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State Challenges to Federal Enforcement of Immigration Law

CRS report – State Challenges to Federal Enforcement of Immigration Law: Historical Precedents and Pending Litigation in Texas v. United States. Kate M. Manuel, Legislative Attorney, January 27, 2016:

“States and localities can have significant interest in the manner and extent to which federal officials enforce provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) regarding the exclusion and removal of unauthorized aliens. Depending upon the jurisdiction’s specific concerns, this interest can be expressed in various ways, from the adoption of “sanctuary” policies limiting the jurisdiction’s cooperation in federal enforcement efforts to the enactment of measures to deter unauthorized aliens from entering or remaining within the jurisdiction. In some cases, states or localities have also sued to compel federal officials to enforce the INA and other relevant laws…”

Paper – Coming to Terms with Secret Law

Rudesill, Dakota S., Coming to Terms with Secret Law (January 6, 2015). 7 Harvard National Security Journal, 2015, Forthcoming; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 321. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2687223 “The allegation that the U.S. government is producing secret law has become increasingly common. This article evaluates this claim, examining the availableContinue Reading

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Strategic Implications

CRS report via FAS – The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Strategic Implications, February 3, 2016. “…Although most U.S. observers agree it is in the U.S. interest to lead in establishing global and regional trade rules, less consensus exists on what those rules should be, yielding some criticism on the strength and breadth of various TPP provisions. InContinue Reading

Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives

[January 26, 2016] “the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections issued a set of bold recommendations to reform the federal justice system, enhance public safety, and save the government billions of dollars. In a new report, Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives, the Congressionally mandated blue-ribbon panel released the findings of its year-long investigation into theContinue Reading

GPO Launches govinfo beta to replace FDsys

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launches www.govinfo.gov and ushers in a new, dynamic way for the public to  discover and access Government information on the three branches of the Federal Government.  govinfo is a user-friendly, modernized site that provides an easy to use navigation system accessible on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers.  GPOContinue Reading

The Library of Congress by the Numbers in 2015

“The Library of Congress today released statistics for fiscal year 2015. Its collection now comprises more than 162 million physical items in a wide variety of formats. The daily business of being the world’s largest library, the home of the U.S. Copyright Office and a supportive agency to the U.S. Congress resulted in the LibraryContinue Reading

CBO Launches New Budget and Economic Data Page

“We are excited to announce the launch of a new Budget and Economic Data page on our website. The new page, which can be accessed from our home page, features links to Excel spreadsheets containing budget and economic projections regularly released in CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook and Updates and in the associated supplemental material.Continue Reading

White House – Taking Action to Advance Equal Pay

“Summary:  On the 7th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, President Obama is announcing new actions the Administration is taking to advance equal pay for all workers…The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the Department of Labor, is publishing a proposal to annually collect summary pay data by gender, race, andContinue Reading

Sen. Elizabeth Warren releases document on DOJ and SEC corporate law enforcement

Via International Business Times – A New York Times Op-Ed today by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was coordinated with the release by her office of a 12 page investigative report titled, Rigged Justice: How Weak Enforcement Let Corporate Offenders Off Easy, “that documents 20 civil and criminal cases that in her opinion lacked adequate accountability. ThoseContinue Reading

Unmanned Aircraft Operations in Domestic Airspace : U.S. Policy Perspectives and the Regulatory Landscape

Via FAS – CRS report – Unmanned Aircraft Operations in Domestic Airspace: U.S. Policy Perspectives and the Regulatory Landscape. Bart Elias, Specialist in Aviation Policy. January 27, 2016. “…Many of the commercial applications envisioned for UAS, such as express package delivery, remote monitoring of utilities and infrastructure, and imagery collection and analysis to support precisionContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Board releases supervisory scenarios for 2016 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review

“The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday, January 28, 2016 released the supervisory scenarios for the 2016 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) and Dodd-Frank Act stress test exercises and also issued instructions to firms participating in CCAR. This year, CCAR will include 33 bank holding companies with $50 billion or more in total consolidated assets.Continue Reading

30th Anniversary of Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

30th Anniversary of Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Congressional Report on the Investigation. H. Rept. 99-1016 – Investigation of the Challenger Accident. October 29, 1986. 450 pages. PDF. Via NPR – Remembering Roger Boisjoly: He Tried To Stop Shuttle Challenger Launch 30 Years After Explosion, Challenger Engineer Still Blames Himself