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Around the Web, May 5



  • In "Who Owns John Conyers," The Examiner editorializes in support of congressional hearings into the Milberg Weiss as representative of the plaintiff's bar. The news peg is House Republican Leader John Boehner's letter to Conyers asking for the hearings.
  • Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann, a Democrat, is in serious political trouble for cheating on his wife and mismanagement that produced a sexual harassment complaint. Jonathan Adler has been following his travails at the Volokh Conspiracy, noting the numerous editorial calls for Dann's resignation. And, he mentions Husker Du.
  • Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) argues for a federal media shield law in a Washington Post op-ed today, responding to the contra position expressed by Attorney General Mukasey. The debate continues to concentrate almost exclusively on national security and classified information considerations. But what about business, against whom the media shield could be turned into a fierce weapon? We look at business' concerns in a post at Shopfloor.org.

  • From the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog: "Brooklyn-based Eastern District of New York have formed a task force of federal, state and local agencies, involving as many as 15 law-enforcement agents and investigators that will focus on Wall Street firms and mortgage lenders."

  • From the end of last week, a report on the $38 million settlement that's been reached with families of the Minnesota bridge collapse victims. The Legislature's package awards everyone on the bridge up to $400,000, with an additional $12.6 million pool for those suffering the most severe injuries and losses.
  • Entertainment at the House Judiciary Committee this week, a hearing by the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, "The Rulemaking Process and the Unitary Executive Theory."
  • The national radio program of the conservative Christian group, Focus on the Family, had a good report this weekend on judicial questionnaires and the efforts in eight states to allow judge candidates to respond to inquiries about their views and associations. More here.

  • And a 10:20 a.m. addition, an op-ed in today's WSJ, "Dartmouth's 'Hostile' Environment": "[An] Ivy League professor [is] threatening to sue her students because, she claims, their 'anti-intellectualism' violated her civil rights. ...Priya Venkatesan taught English at Dartmouth College. She maintains that some of her students were so unreceptive of "French narrative theory" that it amounted to a hostile working environment. She is also readying lawsuits against her superiors, who she says papered over the harassment, as well as a confessional expose, which she promises will 'name names.'" We can start with Derrida.

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Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
igorodetski@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute
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