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The European Union: Current Challenges and Future Prospects, updated June 21, 2016 (pre-Brexit)

The European Union: Current Challenges and Future Prospects – Kristin Archick. Specialist in European Affairs. June 21, 2016. “The European Union (EU) is a unique partnership in which member states have pooled sovereignty in certain policy areas and harmonized laws on a wide range of economic, social, and political issues. The EU is the latest… Continue Reading

Democrats Issue Benghazi Report and Release Interview Transcripts

News release: “Today, the Democratic Members of the Select Committee on Benghazi issued a 339-page report entitled, “Honoring Courage, Improving Security, and Fighting the Political Exploitation of a Tragedy.”  Democrats also released all of the unclassified interview transcripts in their possession so the American people can read them for themselves….” Continue Reading

Lack of regulatory control over dietary supplements leaves consumers with no safety net

Via The Atlantic – Why ‘Dietary Supplements’ Can Contain Anything – “Six past FDA commissioners regret their inability to ensure safety and purity of products due to the political power of the industry.” Continue Reading

The Appointment Process for U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations: An Overview

CRS report via FAS – The Appointment Process for U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations: An Overview, Denis Steven Rutkus, Visiting Scholar. June 17, 2016. “In recent decades, the process for appointing judges to the U.S. circuit courts of appeals and the U.S. district courts has been of continuing Senate interest. The responsibility for making… Continue Reading

Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy

CRS Report via FAS – Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy – Curt Tarnoff, Specialist in Foreign Affairs; Marian L. Lawson, Specialist in Foreign Assistance Policy. June 17, 2016. “Foreign assistance is a fundamental component of the international affairs budget and is viewed by many as an essential instrument of U.S. foreign… Continue Reading

The Network Neutrality Battles that Will Follow Reclassification

Peha, Jon M., The Network Neutrality Battles that Will Follow Reclassification (March 2015). I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2797522 “In 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a new set of network neutrality rules for the Internet. In the process, the FCC… Continue Reading

CRS INSIGHT U.S. Circuit Court Vacancies: Overview and Comparative Analysis

Barry J. McMillion, Analyst in American National Government. “This Insight provides comparative historical data related to U.S. circuit court vacancies that existed at the beginning of the three most recent presidencies (Obama, George W. Bush, Clinton), as well as the number of vacancies that existed on June 1 of each President’s eighth year in office.… Continue Reading

CRS – Trends in Child Care Spending from the CCDF and TANF

Trends in Child Care Spending from the CCDF and TANF, Karen E. Lynch, Specialist in Social Policy. June 16, 2016. “The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the main source of federal funding dedicated primarily to child care subsidies for low-income working families. The term “CCDF” was coined in regulation by the U.S. Department… Continue Reading

The Islamic State’s Acolytes and the Challenges They Pose to U.S. Law Enforcement

The Islamic State’s Acolytes and the Challenges They Pose to U.S. Law Enforcement. Jerome P. Bjelopera, Specialist in Organized Crime and Terrorism. June 13, 2016. “Analysis of publicly available information on homegrown violent jihadist activity in the United States since September 11, 2001, suggests that the Islamic State (IS) and its acolytes may pose broad… Continue Reading

Rand Report – Politically Polarized, Ideologically Complicated

Politically Polarized, Ideologically … Complicated Mapping America’s Ideological Terrain, Part 1 by Joshua Mendelsohn, Michael Pollard – “In April, the Washington Post published an article titled “The Coming Republican Demographic Disaster, in 1 Stunning Chart.” It discusses one of the most notable trends in American politics over the past decade: Republican candidates do consistently worse… Continue Reading

CRS – When Are Violent Crimes Federal Hate Crimes?

CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar When Are Violent Crimes Federal Hate Crimes? 06/14/2016 “The shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando has generated interest in the scope of the federal hate crime statute, 18 U.S.C. 249, enacted in 2009. Section 249 establishes two distinct federal crimes. Section 249(a)(1) outlaws violence committed because of the… Continue Reading

CRS – Sifting Domestic Terrorism from Hate Crime and Homegrown Violent Extremism

CRS Insight – Sifting Domestic Terrorism from Hate Crime and  Homegrown Violent Extremism, Jerome P. Bjelopera, Specialist in Organized Crime and Terrorism, June 13, 2016 (IN10299). “Domestic terrorism cases differ from ordinary criminal activity in key ways. Most importantly, unlike ordinary criminals—who are often driven by self-centered motives such as profit and tend to opportunistically… Continue Reading