Omarosa FOIA

The New York Times and its reporter Charlie Savage sued the Department of Justice in a federal FOIA complaint for information on the DOJ’s lawsuit against Omarosa Manigault Newman seeking a fine of $50,000 after she published a book critical of President Trump, which “has raised the question of whether and how White House officials influenced the Justice Department decision to bring legal action against a Trump critic.”

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Pre-Publication Review

The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University sued the Departments of State, Justice, et al. in federal court for “information related to the Trump administration’s prepublication review process for books by current and former staffers, which was originally intended to prevent the disclosure of confidential information.”

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Bolton Book Reveals a Dizzyingly Uninformed President

President Donald Trump “pleaded” with China’s Xi Jinping during a 2019 summit to help him be re-elected, according to a scathing new book by former national security adviser John Bolton that accuses Trump of being uninformed on important issues and driven by political calculations when making national security decisions.

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Seuss-Star Trek Copyright Battleship Makes Landing at Ninth Circuit

Just weeks before graduates receive copies of the Dr. Seuss classic “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” as graduation gifts, an attorney for the publisher told a Ninth Circuit panel Monday a Star Trek mash-up of the children’s classic violates copyright law and was created to compete in the graduation gift market.

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Son of Ex-Albanian President Wants New Shot at ‘War Dogs’ Case

An attorney for the son of a former Albanian president asked an 11th Circuit panel Thursday to revive his defamation lawsuit against the author and publisher of a book behind the 2016 film “War Dogs,” claiming they falsely accused him of being a mobster who engaged in corrupt arms dealing.

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Devilish Foil of St. Nick

A federal court in Delaware dismissed copyright infringement claims brought by the author of a book titled “The Krampus Night Before Christmas” against the producers of the “Krampus” movie, finding the respective representations of the Krampus character – a “devilish foil of Saint Nikolaus” – were not sufficiently similar.

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Former Baltimore Mayor Sentenced to 3 Years in Book Scheme

The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for arranging fraudulent sales of her self-published children’s books to nonprofits and foundations to promote her political career and fund her run for the city’s highest office.

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