President Obama Announces POWER Initiative to Prevent Injuries of Federal Civilian Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama issued the following memorandum on July 19, 2010: TO: THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: The Presidential POWER Initiative: Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment Each year Federal civilian employees are injured or fall ill on...

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Marten Law Group: By Taking Action on Fuel Economy Standards, President Orders Automakers to Produce More Fuel Efficient Cars

In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Alyssa Moir of Marten Law Group reports on two Executive Orders issued in January 2009 by President Obama: (1) a request to EPA to revisit the denial of California's CAA waiver request to lower auto emission standards, and (2) an order to the NHTSA to issue interim...

Rising Class Warfare

In today's Washington Post Steven Pearlstein puts the spotlight on rising income inequality. The main source of his information is a new study using new data through 2008. More recent data are not yet available but it's a safe bet that the distance between rich and poor has only increased since...

Gridlock's First Victim: Tax Policy

It seems to me that something happens to people when they become members of the U.S. Congress: their arrogance quotient goes up, and their intelligence quotient goes down. . . . . Here’s my scenario. Having little choice, President Obama is signaling a compromise on continuing tax cuts for people...

Call Their Bluff, Mr. President

Will President Obama cave on yet another of his campaign promises, this time by giving in to Republican demands to extend all of the temporary Bush tax cuts? The president signaled this on his Asia trip when he said his principal concern was retaining the middle-income tax rates. Republican congressional...

United States Imposes Broad New Sanctions against Syria

View Media In response to the escalating violence in Syria, President Obama issued today an Executive Order imposing broad new sanctions that could significantly disrupt business that was permissible under preexisting U.S. sanctions. This action follows a U.N. Security Council condemnation...

Obama's Rate Cut: How Low Can You Go?

President Obama's newly released 'framework' for corporate tax reform envisions a significant rate cut for U.S. firms. You can read the details at the President's Framework for Business Tax Reform . His basic idea is to lower the statutory rate from 35% to 28%. He's vague on the details...

Obama's Corporate Minimum Tax

President Obama has given us his framework for corporate tax reform . There's much talk about his proposed minimum tax on offshore profits. The framework is thin on details, but we're able to provide the following preview of how the tax might operate. The minimum tax would take the form of...

A Benchmark for Socialist Tax Rates

You've heard it a thousand times. President Obama wants to continue the Bush-era tax cuts for households with taxable incomes under $250,000 a year, while allowing those cuts to expire for wealthier taxpayers. Were that to occur, the 33% bracket would increase to 36%, and the 35% bracket (currently...

Why Joe the Plumber’s Civil Rights Claims Were Flushed Down the Toilet

Plaintiff, Joe the Plumber, became a national figure during the 2008 presidential campaign when he appeared in the media on numerous occasions questioning and criticizing then Senator Obama's tax plan particularly as it related to small businesses. Plaintiff subsequently filed a 42 U.S.C.S. §...

Obama Campaign Playing Partisan Property in Dispute over Rising Sun Trademarks

Three years ago, the Obama "Hope" poster caused a bit of a copyright stink between the Associated Press and artist, Shepard Fairey. That case, Fairey et al v. The Associated Press , 09cv1123 (SDNY), was settled January of last year. However, President Obama finds himself in the thick of...

Vetstein Law Group: Why Have Obama And Romney Ignored the Housing and Real Estate Market?

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ All Politics Aside, It's Time To Bring Housing & Real Estate Back To the Forefront In the most tweeted, Facebook-ed and instant polled Presidential Campaign ever, there is one topic which has been met with surprisingly deafening silence: the U.S. Housing and...

POLITICS AT WORK: Employer Dos, Don'ts, and Be Very, Very Carefuls

After Tuesday night's rather -- intense -- Presidential debate , it was fun to watch Gov. Romney and President Obama good-naturedly tease each other at the Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner to benefit Catholic Charities of New York. With two and a half weeks to go until election day ( November...

Marten Law: Energy Policy in the Second Obama Administration

By Adam D. Orford, Dustin Till, and Daniel Timmons, Attorneys, Marten Law PLLC Excerpt from the Commentary: The current boom in oil and gas production will be one of the forces driving President Obama's energy policy in his second administration. In this article, three attorneys from...