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Sign-ups show health law’s staying power in Trump era

“One new challenge comes from the GOP tax bill, which repeals the law’s requirement that people have health insurance or risk fines” reports foxbusiness.com. “I would love to have health insurance, but it’s like a luxury.A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program’s subsidized individual health plans.Final national enrollment numbers aren’t expected until next year because some states running their own insurance websites extended sign-ups to Jan. 31. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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Watchdog Calls For New Laws To Stamp Out Bullying Of MPs

“A watchdog has called for new laws to be put in place to stamp out bullying of MPs and Parliamentary candidates” writes Kate Forrester for huffingtonpost.com. The independent watchdog wants Theresa May to bring forward new legislation to shift the liability of illegal online content towards social media companies, and put more pressure on them to take down offensive material more quickly. Source: huffingtonpost.com Share This:

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News Corp CEO: ‘YouTube Is a Toxic Waste Dump’

“But a lot of the media laws range from being outdated to outrageous.”” writes Jeremy Barr for billboard.com. During an onstage interview at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, Thomson ratcheted up that rhetoric during an industry conference on Tuesday afternoon, when he described YouTube as “a toxic waste dump.”. News Corp CEO Robert Thomson is on record as a critic of the big tech platforms, which he’s said have sucked money away from journalism companies like his.The conclusion of the meeting, he said, was that there needs to be…

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‘Good guys with guns’ can be dangerous, too. Don’t gut concealed carry laws.

“In other states, concealed carry laws have much lower standards” reports washingtonpost.com. That means a resident of those states may carry loaded, concealed guns in public spaces without ever having passed a background check.The 12 states with the weakest laws, permitless carry states, do not even require a permit.But I hate the NRA.] Right now, each state has the right to determine the extent to which it will recognize the concealed carry laws of other states. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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No matter how the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is decided, gay rights win

“Gay rights advocates (correctly, I think) want the court to resoundingly affirm the vitality of civil rights laws” reports washingtonpost.com.  But at the end of the day, any ruling that leaves civil rights laws alive, even if the Craig and Mullins lose this particular case, remains a victory for gay rights.But his ruling would effectively still be a win for gay rights laws. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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SEC Isn’t Done with ICOs, Likely to Take “More Actions” Against Them

“The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has yet to show its hand regarding potential oversight of bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and initial coin offerings (ICOs)” writes unknown author for cryptocoinsnews.com. Clayton hinted that it will not be the last. “As long as they ignore the securities laws, they’ll see more actions,” he said.Clayton and other SEC officials have been eying the cryptocurrency ecosystem with concern for some time.Significantly, Clayton’s comments come just days before the first bitcoin futures contracts begin trading on a regulated U.S. exchange. Source: cryptocoinsnews.com Share This:

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Lawyers walk fine line to navigate state, federal pot laws

“Some state bar associations have given lawyers cover to counsel marijuana clients within the bounds of state law” reports foxbusiness.com. Others say federal law keeps the area off-limits because ethical rules prevent them from helping clients commit crimes.McElfresh, who vehemently denies the charges, said she knew specializing in pot law carried risks, but she couldn’t foresee “in a million years” police raiding her house.Despite a few instances of lawyers being prosecuted in federal and state court — including a pending San Diego County case — more attorneys are jumping into…

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SEC takes PlexCoin scammers to court over securities laws violations

“In reality, the regulator says, PlexCoin Tokens are securities within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws” reports financefeeds.com. SEC’s Complaint says the defendants violated securities regulations in the United States, including the Securities Act of 1993 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.To avoid the registration requirements of the federal securities laws, Lacroix has attempted to refashion the PlexCoin Tokens as a “cryptocurrency” and likened them to Bitcoin, SEC explains.The latest example comes from the United States, where the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday launched a…

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