Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died early Thursday in a Paris hospital according to an official announcement. He was 75. Admired deeply by supporters but reviled by opponents, Arafat's passing ends a week of speculation over the leader's failing health after premature reports of his death circulated on Nov. 4. The Palestinian Authority leader spent his [...]

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Erwin Chemerinsky, Duke Law School: "It is hard to imagine a more conservative or more repressive attorney general than John Ashcroft. The Ashcroft Justice Department took the unprecedented position that the government could hold human beings, including American citizens, forever as enemy combatants without judicial review. Ashcroft rescinded regulations limiting surveillance of peaceful religious and [...]

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Stephen Bainbridge, UCLA School of Law: "Cruising around the blogosphere, one notes proposals that John Ashcroft be replaced by as Attorney General such legitimate luminaries as Randy Barnett or Fred Thompson. Sorry, guys. Blogospheric prognostication has proved fallible. Bush just went with the conventional wisdom pick: White House counsel Alberto Gonzales. No real surprise there. [...]

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Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law: "he White House may be thinking of White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales as the next Attorney General. That would be the same Gonzales who is up to his eye teeth in not just the torture memos, but also the idea that the US can unilaterally decide [...]

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Larry Ribstein, University of Illinois College of Law: "The SEC announced yesterday rulemaking initiatives aimed at so-called "self-regulatory organizations" such as stock exchanges. These include specific proposals to change the rules on ownership, governance, reporting and transparency by these organizations. The governance proposal would, consistent with many other SEC moves, require more independent directors. The [...]

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