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President might have a solid case for emergency declaration, analysts say

“Many legal analysts who watched Donald Trump declare a national emergency over immigration on Friday thought the president had weak legal grounds for doing so” writes Tom Mccarthy for theguardian.com. According to a running list of national emergency declarations compiled by the Brennan Center for Justice, presidents have declared emergencies in 59 instances since the 1976 law was enacted.Legal challenges to Trump’s emergency declaration quickly materialized, with three Texas landowners and an environmental group suing on Friday, 16 state attorneys general suing on Monday and Democrats in Congress promising at…

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Startups-Focused Law Firm Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Payments

“The corporate law firm, which has helped over 300 startups raise more than $500 million in venture capital, now accepts direct cryptocurrency payments via Bitpay” reports bitcointoday.club. We speak our clients’ language and now accept payment in their preferred currency.” What do you think about law firms accepting bitcoin payments?. Cryptocurrency ventures that don’t wish to convert their holdings to fiat can now pay for legal services with bitcoin cash (BCH) or bitcoin core (BTC) with Atrium.Also Read: Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Donations via Bitpay Atrium, a legal services…

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I owe how much? Americans are shocked by the impact of Trump’s tax law

“The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center projected the tax law would reduce individual income taxes by about $1,260 on average, although it benefits higher earners more” writes Adam Jeffery for cnbc.com. The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising, confusing — and occasionally frightening — for some Americans, especially those accustomed to getting money back from the government. “We were very comfortable with our tax law, it had basically been there since 1986, suddenly all these things that were very important to people…

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This new California law is supposed to protect immigrant home cooks. It may help tech giants instead

“But Wang acknowledges the possibility that tech giants could create an online, gig-based platform that dominates the home-cooked food space and extracts profits from home cooks” writes Frank Shyong for latimes.com. She alleges that tech giants are the true beneficiary of AB 626 because the law contains regulations allowing for the sale of home-cooked food over the internet. “This bill was really marketed as something that would help immigrants and people of color.COLUMN: If Chinatown is a metaphor for anything, it’s America » The final version of the law includes…

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Facebook broke law, must be regulated to protect democracy, politicians say

“But the politicians responsible for questioning the Facebook executives had a different view of the Facebook executives’ performances as witnesses in the inquiry” writes Katie Collins for cnet.com. Instead, other Facebook executives, including CTO Mike Schroefper and VP of Public Policy for Europe Richard Allan (who also sits in Parliament’s House of Lords), appeared in his place.British politicians accused Facebook of knowingly and intentionally violating data privacy and antitrust law in a damning report into fake news published late Sunday.The committee members speculated in the report that the Facebook executives…

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Organized Crime is behind 70-80% of vehicle break-ins in SF

“This measure has had no impact on violent crime, but it has coincided with an uptick in property crime” writes The Economist for economist.com. A continued rise in property crime would test San Francisco’s progressive values.Several factors seem to explain the rise in San Francisco’s property crime.Among the nation’s 20 largest cities, San Francisco now has the highest rate of property crime, which includes things like theft, shoplifting and vandalism, per inhabitant. Source: economist.com

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Uber sues NYC over vehicle cap law

“Uber has filed legal action against the city of New York over a law it passed last year capping the number of ride-hailing cars allowed on its street, fearing the city may make permanent the initial 12-month pause, according to court documents” reports axios.com. The big picture: Ride-hailing companies have aggressively pushed back against regulations. Source: axios.com

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Iran’s new anti-money-laundering law actually legalizes money laundering

“This outright encourages, facilitates, and enables money laundering to help Tehran in its sanctions-busting and proliferation operations” writes Todershowitz Saeed Ghasseminejad for businessinsider.com. The Guardian Council decides whether the bills passed by the Majlis are consistent with the country’s constitution and Islamic Sharia law.In effect, the Council granted legitimacy to deceptive actions that abet money laundering. Source: businessinsider.com

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Trump says that the US will grow its way out of the $22 trillion debt

“Instead, annual deficits and the federal debt have grown on his watch. [Opinion: As the national debt hits $22 trillion, these are the only people trying to cut spending]” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Trump claimed on the campaign trail that he would eliminate the federal debt.Debt will be as large, relative to the U.S. economy as it has ever been by 2029, according to the CBO, assuming the individual tax cuts Trump signed into law expire as expected in 2025.The CBO expects modest growth in the coming years.In an analysis released late…

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Part of confrontational “first amendment audit” videos

“A YouTuber who films her own confrontations with law enforcement was shot yesterday while recording a security guard outside a Los Angeles synagogue and high school” writes Feb Est for theverge.com. Security outside synagogues has increased in recent years, with a renewed focus on security after a shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life killed 11 people last October.In practice, many of these videos become confrontational, leading to escalating law enforcement reactions and, in some cases, arrests. Source: theverge.com

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