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What Kind of Lawyer was Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine?

Tim Kaine was dubbed “America’s Stepdad“ after his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. But did you know that he’s also a lawyer and decent harmonica player? Tim Kaine entered Harvard Law School in 1979, but worked in Honduras for nine months from 1980 to 1981, helping Jesuit missionaries run a Catholic school in Honduras. He is fluent in......
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Fact or Fiction: People from Entire Countries Can Be Banned from Immigrating to the United States

Probably! The U.S. Constitution does not apply to people outside the U.S., so it is highly likely that a President would have the power to at least temporarily ban immigration from certain countries or regions of the world. No law prohibits the government from enacting laws limiting or banning immigration based on religious belief. But just because something is possible does not mean it would......
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Fact or Fiction: Border Agents Do Not Need Probable Cause to Search You At Any U.S. Border Crossing

Fact! The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution typically requires government searches to be “reasonable” meaning a warrant is required before the government can search property or persons. The border search exception allows searches and seizures at international borders and their functional equivalent without a warrant or probable cause. Federal law actually allows certain federal agents to conduct search and seizures within 100 miles of......
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Top 23 Most Bizarre, Funny or Insane Trump News Headlines

Donald Trump may not make you comfortable as the (possible) future leader of the free world, but one thing you can’t take away from the man. He sure knows how to generate headlines. For better or worse, Trump has been the talk of the country, appearing in the H1 Tags of thousands of websites per day, sometimes multiple times. Some are crazier than others, and......
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Fact or Fiction: California Law Does Not Require You to Pay an Unlicensed Contractor

Fact! It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500 or more in combined labor and material costs. Under California Contractor’s State License Law, an unlicensed contractor may not “bring or maintain” any action for compensation for performing any act or contract for which a license is required unless the contractor was duly licensed “at all times”......
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Will Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Be Extradited to Brazil?

Countries Extradite Only If They Feel Like It  32-year old U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte has 12 Olympic medals, second only to Michael Phelps among U.S. male Olympians. Unfortunately for him, Lochte has been indicted in Brazil on a charge of filing a false police report in connection with his claims of being an armed robbery victim. The maximum penalty is 18 months in prison, and......
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Are Presidential Candidates Legally Required To Release Their Tax Returns?

Candidates Are Not Legally Required to Release Tax Returns No. There is no legal requirement of any kind that presidential candidates release tax returns from any year. Indeed, there is a strict, strong constitutional right to privacy for all tax returns. Thus, tax returns can be released by an individual taxpayer, but cannot released by the IRS to the public. However, one Senator has proposed......
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How to Spot A Fake Lawyer

You think it could never happen to you. You’d never hand over your hard-earned money to someone who doesn’t even have a law degree, would you?? Wrong! In Pennsylvania, fake lawyer Kimberly Kitchen was convicted of using forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade even though she didn’t have a law license. Kitchen was hired by a law firm after forging a......
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Does Trump Have Case Against Ghostwriter Who Called Him “Sociopath?”

Tony Schwartz was the ghostwriter for Donald Trump’s 1987 memoir, “The Art of the Deal.” The best-selling memoir sold around a million copies, earning Trump and Schwartz handsome royalties. To write the book, Schwartz spent eighteen months with Trump—in his office listening to Trump’s phone calls, attending meetings, and spending weekends with him. On July 18th, the New Yorker magazine published a bombshell interview with......
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Why Aren’t France’s Broad New Anti-Terrorism Laws Stopping Attacks?

France has also been in an official “state of emergency” for over a year now. And, since the January 2015 attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris, the French government passed broad legislation that allows security forces to conduct greater surveillance French citizens. Then, in November of 2015, terrorists killed 130 people in Paris. After the recent July 14th Bastille Day......
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