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[Mexico] Soaring Microsoft shares boosted Bill Gates's fortune by $15.8bn in 2013

regained world's richest man title from Mexican telecoms magnate Carlos Slim in May, now has $78.5bn
The Guardian (uk)
added Jan 3, 2014 17:42

Looking for a Lobbyist? Here are 250 New Candidates

250 former congressional employees, including 72 former House members, this week became eligible to lobby Congress ... some of them have landed ... Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Mary Bono (R-Calif.), Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Steve
The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
added Jan 3, 2014 16:58

Obama Trails Bush in Shaping Federal Judiciary

lags behind George W. Bush when it comes to leaving his imprint on the nation's federal courts of appeals, a Brookings Institution report has found.
The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
added Dec 30, 2013 21:01

For Vaporizers, New Technology and Product Design

alk turned to the relative subtlety of vaporizers as a delivery mechanism for marijuana.... he’s personally “very much in favor of what’s happening on the legalization of marijuana front,” the two came up with the idea when discussing tobacco smoking.
New York Times
added Dec 25, 2013 11:58

MEMORANDUM FOR ALL MEMBERS, OFFICERS, AND EMPLOYEES / FROM: Committee on Ethics... SUBJECT: Holiday Guidance on the Gift Rule

Members and staff may not knowingly accept any gift, except as provided in the gift rule.1 The rule defines the term "gift" broadly to mean "a gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, forbearance, or other item having monetary value.,,
US House of Representatives
added Dec 22, 2013 14:08

Increasing Marijuana Use in High School Is Reported

A new federal report shows that the percentage of American high school students who smoke marijuana is slowly rising, while the use of alcohol and almost every other drug is falling. The report raises concerns that the relaxation of restrictions on mari
New York Times Blogs
added Dec 18, 2013 05:54

[Washington] Seattle creates $27 fine for public pot smoking

Seattle police officers will soon have authority to write $27 tickets for consuming pot in public, similar to the sanctions for publicly drinking alcohol.
Seattle (WA) Times
added Dec 16, 2013 21:46

Low Ethics and Honesty Marks For Lobbyists In New Poll

Americans hold car salespeople and members of Congress in higher esteem than lobbyists, who are perceived to have the lowest ethical values among workers in more than 20 professions, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
added Dec 16, 2013 18:58
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Nina Pillard, Georgetown Law Professor, Confirmed to D.C. Circuit

The Senate confirmed Georgetown University Law Center professor Cornelia "Nina" Pillard to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit early this morning, amid escalating political bickering over a rules change that allowed for the vote.
The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
added Dec 14, 2013 13:09

[District of Columbia] Senate Moves on Judicial, Executive Confirmations

Working nearly around the clock, the Senate has confirmed a slate of non-controversial judicial and executive nominees in an end-of-the year push to finish legislative business. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says more confirmation votes will
The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
added Dec 13, 2013 16:19
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