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Obamacare in the Cross Hairs — but Procedural Hurdles Loom

President-elect Trump and congressional Republicans have promised to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but there is deep division regarding which provisions will be rescinded and around the details of the...more

A HUUUUGE Hire:  Learning From the Actions of Our Future President

Before we begin, a disclaimer: this IS NOT a political blog, or an endorsement or a criticism of our President-elect. This is merely an informational blog. Accordingly, please delete the emails you have started typing,...more

President-Elect Trump’s First 100 Days

As the United States rings in a New Year, it also welcomes a new president. All eyes are trained on Washington in anticipation of what President-elect Donald Trump will tackle in his first 100 days in office. Trump’s initial...more

DOL Nominee Puzder To Withdraw?

Andrew Puzder, President-elect Trump’s choice to head the Department of Labor, may ask that his nomination be withdrawn, according to reports in New York magazine and Politico, quoting a Republican source close to the Trump...more

Rail Issues Before the New Administration

There was a plenty of rail-related activity during the 114th Congress and the last two years of the Obama Administration. Amtrak and the Surface Transportation Board (STB) were reauthorized with major changes to Amtrak's...more

Lawmakers take sides on Director Cordray’s future; Senator Warren urges consumer advocates to defend CFPB

Battle lines over Director Cordray’s future at the CFPB are predictably forming along party lines. Earlier this week, two Republican senators sent a letter to Vice President-elect Pence urging Director Cordray’s removal by...more

Tenth Circuit ruling on constitutionality of SEC administrative judges: implications for CFPB

Just before year-end, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Bandimere v. United States Securities and Exchange Commission, set aside an SEC decision finding the petitioner liable for violating various securities...more

Don’t Miss These 2017 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference Events in San Francisco

If your work involves life sciences dealmaking, you know it’s the time of year to start firming up your plans for the week of the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. In the last 10 years, the second week of January in San...more

Trump’s New Trade Council and Advisor

President-elect Donald Trump announced the creation of a new White House National Trade Council and appointed economist Peter Navarro to head up this new council. Mr. Navarro is a professor at University of California, Irvine...more

Secretary of Interior Nominee Willing to Work for Tribes

President-Elect Donald Trump has officially announced Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as his nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI). During his time in Congress, Zinke has addressed various DOI issues...more

Forecast for the Department of Energy Finance Programs

President-Elect Donald Trump announced former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 13, 2016, as his selection for Secretary of Energy. To many champions of renewable energy, Perry is considered an adversary for his hardline denial...more

Energy in Transition: Trump Announces Additional Cabinet Nominees

President-Elect Donald Trump announced this week three new cabinet nominees who will certainly influence U.S. energy policy at home and abroad. This alert is intended to update clients on the President-Elect's nominees and...more

With the Election (Mercifully) Behind Us, What Will a Trump Administration Mean for Employers?

The 2016 Presidential election was arguably the most contentious, unpredictable, and politically polarizing race in this nation's history. The contours of the electoral map changed by the hour in the days leading up to...more

For Its 2016-2017 Term, Supreme Court Takes A Cautious Approach, With Few Blockbuster Labor and Employment Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court began its first full term since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the central advocate for the Court’s conservative bloc. Since Justice Scalia’s death this past February, the Court has...more

Impact of the 2016 Elections on Government Investigations

The results of the 2016 elections will no doubt shape policymaking in a wide range of areas across the Federal government. The impact on government investigations should be far less direct if the system works as it should....more

North Carolina Supreme Court Endorses and Clarifies General Assembly’s Constitutional Authority to Appoint Executive Branch...

On January 29, 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion endorsing and clarifying the authority of the North Carolina General Assembly to appoint officers to legislatively created offices in State ex rel...more

Senators ask President to Appoint NARAB Board Members

Seven members of the Senate Banking Committee sent a letter to President Obama on December 15th requesting an update on when the thirteen nominations for the Board of Directors of the National Association of Registered Agents...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

News from Second and State

Starting with “A”: the much anticipated decision from the Supreme Court in the case of Arneson v. Wolf was delivered this week, with the court finding that Gov. Wolf did not have the authority to remove Erik Arneson from his...more

Washington, D.C. Update – October 2015

House Leadership Elections: Republican House leadership changes remain in flux in the wake of Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) decision to retire and the unexpected delay of the vote to select his successor. House Majority...more

NC Legislative Update for September 2015 #3

This Week - After passing the State’s biennial budget into law last week, the legislature turned its focus towards adjournment. The Senate unveiled an adjournment resolution which would adjourn the session on Tuesday,...more

Readers Forum: James Sturdivant: Judicial reform: Let's finish the job and appoint district judge

Fifty years ago, Oklahomans were humiliated by revelations that three state Supreme Court justices had accepted bribes. Former Justices N.S. Corn, Earl Welch and N.B. Johnson served jail time for their criminal...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Supplemental Budget Bill Approved, On Governor's Desk - On Tuesday lawmakers approved a...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor LePage Takes Tax Package on the Road - By far, the most discussed piece of...more

News from Second and State

Due to the threat of impending Winter Storm Juno, members were scarce in the capitol on Monday. The predicted severity of the storm prompted Gov. Wolf to issue a disaster proclamation for the Commonwealth so that state and...more

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