Tom Ramstack

Tom Ramstack

Tom Ramstack is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and attorney. Prior to writing for The Well News, he covered transportation and legal affairs for The Washington Times and founded The Legal Forum, a news service for Washington’s legal community that also offers legal services for nonprofit organizations. His work has been featured in Reuters and other publications.

Ramstack notes that as a licensed Washington, D.C., lawyer, he occasionally works on short-term document review projects on a pay-per-project basis for established law firms. He also receives no payment from subscribers or advertisers from The Legal Forum.

You can reach him on LinkedIn and through his website.

Recent Work

December 18, 2023
by Tom Ramstack
Southwest Airlines Fined $140M for Poor Response to Winter Storm

WASHINGTON — Southwest Airlines was hit with $140 million in fines Monday from the U.S. Transportation Department as punishment for... Read More

WASHINGTON — Southwest Airlines was hit with $140 million in fines Monday from the U.S. Transportation Department as punishment for its Christmastime meltdown last year that stranded 2 million passengers. It was the biggest fine for an airline in Transportation Department history. Bad weather contributed to... Read More

December 15, 2023
by Tom Ramstack
Congresswoman Accuses Federal Judge of Ethics Breach for Political Statements

WASHINGTON — U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell is facing an official complaint by a conservative member of Congress who accuses... Read More

WASHINGTON — U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell is facing an official complaint by a conservative member of Congress who accuses her of ethics violations for her statements during the Women's White Collar Defense Association awards banquet on Nov. 28 in Washington, D.C. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.,... Read More

December 14, 2023
by Tom Ramstack
Catholic University Wins Legal Right to Auction Dress From ‘Wizard of Oz’ 

NEW YORK — A New York judge’s ruling this week authorizes Catholic University of America to auction a gingham dress... Read More

NEW YORK — A New York judge’s ruling this week authorizes Catholic University of America to auction a gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz.” Ownership of the dress was contested by the niece of the priest who had... Read More

December 13, 2023
by Tom Ramstack
Republicans Critical of Biden Strategy to Confront Iranian-Funded Terrorism

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel on Wednesday examined whether the Biden administration should do more to stop the flow of... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel on Wednesday examined whether the Biden administration should do more to stop the flow of money Iran secretly uses to support terrorists. Top of the list was the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas against unsuspecting Israeli civilians. About 1,200 of them... Read More

December 12, 2023
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Reconsiders Maryland Site for New FBI Headquarters

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel took another look Tuesday at the choice for a new FBI headquarters that critics of... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel took another look Tuesday at the choice for a new FBI headquarters that critics of the site selection describe as suspicious. “The American people smell a rat here,” said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., during the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee hearing.... Read More

December 11, 2023
by Tom Ramstack
Trial Begins in Giuliani Defamation Case to See How Much He Will Pay

WASHINGTON — Jury selection was completed and opening arguments started Monday in a civil trial in Washington, D.C., to determine... Read More

WASHINGTON — Jury selection was completed and opening arguments started Monday in a civil trial in Washington, D.C., to determine how much money former Trump lawyer and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani must pay two Georgia election workers he falsely accused of voter fraud. Their... Read More

December 8, 2023
by Tom Ramstack
Hunter Biden Indicted on Felony Charges Alleging Years of Tax Evasion

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles grand jury indicted Hunter Biden on tax charges Thursday. The nine-count indictment alleges Biden... Read More

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles grand jury indicted Hunter Biden on tax charges Thursday. The nine-count indictment alleges Biden failed to pay $1.4 million in taxes over four years. The Los Angeles indictment follows similar tax evasion charges this year in Delaware. Biden also is... Read More

December 8, 2023
by Tom Ramstack
White House Threatens to Penalize Pharma Companies for High Prices

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced a plan Thursday to lower prescription drug costs in a move that takes a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced a plan Thursday to lower prescription drug costs in a move that takes a tough stance toward pharmaceutical companies charging high prices. If the Federal Trade Commission determines the prices are unreasonable, the new policy allows the federal government to... Read More

December 6, 2023
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Review Biden’s Order on Artificial Intelligence Development

WASHINGTON — The United States needs to innovate fast or fall behind in the international race to develop artificial intelligence,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The United States needs to innovate fast or fall behind in the international race to develop artificial intelligence, industry executives told Congress Wednesday. The U.S. government took what one witness at the congressional hearing called “a big step” with President Joe Biden’s executive order... Read More

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February 27, 2024
by Tom Ramstack
Senators Accuse Biden of Exceeding Authority for Military Strikes in Yemen and Red Sea

WASHINGTON — Republican senators at a hearing Tuesday foretold a conflict with the Biden administration over the president’s authority for... Read More

WASHINGTON — Republican senators at a hearing Tuesday foretold a conflict with the Biden administration over the president’s authority for recent military action in Yemen and the Red Sea. They expressed concern that the United States is sinking into war... Read More

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‘Intense’ Discussion of Ukraine Aid Overshadows Government Shutdown Talks

WASHINGTON — With Congress at a virtual standstill, President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Republican and Democratic leaders to act... Read More

WASHINGTON — With Congress at a virtual standstill, President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Republican and Democratic leaders to act swiftly to avoid a government shutdown and finally pass long-stalled emergency aid to Ukraine and Israel. Biden invited House Speaker... Read More

At Conservative Gala, Trump Remarks Show Challenges in GOP Black Voter Outreach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Golden and scarlet balloons adorned an entrance guarded by the Secret Service that led straight to... Read More

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Golden and scarlet balloons adorned an entrance guarded by the Secret Service that led straight to a bar abuzz with excited reunions, a line of attendees waiting to take pictures at a photo wall and a... Read More

February 27, 2024
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Builders Making Solar a Standard Feature for New Homes

WASHINGTON — Four of the nation’s largest home builders have signed contracts with SunPower to pre-install its Equinox® solar systems... Read More

WASHINGTON — Four of the nation’s largest home builders have signed contracts with SunPower to pre-install its Equinox® solar systems in select communities across the country. The move by the builders — Beazer Homes, CC Homes, Meritage Homes and Toll... Read More

February 27, 2024
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House Republicans Raise Questions About EV Charger Program

WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are raising questions about the implementation of the Biden administration’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are raising questions about the implementation of the Biden administration’s electric vehicle charger subsidy program. In a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, a trio... Read More

February 27, 2024
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Energy Department to Award $366M to Projects in Tribal, Rural Communities

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday announced it is awarding $366 million to 17 projects intended to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday announced it is awarding $366 million to 17 projects intended to bring power and much-needed clean energy upgrades to rural and remote areas across the country. Of the projects, a dozen... Read More

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