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Justices reject effort to allow mail-in voting for all in Texas

Posted Fri, June 26th, 2020 5:48 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court today refused to reinstate a ruling by a federal trial court that would have allowed all eligible voters in Texas to vote by mail for the 2020 election cycle. In a brief order without any noted dissents, the justices turned down a […]

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The Grass Is NOT Always Greener In-House

[embedded content] Olga V. Mack is the CEO of Parley Pro, a next-generation contract management company that has pioneered online negotiation technology. Olga embraces legal innovation and had dedicated her career to improving and shaping the future of law. She is convinced that the legal profession will emerge even stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive than […]

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The Legal Profession Turns The Corner

Jack Newton, founder and CEO of Clio, joins us to discuss findings compiled by the practice management platform and brings some welcome news: law firms have seen an uptick in new matters. While the industry is still suffering from the pandemic, there are signs that things are getting back on track and clients are recognizing […]

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Montana Voters Will Decide on Recreational Marijuana

Several states may legalize recreational marijuana in the coming years as the coronavirus pandemic has left many state budgets in disarray and policymakers looking for new revenue sources. Combined with a desire to decriminalize, the zeitgeist is ideal for marijuana legalization. Montana is one state that could legalize sooner rather than later as campaigners for […]

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Event announcement: Supreme Court in Review: View from the Press Gallery

Posted Fri, June 26th, 2020 1:00 pm by Kalvis Golde On June 30, 2020, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET, the Washington Council of Lawyers will host a discussion on the 2019-2020 Supreme Court term and the court’s future under COVID-19, led by a panel of veteran court reporters: Robert Barnes of the Washington Post, Joan Biskupic […]

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Opinion analysis: Court confirms limitations on federal review for asylum seekers

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court in Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam upheld a scheme of limited and narrow judicial review over expedited removal, a bare-bones administrative process created under the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. Expedited removal allows an immigration official to make the immediate decision to deport a […]

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GAO Report Reveals Need to Simplify Next Round of Rebates

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report revealing that almost a half-million taxpayers missed their total rebate payment due to complications over disbursing funds to non-filers with eligible dependents. Taxpayers who do not regularly file tax returns—usually those who do not owe tax because they earn lower incomes or who receive federal disbursements […]

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Improving the Tax Treatment of Residential Buildings Will Stretch Affordable Housing Assistance Dollars Further

A recent Brookings Institution study points out that “even before the COVID-19 crisis, housing affordability and instability were serious problems.” The study outlines a number of goals and strategies for increasing the supply of affordable housing, including federal subsidies, low-cost loans, and grants. These may well be viable solutions, but what is missing are policies […]

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European Countries Might Consider Scrapping the Bank Tax for Greater Financial Support

After the 2007-2008 financial crisis, countries were pressed to tax the financial sector to partly recover the fiscal assistance governments offered to support the sector. However, in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, some governments are seeking to cut bank taxes to enhance financial support to businesses and public investment projects. While still to […]

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Three Reasons Expanding Credits Aren’t the Best Pandemic Response for the Vulnerable

Tax policy wonks often advocate for increases in refundable tax credits (e.g., Child Tax Credit, CTC and Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC) and nonrefundable tax credits (Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, CDCTC) as one solution to help low-income Americans. Arguments in favor of expanding these tax credits appear during economic expansions and contractions alike. […]