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Bond Cheat Sheet

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by Peter Spiro As David Kaye notes, treaty-power advocates everywhere may be breathing a collective sigh of relief with the Supreme Court’s decision in Bond v. United States. I’m not so sure how big a difference it makes, given the Senate’s persistent refusal to put the treaty power to work. But from an academic perspective […]

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Supreme Court Ducks Broad Treaty Power Ruling in Bond

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by Peter Spiro The decision is here. The Court found unanimously that the federal government overreached in prosecuting Carol Anne Bond under a federal statute implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention for what was otherwise a simple assault in a lovers’ quarrel. The six-justice majority decided the case on non-constitutional, statutory grounds – interpreting the statute (and […]

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More FATCA Follies: Do We Need an Anti-Passport?

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by Peter Spiro As my correspondent Victoria Ferauge points out in response to last week’s post on inter-governmental agreements implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, the problem with FATCA for expatriate Americans is not so much the prospect of added accountant fees in tax preparation. It’s the prospect of being discriminated against as an American for […]

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Are Sole Executive Agreements Next on the Roberts Court Chopping Block?

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by Peter Spiro A constitutional challenge is in the works to Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, the anti-offshoring tax measure that is the bane of ordinary US citizens worldwide. The law adds a burdensome layer of administrative requirements to longstanding citizenship-based tax liabilities. If you’re an American living in France, say hello to thousands of Euros […]

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Piketty/Davos/MayDay

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by Peter Spiro Before the Piketty bubble reaches stage six (at this rate, sometime later today), a few thoughts on the geosocial implications of his theory of inequality. That theory has been getting the lion’s share of the lion-sized attention showered on Capital in the 21st Century (Kindle edition available only). Those of you reading the […]

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