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March 10, 2017

DOL announces temporary enforcement relief on fiduciary rule — The Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor issued a Field Assistance Bulletin today to clarify its enforcement procedures for the new fiduciary rule while the proposed 60-day delay is pending. The Department issued a...

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March 24, 2017

Let it go — Spring came to Washington this week, as it did to every other place in the northern hemisphere. This year feels particularly appropriate to mark the equinox according to Chinese custom: stand facing east (the direction of spring) in silence for a few...

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March 17, 2017

Washington, rather famously, doesn’t handle winter well. The storm that blew through on Tuesday left less snow than predicted, but managed to scramble schedules all the same. And it looks like we won’t get much of a cherry blossom season this year. All the same,...

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March 3, 2017

Senate Confirms Ross, Carson, Perry — The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to confirm the nomination of Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. to serve as Secretary of Commerce; Ross was sworn in on Tuesday. Yesterday the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Dr. Ben S. Carson...

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February 24, 2017

Congress was home for recess this week, so we at Eris were all set for a week of kicking back and watching the Panda Cam, or figuring out what we’d pack for the 40-light year trip to the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. Strangely, news continued to...

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February 17, 2017

Senate confirms Mnuchin, McMahon, Mulvaney, Pruitt — This week the Senate voted mainly along party lines to confirm Steven T. Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury; Linda McMahon as Administrator of the Small Business Administration; former Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as Director of the Office of...

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February 10, 2017

Senate confirms Sessions, Price — The Senate voted Wednesday night to confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General of the United States, and very early this morning to confirm Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Both nominations were confirmed by a vote of 52-47...

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February 3, 2017

In case you hadn’t heard, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday, predicting six more weeks of winter. Discouraging, but as the official Groundhog Club notes, “He’s been wrong before.”   Otherwise, this week was pretty much all Trump, all the time. It’s hard to keep up with...

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January 27, 2017

We wish you gōngxǐ fācái — happiness and prosperity — as we begin the Year of the Rooster tomorrow. On the Chinese lunar calendar, the Year of the Rooster symbolizes fidelity and punctuality. “Dismantling Dodd-Frank” is a priority, says Pence — Vice President Mike Pence told a House Republicans...

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January 13, 2017

Friggatriskaidekaphobia is defined as the irrational fear of Friday the 13th.  In 2017, there are two Friday the 13ths, January and October.  They fall 39 weeks apart (3x13) and Friday, October 13, 2017 falls 26 weeks (2x13) before Friday, April 15, 2018, which is the...

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