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Musings from Around Town

May you and your families have a blessed Christmas holiday. Here is an early round up of interesting news items we found around town for this short holiday week:

  • Congress just gave the nation yesterday the best Christmas present ever. Members went home for the holidays. And Senator Ted Cruz is spot on, the budget bill shows what is so wrong with this system. I’ll add, it also illustrates why Congress needs new members from both political parties to step up and lead.
  • For fellow Virginians, the upcoming state Senate races have taken on a new sense of political urgency. Also in the Commonwealth this week, after three decades in Congress, a legislative giant and patriot, Congressman Frank Wolf, announced it is time to move on to other things. Very tough shoes to fill.
  • Mexico, finally, moves to privatize its government-owned oil sector. Long overdue. It is a small gesture really. They need to go all the way, but its a start.  In related news, there was a major oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday.
  • NSA leaker and, yes, traitor, appears to be auctioning his services to foreign nations in exchange for a one way ticket out of Russia. Unlike Russia, the U.S. has an extradition treaty with Brazil.
  • NSA reforms recommended. Expect this issue to remain on the political front burner for some time to come.
  • Comprehensive immigration reform? Be sure to read DiploPundit’s latest post, Maid in Manhattan, about the arrest of Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade for visa fraud related to her underpaid domestic employee. Yet one more reason for border security first, everything else later.
  • The EU is amending its Syria sanctions regulations, while the US Treasury Department published its latest economic sanctions enforcement highlights.
  • FCPA lawyer Tom Fox, Esq. has posted a collection of his video podcasts for the year. They are quite informative and well worth a visit.
  • Legal news of the week in town, maybe even the year, is the Klayman v. Obama decision penned by a President George W. Bush-nominated federal judge, Richard Leon with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Interesting footnote, Bush nominated Leon the day before the September 11 terror attacks. For my liberal friends, I’d like it noted for the record that this NSA/civil liberties lawsuit was filed by a conservative group and decided by a Republican-nominate judge.

Klayman v Obama

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