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Can the President Unilaterally Lift Sanctions Against Russia?

It Depends How the Sanctions Were Imposed in the First Place The U.S. has imposed several rounds of sanctions against Russia. They include: (1) The U.S. currently has about a dozen sanctions against Russia for selling arms to Iran, North Korea, and Syria. Under the sanctions, US companies and government agencies are also prohibited from doing business with Russian entities that sold arms to the......
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29 Strange, Bizarre, and 100% True Facts About the Supreme Court

“Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.” Those words from former President William Howard Taft highlight the importance of this judicial body, also known as “the highest court in the land.” Throughout its nearly 230-year history, a number of interesting personalities and cases have made it what it is today. To shine a light on the court’s colorful history, let’s have......
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Fact or Fiction: No U.S. President Has Ever Been Convicted Following Impeachment?

Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2014   This is true! Although two U.S. presidents were impeached by the House of Representatives, they were both subsequently acquitted in the Senate. What Does Impeachment Actually Mean? Most people associate “impeachment” only with the President, but in fact nearly any public official can be impeached. Removing......
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Fact or Fiction: Valentine’s Day is BANNED in some countries.

This is fact! In America, people moan about how awful Valentine’s Day is – the restaurants are all packed, the greeting cards get more expensive every year, couples feel this weird obligation to “do something special.” Yeah, Valentine’s Day is so hated that anti-Valentine’s Day events have even sprung up all across the country. But did you know that in some countries you couldn’t even celebrate it......
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Fact or Fiction: You Can Be Prosecuted for Encouraging or Causing Someone’s Suicide

This is true! People have been criminally prosecuted for manslaughter without ever laying a finger on the suicide victim, although it varies from state to state. In Missouri, a Dairy Queen manager has been charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter after a teen she supervised committed suicide. The 21-year old manager, Harley Branham, was charged after witnesses testified about her alleged treatment of 17-year old Kenneth......
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What Are Executive Orders Anyway?

Basically, an executive order is an official statement from the president directing how federal agencies, which are part of the executive branch of government, should use their resources. Such orders are one of the types of “executive actions” permitted under Article II of the Constitution, and are the most formal executive action. Famous executive orders from history include: The Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves (Abraham Lincoln) Sending federal troops......
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How Do Presidential Pardons Work?

Why Does the President Have the Power to Pardon Convicts? Article II, Section 2, Clause 1, of the Constitution says the President “shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” The Office of the Pardon Attorney, which is part of the Justice Department, has handled such matters for the President since 1893. Presidential pardons......
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Pigs & Poultry on Airplanes: the Law of Emotional Support Animals

Last October, an emotional support duck named Daniel made an appearance on a flight. Daniel wore red booties and a diaper and quacked gently. My seatmate, CLT➡️AVL, is this handsome duck named Daniel. His gentle quacking eases the sadness of leaving #SFA16. pic.twitter.com/iDKWCceAFi — Mark Essig (@mark_essig) October 16, 2016 In 2014 an emotional support pig was kicked off a U.S. Airways flight for being disruptive.......
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Law Student Ron Ruangtragool wins $3000 College Scholarship

The Reeves Law Group is pleased to announce that Ron Ruangtragool is the 2016 winner of our college scholarship. Ron is currently a second year law student at Notre Dame School of Law and will use the $3000 award to complete his education. Ron’s application beat out dozens of others all who were tasked with providing an essay and supporting documentation that communicated a genuine......
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Will Your Obamacare Plan be Repealed in Early 2017?

With control of both houses of Congress, as well as the White House, the Republicans have vowed to finally repeal President Obama’s signature healthcare legislation — the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. In early January, Senate Republicans actually took the first step toward the ACA. They voted to pass a budget resolution that will defund Obamacare, which will effectively gut the law because the subsidies to buy......
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