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Washington Outlook for 2015

In This Issue: - Introduction - Agriculture, Food Safety, and Nutrition - Appropriations, Budget, and Debt Ceiling - Defense and National Security - Education - Energy and Environment - Financial...more

"OFAC and BIS Implement Changes in Cuba Policy"

Since the 1960s, the United States has maintained an embargo on Cuba that in many respects is the most comprehensive set of economic and trade restrictions on any country. On January 16, 2015, amendments to regulations issued...more

US Implements Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On January 16, 2015, the United States amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014, liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a result, the US...more

White House Announces Plan to Regulate Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Sector

On January 14, the Obama administration announced plans to reduce methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas operations as part of the president’s strategy to address climate change. The plan does not, however,...more

Obama Administration Loosens Restrictions on Cuba Travel and Commerce

On January 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released regulatory amendments implementing the Cuba...more

No End In Sight For Wave of Paid Family and Sick Leave Laws

Employers have been scrambling to keep up with the multitude of paid sick leave laws that were passed in the last several years.  These laws vary by jurisdiction and often can’t be easily reconciled into a uniform policy — an...more

White House Proposes National Data Breach Notification Standard

This has been a big week for cybersecurity announcements from Washington. In what the White House has called a series of “SOTU Spoilers,” President Obama announced his intention to follow through on some of the...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - January 2015

In This Edition: - Leaders in the News - Event Highlights - Innovator Profile - Washington Update - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Leaders in the News: We are thrilled to...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 1/13/2015

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - The 114th Congress and the final two years of the Obama Administration include a full energy and environment agenda....more

114th Congress Review

With the 114th Congress now officially underway with the Republican Party in control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, ML Strategies will continue our tradition of offering an annual Legislative and Regulatory...more

Keystone Pipeline May Be First Clash between President and New Congress

So the new Congress has been sworn in back in Washington, and the nation gears up for the first big clash between the Republican-controlled Congress and President Obama.  What will the first major battle be:  health care;...more

China Begins Issuing 10-year Visas

For many years, U.S.-China relations have been strained; however, with President Obama’s recent trip to the Asia-Pacific region, tensions seem to be easing. Evidence of this upturn in relations comes as China began issuing...more

Administrative Changes Will Create Opportunities for Startups

As we recently reported, on November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions broadly covering immigration law. One such action relates to the implementation of a parole system for inventors,...more

Investment Management and Hedge Funds – What’s Happening Now?

In This Presentation: - History of Obama’s First Six Years - Constitutional Constraints - Several Rules That Wrankle - Market Constraints - Crystal Ball Prognostications - Excerpt...more

Presidents and Pesticides: What’s Up with the Presidential Memo on Pollinators?

On June 20, 2014, the White House issued a “Presidential Memorandum -- Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.” The strategy is directed to all federal agencies and is designed...more

OMB Releases Fall 2014 Regulatory Agenda

The White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has released its semi-annual Unified Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan for Fall 2014, covering more than 60 Federal...more

Drone on Drones: White House Review of Proposals Will Affect Drone Regulations

The White House currently is reviewing a series of policy proposals related to the integration of drones into domestic airspace that may affect local governments and their ability to regulate. Both the FAA’s proposed rules...more

The Future of the Minimum Wage – 2015 and Beyond

2014 has been “The Year of the Minimum Wage.” Protests throughout the country, with workers calling for increased wages, drew significant media attention. President Obama and Democrats in both legislative chambers advocated...more

Court Tosses HUD’s Disparate Impact Rule: Is Protection for Lenders from Disparate Impact Claims on the Horizon?

Since the 1970s, courts have routinely held that the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq., may remedy housing discrimination proven through use of the disparate impact theory. The doctrine of disparate impact permits a...more

Obama Administration the Target of Hackers; Former Administration Official Recipient of Subpoena Related to Cybersecurity

The Obama Administration's handling of cyber and data security was recently brought into question due to two distinct security incidents. On the same day that a former Administration official received a subpoena related to...more

Obama Administration Delays Workplace Protections for Home-Care Workers

The Obama Administration recently announced it will postpone enforcement of a new rule extending minimum-wage and overtime protections to the nation’s nearly two million home-care workers. Although still scheduled to go into...more

Health Care Update - October 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Policymakers Scrambling to Contain Ebola Crises - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional Initiatives -...more

“Corruption: Misunderstanding the Impact.”

As I have shared in prior blogs, from the vantage point of business class and inner city hotels, there is an unhealthy distance and an often ethical unawareness from front lines of international business, when it comes to the...more

What Has the “Nuclear Option” Wrought?

With the Obama administration unable to get labor and employment law changes through a gridlocked Congress, one of its significant accomplishments and lasting legacies may be its remarkable record of reshaping federal...more

Great Article of the State of Things with the College Rating System

As we have reported a few times, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) is currently working on college rating system. Libby Nelson, formerly of Politico and now the education reporter with Vox, has a great new piece...more

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