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Supreme Court Sides With Minority Voters in Alabama Case

In the only U.S. Supreme Court case of the term where the issue of race is front and center— other than the high profile Fair Housing Act case— the court sided with minority voters. Unsurprisingly, Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the majority opinion.

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House Poised to Employ 'Queen of the Hill' Rule

In 1975, Schoolhouse Rock! debuted the song “I’m Just a Bill,” a now infamous pop culture segment that describes what most people think of how a bill passes Congress. Now if it were only that simple.

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Congress Offers 2016 Budget Blueprints

Congress formally entered the fiscal fray this week, as both the House and Senate introduced budget resolutions for fiscal year 2016.

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States, Congress Continue to Fight Against Trolls

Of the 17 states that have introduced legislation in 2015, 10 of those are introducing patent troll legislation for the first time.

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SCOTUS Rules on Rules

Slogging through the distinctions between “legislative rules” and “interpretive rules” may be more than even an avid U.S. Supreme Court watcher can take. But it can be worthwhile.

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The Toxic Politics of TSCA Reform

Who knew Bisphenol A or Diethylaluminum Chloride could be so exciting?

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Amtrak Leaves House Station, Next Stop U.S. Senate

The $7.2 billion reauthorization of Amtrak approved last week by the House of Representatives, would direct a greater share of resources to the Northeast Corridor (NEC.)

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Supreme Court's Railroad 4-R Ruling Mixed for States

It can be difficult to tell the forest from the trees as you zip across the country in a train and as you contemplate the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation.

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Can Advanced Practice Nurses Help Rural Health Care Shortage?

Rural communities struggle to recruit younger doctors to their enclave for many reasons. For example, many young doctors are seeking a location to call home that will also provide career opportunities for their similarly educated partners.

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Justice Kennedy's Concurrence in Tax Case Leans on SLCC Brief

U.S. Supreme Court amici—friends of the court—long for any scrap of recognition from the court.

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