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Fixing FOIA

Americans had a little something extra to celebrate this 4th of July. Right before the holiday weekend, President Obama signed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The timing was just about perfect: The original Freedom of Information Act was signed ...

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Wacky wills

There’s the German countess who left $80 million to her dog. And the woman who arranged a “pet trust” so that when she died, her horse would live at a particular stable – so long as the animal’s befriended donkey ...

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An end to Start-Up NY?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature economic development program, Start-Up NY, certainly has created jobs. All 408 of them. The question is whether that’s enough to justify the enormous investment. It’s not just an investment of public funds that’s at issue here, ...

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Everyone has a right to an opinion?

From the time we were small children we have heard expressions such as, “This is a free country,” and “everyone has a right to his own opinion.” We have also been taught that “the freedom to swing your fist stops ...

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Supreme Court refuses to criminalize politics

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the political corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell. What does the decision mean for politicians, and the public, moving forward? McDonnell received more than $175,000 in loans and gifts — ...

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The business of marijuana

Just four years after Washington and Colorado led in legalizing recreational uses of marijuana, the pot train has left the station. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia allow legal marijuana access in some form, with legislatures in Ohio and ...

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