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Legislative History of “Repeal and Replacement” of the Obamacare: Overview

This guide as created and is maintained by experts at the The Legal Research Center, Drexel School of Law. “The election of 2016 saw the GOP obtain control of the presidency and retain control of both chambers of Congress.  This created an opportunity for Republicans to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),… Continue Reading

WaPo – More than 1,100 law school professors oppose Sessions’s nomination as attorney general

Washington Post, January 3, 2017: “A group of more than 1,100 law school professors [representing 170 law schools in 48 states] from across the country [sent] a letter to Congress on Tuesday urging the Senate to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general. The letter, signed by professors from 170 law… Continue Reading

House Republicans diminish role and power of Office of Congressional Ethics – updated

Less than a day after my post and The Hill reports – House GOP scraps plan to gut ethics watchdog after emergency meeting – “House Republicans abruptly withdrew a proposal to weaken an independent ethics watchdog on Tuesday, in a rocky start to the new Congress.” New York Times – “House Republicans, defying their top… Continue Reading

CRS – An Introduction to Judicial Review of Federal Agency Action

Via FAS – An Introduction to Judicial Review of Federal Agency Action, Jared P. Cole, Legislative Attorney. December 7, 2016. “The U.S. Constitution vests the judicial power in the Supreme Court and any inferior courts established by Congress, limiting the power of federal courts to the context of “cases” or “controversies.” Pursuant to constitutional and… Continue Reading

CRS – Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer

Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer. Paul K. Kerr, Analyst in Nonproliferation; Mary Beth D. Nikitin, Specialist in Nonproliferation. December 6, 2016. “In order for the United States to engage in significant civilian nuclear cooperation with other states, it must conclude a framework agreement that meets specific requirements under Section 123 of the Atomic… Continue Reading

GAO – Dodd-Frank Regulations: Agencies’ Efforts to Analyze and Coordinate Their Recent Final Rules

Dodd-Frank Regulations: Agencies’ Efforts to Analyze and Coordinate Their Recent Final Rules, GAO-17-188: Published: Dec 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 2016. “Federal financial regulators reported conducting the required regulatory analyses for rules issued pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) as part of the rulemaking process. For example,… Continue Reading

EFF on Shadow Internet Regulations

EFF – “Shadow Regulations are voluntary agreements between companies (sometimes described as codes, principles, standards, or guidelines) to regulate your use of the Internet, often without your knowledge. Shadow Regulation has become increasingly popular after the monumental failure of restrictive Internet laws such as ACTA, SOPA and PIPA. This is because Shadow Regulation can involve… Continue Reading

Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation

In Brief – Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation, Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, John Holahan. Urban Institute, December 6, 2016. “Congress is now considering partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. Since only components of the law with federal budget implications can be changed through… Continue Reading

‘We the People’: Five Years of Online Petitions

Pew: “During President Obama’s first full day in office on Jan. 21, 2009, he issued a statement committing his administration to pursue “an unprecedented level of openness in Government.” His goal was to make the federal government more transparent, participatory and collaborative through the use of new technologies. The broader effort was called the Open… Continue Reading

Video – How 60 ambiguous words gave the United States’ president unprecedented war power

‘The President is authorised to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organisations, or persons he determines planned, authorised, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harboured such organisations or persons, in order to prevent any future act of international terrorism against the United States by such… Continue Reading

Pew – 16 striking findings from 2016

“Every year, we publish a collection of facts about the important events, issues and trends we documented in our wide-ranging research over the past 12 months. In 2016, Pew Research Center examined an array of topics in America – from immigration to the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats – as well as many from… Continue Reading

House Intel Committee Releases Declassified Snowden Report

News release: “The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today released a declassified version of its investigative report on Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who fled to China and then Russia after stealing an estimated 1.5 million classified documents. The report, including redactions for classified information, was the result of a two-year… Continue Reading