Archive | December, 2011

Episode 50: The Year in Law and Politics

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Mind the sign, everyone. And have a great new year.
In this week’s podcast we look back at 2011. Join us as we survey the past twelve months of legal triumph, tragedy, farce (Kardashian, anyone?) and everything in between.  We’ll also make some spirited (and sure to be wrong!) prognostications about what 2012 will bring. So, what were the big stories this past year? Well, according to our…
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Their Payroll Taxes Go Down While the Cost of the House Goes Up

The Fine Print – Home Buyers to Pay for the Payroll Tax Cut

For anyone who runs a business or a household, budgeting is a zero sum game.  So much comes in and that is how much can go out.  Since the government can print money and the rest of us can’t, it does get to play the game with different rules.  That said, assuming that the government…
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According to our guest, Congress has a key role to play in defining the war against terror, and what it means to be an enemy combatant

Episode 49: All About the NDAA — Exploring the Possibility of Indefinite Detention

Section 1031 of the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act proposes to legalize the arrest and detention of American citizens, indefinitely, and without a public trial by a jury of their peers. On first look, this appears to be in opposition to the fifth and sixth amendments to the constitution, as encapsulated by the universal Bill…
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Despite being signed into law, the Affordable Care Act cannot take effect until it passes unhurt through Supreme Court review

The Fate of Universal Health Care Will Define the Role of Central Government

The Supreme Court has blocked out 3 days in March, over which to hear five and a half hours of arguments concerning the Affordable Care Act. It will be the most time devoted to any single case since the Civil Rights cases in the 1960s. In the first century of the Republic, it seems to…
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American liberty and democracy is in danger of falling prey to fear

Indefinite Detention is the Latest and Most Dangerous Evidence of a Broken U.S. Government

Will the Legal System Prevail and Save America from Fear Itself? What are we to make of the surprising news that President Obama has reversed his pledge to veto the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012?  Critics claim that section 1031 of the Senate’s NDAA will make it legal for the government to arrest and…
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