Six steps to resolve the U.S.-China trade war

“We make first our habits, and then our habits make us.” 
- John Dryden (1631-1700) 

Since the Sino-American Trade War got underway in March 2018, America’s leaders have been developing anti-China, even anti-Chinese, habits. Since then, China’s leaders have retaliated with their own anti-U.S., and even anti-American, habits.

Will the adversarial way in which America and China are interacting become so deeply ingrained that they make their Trade War a habit and, if so, become implacable adversaries?

SEC 13F threshold proposal may be down but not yet dead

On 10 July 2020, the SEC released for comment a proposed rule that would change the reporting threshold for Form 13F from $100 million to $3.5 billion for institutional investment managers. The SEC thought it was a good time to increase the threshold which was established 45 years ago to reflect the change in size and structure of the U.S. equities market and to increase the information provided by institutional investment managers by eliminating the omission threshold for individual securities, and requiring managers to provide additional identifying information.

Reclaiming the race analogy in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

The Supreme Court held oral argument last week in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case asking whether a taxpayer-funded foster care agency may turn away same-sex couples who wish to be foster parents because of the agency’s sincere religious objection to certifying same-sex couples. A Philadelphia ordinance—the Fair Practices Ordinance—and the contract that a family foster care agency such as CSS must sign with the city prohibit such agencies from discriminating against these same-sex couples.

Questioning the need for qualified immunity

Rethinking the policy that shields police and government officials from civil lawsuits
Qualified immunity is a legal principle created by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982. Now some are wondering if its use has been expanded beyond its original intent including two U.S. Supreme Court Justices asking the court to reconsider it.

  • Lumen Mulligan, Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor of Law at the University of Kansas

Kansas Democrat who admitted to revenge porn wins state House seat

Aaron Coleman’s election to the Kansas House of Representatives would have been remarkable for a young candidate trying to unseat an incumbent. But it has instead left state Democratic leaders saying that they will take “every necessary step” to ensure that Mr. Coleman is not seated in the State Legislature.

Mr. Coleman’s campaign over the summer was overshadowed by his admissions that he had sent revenge porn and bullied girls online in middle school.

Why the SEC may have scrapped its controversial 13F proposal

The proposed rule change drew sharp criticism — but it also rested on shaky legal grounds.

Concerns about a regulatory proposal to allow many hedge funds to keep their stock investments secret may have been overblown.  

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s July proposal to increase the reporting threshold for hedge fund managers from $100 million to $3.5 billion quickly drew criticism, as it would have reduced the number of reporting firms by nearly 90 percent. 


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