Month: April 2020

After COVID, Will We Want What We Wanted? for 04/30/2020

When Germany let smaller stores reopen, the expected didn’t happen. Officials thought that shoppers would burst out of their five-week lockdown and spend, spend, spend. They were wrong.

As the manager of an espresso machine store in Berlin told the Financial Times, “No one really wants to go shopping right now.”

Same story in the Atlanta suburbs. Georgia gave a green light for restaurants, hair salons, tattoo parlors and other close-and-personal services to open their doors before others. But that thus far has not lit up the local economy.

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How to Counter Chinese Pressure on Hollywood

Cast members (from left) Tilda Swinton, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Rachel McAdams pose at the premiere of Doctor Strange in Hollywood, in 2016. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)A mandatory disclaimer attached to films altered as a result of Beijing’s demands would allow American consumers to punish studios for caving in.

During the filming of the 1939 movie Jesse James, a stuntman and his horse went over a cliff and fell 70 feet into a river.

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Column: Trump, Don McGahn and DOJ stonewalled Congress. Look for the courts to set them right

Remember Don McGahn, President Trump’s long-ago White House counsel? Well, he’s back, and more important than ever.

In truth, McGahn never left. He is the defendant in House Judiciary Committee vs. Don McGahn, a lawsuit that has been making its way through the legal system since August. On Tuesday, the lawsuit was under consideration by the full, or “en banc,” D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. That court’s decision, which likely will come in a month or so, Read original

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Op-Ed: Yes, businesses have been hurt by coronavirus closures, but they won’t get relief from the courts

In California, seven small businesses have sued Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mayor Eric Garcetti and others, arguing that closure orders for nonessential businesses are unconstitutional. In Pennsylvania, a group of small businesses has filed a petition seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of lower court decisions that upheld the governor’s closure order there.

The frustration of the business owners is understandable. They have suffered enormously from closure orders, and many may never recover. But the law is not on their side.

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