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Chicago Tribune: "How carbon cuts are measured determines winners, losers"

09/19/2014

Chicago Tribune: "How carbon cuts are measured determines winners, losers"

. . . Karl R. Rabago, executive director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center at Pace Law School, said it might not be worth the effort to create a measurement system that forces regulators to determine exactly which power plant is turned on or off at every second of the day because of carbon-cutting policies.

"It may be entirely possible for me to control my toaster with my iPhone and determine how that changes my carbon emissions, but I don't want to do that," Rabago said.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-calculating-greenhouse-gases-0...

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WCBS-TV: "Mystery Surrounds Tappan Zee Bridge Funding, Potential Toll Hike"

09/19/2014

WCBS-TV: "Mystery Surrounds Tappan Zee Bridge Funding, Potential Toll Hike"

IRVINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The builders of the new Tappan Zee Bridge said Thursday that they are on schedule, and untroubled by a $500 million federal loan that just fell through this week.

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the loan is just one of many funding sources. But as CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, critics are worried about how much the project is going to cost drivers.

Even as they raced to replace the aging Tappan Zee Bridge, lawmakers in Albany would not say how much it will cost drivers at the toll booth. But critics claimed Cuomo’s tactic of funneling low-cost federal loans to get construction rolling rather than borrowing on the open bond market is a way of keeping secrets.

“It puts off the day of reckoning when we finally find out what the financing on this bridge is going to be,” said Pace Law School Professor Karl Coplan.

See the video: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/09/18/mystery-surrounds-tappan-zee-bridge-funding-potential-toll-hike/

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CNBC: "NFL sponsor wrath: Can they change the league?"

09/18/2014

CNBC: "NFL sponsor wrath: Can they change the league?"

. . . "Even as prestigious as the NFL brand is, there are other ways for companies to spend their money," said Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University.

Chiagouris added that the discontent expressed by sponsors might not hit the NFL's revenue right away but further down the line when contract renewals and extensions come up.

He said the companies would likely want to verify that the NFL is making changes to address player conduct—and if nothing is changed, the deals might go away or be cut back substantially.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102009315

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The Hill's Congress Blog: "Questions on President Obama’s strategy against ISIS"

09/18/2014

The Hill's Congress Blog: "Questions on President Obama’s strategy against ISIS"

ISIS’ beheading two American journalists outraged the American people, writes Thomas M. McDonnell, a professor of international law at Pace Law School and author of "The United States, International Law and the Struggle against Terrorism."  ISIS also beheaded a British hostage, carried out mass killings, and has abducted hundreds if not thousands of innocent women and children. Furthermore, it has threatened genocide against Christians and Shia while gaining control of a vast amount of territory in Syria and Iraq. So on the eve of the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President Obama outlined his strategy toward confronting ISIS. Working with a coalition of states, the United States is (a) to provide 475 more military advisors (b) train and equip presumably moderate Syrian rebels, and (c) conduct a “systematic campaign of airstrikes” against ISIS. The US will also provide humanitarian aid and work with "coalition partners” on increased intelligence and other matters.

Unfortunately, the speech was noticeably short on details.  Secretary of State John Kerry had announced a “core” coalition of ten NATO countries, including Turkey, an Islamic State, in the fight against ISIS. Few of these countries, however, would engage in direct military operations. What precise role Arab countries besides Iraq might play in such a coalition remains unclear.  

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/217888-questions-on-president-obamas-strategy-against-isis

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Bloomberg: "Tony Stewart Crash Probe to Be Referred to Grand Jury"

09/17/2014

Bloomberg: "Tony Stewart Crash Probe to Be Referred to Grand Jury"

. . . The use of a grand jury isn’t unusual and was used by prosecutors to decide whether to charge George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012, as well as the prosecutors probing the shooting death of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, by a police officer on the same day as the Stewart crash in August, said Bennett L. Gershman, a professor at Pace Law School.

“Where a grand jury is able to be empaneled I think prosecutors see it as a way of deflecting controversy,” said Gershman, a former prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. “The prosecutor doing it on his own is taking the risk that the public either will approve or disapprove. There will be lots of people who will be able to criticize the prosecutor for showing favoritism or bending over backwards to bring charges.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-16/tony-stewart-crash-probe-to-be-...

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TheStreet: "Why Apple Pay Is So Important to Apple's Future"

09/12/2014

TheStreet: "Why Apple Pay Is So Important to Apple's Future"

. . . "Apple has timed this announcement perfectly to coincide with the pent-up demand for new Apple products, and the excitement over wearables (like watches) that the Android and Samsung products have not yet satisfied," said Jonathan Hill, associate dean of Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Read more: http://www.thestreet.com/story/12873515/2/why-apple-pay-is-so-important-...

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E-Commerce Times: "The Fortune 500 Crowdfunding Conundrum"

09/12/2014

E-Commerce Times: "The Fortune 500 Crowdfunding Conundrum"

. . . Crowdfunding by large corporations "could definitely represent a way for small investors to get in on the ground floor of new and exciting marketing opportunities without the investment bankers taking a piece of the action," Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University, told the E-Commerce Times.

See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/81027.html

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U.S. News & World Report: "Ray Rice Is a Reminder Why Congress Passed the Violence Against Women Act"

09/10/2014

U.S. News & World Report: "Ray Rice Is a Reminder Why Congress Passed the Violence Against Women Act"

. . . “VAWA was a landmark federal legislation,” says Jane Aoyama-Martin, executive director of Pace Law School’s Women’s Justice Center, who has been an anti-domestic violence activist for more than 30 years. “You take a thing like a Ray Rice, and it brings home how much work there is to do.”

Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/09/09/ray-rice-is-a-reminder-why-congress-passed-the-violence-against-women-act

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WRNN-TV: "Middle East and Strange Bedfellows"

09/08/2014

WRNN-TV: "Middle East and Strange Bedfellows"

The fight over containing ISIS is an "extraordinary challenging situation," Pace Law School Professor Thomas McDonnell tells Richard French.

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wE2SVpsIt4

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Debate over tax inversions expected to heat up"

09/08/2014

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Debate over tax inversions expected to heat up"

. . . If Congress doesn’t do something about inversions, voters are likely to blame incumbents, particularly Republicans who are holding out for wider ranging reform, said Philip G. Cohen, a Pace University professor of legal studies and taxation.

“If I were a political strategist, I would make sure voters understand what this is. It’s paper transaction that makes a U.S. corporation a foreign corporation and thus reduce its taxes. The result will be either an increase in the deficit or that the rest of us, individuals and corporations that haven’t inverted, will have to pay more. It’s a zero-sum game. That’s the way I would say it,” Mr. Cohen said.

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