The Federalist Society has a new blog dedicated to analysis of what the executive branch is up to. You may have noticed the new trend, by which the President and governors have mastered, and received de facto Supreme Court approval, of a technique by which they veto valid legislation by “non-enforcement” of its provisions, “declining to defend” laws they like (or no longer find politically useful) or just plain rewriting them. From the website:
An increase in Federal executive branch regulatory activity â€“ whether through executive order, formal or informal administrative agency action â€“ has been noted by many across the country. In launching Executive Branch Review, the Practice Groups of the Federalist Society seek to prompt a national debate about whether there has been an uptick in such regulatory activity, and, if so, with what consequence. The project will provide an objective resource that identifies major government activity, and provides a forum for debate and discussion about whether such regulation constitutes a form of legal and regulatory overreach.
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There is a link for intellectual property and technology issues, which is more oriented to patent and administrative law right now than copyright and trademark. But this is something to keep an eye on — not so much the blog (that too) but the usurpation of authority by the executive.