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Kiobel; Mark Sanford; CISPA; Background Check Bill Autopsy

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Chapter 1: Supreme Court Rejects Suit Against Corporation for Human Rights Abuses Abroad

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that activists could not sue Shell Oil in domestic courts for human rights abuses that occurred abroad. We talk to Carey D’Avino, a Partner at Eaton & Van Winkle LLP, who represented the plaintiffs.

Chapter 2: Mark Sanford and the South Carolina Congress Race

Mark Sanford is not having a good week. First his wife accused him of trespassing. Then – and presumably as a result – the national party pulled support for his Congressional candidacy. We talk to Corey Hutchins, Reporter at the Columbia Free Times in Columbia, S.C.

Chapter 3: Senate Passes CISPA, Opponents Cite Privacy Issues

The U.S. Senate passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, designed to allow the federal government to obtain Internet traffic information from   We talk to Rainey Reitman, Activism Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation Activism Director.

Chapter 4: Obama Loses Major Legacy Goal in Gun Bill Defeat

The president lost a signature piece of legislation when the U.S. Senate killed an expansion of background checks yesterday, perhaps even a significant piece of his second-term legacy. The White House, however, seems galvanized to move forward with controversial immigration reform. We talk to Jennifer Epstein, White House Reporter for POLITICO.

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