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Federal Court Says DOJ Must Hand Over Memo on Mueller Report

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

A federal district court in D.C. has held that the Department of Justice must release a memo it prepared regarding the release of the Mueller Report. On May 3, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the DOJ to release a document requested by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (“CREW") under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

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D.C. Circuit Court Judge Calls for SCOTUS to Remove Libel Protection

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

A rather run-of-the-mill libel case has become the subject of vehement debate after a conservative federal judge sitting on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals called the press biased against the Republican Party and proposed that it was time for the Supreme Court to overturn New York Times v. Sullivan, the landmark ruling that has governed libel cases for over a half-century.

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DOJ Argues U.S. Can Kill Citizens at Its Discretion Under State Secrets Privilege

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

As if there wasn't enough to keep you awake at night already, the Department of Justice on Monday, November 16, argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the federal government can kill U.S. citizens at its discretion if state secrets are involved. If you're alarmed by that argument, you aren't alone. U.S. Circuit Judge Patricia Millet called this argument an "extraordinary . . .

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USPS Cannot Account for 300,000 Ballots On Election Day, Fails to Comply With Sweep Order

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

Despite significant concerns on both sides of the aisle, it appears election tabulation has gone about as well as expected - for the most part. Delays were expected, and the system handled record turnouts in difficult circumstances reasonably well. Considering the anxiety and emotion our country is experiencing, it could have been much worse. That is not to say it couldn't have been better.

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Hospitals Argue to D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals That Insurance Charges Are Mostly Unknowable

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

The Supreme Court will hear a much-anticipated case involving the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) shortly. However, another federal appeals court has also taken up an important issue involving a provision in the ACA that may require hospitals to disclose discounted insurance rates for procedures to the public. If you've ever wondered where you can spend the least amount for a routine medical procedure, this may be a case to watch. The D.C.

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TikTok Won't Be Banned In the United States...Yet.

By Laura Temme, Esq.

In a decision given to the parties on Sunday night, a federal judge in the D.C. Circuit has put President Trump's plans to ban TikTok on hold. The wildly popular video-sharing app currently has around 100 million users in the United States. Trump Cites Security Concerns in TikTok Ban Some fear that the app's parent company, ByteDance, would be required to turn over user data to the Chinese government if asked. Others are concerned about censorship or propaganda.

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