Patient-records plan faces ethical pitfalls

(Michael McCloskey)

As researchers embark on an effort to connect millions of patient records, questions about privacy arise.

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Jenny McCarthy says she isn’t anti-vaccine. Here are some other things she has said about vaccines.

Jenny McCarthy on vaccinations now vs. Jenny McCarthy on vaccinations then.

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Mexico’s gun control laws: A model for the United States?

Claims about American guns smuggled into Mexico are greatly exaggerated.

How long is too long to be CEO?

How long is too long to be CEO?

Talk of Jeff Immelt’s tenure at GE prompts the question.

Why foreign policy matters more to Rand Paul than anyone else running for president

Why foreign policy matters more to Rand Paul than anyone else running for president

One of these things is not like the other.

Oklahoma bans local minimum wage hikes

Oklahoma bans local minimum wage hikes

The ban circumvents an effort to boost Oklahoma City’s lowest wage.

Dee Dee Myers to head Warner Bros communications

Dee Dee Myers to head Warner Bros communications

The former White House press secretary has taken a top job with Warner Bros.

Why the NYPD’s decision to drop a unit that spies on Muslims may help counterterrorism

Why the NYPD’s decision to drop a unit that spies on Muslims may help counterterrorism

Opinion data show that perceptions of police fairness strongly influence the willingness of Muslims to assist the police in investigations of Muslim suspects.

Who funded the super PAC hitting Dem and GOP candidates? These three billionaires.

Who funded the super PAC hitting Dem and GOP candidates? These three billionaires.

A look at where Ending Spending Action Fund’s $1.35 million came from in the first quarter.

FTC Commissioner Josh Wright’s dissent on the antitrust analysis of mergers

In Commissioner Wright’s (and others’) view, the FTC requires stronger evidence to believe in competitive efficiencies from mergers than to believe in anticompetitive harms. Is that right?

Fourth Circuit affirms Lavabit contempt order

The court doesn’t reach the merits because the key arguments weren’t made at trial.

The recession hits the U.S., in one gif

The recession hits the U.S., in one gif

One gif explains why most Americans think the country is headed off in the wrong direction.

Can the Republican Party thrive on white identity?

Can the Republican Party thrive on white identity?

With increasing ethnic diversity, identity politics will cut both ways.

Democratic women in Senate races raise big money

Democratic women in Senate races raise big money

Hagan, Nunn and Grimes outraised their Republican competition in their Senate campaigns.

Real talk about innovations

Real talk about innovations

Just because something is new doesn’t mean it should be touted as an innovation.

Sebelius for Senate? It makes no sense.

Sebelius for Senate? It makes no sense.

The once-popular former governor might have been a viable candidate before Obamacare. But not now.

Revolving branches, from the Cabinet to the Senate

Revolving branches, from the Cabinet to the Senate

If Kathleen Sebelius runs for and wins a U.S. Senate seat, she’d join a long list of Cabinet secretaries turned senators.

Why Mike Bloomberg shouldn’t be the face of his new gun control push

Why Mike Bloomberg shouldn’t be the face of his new gun control push

He is “nanny government” to many of the people he is trying to reach.

Sticking women with the office housework

Sticking women with the office housework

Why aren’t men also expected to take notes in meetings and join thankless committees?

What is the SAT good for?

What is the SAT good for?

The truth is that admissions offices don’t need the SAT, “old” or “new.“

Should taxes on rich be raised to 80 percent to reduce income inequality?

Should taxes on rich be raised to 80 percent to reduce income inequality?

Income inequality has worsened in the U.S., but raising tax rates isn’t likely to help, some economists say.

Don’t confuse the map with the territory

Correlation of word counts with political actions is not the same thing as personality being a driving force behind partisanship.

Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need.

Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need.

When they say, ‘Let’s give students a voice,’ they mean, ‘let’s give them a seat at school board meetings.’ Not good enough.

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The greatness of Justice Hugo Black

A co-blogger has questioned Black’s greatness a couple of times, so I thought I’d offer a brief explanation.

One Democratic congressman escalates the fight over ALEC

One Democratic congressman escalates the fight over ALEC

Rep. Ra l M. Grijalva seeks an Interior Department investigation into the conservative group’s practices.

Choosing between ‘never search’ and ‘sometimes search’ in the cell phone search cases

This is the hardest issue that the Supreme Court must decide in trying to determine how the Fourth Amendment applies to search of a cell phone incident to arrest. Let’s take a look at four focal points that might influence the decision.

Conservatives not swayed by IRS plan to revise draft nonprofit rule

Conservatives not swayed by IRS plan to revise draft nonprofit rule

The IRS chief signaled that the his agency plans to re-write draft regulations limiting the political activities of tax-exempt groups.

Hey Domino’s, stop saying you’re innovative

Hey Domino’s, stop saying you’re innovative

News flash -- replacing a pizza’s crust with breaded chicken breast is not an innovation.

Pay down the debt: 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls owe money

Pay down the debt: 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls owe money

The 2012 GOP presidential primary ended two years ago, but most of the failed candidates remain in the debt.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn joins the wish list of GOP women for 2016

Rep. Marsha Blackburn joins the wish list of GOP women for 2016

Rep. Marsha Blackburn has become the latest Republican woman to be mentioned as a presidential contender and the bench is deeper than you may think.

First quarter fundraising winners (and losers)

First quarter fundraising winners (and losers)

Michelle Nunn had another big quarter. Know who didn’t? Tea party challengers.

Audio: The ‘largest ever’ phone scam involving IRS impersonators

Audio: The ‘largest ever’ phone scam involving IRS impersonators

A fraud-detection firm captured an audio recording of the scam that has cost unsuspecting taxpayers more than $1 million dollars.

Mich. governor wants more recycling

Mich. governor wants more recycling

Michigan residents recycle at a rate less than half the national average.

Williams & Jensen lobbyists leave to start own firm

Five of the six founding partners of Alignment Government Strategies were at the powerhouse company.

Obama to unveil $600 million in grants to prepare workers

The funds will be used to foster closer collaboration between academic institutions and businesses.

Syrian opposition fighters obtain U.S. antitank missiles

U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute that the rebels have them.

College Board releases preview of new SAT exam questions

Dreaded college admission test will debut in 2016 with less tricky vocabulary, focus on achievement.

A few ‘SAT words,’ defined

So, we knew you were wondering. What are the definitions of those “SAT words”?

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Charities hit OPM’s federal workplace giving rules

Charity execs fear new federal charitable giving rules could hurt, but welcome chance to discuss them.

Holder wants $15 million from Congress

Holder wants $15 million from Congress

Money would fund “active shooter” training for law enforcement officers in light of the recent incidents.

Improving private prisons through the tax code

An NYU Law Review student note about Private Prisoner Rehabilitation tax credits, along similar lines to my Emory Law Journal article about Prison Accountability and Performance Measures.