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Bill on Bankruptcy: Sandbagging of a Federal District Judge
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Grayson: Only 1 Agency Should Regulate Wall Street
MacEwen: Weil Gotshal Layoffs Start of Wave
Bill on Bankruptcy: Supreme Court Cases Will Have Wide Impact
Coyle: Robert's SCOTUS Doesn't Respect Congress
Spitzer "Disappointed" in Wall Street's Regulators
NALP: 18-Year Low for Law Grad Employment
Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?
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In This Issue:
- Proposed EPA Water Rule Could Expand Regulatory Authority Over Streams and Wetlands
- USDA Finalizes Import Regulations for "Mad Cow Disease"
- Organic Farmers Effected by Farm Bill Extension...more
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