects

Visualizing Firearm Mortality and Law Effects – An Interactive Web-Based Tool by Andrew R. Morral, Terry L. Schell, Theo Jacobs, Rosanna Smart “The RAND Corporation launched the Gun Policy in America initiative in January 2016 with the goal of creating objective, factual resources for policymakers and the public on the effects of gun laws. As… Continue Reading