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Dakota Access Pipeline Project: Good or Bad?

American Indian, Case Law, Citations, Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase, Hein Blog, U.S. Supreme Court, World Treaty Library
Bonnie Hein

On Monday, the Department of the Army announced their denial of the final easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline project under Lake Oahe, stating: "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."  To the protestors recently numbering more than 2,000, this decision is a great victory at the Standing Rock site; however, their fight may be far from over.

The announcement comes after months of litigation, protests, and at times violence, over the completion of the DAPL project.  On the recent Sunday evening of November 20th, 400 protesters collided with police, leading to the hospitalization of many protesters…

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Happy Birthday, Mark Twain!

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline
Shannon Sabo

November is Mark Twain's birthday month. Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835, he was a writer, publisher, and public speaker, and is known as the "father of American literature." Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which ultimately became the setting for two of his most notable books, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Adventures of Tom Sawyer. His wit and satire, both written and spoken, were widely praised by critics, peers, and an international audience. He counted artists, industrialists, presidents, and royalty among his friends.

Fun Facts about Mark Twain
  • He was born two weeks after a visit from Halley's Comet. He famously predicted that he would "go out with it…

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Check out the U.S. Presidential Library in HeinOnline!

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, U.S. Presidential Library
Bonnie Hein

Today is Election Day! It has been an unconventional and seemingly prolonged path to the White House, but we are now moments away from electing the 45th President of the United States. Given today's significance, we thought this might be an opportune time to highlight our U.S. Presidential Library.

Did you know HeinOnline has the most comprehensive collection of documents related to the Presidency in digital format?

HeinOnline's U.S. Presidential Library now contains more than 330 titles, 7,100 volumes, and 580,000 pages of content with titles such as: Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Public Papers of the Presidents

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Voting in America

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Statutes at Large, U.S. Federal Legislative History, World Constitutions Illustrated
Shannon Sabo

Four debates down, one election to go! Televisions, computers, and mobile devices in the United States have been taken over by the presidential election for more than a year. Back in June, this blog post encouraged readers to step away from the current political climate to study the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Take another break and check out a few key historical amendments and public laws related to voting in the United States.

Important Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

HeinOnline's World Constitutions Illustrated is an excellent resource for all types of constitutional research. It contains constitutions and constitutional histories of all countries of the world…

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Trump vs. Clinton

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, U.S. Congressional Documents, Women and the Law
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline is a politically neutral, image-based, fully searchable legal and government document research database. It happens to be the largest such database, with more than 136 million pages, more than 120,000 titles, nearly 2,300 scholarly journals from inception to current which contain nearly 2 million articles and sections, comprehensive coverage of United States statutory documents, all United States treaties and an entire database of international treaties, all of the world's constitutions, a collection of more than 7,400 classic legal treatises, nearly 50,000 Congressional hearings, and more. All of this self-promotional information can be backed up with actual facts and tangible lists, found here. Due to the aforementioned political neutrality, the content of this post will not be inflammatory and is therefore suitable for work (SFW) and social gatherings…

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Research Gun Control and the Second Amendment

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, Statutes at Large, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Federal Legislative History, World Constitutions Illustrated
Shannon Sabo

It's nearly impossible to turn on the news in the United States without learning of a new mass shooting or other deadly incident involving guns. After each incident, the debate over gun control is reignited, with one side calling for stricter regulation of gun sales and ownership and the other side arguing that any type of such restrictions violate the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Regardless of your position on this controversial issue, start your research in HeinOnline. The entire text of the current United States Constitution is available in the World Constitutions Illustrated library, which also contains constitutions and constitutional histories for all countries of the world…

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Voting Rights Act of 1965

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, Statutes at Large, U.S. Federal Legislative History
Shannon Sabo

There is nothing quite like an election year to make social gatherings heated and uncomfortable. Political opinions are often deeply rooted and are nearly always unchangeable. Avoid the next big blowout, along with any mention of Clinton or Trump, and instead discuss an important historical aspect of the federal election process: the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Fifteenth Constitutional Amendment prohibited the denial of the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Despite this, between 1868 and the 1950s, southern states took measures to suppress the African-American vote by passing legislation to create voter restrictions, including literacy tests, poll taxes, and property ownership requirements…

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Mourning the Loss of Muhammad Ali

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, Statutes at Large, U.S. Federal Legislative History
Shannon Sabo

On June 3, a legend passed away, leaving much of the world in mourning.

Muhammad Ali — born Cassius Clay, and known fondly as The Greatest, The Champ, The People's Champion, and The Louisville Lip — was widely regarded as one of the most celebrated and controversial sports figures of the 20th century.  This excellent biographical obituary from time.com describes his early life, his boxing career, and his larger-than-life presence in the world.

Ali fought battles both inside and out of the boxing ring. He rose to worldwide fame after winning a gold medal in the 1960 Rome Olympics, but returned home to a nation divided over civil rights and plagued by segregation and racism…

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Commemoration of the Buffalo Creek Treaty of 1842

American Indian, Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline
Shannon Sabo

Earlier this month, the Buffalo News published this informative article about the Buffalo Creek Land Treaty of 1842. The article discusses the history behind the treaty's signing, which is commemorated with a ceremony each May by the Seneca Nation. The treaty, which gave back a portion of land taken away by treaties signed in 1826 and 1838, also declared the Senecas to be exempt "from all taxes, and assessments for roads, highways, or any other purpose until such lands shall be sold."

This tax exemption has enabled the Seneca Nation to profit considerably from the sale of cigarettes and gasoline, two of the most heavily-taxed commodities in New York State.  Tax exemptions for items sold on Native American land are not embraced by everyone: New York State has attempted to collect such taxes multiple times…

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A Brief History of Beer Laws

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, Statutes at Large, Subject Compilations of State Laws
Shannon Sabo

It's American Craft Beer Week! With locally-owned breweries popping up in cities all over the country, the small-business beer industry is booming and rejuvenating formerly abandoned industrial areas in the process. Of course, beer is (usually) alcohol, and alcohol and the law have had a rather contentious relationship throughout American history. Check out this brief timeline of events, and click the available links to access the laws in HeinOnline:

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