//  1/14/18  //  Topic Update

FERC unanimously rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to support coal and nuclear power plants (WSJ; The Hill; Ars Technica; LA Times; Politico).

The Trump Administration backs off of plans for new oil drilling off the Florida coast (WSJ).

  • The oil industry slams the Secretary of Interior for the decision (The Hill).
  • Given the inevitability of oil spills, the Department of the Interior’s draft proposal to allow offshore drilling in essentially all U.S. waters puts coastal economies at risk, argues Rep. Frank Pallone in The Hill.

The Ninth Circuit required the Environmental Protection Agency to issue a new regulation to reduce health risks associated with exposure to lead paint, writes Cass R. Sunstein at Bloomberg.

The Supreme Court declined to grant cert in a coal mining company’s appeal arguing that the EPA must report on its regulations’ impact on coal jobs (The Hill).

Human impact on the planet’s natural systems will force a significant expansion of state coercion of individuals, argues Eric Biber in the third installment of a multi-part series at LegalPlanet.

To protect Americans from extreme weather threats, Congress must combat carbon pollution, support affected communities, and reform the National Flood Insurance Program, writes Josh Saks at The Hill.

  • The Project on Government Oversight released supplemental analysis of federal government spending on Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria recovery contracts.


Updates | The Week of February 19, 2018

2/25/18  //  Daily Update

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a new charge against Paul Manafort while Richard Gates pled guilty. Meanwhile, President Trump's proposal to arm teachers drew controversy in Washington.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School

Updates | The Week of February 5, 2018

2/11/18  //  Daily Update

The Nunes memo set off aftershocks; agencies scrambled to implement the Trump Administration's policies to mixed effect; and Congress passes a budget after a brief overnight shutdown.

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a unified national automobile emissions standard, which may preempt California's stricter standard. California is challenging the Interior Department's repeal of standards for fracking on federal land.