Today in 1988: The Civil Liberties Act is signed into law

Aug 10, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

Today in 1988, the Civil Liberties Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. The Act provided reparations to Japanese Americans for their internment during World War II.

Today in 1993: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is confirmed by the U.S. Senate

Aug 3, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 3, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 96 to 3. Despite her low opposition, she has been one of the most liberal Justices on the Supreme Court.

Do not open ’til April Fool’s Day

Mar 30, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

Editor’s note: In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, Westlaw Insider presents these short satire news stories. They are intended to be humorous and not to be taken as reports on reality in any sense.

Today in 1870: The Fifteenth Amendment is ratified

Feb 3, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 3, 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, thereby making it unconstitutional to stop a voter based on his race or color.

Senate upholds FCC net neutrality rules; what happens in court?

Nov 15, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Senate recently voted down a resolution designed to block FCC net neutrality rules from taking effect later this month. Will the rules fare any better in court?

Will Occupy Wall Street affect America’s politics?

Oct 13, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Occupy Wall Street movement has many drawing parallels to the Tea Party movement that began two years earlier. Will OWS have a similar political impact?

Today in 1960: The Civil Rights Act of 1960 is signed into law

May 6, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Today in 1960, the second of many 20th century civil rights acts was passed, to much opposition from Southern politicians.

Apple sued over iPhone location tracking

Apr 28, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Apple is being sued over its practice of tracking iPhone and 3G iPad users’ locations and movements, only two days after the news became public.

Senators Kerry, McCain introduce "Privacy Bill of Rights" bill

Apr 18, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

John McCain and John Kerry have introduced a bill that creates a “privacy bill of rights” for consumers. Unfortunately, the bill may do more harm than good.