DOJ Approves Some Online Gambling

In a new development being hailed as great news by online gambling advocates, the Department of Justice has concluded that the Wire Act does not prohibit certain types of wagers over the internet. The decision is limited to state lotteries, but the logic behind it could help pave the way for online poker and other forms of gambling to be legalized — at least in individual states.
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Gingrich, Perry Hoisted on Fake Voter Fraud Petard

Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have failed to turn in enough valid signatures to get on the Republican primary ballot in Virginia, a situation with at least two levels of irony to it. The first is that the Gingrich campaign is complaining about exactly the kind of measures that Republicans always advocate in their desire to make voting as difficult as possible, as Politico reports:
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Newt Praised Romney Health Plan

As if Mitt Romney wasn’t having enough trouble pretending that he didn’t really mean it when he passed a universal healthcare plan in Massachusetts, now it comes out that Newt Gingrich praised that plan in 2006 and wanted a similar plan passed nationally. Politico has the quote from a Wall Street Journal article that is behind a paywall:
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A Must-Read on Uganda and Anti-Gay Violence

Frank Mugisha, one of the most courageous human rights activists you could ever encounter, has an op-ed in the New York Times about anti-gay violence in his home country of Uganda. He thanks Hillary Clinton for speaking out on the subject and the Obama administration for making the human rights of gays and lesbians an important aspect of our diplomatic efforts. And he makes this interesting point:
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The Best Reason to Oppose Ron Paul

I am on record praising many of Ron Paul’s positions, but I’ve also said that while I think he is refreshing on many issues of executive power and bill of rights issues I cannot support him. And the most powerful reason why I can’t support him is because I think his ideas on other issues are extraordinarily dangerous. And nothing exemplifies that more than the We The People act that he has sponsored in the House.
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Congress May Pass Unconstitutional Internet Laws

I’ve written very little about two pieces of legislation currently in the works in Congress, the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act, both of them backed by big business interests and both of them causing serious First Amendment problems. Con law scholars Mark Lemley, David Levine, and David Post explain some of the problems:
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Ricky Gervais Gets in a Twitter Fight

There’s been an amusing little battle going on between Ricky Gervais and some fundie wingnuts on Twitter over his support for gay rights and acceptance of evolution. A lot of it was just stupid juvenile taunts from some guy named Keith, who tweets under the name GodsWordIsLaw, with Gervais responding with far more civility and kindness than I would have. A few examples from Keith:
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