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Views Of The Capitol As Senate Adopts Budget With Cuts That Don't Privatize Medicare

Wake Up Call: Clinton Lawyer Now Works for Ivanka Trump

Wake Up Call: Clinton Lawyer Now Works for Ivanka Trump

• Not too long ago, Wilmer Hale partner Jamie Gorelick was rumored to be a likely Hillary Clinton pick for attorney general. Now that Gorelick has been working for Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, she has been shocked by the vitriol thrown in her direction by Clinton supporters. Gorelick, who was a deputy attorney general

The reflections of pedestrians are seen in a window of the International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Watson headquarters in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. To help commercialize the technology famous for beating humans on the "Jeopardy!" game show, new languages such as Portuguese and Japanese are being added to the Watson service this year, said Stephen Gold, vice president of the Watson Group business. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: IBM Expands eDiscovery Technology

• IBM said it is updating the discovery service of its artificial intelligence-powered platform Watson with an expansion of its eDiscovery and business research technology. (Legaltech News) • Big banks and technology companies are fighting over control of a very valuable commodity — users’ personal data. (New York Times DealBook) • Is Deutsche Bank’s refusal to pay junior lawyers

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Wake Up Call: Bharara Said to Consider Law School and Private Practice

• Fired by President Donald Trump, former Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara is said to be mulling job offers from law schools at Columbia, Harvard and New York University, or a possible return to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP or Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. (Wall Street Journal) • Senators today will get their first

Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, right, smiles during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Photographer: Alex Wong/Pool via Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Get Ready for Gorsuch’s Confirmation Hearings

• Over a year after Republicans first refused to consider President Barack Obama’s pick to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch would give President Donald Trump his first big chance to put a long-lasting mark on the court. (Washington Post) What to expect from the

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Wake Up Call: Missing Oxford Comma Leads to Ruling

• Who knew Oxford commas could mean so much? A Maine federal appeals court’s ruling in favor of dairy drivers seeking overtime pay came down to a single missing comma in a law detailing jobs that don’t qualify for it. The court held that Maine overtime law was grammatically ambiguous, and therefore, the drivers were eligible for overtime. (

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Wake Up Call: Brooklyn Jury Convicts Arent Fox Partner of Insider Trading

• A Brooklyn federal jury convicted Robert Schulman, an Arent Fox patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation partner in Washington, D.C., of insider trading linked to Pfizer Inc.’s $3.6 billion acquisition in 2010 of King Pharmaceuticals Inc. Arent Fox said Schulman has been booted from the firm. (New York Law Journal) • In a move that illustrates how the

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Wake Up Call: Trump’s CFTC Pick May Signal Change on Dodd-Frank

• U.S. President Donald Trump plans to nominate J. Christopher Giancarlo to chair the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulates the derivatives trading that set off the financial crisis. Unlike Trump, Giancarlo has said he supports the core reforms of the Dodd-Frank Act. (New York Times DealBook) A Republican member of the CFTC, Giancarlo took over as the

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Wake Up Call: Bharara Firing Reflects Trump Battle on Enforcement

• President Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara reflects a bruising battle building between his administration and U.S. law enforcement agencies. (Bloomberg via BLB) Bharara was among 46 Obama-era holdover U.S. Attorneys asked to resign Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on a list that also included Eastern District U.S. Attorney Robert Capers.