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Senators Graham, Feinstein Once Again Ask DOJ to Ban Online Poker

It has been a while since we heard from Senator Lindsey Graham (R – S.C.) about trying to ban online poker in the United States, so I suppose it was about time for him to try to revive his dead horse. Last week, Graham and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – CA) sent a letter to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, asking him to reverse the Wire Act clarification issued by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2011, a decision which would effectively make online gambling completely illegal in the U.S. As readers may remember, the Wire Act was designed more than 55 years ago to curtail organized crime by making sports betting over phone lines illegal. For whatever reason, decades later, the Department of Justice interpreted it to include all gambling over the internet. In late 2011, the OLC clarified that the Wire Act only applied

Sen. Lindsey Graham is Still Trying to Get RAWA Passed

Failed Republican presidential candidate, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, is best known to poker fans as Sheldon Adelson’s jock-carrier and the Senator who introduced Adelson’s Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) last year. RAWA, if it even became law, would place a ban on online gambling in the United States, wiping out the current legal, regulated internet gaming industries in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. So far, RAWA and its champions have failed miserably, but Graham is still at it, this time inserting some RAWA-like language into the Senate Appropriations Bill. The gigantic 100-plus page bill, officially titled, “Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, And Related Agencies Appropriations Bill,” authorizes billions of dollars in government spending. It is something that almost nobody that wants to remain sane would ever read in its entirety, which is what makes it so potentially useful for Graham. There is one small paragraph in the