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Gallup – Trump’s Policy Proposals and Public Opinion

Frank Newport – “As is true for any presidential candidate, Donald Trump made a significant number of promises throughout his more-than-yearlong campaign for the presidency. With less than two months to go before he takes office, Trump now faces the challenges of figuring out how to implement his proposals. One such challenge concerns public opinion: Some of his proposed policies and actions are in sync with majority public opinion, while others are not. This matters. It’s certainly easier to take action on policies with which the public agrees than on those the public opposes. I’ve put together a number of Trump’s proposed policies and grouped them into three categories: those that appear to be largely in sync with American public opinion, those that are clearly out of sync and those on which the public is divided. In all instances, I’m referring to public opinion among the population taken as a whole. Clearly, some policies have a special appeal — or a particular lack of appeal — to smaller segments of the population. But the newly elected president is president for all of the people, not just those who voted for him, and in that sense, it is important to chart how his policies stand up to national public opinion…”

The Manufacturing Footprint and the Importance of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

Economic Policy Institute Report: “Executive summary – While U.S. manufacturing has been hit hard by nearly two decades of policy failures that have damaged its international competitiveness, it remains a vital part of the U.S. economy. The manufacturing sector employed 12 million workers in 2013, or about 8.8 percent of total U.S. employment. Manufacturing employs… Continue Reading

GPO releases digital version of bound Congressional Record 1981-1990

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress (LC) to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1981-1990 on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 98th thru the 101st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: Ronald Reagan’s Presidency and the… Continue Reading

Library of Congress, Digital Public Library of America To Form New Collaboration

“The Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records. The first batch of records will include 5,000 items from three major… Continue Reading

Senate Sends Legislation Protecting Consumer Reviews to President

News release: “The U.S. Senate [November 28, 2016], by unanimous consent, sent bicameral legislation to the White House for the President’s signature that will outlaw the use of “gag clauses” in non-negotiable form contracts. Some businesses have attracted national scrutiny for using gag clauses to punish or silence honest criticism of products and services. The… Continue Reading

Senators Warren and Cummings Ask GAO to Review Trump Transition

News release: “United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of President-elect Donald Trump’s “chaotic” transition. The lawmakers asked GAO to examine conflicts of interest related to… Continue Reading

Call To Action App – Locate and contact your Congressional Rep

“Calling the district office of your Congressional rep is the most effective way to get government to listen to you, according to political staffers. Calls are taken more seriously and make a greater impact than emails or written letters. Because your Congressional rep serves fewer constituents than a Senator, a call to your rep is… Continue Reading

CRS – Can a New Administration Undo a Previous Administration’s Regulations?

With the Stroke of a Pen: What Executive Branch Actions Can President-elect Trump “Undo” on Day One?, CRS Legal Sidebar, November 22, 2016. Can a New Administration Undo a Previous Administration’s Regulations? November 21, 2016 (IN10), Maeve P. Carey “Following the election of Donald J. Trump on November 8, 2016, questions have been raised as… Continue Reading

New blog on financial regulatory reform

“President-Elect Trump’s transition website promises to “dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act and replace it with new policies to encourage economic growth and job creation.” To help our clients keep up with the reorientation of the financial regulatory framework, Davis Polk is launching a new blog, Our most recent entry on the blog is our memorandum… Continue Reading

Executive Power – A guide to researching executive and presidential power in the U.S.

Meg Kribble – Harvard Law School – “This guide provides recommended resources and tips on strategy for researching executive and presidential power in the United States. Some best bets for getting started are listed below on this page. The guide contains links to resources that may be limited to the Harvard Law School and/or University… Continue Reading

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Transitional Reinsurance Program

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Transitional Reinsurance Program. Namrata K. Uberoi, Analyst in Health Care Financing; Edward C. Liu, Legislative Attorney. November 16, 2016. “Section 1341 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended) establishes a transitional reinsurance program that is designed to provide payment to non-grandfathered,… Continue Reading

CRS – Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions, Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. November 16, 2016. “The comprehensive nuclear accord (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), finalized on July 14, 2015, provides Iran broad relief from U.S., U.N., and multilateral sanctions on Iran’s energy, financial, shipping, automotive, and other sectors. Sancti ons were suspended or lifted upon the… Continue Reading