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To say the news has been interesting lately would be, well, a giant understatement.
There’s a lot happening on the Hill (read: the tax bill and net neutrality) and at the FBI (hello there, Mr. Flynn) — among other big news where ethics and lawfulness are taking center stage.
Want to expand your grasp of the laws at work? Try these four blogs, covering the latest in the news from a legal perspective.
Lawfare is a blog by Benjamin Wittes, Robert Chesney, and Jack Goldsmith — each of whom has a very impressive resume.
The site covers everything from constitutional rights and national security to drones and interrogation.
“The name Lawfare refers both to the use of law as a weapon of conflict and, perhaps more importantly, to the depressing reality that America remains at war with itself over the law governing its warfare with others,” it says, on the blog.
To gain a deeper understanding of some of the latest predicaments in politics, I recommend starting with We Need to Secure Voting Machines. But from What? and then heading over to The Flynn Plea: A Quick and Dirty Analysis.
Follow @lawfareblog on Twitter.
2. Law & Crime
Law & Crime features smartly written legal analysis and live court video. You can find everything from high-profile legal news to celebrity trials and crazy cases.
“Created by TV’s top legal commentator and attorney, Dan Abrams, Law & Crime brings common sense written and video analysis to the often confusing and always intriguing world of the law,” the site says.
I found What Is the Logan Act? a timely and informative piece. The 1799 Logan Act was a trending topic on Friday. This piece explains why, and breaks down what you need to know.
Wisconsin Is Now Issuing Hunting Licenses To…Toddlers And Infants also is a must-read.
Follow @LawCrimeNetwork on Twitter.
According to the site, “Above the Law takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of law. The site provides news and insights about the profession’s most colorful personalities and powerful institutions, as well as original commentary on breaking legal developments.”
The post ‘Complicit’ Is The Word Of The Year: But Is It The Lay Definition Or The Legal One? asks which definition people are most interested in, following Dictionary.com’s announcement.
James Comey Uses Instagram To Throw Massive Shade At Donald Trump takes a peek at the former FBI director’s Instagram debut.
Follow @atlblog on Twitter.
And because we all could use a good laugh, check out Lowering the Bar.
This strange-but-true legal blog is by Kevin Underhill, an experienced litigator and writer with a serious sense of humor. His work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, The Recorder, and The Daily Journal — among others.
So many fun posts here.
California Adopts an Official Dinosaur is an update to Underhill’s series on “official state crap.”
For those who love to critique some bad writing, you’ll enjoy Roy Moore’s Lawyer Accused of Uncomfortable Relationship With English Language.
Follow @loweringthebar on Twitter.