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One official told the Post that the line of questioning from the White House amounted to, “Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?”

This is a significant scoop for at least two reasons.

First, it adds to what we already know about a possible pattern of justice obstruction aimed at interfering with the FBI’s Russia investigation.

Second, it suggests that Trump—who pressured Comey to go easy on Flynn in a private meeting at the White House—wasn’t the only member of his administration who took concrete steps to try and quash the Flynn probe.

What’s strange is that the Post buried this news in the 13th paragraph of its story, choosing instead to focus on something else.

To be sure, the “something else” was also hugely important: According to the Post’s sources, Trump asked his director of national intelligence and the head of the National Security Agency to “publicly deny” that his campaign had colluded with the Russian government.  slate.com
The Law Society of NSW, the peak representative body for solicitors, this year released a report on the future of the legal profession that identified the need for future law graduates to be equipped with technological and business skills to meet changing employer demands.

The report follows stark findings that only 74.1 per cent of law undergraduates looking for full-time employment were successful in finding jobs in 2015, compared with 88.4 per cent of graduates in 2005, according to a report by Graduate Careers Australia.

Law Society president Pauline Wright said law graduates without additional skills in other areas risk getting left behind. smh.com.au
Texas governor Greg Abbott will sign in the next few days a bill that would shield ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft from bruising battles over fingerprint background checks that led them to leave some of the state's most important markets.

Lawmakers last week approved the legislation known as House Bill 100 that sets up statewide regulations for the companies.

More than 40 states have set up statewide regulatory systems for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft that can be used to override local regulations in most places, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"There is definitely a national, coordinated push from the industry to enact regulations for this type of transportation at the state rather than city level," said Lara Cottingham, deputy assistant director of administration and regulatory affairs for Houston, which opposed the state bill because it could supersede city regulations.  reuters.com
In a vote of 271-143, the House approved legislation that makes killing a state or local police officer an aggravating factor juries and judges will consider in death penalty cases.

Bill supporters highlight its message of accountability, a universal standard to the murder of state and local law enforcement as well as first responders.

Lawmakers and civil rights groups claim the legislation ignores racial biases in the imposition of the death penalty, called the legislation "duplicative" since the killing of an officer will likely meet one of the other 16 aggravating factors that federal juries already consider in death penalty cases. foxnews.com
New state laws criminalising the sharing or recording of intimate images or videos without consent are expected to work alongside federal powers to direct internet hosts and others to delete those images or videos, the NSW government says.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman will introduce laws into Parliament this week aimed aimed at "manipulative creeps and domestic violence offenders" who distribute images to harm and humiliate.

"Whether it be spurned lovers, domestic violence offenders or pornographers, people are humiliating, coercing and embarrassing those who provided private images, perhaps consensually to start with, but not consenting to their dissemination around the world," Mr Speakman said.

"The impact on victims has been enormous," he said.

The Crimes Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2017 follows an agreement last week by federal and state governments about principles for national legislation around so-called revenge porn and image manipulation. smh.com.au
Under David Cameron the Conservatives had pledged – along with other UK political parties – to put into place a ban on ivory trading.

This follows bans by China, the US and other important ivory trading countries to end domestic trades in ivory by the end of 2017.

But there is no mention of the ban in Theresa May’s Tory 2017 manifesto.

The Tories have quietly decided to drop their previous commitment to introducing a total ban on ivory trade in Britain.

This comes after heavy pressure from wealthy antiques traders who have been lobbying Teresa May hard to drop the ban on ivory. wordpress.com
People who share or post sexually explicit photos of others without their consent are a step closer to facing tougher criminal and civil penalties, after a meeting of state and territory attorneys-general.

The Federal Government called for public submissions on developing civil penalties to better target both the perpetrators who share such images and the websites that host them.

"We have listened to victims and law enforcement agencies, and it is clear that in the first instance what victims want is for these images to be taken down as quickly as possible," the Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, said in a statement. abc.net.au
UK Prime Minister Theresa May promises to abolish internet access in the UK, replacing it with a government-monitored web.

Online services will vet all user-supplied content for compliance with rules about pornography, political speech, copyright compliance and so on.

Search engines will also have to employ British rules to exclude banned material from query results.

The laws would force technology companies to delete anything a person posted while under 18, taking "steps to protect the vulnerable and give people confidence to use the internet without fear of abuse, criminality or exposure to horrific content." boingboing.net
Appeals court judges in Washington, D.C. agreed with a drone enthusiast's challenge to a FAA requirement that all hobbyists register their drones in a national database and pay a $5 fee.

Previously, failing to comply with regulations resulted in fines and jail time.

The court found that the FAA’s drone registration rule conflicts with previous federal legislation saying the FAA lacks authority to regulate “model aircraft.” The appeals court categorizes drones as model aircraft. fortune.com
White House lawyers are researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials believe is a distant possibility President Donald Trump will be removed from office.

One outside attorney close to the office of White House counsel Don McGahn cast doubt on impeachment preparations, saying it wouldn't be something McGahn would authorize.

The legal discussions are part of a broader effort to bolster the president's legal defense, complicated with the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to pursue the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. cnn.com