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December 07, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Gun-Control Groups Find Advocates in 'Big Law'

Top Law Firms Joining Forces With Gun-Control Activists: A coalition that includes some of the country's most prominent corporate firms is pledging pro bono services worth tens of millions of dollars to help groups pushing for gun restrictions craft new legal strategies, The New York Times writes.

Chinese Couple Gives $115 Million for Caltech Neuroscience Work: The donation from Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo, the husband-and-wife founders of online-entertainment company Shanda Interactive, will establish a center at the California Institute of Technology to study brain function and develop new technological tools and medical treatments, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Rodin's Rockefeller Tenure Reshaped Philanthropic Funding: Fast Company looks at outgoing Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin's leadership at the $4.2 billion philanthropy, which during her 11-year tenure has become a major force in using impact investing, competitions, and other nontraditional funding mechanisms to pursue broad social aims. Read a recent Chronicle interview with Ms. Rodin.

U.S. House Rejects Call for Vote on Impeaching IRS Chief: The 342-72 vote sends the matter back to the Judiciary Committee, turning aside a bid by conservatives to bring proceedings against Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen to the floor, reports The Wall Street Journal (subscription). Some Republicans claim Mr. Koskinen obstructed inquiries into IRS scrutiny of Tea Party groups seeking nonprofit status.

Bangladesh Charity Touts Model for Aiding Ultra-Poor: Development organization BRAC is exporting its education- and skills-based "poverty graduation" program to countries in Africa and Latin America after finding success helping extremely poor women in the charity's home country achieve financial stability, The Guardian writes.

R.I. Sports Nonprofit's Founder Convicted in $1 Million Embezzlement: Prosecutors said longtime Institute for International Sport head Dan Doyle milked the organization, which puts on youth athletic events, for money for personal expenses such as cosmetic surgery and his children's college tuition, the Providence Journal writes.