The Obama administration recently announced plans to revise overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the law, employees who work more than 40 hours per week are entitled to time-and-a-half in overtime pay, but many categories of employees—notably “executive” and “administrative”—are exempt under FLSA. Unfortunately, within the last decade many employers [...]

Rebels or Terrorists? Rights or No Rights?


Society has created a new niche when it comes to defining undesirable persons. Criminals, enemy combatants, and foreign nationals all had a place in our system of laws. They had rights and privileges established under international agreements and intrastate legislation. So when the West declared a war against an idea (“terror”), a new class of [...]

The Purchase of Democracy: McCutcheon v. FEC


On April 2nd, the Supreme Court released its decision on McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, addressing the role of campaign finance in future elections. The most pertinent sections of law were portions of the finance reform law, FECA, amended in 1974 after the contentious 1972 election and the Watergate scandal. The court’s 5-4 decision struck [...]

Referendum? Check. Treaty? Check. Successful Integration? To be seen.


A parliamentary vote does not make a successful annexation. Moscow will experience this fact firsthand in the coming months, as it confronts the myriad of issues that accompany their move to incorporate Ukraine into the Russian Federation. Many of these problems stem from the fact that Crimea, while it has long possessed some degree of [...]

Reforming the Sexual Violence Policy: Signing On for a New Campus Culture


On Sunday, April 6th, The Politik published an article by Eliza Schultz scrutinizing the Johns Hopkins University Sexual Violence Policy. In Eliza’s view, the policy is inadequately designed to deal with perpetrators of sexual assault here on campus. I am inclined to agree with her, and to take up arms for a conversation between students [...]


Universities and the NSA: Time to Stop Collaborating? A panel discussion with Matt Green–Assistant Research Professor at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute, Christopher Soghoian–Principal Technologist at the ACLU and Shahid Butter–Executive Director of Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Tuesday April 15th at 7 PM in Mergenthaler 111