July 31, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker of the House John Boehner to move ahead with a lawsuit which would challenge President Barack Obama's 2013 decision to waive the federal healthcare law's employer mandate without Congress's consent. The measure ...[read more]
July 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order also explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. The order does not include a ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Department of Defense (DOD) has notified Congress that it intends to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay, officials said Wednesday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reportedly notified Congress about the transfers last week, which are scheduled to take place as soon as next month. ...[read more]
July 8, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation concerning spending for the US intelligence community that increases protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers. The bipartisan legislation authorizes $564 million in spending over five years and specifies that employees who ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in NLRB v. Noel Canning that US President Barack Obama overstepped his authority when he appointed three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in January 2012. In an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, the court held that while the president does ...[read more]
June 24, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday released a previously secret government memo outlining the Obama administration's legal basis for the 2011 drone strike against US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. According to the memo, al-Awlaki played an important role in al Qaeda in the ...[read more]
June 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Obama administration on Friday announced that it would boost the ranks of immigration judges, lawyers and asylum officers to decrease the flow of undocumented children into the country. According to homeland security deputy director Alejandro Mayorkas, 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived on ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
05/27/2014: Supreme Court found Florida IQ cutoff for executions unconstitutional. 03/03/2014: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on death penalty for intellectually disabled. 05/02/2014: Obama expressed desire to ask AG Holder to investigate death penalty issues. 05/02/2014: UN urged death ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A White House official said Monday that US President Barack Obama will sign an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This action marks a departure from the White House's position last year that an executive ...[read more]
June 14, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Jonathan Hafetz of the Seton Hall University School of Law discusses some of the lessons offered by the Bergdahl exchange as they relate to US policy on Guantanamo ... The Obama administration has confirmed that it will continue to pursue its longstanding goal of closing the ...[read more]

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