Adults Wanted

One of the most interesting blogs that I have recently discovered is the 20 committee.com. Mr. John Schindler, a former professor at the Naval War College blogs issues pertaining to national security and Eastern Europe. His experience in the intelligence community brings much interesting insight in an area that is usually sensationalized in the media. …

Sunday Talk Shows Are Boring

UPDATE (09.17.14): Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low Have you ever given any thought about why do you read, listen, or watch the news? Entertainment? Information? Maybe it’s a little of both. Family and friends who live more than 200 miles from the Washington, DC metro area are in shock when they learn …

@AFPVA: Break the (Ex-Im) Bank

This pre-Cold War relic – the Export-Import Bank or Ex-Im for short – spearheaded by FDR, is well past its political “sell by” date. Everything that the Ex-Im Bank is supposed to do, the private sector can do a whole lot better. The bottom line is that YOUR tax dollars could be put to better use: Learn …

Morning Musings

If you’re an export controls/economic sanctions lawyer, or do compliance work in this field, you may want to visit this website: CAUSE. Among other interesting items, there is a map claiming to show where certain surveillance technology is made and, more importantly, who buys it. The group wants to expose the likely unlawful use of this technology …

Ides of March and Corruption

Over at the FCPA Ethics and Compliance Blog, Tom Fox, Esq. has a timely and excellent post on the “Ides of March”. The premise is a good one. Company anti-corruption policies and procedures should, often, apply to dealings with customers, not just vendors or counter-parties. In the economic sanctions world for example, the one I …

“Hercules” Arrives Tonight in Washington DC, He May Stay Awhile

Those of us who live in these parts, Virginia and the Washington Metro area, kind of like it when the Congress and Executive branch take time off. The news cycle is a little more saner. And the lines at Target and Wal-Mart a little shorter. Traffic? What traffic. For just a few more days, that …

Congress, A Great Institution

It the holiday high season and, in Congress, that means the decoration of the federal budget Christmas tree with very expensive ornaments. A majority of the Members on the Republican side of the aisle are not going to like it; however, folks want to go home for the holidays. And they should. As Mark Twain penned …