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The New York Times

Forget antitrust laws. To limit tech, some say a new regulator is needed

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp expressed concern about proposals for the creation of a regulatory authority to manage big tech companies. “I’m very uncomfortable with the regulatory path, especially if it means things like getting government approval for product changes,” he said. “The history of regulation shows that it is an innovation killer.”


The Washington Post

As Trump battles coronavirus, no plans for Pence to assume temporary authority, say administration officials

John Gans of Perry World House said the administration’s efforts to limit the power of numerous government agencies has complicated the question of how the country would operate were Trump unable to perform his presidential duties. “The modern national security system was largely created as a result of kind of similar situations, where you realize the humanity of the one person this entire system depends on,” Gans said.



Ginsberg’s death injects new doubt into fate of Obamacare

Dean Theodore Ruger of the Law School said of efforts to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, “Whoever wins the presidential election will have much more to say about the success or failure of the act than the court. If it’s Trump, there are many administrative ways he could stifle it.”


The Hill

Pandemic exposes broadband divide

Christopher Yoo of the Law School spoke about the importance of expanding broadband infrastructure in the U.S. “Investing in infrastructure would be a terrific way to support the economy. It not only spends money but also lays the foundation for future growth and future jobs,” he said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Two sets of brothers spent decades in prison. This may be their last chance to get out

Marissa Bluestine of the Law School said allowing witnesses to identify potential assailants face-to-face, as opposed to in a formal police lineup, is problematic because it can easily produce false identifications.


The Wall Street Journal

Wisconsin board proposed to review deadly encounters involving police

John Hollway of the Law School said Penn has been working with lawmakers and police departments to develop programs that would investigate incidents of police violence and make recommendations to prevent them from reoccurring. “This is what we call forward accountability,” he said. “How do we prevent this from happening again, as opposed to how do we heal the pain from what’s been caused in the past.”