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New on LLRX – Deans of Virginia University Libraries to Chairman Goodlatte: First Do No Harm in Copyright Revision

Via LLRX.com – Deans of Virginia University Libraries to Chairman Goodlatte: First Do No Harm in Copyright Revision UVA Director of Information Policy Brandon Butler explains the implications of the Copyright Office plan to to issue a total rewrite of Section 108 of the Copyright Act and provides context on such a decision, which protects… Continue Reading

Congressional Efforts to Strip Federal Courts of Jurisdiction

CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar Dude, Where’s My Jurisdiction? Congressional Efforts to Strip Federal Courts of Jurisdiction – 08/17/2016 “Federal courts, in presiding over lawsuits, have significant power over the citizenry’s life, liberty, and property, and that power can be exercised in a manner that may raise concerns with the legislative branch. One way… Continue Reading

Airline Passenger Rights: The Federal Role in Aviation Consumer Protection

Airline Passenger Rights: The Federal Role in Aviation Consumer Protection, Rachel Y. Tang, Analyst in Transportation and Industry. August 17, 2016. “The 1978 deregulation of the airline industry in the United States eliminated federal control over many airline business practices, including pricing and domestic route selection. However, the federal government continues to legislate and enforce… Continue Reading

DOD Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2016

Department of Defense Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2016, Heidi M. Peters, Coordinator, Information Research Specialist; Moshe Schwartz, Specialist in Defense Acquisition; Lawrence Kapp, Specialist in Military Manpower Policy. August 15, 2016. “This report provides background information for Congress on the levels of Department of Defense (DOD) troop and contractor personnel deployed… Continue Reading

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

CRS report via FAS – The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS): “The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is comprised of nine members, two ex officio members, and other members as appointed by the President representing major departments and agencies within the federal executive branch. While the group… Continue Reading

CRS – Al Qaeda and U.S. Policy: Middle East and Africa

Via FAS – Al Qaeda and U.S. Policy: Middle East and Africa. Carla E. Humud, Analyst in Middle Eastern and African Affairs. August 11, 2016. “After nearly a decade and a half of combating Al Qaeda (AQ) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States faces an increasingly diverse threat from Al Qaeda affiliates in the… Continue Reading

Unprecedented mass hack of Democratic members of Congress

PCWorld: “The hacker who claims to have breached the Democratic National Committee’s computers is now taking credit for hacking confidential files from a related campaign group. Guccifer 2.0 alleged on Friday that he also attacked the servers of the Democractic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). He posted some of the purported files on his blog, and… Continue Reading

FHFA Announces Results of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Dodd-Frank Act Stress Tests

“The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released a report providing the results of annual stress tests Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) are required to conduct under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act).  The Dodd-Frank Act requires certain financial institutions with more than $10 billion in assets to… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Airport and Airway Trust Fund, K-12 Education, Patient Protection, Nuclear Waste

Airport and Airway Trust Fund: Less Than Half of Noncommercial Jet Fuel Tax Receipts Are Transferred, GAO-16-746R: Published: Aug 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. K-12 Education: Education’s Experiences with Flexibility Waivers Could Inform Efforts to Assist States with New Requirements, GAO-16-650: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. Patient Protection and… Continue Reading

Federal Assistance for Victims of Terrorism or Mass Violence: In Brief

Via FAS – Federal Assistance for Victims of Terrorism or Mass Violence: In Brief. Lisa N. Sacco, Analyst in Illicit Drugs and Crime Policy. August 3, 2016. “Workers’ compensation provides cash and medical benefits to workers who are injured or become ill in the course of their employment and provides benefits to the survivors of… Continue Reading

Prosecution of Criminal Offenses against Congress

CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar via FAS – Prosecution of Criminal Offenses against Congress, July 26, 2016. “A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearingregarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) inquiry of the potential mishandling of classified information has renewed questions about the process by which offenses against Congress are prosecuted. In the… Continue Reading

State Challenges to Federal Enforcement of Immigration Law: From the Mid-1990s to the Present

Via FAS – CRS report – State Challenges to Federal Enforcement of Immigration Law: From the Mid-1990s to the Present. Kate M. Manuel, Legislative Attorney. August 1, 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… Continue Reading